WWE RAW Results – January 21, 2019
We begin with a video package for Martin Luther King Day.
We are in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and your announcers are Michael Cole, Renee Young, and Corey Graves.
Brock Lesnar’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring with Paul Heyman, but he does give us the Brock Bounce and the Lesnar Leap.
Paul introduces himself and his client. Paul says it is time to get down to business. Last week, on Raw, in front of a global television audience, Finn Balor pinned John Cena. Paul says this ws no fluke. There was no controversy. Finn Balor stepped up and seized the moment. He seized the moment so much that John Cena, the second greatest of all time, took the mic and said that even he believes in Finn Balor. So much so that the entire WWE Universe has stood up and said that they believe in Finn Balor. You should. Paul says he believes in Finn Balor too.
No knocking on the man, Finn Balor seized the moment against John Cena and that seems to be the theme of his entire career. Finn thinks he will show up at Chase Field and do the same thing to take advantage of fate and circumstance. He will be facing a man who was training to fight Braun Strowman. Brock will be defending the title against a man he has not trained for on short notice against a man with a different style than Braun Strowman. Paul says that is why Finn believes that he will be the next Universal Champion.
You should listen to Finn because his voice is the voice that matters. Paul says that his voice is the voice that martyrs. This Sunday, at the Royal Rumble, his client, Brock Lesnar, will turn Finn Balor into a martyr. Sacrificed for the sin of making you believe that he can conquer the unconquerable conqueror. Sacrifice for the sin of believing that he’s got what it takes to take what Brock’s got. Sacrifice for the sin of Balor believing that Finn is the Reaper who can pull off the miracle of beating Brock Lesnar.
Paul says this is your spoiler alert. Even miracles fear Brock Lesnar. This Sunday night, in Phoenix, Arizona, when his client puts to bed this ridiculous notion that Finn Balor even belongs in the ring with the beast, it will be FInn Balor looking up saying Oh My God, I Believe in Brock Lesnar.
Vince McMahon’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Vince says Paul has gone a little soft tonight. That was a way to drum up business. Vince says Finn Balor versus Brock Lesnar, the only way to believe in that is to believe in David and Goliath. Vince says that David was reincarnated as Finn Balor. Any fan who believes that Finn can beat Brock, you believe in fairy tales.
Braun Strowman’s music interrupts and he makes his way to the ring.
Vince wants to know what Braun is doing out here.
Braun gets in the ring and he says last Monday was the worst night of his life thanks to Baron Corbin. He cost him $100,000 and his match against Brock Lesnar. Braun says that was the luckiest night of Brock’s life. If you still have that title after Sunday night, he will be waiting and he will rip off Brock’s arms like he ripped up Vince’s limo.
Finn Balor’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Finn says same old Monday Night Raw. Braun doing Braun things while Finn says he beat three other guys last week, including the greatest off all time, John Cena. Paul corrects Finn.
Finn says he earned his opportunity to face Brock. Finn tells Vince that he knows Vince does not think Finn can beat Brock, but he knows that he can beat Brock and reclaim his title.
Braun says he knows he could have beaten Brock. Braun says he doesn’t know if Finn can win, but he better.
Finn thanks Braun for the support, but he tells Braun to stay out of his business because Finn says he will do something Braun hasn’t done and that is beat BRock.
Brock and Paul leave while Finn says that David stood in the shadow of the giant and they laughed in his face. Finn says that they didn’t know who David was and what he was made of. Goliath fell face down in the dirt. No one was laughing then.
Vince says he has an idea. What if Brock takes a seat so we can see a real life David and Goliath thing with Braun Strowman versus Finn Balor.
Match Number One: Finn Balor versus Braun Strowman
The match is joined in progress and Balor with a jaw breaker and drop kick. Strowman misses a splash into the corner and Balor with an enzuigiri from the apron. Braun focuses on Brock and Balor slaps Braun. Braun with a forearm to the back and he picks up Balor but Balor gets to his feet and bets his boots up. Balor goes for slingblade but Braun catches him and hits a forearm to the chest. Braun sends Balor to the floor with a hip strike.
Strowman with a running shoulder tackle on the floor. They return to the ring and Strowman with a splash but Balor escapes a slam. Strowman with a splash for a near fall. Braun works on the neck and connects with a head butt. Braun goes to the floor for another running shoulder tackle but Balor knows it is coming because Braun signaled for it and Balor with a slingblade. Balor avoids a splash and hits a running forearm. Balor with another running forearm and Braun grabs Balor and picks him up but Balor with a sleeper on Braun.
