The 01/28/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona, 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 #1340 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Boyhood Dream Has Come True
Rollins laid out his two choices: go to SmackDown and face Daniel Bryan, or take a trip to Suplex City. He then said he couldn’t make such a major decision so quickly, and would need time to come up with an answer.
Triple H joined him in the ring and, far from the “Authority” figure from years past, the EVP of WWE talked Rollins up, telling his former protege how proud he was of Rollins for consistently burning it down.
He went on to tell Rollins that he should know better than to wait to make his decision. He needed to take the leap as soon as
Dean Ambrose broke up the touching moment, demanding Triple H give him a match against his former Shield brother, Seth Rollins. Triple H started to leave before giving an answer, so Ambrose got in his face and asked if he didn’t set the match because he didn’t have the power to do so.
Triple H, the epitome of machoness that he is, couldn’t take that kind of talk and agreed to the request by calling a referee to the ring.
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Rollins and Ambrose wasted no time getting to the hard-hitting action, firing on all cylinders the moment the match started.
The Kingslayer got the early advantage, nearly taking the victory with a Curb Stomp, but Ambrose rolled out of the way. From there, Ambrose was able to shift the momentum in his favor, battering his former best friend while taunting him about his recent successes.
Ambrose nearly got the better of Rollins, even scoring a two count at one point, but it was Rollins who walked away victorious after connecting with a Curb Stomp.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Nia Jax and Tamina vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James
Women’s Tag Team Championship Qualifier Match
Post-match, Dean Ambrose remained in the ring. He began “baring his soul” to the audience, but was interrupted by Nia Jax and Tamina.
Jax got in Ambrose’s face, then attacked him from behind when he turned his attention to Tamina. Ambrose left before things got any more physical, but he didn’t look happy about it.
Unsurprisingly, Nia Jax and Tamina gained the upper hand early and held it for much of the match. Using double team tactics, they kept Alexa Bliss far from her corner while working together to wear her down.
When Mickie James finally tagged in, although she managed to get in a flurry of offense against Tamina, it wasn’t long before Nia got both James and Bliss in a Double Samoan Drop, taking the win and the slot in the Women’s Tag Team Championship Match at Elimination Chamber.
Winner: Nia Jax and Tamina
Baron Corbin vs. Kurt Angle
In an attempt at retribution for the constant disrespect thrown his way by Baron Corbin last year, Kurt Angle challenged the former future permanent Raw GM to a match.
Once in the ring, Corbin got right back to disrespecting Angle, but the actual former Raw GM finally had enough, hot starting the match by hitting Corbin in the face.
This was a fairly even back and forth, with Kurt Angle nearly scoring the victory with an Ankle Lock, but Baron escaped, immediately hit a Deep Six, and won the match.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Finn Bálor Lost His Smile
Finn Bálor solemnly came to the ring to address his loss to Brock Lesnar at last night’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view.
He said that, although he was beaten by Brock Lesnar twice (once during the match and once after), it only proved that Lesnar knew Bálor almost had him.
Bobby Lashley and his hype man, Lio Rush, cut in on Bálor’s speech and came to the ring to insult him. When that didn’t produce the desired effect, Lashley pounded an already “injured” Finn Bálor, leaving him lying in the ring.
The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder were out to spark a revival in their careers, but after a rather short match, Hawkins fell victim to The Revival’s Shatter Machine.
Hawkins appeared discouraged, but hopefully teaming with his old pal Zack Ryder will give him the confidence he needs to break that triple digit losing streak.
Winner: The Revival
Ain’t He Great
Elias came to the ring to tell the audience how much he loved Phoenix and its people. Just kidding. He talked trash while telling them how much they should love him and his music – right up until Jeff Jarrett appeared on the stage.
Jarrett did his own introduction, igniting the crowd in a fit of cheers, which only heightened when he was joined by Road Dogg. The D-O-double G did the “call somebody” DX schtick that we all know and love, and then two made their way to the ring while singing “With My Baby Tonight”. Needless to say, this was the greatest segment in the history of television.
Elias did not appreciate Road Dogg and Double J stealing his spotlight and demonstrated this by smashing his guitar over Road Dogg’s back, then Jarrett’s own guitar over his.
Mojo Rawley: Who’s to Blame
Mojo Rawley cut a killer promo backstage, appearing to be airing his grievances to someone sitting across from him. He said that if they weren’t so weak, he wouldn’t be in the position he is (presumably referring to not being used on television).
The camera panned out to reveal he was talking to a mirror the entire time. Hopefully this means good things for Rawley in the near future.
Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan vs. Dana Brooke and Natalya
Women’s Tag Team Championship Qualifier Match
Things got off to a bad start between Brooke and Natalya before they even left the backstage area. The two were shown arguing somewhere in the back over whether or not they should team up at all.
Natalya nearly scored the win for her team with a Sharp Shooter on Liv Morgan, but the submission was broken up by a brawl when Ruby Riott attempted to interfere. This gave the other Riott Squad members an opportunity to snag the victory and get one step closer to the brand new Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Winner: Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan
Ronda Rousey vs. Bayley
Raw Women’s Championship Match
Ronda Rousey came to the ring to discuss her match with Sasha Banks at the Royal Rumble and call out Becky Lynch regarding her decision of which opponent she would challenge at WrestleMania.
This went…very poorly, to say the least. Ronda was getting booed out of the arena (for not being Becky), which clearly rocked her – enough that she was unable to finish the promo out of sheer discomfort.
Luckily, Bayley saved the champ by coming to the stage to accept the open challenge Ronda was eventually supposed to issue.
Bayley dominated this match. She took Ronda to her absolute limits, coming close to defeating Rousey more than once. In fact, it was only with a vicious armbar from Ronda in the final seconds that she was able to overcome the Huggable One.
Winner: Ronda Rousey
A Wild Becky Lynch Appears
After a handshake between Bayley and Rousey, Becky Lynch made a surprise appearance on Raw to confront Rousey face to face.
To the entire world’s delight, Becky Lynch chose her opponent for WrestleMania – Ronda Rousey.
Rousey then made up for her previous promo by crushing the one she angrily spat in Lynch’s face. If there was anyone left who wasn’t insanely pumped for the Mania match between these two, they are now on board with the rest of us.
Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre
Strowman and McIntyre are two men known for their ability to reach unparalleled levels of anger and aggression, so it’s no surprise they went straight for beating the hell out of each other.
The brutality continued until Baron Corbin interfered, causing a disqualification. He tried to continue the beatdown on Strowman, but The Monster Among Men fought him off, pummeling Corbin until McIntyre joined forces with The Lone Wolf, helping him bring Strowman down.
Winner: Braun Strowman (via disqualification)
The Kingslayer Chooses His Match
Seth Rollins was welcomed to the ring, but the crowd got Brock Lesnar and his advocate, Paul Heyman, instead. Heyman went on his usual tirade about Brock being the greatest in the world and, therefore, no one could defeat him (including Seth Rollins).
Rollins interrupted, immediately getting in The Beast’s face, but things quickly went downhill for him when he threw a punch. Lesnar F-5’d Rollins again and again until he was lying in a heap in the ring, then left with a smile.
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