The 02/18/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Cajundome in Lafayette, Louisiana, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1343 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Triple H Makes History
Triple H opened the show to go over the events of last night’s Elimination Chamber event. When he got to Becky Lynch appearing to attack both Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey, he said that, from a corporate standpoint, he had to say that if she did it again, she would be arrested, but personally, he thought it was pretty damn cool.
After announcing that he and the rest of Degeneration-X will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame during this year’s WrestleMania weekend, he said that history would be made today, as no less than four members of the NXT roster would be making their Raw debut: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa.
Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin
As Braun Strowman was a little worse for wear after last night’s brutal attack at the hands of Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre, and Bobby Lashley, Corbin was able to get the early advantage, doing much more damage to Strowman than he probably should have been able to.
Corbin worked Strowman’s “injured” ribs throughout the match, stopping The Monster from gaining too much momentum. Even though he held the upper hand for much of the match, without his new friends there to help him, Corbin was eventually thrown through a table by Strowman.
On his way up the ramp, Strowman ran into Paul Heyman, who sarcastically threw him a “good match,” so Strowman grabbed him by the throat. The crowd was rabid for Strowman to put Paul through a table, but Heyman made it through the interaction unharmed.
Winner: Braun Strowman
The History of The Beast
After pulling himself together, Paul Heyman made his way to the ring to give the audience a Brock Lesnar history lesson.
Illustrating Lesnar’s journey from the farm, to the amateur wrestling ring, to the UFC octagon, to becoming conquerer of WWE, Heyman said that there was simply no way Seth Rollins would be defeating The Beast at WrestleMania.
The crowd disagreed with him, but Heyman said there just wasn’t enough fire in Rollins’ soul to burn down Suplex City.
Finn Bálor’s Dreams Come True
Finn Bálor came to the ring to tell the crowd all about his childhood spent watching wrestling, dreaming of one day holding a title in WWE, and how proud he was to have made that dream a reality.
Lio Rush appeared on the stage to declare that Bálor did not deserve to be Intercontinental Champion, distracting Bálor long enough for Bobby Lashley to attack him from behind. Lashley and Rush proceeded to double team Bálor until the champ was saved by Ricochet.
Finn Bálor and Ricochet vs. Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
As promised, Ricochet made his Raw debut – by teaming up with Finn Bálor, an alliance that basically broke the internet.
Ricochet started things off for his team, taking Lio Rush down with relative ease. A frustrated Rush tagged out, giving Lashley a shot at the One and Only. Lashley had a little more luck against Ricochet, but was unable to put him away.
Finn Bálor seemed excited at the idea of going one on one with Lio Rush again, but Rush quickly tagged out. After taking a few moments to wear Bálor down, Lashley gave the ring back to Rush, who was promptly clobbered by Bálor.
Lashley and Rush bent the rules a little to take Bálor down a few pegs, but Bálor refused to be defeated. After suffering a beating at the hands of Lashley, Bálor tagged in Ricochet, who demonstrated his impressive arsenal of high flying moves to the Raw crowd.
Finally with a 630 on Lio Rush, Ricochet won the match for his team.
Winner: Ricochet and Finn Bálor
Drew McIntyre Makes Demands
Jealous of the special treatment Triple H’s NXT Superstars appeared to be getting, Drew McIntyre demanded a match against Seth Rollins to prove why he deserved the
At that moment, Dean Ambrose walked right up to Drew and smacked him in the face, then walked away. Triple H asked McIntyre if he still wanted to fight Rollins, or if he had a new opponent in mind, and a match was set between Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntyre.
Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado) vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Still on a mission to end his triple digit losing streak, Curt Hawkins kicked things off against Gran Metalik. Although Hawkins and Ryder came close to defeating Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado was able to snag the victory with a rollup on Curt Hawkins.
Winner: Lucha House Party
Steaks and Weights, Tucky
Tucker and Otis of Heavy Machinery were interviewed by Charly Caruso about what the WWE Universe could expect from them. Otis and Tuck were just getting started discussing the finer points of “steaks and weights” when they were interrupted by Lacey Evans and her
Evans looked to be about to speak but was interrupted herself by Heavy Machinery’s entrance music, and they gave a strut of their own.
