The 02/25/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, 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 #1344 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Roman Reigns Returns
The roof nearly exploded off the State Farm Arena as Roman Reigns made his long-awaited return to the WWE ring. After taking several minutes to soak in the adoration of the crowd, Roman grabbed a mic.
He thanked the fans for all of their love and support while he was away, and said how much he missed everyone. He said he used to be nervous to share such personal details about his life, but now that he has, he was going to use his platform to raise awareness and give support to others.
Roman Reigns then gave his update: he was in remission. Therefore, The Big Dog is back. Once again, the crowd absolutely exploded with cheers, and Roman thanked them again before making his way back up the ramp.
Once he was back on the stage, he was met by Seth Rollins, and the two embraced, clearly overjoyed to be together again.
Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Revival
After losing to DIY last week, The Revival weren’t taking any chances against their new NXT opponents, attacking Aleister Black and Ricochet before the match started.
Black got his revenge almost immediately, however, bringing destruction to both Dash and Dawson. The tag champs did their best to stop him, but Dawson was ultimately hit with a Black Mass after Ricochet took Dash out of the equation with a dive.
Winner: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Who Wants to Interrupt Elias
Elias had just strummed his first chord when he was interrupted by Lacey Evans and her strut down the ramp. As usual, she said nothing, just wanted to remind the WWE Universe what a classy lady looks like.
Before he could continue, he was interrupted again by Dean Ambrose. Dean was in the middle of demanding a No Disqualification Match against Drew McIntyre when Elias tried to play him away.
Ambrose said that he didn’t know why Elias was so upset, he only came out to request a song. He ran through a list of his favorite songs, asking Elias if he knew them, but Elias was not amused and tried to hit Dean over the head with his guitar. Ambrose ducked the attack and left before Elias could do any real damage.
Even though his guitar wasn’t broken, Elias couldn’t continue his song, as he was interrupted yet again by The Riott Squad.
The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan) vs. Natalya and Ronda Rousey
Sarah Logan went straight for Natalya but was only able to get a bit of offense before Natalya pulled Logan back to her corner and tagged in Ronda Rousey. From here, Rousey and Natalya pummeled The Riott Squad, even laying out Liv Morgan for attempting to intervene in the action.
At some point during the commercial break, Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan gained control and
Lynch struck Natalya with her crutch, causing a disqualification, and was subsequently attacked by Ronda Rousey. The Man beat Ronda down with her crutches once again, fighting off officials as long as she could, but was eventually escorted away by police.
Ronda Rousey demanded to speak to Vince McMahon but got Stephanie instead. Rousey insisted Becky Lynch be reinstated on the roster and in the WrestleMania match so she could get vengeance on The Man. Stephanie said it was impossible, as Lynch was currently “on the road to jail.”
After throwing some insults at Becky, Ronda got in Stephanie’s face. Rousey said that she didn’t want to fight Vince’s chosen one, Charlotte Flair, she wanted to fight the woman she had heat with, Becky Lynch.
She then laid the Raw Women’s Championship at Stephanie’s feet, told her to make the right choice, and left the ring.
Winner: Ronda Rousey and Natalya (via disqualification)
Jinder Mahal Open Challenge
Jinder Mahal came to the ring to express his displeasure in not being invited to Ric Flair’s 70th birthday party. To get back at those who were, Mahal issued an open challenge to anyone who
The call was answered by none other than Kurt Angle, who came ready to make Mahal regret his decision. Angle was quickly caught in a submission hold by Mahal, but eventually escaped, gaining momentum from there.
With several suplexes and an ankle lock, Kurt Angle won the match, then suplexed both Sunil and Samir for good measure.
Winner: Kurt Angle
A Moment of Bliss: Finn Bálor
Before welcoming her guest for the evening, Alexa Bliss gave her thoughts on Ronda Rousey’s apparent vacating of the title. She said she never liked Rousey anyway, and implied that she didn’t appreciate the red carpet treatment Rousey was given.
