The 07/01/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, 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 #1362 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley
Falls Count Anywhere Match
.@BraunStrowman and @fightbobby just destroyed each other. #RAW #FallsCountAnywhere pic.twitter.com/wbXuE0ER2w— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Braun Strowman came to the ring confident that he would score a quick victory as he did in both the arm wrestling and tug of war competitions, but though he rocked Bobby Lashley in the early moments, Lashley was determined not to be made a fool of a third time, and used the falls count anywhere stipulation to his advantage.
The action quickly spilled into the arena, where Bobby remained the dominant competitor, but things evened out eventually, Braun becoming frustrated at the rare beatdown he was receiving.
The two brawled through the crowd, then back down toward the stage, where they vaulted through the screens behind the stage, causing an explosion of electricity, which appeared to render both competitors unconscious.
Officials scrambled to extinguish any “fires” and stretcher out both Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman.
The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. The Viking Raiders
Too soon to call this…VINTAGE @WWEBigE?! #RAW pic.twitter.com/wnxoJOQMGw— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
The New Day kicked things off in their usual jocular style but were forced to buckle down when it became clear that The Viking Raiders had no interest in a light-hearted contest.
Erik and Ivar were laying into Big E, but before Xavier Woods could even tag in, he was attacked from behind by Samoa Joe. Kofi Kingston ran down to make the save and a brawl broke out between all 6 competitors.
Winner: The New Day (via disqualification)
The New Day vs. The Viking Raiders and Samoa Joe
One of many reasons you should #JoinTheRaid.#RAW #VikingRaiders @Erik_WWE pic.twitter.com/dSq01V1ZQL— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
In contrast to the match previously, The New Day wasted no time with frivolities. But their commitment to solemnity did little to help them against their vicious opponents of Erik, Ivar, and Samoa Joe.
Xavier Woods received a brutal beating at the hands of Joe and The Viking Raiders, only finding relief when he tagged in Kofi Kingston. Kofi, who had not suffered a Coquina Clutch (yet), was slightly fresher than Woods and found a bit more success in gaining momentum for his team.
Unfortunately for The New Day, Kofi Kingston was soon trapped in the Coquina Clutch and rendered unconscious, losing the match.
Winner: Samoa Joe and The Viking Raiders
Drake Maverick Makes a Tough Choice
It’s either @1ReneeMichelle or the #247Championship for @WWEMaverick. #RAW pic.twitter.com/I9dfw1hUQM— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
In a rookie relationship mistake, Drake Maverick brought his wife, who was expecting a honeymoon surprise, to Raw. It didn’t take long for her to catch on to what he was trying to do and told him that he was obsessed with the 24/7 Championship, and forced him to choose between her or the title.
Maverick chose love over gold, but his resolve was tested immediately, as R-Truth just happened to be walking by with the 24/7 title. He approved of Drake’s decision, then walked away with Maverick’s true love.
No Way Jose vs. Cesaro
#247Championship shenanigans aside…@WWECesaro is in NO MOOD for jokes. #RAW pic.twitter.com/hWAharPk9t— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Jose came congaing down to the ring, as always, but with Drake Maverick and his wife in the front row enjoying Raw, it was revealed that one of the partiers was R-Truth. Truth flaunted his championship to Maverick one more time before being chased away by the gaggle of contenders.
Before the match ever began, Cesaro leveled No Way Jose, not bothering to try to take an official win before walking back up the ramp.
Raw Gets A Touch of Swagger
THE SWAG has officially arrived on Monday Night #RAW!#StreetProfits @AngeloDawkins @MontezFordWWE pic.twitter.com/TRM3DSCSRo— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Backstage with Charly Caruso, the NXT Tag Team Champions, The Street Profits, made their first Raw appearance. Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford started the party at once, singing and dancing with Charly as they playfully spoke about being ready for new challenges.
The Deadman Returns
⚡️ The mind games have begun… ⚡️#RAW #Undertaker pic.twitter.com/wAEzYBwoAu— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
The dastardly duo, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre, came to the ring to boast that they had beaten Roman Reigns so bad that he begged The Undertaker to come save him last week on Raw. But it didn’t matter, because he may have surprised them, but he would still be the one to go down at Extreme Rules.
