NOTE: Mike Meyers, who covers WWE Essential Occasion and WWE Kickoff Exhibits for PWTorch, fills in because the Raw Alt Perspective reporter for Zack Heydorn this week; Zack attended Uncooked in individual in Chicago.
WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW TV REPORT
MARCH 18, 2019
REPORT BY MIKE F. MEYERS, PWTORCH CONTRIBUTOR
Announcers: Michael Cole, Renee Young, Corey Graves
The present opened within the area with Lesnar’s music enjoying. Lesnar and Heyman entered to a very energized round of boos from the Chicago crowd. Brock smiled and held his belt aloft, urging on more boos. A “Burn it down!” chant began to stir. Heyman ultimately received to his shtick, and the gang joined alongside together with his introduction earlier than resuming their boos. Heyman accused Rollins of Shakespeare – no, Heyman-ranges of propaganda. Heyman addressed Rollins’s contentions that Lesnar struggles towards opponents of his stature by citing Lesnar’s victories towards Types, Bryan, and Balor. Heyman expressed disbelief that Rollins needs to wrestle McIntyre tonight, 20 days before Wrestlemania, after McIntyre ran by means of Ambrose and Reigns last week.
McIntyre’s music played and out got here the Scot. McIntyre stated he was completely happy to lastly be paid some respect. He urged Heyman to seek out a new Wrestlemania opponent for Lesnar, because after tonight, Rollins will probably be unable to make it to Wrestlemania. Rollins appeared from behind and smashed McIntyre within the again repeatedly with a steel chair, in what one might call a critical heel attack from behind. Lesnar had a incredible expression of disbelief, and when Rollins entered the ring with the chair, Lesnar shortly scooted out to ringside, smiled, and chuckled. Lesnar handed his belt to Heyman and seemed up at Rollins, however Heyman screamed warnings towards no matter Lesnar was considering. The duo then walked calmly up the ramp while Rollins’s music played.
Balor’s music played and Finn addressed the gang after the business break. Balor vowed that he wouldn’t be a former champion for too lengthy, however was interrupted by Lashley’s music. Graves declared Lashley as the greatest bodily specimen in WWE historical past. Rush had the mic, and indicated that the little leprechaun was upset as a result of Lashley has his pot of gold round his waist. Rush launched Lashley’s new favourite pose: Holding the Intercontinental title aloft with one hand. The gang response was delicate, considering the locale. Balor then introduced his companion: Braun Strowman. Strowman got here down the ramp, and Rush appeared very uncomfortable within the ring. Michael confirmed that Colin Jost and Michael Che can be special correspondents at Wrestlemania.
(1) FINN BALOR & BRAUN STROWMAN vs. BOBBY LASHLEY & LIO RUSH
Lashley started off towards Strowman. They exchanged basic massive man back-and-forth: Shoves and shoulder blocks. The present reduce to the business moments after the bell rang, however because of Head and Shoulders, we have been capable of watch the match alongside the advertisements. Tags had been made and Lashley had gotten the higher hand over Balor by knocking him off the ring apron with an elbow.
The story of the match shortly turned Balor’s wrestle to tag in Strowman. Balor was capable of neutralize Rush with relative ease, then made the recent tag. Strowman went for an apparent choke slam, however Rush flipped in midair, landing on his face. Strowman continued punishing Rush, but Lashley entered the ring and speared Strowman who had Rush hoisted on his shoulder. Rush started to stir first and went to the top rope and landed a frog splash on Strowman, but Strowman kicked out at two. Some antics ensued outdoors of the ring, and Strowman ultimately choke slammed Rush, then executed a operating energy slam, all while Lashley abandoned his associate and walked up the ramp alone.
WINNERS: Finn Balor & Braun Strowman by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: Rush positive is aware of tips on how to take a bump, and it’s amusing to see him work opposite a a lot bigger opponent like Strowman. Lashley cemented the concept he’s a rubbish individual by abandoning his most loyal supporter mid-match.)
Rousey was shown getting into the world backstage together with her husband, Travis Browne. A referee and crew of safety stopped her and stated she was being fined for being late and can be monitored by security after final week’s events. She stated, “Uh huh,” and walked away dismissively.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: So it’s towards the principles to not be in the area earlier than the start of the show? Holy sh–, the quantity of fines that WWE would have levied through the years have to be staggering.)
Alexa Bliss took the stage for A Moment of Bliss as we minimize to business.