Otis, Tucker, and Evans could make for a hilarious team if that’s the direction we’re headed.
The Revival vs. DIY (Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano)
Backstage before the match, DIY
The Revival broke up the reunion, attempting to further damper DIY’s spirits, but Ciampa informed both teams that he and Johnny were not there to gain respect, but to make a statement at The Revival’s expense.
Despite Johnny’s insistence that he and Ciampa are not friends over on NXT, he and his former tag partner gelled well against Dawson and Dash, working together to keep the champs down.
Determined not to lose after they had fought so hard to get to the top, The Revival
Dawson and Dash threw everything they had at Ciampa and Gargano, hitting their biggest and best moves, but no matter what they did, they couldn’t defeat DIY.
With their old DIY double team finisher, Meeting in the Middle, Ciampa and Gargano managed to pin Scott Dawson, defeating the Raw Tag Team Champions.
Raw is Ricochet
Backstage, Charly Caruso approached Ricochet and Finn Bálor regarding their victory against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. Finn Bálor said he had his time last night at Elimination Chamber, and tonight belonged to Ricochet.
Ricochet joyfully talked about how it felt to be on Monday Night Raw and how excited he was for the future.
Kevin Owens is Coming Back
Kevin Owens was shown in a movie theater with his son, Owen. He said that, although he is thoroughly enjoying the extra time he’s been able to spend with his family, he is getting close to coming back to WWE and couldn’t be more ready.
Sasha Banks and Bayley
The brand new Women’s Tag Team Champions, Bayley and Sasha Banks, came to the ring to talk about their journey from NXT to the main roster to becoming champions, and the fact that they did it all together. They would gladly face any women to challenge them, no matter the brand.
Nia Jax and Tamina came out to rain on the lovefest between Bayley and Sasha, and although Nia threw a few verbal jabs, specifically at Sasha Banks, the champs managed to chase them away before they could do any physical damage.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose
After Dean Ambrose’s blatant disrespect backstage, Drew McIntyre was more than prepared to kick the tar out of the former Shield member.
Ambrose kept the Scottish Psychopath at bay for a few moments, but with two Claymore Kicks (the first to bring him down, the second to get revenge), Drew McIntyre defeated Ambrose.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Seth Rollins is Ready for The Beast
Seth Rollins responded to Paul Heyman’s lengthy speech about The Beast. Rollins said that he knew exactly what he was doing, and exactly who he was up against. And whether he walked out of the arena, or was carried out on a stretcher, he would be Universal Champion after WrestleMania.
Dean Ambrose arrived on the scene, and asked Rollins why he didn’t come to help him against Drew McIntyre. Rollins asked if Ambrose had completely lost his mind, obviously confused as to why Ambrose would suddenly think they were friends again. Ambrose didn’t give a definite response, simply shrugged and walked away.
Elias vs. Aleister Black
Elias told the Lafayette crowd that he was not going to play a song for them, he was done with that. Instead, he was going to play a song for himself, and hopefully put himself to sleep so he didn’t have to look at the audience anymore. He didn’t get very far, however, as he was interrupted by a debuting Aleister Black.
Black came to the ring, informing Elias that he would gladly put him to sleep by making him fade to black. Elias was able to get the better of Aleister for a good portion of the
Winner: Aleister Black
Ronda Rousey vs. Ruby Riott
Raw Women’s Championship Match
In an attempt at retribution for the squash she suffered at the hands of Ronda Rousey last night, Ruby Riott challenged the champ once again.
Ruby Riott lasted far longer than she did at Elimination Chamber, getting so confident that at one point she talked trash to the champ after knocking her off her feet. Rousey almost caught Riott in an armbar, but Ruby was saved by her Riott Squad teammates.
After diving on Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, preventing them from interfering again, Rousey went for a second armbar, locking it in this time and defeating Ruby Riott.
Morgan and Logan tried to attack Rousey
Winner: Ronda Rousey
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