January 7, 2019
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Transcription by Josh Lopez
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2019
John Cena, Drew McIntyre, Lio Rush, Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose and Finn Balor In-Ring Segment:
Welcome everyone to Orlando, Florida and Monday Night Raw. This is the Road to WrestleMania. That is why Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley are fighting like that. This is when you step up or get left out. Cena doesn’t want to be left out again. There is one match where anyone can grab that golden ticket. A golden ticket to the grandest stage of them all. That is the Royal Rumble. Cena plans on earning that golden ticket by entering himself in the Men’s Royal Rumble Match. Drew McIntyre comes out to interrupt Cena.
McIntyre has waited for this moment for years. Unlike everyone else, he does not care who Cena shares his bed with or his ridiculous hair. What he cares about is Cena’s 16 World Championships. He cares that Cena has main evented multiple WrestleMania’s. Vince McMahon called Cena the greatest of all time. McIntyre echoes those sentiments. What is McIntyre’s point? McIntyre has a history of taking out the greats.
McIntyre dismantled The Shield. He defeated Dolph Ziggler in their steel cage match last week. You can ask Cena’s friend Kurt Angle, who McIntyre made tap out to his own ankle lock. McIntyre is the most dangerous man in WWE. Now it’s time to come after Cena. Cena was in good spirits, but now he’s sad. What is sad about this is that he’s heard the same thing every week from practically every Superstar so much that he had to leave so people could come up with a different promo.
What makes McIntyre any different? McIntyre is about actions. Lio Rush arrives on the stage with Bobby Lashley. Rush is upset with Rollins. Rush is considering getting a lawyer. Rollins attacks Lashley from behind. Lashley with a waist lock takedown on the ramp. Dean Ambrose joins the fray. All hell is breaking loose in Orlando. Ambrose and McIntyre are double teaming Cena. Finn Balor ducks a clothesline from McIntyre. Balor hits The SlingBlade. Balor clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope. Balor lands a SomerSault Plancha.
First Match: John Cena, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose and Drew McIntyre in a 6-Man Tag Team Match
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Cena and Lashley will start things off. Cena applies a side headlock. Cena leapfrogs over Lashley. Cena clotheslines Lashley. Cena tags in Balor. Cena applies a wrist lock. Balor with a Flying Double Axe Handle Strike. Lashley drives his knee into the midsection of Balor. Lashley bodyslams Balor. Lashley tags in Ambrose. Ambrose kicks Balor in the gut. Ambrose with an elbow smash. Balor responds with two deep arm-drags. Balor applies an arm-bar. Ambrose with a forearm smash. Balor reverses out of the irish whip from Ambrose. Balor with a Sunset Flip Basement Dropkick for a one count. Balor applies a front face lock. Ambrose carries Balor to the corner. McIntyre tags himself in. McIntyre drops Balor with a knife edge chop. McIntyre with a Delayed Vertical Suplex for a two count. McIntyre talks smack to Balor. McIntyre repeatedly stomps on Balor’s chest. Lashley tags himself in.
Lashley punches Balor in the ribs. Lashley applies a rear chin lock. Lashley drives his elbow across the back of Balor’s head. Lashley goes for The Dominator, but Balor lands back on his feet. Balor is throwing forearms at Lashley. Balor kicks Lashley in the jaw. Balor knocks Ambrose off the ring apron. Lashley stops Balor in his tracks. Lashley drives Balor back first into the turnbuckles. Lashley with clubbing shoulder blocks. Lashley tags in Ambrose. Ambrose is mauling Balor in the corner. Ambrose with a Running Forearm Smash. Balor creates distance with an OverHead Kick. Balor tags in Cena. Cena ducks a clothesline from Ambrose. Cena with Two Flying Shoulder Tackles. Cena follows that with a Spinning Side Slam. Cena delivers The Five Knuckle Shuffle. Ambrose made a blind tag to McIntyre. Cena connects with The Attitude Adjustment. McIntyre HeadButts Cena for a two count. Lashley, Ambrose and McIntyre are cutting the ring in half.
