Good evening wrestling world! Tonight’s Raw comes live tonight from Lafayette, Louisiana. Tonight, we will witness the fallout from last night’s Elimination Chamber event, an event that had many implications for the grandest stage of them all, WrestleMania. We find out who the first challengers will be for the brand new Women’s Tag Team titles. Also, after the brutal assault from Becky Lynch, what will Ronda Rousey have to say? All this and more in the coming moments!
We kickoff the show with the COO of the WWE, Triple H, making his way to the ring. He states that we have officially begun the Road to WrestleMania. He proceeds to recap the events of last night’s event. He also mentions the induction of D-Generation-X into this year’s hall of fame.
HHH then introduces a couple men that will be making their Raw debut, this including Ricochet, Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, and Tommaso Ciampa. (Commercial)
Tables Match: Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin
We start that match with an intense staredown between the two big men. However, the action quickly falls outside of the ring as Strowman goes on the attack early. Strowman begins to take a table from underneath the ring, but Corbin attacks the ribs off Strowman, which were injured in their match last night. The two continue to trade blows on the outside of the ring, but brings a table in the ring as the action goes back inside. Corbin downs Strowman when he continues to attack the injured ribs. The action again falls to the outside, as Corbin delivers multiple stiff right hands and boots to the midsection of the Monster among Men. Corbin brings Strowman to the entrance ramp and attempts a suplex, but Strowman reverses and lands a suplex of his own. The action makes its way to the top of the entrance ramp as Strowman sends Corbin into stage setup. Strowman postions Corbin for a powerslam onto the announcer's table, but Corbin is able to fight out and send him stomach first into the side of the table. (Commercial)
As we come back, the action has been brought back into the ring. The two have set a table up in the corner of the ring. Neither man seems to have an advantage until Corbin is able to send Strowman crashing to the mat with a huge clothesline. Corbin brings Strowman to the outside once again and grabs a kendo stick from underneath the ring. He begins to punish the former tag team champion with blows to the midsection with the kendo stick. Corbin attempts a flying knee from the ring apron onto Strowman, but he is met with a blow from the steel steps to the face. Strowman hits him a couple more times with the steps, and then sends him back into the ring. Corbin looks to take back control of the matchup when he attempts to deliver another devastating clothesline, but Strowman is able to avoid the clothesline, countering with a powerslam and sending Corbin through the table positioned in the corner. Braun Strowman wins
After the match, Paul Heyman makes his way to the ring. However, him and Strowman run into each other on the entrance ramp. It looks as if Strawman may inflict some type of damage onto Heyman as he grabs by the collar. However, Strowman eventually lets go. (Commercial)
We come back as Heyman struggles for words in the ring after his run in with Strowman. Heyman says that he has put something together to educate the people about Brock Lesnar. We are shown a video package highlighting the life and career of Lesnar.
After the video, Heyman goes on to ask the WWE Universe how many people actually believe that Seth Rollins can defeat Brock Lesnar. Before he can say much more, the new Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor, makes his way to the ring. (Commercial)
Balor begins to talk about how it’s been a while since he has held a championship in the WWE. He says that it has been a dream of his hold the prestigious Intercontinental Championship. He begins to say how he looks forward to defending his title, but he is interrupted by Lio Rush. Rush says that Balor does not deserve to be Intercontinental Champion. He says Lashley begins to be champion, and then Lashley attacks Balor from behind. The two proceed to double team Finn Balor. However, Ricochet comes to the ring and breaks up the double team! Ricochet and Balor stand tall as we go to commercial. (Commercial)
Finn Balor & Ricochet vs Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush
We come back as this match has been put together during the break. Ricochet and Rush start the match off. The two start off trading quick flips and strikes. Ricochet gets the better of the encounter sending Rush into the corner. Lashley tags in and the tw lock up in the middle of the ring. Lashley, with the obvious strength advantage, is able to quickly ground the debuting Ricochet. Ricochet is able to battle back into the match, however. A dropkick sends Lashley to the outside of the ring, as Ricochet is able to show off his tremendous athletic ability. Rush tags back into the match, and Finn Balor tags into the match for the first time. Balor has the strength advantage and backs Rush into a corner. This causes Rush to tag Lashley back in. Once again, Lashley uses his strength to take down the smaller man. He grounds Balor and puts him into a side headlock. Balor fights his way back to his feet, but Lashley grounds him once again with a standing STO. Rush tags into the match after a failed pin attempt by Lashley. A dropkick from Balor leaves both men on the ground. Balor gets up and sends Rush into the corner and begins to stomp his rival into the mat. He gets Rush into the corner and delivers a couple of hard chops to the chest of Lio Rush. He is able to land a sling blade onto Rush, which sets Balor up for a Coup de Grace. A distraction from Lashley allows Rush to take out the knee of Balor.
