The 03/04/19 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, 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 #1345 of Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Roman Reigns Has a Request
Roman Reigns opened the show to an overwhelming amount of love from the Philly crowd. After soaking it in for a few moments, Reigns said that last week was his return to WWE, and he wanted this week to be his return to the yard.
He asked Seth Rollins to join him in the ring, who came down and immediately began talking about his match against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. Rollins said he thought he knew why Reigns had asked him to join him: Reigns wanted a shot at Lesnar.
Reigns said no, actually, he was proud of the work Seth has done since he’s been away and thought he was more than deserving of the title opportunity against Lesnar. Rollins promised to do whatever Reigns asked – until The Big Dog requested to get The Shield back together.
After Dean Ambrose’s unsavory behavior towards Rollins in Reigns’ absence, Seth was less than exciting at the thought of being on the same side as him again. Reigns said that his injury had shifted his perspective; he no longer held grudges, as he now knows how precious the time he has really is. He asked again, and this time, Seth Rollins agreed, saying his friendship with Reigns meant more than his feud with Ambrose.
At this, Roman called for Dean Ambrose to join them. There was a moment where Rollins seemed to think Ambrose wouldn’t come, but the artist formerly known as The Lunatic Fringe sauntered onto the stage.
He lifted a microphone, ready to respond to the other Shield members, but before he could speak, he was attacked from behind by Elias and his guitar.
Reigns and Rollins came to check on him, but Ambrose angrily shook them off and disappeared into the backstage area.
Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin vs. Finn Bálor, Kurt Angle, and Braun Strowman
Charly Caruso interviewed Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin, and Bobby Lashley, who were all quite confident that they would easily defeat their opponents, no problem.
Once the action started, McIntyre, Baron, and Lashley looked slightly less smug, as Braun Strowman kicked things off for his team, wearing down both Corbin and McIntyre before tagging in Finn Bálor.
Bálor had a strong showing as well, but just as he was about to dive on all three opponents on the floor, Lio Rush swept his leg, still trying his best to get back in Lashley’s good graces.
From here, Lashley and his teammates’ luck shifted slightly, and they were able to get some offense on Bálor and Angle. Unfortunately for them, Braun Strowman eventually came back in, destroying Corbin, setting Bálor up for the Coup de Grâce. When Bálor went for it, however, Rush interfered again, breaking up the pin.
Strowman took himself and Rush out of action when he threw himself into Rush, crashing through a barricade. With no one to help him, Bálor was up against three men and was soon speared by Lashley, losing the match.
After the final bell, Corbin, Lashley, and McIntyre beat down both Bálor and Angle before going back for Bálor again, throwing him into a set of steel steps in the ring before standing proudly over him.
Winner: Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley, and Baron Corbin
You Won’t Like Him When He’s Angry
Backstage, Charly Caruso was shown speaking with Heavy Machinery. She then showed them a video of The Ascension, The B-Team, and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder making fun of Otis and Tucker in the locker room.
Otis tearfully said that their words hurt his feelings, but couldn’t bring himself to say more. Tucker finished the thought for him, informing Charly that people who hurt Otis’ feelings are generally made to regret doing so.
Ruby Riott vs. Natalya
Ruby Riott took control of the match early, wearing Natalya down. Natalya locked in a Sharpshooter, but Ruby reversed it. Unfortunately for Ruby, Natalya caught her in a roll-up immediately after, winning the match.
As Natalya was making her way back up the ramp, she was stopped by Lacey Evans performing her signature strut. Natalya watched in confusion, but nothing came of it.
Batista Has The Game’s Attention
Triple H came to the ring and showed a video posted to Dave Batista’s
Triple H then talked about Ric Flair, or more specifically, the man behind the persona, Richard Fliehr. The Game gave a somber speech about Fliehr’s difficult past, from the loss of his son to his recent near-death experience.
Triple H said he wanted nothing more than to give Fliehr the best 70th birthday party he could deliver, and it was all ruined because of Batista.
His speech then turned angry, as he described Batista’s actions and his past of quitting when things didn’t go his way. He said that he would come to Batista’s house to fight him if that’s what he had to do, but that he wouldn’t rest until he had decimated The Animal for what he had done to their former Evolution mate.
The Man Has Returned
Charly Caruso was shown in yet another interview, this time with Stephanie McMahon. She asked about Charlotte Flair’s declaration that she would be taking Ronda Rousey’s vacated Raw Women’s Championship.
Stephanie said that it wouldn’t be quite that easy for her, as she had decided to fully reinstate Becky Lynch. Charlotte would be facing her for the vacant Women’s Championship at Fastlane.
First, however, Becky Lynch would have to sign some paperwork stating that WWE wasn’t responsible for any injuries she might suffer at Fastlane, as she was not yet 100% physically.
Heavy Machinery vs. The B-Team, The Ascension, and Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder
Tag Team Gauntlet Match
As promised, Otis and Tucker came to the ring to deal some punishment to those who had laughed at their expense. They went after B-Team first, quickly defeating them by pinning Bo Dallas.
Heavy Machinery then moved on to The Ascension, who put up a slightly better fight, as they got the early advantage by attacking Tucker from behind while he was distracted. Once Otis tagged in, however, it was all over for Konnor and Viktor, and Otis defeated Viktor with a Dozer Bomb.
With a similar tactic to The Ascension, Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder wasted no time in starting things off against Heavy Machinery, but it didn’t do much for them, as Curt Hawkins lost the match for his team after a Caterpillar from Otis.
Winner: Heavy Machinery
The Queen Doesn’t Fear The Man
Backstage, Charlotte Flair was asked how she felt about Becky Lynch’s reinstatement in WWE and her match against Lynch at Fastlane.
