Monday Night RAW - 25th February 2019

We kicked the night off with a video package of when Roman Reigns announced his leukemia back in October - He then comes out to a massive pop from the crowd and he goes round the ring embracing the crowd and his family, he then gets in the ring and thanks the crowd and says that there is no other fan base like than this. Says that everyone was surrounding him with love and support throughout and if there was a way for people to give him love they found it. Says that he will use this platform to help anyone and everyone concur this kinds of fights. He then announces that HE IS REMISSION!

Roman then once again thanks the crowd and shows his love to the crowd. Seth Rollins then comes out to
celebrate with his Shield Brother and they embrace on the top of the ramp.

Aleister Black & Ricochet vs The Revival - Aleister Black picked up pin fall victory for the NXT team after he hits a Black Mass on Scott Dawson, who sold it wonderful. Bit of a sloppy match, but it was acceptable for what it was.

Elias is in the ring about to perform but is cut off by Lacey Evans doing a cat walk, she goes back but before Elias can start, this time Dean Ambrose then comes out, they have some dialogue and it ends up with Dean hitting dirty deeds on Elias.

Ronda Rousey & Natalya vs Riott Squad (Ruby Riott and Liv Morgan) - A standard match which ended in a disqualification as Becky Lynch came from the crowd once again and punched Natalya before smashing her with a crutch, this time security decided they actually wanted to work and got right in there. We had Several guards, Police, producers and more. Ronda was beating up security in the ring while Lynch was getting dragged away by the Fuzz. Rousey goes back to the ring and calls out Vince McMahon. Stephanie McMahon comes out and Ronda asks her to reinstate The Man and put her back in the match. Steph says that Becky Lynch just got arrested and that she is unprofessional, and that Ronda should just accept that shes facing Charlotte Flair at Wrestlemania. Ronda Rousey says to make it a Triple Threat but Stephanie gives a Hard no. ‘The Baddest Women on the Planet’ then DEMANDS that Steph does it which once again gets a refusal from the Chief brand officer. Rousey then lays down the RAW Womens Championship saying that its just a belt and a accessory if shes going to face a chosen one. She then walks away from the ring and the Championship saying that Vince needs to do the right thing.

Jinder Mahal vs Kurt Angle - Jinder Mahal comes out and is angry that he wasn’t invited to Ric Flairs birthday celebration and he is going to take that anger out on anyone in the locker room. Kurt Angle answers the challenge and its not long before he taps Jinder out with a Ankle Lock to pick up the win.

A Moment of Bliss with Alexa Bliss with Guest Finn Balor - Alexa Bliss flirts again with the Intercontinental Champion Finn Balor but is quickly cut off by Lio Rush who comes out and once again says that Finn doesn’t deserve the Championship, Bobby Lashley does. We then get a IC Championship match between Balor and Rush after Finn baited Lio into accepting the match. It was a decent match between the 2 with the Man of the Hour working The former Bullet Club leaders leg all match, but Balor managed to come out on top be hitting Rush with a 1916 brain buster and then hitting the Coupe de Grace to pick up the pin fall victory.

Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman - This match didn't even start as Braun Strowman just tore up both Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley and then walked off.

Drew McIntyre vs Dean Ambrose NO DQ - Drew McIntyre beats Dean Ambrose with the help of Elias to get his revenge after Ambrose attacked him earlier in the night. Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley then come out and all 4 beat down on Dean before Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns come out to destroy them all. They don't acknowledge their Former Shield Brother except for a glance back at him when they were back at the top of the ramp

Nia Jax vs Bayley - Bayley wins after a single elbow drop, which is a bit strange but not surprising.

Ric Flairs 70th birthday Celebration - We were meant to be celebrating Ric Flairs 70th Birthday, we had legends in the ring - Sting, Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Ricky Steamboat - But in classic WWE fashion, it all went down hill very, very fast.

Triple H announced Ric Flair to come out in front of the Atlanta crowd, his music played but there was no sign of The Nature Boy. Cameras cut back stage where we saw a returning Batista dragging a camera man to the door of Flairs dressing room.

The Animal dragged the 16 time World Champion out of his Locker room and into the corridor, Flair looking like he took one hell of a beating. Batista simple dropped Ric Flair, looked at the camera and said ‘Hunter, have I got your attention now?’ before yelling directly into the camera. Triple H then sprints backstage to help Ric but there was no sign of The Animal anywhere.

Monday Night RAW rating - 3 and 1/2 Stars

Jack Dunstan

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