Bliss needed to inform us what all the excitement was about for Wrestlemania, so she reduce to… Michael Cole. The announce group then went by way of a very normal match rundown with on-screen graphics for the matches which were introduced thus far for Wrestlemania. Again to Bliss. She introduced her visitor: Elias. Elias walked onto her set whereas strumming his black Fender acoustic electric. “Hello, I am Elias.” “Hello, I am Alexa.” Bliss guaranteed that nobody would interrupt Elias’s huge announcement tonight. His announcement: He can be the headlining musical act at Wrestlemania, within the biggest metropolis of them all, New York. Chicago booed.
Elias stated he was born to reside within the moment of strain, that he thrives on it. “If my performance at Wrestlemania was a game-winning field goal, I’d make it every single time.” Bears fans have been displeased. He stated if anybody dares to interrupt him at Wrestlemania – however was interrupted mid-sentence by No Approach Jose’s music. A conga line entered, headed up by Otis of Heavy Equipment. The line circled Elias and Bliss. Bliss interrupted the music and advised Otis that they weren’t supposed to return out until the top of the present, and questioned why they even bothered having ten rehearsals. Elias received in Otis’s face, however was clubbed from behind by a giant man in disguise. The man eliminated his mask and was revealed to be… NO WAY JOSE! In a Cubs tee shirt, no less. With vibrant inexperienced braids / extensions, no much less. He ran down into the ring as we minimize to business.
(2) ELIAS vs. NO WAY JOSE
The match was in progress as we returned from break, and Jose had Elias in an airplane spin. Jose locked in an arm bar as his conga line started a “No Way Jose!” chant that the gang wasn’t involved in joining. The animated antics of the properly-lit conga line at ringside was juxtaposed with a stationary, purple-hued audience. Elias shouted, “Who wants to walk with Elias!” and Renee stated, “Elias is jacked.” Graves responded, “Hell of an observation, Renee.” Elias landed the Drift Away for the pin and victory.
WINNER: Elias by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: A sad, marginal improve from a Fundamental Occasion match that the gang couldn‘t have cared less about. It’s as if the conga line was meant to distract from the gang‘s indifference, however it virtually served to attract extra consideration to it.)
Angle’s music performed and Kurt made his means down the ramp as we reduce to business.
After the break, Angle stated his farewell tour would continue here in Chicago with one other match. A “Thank you, Kurt” chant erupted from the gang. Angle thanked the McMahon family for allowing him to select his ultimate opponent at Wrestlemania – someone who has made his life a dwelling hell whereas he was basic supervisor: Baron Corbin. The gang booed.
(Meyers’s Analysis: I don’t assume the tepid boos have been towards Corbin the character, but somewhat the selection of Corbin as Angle’s ultimate opponent. The gang appeared let down by this announcement.)
(three) KURT ANGLE vs. CHAD GABLE
Gable entered the ring and because the bell rang, he advised Angle that he was an inspiration and that the pleasure is all his. The wrestlers locked up and exchanged holds to start out, and a “This is awesome!” chant rumbled throughout the world. Some again-and-forth motion ensued, none of it at a fast tempo, and Angle ultimately fired Gable across the ring with a belly-to-belly suplex, the most important bump of the match, and Gable rolled out to ringside.
The wrestlers took to some mat wrestling, and Gable received the upper hand, working on Angle’s arm. Angle leveled Gable by whipping him chest-first into the corner, then went again to the mat with a entrance chancery. Gable acquired to his ft and fired a charging Angle via the ropes out to ringside. Shockingly, we do not go to business. Gable drop kicked Angle’s knee as he tried to climb into the ring. Gable coated for a two-rely. Gable then locked up Angle’s left knee with a leg lock, but Angle kicked him off and knocked Gable out to ringside and viewers get knocked out to business break.
Angle knocked Gable down repeatedly with clotheslines and a back body drop, then almost applied the ankle lock however Gable reversed and kicked Angle away. Gable ended up making use of an ankle lock of his personal, however Angle escaped by firing Gable into the turnbuckle. Angle acquired to his ft and commenced to use the Angle Slam, however Gable reversed the maneuver into a DDT. Gable coated for a two rely – a plausible false finish. Angle managed to re-apply the ankle lock, however this time fell to the canvas and locked his legs around Gable. Gable tapped out within seconds.
Angle helped Gable to his ft and the wrestlers embraced.
