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WWE Raw live results: Elimination Chamber fallout

Date: February 18, 2019
Location: Cajundome in Lafayette, LA

The Big Takeaway --

Ricochet, Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa all made their main roster debuts. They all won their matches in front of a crowd that was dead all night. 

Becky Lynch was not on the show. 

Show Recap --

A memorial graphic aired for Pedro Morales (1942-2019).

Triple H was in the ring to start the show. He said history was made last night when Sasha Banks and Bayley became the “first-ever” women’s tag team champions. He also put over Finn Bálor winning the Intercontinental title. He mentioned Kofi Kingston coming so close to winning the WWE Championship and the crowd chanted for Kingston.

Triple H also mentioned that Becky Lynch wasn’t going to allow a 60-day suspension to stop her from getting to Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey last night. From a corporate standpoint, he had to say that she would be arrested if she tried that again, but from a personal standpoint, he thought it was pretty cool.

What was also cool was D-Generation X getting inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame and he ran down the names.

Triple H mentioned his association with NXT and wanted to introduce us to talents who would all be in action tonight. He mentioned them one at a time and they played quick videos for each guy as Michael Cole ran them down: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Johnny Gargano, and current NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.

On top of that, we were getting a tables match right now featuring Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.

This was a strange opening segment. Triple H was a babyface, I guess, but his appearance seemed separate from what his actual character is at the moment. A tepid crowd didn’t help this, either. 

Braun Strowman defeated Baron Corbin in a tables match (13:35)

Corbin worked over Strowman early on as Strowman sold his beating from last night. Strowman had athletic tape over his ribs and back. Corbin yelled at some kids in the front row, then pulled Strowman over towards them so he could punch Strowman right in front of them, which was great. Strowman countered and hit a vertical suplex on the ramp.

Strowman setup the announce table, but Corbin pushed him into it as Cole dramatically let us know the match continues. During the break, Corbin attacked him with a chair, then used a kendo stick after the break. There was a scary-looking spot where Corbin came off the apron, then Strowman suddenly hoisted up the steel steps and hit him with the points of the steps.

Corbin did the thing where he slips out of the ring on an Irish whip and slides back in, but Strowman grabbed him and powerslammed him through a table set up in the corner. Strowman wins. They tried, but this was no fun.

As Strowman left up the ramp, Paul Heyman appeared. Heyman, known liar, told Strowman “good match.” Strowman grabbed him by the throat as the crowd chanted for tables, but Strowman let him go and left. Heyman tried to regroup and they went to break.

Gargano and Ciampa will face The Revival tonight. Rousey will have title rematch against Ruby Riott. 

This week on Total Bellas: Nikki goes on a date.

After a break, Heyman said he wasn’t surprised by Strowman’s actions. He said everyone was jealous of his client. Heyman aired a Brock Lesnar video package that he put together at his own expense. Heyman narrated the video. He said this WrestleMania was different from past Manias because this time, our hero had no hope.

He said Lesnar developed killer instincts growing up on a farm and went on to become the best collegiate wrestler in the country. Lesnar didn’t seek a career in WWE, they sought him out, and within 6 months, he defeated The Rock to win the WWE Championship. The rest of the video covered his time in UFC, then defeating Undertaker at WrestleMania.

Heyman asked the crowd if they thought Seth Rollins seriously had a chance against Lesnar. This received a modest reaction. Finn Bálor interrupted and they went to commercial. 

After the break, Bálor was in the ring and Heyman was gone. Bálor said it’s been a while since he’s worn a championship and it felt good. He mentioned champions of the past, including Razor Ramon, Shawn Michaels and Ric Flair, and said it was a dream come true to be IC champion. Lio Rush interrupted. He said Bálor didn’t deserve to be champion, Bobby Lashley did.

People shrieked as Lashley appeared from behind and attacked Bálor. Rush and Lashley teamed up on Bálor. Rush landed a frog splash when Ricochet ran out to make the save. Ricochet used a moonsault off the apron to take out Rush then a diving dropkick to take out Lashley. Ricochet received a good reaction from the crowd, relative to how they’ve been reacting so far.

Tomorrow on SmackDown: we find out Daniel Bryan’s title opponent for Fastlane, and The Miz issues an apology… “but will Shane McMahon accept?” 

IC Champion Finn Bálor & Ricochet defeated Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush (18:03)

During the previous segment and this match, Renee Young kept suggesting that Rush was like a child trying to make his dad (Lashley) proud. Early on, Ricochet got the better of Rush, who tagged out. Lashley worked over Ricochet for a bit, but Ricochet fought him off and faked a dive. This annoyed Lashley, who tagged out.

Bálor tagged in and they worked him over briefly, but he got the better of Rush, stomped away at him, hit running chops in the corner, a slingblade and running dropkick. Before he could go for Coup de Grace, he had to fend off Lashley, which allowed Rush to chop block him. Lashley drove him into the barricade and took control.

