Monday Night RAW - 11th March 2019
The Shield kick off the night to talk about the announced their farewell intentions with all 3 concentrating on their own agendas, with Roman Reigns having his first singles match on RAW tonight, Dean Ambrose leaving the company and Seth Rollins going after The Beast, Brock Lesnar and that was it, Roman and Dean left and Seth jumped on the mic but before he can say more than one sentence, Paul Heyman interrupted him. Rollins says that Brock ran through all his competition, but hes struggled against the likes of AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan and Finn Balor and that he seems to have a bit of a problem with the smaller guys but if there is one man of that style to beat him, its him. Heyman uses the somewhat valid excuse that The Beast didn’t have time to prepare for his opponent. we then have a video package for Brock just showing how much of a Beast he is. The Kingslayer then gets attacked by Shelton Benjamin from behind and delivers 3 German Suplexes to The Royal Rumble Winner.
Seth Rollins vs Shelton Benjamin - Paul Heyman on commentary for this one. Good match up between the 2 with Seth picking up the win with the Curb stomp. Also announced during the match was that The Universal Champion will be in Chicago next week for RAW.
Finn Balor (c) vs Bobby Lashley (Intercontinental Championship) - Finn Balor was about to go up to the top rope to hit his Coupe de Grace but the bell started to ring, Lio Rush was ringing the bell and then grabbed the Intercontiental Championship saying that it wasn’t Balors title because he didn’t deserve it. Finn went after Lio all while still fending off Bobby Lashley. The IC Champion then struck Lashley, kicked Rush and performed a springboard off the top rope, only to be met in mid air by a hellacious spear from the Former Bellator fighter. Bobby Lashley pinned Finn Balor to become the NEW Intercontinental Champion.
Ronda Rousey comes to the ring to explain what she did at Fastlane, saying that she wanted to make sure that she exposes Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair aswell as the WWE for the frauds that they are and that even if it was a handicap match at Wrestlemania, she would destroy them without a sweat. Dana Brooke comes out and states her love for the WWE and she doesnt want to here about Ronda disrespecting the fans, the business or the lockeroom. Brooke says that usually after a PPV, Rousey issues a open challenge and shes here to accept it. The RAW Womens Champions demolishes Dana without saying a word. Ronda then slaps one of the Referees aswell before she walks off back up the ramp proud of what shes done.
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs Bobby Roode & Chad Gable - Decent match up, Aleister Black hits a black mass onto Bobby Roode to pick up the win. After the match The Revival attack the NXT Stars from behind before backing away from Roode and Gable.
Moment of Bliss - Alexa Bliss announces that SHE will host this years Wrestlemania
Elias is in the ring and runs down the Pittsburgh crowd, despite it being his hometown, once again throwing some sports references in there before being interrupted by No Way Jose so he destroys him. Simple.
Nia Jax vs Natalya - Match lasts 30 seconds after Tamina held onto Natalya’s leg while the refs back was turned so Beth Phoenix, , who Nattie brought out before the match after what happened at Fastlane, jumped in the ring and beat up Nia Jax and Tamina to send them packing. cameras go backstage and Sasha Banks and Bayley are also attacking Nia and Tamina before being broken up.
Batista brings out security for his face to face with Triple H, saying that hes not stupid, Yes its for his protection and that hes learned from 2 of the dirtiest players in the game so he knows how to play these Games. He says that they will do this on his terms and HHH has to give him what he wants but Hunter refuses and says he will just beat his arse on the stage before mocking The Guardians of the Galaxy star for constantly quitting. Batista says he always quit to get away from The Father of NXT as he constantly talked down to him and never believing in what he could do, but Triple H keeps telling him to get in the ring and face him like a man. The Animal says that he can see the look in Triple H’s eyes and he knows that Hunter doesn’t like this whole situation because hes not in control. After some shouting between the 2, Finally Batista gets what he wants and its confirmed that it will be The Game vs The Animal in a No Holds Barred match at Wrestlemania.
Kurt Angle announces, in his hometown, that at Wrestlemania it will be his farewell match, but he wanted to come out and wrestle one last time tonight in Pittsburgh
Apollo Crews vs Kurt Angle - Kurt Angle wins the match by hitting the Angle Slam, after the match Apollo Crews and Angle embraced and Crews left the ring to allow The Olympic Gold Medallist to soak up the crowds applauds
Roman Reigns vs Baron Corbin - Roman Reigns came out but Drew McIntyre attacked him from behind and hits 2 Claymores kicks onto Reigns, the last one driving Romans head into the ring post. The Big Dog refuses to get checked out outside the ring and is helped to the back by Seth Rollins where he goes into the trainers room and the match is called off.
Dean Ambrose vs Drew McIntyre - Dean Ambrose, angry about what has happened to Roman Reigns, demands a falls count anywhere match with Drew McIntyre and Triple H gives it him. This was a fantastic match in my opinion with none of the action happening in the ring, they went in the concord area and around the crowd before ending the match by the announcers desk where Drew McIntyre stabbed Ambrose with a pencil and then performed one of the best Claymore kicks ever, Dean being stuck inside a hand railing, to pick up the win. Afterwards The Lunatic Fringe crawled back up to the ramp but The Scottish Psychopath hit him with a 2nd Claymore to finish him off
Monday Night RAW Rating - 3 and 3/4 Stars