The 04/29/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, 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 #1353 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
A Moment of Bliss: Money in the Bank
Alexa Bliss opened the show by giving an overview of the upcoming Money in the Bank pay-per-view, as well as what it meant to be a briefcase holder. She then welcomed the 4 men from Raw to appear in the ladder match for the briefcase: Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin.
Corbin, of course, immediately referenced his two past briefcase wins, to which both Ricochet and Drew McIntyre responded with reminders of his many failures.
An argument broke out between Corbin and McIntyre (Ricochet was told he wasn’t allowed to speak). Braun Strowman remained silent through it all until finally, he had apparently heard enough, challenging Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre to a tag match against himself and Ricochet.
Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman and Ricochet
Braun Strowman and Ricochet kicked off the match working together to beat down Baron Corbin, the men taking turns pummeling him until Corbin tagged in Drew McIntyre.
After the help from McIntyre, Baron Corbin returned to the ring, this time finding a bit more success against The One and Only. Though Ricochet fought him off as long as he could, Corbin began to pull away.
Outside the ring, Braun Strowman attempted to come to his partner’s aid but was caught with a Claymore from McIntyre mid-stride. Strowman incapacitated for the moment, Corbin and McIntyre continued the punishment of Ricochet.
With a couple kicks to Corbin’s head, Ricochet managed to make it back to his corner, where Braun Strowman was waiting. Strowman tried to take control of the match, but was thrown into one of the ring posts by McIntyre, who then threw a headbutt at Ricochet.
McIntyre was about to finish Ricochet off when Baron Corbin tagged himself in. This turned out to be a mistake, as Corbin was powerslammed by Braun before taking a 640 from Ricochet, losing the match.
Winner: Braun Strowman
The Usos vs. The Club
Good Brothers, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, announced themselves the newest Raw tag team, having missed the Superstar Shakeup, but made the jump nonetheless.
Determined to have more success on Raw than they were able to gain on SmackDown, Gallows and Anderson looked to defeat recent SmackDown Live champs, The Usos. And for much of the match, it appeared that they would do so.
The Usos did not appear to take their competition seriously in the beginning moments, giving The Club an unintended advantage. Gallows beat down Jimmy Uso ruthlessly, but when things were looking their worst for The Usos, Jey tagged in, as well as Karl Anderson, and The Usos began to gain momentum.
Gallows and Anderson came back with a magic killer on Jey, but Jimmy broke it up. The Usos then hit twin superkicks on Gallows, following that up with a splash from Jey while Jimmy took Anderson out with a dive to the outside.
Post-match, The Usos showed a video they had recorded earlier of themselves sneaking up on The Revival in the shower, where Dash Wilder was shaving Scott Dawson’s back.
The Revival did not appreciate their attempt at embarrassment, and came to the ramp to confront them, saying that they were best friends and therefore would do anything for each other.
The Usos continued to tease them until The Revival declared they did not have time to argue, as they had to prepare for a match against the Raw Tag Champs, Hawkins and Ryder, and stalked off.
Winner: The Usos
MizTV: Bobby Lashley
After taking a moment to bond with the crowd, Miz invited his guest for the evening, Bobby Lashley to join him in the ring for their interview. Just as he was getting started, however, Bobby Lashley cut him off, referring to himself in the third person while telling Miz that he wasn’t going to put up with any of Miz’s games.
Bobby Lashley quickly turned the interview around on Miz, asking him what he’d done that was so impressive, and after Miz listed off his accolades, he moved on to asking what Miz hadn’t done, bringing up Miz’s failure to protect his father from Shane McMahon’s repeated attacks.
This hit a nerve, and Miz lept up to attack him, chasing him out of the ring before launching chairs at him.
Bobby Lashley vs. The Miz
Back from commercial, the match had been made official between Bobby Lashley and The Miz, and Lashley was putting the boots to the A-Lister.
The Miz came back with a few kicks and knees, and was gaining momentum when Shane McMahon’s music hit. Bobby Lashley looked to take advantage of the distraction, but Miz was a step ahead, stopping the attack while keeping his eyes on Shane.
With Miz’s attention fully focused on Bobby again, Shane charged toward the ring, but the referee stopped him. Miz got a near fall on Lashley, but when Shane showed a picture of Miz’s father on the big screen, Miz lost focus and was pinned after a spear from Lashley.
To further the destruction of The Miz, Shane rained strikes down on him before choking him out and leaving him unconscious in the ring.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
The Viking Raiders vs. Lucha House Party
As The Viking Raiders made their entrance, promising to continue their domination of the Raw Tag Division, Lucha House Party ambushed them from behind, hot starting the match.
Kalisto and Gran Metalik represented their team against Eric and Ivar, with Lince Dorado offering as much help as he could get away with, but The Viking Raiders still took the quick victory with their Viking Experience.
To punish Lince Dorado for his attempts at interference during the match, Eric and Ivar dragged him into the ring and beat him down as well after the final bell.
Winner: The Viking Raiders
A Moment of Bliss: Women’s Money in the Bank Match
Alexa Bliss appeared again, this time announcing the women who would be competing for the Women’s Money in the Bank briefcase: Natalya, Dana Brooke, Naomi…but before she could reveal the final woman, she had to put a stop to the argument that had broken out between the other competitors.
