WWE RAW is live tonight from Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City. Here is the latest from the WWE to get you ready for the Royal Rumble go-home show:
The main attraction tonight is a tag team match pitting RAW Women’s Champion “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Natalya against The Boss N Hug Connection, Sasha Banks and Bayley. We will also have an appearance from Universal Champion Brock Lesnar as he gets ready to take on Finn Balor this Sunday. Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley will begin his reign, and we’ll also hear what’s next for Braun Strowman since he’s lost his match for the Universal belt.
The show opens up with a powerful video honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who we celebrate today in America.
Brock Lesnar’s music hits, and the WWE Universal Champion makes his way to the ring to loud boos alongside Paul Heyman. They get in the ring. Lesnar smiles while a light “Suplex City” chant picks up, but the booing is still louder. Heyman introduces himself as the advocate for the reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion, Brock Lesnar. Heyman says it’s time to get down to business. Last week on Monday Night RAW in front of a global television audience, Finn Balor pinned John Cena. Heyman says this was no fluke and there was no controversy. Finn Balor stepped up and seized the moment so much so that John Cena, the second greatest of all time, took the microphone in his hands and said he believes in Balor. Heyman says Cena should. Balor seized the moment so much so that the entire WWE Universe has stood up in unison and declared they believe in Finn Balor. Heyman says they should. Heyman says he believes in Finn Balor. No knocking on him. Balor seized the moment against John Cena, which is the theme of his entire career. Balor believes he’ll show up to Chase Field on Sunday and do the same thing: capitalize on fate and circumstance.
This isn’t just any title match. It’s a match for the Universal Championship against a man prepared to fight Braun Strowman. Lesnar now has to defend his title against a contender he is not prepared to fight. That’s why Finn Balor believes, as well as Heyman. Balor’s voice matters. However, Heyman’s is the voice that martyrs. This Sunday, at the Royal Rumble PPV event, his client, Brock Lesnar, will turn Finn Balor into a martyr sacrificed for committing the sin of making people believe he can conquer the unconquerable conqueror. Balor will be sacrificed for believing that he is the slim reaper that will slay the beast. Heyman is going to give a spoiler alert: even miracles Brock Lesnar. This Sunday, it will be Finn Balor on his back saying, “Oh my god, I believe in Brock Lesnar!” Lesnar holds up the WWE Universal Championship.
All of a sudden, Mr. McMahon’s music hits, and he makes his way out to the ring. McMahon says Heyman is like an old school promoter trying to drum up some business. McMahon says the only way anyone can believe in Brock Lesnar vs. Finn Balor is if people believed in David vs. Goliath. McMahon then tells the story incorrectly that Goliath beat David. David was then resurrected as Finn Balor. McMahon claims Balor doesn’t have many fans. If any of the people in hillbilly land actually believe that Balor can beat Lesnar, then they believe in fairy tales.
Braun Strowman’s music hits, and he angrily makes his way to the ring. Strowman says last Monday was the worst night of his life because of Baron Corbin. Corbin cost him $100,000 and a championship match against Lesnar. Last Monday was also the luckiest night for Lesnar. If Lesnar survives this Sunday, he’ll be waiting on the other side to rip him apart like one of Mr. McMahon’s limousines. McMahon tells him he’s lucky he’s still employed.
Strowman follows and runs over Balor with a shoulder on the outside. Braun brings it back into the ring and splashes Balor in the corner. Strowman scoops Balor but he slides out. Braun follows up with a big splash in the corner for a 2 count. Braun keeps control and sends Balor back out of the ring. Strowman follows and charges but Balor catches him with a Slingblade. Balor returns to the ring as the referee counts. Strowman makes it back in but Balor starts mounting offense.
Strowman catches Balor mid-move and scoops him but Balor gets on his back with a Sleeper. Lesnar looks on smirking. Braun smashes Balor back into the corner to break it. Balor comes back with another Sleeper, bringing Braun down to one knee. Balor unloads with elbows now. Balor with a stomp to the chest. Balor goes to the top for Coup de Grace but Braun comes up and grabs him by the throat. Braun sends Balor off to the floor but he lands in Lesnar’s arms.
Lesnar tosses Balor over his head with a big suplex. Fans pop. Lesnar picks the title back up and gets on the apron, staring Braun down. Braun nods at him. Lesnar lays the title down on the mat but Balor pulls him off, making him hit face-first on the apron. Balor drops Lesnar again. Balor goes in and runs the ropes, leaping out to take Lesnar down on the floor again. Braun chases Balor back into the ring. Balor unloads and hits a Slingblade. Balor takes Lesnar down again and Lesnar is stunned now. Balor charges and dropkicks Lesnar into the barrier.
