The 03/11/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 #1346 of Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
The Shield’s Farewell Address
#ThankYouShield 🤜👊🤛#RAW @WWERomanReigns @WWERollins @TheDeanAmbrose pic.twitter.com/bMijdTt4ej— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
The Hounds of Justice opened the show to discuss what the future held for them now that their one last ride is over. Seth Rollins was obviously going on to face Brock Lesnar, Dean Ambrose had some Dean business to attend to, and Roman Reigns was anxious to get back into one-on-one action.
But even though they were going their separate ways, they would always love each other and would forever remember their last night as The Shield at Fastlane.
Ambrose and Reigns left together, but Rollins stayed behind, staring at the WrestleMania sign while soaking up the “burn it down” chants. He seemed ready to give a speech of his own when he was interrupted by Paul Heyman.
Seth Rollins One Ups The Advocate
“There’s only one man suitable to BEAT your client, and that’s SETH FREAKING ROLLINS!” – a VERY confident @WWERollins to @HeymanHustle#RAW #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/sOfYagvWUX— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Paul Heyman was about to talk up his client, but Rollins took over, listing Lesnar’s accolades for him. Rollins then went to an area Heyman consistently neglects to address, calling out Lesnar’s weaknesses. The Beast’s weak spot seems to be men of Rollins’ stature, as he nearly lost to Finn Bálor, AJ Styles, and Daniel Bryan.
Heyman gave a rebuttal, of course: Brock Lesnar didn’t have time to prepare for any of those opponents, which is why he wasn’t able to beat them as easily as he normally would.
After a video package designed to strike fear into the hearts of The Beast’s enemies, Seth Rollins was attacked from behind by Brock Lesnar’s old friend, Shelton Benjamin.
Seth Rollins vs. Shelton Benjamin
The veteran instincts of @Sheltyb803 are on FULL DISPLAY as he battles @WWERollins RIGHT NOW on #RAW! pic.twitter.com/jBtPW6i0pg— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
With Paul Heyman watching from the announce table, Shelton Benjamin did his best to make his old pal Brock Lesnar proud. Having assaulted Rollins while his back was turned, Benjamin grabbed the lead easily at the beginning of the match.
In the middle of the action, Paul Heyman received a phone call, apparently from Brock Lesnar, as he declared that Lesnar would be in Chicago next week on Raw when it was over.
Benjamin put up a hell of a fight, giving The Kingslayer a run for his money, and even getting a near fall, but was eventually brought down by Rollins’ Curb Stomp.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Finn Bálor (c) vs. Bobby Lashley
Intercontinental Championship Match
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, @itsLioRush? #RAW @FinnBalor pic.twitter.com/VMF6naJDia— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
On a mission to show his protege, Lio Rush, how it’s really done, Bobby Lashley got off to a dominant start.
After some nasty offense from Lashley, including a suplex to Bálor onto the apron, Bálor was finally able to gain some steam. Bálor was preparing to finish Lashley off with a Coup de Grâce when Lio Rush rang the bell, taking his attention away from his target.
Rush started to run off with the Intercontinental Championship, distracting Bálor further, giving Lashley enough time to collect himself and hit Finn with a massive spear, winning the IC title.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
Ronda Rousey is Unhinged
.@DanaBrookeWWE is stepping up to the #RAW #WomensChampion… and @RondaRousey couldn’t give a damn! pic.twitter.com/n4UaePyIKN— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Ronda Rousey, gone full angry heel at this point, came to the ring to run down the audience (for being fickle, in fact). She compared them to Becky Lynch, as they were all cowardly losers. Rousey may have continued the rampage, but she was interrupted by Dana Brooke.
Brooke gave a heartfelt speech about trying her best even though she wasn’t a household name like Rousey. She then reminded Ronda that she used to issue open challenges, and Dana was there to seize her moment with one.
Rousey responded by kicking Brooke square in the gut, continuing to beat her down until officials separated them, but not before Ronda got a vicious slap in on one of the referees.
Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. Chad Gable and Bobby Roode
Teamwork makes the GLORIOUS dream work! #RAW @WWEGable @REALBobbyRoode @KingRicochet pic.twitter.com/WPakvmS87I— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) March 12, 2019
Although both teams were unsuccessful in their attempt to capture the Raw Tag Team Championships last night at Fastlane, Aleister Black/Ricochet and Chad Gable/Bobby Roode continued their feud without them.
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode are a well-oiled machine at this point, but now that Black and Ricochet have been working together for a few weeks, they have developed some tag team strategies of their own, bringing their work to the next level.
This was demonstrated in the finishing sequence of the match when Ricochet got the blind tag to Aleister Black and hit Roode with a Benadryller, then went after Gable as Black smashed Roode with a Black Mass kick to win the match.
On their way up the ramp, Black and Ricochet were attacked by The Revival, who clearly wanted to remind the duo that they still weren’t better than the champs.
Winner: Aleister Black and Ricochet
A Moment of Bliss: Who Will Host WrestleMania
Give it up for OUR host of this year’s #WrestleMania, @AlexaBliss_WWE! #RAW pic.twitter.com/smssgIFwBo— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 12, 2019
Alexa Bliss came to the stage to announce the person who will host this year’s WrestleMania. After speaking on what an honor it is to host the show of shows and listing some of the big names of the past who had been entrusted with the job, Bliss revealed that she would be hosting WrestleMania 35.
Braun Destroys a Vehicle
Sorry to break it to you, @ColinJost & @nbcsnl, but @BraunStrowman HATED his present! #RAW pic.twitter.com/ugGlVZnYnJ— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
To apologize for insulting Braun Strowman a few weeks ago on Raw, the host of SNL, Colin Jost, sent The Monster a brand new car with a note that read “see you at WrestleMania.”
