The 04/22/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1352 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Kingslayer Comes Home
Triple H opened the show with Seth Rollins in front of Rollins’ hometown crowd. The Game praised his protege for successfully slaying The Beast, Brock Lesnar, at WrestleMania and becoming the new Universal Champion.
They then moved on to discussing the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. Seth Rollins assured everyone that he would never allow himself to lose the title to a cash-in, but Triple H reminded him that he would first have to make it through Money in the Bank itself.
Triple H announced that there would be two triple threats later in the evening, the winners of which would face each other to determine who would challenge Seth Rollins for the championship at MITB.
We then learned who the competitors in the two triple threats would be, as each of the men came to the ring to stake their claim to the pay-per-view championship match. The matches would be Drew McIntyre vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin and Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe.
Rey Mysterio vs. AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe
Just moments after the bell, Samoa Joe was hit with a frankensteiner from Mysterio and thrown out of the ring, leaving AJ Styles to go one-on-one with Rey Mysterio. AJ Styles wore him down until he was forced to roll out of the ring for a breather, but Styles wasted no time in jumping out to throw Mysterio back in.
Styles then went for the Styles Clash, but Rey Mysterio reversed it into a frankensteiner. By this time, however, Samoa Joe had gotten his feet back under him, and lept back in the ring, breaking them up and taking control of the match.
With an enziguri, AJ Styles flattened Samoa Joe, then went for the pin, but Joe kicked out. Mysterio thought he had Joe in position for the 619, but Joe slid out of the ring at the last second. He caught an attack from Rey anyway though, as he flew over the ropes with a corkscrew plancha, landing directly on Samoa Joe.
Back in the ring, Samoa Joe flung himself from the second rope with both Rey Mysterio and AJ Styles on his shoulders, sending all three of them plummeting to the mat.
Back from commercial, the desperation to win was rising rapidly, all three men throwing the biggest moves in their respective arsenals at the other two. Mysterio’s second attempt at a 619 on Samoa Joe was a success, but Mysterio was caught by Styles soon after, who powerbombed him onto Samoa Joe, following it up with a Styles Clash, again on Samoa Joe. And after pushing Mysterio out of the way, pinned Samoa Joe for the victory.
Winner: AJ Styles
Naomi vs. Billie Kay
Despite Peyton Royce’s best attempt to help her life mate, Naomi took the victory over Billie Kay after a short match.
Drew McIntyre vs. The Miz vs. Baron Corbin
Shortly after the bell, The Miz rolled out of the ring, escaping the attacks from the duo of Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin. This backfired, however, as both Corbin and McIntyre chased him down, continuing the abuse.
McIntyre clearly thought he and Corbin were on the same team, but Corbin had a different plan in mind, as he caught an unsuspecting McIntyre with a strike to the face. From here, it was every man for himself, McIntyre and Corbin showing no mercy toward one another.
This shift in the match allowed Miz to rapidly gain momentum, wearing down both McIntyre and Corbin with a series of strikes. McIntyre eventually powered out, taking Miz to the top rope, but before he could follow through, Baron Corbin positioned himself underneath them, throwing them to back into the ring.
Back from commercial, The Miz launched himself from the ring, landing directly on McIntyre and Corbin on the floor. This appeared to put Corbin down for the count, but McIntyre continued to fight, going for the Claymore Kick, but Miz caught it, trapping him in a figure four. McIntyre escaped, fleeing from the ring, and Baron Corbin took the opportunity to hit a Deep Six on Miz, who kicked out.
A frustrated Corbin lunged at Miz outside of the ring, but Miz dodged the attack and Corbin threw himself into a set of steel steps. In the ring, Drew McIntyre got a near fall on Miz, but couldn’t put him away.
Miz got a DDT on McIntyre, then another on Baron Corbin, but both men kicked out of the pin. Finally, Drew McIntyre caught Miz with a massive Claymore Kick, but as he went for the pin, was thrown from the ring by Corbin, who stole the win for himself.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Sami Zayn Hates Us All
Sami Zayn came to the ring to continue his diatribe against the WWE Universe. He showed pictures from his time off, talking about how happy he was to be away from WWE, before saying that the thought of going back actually depressed him.