Charlotte said that she wasn’t intimidated by Becky, that she was far superior to The Man and therefore had no doubt that she would become the Raw Women’s Champion at Fastlane.
Let’s Get the Band Back Together
Roman Reigns approached Dean Ambrose backstage before the match, telling his friend that he could tell Ambrose needed to talk and that he hoped he knew he could talk to Reigns about anything. Ambrose fought with the idea of spilling his feelings to Reigns but ultimately decided against it, making a getaway by telling Reigns he had to go prepare for his match.
Later, Ambrose was approached again, this time by Seth Rollins, who said that he knew they didn’t always see eye to eye, but brothers rarely do. And no matter what happens between them, Ambrose would always be his soulmate. Ambrose again said no, and that as much as he appreciated the offer and the help from Rollins and Reigns last week, he had other things occupying his time.
Dean Ambrose vs. Elias
Elias gave a rare full-length song, tearing down Philadelphia and its citizens, bringing the crowd to a fevered rage. Once his song was over, Dean Ambrose made his entrance, looking a little worse for wear after being viciously attacked with a guitar earlier in the evening.
These two wasted absolutely no time going after each other, both holding nothing back against their opponent. Ambrose took the upper hand with a dive to the floor onto Elias, following it up with some strikes in the ring, but was stopped by Elias throwing him to the mat, then stomping his chest.
Ambrose gave a valiant effort but was eventually brought down by a Drift Away after Elias caught him in mid-air with a knee.
After the match, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns came to the ring to continue their attempts to recruit Ambrose back to The Shield. Ambrose ducked them yet again, jumping the barricade and leaving through the crowd.
The Boys are Back in Town
Just as Ambrose was almost out of the arena, Baron Corbin’s music hit and stopped him in his tracks. With Rollins and Reigns still in the ring, McIntyre, Lashley, and Corbin made their way toward them, berating the Shield members for the sad state of their faction before challenging them to a brawl.
Lashley, Corbin, and McIntyre closed in, and Rollins and Reigns put up a fight, but it was three against two and they quickly lost their grip. Ambrose couldn’t take any more and ran back down to the ring, saving his former friends.
Reigns and Rollins put their hands in for the classic Shield pose and waited patiently. Ambrose, who had been behind them pacing frantically, seemed to finally come to a decision, and threw his hand in as well, officially reuniting The Shield.
Tamina vs. Sasha Banks
As Nia Jax was unable to get the better of Bayley last week, Tamina tried her hand against Sasha Banks, doing her best to come out on top going into their Women’s Tag Team Championship match at Fastlane.
Things weren’t looking good for Tamina and her quest for dominance, as Sasha Banks held strong through much of the match, even pinning Tamina, seconds away from victory, but Nia Jax pulled Banks out of the ring, breaking up the pin.
This interference was just enough to give Tamina the leg up, and she defeated Sasha Banks with a superkick.
Winner: Tamina and Nia Jax
Live from Pennsylvania, It’s Monday Night
Michael Che and Colin Jost, hosts of SNL’s Weekend Update, were shown talking with Stephanie McMahon when Colin cemented himself as public enemy #1 in Philadelphia, when he proclaimed his love for New York, calling it the greatest city in the world.
Later, Che and Jost were walking through the backstage area, where Titus O’Neil asked for a picture with Michael, but not Colin.
When Che left him to use the restroom, Jost made his biggest mistake of all when he asked Braun Strowman if “all this stuff” was even real. Strowman attacked Jost, slamming him against the wall and lifting him off the floor by his neck before asking if he still thought it was fake.
The Revival (c) vs. Aleister Black and Ricochet
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
Aleister Black and Ricochet’s dominant showing since arriving on the main roster earned them a championship match against The Revival.
Black sought to gain supremacy right at the start but was stopped by The Revival’s finely tuned double team tactics. Shortly after the match was underway, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable walked to ringside to watch the action.
After Black was worn down by the teamwork of Dawson and Dash, Ricochet got the hot tag. Ricochet flew around the
Roode and Gable, bitter that Black and Ricochet were getting the opportunity that the Glorious ones thought they deserved, made sure that Black and Ricochet lost – by any means necessary.
Winner: The Revival (via disqualification)
Becky Lynch Signs on the Dotted Line
Stephanie McMahon made her way to the ring, reminding the audience that anything can happen on the Road to WrestleMania once she got there. She played a clip of Ronda Rousey’s relinquishing of the Raw Women’s Championship last week, then invited Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch to join her.
Stephanie went over the necessary paperwork with Becky, then gave The Man a pen, but Charlotte interrupted the signing, proposing that Stephanie simply give the title to The Queen instead.
Immediately after Becky was shown signing the contract, Ronda Rousey was shown storming into the arena, presumably on her way to the ring.
As expected, Rousey appeared in the ring, demanding her championship back. She said that she never gave it up, she just wanted Stephanie to do the right thing and include Becky in the match, she never wanted to be excluded from it.
Stephanie handed over the title, but said there would still be a match between Charlotte and Becky at Fastlane. It wouldn’t be for the championship yet, but if Becky won the match, she would be added to the WrestleMania match for the title, making it a triple threat between Ronda Rousey, Becky Lynch,
Rousey then gave a fiery speech, saying that she was done doing what the McMahons wanted and, from here on out, would be doing exactly what she wanted. With that, she attacked both Charlotte and Becky, but Charlotte rolled out, avoiding most of the abuse.
Becky Lynch, however, took quite the beating from Rousey, who absolutely demolished The Man for several minutes. Afterward, Stephanie McMahon cemented Rousey’s new reputation as the bad guy of Raw in an interview with Charly Caruso.
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