Braun backs Balor into the turnbuckles to escape. Balor returns to the sleeper and Braun falls to a knee. Braun powers out of the hold but Balor with elbows to the head and then Balor with a double stomp. Balor goes to the turnbuckles but Braun grabs Balor and throws him onto Lesnar. Lesnar catches Balor and hits an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Brock gets on the apron and drops the belt in the ring. Balor drops Brock onto the apron and then drop kicks him into the ring post. Balor with a plancha onto Brock.
Balor with slingblade and then he hits a baseball slide on Lesnar. Balor drop kicks Brock into the ringside barrier. Branun pulls Balor onto the apron and back into the ring. Braun misses a splash and goes shoulder first into the post. Balor drop kicks Braun into the turnbuckles and then Balor goes up top for Coup de Grace and hits it but Brock picks up Balor and hits an F5 so the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Finn Balor (by disqualification)
We go to commercial.
We are back and Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley make their way to the ring.
Lio says that Bobby Lashley is better than Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Not only is he better than those two clowns. He is better than everyone in that locker room. They didn’t come out here to make an open challenge. That is for kids. Bobby is a professional fighter and he does it for the money. They came to celebrate and Bobby is going to show off his physique.
Apollo Crews interrupts and makes his way to the ring.
Apollo congratulates Bobby on winning the title. He says everyone thinks Bobby is a stud. No one paid their money to see Bobby pose. They want to see you compete. It won’t be a championship match, but why not have a match tonight.
Lio says Apollo does not belong out here. Lio says if Apollo can beat Bobby in a pose off, Apollo can get a match.
Apollo says he does not know how to pose.
Lio says Apollo doesn’t know how to be a champion either.
Bobby poses and then Apollo gets on the podium and he dances a little before posing.
Lashley attacks Crews but Apollo sends Lashley to the floor. Crews grabs Rush and tosses him onto Lashley.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Two: Bobby Lashley versus Apollo Crews in a Non Title Match
The match is joined in progress and Lashley with a waist lock. Lashley with a Flatliner and he gets a near fall. Lashley sends Crews into the turnbuckles and punches Crews. Lashley with an Irish whip and shoulder into the corner. Lashley puts Crews on the turnbuckles and Crews with a kick and missile drop kick. Crews with a clothesline and he goes up top. Crews flips over Lashley and then leaps over a charging Lashley and gets a near fall with a rollup. Crews presses Lashley over his head but Crews loses his grip and Lashley falls to the mat. Crews picks up Lashley again and drop him behind and Rush distracts Crews.
Crews lands on his feet on the moonsault. Crews with an enzuigiri. Rush avoids Crews but Crews picks Rush up and Lashley with a spear for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
After the match, Seth Rollins makes his way to the ring. Lashley makes his way up the ramp and they cross paths as we go to commercial.
We are back and Seth Rollins has something to say. Seth says today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Seth says we can learn a lot from Dr. King. The ultimate measure of a man is not where stands during times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during times of challenge and controversy. Seth says he had two titles in his hands and two brothers by his side. Now he has no titles and a broken family.
We cannot focus on the things we do not have but the things we do have. Seth says he will focus on this. As long as he has this ring under his feet and this microphone in his hands and the fire in his eyes, he can say that he will be going to Phoenix and win the Royal Rumble. Seth says it might be a long shot, but he does not give a damn because his whole life is a long shot. Seth says he is not the stereotypical WWE athlete. He is not as big as Drew McIntyre or as strong as Bobby Lashley. He came from a small town and his folks were working class. Seth says he could be doing a lot of things, but he is not doing that because of heart, passion, love, or determination. It is not in his cheat, but ingrained in his soul.
Thirty men will lay it on the line but in the end there will be one man who stands tall, Seth Rollins.
Drew McIntyre says he will kick Seth’s head off tonight, but he wants to make a rebuttal. Drew says he will not let Seth lie. There is a zero percent chance you will win the Royal Rumble. Drew says it is because of your style. You come off the top rope and don’t care about you body. You will be eliminated. What if you took that heart and harnessed it and put it in the body of a 6 foot 5 inch 270 pound Terminator, you would have Drew McIntyre. Drew says he hopes and prays that they are in the ring together at the end because he wants to look in Seth’s eyes before he eliminates Seth to hear Drew’s name announced.
