WWE Raw Results (1/21/19): Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks

WWE Raw Results (1/21/19)

January 21, 2019
Chesapeake Arena
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Transcription by Josh Lopez 

Mr. McMahon, Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman In-Ring Segment: 

It’s time to get down to business. Last week, on Raw, in front of a global television audience, Finn Balor pinned John Cena. That was no fluke according to Paul Heyman. There was no controversy. Finn Balor stepped up and seized the moment. He seized the moment so much so that John Cena, the second greatest of all time, took the mic and said that he believes in Finn Balor. So much so that the entire WWE Universe has stood up and said that they believe in Finn Balor. You should. Paul Heyman believes in Finn Balor too. Not knocking on the man, Finn Balor seized the moment against John Cena and that seems to be the theme of his entire career. Balor thinks he will show up at Chase Field and do the same thing to take advantage of fate and circumstance. He will be facing a man who was training to fight Braun Strowman.

Brock Lesnar will be defending the title against a man he has not trained for on short notice against a man with a different style than Braun Strowman. That is why Balor believes that he will be the next Universal Champion. You should listen to Balor because his voice is the voice that matters. His voice is the voice that martyrs. This Sunday, at the Royal Rumble, his client, Brock Lesnar, will turn Finn Balor into a martyr. Sacrificed for the sin of making you believe that he can conquer the unconquerable conqueror. Sacrifice for the sin of Balor believing that he’s The Reaper who can pull off the miracle of beating Brock Lesnar. Here’s your spoiler alert. Even miracles fear Brock Lesnar. This Sunday night, in Phoenix, Arizona, when his client puts to bed this ridiculous notion that Finn Balor even belongs in the ring with the beast, he will be looking up saying oh my god, I Believe in Brock Lesnar.

Vince McMahon joins the conversation. Has Paul Heyman gone a little soft tonight? That was a way to drum up business. Finn Balor versus Brock Lesnar, the only way to believe in that is to believe in David and Goliath. David was reincarnated as Finn Balor. Any fan who believes that Balor can slay the beast, you probably believe in fairy tales. Braun Strowman makes his way to the ring. What is Strowman doing here? Last Monday was the worst night of his life thanks to Baron Corbin. He cost him $100,000 and his match against Brock Lesnar. By the way, it was the luckiest night of Brock’s life. If Brock’s still the Universal Champion after Sunday night, Strowman will be waiting and he will rip off Brock’s arms like one of McMahon’s limousines. Strowman is still lucky to be employed right now.

Finn Balor comes out to interrupt Strowman. Same old Monday Night Raw. Braun doing Braun things while Balor beats three other guys last week, including the greatest of all time, John Cena. Correction, the second greatest of all-time. Balor earned his opportunity to face Brock Lesnar. Balor knows that McMahon doesn’t believe in him. However, The Balor Club believes in him and will get back his Universal Title at the Royal Rumble. Strowman says that Balor better beat Brock. Balor thanks Strowman for the support, but he should stay out of his business because he will do something Braun hasn’t done and that is beat Brock Lesnar. Lesnar and Heyman exits the ring. David stood in the shadow of the giant and they laughed in his face. They didn’t know who David was and what he was made of. Goliath fell face down in the dirt. No one was laughing then. McMahon has an idea. What if Brock takes a seat so we can see a real life David vs Goliath. It will be Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman live on RAW, next.

First Match: Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman 

Match started during the commercial break. Balor decks Strowman with a JawBreaker. Strowman drives his knee into the midsection of Balor. Balor dropkicks Strowman. Balor side steps Strowman into the turnbuckles. Balor nails Strowman with an Apron Enzuigiri. Strowman is pissed. Balor slaps Strowman in the chest. Balor wants Strowman to focus on him. Balor goes for a single leg takedown, but Strowman stands still. Strowman with a clubbing blow to Balor’s back. Balor kicks Strowman in the jaw. Balor goes for a SlingBlade, but Strowman counters with a Sledgehammer Punch. Strowman kicks Balor out of the ring. Strowman drops Balor with a Running Shoulder Tackle. Strowman rolls Balor back into the ring. Strowman levels Balor with a Body Avalanche.