Zayn said that, in his absence, he had given a lot of thought to what was making him feel this way, and realized that it was the fans. The fans were what made him hate his job.
After tearing down the crowd some more, Sami told them all to go to hell, dropped the mic, and left.
Cedric Alexander vs. Cesaro
In his debut Raw match, Cedric Alexander took on The Swiss Cyborg, Cesaro. Cesaro did his best to keep the former Cruiserweight Champion grounded, preventing his high-flying offense.
Alexander fought him off, sending Cesaro out of the ring before throwing himself over the top rope onto him. Unfortunately, this high-risk maneuver did not pay off, as Cesaro caught him with an uppercut back in the ring, winning the match.
The Viking Raiders vs. Lucha House Party
The Viking Raiders, looking to make an impression on the Raw Tag Team Division, attacked Lucha House Party while they were still making their entrance. The match was over before it began, as The Viking Raiders completely incapacitated their opponents.
Becky Lynch vs. Alicia Fox
Becky Lynch came to the ring to face Alicia Fox, but before the match, she took a few minutes to tear down her competition, particularly Lacey Evans, who has made it her business to harass The Man the past few weeks, and will be facing Lynch at Money in the Bank next month.
Lacey Evans wasn’t going to take this abuse lying down and came down the ramp to respond to Becky Lynch. The two delivered verbal jabs to each other until Alicia Fox made her entrance.
Once the match was underway, Alicia Fox had a moment or two at the start of the match where it looked like she might have a chance against the champ champ, but Becky Lynch quickly took over.
Every time Alicia Fox tried to gain the upper hand, Becky Lynch was there to bring her back down. Becky trapped Alicia in the Dis-Arm-Her, but just as Alicia tapped out, Becky was attacked by Lacey Evans, who stood tall to close the segment.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Robert Roode vs. Ricochet
Robert Roode, formerly known as Bobby Roode, continued to live up to the promise of a little extra villainy in his matches, despite being separated from his tag partner, Chad Gable.
This did little to help him, though, as Ricochet pummeled him relentlessly, overcoming every underhanded tactic he could throw at The One and Only. Eventually, Roode forced Ricochet off the top rope, sending him to the mat with a sickening thud, and took control from there.
The two traded strikes, Ricochet coming out on top. Ricochet climbed to the top rope and dove on Robert Roode in the middle of the ring, then hit a standing shooting star press, but couldn’t put Roode away.
Roode and Ricochet exchanged near fall after near fall until Ricochet tried to finish Roode off with a 630, but Roode rolled out of the way, taking the win with his Glorious DDT soon after.
Winner: Robert Roode
Firefly Fun House
Bray Wyatt finally made his return to WWE…as a demented Mr. Rogers, complete with sweater, puppet pals, and perpetual smile. He talked about his old self, and how he would never go back to being that loser ever again, going as far as to decapitate a cardboard cutout of the old Bray Wyatt with a chainsaw. This is undoubtedly one of the strangest things to happen in WWE in recent memory, but we’re hoping for the best.
Baron Corbin vs. AJ Styles
Winner Challenges Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank
Having emerged victorious in their respective triple threat matches, Baron Corbin and AJ Styles competed for the right to face Seth Rollins for his Universal Championship.
AJ Styles attempted to take control of the match early, but after a few strikes, was overpowered by Baron Corbin, who clobbered him in the ring before throwing him into the barricade.
Back from commercial, Baron Corbin had AJ Styles in the ring once again, doing his best to continue the beat down, even gaining a near fall, but couldn’t defeat The Phenomenal One.
AJ Styles began to gain steam, but Baron Corbin caught him in a Deep Six, putting a stop to his momentum. When Corbin tried to follow up, he was trapped in a calf crusher, but slammed Styles’ head to the mat, escaping the submission.
The submission had taken its toll and Corbin was unable to regain control of the match, losing to the Phenomenal Forearm. AJ Styles will face Seth Rollins in a Universal Championship Match at Money in the Bank.
Post-match, Seth Rollins came to the ring to shake hands with his future challenger.
Winner: AJ Styles
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) April 23, 2019