Cena dropkicks Ambrose. Ambrose tags in McIntyre. McIntyre and Cena are trading back and forth shots. McIntyre with a SpineBuster. McIntyre with a jack knife cover for a two count. McIntyre applies an arm-bar. McIntyre tags in Lashley. Lashley kicks Cena in the chest. Lashley with a NeckBreaker for a two count. Lashley flexes his muscles. Lashley with a cheap shot to Rollins. Cena responds with a Desperation Attitude Adjustment. Lashley tags in Ambrose. Ambrose applies a sleeper hold. Cena with a series of long range haymakers. Ambrose with a Knee Lift. Ambrose with an elbow drop. Ambrose drives Cena shoulder first into the steel ring steps.
Coming out of the commercial break, Ambrose stomps on Cena’s chest for a two count. Ambrose applies a rear chin lock. Ambrose drops Rollins with a Big Boot. Both men are knocked down after a double clothesline. Cena tags in Balor. Balor rocks Ambrose with an Apron Enzuigiri. Balor knocks McIntyre off the ring apron. Balor ducks a clothesline from Ambrose. Balor with a SpinOut Elbow Drop. Balor follows that with a SlingBlade to Lashley. Ambrose kicks Balor in the gut. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Balor counters with a double leg takedown. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp. Balor with a ShotGun Dropkick. Balor lands a Coupe De Grace. McIntyre responds with The ClayMore Kick.
Rollins and McIntyre are tagged in. Rollins with a SpringBoard Clothesline. Rollins sends McIntyre in the face. Rollins dives over McIntyre. Rollins ducks a clothesline from McIntyre. Rollins with a Step Up Enzuigiri. McIntyre launches Rollins to the ring apron. Rollins delivers an Asai MoonSault off the second rope. Rollins is fired up. McIntyre goes for an Inside Out Lariat, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins with a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins is burning it down in Orlando. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of McIntyre. McIntyre decks Rollins with a back elbow smash. McIntyre goes for a Reverse Alabama Slam, but Cena counters with The Attitude Adjustment. Lashley Spears Cena. Rollins SuperKicks Cena. Rollins rolls McIntyre back into the ring. Rollins SuperKicks McIntyre. Rollins goes for a Frog Splash, but McIntyre rolls out of the way. McIntyre tags in Ambrose. Ambrose goes for Dirty Deeds, but Rollins counters with The Blackout to pickup the victory.
Winner: John Cena, Seth Rollins and Finn Balor via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2019
Mean Gene Okerlund Tribute Segment With Hulk Hogan
Second Match: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival in a Lumberjack Match For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2019
Roode and Wilder will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Wilder applies a side headlock. Wilder drops Roode with a shoulder tackle for a one count. Wilder with a side headlock takeover. Roode responds with a headscissors neck lock. Roode applies a side headlock. Wilder leapfrogs over Roode. Roode goes for The Glorious DDT, but Wilder blocks it. Roode rolls Wilder over for a two count. Roode applies a wrist lock. Wilder backs Roode into the turnbuckles. Dawson tags himself in. Roode with a deep arm-drag. Roode applies an arm-bar. Roode tags in Gable.
Gable applies a standing arm-bar. Dawson drops Gable with a back elbow strike. Dawson goes for a Vertical Suplex, but Gable rolls him over for a two count. Gable with a Flying Crossbody Block for a one count. Gable with a Flying Japanese Arm-Drag. Gable follows that with Two HeadScissors TakeOver. Gable tags in Roode. Roode and Gable delivers a Double Back Body Drop. Lucha House Party rolls The Revival back into the ring. Roode and Gable clotheslines Revival over the top rope. Gable with an Assisted SomerSault Plancha. Roode with the cover for a two count. Roode applies a wrist lock. Roode tags in Gable. Gable with a flying double axe handle strike. Gable knocks Dawson off the ring apron. Wilder tags in Dawson.
