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WWE Raw Results: January 7 2019

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The 01/07/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, 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 #1337 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

Backstage Brawl: Rollins and Lashley

Before the official opening segment, Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley were shown in the middle of a brawl backstage, with several members of the Raw roster unsuccessfully attempting to pull the men from each other.

To the delight of the live crowd, the fight spilled out into the arena, where more officials joined in on the pull-apart and finally separated them.

John Cena Suuuuuucks

The moment the brawl ended, a neon green clad John Cena made his return to live television. He excitedly welcomed the audience to The Road to WrestleMania before announcing that he would be an entrant in this year’s Royal Rumble match.

The Scottish Psychopath, Drew McIntyre, clearly thought Cena was a little too cheerful and came out to rain on the parade. McIntyre gave John the speech we all knew was coming, building himself up before revealing that he had come out with one goal in mind: to beat up John Cena.

Cena reminded McIntyre that countless superstars had approached him with the same plan in the past, and very few of them were able to succeed. McIntyre was determined, however, and the two prepared for a match.

Before the action started, Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush appeared, demanding that someone bring down Seth Rollins, as he has been completely out of control as of late. Of course, Rollins ran out to attack Lashley and Rush but was shortly joined by Dean Ambrose, who inserted himself in the action. John Cena jumped out of the ring to assist, and his place was quickly taken by Finn Bálor.

Finn Bálor, John Cena, & Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre, Dean Ambrose, & Bobby Lashley

During a commercial break, the four men outside of the ring put their differences aside long enough to agree that they didn’t want to be left out of the action, and when we came back, a six-man tag match had broken out.

Bálor kicked things off for his team but was quickly cut off, taking quite a bit of punishment while unable to make a tag. At last, Cena relieved Bálor but didn’t get far before he was taken out by Dean Ambrose, who pummeled him for several minutes.

After getting his wind back, Finn Bálor tagged in and did his best to gain retribution for his partner, going straight for Ambrose. Bálor had The Lunatic right where he wanted him, even hitting a Coup de Grâce, but Drew McIntyre intervened.

At this point, the Kingslayer finally got his turn in the action, and he and McIntyre absolutely laid into each other until Dean Ambrose tagged in. This turned out to be a mistake on Ambrose’s part, as he was almost immediately pinned by Rollins after being hit with a Curb Stomp.

Post-match, Triple H was shown on the big screen, appearing to be in discussion with Bayley and Sasha Banks. The sight of The Game seemed to enrage Rollins, who abruptly left for the backstage area.

Backstage, Rollins got right in Triple H’s face and demanded an Intercontinental Championship match against Dean Ambrose – tonight. Triple H agreed, and added a falls count anywhere stipulation.

Winner: Seth Rollins, John Cena, and Finn Bálor

Thank You, Mean Gene

As promised, Hulk Hogan made his entrance to pay respects to his good friend, “Mean” Gene Okerlund. A video package was shown encapsulating some of Gene’s finest moments in WWE, a fantastic tribute to a one in a million talent. Mean Gene will truly be missed by all.

Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival

Raw Tag Team Championship Lumberjack Match

With the rest of the Raw tag division surrounding the ring, The Revival came to give Gable and Roode their best shot. Unfortunately for Dash and Dawson, the matching robes seem to have upped Gable and Roode’s game, and they allowed very little offense from their opponents for much of the match.

The Revival were beginning to pick up steam when Chad Gable snuck out a victory for his team – literally, as Scott Dawson’s foot was under the ropes during the pin, but the referee missed it, declaring Gable and Roode the victors even though they didn’t quite deserve it.

Winner: Chad Gable and Bobby Roode

Elias vs. Baron Corbin

Equipped with his signature guitar/stool combo, Elias introduced a song he wrote about Baron Corbin after reminding the audience that he would be a 2019 Royal Rumble competitor.

Former future permanent general manager, Baron Corbin, came to stop the concert. After lobbing some insults Elias’ way, Corbin revealed that he would also be competing in the Royal Rumble match. Elias was tired of listening to him talk, however, and got straight into a match against Corbin.

Determined to put an end to the building trend of constant embarrassment, Baron Corbin did his best to bring down The Drifter. That is until Elias had enough and beat Baron senseless.

With a final burst of energy, Corbin hit Elias with an End of Days, scoring the victory and perhaps regaining a sliver of dignity.

Winner: Baron Corbin

The Monster Clashes with The Beast

Braun Strowman came to the ring more than ready to give Brock Lesnar those hands. Instead, he got Lesnar and Paul Heyman on the big screen, mocking him while denying him the chance to get physical with The Beast.

Strowman continued his attempts to provoke Lesnar, and eventually, it worked. Ignoring the advice of his advocate, Lesnar came to the ring to hear what Strowman had to say in person.

Lesnar stood by the ring for a moment as he and Strowman sized each other up, but without a word, and certainly without any hands thrown, Lesnar simply turned and walked back up the ramp. Strowman got the final word, telling The Beast that he would not be making it out of the Rumble in one piece.

Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox vs. Apollo Crews and Ember Moon

After throwing some thinly veiled insults at the crowd, Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox went head to head with Apollo Crews and Ember Moon in a mixed tag match.

Ember and Apollo showed excellent teamwork, defeating their opponents in mere moments.

Winner: Ember Moon and Apollo Crews

A Moment of Bliss: Ronda Rousey

A Moment of Bliss has been made into to a full-on talk show, and for the first official episode, Bliss invited Ronda Rousey to join her. Ronda Rousey gave a speech about the unsung hero of Raw, revealing at the end that she was referring to Sasha Banks (to Bliss’ dismay, as she thought Rousey was speaking of her).

Nia Jax interrupted the conversation to ridicule Ronda regarding the speech she made about Sasha Banks, who then joined them. She thanked Ronda for her kind words before saying that she would love a Raw Women’s Championship match, as it would give her an opportunity to teach Ronda how to lose with class.

Jax kept the stream of insults going, telling Banks that she had no right to challenge the champ, as she was the rightful challenger. Banks eventually had enough and marched to the ring for a match.

Sasha Banks vs. Nia Jax

Raw Women’s Championship Number One Contender Match

With Bayley and Tamina in their respective corners, Sasha Banks and Nia Jax went one-on-one for the chance to face Ronda Rousey in a Raw Women’s Championship match at the Royal Rumble.

Nia Jax held nothing back against Ronda’s favorite superstar, determined to retain her self-appointed place as number one contender. Banks took more than one brutal attack but persevered to the end, snagging the win and the championship match with her Banks Statement.

Winner: Nia Jax

Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins

Intercontinental Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match

Dean Ambrose made his entrance first, but before he could make it to the ring, he was attacked from behind by Rollins. It wasn’t long at all before the violence moved backstage, the ex-Shield brothers beating the tar out of each other using every object they could find.

The fight moved back into the arena, but the level of savagery stayed exactly the same. This match showcased the intensity we’ve been looking for; the kind that only good friends or slightly unhinged performers can deliver (in this case, we had both).

Just as it looked as though Rollins would defeat Ambrose fair and square, he was ambushed by Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. To put an exclamation point on the assault, Lashley put Rollins through a table after he suffered a defeat at the hands of Ambrose.

Winner: Dean Ambrose

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