Strowman goes for a Running PowerSlam, but Balor lands back on his feet. Strowman delivers another Body Avalanche for a two count. Strowman is applying pressure to the neck of Balor. Strowman HeadButts Balor. Balor hits The SlingBlade on the floor. Brock Lesnar is impressed. Balor with Two Running Forearm Smashes. Balor applies a Sleeper Hold. Strowman dumps Balor in the corner. Balor goes back to The Sleeper Hold. Balor with clubbing elbow smashes. Balor with a Standing Double Foot Stomp. Strowman goes for a ChokeSlam off the top rope, but Brock catches him in mid-air. Brock with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex which causes the disqualification.

Balor pulls Brock off the ring apron. Balor dropkicks Brock into the steel ring post. Balor ducks a clothesline from Strowman. Balor lands a SomerSault Plancha. Strowman chases Balor around the ringside area. Balor drops Strowman with The SlingBlade. Balor follows that with a Baseball Slide Dropkick to Brock. Balor with a ShotGun Dropkick which sends Brock crashing into the barricade. Balor is fired up. Strowman throws Balor back into the ring. Balor sends Strowman crashing into the ring post. Balor unloads another ShotGun Dropkick. Balor connects with The Coupe De Grace. Brock plants Balor with The F5.

Winner: Finn Balor via Disqualification 

Bobby Lashley, Lio Rush and Apollo Crews In-Ring Segment: 

Second Match: Bobby Lashley w/Lio Rush vs. Apollo Crews 

Lashley applies a waist lock. Crews is throwing haymakers at Lashley. Lashley drops Crews with a FlatLiner for a two count. Lashley launches Crews to the corner. Lashley with a Corner Spear. Lashley puts Crews on the top turnbuckle. Crews blocks a punch from Lashley. Crews with a Missile Dropkick. Crews thrust kicks the left knee of Lashley. Crews ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Crews with a Jumping Clothesline. Crews ascends to the top turnbuckle.

Crews dives over Lashley. Crews rolls Lashley over for a two count. Crews back gives out. Crews with a Military Press Slam. Rush hops on the ring apron to distract the referee. Crews goes for a Standing MoonSault, but Lashley ducks out of the way. Crews ducks a clothesline from Lashley. Crews with a Step Up Enzuigiri. Crews throws Rush into the ring. Crews goes for a Military Press Slam, but Lashley counters with a Spear to pickup the victory.

Winner: Bobby Lashley via Pinfall 

Seth Rollins & Drew McIntyre In-Ring Segment: 

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. We can learn a lot from Dr. King. The ultimate measure of a man is not where stands during times of comfort and convenience, but where he stands during times of challenge and controversy.  Rollins had two titles in his hands and two brothers by his side. Now he has no titles and a broken family. We cannot focus on the things we do not have but the things we do have. Rollins will focus on this. As long as he has this ring under his feet and this microphone in his hands and the fire in his eyes, he can say that he will be going to Phoenix and win the Royal Rumble.

It might be a long shot, but he does not give a damn because his whole life is a long shot. Rollins is not the stereotypical WWE athlete. He’s not as big as Drew McIntyre or as strong as Bobby Lashley. He came from a small town and his folks were working class. Rollins could be doing a lot of things, but he is not doing that because of heart, passion, love, or determination. Thirty men will lay it on the line but in the end there will be one man who stands tall, Seth Freaking Rollins.

Drew McIntyre comes out to interrupt Rollins. Before McIntyre kicks Rollins head off tonight, but he wants to make a rebuttal. Rollins can’t stand here lying to himself.  There is a zero percent chance that Seth Rollins will win the Royal Rumble. It’s because of his style. You come off the top rope and don’t care about your body. You will be eliminated. What if you took that heart and harnessed it and put it in the body of a 6 foot 5 inch 270 pound Terminator, you would have Drew McIntyre. McIntyre hopes and prays that they are in the ring together at the end because he wants to look into Rollins eyes before throws him over the top rope. McIntyre will be declared the winner and capture the universal title in the main event of WrestleMania 35.

Third Match: Seth Rollins vs. Drew McIntyre 

Rollins ducks a clothesline from McIntyre. Rollins clotheslines McIntyre over the top rope. Rollins rolls McIntyre back into the ring. Rollins with a SpringBoard Clothesline for a one count. Rollins blasts McIntyre with a knife edge chop. McIntyre reverses out of the irish whip from Rollins. Rollins kicks McIntyre in the chest. Rollins decks McIntyre with a Back Elbow Smash. McIntyre sends Rollins crashing into the ringside barricade. McIntyre wraps Rollins back around the steel ring post. McIntyre with the cover for a two count. McIntyre applies an arm-bar. McIntyre pulls Rollins down to the mat. McIntyre targets the left shoulder of Rollins.