Match Number Three: Seth Rollins versus Drew McIntyre
The match is joined in progress and Rollins with a suicide dive and a springboard clothesline when they return to the ring. Rollins with an elbow and then he sends Drew to the floor with a back body drop. Rollins comes off the turnbuckles but misses when Drew moves and Rollins hits the ringside barrier. Drew with a bow and arrow around the ring post. Drew gets a near fall. Drew with an arm bar and chin lock.
Drew sends Rollins to the mat and returns to the arm bar and chin lock. Rollins with a jaw breaker but Drew with a back elbow for a near fall. Rollins with punches but Drew with an Irish whip and Drew gets a near fall. Drew with a chop followed by an overhead belly-to-belly throw for a near fall. Drew returns to the arm bar and chin lock. Drew with an Irish whip and Rollins tries to float over but Drew with a drop kick and Rollins goes to the floor. Drew with a chop and he sets for the reverse Alabama Slam and hits it on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Rollins with chops. Rollins with slingblade and he kicks Drew. Rollins with a blockbuster for a near fall. Rollins with a sunset flip for a near fall. Rollins counters a power bomb into a rana for a near fall. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Rollins sets for the thrust kick and he connects but Rollins misses Black Out. Rollins lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Rollins with a knee to Drew. Rollins puts Drew on the turnbuckles and Rollins with an enzuigiri that puts Drew in the Tree of Woe. Rollins goes up top and Drew grabs Rollins by the head and throws him to the mat. Rollins runs into the turnbuckles when Drew pulls himself up. Rollins with a super kick for a near fall.
Drew and Rollins exchange chops and forearms. Drew with a head butt and both men are down. Drew gets Rollins on his shoulders and Drew goes to the turnbuckles for a super Air Raid Crash and hits it. Drew gets a near fall. Drew with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Drew goes for a short arm clothesline but Rollins counters and rolls up Drew for the three count.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder plead their case to Vince McMahon and they explain the conspiracy. Scott asks for one more opportunity with a guest referee. Dash wants someone with 20/20 vision who can see things down the middle.
Curt Hawkins stops by and Vince tells him that he lost too many matches.
Vince suggests that Curt be the referee for the tag match that Scott and Dash want.
Scott and Dash suck up to Curt as we go to commercial.
We are back and Dean Ambrose says earlier tonight, a certain architect mentioned Martin Luther King Jr. He will take it one step further and he talks about injustice. Dean says not being Intercontinental Champion is an injustice. He is looking forward to seeing Bobby and Seth at the Royal Rumble because he will kick them and then throw them both over the top rope. 2018 was not his year. He spent most of it in the hospital after driving his body into the ground. Winning the Royal Rumble will be his shining moment, his miracle on ice. Come Sunday, justice will be served.
Match Number Four; Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and Gran Metalik versus Jinder Mahal, Samir Singh, and Sunil Singh
Mahal and Dorado start things off and Mahal sends Dorado into the turnbuckles. Dorado with kicks but Mahal with a slam and reverse chin lock. Dorado with an atomic drop and drop kick to Samir. Dorado with a back body drop to Sunil and Kalisto tags in. Kalisto with a splash off Dorado’s shoulders and Dorado with a splash. Kalisto gets a near fall. Kalisto with a wrist lock and he goes to the ropes for an assisted arm drag. Sunil sends Kalisto to the floor and Jinder tags in.
Mahal gets a near fall. Sunil tags in and he applies a side head lock on Kalisto. Sunil stops Kalisto from making a tag and Kalisto with a spinning heel kick. Metalik tags in and hits a springboard cross body followed by a springboard drop kick to Samir and Jinder. Metalik with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker for the three count.
Winners: Lince Dorado, Kalisto and Gran Metalik
We have a video for EC3.
EC3 is staring at himself in a mirror and Dana Brooke asks EC3 how does he prepare. Elias walks by and we go to commercial.
We are back and Elias is in the ring.
Elias says 2019 is going to be an incredible year. After he wins the Royal Rumble, it will not be an easy road. There will be one universal truth no matter where we travel and that is that WWE stands for Walk With Elias.
Elias says he has written a song and it might be his finest.
Elias is interrupted by Baron Corbin. Baron says that Elias ratted him out last week and almost got him killed by Braun Strowman. Baron says Vince was right when he said there were a lot of hillbillies in Oklahoma. Baron says he is not going to let Elias play his song, he is going to put him in his place.