WINNER: Angle by submission.
(Meyers’s Ideas: Fascinating to see the shell of Angle wrestle a younger version of himself. Gable created all types of motion on this match. With proper buildup, Angle vs. Gable can be a higher Wrestlemania match than Angle vs. Corbin; pitting two novice wrestlers towards one another. The mutual respect story would’ve tallied a simple feel-good second at WrestleMania, and a better match in addition.)
Corbin then entered. Corbin explained how he appreciated humiliating Angle when he was common manager, but not as a lot as he will like dominating him in his last match. Corbin concluded with Angle’s line, “It’s true… It’s damn true.”
Banks and Bayley entered and went to the ring as we reduce to break.
Backstage, Corbin was chatting with the Revival, who seemed unimpressed Corbin’s dealings with Angle. Apollo Crews entered and stated he needed a match tonight with Corbin. After some prodding from Crews, Corbin accepted. Crews stated, “Why you gotta be so difficult? That’s why no one likes you!” Corbin turned to the Revival and stated, “These guys like me… right?” The Revival snickered and stated, in tandem, “Hell no!” and walked off digital camera.
(Meyers’s Analysis: The Revival’s positioning right here is fascinating. During matches they’re portrayed as heels, but the followers tend to understand them as a expert, entertaining tag workforce. When faced with Corbin, a heel in the purest sense, they are allowed to take our aspect towards him. WWE, at the least on this phase, is allowing them to be the cool heels.)
Bayley and Banks have been interviewed in the ring by Charlie. Bayley indicated that they might defend their tag titles towards anyone, and that they are going to be appearing tomorrow night time on Smackdown that it might be… Iconic. Banks began to deal with their Wrestlemania aspirations, but Natalya and Beth Phoenix interrupted and walked to the ring.
With all four ladies in the ring, the gang audibly heated up. Phoenix complimented the efforts of Bayley and Banks. She stated she was content in her commentary position until she noticed Jax and Tamina making an attempt to set the women again with their jealousy and pettiness. She indicated that Jax and Tamina additionally “awoke the dragon.” She added that she liked her WWE career however that there was one factor lacking, and went on to challenge the tag champs for the new tag group championships at Wrestlemania. The digital camera panned up to a signal hanging from the rafters.
Bayley prompt that Phoenix rethink the challenge, and that Wrestlemania may be too quickly for her to rise up to speed. Natalya chimed in and praised Phoenix’s prowess. Banks interrupted and stated Natalya was driving the coattails of Phoenix just to have a match at Wrestlemania. This was too much for Natalya, who smacked Banks throughout the face. Banks tackled Natalya, then Phoenix tossed Banks to the ring apron with little effort. When confronted by Bayley, Phoenix shoved her to the canvas as nicely. Business break.
(four) SASHA BANKS vs. NATALYA
We rejoined the present simply because the bell rang for a freshly-concocted singles match. Natalya locked Banks in an stomach stretch at mid-ring. Banks broke free and fired Natalya into the corner, then landed a knee assault. Natalya ducked a second strike and leveled Banks with a clothesline. Jax’s music performed and all in-ring action ceased. Jax had a mic and commenced throwing shade at Phoenix. Phoenix, distracted by Jax’s harsh phrases, was blindsided by Tamina. Tamina then super kicked the charging Bayley and Banks, which resulted in a DQ finish.
Winner: Banks by disqualification.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: Boss & Hug Connection vs. Natalya and Phoenix could possibly be a good Wrestlemania match – it’s unfortunate that Jax and Tamina are still within the mix. Not solely will they be involved in the remaining episodes of Uncooked, however there’s a good probability it will outcome within the dreaded triple menace tag staff match at the massive present.)
We reduce to Mojo Rawley backstage – in a nebulous black void – speaking to a mirror. He had harsh words for himself and his alleged potential, and he screamed at himself to “Figure it out!”
(Meyers’s Evaluation: If someone has to talk to a mirror, at the least they found out find out how to movie it. That is a quantum leap for WWE directing: Rawley truly seemed into his personal eyes within the mirror, as an alternative of into the reflection of the digital camera lens. It’s Emmy time.)
Ricochet entered to his music, and the gang appeared very happy. Business break.