Apollo Crews’ music hits, and he makes his way to the ring to interrupt the celebration. Crews congratulates Lashley on winning the Intercontinental Championship. Nobody paid their hard earned money to see Lashley pose. They want to see Lashley compete. Crews knows it won’t be a championship match, but how about they lock up? Rush says Crews isn’t even in Lashley’s league. If Crews can beat Lashley in a pose-off, he’ll let him have a match. Crews says he doesn’t know how to pose. Rush says he doesn’t know how to be a champion either. Lashley flexes his arms. Crews then gets on the podium and does some mock poses, which the crowd enjoyed. Lashley doesn’t seem too pleased. Rush has Lashley do a side chest pose. Crews follows suit. Lashley then does a really impressive pose, so Crews does as well. Lashley angrily attacks Crews, but Crews sends him out of the ring. Crews then press slams Rush over the top rope onto Lashley. We go to commercial.
Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley with Lio Rush vs. Apollo Crews
Back from the break and this non-title match is underway. Bobby Lashley with a big slam for a 2 count on Apollo Crews. Lio Rush cheers him on from ringside. Lashley whips Crews into the corner and nails a big thrust.
Lashley takes Crews to the top but Crews sends him to the mat. Crews comes back with more offense and a kip up for a pop. Crews goes to the top but has to roll through as Lashley moves. Crews gets the upperhand again and rolls Lashley up for a 2 count. Crews lifts Lashley again but he goes down. Crews presses Lashley high again and drops him on the mat. Rush gets on the apron now, distracting everyone. Lashley avoids the standing moonsault but Crews comes right back and drops him with the enziguri.
Rush gets on the apron again and gets involved but Crews presses him high in the air. Crews, still with Rush in the air, turns around to a big Spear from Lashley. Lashley covers for the pin to win.
Winner: Intercontinental Champion Bobby Lashley
Rush and Lashley celebrate in the ring with the title. The music interrupts and out comes Seth Rollins to a big pop. Lashley looks on from the ring. Lashley heads up the ramp with Rush, stopping to stare Rollins down as he heads to the ring. Rush taunts Rollins and we go to commercial.
Seth Rollins Confronts Drew McIntyre
Seth Rollins calls attention to it being Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in America. Rollins says we could all learn something from Dr. King in this day and age. Dr. King said the measure of a man is how he deals with adversity, something Rollins knows a lot about. A few months ago, he stood in the ring with two titles on top of the world. Now he has no titles and a broken family. Rollins will always have his first and last love: wrestling. As long as he has the ring under his feet and fire in his eyes, he can say he will go to Phoenix this Sunday and win the Royal Rumble match.
Even saying that sounds crazy and like a long shot, but Rollins doesn’t give a damn because his whole life has been a long shot. Rollins isn’t the usual WWE Superstar. Rollins isn’t like Drew McIntyre or Bobby Lashley. Rollins is a kid from a small town. His parents were blue collar working to keep a roof over his head. Rollins could be working a farm or driving a truck. The only reason he’s not is because of heart. Call it whatever you want, but it’s ingrained in his soul. Every fiber of his being says it’s a long shot. 30 guys will walk into the Royal Rumble, but when the dust settles there will be one man heading to WrestleMania: Seth Freakin’ Rollins.
Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring. McIntyre says Rollins has a 0% chance of winning the Royal Rumble. Rollins’ style is too high risk. Rollins will be eliminated. What happens if you take all that passion Rollins has and put it into the Terminator? You get Drew McIntyre. McIntyre knows this is everything to Rollins, so he hopes and prays they’re in the ring together at the end of the Royal Rumble. McIntyre wants to look into his eyes before he throws him over the top rope. Then McIntyre wants Rollins to listen to the ring announcer announce him as the winner of the 2019 Royal Rumble and going on to WrestleMania. We go to commercial.
Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre
Back from the break and Seth Rollins nails a big dive on Drew McIntyre early on. Back and forth now. Rollins sends Drew to the floor and leaps from the top but Drew moves and Rollins lands on the barrier.
Drew brings it back in the ring for a 2 count. Drew keeps Rollins grounded now as Cole talks about the ankle injury to John Cena, which put his Rumble status up in the air. Drew with more offense and a 2 count. Drew works Rollins around the ring now as fans try to rally for Rollins. Rollins gets whipped hard in the corner and he lands on his shoulder. Drew with another 2 count. Rollins tries to mount offense but Drew nails a big kick to the ribs. Drew follows Rollins to the floor and catapults him hard too the floor face-first. Drew looks down at Rollins as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and they’re going at it. Rollins with a Slingblade. Rollins keeps control and hits a Blockbuster from the corner. Drew avoids a Buckle Bomb and gets a 2 count. Rollins comes right back for a close 2 count of his own. Drew avoids the Stomp but Rollins counters with a Falcon Arrow for a 2 count.