Once the others had been silenced, Alexa named the fourth competitor – herself. Naomi, Natalya, and Dana were less than pleased at the announcement, declaring that she had not earned the opportunity. Naomi was most annoyed of all, challenging Alexa to a match, which she accepted.
Firefly Funhouse: Episode 2
In the second episode of Firefly Funhouse, Bray Wyatt took us further into his new world, introducing a new character, Rambling Rabbit, who spoke to him about a painting he was working on, which turned out to be of a burning barn.
Bray then spoke with Abby the witch, who reminded him to behave himself. Laughing at the thought that he would ever be anything like his old self again, Bray told the audience that Abby was a sociopath, which Rambling reminded him was the word of the day.
Needless to say, the second episode was somehow stranger than the first.
Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss
Moments after the bell, Naomi went for the early victory while Alexa was distracted tying her shoes, but could not put her away. Shoes properly tied, Alexa gained momentum, gaining two near falls of her own, but Naomi kicked out of both.
Alexa Bliss’ shoes continued to come untied, eventually coming off altogether. This distraction allowed Naomi to hit her rearview, followed by a split-legged moonsault, winning the match.
Winner: Alexa Bliss
Becky Lynch’s Plans for Money in the Bank
Intrigued by Becky Lynch’s decision to defend both the Raw and SmackDown Live Women’s Championships at Money in the Bank, Charly Caruso interviewed her on the subject.
Charly pointed out that by defending both titles, she was surely lessening her chance of leaving the dual-champion. Becky interrupted her, saying that no one thought she would defeat Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey, either, and promised to still be Becky Two Belts after Money in the Bank.
After being shown a video of herself receiving a beatdown at the hands of Lacey Evans, Becky Lynch’s calm demeanor disappeared, and she demanded that Lacey come to the ring and face her.
Unafraid of a challenge, Lacey Evans marched down the ramp, throwing verbal jabs at Becky as she went, until declaring that she was done talking, and lunging toward The Man. The two then brawled around ringside until they were separated by officials.
Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins vs. The Revival
Raw Tag Champs, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, got off to a good start, flooring Dash Wilder, but their lead did not last long, as Dash and Dawson began picking Zack Ryder apart, taking out their rage toward The Usos.
With a neckbreaker on Dash, Ryder thought for sure he would be able to make it to his teammate, but Dawson stopped him. Unfortunately for The Revival, Zack Ryder trapped Dawson in a roll-up, taking the win for his team.
Winner: Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
The Miz Issues a Challenge
In response to Shane’s vicious actions earlier in the evening, The Miz challenged him to a Steel Cage Match at Money in the Bank during a backstage interview, which Shane McMahon almost immediately accepted on Twitter.
Sami Zayn Still Hates You
Sami Zayn came to the ring to continue his attack on the WWE Universe. He said that, on top of seeing some of the most beautiful sights in the world, as he demonstrated with his vacation pictures last week, his time off gave him time to pursue other interests.
One of these interests included psychology, which made him realize that WWE’s fans suffered from psychological entitlement. To give an example of this, he told a story of a child asking him to sign an action figure at the airport, which he, of course, denied, as he does not owe the fans anything.
And as amazing as quitting WWE would be, it was much more fun to come to the ring every week to berate its terrible fans.
Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe
In an effort to gain retribution for Samoa Joe’s defeat of him at WrestleMania 35, and to prove himself to his fans and his son Dominik, Rey Mysterio challenged Joe a second time.
Looking to put Mysterio away just as quickly as he did at WrestleMania, Samoa Joe wasted no time going after Mysterio, attacking him the moment he made it to the ring.
Mysterio was better prepared this time around, however, and kept Joe at bay with a dive to the outside. Back from commercial, despite outlasting his time at Mania, Mysterio was losing grip fast.
With a DDT on Joe, however, Mysterio cautiously began to climb in momentum. He landed a 619, but when he went for the second, Joe caught it, regaining control of the match.
As he went for an attack, Rey reversed it, pinning Joe’s shoulders to the mat just long enough to win the match. Back on the stage, Mysterio’s son lifted him onto his shoulders as Joe looked on in disbelief.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Universal Championship Contract Signing: Seth Rollins and AJ Styles
Before signing the contract, both competitors were asked what the match meant to them. AJ Styles said, as much as he loved SmackDown Live, he was more than ready to prove himself on Raw. And as much as he respected Seth, he would be doing everything he could to take the Universal Championship at Money in the Bank. Finally, as much as Seth Rollins was compared to himself, there would only ever be one AJ Styles.
Finally, Rollins gave his response, saying that he never wanted to be the next AJ Styles, he simply wanted to be the best Seth Rollins he could be. And Styles may have been the man over on SmackDown, but he was now a part of Monday Night Rollins.
Styles’ speech began to lose the amicable quality that it first held, as he reminded Seth that the Shield was no more, and he would from now on have no one to protect him. After saying again that he would be taking the championship, he signed the contract.
Rollins dropped all niceties as well, reminding AJ Styles that he was the one to have beaten Brock Lesnar, not AJ, and at Money in the Bank, he would use that same energy to retain his title.
Seth Rollins took things a step too far by getting in Styles’ face and a brawl broke out between them. Styles was thrown from the ring, but came back with a Phenomenal Forearm, putting Rollins through the table to close the show.
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) April 30, 2019