(5) RICOCHET vs. JINDER MAHAL (w/ Singh Brothers)
Ricochet primarily ran circles spherical Mahal before leveling him with a missile dropkick. Mahal retreated out to ringside, however Ricochet continued the assault back in the ring. The Singhs offered momentary distraction to Ricochet that allowed Mahal the opening he wanted to land a clothesline to Ricochet on the ring apron.
Mahal locked in a Primary Event Chinlock. Some fans started a clumsy “U.S.A.!” chant as Ricochet almost obtained to his ft before being slammed again right down to the mat. The wrestlers obtained to their ft and Mahal delivered a sluggish paced beatdown earlier than going again to the chinlock. Ultimately Ricochet countered with an enzuigiri and another drop kick, knocking Mahal to the canvas. Ricochet fired Mahal into the corner with a hurricanrana, then knocked Mahal down once more with a flying clothesline. Ricochet executed a operating capturing star press and coated for a two-rely.
Mahal rolled out to ringside to the consolation of the Singhs, but Ricochet carried out a Area Flying Tiger excessive rope to demolish the threesome outdoors of the ring. Ricochet rolled Mahal back into the ring then scaled the top rope. Ricochet jumped into a spinning blur generally known as the 630 senton, landed on Mahal, then pinned for the three-rely.
(Meyers’s Analysis: I haven’t seen anybody promote this much for Mahal since his ailing-conceived title run. Ricochet is a phenom – watching him working with Mahal is like watching the Quicksilver scenes from X-Males movies.)
After a break, Rollins was interviewed backstage, where he was questioned by Dasha about his chair assault on McIntyre. He stated that tonight was for Dean and Roman, and for Brock Lesnar, too. Rollins cited Bay Area thrash-metallic pioneers Metallica by saying he wasn’t afraid to struggle hearth with hearth.
Rousey was pouting and pacing within the ring as her music played. We minimize backstage to Charlie with Dana Brooke. Brooke admitted she won’t be better than Rousey, however she solely needs to be higher than Rousey for 3 seconds to grow to be Uncooked Ladies’s Champion. Brooke’s entrance commenced.
(6) RONDA ROUSEY (c) vs. DANA BROOKE – Raw Ladies’s Championship match
Proper championship match introductions have been made as soon as both wrestlers have been in the ring. Graves stated that Brooke’s steerage counselor lied to her when she informed her she might be anything she needed when she grew up. The bell rang and Rousey squashed Brooke inside 30 seconds with a few leg strikes and the arm bar submission.
WINNER: Rousey by submission.
Rousey had a celebratory smooch together with her hubby at ringside when safety ran down the ramp and confronted her. Rousey decked one, Browne decked another, and the confrontation fizzled once Browne scooped up Rousey and hoisted her over the barrier. Again within the ring, Brooke writhed in sluggish motion agony. We reduce to break.
(7) BARON CORBIN vs. APOLLO CREWS
As the match commenced, Michael stated that the WWE Universe is upset that Angle selected Corbin as his Wrestlemania opponent. Crews took out Corbin with a moonsault from the ring apron outdoors of the ring. The announce group continued to debate Corbin’s Wrestlemania match as Corbin locked in a chinlock.
Crews battled out of the chinlock however was met with the Deep Six by Corbin, who coated for a two-rely. This should have been a massive false finish, but the crowd was checked out. Corbin obtained a bit caught up in his posturing and sign-pointing, permitting Crews to roll up Corbin for the pin and victory.
Angle joined Crews at the prime of the ramp and congratulated his good friend on the victory.
WINNER: Crews by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: This match truly served some function. It was a backdrop for the announcers to increase on the Corbin-Angle story, and the in-ring motion strengthened Corbin’s vanity and foolishness.)
We have been proven a scene of Batista being prepped and groomed backstage, sat in a high quality leather armchair and flanked by the best golden tapestries Illinois has to offer. Business break.
Michael Cole, from his announce desk by way of headset, asked Batista what he has towards Triple H. Michael requested if the strife goes back to the Evolution days. Batista stated it goes again further than that – that Triple H only groomed him to be his muscle. “He talked down to me, underestimated me.” Batista stated he blames Triple H for his strolling out on the corporate, that he left because of Hunter. Batista identified what he’s achieved since leaving WWE – and that he’s now in a place of control, without Triple H.
When Michael asserted that Triple H has solely ever been variety to him, Batista identified that Triple H is the “Cerebral Assassin,” and that he’s received everyone fooled. He predicted two issues: At some point, Vince will get up and hearth Triple H. And at Wrestlemania, he’ll finish Triple H’s in-ring career. He shouted at the crew to get out of his fairly workplace, then stormed off digital camera.