Rollins gets up first and readies for the Stomp as fans chant “burn it down!” now. Rollins kicks Drew in the gut but misses the Stomp. Rollins comes back and sends Drew into the corner. Rollins takes Drew up but Drew back elbows him to the mat. Rollins comes back and gets Drew hung up in the Tree of Woe. Rollins climbs up but Drew powers up and launches Rollins to the mat. Rollins lands on his feet. Drew with another big counter. Drew charges with a Claymore Kick but he runs into a big kick from Rollins. Rollins with a close 2 count. Fans chant “this is awesome!” now. They get up and trade punches and chops. They unload in the middle of the ring now. Drew with a big Glasgow Kiss headbutt. They both are down now.
Drew climbs up with Rollins on his back for the super senton. Rollins still kicks out at 2. Drew responds with a sitdown powerbomb for a close 2 count. Rollins counters a clothesline and rolls Drew up for the pin to win out of nowhere.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Rollins hits the floor and smirks back at Drew as his music hits. We go to replays.
Still to come, Rousey and Natalya vs. Banks and Bayley.
The Revival is backstage talking to Vince McMahon about how there has been a conspiracy against them as of late. Scott Dawson proposes one more RAW Tag Team Title shot and Dash Wilder says with a special referee that has 20/20 vision and can call it right down the middle. Curt Hawkins walks up and it sounds like he wants a Royal Rumble spot. Vince is going to make Hawkins the special referee for The Revival’s title shot. Vince walks off as The Revival tries to suck up to Hawkins. Back to commercial.
Backstage with Dean Ambrose
Back from the break and Dean Ambrose is backstage. He says a certain architect quoted MLK earlier tonight and it was cute, it even brought a tear to his eye. Ambrose quotes MLK on injustice and says its a great injustice that he’s no longer WWE Intercontinental Champion. Ambrose can’t wait to see champion Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins in the Rumble this Sunday because he’s coming straight for them, and will eliminate them both. Ambrose says 2018 was not his year. Ambrose owes it to himself to win the Rumble and says it will be his moment, he will own the Road to WrestleMania. Ambrose says justice will be served on Sunday.
Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers vs. Lucha House Party
We go to the ring and all six Superstars are already out. Lince Dorado starts off with Jinder Mahal.
Jinder takes Lince in the corner and works him over. Jinder blocks a counter and slams Lince. Samir Singh comes in and keeps control, nailing a dropkick. Sunil Singh tags in and gets backdropped. Kalisto tags in and does the double team to Singh with Dorado. Kalisto with a 2 count. Kalisto keeps control until Sunil sends him out to the floor. Jinder tags in and brings Kalisto back in for a 2 count. Jinder and The Singh Brothers keep control with tags to keep Kalisto down. Sunil keeps Kalisto grounded now.
Sunil stops Kalisto from tagging. Sunil drops Lince off the ring but he turns around to a big shot from Kalisto. Gran Metalik tags in and unloads on Sunil. He dropkicks Jinder and Samir off the apron. Metalik with a knee to the spine for the pin to win out of nowhere on Sunil.
Winner: Lucha House Party
Lucha House Party celebrates as their music hits. Jinder loses his inner peace at ringside.
We go to a video package on EC3. We see EC3 backstage posing now. Dana Brooke walks up and says he looks great. She asks him about some fitness tips but he’s quiet as Elias comes walking by. He shakes his head and keeps walking to the ring. Back to commercial.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias
Elias plays a tune and gets a pop. He talks about winning the Royal Rumble and reminds everyone what WWE stands for – Walk With Elias. Elias goes to begin his latest song but Baron Corbin interrupts to loud boos. Corbin asks Elias to please quit talking. He says the fans can shut up too. Corbin says Elias ratted him out to Braun Strowman and almost got him killed last week. Fans pop and Corbin asks what is wrong with them. They respond with a “you suck!” chant. Corbin says Vince McMahon was right when he said there are a bunch of hillbillies in Oklahoma. Corbin says hes not going to let Elias play a song but he is going to come put Elias in his place. Elias says Corbin is no longer General Manager and can’t do stuff like that. Elias says he’s going to play anyway. Corbin argues and Elias has his mic cut. Fans pop.
