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WWE Raw kicked off 2019 in perhaps the biggest way possible. Multiple returns were on the card to hype up the show. John Cena, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman came back on the same night. Alexa Bliss also came back hosting Moment of Bliss talk show featuring Ronda Rousey. Additionally, Hulk Hogan was back to pay tribute to the legendary Mean Gene Okerlund. Also, the WWE Raw tag team and IC championships were on the line. Here are the results from the show hosted by the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.
An all-out brawl kicked off this week’s WWE Raw between Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley. None of them was willing to stop fighting on the ramp leading the superstars to stop them. They separated these two so that we receive a proper start to the show.
John Cena returned to WWE Raw to open things on the show. He made a huge announcement by entering the Royal Rumble 2019 match. Drew McIntyre was out on the ramp to interrupt him. They engaged in a verbal confrontation that was about to go physical. Meanwhile, Bobby Lashley and Seth Rollins were back brawling on the ramp. This led to set up a six-man tag team match.
John Cena teamed up with Seth Rollins and Finn Balor to take on against Bobby Lashley, Dean Ambrose, and Drew McIntyre. Cena started the match on a quick note hitting an AA on Dean Ambrose. Drew McIntyre hit a Glasgow Kiss on him to brutalize Cena. Balor got the tag to pick up some momentum before running into a Claymore. At last, Seth Rollins entered the match and countered a Dirty Deeds with a Stomp for the win.
Seth Rollins stormed into backstage to encounter Triple H. He wanted Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship after pinning him. So Triple H made the match official in the main event of WWE Raw. It will be a Falls Count Anywhere match.
Hulk Hogan was out next to celebrate the life of “Mean” Gene Okerlund. We received 10 bell salute for the veteran before the Immortal One made his entrance. The WWE Universe gave a standing ovation to him with loud chants. Hogan spoke about the memorable incidents of Okerlund’s life alongside video footage. The crowd broke into chants for Okerlund to pay tribute.
WWE RAW Tag Team Championship match was next in a Lumberjack capacity. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable defended against The Revival. The champions hit a German Suplex/Blockbuster combo, but Wilder broke it up. Wilder tagged in and hit a splash on Gable for a near fall. These two trade pins until Roode entered and pinned Dawson whose foot was on the ropes.
Elias appeared on WWE Raw to cut a promo on Baron Corbin. His opponent soon came out on the ramp to have the scheduled match on WWE Raw. Elias started with chops on the back and hit a mule kick. He then gave a clothesline followed by a baseball slide. Corbin came back with a clothesline. He sent Elias into the ring post before hitting the End of Days on Elias to pick up the win.
Braun Strowman appeared on WWE Raw to call out Brock Lesnar. Paul Heyman came out to give a straight warning. But Strowman stated “Hey, Beastie Boy. I’m waiting. I’m standing in the ring waiting for you” to provoke the champion. Lesnar came out to stalk his challenger at Royal Rumble by roaming around the ring before leaving.
Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox vs. Ember Moon and Apollo Crews was the next match on WWE Raw. Apollo dominated the match for the first part before Ember Moon came out and quickly hit the Eclipse for the win.
Alexa Bliss appeared on WWE Raw to call out Ronda Rousey who talked about being a strong champion. She wanted to face Sasha Banks over the title. Nia Jax interrupted mentioning some unfinished business with Rousey. This set up a confrontation between Sasha and Nia. Thereafter, a match was official between them with the winner getting a title shot from Ronda Rousey.
Tamina distracted Sasha on multiple occasions to hand over the win to Nia. But Sasha hit a dangerous Hurricurana on Nia off the top rope. She locked in the Bank Statement to force Nia to tap out. Now she will challenge Ronda at Royal Rumble for the WWE Raw women’s championship.
Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins in a Falls Count Anywhere match was the main event of WWE Raw. Rollins attacked Ambrose from the back while the IC champion was making his entrance. This started the match in a chaotic manner where Rollins hit The Stomp to take the upper hand. But Bobby Lashley attacked him from the back. This allowed Ambrose to pick up the win by simply pinning him. Lashley sent Rollins through the table with a spinebuster to close WWE Raw.