WWE Monday Night RAW took place from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here’s all the action that went down ahead of Fastlane.
Roman Reigns asked Seth Rollins to re-form The Shield with Dean Ambrose
With Roman Reigns back in the WWE, the Big Dog’s first goal wasn’t championship gold. Rather, the man who had just survived another battle against Leukemia wanted to reunite the hounds of justice, as he asked Seth Rollins to forgive and forget the damage done in the feud between him and Dean Ambrose.
Rollins seemed willing to do so, but as for Ambrose? Before he could even give an answer, Elias appeared out of nowhere to deliver a guitar to the back, shattering the instrument and running off into the night.
Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin def. Intercontinental Champion Finn Bálor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle
Speaking of factions, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin seem to have formed their own tightly-knit unit as of late, and not even the hastily-thrown together might of Finn Balor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle seem capable of stopping their momentum. In a showdown last night, the heels played to their strengths and dismantled their opponents, leaving Balor worse for wear after he ate a Claymore and a double chokeslam on the steel steps of the ring.
Natalya def. Ruby Riott
A solid night for the Queen of Harts, as her bout with Ruby Riott was decided with a quick roll-up pin. Natalya decided to exit the ring as quickly as possible to avoid a three-on-one confrontation with the entire Riott Squad, while Lacey Evans appeared to…do a catwalk fashion show down the entrance ramp? Well okay then.
Triple H addressed Batista’s attack on Ric Flair
Long story short: After he brutalised Ric Flair on his 70th birthday last week on RAW, Batista does indeed have Triple H’s attention.
Heavy Machinery def. The B-Team, The Ascension and Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins (Tag Team Gauntlet Match)
They’ve been present on RAW for a while now, and it looks like NXT’s infamous tag team Heavy Machinery have managed to build up a fair share of backstage heat as numerous other teams in the division wanted a piece of Otis and Tucker. The good ol’ boys were happy to oblige, as they easily dismantled their competition. The B-Team felt their wrath first, The Ascension didn’t fare too well either and Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins were the last to fall as Otis delivered all three decisive pins.
Elias def. Dean Ambrose; The Shield reformed to turn away Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley & Baron Corbin
With Dean Ambrose still feeling the effects of having his spine rearranged with a guitar earlier in the night, it didn’t take long for Elias to lock in the Drift Away and win the match. It also didn’t take long for the vultures to appear, as Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Baron Corbin rocked up for a post-match beatdown.
That’s when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns arrived to even the score and drive back the faction that was looking to replace them. It’s official! With Ambrose back in the fold, the Shield are ready to unite one last time to give Lashley, McIntyre and Corbin a night that they’ll never forget, when Fastlane rolls around.
Tamina def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Sasha Banks
Maybe she was lucky, but one superkick was all that Tamina needed to put down The Boss, earning a huge victory over one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team champion.
Michael Che and Colin Jost ran afoul of Braun Strowman
In things I learned today, I now know that Braun Strowman is not a fan of Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update hosts, Michael Che and Colin Jost. Especially after Jost decided to ask the gift of destruction “Is any of this stuff even real?”.
The Revival def. Aleister Black and Ricochet via DQ
After spending the last two weeks on a tear, NXT’s latest call-ups found themselves between a rock and a hard place when they faced RAW’s tag team specialists and reigning champions, The Revival. Black and Ricochet gave as good as they got, but in the end it was Bobby Roode and Chad Gable who decided the match. The former champs had a bone to pick, and they decided to launch an attack on The Revival, resulting in the ref calling for the bell.
Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey attacked Becky Lynch
So what’s the current state of the RAW Woman’s championship main event for Wrestlemania? Well here’s the gist of it: Becky Lynch has been reinstated, Ronda Rousey has snapped and Charlotte Flair decided to beat a hasty retreat before the baddest woman on the planet could lay into her next. At Fastlane, it’ll be Lynch vs Flair, with the winner going on to face Rousey at Wrestlemania.
Last Updated: March 5, 2019
March 5, 2019 at 07:44
I’m somewhat interested again in WWE. The chaos seems to be subsiding, so maybe it’s worth venturing back into watching it:
– The Shield seem to be back
– Strowman is still more babyface than heel
– The Lynch and Flair match is going to be uber cool. Both ladies are amazing in the ring, and maybe Rousey can finally be put down (IMHO, she never really fitted into the WWE, and her agenda has been pushed so hard by the company)