The 03/25/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusettes, 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 #1348 of Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Who to Thank for the Women’s Main Event
Ronda Rousey opened the show by saying “you’re welcome” for the first-ever WrestleMania main event featuring the women’s division. Rousey dropped the mic but decided she had more to say, and picked it back up.
She added that she would tap out both Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch in their match. After dropping the mic a second time, Ronda added that she was ready to get the “Beat the Clock Challenge,” whatever that meant, over with.
The Riott Squad came to the ring but before any action could get started, Becky Lynch appeared on the stage to add her two cents. The Man said that no one was thanking Ronda for the women’s main event, because everyone knew if they were going to thank anyone, it would be Becky Lynch.
Charlotte Flair then made her way to the ring, saying that it didn’t matter what Ronda Rousey has done in the last year, or what Becky Lynch has accomplished in the past few months, she would always be Queen.
Beat the Clock Challenge
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan
Sarah Logan did her best to prolong the match, running from Rousey before the champ could get to her. Logan held Ronda in a submission for much of the short match, but after 1:25, tapped to Rousey’s armbar.
Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott
Ruby Riott had a more direct approach in her match against Charlotte Flair, and for a moment it looked like it might pay off, particularly when she countered Flair’s Natural Selection. Charlotte locked in the Figure Eight, but Ruby managed to hold out long enough that Charlotte was unable to beat Rousey’s time.
Becky Lynch vs. Liv Morgan
Frustrated by her loss, Charlotte Flair attacked Becky Lynch as she jumped in the ring. Liv Morgan took advantage of the ambush and avoided Lynch’s offense by holding her in a submission. At 1:18, however, Becky Lynch successfully pinned Morgan with a roll-up, winning the Beat the Clock Challenge.
Winner: Becky Lynch
Finn Bálor vs. Bobby Lashley
Finn Bálor thought he would be up against Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush, but as Rush was not cleared to compete, he was instead facing Bobby Lashley and Jinder Mahal.
The odds were certainly stacked against Bálor, as not only was Lio Rush at ringside, but The Singh Brothers were standing by as well, and all three made it very clear that they were more than willing to interfere whenever possible.
Somehow, Finn Bálor managed to beat the odds, diving on all five of his enemies, then hitting a Coup de Grâce on Jinder Mahal back in the ring, winning the match.
This victory earned him a match for the Intercontinental Championship at WrestleMania.
Bálor safely on the stage, Bobby Lashley took out his rage on Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers, attacking all three of them post-match.
Winner: Finn Bálor
Aleister Black and Ricochet vs. The Revival
Raw Tag Team Champions, The Revival, had obviously had just about enough of Aleister Black and Ricochet getting the better of them and everyone else they come up against, and did their best to gain the upper hand early by attacking Black and Ricochet before the match began.
Although Black and Ricochet stood tall after the attack, the damage had been done, and The Revival pummeled Ricochet for much of the match, keeping him as far away from Black as possible.
When Black tagged in, he was more than ready to avenge his partner, and decimated both Dash and Dawson, getting a near fall on the latter. When Ricochet had his wind back, he tried to climb back onto the
Ricochet came back just in time to break up a pin on his teammate, and he and Aleister won the match with their now signature combination of a Black Mass followed immediately by a 630.
Winner: Ricochet and Aleister Black
Drew McIntyre’s Challenge
Drew McIntyre marched to the ring to demand an answer to the challenge he issued to Roman Reigns. Would he be facing The Big Dog at WrestleMania or not?
After showing a video package summing up what he was talking about, McIntyre bragged about clobbering both Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, then told Reigns to think of his wife and children before agreeing to be beaten to a pulp by The Scottish Psychopath.
Just as McIntyre was saying he was willing to hold Raw hostage until Reigns gave him an answer, Roman made his way to the ring. He got right in Drew’s face and said that Roman accepted his challenge, but Joe was there to tell him to never talk about his wife and children again.
Roman Reigns then laid into Drew McIntyre, beating him down until McIntyre threw a low blow, then a Claymore as Reigns was getting back to his feet.
Dean Ambrose Throws Down the Gauntlet
Backstage, Drew McIntyre was confronted by none other than Dean Ambrose, who was less than pleased by McIntyre’s insulting words a few minutes earlier. To get his revenge, Ambrose challenged McIntyre to a Last Man Standing match to take place later in the evening. McIntyre accepted, and promised to stamp The Lunatic out once and for all.
Natalya vs. Sasha Banks
Continuing the feud that began when Sasha threw some unfriendly words toward Beth Phoenix, Natalya went one-on-one with The Boss.
Natalya took control of the action early and held it for quite a while, wearing Banks down with a combination of strikes and submissions. Sasha Banks finally made a comeback with a hurricanrana followed by a running knee on the outside.
Back from commercial, Natalya was on top once again, locking in the Sharp Shooter, but unable to conquer The Boss. Nia Jax and Tamina interfered before a winner could be determined, causing a disqualification when Tamina wrecked Sasha Banks with a superkick.