Braun Strowman tore the car apart, then handed the messenger a piece of it, telling him to bring it to Colin and tell him that at WrestleMania, he would be getting those hands.
Elias Rains on the Parade
Yeah, @IAmEliasWWE isn’t really feeling the fiesta tonight… #RAW @WWENoWayJose pic.twitter.com/ukMr3ss85R— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Elias appeared in the ring for his weekly concert/barrage of insults toward the crowd and, unsurprisingly, was once again interrupted. This time by No Way Jose and his conga line. Elias had finally had enough, however, demolishing Jose and his friends before leaving in a huff.
Nia Jax vs. Natalya
WHAT IS GOING ON?!? 😲😲😲 #RAW @SashaBanksWWE @itsBayleyWWE @NiaJaxWWE @TaminaSnuka pic.twitter.com/Y2ZjD0cFWe— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Nia Jax and Tamina thought they would have the advantage against Natalya until she announced that her best friend, Beth Phoenix, would be joining her to the ring.
Jax attempted to get the early victory with a little help with Tamina, but Phoenix was not having it. She jumped in the ring and attacked Nia Jax, causing a disqualification.
Tamina and Nia retreated to the backstage area, where a brawl broke out between themselves and The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection.
Winner: Nia Jax (via disqualification)
Dave Batista Confronts Triple H
No rules. No restrictions. NO HOLDS BARRED!@TripleH will face @DaveBautista in a #NoHoldsBarred Match at #WrestleMania! #RAW pic.twitter.com/IYVIvTYejW— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
With Triple H in the ring, Batista came to the stage surrounded by several security guards. Triple H asked if Batista was going to come to the ring and face him like a man, but Batista said no, he wasn’t stupid, which is why he brought the security.
Triple H said that he would come to Batista after running through “the guardians of the independent scene,” and again Batista said no, he would be gone before The Game got to him. They were going to do things Dave’s way.
Batista demanded Triple H give him what he want while Triple H screamed for Batista to get in the ring to face him. Finally, we learned what Batista wanted: a WrestleMania match against The Game.
Triple H agreed, and Batista promised to end both of their careers in New York. The Game always has to have the last word, however, and stopped Batista on his way out, telling him that the match would be under No Rules, No Holds Barred stipulations.
Kurt Angle vs. Apollo Crews
Sing it LOUD and sing it PROUD! Pittsburgh’s hometown boy @RealKurtAngle is BACK! #RAW pic.twitter.com/Vt4d2T8KDm— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Kurt Angle came to the ring to address his future with WWE. He gave a brief overview of his career, then announced that he would be competing in a farewell match at WrestleMania.
Angle tearfully thanked the WWE Universe for all of their love and support over the years, then said that it was only right that he compete in one last match in his hometown of Pittsburgh.
Apollo Crews answered the call and the match was soon underway. After a short bout featuring Apollo Crews nearly defeating the Olympian with a standing moonsault, Crews missed a frog splash, setting Angle up for the Angle Slam, which won him the match.
Winner: Kurt Angle
Roman Reigns vs. Baron Corbin
This is uncalled for. #RAW @DMcIntyreWWE @WWERomanReigns pic.twitter.com/MHfEQiXw7f— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Earlier in the evening, Baron Corbin said not only did he not take back his insensitive words toward Roman Reigns, he was sure Reigns being gone for so long would only increasing his own chances of winning.
Roman Reigns came to the ring expecting to have a match against Corbin, but as his entrance was coming to an end, he was ambushed by Drew McIntyre. The Scottish Psychopath decimated Reigns, at one point landing a kick to the side of Reigns’ head, smashing it into one of the ring posts. Reigns took such a beating that the medical staff arrived at ringside to tend to him.
Rollins ran to check on his friend, telling Roman that it was okay to say he wasn’t okay. Reigns maintained that he was fine, but was obviously struggling as he made his way back up the ramp.
Backstage, Rollins and Ambrose walked Reigns to the medical office, insisting that he get checked out after the head trauma he suffered at the hands of Drew McIntyre. Rollins followed Roman in, but Ambrose had other plans. He marched straight up to Triple H and demanded a Falls Count Anywhere match against Drew McIntyre.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Did @DMcIntyreWWE just OUT LUNATIC the #LunaticFringe?!? #FallsCountAnywhere #RAW @TheDeanAmbrose pic.twitter.com/UoNg9W3KmZ— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2019
Dean Ambrose came out ready to fight, as he made clear when he charged Drew McIntyre as he tried to throw insults at Ambrose from the stage. From there, the action spilled into the crowd, and the men brawled up the steps of the arena.
Both men took full advantage of the lack of rules, McIntyre smashing Ambrose’s face into a rail and Ambrose throwing a table at McIntyre. During the commercial break, Ambrose and McIntyre brawled through the concourse, throwing each other into concession stands and merch tables.
McIntyre retreated back toward the ring, but Ambrose followed and the action continued. Drew threatened to tear The Shield apart one by one, which earned him an elbow below the belt from Ambrose.
The battle moved to the stage, where McIntyre unloaded punches to Ambrose’s head before trying to put him through the announce table. Ambrose nearly got the better of McIntyre here, but Drew threw a low blow before driving a pencil into Ambrose’s face.
After repeatedly lawn darting Ambrose into the LED boards on the stage, McIntyre trapped him in a handrail, then Claymore Kicked both Ambrose and the handrail clear off the stage, winning the match.
Ambrose started to get up as McIntyre was celebrating and caught another kick to the face for his efforts, keeping The Lunatic down for good.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
What letter grade would you give tonight’s show? #RAW— Rumble Ramble (@TheRumbleRamble) March 12, 2019