Gable reverses out of the irish whip from Wilder. Gable leapfrogs over Wilder. Wilder kicks Gable in the chest. Dawson dumps Gable chest first on the top rope. The Revival are cutting the ring in half. Gable is obsessed with the arm-drag takeovers. Gable tags in Roode. Roode with Two Clotheslines. Wilder tags in Dawson. Roode with a Back Body Drop. Roode follows that with an Exploder Suplex. Roode with a Uranage Slam. Roode with a Corner Spear to Dawson. Roode knocks Wilder off the ring apron. Roode clotheslines Dawson over the top rope. Roode with a SpineBuster for a two count. Roode tags in Gable.
Roode decks Dawson with a back elbow smash. Gable goes for a MoonSault, but Roode ducks out of the way. Roode and Gable hits their BlockBuster/German Suplex Combination for a two count. Wilder drives Roode shoulder into the steel ring post. Gable sends Wilder tumbling to the floor. Gable goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Roode rolls him over for a two count. Wilder made a blind tag. Gable with a Roll Through German Suplex. Wilder responds with a Flying Splash for a two count. Wilder tags in Dawson. Dawson with a Sunset Flip for a two count. Gable with a double leg takedown. Dawson displays his core strength. Roode pulls Wilder off the ring apron. Dawson with an inside cradle for a two count. Gable reverses the hold to pickup the victory. There was controversy because Dawson’s foot was under the bottom rope.
Winner: Still WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, Bobby Roode and Chad Gable via Pinfall
– Video Package for Lars Sullivan, EC3, Nikki Cross, Lacey Evans and Heavy Machinery.
Third Match: Elias vs. Baron Corbin
Corbin slowly enters the ring. Elias applies a waist lock. Corbin backs Elias into the turnbuckles. Elias avoids a back elbow smash. Elias with a series of knife edge chops. Corbin drives his knee into the midsection of Elias. Elias drops Corbin with a Mule Kick. Elias clotheslines Corbin. Elias with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Elias with a Flying Crossbody Block. Corbin applies a sleeper hold. Elias with shots to the midsection of Corbin. Corbin with a knee lift. Corbin sends Elias crashing into the ringside barricade. Corbin poses for the crowd. Corbin drives Elias back first into the barricade. Corbin talks smack to Elias. Elias is throwing haymakers at Corbin. Corbin with a Wrap Around Lariat for a two count.
Corbin is livid. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Corbin goes for a Flying Double Axe Handle, but Elias counters with a Jumping Knee Strike. Elias with a Running Forearm Smash. Corbin reverses out of the irish whip from Elias. Elias clotheslines Corbin. Elias is mauling Corbin in the corner. Corbin fights out of The Electric Chair Position. Elias blocks a punch from Corbin. Elias with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Corbin whips Elias into the referee. Corbin drops Elias with a straight right hand. Corbin tells the referee to get out of the way. Corbin drives Elias shoulder first into the steel ring post. Corbin plants Elias with The End Of Days to pickup the victory.
Winner: Baron Corbin via Pinfall
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2019
Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman and Braun Strowman In-Ring Segment:
Fourth Match: Alicia Fox & Jinder Mahal w/The Singh Brothers vs. Ember Moon & Apollo Crews
— WWE (@WWE) January 8, 2019
Mahal and Crews will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Mahal backs Crews into the turnbuckles. Mahal with clubbing shoulder blocks. Mahal drops Crews with a straight right hand. Crews dives over Mahal. Crews with a Leaping Crossbody Block for a two count. Crews with a crucifix cover for a two count. Crews dropkicks Mahal. Crews ducks a clothesline from Mahal. Crews with a Spinning Elbow Strike.
Crews plays to the crowd. Crews goes for a Military Press Slam, but Mahal lands back on his feet. Mahal tags in Fox. Crews clotheslines Mahal over the top rope. Crews with a SlingShot Crossbody Block. Moon dropkicks Fox. Moon ducks a clothesline from Fox. Moon with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Moon with a HandSpring Forearm Smash. Moon plants Fox with The Eclipse to pickup the victory.