Rollins creates distance with a JawBreaker. McIntyre responds with a back elbow strike for a two count. McIntyre drops Rollins with a knife edge chop. McIntyre stomps on the midsection of Rollins. Rollins is throwing haymakers at McIntyre. McIntyre whips Rollins back first across the turnbuckles for a two count. McIntyre with an OverHead Belly to Belly Suplex for a two count. McIntyre applies another arm-bar. McIntyre kicks Rollins in mid-air. McIntyre with a Heavy Chop. McIntyre with a Reverse Alabama Slam on the floor. Coming out of the commercial break, Rollins is trying to build momentum.

Rollins with a chop/forearm combination. Rollins ducks a clothesline from McIntyre. Rollins hits The SlingBlade. Rollins kicks McIntyre in the jaw. Rollins with a BlockBuster for a two count. Rollins with a sunset flip for a two count. McIntyre goes for a PowerBomb, but Rollins counters with a Hurricanrana for a two count. Rollins with a Tilt-A-Whirl Falcon Arrow for a two count. Rollins is burning it down. Rollins thrust kicks the midsection of McIntyre. Rollins goes for The BlackOut, but McIntyre ducks out of the way. McIntyre punches Rollins in the back.

McIntyre goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Rollins lands back on his feet. Rollins with a Jumping Knee Strike. Rollins gets McIntyre tied in the tree of woe. McIntyre goes for a Desperation Belly to Belly Suplex, but Rollins lands back on his feet. McIntyre sends Rollins shoulder first into the middle turnbuckle pad. McIntyre goes for The ClayMore, but Rollins counters with a SuperKick for a two count. Rollins and McIntyre are trading back and forth shots. McIntyre HeadButts Rollins. McIntyre with an Air Raid Crash off the second rope for a two count. McIntyre follows that with a SitOut PowerBomb for a two count. McIntyre goes for an Inside Out Lariat, but Rollins rolls him over to pickup the victory.

Winner: Seth Rollins via Pinfall 

Dean Ambrose Promo: 

Fourth Match: Jinder Mahal & The Singh Brothers vs. The Lucha House Party in a 6-Man Tag Team Match 

Mahal and Lince Dorado will start things off. Doroado is distracted by The Singh Brothers. Mahal drives Dorado back first into the turnbuckles. Mahal is mauling Dorado in the corner. SHANTI. Dorado ducks a clothesline from Mahal. Dorado repeatedly kicks the right hamstring of Mahal. Mahal shoves Dorado. Mahal bodyslams Dorado. Mahal applies a rear chin lock. Mahal tags in Sunil. Sunil with clubbing blows to Dorado’s back. Dorado dropkicks Sunil. Sunil tags in Samir.

Dorado with a Back Body Drop. Dorado slaps Samir in the chest. Dorado applies a wrist lock. Dorado tags in Kalisto. Dorado bodyslams Samir. Kalisto with a Splash off Dorado’s shoulders. Dorado follows that with a No Hand Splash. Kalisto with the cover for a one count. Kalisto with two open hand chops. Kalisto with an arm-drag takeover. Kalisto applies an arm-bar. Samir dumps Kalisto out of the ring. Samir tags in Mahal.

Mahal rolls Kalisto back into the ring. Mahal hooks the leg for a two count. Mahal applies a side headlock. Mahal tags in Samir. Samir kicks Kalisto in the gut. Samir applies a side headlock. Singh Brothers are cutting the ring in half. Kaliso is trying to create separation. Samir knocks Dorado off the ring apron. Kalisto drops Samir with a Spinning Heel Kick. Kalisto tags in Metalik. Metalik with a SpringBoard Crossbody Block. Metalik with a SpringBoard Double Dropkick which sends Sunil and Mahal tumbling to the floor. Metalik plants Samir with a Tilt-A-Whirl BackBreaker to pickup the victory.