Drew McIntyre then called out The Deadman personally, which may have been a mistake, as the lights began to flash, thunder rolled through the arena, and everything went dark as lightning cracked the ring.
The Undertaker made his slow descent down the ramp, but Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre decided against holding their ground, clambering out of the ring and into the crowd area before Taker stepped foot between the ropes.
The Undertaker had come to clear the air; Roman Reigns did not, in fact, ask for his help, he gave it willingly. Shane McMahon clearly hadn’t learned his lesson at WrestleMania 32, and Drew McIntyre had never been taught, so Taker would gladly put them in their place at Extreme Rules.
Natalya vs. Lacey Evans
And there goes @LaceyEvansWWE…— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Don’t underestimate @NatbyNature! #RAW pic.twitter.com/g3uzxj58Nn
Lacey Evans began the match in dominant fashion, surprising Natalya with her merciless moveset. Natayla quickly got her feet under her, however, and came back with a vengeance.
The Queen of Harts may have won the match, had her foot not been swept by Baron Corbin, who watched his new lady intently at ringside. This distraction gave Lacey Evans the opportunity to strike with a Woman’s Right, taking the win.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Gallows and Anderson Pull the Strings
“The @AJStylesOrg I know would walk up to @KingRicochet, accept the challenge, and slap him across the face!” – @KarlAndersonWWE #RAW pic.twitter.com/R5HVGCjRLJ— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Backstage, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson played both AJ Styles and Ricochet like fiddles. First, Anderson went as far as to put his wife on the line to motivate Styles to challenge and defeat Ricochet in a United States Championship Match.
The Club then approached Ricochet, putting the idea in his head that he needed to watch his back, because someone was coming for him.
In their final act, they again confronted AJ Styles, telling him that Ricochet had claimed Styles an easy opponent, disrespecting him to the highest degree.
Disconcerted by the news, Styles planned to have some words with Ricochet, but that didn’t fit with The Club’s design for the return of evil AJ Styles. They fired him up before suggesting that he slap Ricochet in the face instead – and so he did.
The Miz vs. Elias
2-Out-Of-3 Falls Match
Who will earn the decisive third fall in this #2OutOf3Falls showdown between @IAmEliasWWE and @mikethemiz?! #RAW pic.twitter.com/PtgyjPQCAz— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Determined not to allow another embarrassment like he did last week at the hands of Elias and Shane McMahon, Miz took no chances against The Drifter, attacking him the second he stepped in the ring.
With little resistance, Miz took the first fall, but Elias wasn’t keen on suffering a shutout loss and got himself together in time to take the second fall for himself with a Drift Away.
In the third portion of the match, Elias held firm control of the action, completely turning the tables on The A-Lister. Alas, Elias lost his grip when Miz dodged a knee strike, causing Elis to launch himself into a ringpost. This knee “injury” left Elias vulnerable to Miz’s Figure Four submission, which he tapped out to almost instantly.
Winner: The Miz
Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Mike and Maria Kanellis
You know who’s not impressed by @WWERollins & @BeckyLynchWWE?@MariaLKanellis & @RealMikeBennett! #RAW pic.twitter.com/dfSnW61SiW— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
In a backstage interview, Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins were discussing whether or not Rollins was impulsive, considering he made a snap decision to accept a winner take all match between himself and Becky and Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. But before they could come to a conclusion, Maria Kanellis appeared on the scene, offended that Seth and Becky claimed to be the first couple of WWE when it was clearly Mike and Maria Kanellis.
They challenged Rollins and Lynch to a mixed tag match, which the champs, of course, accepted (this time Lynch jumping to agree instead of Rollins).
Before the match, Maria said flat out that she was the one in charge, and she meant it. Soon after the action began, Mike began losing steam, but when he tried to tag out, she demanded he get back to work. Finally, Mike was so worn down that he couldn’t stand, and was forced to tag Maria into the match.
Maria lept from the apron, grabbed a microphone and cut a promo, not on her opponents, but on her “useless” husband. To avoid a beatdown from Becky Lynch, she announced that she was pregnant, and this kept Becky away from her…but not away from Mike, who tapped out to the Dis-Arm-Her.
Winner: Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins
The Beast is Here…?