She then announced her guest, Finn Bálor, who joined her on the stage. Bliss complimented Bálor’s abs and said that if he showed them to her, she would show him…
But we never learned what she had in mind, as they were interrupted by Lio Rush. Rush had come to remind Bálor once again that he was undeserving of the Intercontinental Championship. He had been sent to obtain a rematch for Bobby Lashley, and Bálor gladly accepted a match, but not the one Rush had intended. Instead of Lashley challenging him for the IC title, it would be Lio Rush.
Lio asked for some time to prepare, but Alexa announced that the match would be taking place right then.
Finn Bálor (c) vs. Lio Rush
Intercontinental Championship Match
Rush was hesitant to face Bálor without the support of Bobby Lashley, but more than held his own against the champ. In fact, Lio Rush had the upper hand for much of the match, using his high-flying offense to wear Bálor down.
Bálor suffered a knee “injury” early on, which Rush took full advantage of, giving the knee his complete attention. Rush came close to snagging the victory more than once, but after Bálor hit him with a 1916 and immediately followed it with a Coup de Grâce, Rush’s dreams of holding the Intercontinental Championship were dashed.
Winner: Finn Bálor
Otis is Not a Pig
Backstage, Konnor and Viktor of The Ascension cornered Big Tuck of Heavy Machinery. They asked where his pet pig was (referring to Otis), and lobbed several other insults Otis’ way. Tucker advised that they refrain from insulting Otis, as he was sure his partner wouldn’t find it funny.
Otis appeared on the scene, where Tucker caught him up on the conversation. As promised, Otis did not take it well, and attacked both Konnor and Viktor before leaving with Tucker.
Bobby Lashley vs. Braun Strowman
Bobby Lashley harshly reprimanded Lio Rush backstage before the match. Not only did Rush get a match for himself against Bálor instead of Lashley, but he lost said match, embarrassing them both.
Lashley’s match against Braun Strowman didn’t help their reputation much, though, as he and Rush were both crushed by Strowman before the match ever started.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
No Disqualification Match
As he personally demanded the match earlier in the evening, it’s no surprise that Dean Ambrose meant business. He attacked Drew McIntyre before the bell rang, taking the Scottish Psychopath by surprise. Ambrose removed his belt to use against McIntyre but was hit with it himself instead.
McIntyre then had a few minutes of control but was soon overwhelmed by Ambrose, who beat him down relentlessly. Ambrose looked to be closing in on the win when he was attacked from behind by Elias and his guitar. This weakened Ambrose enough that he lost the match to McIntyre shortly after.
Ambrose was then ambushed by McIntyre, Elias, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin. The four brutalized Ambrose until he was saved by Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns, who speared the attackers into submission.
Although they weren’t going to stand by while Dean Ambrose was savagely assaulted, Reigns and Rollins weren’t quite ready to forgive Ambrose for his antics while Reigns was away, and left him lying in the ring when they were sure he was no longer in danger.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Bayley vs. Nia Jax
With Tamina and Sasha Banks in their respective corners, Nia Jax and Bayley went one-on-one in preparation for the tag team championship match set between them and their teammates at Fastlane.
Nia Jax rag-dolled Bayley for much of the match, giving Bayley no chance to fight back. And when Sasha Banks got close to Bayley to check on her, she was attacked by Nia Jax as well. This cost Jax, however, as Bayley took the opportunity to kick Nia while she was distracted, then landed her elbow drop, scoring the victory.
Ric Flair’s 70th Birthday Bash
With the entire Raw roster on the stage, Stephanie McMahon and Triple H made their way to the ring to kick off Ric Flair’s birthday party. They then welcomed the rest of the party-goers to join them; the star-studded line-up consisted of Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat, Kurt Angle, and Sting.
Before summoning the guest of honor, Stephanie and Triple H unveiled a custom belt made especially for Flair. Ric’s music hit but he never made it to the ring. He never even made it out of his dressing room, in fact, as he was viciously attacked by a returning Dave Batista.
Batista called out Triple H, demanding to know if he had The Game’s attention. Triple H ran backstage to save Flair but was too late, Ric Flair appeared unconscious on the ground and Batista was gone.
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