Elias says Baron is not the General Manager so he cannot do stuff like that so he will play his song.
Baron says that Elias is not going to play his song.
Elias gets Baron’s mic cut.
Elias starts singing and he asks if Baron interrupting him will ever end. At the Royal Rumble you don’t have a chance. What you need to do is shut your mouth so you can hear that nobody cares about you. Why do you still wear that stupid vest because you were fired.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Five: Elias versus Baron Corbin
The match is joined in progress and Elias goes to the turnbuckles and walks the ropes and goes for an arm drag. Elias with a baseball slide that sends Corbin into the ringside barrier. Elias sends Baron into the ringside barrier. They go to the apron and they exchange forearms. Elias with a kick and Elias blocks a kick but Baron sends Elias back first into the ring post. Corbin punches Elias. Elias with punches and Baron slides around the ring post and back into the ring to give Elias a clothesline.
Elias with shoulders from the apron and he leaps over Corbin as Corbin goes to the floor. Elias with a knee and a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Elias kicks and punches Baron in the corner. The referee pulls Elias out of the corner. Corbin with a shot to the throat and End of Days for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for A Moment of Bliss.
Alexa welcomes everyone and she mentions the Women’s Royal Rumble match. Alexa shows us some of the women who will be participating in the women’s Royal Rumble match.
Alexa brings out her guest and it is Nia Jax and she mentions that some think she is the favorite to win.
Alexa asks Nia which champion would she choose if she won on Sunday
Ember Moon interrupts before Nia could answer.
Ember takes the mic and Nia throws down her chair.
Ember says she is tired of sitting in that locker room waiting for an invitation that will never come. Ember says she will win the Royal Rumble on Sunday.
Alicia Fox interrupts and she takes the mic. Alicia says she is the captain of this division and she is setting course for Wrestlemania by going through 29 women on Sunday.
Mickie James interrupts. She says she has stolen the show at Wrestlemania before and she is going to do it again.
The Riott Squad, Nikki Cross, and Tamina Snuka come out.
Alexa plays lifeguard and gets on her chair and she does not want her show ruined. Alexa wants eveyrone to calm down.
They listen to Alexa so well and everyone starts brawling.
They fight into the Gorilla Position and then into the back.
Alexa says that was unexpected. She says the women in this year’s Royal Rumble are passionate. Alexa says she will be in the Royal Rumble.
Lacey Evans comes out and she says what a bunch of nasty classless little girls. Luckily for the WWE Universe, the winner of Sunday’s Royal Rumble Match will not be a sawed off girly runt. The winner of the Royal Rumble will be her, a classy, sophisticated lady.
Heavy Machinery walk in the back as we go to commercial.
We are back and Titus O’Neil says that some people might thing that him winning the Royal Rumble is a miracle but he believes in miracles. He is in the match but then someone waslk through the camera shot.
Match Number Six: Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight versus Konnor and Viktor
Otis and Viktor start things off and they lock up. Viktor pushes Otis and punches him. Viktor with a chop and he sends Otis into the turnbuckles. Otis with a hip lock take down and then he picks up Viktor to spin him aroudn and slams him. Knight tags in and they hit a double head butt. Viktor with a boot and chops. Knight with a cross body and he tags in Otis. They punch Viktor and Buswhack around and hits a double splash. They knock Konnor down and Otis with a spinning elbow drop. Otis looks around and he does the worm and an elbow drop. KNight tags in and they hit the Compactor for the three count.
Winner: Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight
We go to commercial.
Match Number Seven: Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder versus Bobby Roode and Chad Gable for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships with Guest Referee Curt Hawkins
Wilder and Gable start things off and Gable with a drop toe hold into an arm bar. Roode tags in and Hawkins refuses it since Roode did not have the tag rope. Wilder sends Gable to the mat and then Dawson tags in and punches and chops Gable. Dawson pulls Gable back into the ring and Gable with forearms. Dawson with an uppercut and Gable goes to the floor. Roode is sent off the apron. Roode avoids Dawson and Wilder and Gable with a cross body and stereo t-bone suplex. Gable gets back dropped onto Wilder and Dawson with a clothesline to Gable as we go to commercial.