(Meyers’s Evaluation: On this pre-taped phase, Batista came off a little disjointed – although not as dangerous as last week’s stay promo. Hearing only Batista’s aspect of the story on this phase, he doesn’t come off as a utterly groundless heel. We should wait to see Hunter’s drawn-out, meandering response next week.)
After a break, Bliss and Strowman have been shown backstage. A recap was shown of Strowman destroying the Chevrolet Camaro gifted to him by SNL star Colin Jost. Bliss stated it was her job to ensure Wrestlemania runs easily, and she or he provided to dealer peace between Strowman and the SNL lads. Strowman agreed to offer her one week.
McIntyre’s music played and Drew made his entrance for tonight’s primary event. We minimize to interrupt.
McIntyre addressed the gang from the ring. He announced that the Defend is not any extra, because of him, and now he’s received Rollins attacking him like a coward with a chair. He proclaimed this as his yard now, since placing Reigns down final week. McIntyre talked about Reigns’s leukemia return, and stated that if Reigns needs to be a hero and an inspiration, that he has a problem for him: A struggle at Wrestlemania. The gang’s response was minimal.
He urged Reigns to choose his household over the followers, as a result of the followers don’t care about him. “I will hurt you, I will maim you, I will destroy you! You may have beaten leukemia, but on the grandest stage of them all, you will never beat me!” Rollins appeared on the large display, started respiration closely, and stated “That, right there, is why I did what I did to you earlier tonight, Drew.” A replay was proven of Rollins’s chair assault from hour one.
Rollins charged in and McIntyre intercepted him on the ramp and the 2 began brawling. Referees separated the 2 as Rollins rolled into the ring. Business break.
(8) DREW MCINTYRE vs. SETH ROLLINS
McIntyre whipped Rollins to the mat and locked in an arm bar. Seth labored his approach upright and broke free however was knocked down again with a reverse elbow. McIntyre coated for two, then went back to the arm bar. “Let’s go, Rollins!” echoed plaintively in the area. Rollins almost mounted some offense but McIntyre hit the brakes and executed repeated suplexes, then applied one other arm bar, this time together with his knee pushed into the backside of Rollins’s skull.
The wrestlers wound up on the floor and brawled at ringside. Rollins attempted a moonsault off the ring steps into thin air, and McIntyre did his greatest to aspect step the harmless attack and fling Rollins to the floor. We reduce to business.
The wrestlers have been again within the ring, and Michael stated that McIntyre was hell-bent on destroying every member of “the group formerly known as the Shield.” With a fistful of Rollins’s hair, McIntyre shouted, “I’ve taken out your brothers!”
Rollins lastly countered McIntyre’s assaults with a hurricanrana that sent McIntyre out to ringside. Rollins ran the ropes and dove by means of the ropes at McIntyre, but McIntyre intercepted Rollins, twisted, and fired him back-first into the barricade. McIntyre then situated and wielded a metal chair of his own. McIntyre was distracted by the referee, what with the overseas object, allowing Rollins to tremendous kick McIntyre. Both males collapsed, and the referee began the double rely-out, however both wrestlers rolled in at nine.
Rollins instantly clotheslined McIntyre over the top rope, then landed two suicide dives outdoors of the ring earlier than delivering a sling blade inside the ring. “Burn it down!” chants began to echo all through the world, but they have been brief lived. McIntyre caught Rollins and delivered an Alabama Slam – a move beforehand remarkable in the northern elements of the United Kingdom.
McIntyre arrange Rollins atop the highest turnbuckle, but Rollins slithered right down to the canvas. Rollins sprinted towards McIntyre, who was now perched on the turnbuckle, and executed a snap superplex, adopted by a Falcon Arrow and pin for a two-rely. The gang started to sizzle as Rollins grabbed the ropes and stomped his boot, eliciting another “Burn it down!” chant. Rollins planted a boot to McIntyre’s midsection just as Lesnar’s music played.
Rollins froze in his tracks and stared at Heyman and Lesnar, who have been slowly waltzing onto the stage and posed no imminent menace. This allowed McIntyre to blitz Rollins from behind with the Claymore Kick, which was enough for the three-rely and victory.
WINNER: Drew McIntyre by pinfall.
(Meyers’s Analysis: Rollins is a moron.)
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