Lashley tags in and begins to target the now injured knee. He puts Balor into another side headlock. Balor is able to battle back, but is sent to the apron on the outside. He attempts a sunset flip to Lashley, but the former champion is able to use his strength and not allow Balor to take him down. Lashley grounds Balor is we go to break.(Commercial)
As we come back, Lashley is still in control of the match. Balor attempts to make the tag to his partner, but Lashley uses his strength to pick Balor up and send him into the corer. Rush makes the tag in and goes on the attack. Balor is able to overcome Rush and attempts to tag in Ricochet once again. Rush is able to stop the tag attempt and bring Finn back into hiss corner. Lashley makes the tag back into the match. Lashley goes for a powerbomb, but Balor is able to reverse into a double leg takedown, followed by a stomp to the chest of Lashley. Ricochet is able to make the tag and immediately goes on the attack of Lashley and Rush. Ricochet is ultimately able to pick up the pinfall victory after a 630 splash onto Rush. Finn Balor and Ricochet win
Backstage, Drew McIntyre and HHH have words backstage. McIntyre tells HHH that he wants to main event WrestleMania and that he wants Seth Rollins tonight. Dean Ambrose interjects and tells McIntyre that he is available tonight, and then he slaps the Scottish Psychopath. HHH tells McIntyre that he will make the match. (Commercial)
Lucha House Party Vs. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Hawkins and Metallik begin the match as the match starts off quickly. Hawkins and Ryder show their chemistry as the two are able to deliver a multitude if moves to Metallik. Ryder makes the tag and continues to battle Metallik, but Dorado is able to quickly make the tag and the Lucha House Party deliver attacks to Ryder. The two continue to make quick tags. However, the two attempt a double suplex onto Ryder, but Ryder counters with a double neckbreaker. Hawkins makes the tag and goes on the attack. He’s able to down both members of the Lucha house party. Hawkins looks as if he is going to pick up his first win in more than 200 matches, but he gets caught with a hurricanrana by Dorado, who is able to rollup Hawkins and gain the pinfall victory. Lucha House Party win
Otis and Tucker are interviewed at the top of the entrance ramp. They are asked what the WWE Universe can expect from them, and who it is that they have their sights set on in tag team division. Before they can give a definite answer, they are interrupted by Lacey Evans, who simply struts down the entrance ramp. (Commercial)
Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano vs. The Revival
Wilder and Gargano start the match off and the two lock up in the center of the ring. Chants of “NXT” ring throughout the arena as the two begins to do battle. Gargano gets the better of the exchange as he is able to tag his former DIY partner into the match. Ciampa and Wilder trade blows, but Wilder is able to get Ciampa into the corner and tag in Dawson. Gargano is eventually able to tag into the match and bring the attack to the Revival. He is able to send Dawson to the outside of the ring. There, Gargano is able to deliver a suicide dive to Dawson. Dawson eats a knee from Ciampa, followed by a superkick from Gargano, and is then driven into the steel steps as we go to break. (Commercial)
We come back as the two former NXT teams continue to battle. Wilder has cut the ring and half for his opponent. He makes hetaag to Dawson and the two attempt a double team move, but Gargano fights out of the double team and makes the tag to Ciampa. Ciampa comes into the match and delivers three big german suplexes onto Dawson, followed by a big knee. After a failed pin attempt, Ciampa loses his momentum as The Revival is able to get themselves back into the match. The two attempt a Shatter Machine, but Ciampa is able to reverse out of it and make a tag to Gargano. Gargano and Wilder trade blows in the ring. Gargano goes for a springboard spear, but Wilder is able to counter and make the tag to Dawson. The two land a big double team move and go for the pin, but Gargano kicks out. The action continues as it spills to the outside of the ring. Gargano is positioned on the ring apron. Dawson attempts to knock him off of the apron, but he is met with a huge slingshot spear. He makes the tag to Ciampa and the two are able to hit Dawson with a superkick and knee to the head. Ciampa is able to deliver the pinfall victory onto Dawson. Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano win (Commercial)
As we come back, the first ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. They’re greeted with “You Deserve It” chants from the WWE Universe. They recount how they’ve created history throughout their careers together, whether it was hating or loving each other. They say that they plan on being the champions for a very long time and they look forward from challenges from tag teams from all three brands.