.@HeymanHustle‘s client @BrockLesnar COULD be in the building tonight…and it has The #StreetProfits @AngeloDawkins & @MontezFordWWE PUMPED! #RAW pic.twitter.com/gbJ4UlmTXU— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
Backstage, Charly Caruso was speechless, but Paul Heyman knew exactly what to say, snatching the microphone to announce that Brock Lesnar might be in the building, so Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston should be on their toes.
In an unusual turn of events, Heyman’s promo was cut short, as The Street Profits chose this moment to step into the picture once more, doing their best to banter with Heyman, who remained unamused and left.
A Moment of Bliss: Nikki Cross
Safe to say @NikkiCrossWWE is excited to be on A #MomentOfBliss… #RAW pic.twitter.com/VeVSIgrIXu— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Back on Alexa Bliss’ good side after winning her a rematch against Bayley at Extreme Rules, Nikki Cross was welcomed to her special edition of Moment of Bliss with open arms.
However, the heartwarming moment between Alexa and Nikki was cut short, as Carmella interrupted the show. She called Alexa out for using Nikki Cross for her own personal gain, reminding both of them that wasn’t real friendship.
Carmella and Alexa decided to settle their differences in the ring, and before Alexa knew what hit her, Carmella had pinned the Goddess and won the match.
Carmella vs. Nikki Cross
Way to make your #RAW in-ring debut, @CarmellaWWE! pic.twitter.com/12e98ynEI3— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Following the recent trend in their relationship, Nikki Cross took to the ring to defend her best friend, Alexa Bliss. Alexa may have been defeated “unfairly” by Carmella, but Nikki Cross wouldn’t be brought down so easily.
Carmella held out as long as she could, but Nikki Cross had absolutely unleashed on her, taking the victory in the end with The Purge, her swinging neckbreaker.
While the two celebrated Nikki’s victory backstage, they were approached by Sarah Schreiber, who excitedly asked Nikki how it felt that the WWE Universe wanted her to challenge Bayley at Extreme Rules instead of Alexa! But Nikki didn’t even have time to process what had happened before Alexa had shouted no comment and whisked her away.
Winner: Nikki Cross
Dreams Do Come True
OH, THIS HONEYMOON JUST GOT EVEN BETTER.@WWEMaverick is ONCE AGAIN #247Champion! #RAW pic.twitter.com/m2aSl9hdSk— WWE (@WWE) July 2, 2019
As Drake Maverick and his new bride made their way toward the parking lot, the group of 24/7 Championship hopefuls ran past, meaning that R-Truth couldn’t be far.
Sure enough, Truth came tumbling out of his hiding place, out of breath from running all night. Maverick assured Truth that he wanted nothing to do with the title, he had chosen his wife over glory.
…but his wife was in the bathroom, and one last shot at the title couldn’t hurt, so he smashed Truth over the head with his suitcase while the champ’s back was turned, taking the title and running off into the sunset with his better half.
AJ Styles vs. Ricochet
Can’t win the #USTitle out there, but WOW, what a #PhenomenalForearm from @AJStylesOrg! #RAW pic.twitter.com/FWcO9qzRaj— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) July 2, 2019
Enraged by Ricochet’s alleged disrespect of him and his talents, AJ Styles came into the match with a level of aggression we haven’t seen from him in some time. However, Ricochet wasn’t going to take being smacked in the face lying down and responded with equal ferocity.
After a short match, Styles thought he had won the title with his Phenomenal Forearm, but didn’t realize that Ricochet’s foot was beneath the ropes during the pin. The officials caught this mistake, however, and restarted the match because of it.
Back from commercial, not only had the match restarted, but Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson had made their way down to ringside. Unlike last week, Styles did not shoo them away; on the contrary, he seemed even more determined to conquer Ricochet in their presence.
It probably goes without saying that this match was awesome; Ricochet and AJ Styles are two of the best in the world in the ring, and more than capable of creating magic together. But the true fireworks will probably have to wait for a bigger stage, as Ricochet took an abrupt victory with a roll-up.
And this time, The Club was there to discourage the handshakes and congratulations. AJ Styles pummeled Ricochet, allowed his friends to get in a few shots as well, and then finally hit a Styles Clash from the top rope, leaving Ricochet completely incapacitated in the middle of the ring.
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) July 2, 2019