Monday Night Raw Live Coverage & Results (03.18.19)
Good evening wrestling world! Tonight’s Raw comes to us live from Chicago, Illinois, a city famous for its intense fanbase. On tonight’s episode, the WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, return to Monday Night Raw. We will also see the reveal of Kurt Angle’s WrestleMania opponent, Ronda Rousey defend her Women’s Championship, and Seth Rollins face the “Scottish Psychopath,” Drew McIntyre. All this and more to come in the coming moments!
We kickoff the show with the arrival of the Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar, accompanied by Paul Heyman. In the ring, Heyman and Lesnar are blasted by a ring of boos. Heyman says Rollins says that Lesnar has a problem has with competitors with the same size as him. Heyman brings up the fact that although Lesnar has faced opponents of his size, Lesnar has been the victor in all of the matches. In the middle of his soliloquy, he is interrupted by Drew McIntyre.
McIntyre says that it is refreshing to get the respect that he deserves, after Heyman gives him a number of compliments. McIntyre tells Lesnar that he suggests he finds a new opponent after he brutalizes Rollins tonight. Out of nowhere, Rollins blindsided McIntyre with a chairshot to the back. He continues to completely unload chair shots to the back of Mcintyre. After the assault, Rollins makes his way into the ring, but Lesnar slides to the outside of the ring.
The announce team recaps the Intercontinental Championship match that happened last week, which saw Bobby Lashley defeat Finn Balor to become champion once again.
Finn Balor makes his way to the ring. Up next, he and a partner of his choosing will take on Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. (Commercial)
We come back as Finn stands in the middle of the ring. Balor says that he does no plan on being a former champion for too long. He is then interrupted by Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush. The two make their way to the ring. Finn then reveals his partner, who turns out to be Braun Strowman.
Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush vs. Finn Balor & Braun Strowman
Lashley and Strowman start that match and lock up in the middle of the ring. Strowman shoves Lashley into the corner. Lashley gets up and tries to attack Strowman, but is met with a shoulder tackle that sends him to the outside of the ring. (Commercial)
The match continues as Balor and Lashley fight in the ring. Lashley has control as the match, as he delivers a reverse STO to Balor. Rush makes the tag in and begins to attack Balor. Lashey makes the tag back in after Rush delivers a dropkick to Rush. Balor attempts multiple times to make the tag to Strowman, but Lashley stops every attempt. Lashley sets Balor up in the corner and attempts a spear to the midsection, but he runs into the ring post shoulder first. Rush tags into the match, as does Braun. Braun begins to manhandle Rush, throwing him into each corner of the ring. Strowman goes for a running slam, but Lashley hits Strowman with a spear. Balor sends Lashley to the outside of the ring. Rush is able to get up and land a frog splash onto Strowman. He attempts a pin, but Braun kicks out and stands up immediately. Braun chases Rush to the outside of the ring, where he is eventually able to get his hands on Rush. He brings him back into the ring and delivers a huge running powerslam as Lashley watches from the outside. Strowman is able to pick up the pinfall on Rush. Braun Strowman and Finn Balor win
Backstage, Rousey and her husband arrive to the arena. She is told that there is extra security tonight because management wants to prevent another incident with her. She continues to walk, shrugging off the extra security.
Up next, Alexa Bliss hosts her show, A Moment of Bliss, with special guest, Elias. (Commercial)
We return as Bliss begins her show. She says that the WWE Universe is buzzing with WrestleMania just three weeks away. She talks about how she will be the special host of this year’s WrestleMania. She proceeds to bring out her guest for this week’s show. Elias comes out and says he is here tonight to announce that he will be the headlining musical act of WrestleMania. Bliss asks Elias what happened at last year’s WrestleMania, when he said that last year would be his greatest performance. He says that last year set him up for his performance this year. He says that it is going to be the best performance by anyone ever. He is then interrupted by Heavy Machinery, along with No Way Jose’s conga line.
Bliss stops them and asks why they interrupted her. Bliss apologizes for the interruption. As Elias begins to give his rebuttal, he is blindsided by a masked man, who turns out to be No Way Jose. Jose makes his way to the ring, appearing to challenge Elias to a match. (Commercial)
Elias vs. No Way Jose
The match has begun during the break and we come back as Jose delivers and airplane spin, followed by a big knee to a grounded Elias. Elias is brought to the corner, where Jose delivers a huge right hand. Jose follows with an arm drag. The two stand, and Jose delivers another arm drag. The two stand again, and Elias hits Jose with a big chop to the chest. He whips Jose to the corner and attempts a splash, but he misses. Jose answers with a big clothesline to Elias. He whips him to the corner, and he delivers a splash. He goes to the top rope and attempts a cross body splash, but Elias avoids it and Jose crashes to the ground. Jose is picked up and brought into the corner, were Elias delivers a barrage of punches. Jose begins to fight back, but is sent to the mat with a powerslam, followed by a jumping knee. Elias goes to the top rope and delivers a huge diving elbow. He stands Jose ad delivers the Drift Away. He is able to pin Jose and pick up the victory. Elias wins
Up next, Kurt Angle will reveal the identity of his WrestleMania opponent. (Commercial)
We return as Angle stands in the ring. He says that his farewell tour continues and he gets to have a match here tonight. He thanks the McMahons for allowing him to choose his WrestleMania opponent. He says that his opponent will be Baron Corbin.
Kurt Angle vs. Chad Gable
The two lock up in the middle of the ring, but Gable is able to deliver a shoulder tackle that sends Angel to the mat. He stands and the two lock up once more. The two trade wrestling holds.
The two engage in a highly contested back and forth match that saw Gable take Angle to the limit. Angle was able to capitalize on a missed moonsault by Gable and lock in an Ankle Lock, forcing Gable to tap. Kurt Angle wins
After the match, Corbin makes his way out. He says that he is going to enjoy the opportunity to end Angle’s career at WrestleMania.
The announce team recap the actions of Drew McIntyre form last week, taking out both Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose.
Up next, Bayley and Sasha Banks will be in action! (Commercial)