Beth Phoenix jumped in to save her best friend Natalya from the attack, successfully chasing away Tamina and Jax. She and Natalya then taunted Bayley and Sasha Banks as the champs left the ring area.
Later in the evening, a disgruntled Bayley and Sasha told Charly Caruso that they didn’t care who wanted to challenge them, they would take them all on at WrestleMania.
Winner: Sasha Banks (via disqualification)
Kurt Angle and Baron Corbin Exchange Words
While in preparation for his match against Samoa Joe, who came to Raw just for the occasion, Kurt Angle was interviewed backstage. He said that he chose to challenge Joe because he wanted to prove himself before hanging up his boots.
Even though his retirement tour wasn’t all “hugs and high fives,” he was extremely grateful for his matches against Apollo Crews and Chad Gable and would be prepared for Baron Corbin.
At this moment, Baron Corbin appeared at his side. Corbin mocked Kurt Angle’s age and ability, and said that he couldn’t wait to destroy the gold medalist at WrestleMania.
A Moment of Bliss: SNL Hosts & Braun Strowman
After catching everyone up on the conflict between Braun Strowman and SNL hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost, she gave Braun the opportunity to speak. Strowman said that he would destroy both of them at WrestleMania, but Bliss pleaded with him to hear them out.
Jost and Che then appeared on the big screen and unfortunately only made things worse. An incensed Braun Strowman demanded that Colin Jost enter himself in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and if he refused, Braun would have to break his skull backstage.
Colin thought it was unfair that only he enter the match, and volunteered Michael Che to join him. Before Che could back out, Alexa Bliss made it official.
Elias Explores New York
Several times throughout the evening, Elias was shown exploring New York City, promoting his musical performance at WrestleMania. In true Elias fashion, The Drifter also lobbed plenty of insults at the Boston crowd, and anyone else who didn’t fully appreciate the honor of being in Elias’ presence.
Baron Corbin vs. Apollo Crews
Embarrassingly for the Lone Wolf, who talked a big game to Kurt Angle earlier, Apollo Crews started off strong. Baron Corbin had a few minutes of offense, but Crews came back again with a splash from the top rope, getting a near fall.
Winner: Baron Corbin
The Kingslayer Prepares for The Beast
Seth Rollins came to the ring to talk about his upcoming Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar. Rollins seemed to have let go of his anger toward Lesnar and is choosing to focus all of his energy on defeating The Beast. Just as Rollins was leading the audience in a Burn It Down chant, he was interrupted by Paul Heyman.
Brock Lesnar’s advocate, Paul Heyman, thanked Seth Rollins for letting everyone know that the WrestleMania match would be under handicap stipulation
Heyman ridiculed Rollins for telling the audience that he needed their support to bring down The Beast, then advised Rollins that he had no chance of beating Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Rollins was done listening to Heyman’s speeches and chased him up the ramp. When he caught up, Heyman fell backward, begging Rollins for mercy. Rollins informed Heyman that he wasn’t asking the WWE Universe for their thoughts and prayers, he was promising to answer them.
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Before laying hands on Kurt Angle, Samoa Joe cut a promo to intimidate his opponent, telling Angle that it would be his pleasure to punish him one more time.
To add injury to insult, Samoa Joe landed a headbutt the moment the match began. Joe continued to pummel Angle, showing no mercy toward his opponent, and certainly none of
Angle got a couple near
Winner: Kurt Angle
Bow Down to the King
After struggling to retrieve the envelope from his pocket, Triple H revealed that he had received a letter from Dave Batista’s lawyers.
Triple H gave an overview of the real reasons Batista left WWE, stating that none of them had anything to do with him. Batista’s team allegedly made demands for WrestleMania to be moved back a few days or so to better fit Batista’s film schedule.
The Game said that the entire letter was simply Batista’s attempt to escape the match. But after everything he’s done, particularly his attack on 70 year old Ric Flair, Triple H was not going to allow him to back out.
However, Triple H did agree to Batista’s added stipulation: if Batista wins the match, Triple H retires from in-ring competition.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose
Last Man Standing Match
Ambrose and McIntyre wasted no time going after each other, both desperate to prove themselves the better man. When Drew McIntyre was unable to bring Ambrose down with his own two hands, he introduced a kendo stick, beating Ambrose ruthlessly until Ambrose forced him out of the ring.
Completely enraged, McIntyre smashed Ambrose into the steel beams of the ring, then tried to drive Ambrose’s face into a steel chair he set up in the corner. Unfortunately for McIntyre, he was thrown into it instead, then hit with a Dirty Deeds.
Gaining momentum, Ambrose pulled a table from under the ring, setting it up in the corner. His own tactics were used against him though, as McIntyre put Ambrose through the table meant for him.
Ambrose got up, but was immediately hit with a Claymore Kick, and finally stayed down for a count of 10, losing the match.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
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