Winner: The Lucha House Party via Pinfall 

Elias Performance: 

Fifth Match: Baron Corbin vs. Elias 

Elias starts scaling the ropes like The Undertaker. Elias with an old-school arm-drag takeover. Elias with a baseball slide dropkick. Elias drives Corbin back first into the ringside barricade. Elias and Corbin are trading back forth shots on the apron. Corbin kicks Elias into the steel ring post. Corbin transitions into a ground and pound attack. Elias with shots to the midsection of Corbin. Corbin with a Wrap Around Lariat for a two count.

Corbin sends Elias to the ring apron. Elias with a forearm smash. Elias rams his shoulders into the midsection of Corbin. Elias dives over Corbin. Elias with a Jumping Knee Strike. Elias follows that with a Swinging NeckBreaker for a two count. Elias is mauling Corbin in the corner. Corbin using the top rope for leverage. Corbin delivers a nasty throat punch. Corbin plants Elias with The End Of Days to pickup the victory.

Winner: Baron Corbin via Pinfall 

A Moment Of Bliss: Royal Rumble Edition 

Sixth Match: Heavy Machinery vs. The Ascension 

Otis Dozovic and Viktor will start things off. Collar and Elbow Tie Up. Dozovic backs Viktor into the turnbuckles. Dozovic goes for a Body Avalanche, but Viktor ducks out of the way. Viktor with a flurry of strikes in the corner. Viktor bounces Dozovic head on the top turnbuckle pad. Dozovic is pissed. Viktor applies a waist lock. Dozovic with a hip toss. Dozovic with a Spinning Bodyslam. Dozovic tags in Knight.

Heavy Machinery with a Double HeadButt. Viktor kicks Knight in the jaw. Viktor with a pair of knife edge chops. Knight with a Flying Crossbody Block. Knight tags in Dozovic. Knight punches Viktor in the gut. Double Shoulder Tackle to Konnor. Dozovic delivers a unique elbow drop. Dozovic levels Viktor with a Body Avalanche. Dozovic plays to the crowd. Dozovic connects with The Caterpillar. Dozovic tags in Knight. Knight knocks Viktor off the ring. Heavy Machinery plants Viktor with The Compactor to pickup the victory.

Winner: Heavy Machinery via Pinfall 

Seventh Match: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable (c) vs. The Revival For The WWE Raw Tag Team Championship. Curt Hawkins Will Be The Special Guest Referee 

Gable and Wilder will start things off. Wilder applies a wrist lock. Gable grapples around Wilder. Gable with a drop toe hold. Gable applies an arm-bar. Gable brings Wilder to the corner. Roode didn’t have his hand on the tag rope. Wilder pulls Gable down to the mat. Wilder tags in Dawson. Wilder HeadButts Gable. Dawson bounces Gable’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Dawson blasts Gable with a knife edge chop. Dawson uppercuts Gable. Gable is throwing forearms at Dawson. Revival double teaming Roode. Gable with a Flying Double Clothesline. Roode and Gable with Stereo T-Bone Suplex’s. Gable lands a SomerSault Plancha. Dawson clotheslines Gable on the floor. Revival cutting the ring in half.

Gable creates distance with a Belly to Back Suplex. Dawson tags in Wilder. Wilder stops Gable in his tracks. Wilder goes for a Belly to Back Suplex, but Gable lands back on his feet. Gable tags in Roode. Roode with a pair of clotheslines. Roode with a Back Body Drop. Dawson goes for a Flying Clothesline, but Roode counters with a Uranage Slam. Roode is fired up. Roode with a Corner Spear to Wilder. Roode dives over Wilder. Roode clotheslines Dawson over the rope. Roode follows that with a SpineBuster. Roode goes for a SlingShot Suplex, but Wilder counters with a Crossbody Block for a two count.

Hawkins continues to catch The Revival cheating. Wilder tags in Dawson. Roode kicks Dawson in the chest. Gable made a blind tag. Wilder tackles Roode out of the ring. Gable goes for a Flying Crossbody Block, but Dawson counters with an inside cradle for a two count. Dawson kicks Gable in the gut. Dawson shoves Hawkins. Gable with a shoulder block. The Revival are trying to use the second rope leverage, but again Hawkins gets in the way. Gable rolls Dawkins over to pickup the victory. After the match, The Revival starts beating down Hawkins. Zack Ryder storms into the ring to make the save.