We are back and Gable with a belly-to-back suplex on Dawson. Wilder tags in and Wilder hits Gable and goes for a belly-to-back suplex but Gable lands on his feet and tags in Roode. Roode with clotheslines and a back body drop. Roode catches Dawson off the ropes and hits a uranage. Roode with a shoulder to Wilder and then Roode clotheslines Dawson over the top rope to the floor when he leaps over Wilder. Roode with a spinebuster and Wilder goes to the apron. WIlder blocks a suplex attempt with a lateral press and Dawson grabs Roode’s leg and stops the count. Roode with an O’Connor Roll for a near fall. Dawson hits Roode and Wilder gets a near fall and has his feet on the ropes and stops the count again.
Dawson tags in and Gable with a blind tag and a cross body. Dawson with a handful off tights and Hawkins does not make the count. Dawson pushes the referee. Gable with a shuolder and sunset flip. Wilder holds on to Gable on a sunset flip attempt and Hawkins kicks the hands and Gable pins Dawson.
Winners: Bobby Roode and Chad Gable (retain Championship)
After the match, we see the times that Hawkins followed the rules.
Dawson and Wilder attack Hawkins. Zack Ryder comes out and he goes after Dawson and Wilder. Ryder takes care of The Revival.
Ronda Rousey is in the back getting ready for her match and she is asked what would she say to Sasha.
Ronda says she has been thinking of a reason why she owes Sasha an apology and she doesn’t owe anything to Sasha. She mentioned how worthy Sasha is for a title match and then Sasha insults her. Ronda says she has been respectful to Sasha but Sasha has shown disdain. She had to beg Sasha to challenge her for the title. Sasha is trying to hard to live like The Boss that she does not care about being better.
She will show the Boss that she has to answer to someone at the Royal Rumble and she is the HBIC.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Sasha wants to know who the hell Ronda is. Sasha mentions her accomplishments while she says Ronda was given everything. You want to talk about desire. The world does not need to know about deserving a title match. She earned the match and she will make Ronda tap out on Sunday.
Match Number Eight: Ronda Rousey and Natalya versus Sasha Banks and Bayley
Sasha and Natalya start and Sasha knocks Ronda off the apron and the referee has to stop Ronda. Bayley tags in and they send Natalya into the turnbuckles and hit a double suplex for a near fall. Sasha with a clothesline off Bayley’s back after she tags in. Bayley tags back in and they hit a double hip toss. Sasha with a running boot and Ronda comes in and clotheslines Bayley and takes Sasha down with a judo throw.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Natalya with a waist lock on Bayley and she runs Bayley into the turnbuckles. Ronda tags in and Sasha tries to hit Ronda as Ronda hits a Hart Attack. The referee holds Sasha back and Natalya tags back in. Natalya kicks Bayley and sends her back into the ring. Natalya stops Bayley from making the tag with an arm bar. Natalya with a suplex and she kicks Bayley. Natalya gets a near fall.
Bayley with forearms and Sasha with a knee followed by a knee from Bayley. Sasha gets a near fall. Sasha sends Natalya into the turnbuckles. Bayley tags in and hits a Frankensteiner and Sasha with Meteora for a near fall. Sasha swings at Ronda on the apron. Ronda tags in and Natalya with an Electric Chair. Ronda gets Sasha on her shoulders and Sasha with elbows. Sasha with a side Russian leg sweep into Banks Statement and Natalya breaks it up.
Bayley sends Natalya to the floor and Ronda gets a near fall. Ronda with kicks but Sasha with a kick. Bayley tags in and Sasha with a lungblower. Ronda counters a belly-to-belly suplex with a take down and she gets a near fall. Ronda with knees to the midsection and Ronda with a kick that sends Bayley into the turnbuckles. Sasha gets in the way and Bayley pushes Sasha out of the way. Ronda with punches and a judo throw. Bayley catches Ronda and tags Sasha in.
Sasha goes up top and hits a double sledge. Ronda with a take down and she applies the arm bar. Sasha rolls to the apron and Sasha kicks Ronda. Natalya tags in and Natalya with a suplex and she runs over Sasha and hits a drop kick. Natalya sets for the Sharpshooter and applies it. Bayley hits Natalya from behind and knocks Ronda to the floor. Natalya with a discus clothesline to Bayley and Sasha with a knee to block a power bomb. Sasha with a lungblower and Banks Statement to force Natalya to tap out.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
Sasha gets in Ronda’s face and Bayley and the referee have to separate them.
We go to credits.