The 01/21/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 #1339 of WWE Monday Night Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
David and Goliath
Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, opened the show to discuss Lesnar’s upcoming match against Finn Bálor (well, Heyman did the talking, Brock Lesnar did the smirking/bouncing).
Paul Heyman said that Bálor was a formidable opponent, regardless of his size and truly believed that Finn believes that he has a chance against Lesnar.
Don’t get it twisted though, neither Heyman nor Lesnar believe Bálor has any chance whatsoever and made that abundantly clear.
Before Heyman and Lesnar left the ring, Vince McMahon joined them in it. Vince said that Finn Bálor is the actual reincarnation of David (as in David and Goliath), then butchered the story of David and Goliath before saying that no one could truly believe Bálor could beat Lesnar, not even the many members of the Bálor Club.
Braun Strowman came out to inform Lesnar that, should he come out of the match victorious, he would be there to give him those hands.
Finn Bálor joined the beef party, reminding everyone that he was the one who beat three other men last week and was more than capable of defeating The Beast. Bálor also corrected the Chairman about the story of David and Goliath – David actually left the giant lying face down in the dirt.
Continuing with the theme, Vince McMahon set a “David and Goliath” match between Finn Bálor and Braun Strowman, to take place immediately.
Braun Strowman vs. Finn Bálor
With a grinning Universal Champion watching from ringside, Braun Strowman dominated Bálor for much of the match. Bálor was able to shift the momentum with a Slingblade, but as he was gaining momentum, Strowman threw Bálor into Lesnar, who put him down with a suplex.
Finn Bálor would not be deterred, however, and came back with a vengeance, laying out Lesnar before taking Strowman out with a Coup de Grâce. Bálor was about to seal the victory when Lesnar hit an F-5, causing a disqualification.
Winner: Finn Bálor (via disqualification)
The Epic Pose-Off
Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush came to the ring with a podium, ready to present Lashley and his new Intercontinental Championship to the WWE Universe.
Lashley had only gotten in one good pose when he was interrupted by Apollo Crews. Crews challenged Lashley to a match, which Rush countered with a “pose-off.” If Apollo won the pose-off, he could have a match against the All Mighty.
Bobby Lashley vs. Apollo Crews
Whether Apollo actually won the pose-off, or Bobby Lashley was simply ready to fight, was unclear. But either way, Crews got his wish.
Apollo Crews clearly wasn’t taking his opportunity lightly and gave Bobby Lashley everything he had, but
Lashley and Rush’s exit was slowed down by Seth Rollins’ entrance. Lashley and Rollins stared each other down before going their separate ways.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Seth Rollins is Great but Drew McIntyre is Greater
Before the match, Seth Rollins came to the ring to talk about his life. He said that recent weeks have been particularly rough for him, as he lost both his Shield brothers and the Intercontinental Championship. But as long as he held on to his passion for WWE (which would be forever), he would continue to be the unwearying Seth Freakin’ Rollins and use that energy to win the Royal Rumble match.
Drew McIntyre joined Rollins to say that he held many of the same qualities as Rollins, only he was better. McIntyre said he couldn’t wait to see Seth’s face as he threw The Kingslayer over the top rope, eliminating him from the Rumble and taking the victory for himself.
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre
Rollins and McIntyre had an exciting back and forth match, neither man holding the upper hand for long. Both men were anxious to prove themselves, particularly against the other, headed into the pay-per-view and it showed.
After a hard-fought match, Rollins stole the victory with a roll-up, enraging the Scottish Psychopath – just in time for the two to meet in the Royal Rumble match on Sunday.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose Promo
Backstage, or perhaps in a back alley somewhere, Dean Ambrose cut a promo first running down Seth Rollins, then describing how he planned to beat Rollins and 28 other competitors in the Royal Rumble match.
Lucha House Party vs. Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers
Given another three-man group to face, all three members of LHP were able to compete. After a short match, Gran Metalik claimed the victory for his team by pinning one of the Singh brothers.
Winner: Lucha House Party
Elias Finally Finishes a Song
Elias was mid-song (as usual) when he was interrupted by Baron Corbin. The Lone Wolf was upset that Elias almost got him killed last week when he gave away Corbin’s hiding spot to The Monster Among Men.
Tired of the constant disruptions, Elias demanded that Baron’s mic be cut so he could continue his song. Elias apparently has some friends in production, as Corbin was silenced, allowing Elias to finish his song. In it, he reminded Baron that he had been fired from his GM position, causing Corbin to lunge at him. This turned out to be a mistake on Corbin’s part, as he instantly had a guitar swung at his head.
Elias vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin was less than happy about almost taking a guitar to the face, but his anger wasn’t enough to defeat Elias easily. The Drifter kept Corbin down until he finally became frustrated and threw a cheap shot, hitting Elias in the throat before landing an End of Days, winning the match in the process.
Winner: Baron Corbin
A Moment of Bliss: Royal Rumble
Alexa Bliss listed the women announced for the Royal Rumble match, then welcomed a “known favorite” to win, Nia Jax, to join her on stage.
This quickly turned into all the women of Raw coming to the stage, each staking claim in the victory on Sunday. A massive brawl broke out but swiftly moved to the backstage area, leaving Bliss to continue her show.
Alexa had just announced that she would be entering the match herself when she was cut off by a debuting Lacey Evans, who also threw her hat in the running for
Heavy Machinery vs. The Ascension
In a half-step above a squash (but we got to see Otis’ signature move, the caterpillar, so who’s complaining), Otis and Tucker of Heavy Machinery defeated The Ascension in their debut match on the main roster.
Winner: Heavy Machinery
The Revival vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Earlier in the evening, The Revival approached Vince McMahon, demanding a rematch against Gable and Roode, this time with a different referee. McMahon agreed, and as Curt Hawkins happened to be standing there, appointed him as referee of the match.
The Revival did their best to win by bending the rules, but Curt Hawkins never missed a beat, stopping them in their tracks each time. Because of this, things almost got physical between Hawkins and Dawson during the match, but Hawkins kept his cool.
Eventually, Bobby Roode won fair and square, which Dash and Dawson were not happy about it. Hawkins went as far as to show them their unsportsmanlike tactics on the big screen but was attacked by The Revival for his trouble.
Never fear, however, Hawkins was saved by none other than Zack Ryder, who ran Dash and Dawson off before helping the newly appointed referee to his feet.
Winner: Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
Before the match, Ronda Rousey gave a very strange speech that was honestly a little hard to follow, but the gist of it was that she would defeat Sasha Banks at the Rumble.
Once in the ring, Bayley and Natalya were forced to hold their respective partners back, as Sasha and Ronda were ready to tear each other apart. Sasha quickly proved who was boss when she grounded Natalya the moment the bell rang.
Banks came close to a victory when she locked in a Banks Statement on Rousey, but Natalya helped the champ escape. Sasha had better luck the second time around, when she trapped Natalya in the Banks Statement, tapping her out.
Rousey and Banks got in each other’s face again post-match. Needless to say, these two are going to pull out all the stops on Sunday.
Winner: Sasha Banks and Bayley
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