Elias says he was going to sing a song about the Rumble but now he’s having all these thoughts come to mind since Corbin is out here. Elias starts singing about Corbin now, taking shots at him. Fans chant “you got fired!” and Corbin hits the ring to fight. Elias backs him off wit the guitar. Corbin looks on from the ramp, complaining about how Elias almost hit him with a guitar. We go to commercial.
Elias vs. Baron Corbin
Elias walks the ropes and hits Old School on Baron Corbin. Elias sends Corbin out of the ring into the barrier.
Elias follows and rams Corbin back into the barrier as the referee counts. They trade shots on the apron now. Corbin sends Elias into the ring post and he falls down on the floor. Corbin brings it back into the ring and works Elias over, keeping him down. Fans with another “you got fired!” chant. Corbin goes out and back in with a big clothesline to Elias for a 2 count. Elias ends up fighting back in from the apron. Elias drops Corbin with a jumping knee to the jaw. Elias with a swinging neckbreaker for a close 2 count.
Fans rally for Elias as he unloads on Corbin in the corner. The referee backs him off. Corbin manages to nail Elias with a big right hand off the quick distraction from the referee, and then hit End of Days for the pin to win.
Winner: Baron Corbin
Corbin plays to some fans at ringside as Elias recovers on the mat.
Still to come, the Royal Rumble edition of “A Moment of Bliss” with Alexa Bliss. Back to commercial.
A Moment of Bliss with Guest Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss comes out to the stage to her Moment of Bliss set. Bliss showcases all the women that will be in the 30 Woman Royal Rumble Match.
Bliss now introduces her guest, Nia Jax. Bliss asks who Jax would pick to face if she won the Royal Rumble. Before she can speak, Ember Moon interrupts. Moon says she’s tired of sitting in the locker room. She’s going to win the Royal Rumble. Alicia Fox now comes out and says she’s the captain of this division and will set the course to WrestleMania. Mickie James now comes out. James says she stole the show at WrestleMania and will do it again. The Riott Squad now comes out, as does Dana Brooke, Tamina, and Nikki Cross. Bliss stands on a chair and says this is her show. If this breaks out into a brawl, they’ll expose them as catty women who don’t support each other. It also hurts her reputation as a talk show host. A brawl then breaks out. They fight back into the Gorilla Position, which has been cleared of all it’s equipment.
Bliss says the women in this year’s Rumble are passionate. This will be a Moment of Bliss they will never forget because she is competing in this Royal Rumble match. That gets a good reception. Lacey Evans comes out and takes the microphone from Bliss. Evans says this division is full of nasty, classless girls. Luckily for the WWE Universe, the winner of the Royal Rumble match will not be a sawed-off girly runt. The winner of the Royal Rumble match will be her, a classy, sophisticated lady: Lacey Evans. Bliss looks furious.
Heavy Machinery will make their in-ring debut, next. We go to commercial.
/span>Back from the break and Titus O’Neil is backstage announcing his spot for the Royal Rumble. A staffer walks into the shot and Titus isn’t too happy with him. The guy keeps walking and Titus takes issue with that as well.
Heavy Machinery vs. The Ascension
We go to the ring and The Ascension waits, Konnor and Viktor. Out next comes Heavy Machinery for their RAW in-ring debuts – Otis Dozovic and Tucker Knight.
Viktor starts off with Otis and they lock up. Viktor takes control early on out of the corner but Otis just takes it all. Otis charges but Viktor goes behind. Otis tosses him and scoops him, spinning him around for a big slam. Tucker tags in and they hit the double team headbutts. Tucker runs into Viktor’s boot in the corner. Viktor unloads but Tucker hits a crossbody for a 2 count. Otis tags back in for more double teaming, doing an impersonation of WWE Hall of Famers The Buckwhackers.
Konnor runs in but he gets dropped. Otis dances around and drops an elbow on Konnor. Viktor gets dropped again out of the corner. Otis hits The Worm or The Caterpillar, and tags in Tucker for another double team. Tucker covers Viktor for the pin to win.
Winners: Heavy Machinery
Otis and Tucker stand tall to celebrate. We go to replays as their music plays.
Still to come, Curt Hawkins will call the RAW Tag Team Titles match. Back to commercial.
RAW Tag Team Championship Match: Special Guest Referee Curt Hawkins
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The Revival
Back from the break and out comes The Revival, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. Special referee Curt Hawkins is already out. RAW Tag Team Champions Chad Gable and Bobby Roode are out next.
Wilder starts off with Gable and they go at it. Gable looks to tag but Hawkins is already playing games. Dawson tags in and works Gable around. The Revival ends up double teaming but Gable hits a double clothesline off the ropes. Roode comes in for double suplexes. Roode and Gable clear the ring. Roode launches Gable out to take Wilder down on the floor. Gable celebrates too early and turns around to a big clothesline from Dawson on the floor. We go to commercial.