Winner: Ember Moon & Apollo Crews via Pinfall
A Moment Of Bliss With Special Guests: Ronda Rousey, Nia Jax and Sasha Banks
Orlando doesn’t have much going for them as a city, but don’t worry. That all changes tonight because they will be known as the home of the history making premiere episode of A Moment of Bliss. Give the goddess some coffee. We get a video package on her special guest, Ronda Rousey. How does Rousey feel about her first year in the WWE? This year has been extraordinary but as Raw Women’s Champion she wants to look forward, not back.
She wants to face the person who pushes everyone to the limit. Someone who has more athleticism than Charlotte Flair in her little finger. She wants to face the real Cinderella Story of the Women’s Division. She is talking about Sasha Banks. Bliss is surprised that Rousey wasn’t talking about her. Nia Jax wants the production team to cue the romance music. It sounds like someone has a crush on Sasha.
Aren’t you forgetting about somebody? They have some unfinished business. She wasn’t her best at TLC. Jax wants a rematch, so when will she get it? Sasha Banks is honored about those kind words. Sasha would love to face Ronda for the Women’s Championship. It would be her pleasure to teach Ronda how to lose with dignity and class. Jax says there is a 300 pound Samoan who can rip her face off. No, she can break her face. Sasha needs to go to the back of the line. Bitch what line? There is ring over there and the winner can face Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble.
Fifth Match: Sasha Banks w/Bayley vs. Nia Jax w/Tamina in a Number One Contender’s Match
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Sasha is throwing forearms at Jax. Jax drives her knee into the midsection of Sasha. Jax talks smack to Sasha. Sasha slaps Jax in the face. Sasha crawls under the ring. Jax catches Sasha in mid-air. Jax goes for a bodyslam, but Sasha lands back on her feet. Jax blocks a punch from Sasha. Sasha with a Wrap Around Enzuigiri. Sasha follows that with a Baseball Slide Dropkick. Sasha dropkicks Jax for a two count. Sasha applies a guillotine choke. Jax with a Delayed Vertical Suplex. Jax whips Sasha to the corner. Jax levels Sasha with a Body Avalanche. Jax poses for the crowd.
Sasha side steps Jax into the turnbuckles. Jax launches Sasha to the ring apron. Sasha with a High Knee Strike. Jax sends Sasha tumbling to the floor. Tamina and Bayley are trading back and forth shots. Tamina drives Bayley shoulder first into the steel barricade. Sasha attacks Tamina from behind. Jax dumps Sasha chest first on the production crate. Jax connects with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. Jax applies a Torture Rack. Sasha ducks a clothesline from Jax. Sasha repeatedly kicks the left hamstring of Jax. Sasha decks Jax with a JawBreaker. Sasha with a Flying Bulldog. Sasha follows that with a Running Meteora for a two count.
Sasha drops Jax with a Running Knee Strike for a two count. Sasha with a Flying Meteora for a two count. Banks locks in The Bank Statement. Sasha goes for a Tornado DDT, but Jax counters with a Samoan Drop for a two count. Jax with a Biel Throw. Jax with another Body Avalanche. Sasha goes for a Sunset Flip PowerBomb, but Jax blocks it. Jax kicks Sasha in the chest. Sasha with rapid fire forearm smashes. Jax with a Modified Samoan Drop on the top rope for a two count. Jax HeadButts Sasha. Jax goes for a Running Leg Drop, but Sasha ducks out of the way. Bayley throws Tamina into the barricade. Sasha sends Jax face first into the steel ring post. Sasha with a Hurricanrana on the ring apron. Banks makes Jax tap out to The Bank Statement.
Winner: Sasha Banks via Submission
WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Match Card
– Asuka (c) vs. TBD For The WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship
– Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. TBD in a Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE Cruiserweight Championship
– Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles For The WWE Championship
– Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Braun Strowman For The WWE Universal Championship
– Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship
– 2019 Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Carmella, Ember Moon, Natalya, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Sasha Banks, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega)
– 2019 Men’s Royal Rumble Match (R-Truth, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston, Finn Balor, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe, John Cena, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Andrade Cien Almas)
Sixth Match: Dean Ambrose (c) vs. Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Anywhere Match For The WWE Intercontinental Championship
Winner: Still WWE Intercontinental Champion, Dean Ambrose via Pinfall
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