WWE Monday Night RAW took place from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Here’s all the action that went down last night ahead of this Sunday’s Royal Rumble.
Finn Bálor and Braun Strowman confronted Mr. McMahon and Brock Lesnar
Finn Balor may not have made a believer out of Mr McMahon despite him earning a huge win over John Cena last week, but the extraordinary man who does extraordinary things isn’t rady to throw in the towel on his upcoming Royal Rumble match against WWE Universal champion Brock Lesnar. Wanting a little bit more proof that Balor was ready for Lesnar, the chairman decided to make a match right then and there as the latest number one challenger readied himself for a fight against the monster amongst men.
Finn Bálor def. Braun Strowman via Disqualification
And what a match it was. Balor stayed on the move, chopping away at the giant while Lesnar himself circled the ring, wearing down Strowman and going in for the kill. It was only a matter of time before Balor got a taste of Strowman’s infamous hands however, but it was Lesnar who ended the match with an F-5 that saw the bell rung and a message sent to his Royal Rumble challenger.
Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley def. Apollo Crews
Same story as always: Bobby Lashley may have had a shiny new championship to show off, but he was in danger of losing it to Apollo Crews last night were it not for the aid of Lio Rush. One distraction later, and Crews felt the full force of a spear, as the All Mighty left the ring with his title intact.
Seth Rollins def. Drew McIntyre
Drew McIntyre may have had a size and power advantage over Seth Rollins last night, but the Kingslayer managed to endure an immense amount of abuse and bounce back with a sneaky pin of is own, besting the Scottish psychopath with brains over brawn.
The Lucha House Party def. Jinder Mahal and The Singh Brothers
Looks like inner peace is overrated, as Jinder Mahal’s latest loss saw him fuming when the Lucha House Party scored a win over him and the Singh brothers. Thanks to a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker from Gran Metalik on Sunil Singh, the luchadores ran home with a fresh victory.
Baron Corbin def. Elias
General manager elect no more, Baron Corbin has returned to his roots as an in-ring competitor, which has also seen a more ruthless lone wolf emerge. Fed up with Elias’ musical jabs, Corbin decided to give the minstrel a lesson in pain, sneakily jabbing him in the throat and applying the End of Days to win the bout.
Heavy Machinery def. The Ascension
Unorthodox they may be, but Heavy Machinery managed to put on a powerhouse display last night against the Ascension, with Otis Dozovic landing a massive elbow on on the competition and then following up with their trademark finisher, the Trash Compactor.
Bobby Roode and Chad Gable def. The Revival
The tag team specialists just can’t seem to catch a break, as Dash and Dawson’s perfect teamwork came undone thanks to special referee Curt Hawkins. Kind of. Having grabbed a fistful of Chad Gable’s tights, Hawkins saw the illegal move and immediately reprimanded Dawson, which Gable the perfect chance to roll up his opponent and grab a quick pin. Clearly not happy, The Revival decided to give Hawkins a tour of the complaints department, but who would save the special guest referee?
None other than Long Island’s Zach Ryder, finally making an appearance in a WWE ring after being on the sidelines for way too long.
Sasha Banks and Bayley def. Ronda Rousey and Natalya
In the hard-hitting main event of the night, Sasha Banks and Bayley managed to come out on top against WWE RAW Woman’s champion Ronda Rousey and her bestest pal Natalya. Only barely. With some of the most brutal spots of the night in this one match, the battle came down to the wire and saw teamwork triumph in the end as Natalya was isolated and locked into the Banks Statement.
One tapout later, and Sasha Banks had managed to send a message to Rousey ahead of their clash for the gold at the Royal Rumble.
Last Updated: January 22, 2019