More back and forth after the match. Roode comes in and unloads. Roode sends Dawson out of the ring and hits a big Spinebuster on Wilder. Wilder ends up countering a suplex, covering Roode for a pin while Dawson holds the leg from the outside. The referee catches them. Roode and Wilder with more back and forth. Dawson with a cheap shot to Roode and another cheap pin attempt but Hawkins catches them.
Gable comes in and hits a crossbody on Dawson but he rolls through. Dawson holds the tights but Hawkins calls him out on it. Dawson sends Gable to the apron. Dawson argues with Hawkins and puts hands on him. Dawson turns around to a shot from Gable. The Revival tries for another cheap assist again from the apron but Hawkins stops them. This leads to Gable getting the pin to retain.
Winners: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable retain the RAW Tag belts
The Revival argues with Hawkins as Roode and Gable celebrate up the ramp. Hawkins explains what happened to The Revival with replays on the big screen. Hawkins goes to leave but they attack him and beat him down as fans boo. Zack Ryder runs down to make the save for a pop. Ryder fights The Revival off and sends Wilder to the floor, then Dawson. Wilder comes back to the apron but Ryder drops him again. Ryder helps Hawkins up and they stand tall together as fans cheer.
The announcers plug Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber on the WWE Network.
We see Ronda Rousey backstage warming up. Dasha Fuentes approaches for comments, asking what she would say to Sasha Banks if she were standing here in front of her. Rousey is focused on tonight’s match but she can’t think of any reason why she would owe Banks an apology. Rousey says she doesn’t owe Banks a damn thing. She tried praising Banks on “A Moment of Bliss” a few weeks back but Banks just insulted her. Rousey goes on about Banks and her work ethic, saying she’s too high on her own hype instead of being hungry to be better. Rousey says she will show Banks at the Rumble that The Boss has to answer to someone and that’s her, the boss of The Boss and The Head b—h In Charge, the RAW Women’s Champion. Rousey walks off.
Ronda Rousey and Natalya vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
We go to the ring and out first comes RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey for tonight’s main event. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and out comes Sasha Banks first for her team. Bayley is out next. Banks takes the mic in the ring and fires back at Rousey, about how she was handed her spot at the Rumble last year and more. Banks goes on and says she will handle Rousey at the Rumble this Sunday. They have words and try to fight but their partners hold them back as the referee tries to restore order. Natalya calms Rousey down in the corner.
Banks and Natalya start things off now. The bell rings and Banks immediately knocks Rousey off the apron. Banks wrestles Natalya to the mat as Rousey rushes the ring. The referee backs her out of the ring. Banks and Bayley double team Natalya now. Bayley with a suplex for a 2 count. Rousey tags in and takes down both opponents. Banks and Bayley look on from the floor as Rousey talks trash. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Rousey tags in to hit the Hart Attack with Natalya on Bayley. Banks and Rousey talk trash while Banks is on the apron. Natalya keeps control of Bayley now, slamming her again for a 2 count. Bayley turns it around and in comes Banks. Banks works over Natalya and taunts Rousey. Banks ends up hitting the Meteora from the top for a 2 count. Banks goes after Rousey on the apron again. Natalya slams Banks from her shoulders as Rousey tags in.
Banks fights off Rousey’s shoulders with elbows. Banks backslides Rousey for a 2 count. Banks stays on top of Rousey and drops her into the Banks Statement. The match turns to chaos for a few minutes. Rousey drops Bayley for a close 2 count. Rousey unloads on Bayley now. Banks comes in and stands in front of Bayley but moves as Rousey charges. Bayley catches a leg and drags Rousey to the corner as Banks tags back in. Banks and Bayley double team Rousey again. Rousey takes Banks down by the arm. They tangle on the mat as Banks tries to avoid the armbar. Banks makes it to the rope to break it up.
Banks stuns Rousey with a kick. Natalya tags in and brings Banks in from the apron with a suplex. Natalya steps on Banks’ neck, drops Bayley off the apron and hits the basement dropkick to Banks. Natalya goes for the Sharpshooter on Banks and gets it locked in. Bayley makes the save and knocks Rousey to the floor. Natalya drops Bayley. Banks blocks a powerbomb and drops Natalya with the Backstabber. Banks with the Banks Statement in the middle of the ring for the submission win.
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley
After the match, Banks and Bayley stand tall as Banks’ music hits. Rousey comes in and gets in Banks’ face. The referee gets in between them. Natalya and Bayley try to keep them apart. The final RAW before Royal Rumble goes off the air with Rousey and Banks arguing.