The champions are interrupted by Nia Jax and Tamina. Jax says that everyone knows that Banks only cares about herself. She also mentions how Banks always loses her championships on her first title defenses. Tamina says that they got lucky, but their luck will run out.
As alluded to earlier by HHH, we are shown that D-Generation-X are the first inductees to the 2019 WWE Hall of Fame. (Commercial)
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre
The match begins quickly as Dean goes on the attack to an angered McIntyre. However, Ambrose is floored after a huge headbutt from McIntyre. McIntyre proceeds to deliver absolutely viscous chops to the chest of Ambrose. Ambrose counters with a couple of chops of his own. Some quick action goes by and McIntyre is able to land a sudden Claymore Kick. Instead of going for the pin, McIntyre delivers a second viscous Claymore Kick. He is able to pin Ambrose for the pinfall victory. Drew McIntyre wins
We are shown another video package of Brock Lesnar, this time highlighting the Universal title reigns of the Beast Incarnate.
Backstage, Rollins is asked if he regrets choosing Lesnar to face at WrestleMania. Rollins says that it will all be over for Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. He says whether he leaves on his own two feet or on a stretcher, he is leaving as the Universal Champion. (Commercial)
We come back as Elias had made out to the middle of the ring. He that he is tired of the way that he has been treated. He is upset that he is interrupted every time he attempts to perform. Before he begins to perform, he is interrupted by Aleister Black.
Black says tonight, Elias will fade to black.
Aleister Black vs Elias
The bell rings and the two begin to trade blows. Aleister Black is able to send Elias to the outside of the ring. It looks as if he is going to hit Elias with some sort of senton, but he shows his athletic ability as he does a springboard moonsault off of the top rope and taunts Elias in the middle of the ring. (Commercial)
The match continues as Elias attacks Black in the ring. He begins to trade blows with the “Dutch Destroyer” and gets the better of the exchange as he sends him to the mat with a shoulder tackle. Elias puts Black into a side headlock on the ground. Black battles out with a couple of strikes to the midsection. The two trade strikes again, this time Black winning the exchange. He’s able to land a springboard moonsault onto Elias. He attempts to deliver a blow from the second rope, but is met with a knee to the face by Elias. Elias stands Black up, but he quickly met with a Black Mass from Aleister Black. Black is able to pin Elias for the victory. Aleister Black wins (Commercial)
WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match: Ronda Rousey vs Ruby Riott
The bell rings and Riott is immediately hit with a takedown from Rousey, which makes her retreat to the outside of the ring. When she gets back into the ring, she is able to ground Rousey with an STO. Riott is able to hit Rousey with a monkey flip, but Rousey is able to reverse it into an armbar. Riott is able to quickly battle out of the armbar. (Commercial)
Riott has control of the match as we come back. She is able to deliver a couple of big blows, before Rousey is able to counter with a big throw. Riott rolls outside, but Rousey is quick to bring her back in the ring. However, Rousey is hit with a big spear from Riott. Rousey, though, is able to quickly regain momentum with a couple of arm drags to Riott. Riott is able to battle back, and deliver a huge back senton from the second rope. The two go back and forth, but Riott is able to land a quick Riott Kick. The women’s champion is able to kick out at two. Riott stands Rousey up and attempts anther spear, but Rousey is able to block the spear and deliver a gutwrench suplex. Rousey goes to the top rope, but a distraction from Liv Morgan allows Riott to knock Rousey down with another Riott Kick. Riott goes for the pin, but Rousey kicks out at two. Riott goes for another senton, this time from the top rope, but Ronda is able to avoid it and attempts to lock in another armbar. Riott, however, is able to escape to the outside of the ring. Riott and her partners are met with a cross body splash from the champion. Rousey pushes Riott into the ring and whips her into the corner. Riott ends up on the receiving end of a reverse alabama slam into the top turnbuckle. Rousey is able to follow it up with an armbar, earning the submission victory. Ronda Rousey wins
After the match, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan attempt to attack the champion, but Rousey is quickly able to stop their attacks and send them to the outside of the ring. We end the night with the Women’s Champion celebrating her victory in the middle of the ring.