Winner: Still WWE Raw Tag Team Champions, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable via Pinfall 

Updated WWE Royal Rumble 2019 Match Card: 

1.) Buddy Murphy (c) vs. Kalisto vs. Akira Tozawa vs. Hideo Itami in a Fatal Four Way Match For The WWE Cruiserweight Championship

2.) Rusev (c) vs. Shinsuke Nakamura For The WWE United States Championship

3.) Asuka (c) vs. Becky Lynch For The WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Championship

4.) Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Sasha Banks For The WWE Raw Women’s Championship

5.) The Bar (c) vs. The Miz & Shane McMahon For The WWE SmackDown Live Tag Team Championship

6.) Daniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ Styles For The WWE Championship

7.) Brock Lesnar (c) w/Paul Heyman vs. Finn Balor For The WWE Universal Championship

8.) Women’s Royal Rumble Match (Carmella, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon, Natalya, Bayley, Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, Sarah Logan, Mandy Rose, Sonya Deville, Alicia Fox, Zelina Vega, Naomi, Mickie James, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Charlotte Flair, Tamina, Lana, Nia Jax, Nikki Cross, Alexa Bliss, Lacey Evans) 23 out of 30 slots are filled.

9.) Men’s Royal Rumble Match (R-Truth, Drew McIntyre, Big E, Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Seth Rollins, Jeff Hardy, Dean Ambrose, Bobby Lashley, Samoa Joe, John Cena TBD, Elias, Baron Corbin, Jinder Mahal, Apollo Crews, Andrade Cien Almas, Mustafa Ali, Rey Mysterio, Titus O’Neil) 19 out of 30 slots are filled.

Eight Match: Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks 

Sasha is trying to antagonize Rousey before the bell rings. Sasha and Natalya will start things off. Sasha knocks Rousey off the ring apron. Sasha with a waist lock takedown. Sasha applies a front face lock. The referee is trying to calm down Rousey. Sasha applies a wrist lock. Sasha tags in Bayley. Bayley and Sasha are double teaming Natalya. Double Vertical Suplex for a two count. Bayley bounces Natalya’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha with a Flying Clothesline off Bayley’s back. Bayley and Sasha are cutting the ring in half.

Double Hip Toss. Bayley with a Sliding Elbow Smash. Sasha follows that with a Sliding Knee Strike. Rousey clotheslines Bayley. Rousey with a Judo Throw to Sasha. Rousey talks smack to Sasha. Natalya applies a waist lock. Bayley crawls under Natalya. Natalya drives Bayley back first into the turnbuckles. Natalya tags in Rousey. Rousey and Natalya connects with The Hart Attack for a two count. Rousey is distracted by Sasha. Natalya rolls Bayley back into the ring. Natalya with a standing arm-bar. Natalya with a Snap Vertical Suplex. Natalya stomps on Bayley’s chest for a two count. Bayley tags in Sasha.

Bayley with a Jumping Knee Strike. Sasha follows that with a Rebound Meteora for a two count. Sasha bounces Natalya’s head on the top turnbuckle pad. Bayley with a Hurricanrana. Sasha with a Flying Meteora for a two count. Natalya tags in Rousey. Natalya with an Electric Chair Drop. Sasha negates The Spinning Olympic Slam. Sasha with a backslide cover for a one count. Sasha kicks Rousey in the chest. Sasha locks in The Bank Statement. Natalya breaks the submission hold. Sasha dumps Natalya out of the ring. Sasha drops Rousey with a Big Boot. Sasha tags in Bayley.

Sasha with a BackStabber. Bayley goes for The Bayley To Belly, but Rousey counters with a Judo Throw for a two count. Rousey is fired up. Rousey with Muay Thai Knee Strikes. Rousey with a front kick to Bayley. Rousey is mauling Bayley in the corner. Bayley tags in Sasha. Sasha with a flying double axe handle strike. Rousey applies a cross arm-breaker. Sasha rolls to the bottom rope to create separation. Sasha kicks Rousey in the face. Rousey tags in Natalya. Natalya with a SlingShot Vertical Suplex. Natalya runs over Sasha’s back. Natalya with a Basement Dropkick. Natalya locks in The Sharpshooter. Bayley attacks Natalya from behind. Bayley knocks Rousey off the ring apron. Natalya drops Bayley with a Discus Lariat. Sasha responds with a High Knee Strike. Sasha makes Natalya tap out to The Bank Statement.

Winner: Bayley & Sasha Banks via Submission 

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Author: Josh Lopez