After a break, Rush (who Young compared to a child) and Lashley continued to work over Bálor. He eventually hit a double foot stomp on Lashley and made a hot tag to Ricochet who ran wild on Rush. Ricochet hit a dive on Rush, then did a moonsault off the barricade to avoid Lashley. Bálor dropkicked Lashley into the barricade, then Ricochet hit Rush with the 630 senton for the pinfall win. 

Backstage, Natalya was speaking with Triple H when Drew McIntyre interrupted. McIntyre didn’t seem to appreciate the attention the incoming NXT wrestlers were getting, or that Rollins was main eventing WrestleMania against Lesnar. McIntyre thought it should be him and wanted Rollins in a match.

Dean Ambrose showed up and smacked McIntyre, who just stood there. Ambrose left, then Triple H asked McIntyre if he wanted Ambrose instead of Rollins. McIntyre told him to change the match. 

They recapped the week that was for Lynch, Charlotte and Rousey. Cole said, “No matter what you think of this situation, Becky Lynch is suspended for 60 days.”

Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado (w/Kalisto) defeated Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder (3:35)

There was an awkward moment where Metalik and Dorado couldn’t seem to agree on whether they were going to do a combined Irish whip or chops and Ryder just had to stand there for a few seconds and pretend he couldn’t fight back. Hawkins tagged in and ran wild. He knocked Metalik off the apron but Dorado caught him with a hurricanrana into a pin for the win. This was lame.

Charly Caruso interviewed Heavy Machinery on the stage. Tucker said they were blue-collar solid and they love red meat. They also referred to each other as brothers. Lacey Evans’ music hit and she sauntered up and down the ramp. Heavy Machinery’s music hit and they decided to also strut up and down the ramp. Evans seemed… flattered and amused. This was dumb. 

There was a local commercial for a house show in Toronto and the advertised main event is Braun Strowman vs. Baron Corbin.

Gargano and Ciampa were backstage and said they were here to represent NXT. They were approached by Bobby Roode and Chad Gable. Roode congratulated them on making it here, but he and Gable were confused why they were getting a match against the Revival instead of starting from the bottom.

Gargano said they were running NXT for two years and they were here to take over. The Revival showed up to mock DIY. Gargano recalled their great match back in the day. Ciampa said they were going to make an impression at their expense and wished them luck. Revival said they didn’t need luck. 

NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa & NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano defeated Tag Team Champions The Revival in a non-title match (11:21)

DIY played babyface. The announcers brought up the Takeover Toronto match these teams had. Gargano took out the Revival with a combo enziguri/tornado DDT, then tagged in Ciampa who hit rolling German suplexes. Revival hit Ciampa with a combo backbreaker/back elbow for a two count.

Gargano gave Dash Wilder a slingshot DDT for a nearfall, then Scott Dawson took out Ciampa on the outside. Gargano tried a spear but Wilder caught him with a knee. Revival gave Gargano and Steinerizer, but Ciampa broke up the cover. Gargano fought off Wilder and caught Dawson with a spear, then DIY hit him with their running superkick and knee combo for the pinfall win. Good match. 

Caruso interviewed Bálor and Ricochet. She spoke to Bálor first, but he said tonight wasn’t about him, it was about Ricochet. He left and let Ricochet take over. Ricochet said it was a dream come true and we haven’t the last of him. He seemed genuinely excited to be there.

There was selfie video by Kevin Owens where he spoke about being a few weeks away from his comeback. He said there wasn’t much of an update, he’s still doing rehab and spending time with his family. He was at a movie theatre and was giving his son a hard time for not getting any change from the money he gave him for popcorn. Owens then ate some popcorn.

Bayley and Sasha Banks came out and spoke about their victory and everything they’ve been through as the crowd lightly chanted “you deserve it.” Banks said they were proud to be champions and were ready to defend their titles against anyone, past or present, on Raw, Smackdown or NXT.

Bayley said there was no stronger connection than the Boss and Hug connection. Banks added, “and you can bank on that.” Nia Jax and Tamina interrupted. Jax said Banks only cared about herself, and we know that whenever she wins a title, she loses it on her first defense. Tamina said their luck has run out and were about to attack, but Bayley and Banks easily fought them off.

Quality of this show aside, the crowd is killing it dead.

They aired a video for DX going in the Hall of Fame. 

Drew McIntyre defeated Dean Ambrose (1:56)

Shortly after Ambrose nailed a suicide dive and neckbreaker, McIntyre cut him off with a Claymore kick. Instead of going for a cover, McIntyre hit a second Claymore kick for the pinfall win. The crowd looked on in silence. (Not stunned silence, regular silence.)

We got part two of Heyman’s Lesnar video. He showed clips of Lesnar destroying John Cena, Randy Orton, AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, Goldberg, Dean Ambrose, Samoa Joe, Braun Strowman, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

Heyman acknowledged that Rollins would keep fighting and Lesnar would have to put him down. He said that wasn’t a prediction, it was the end of the story of a man called Seth Rollins. (They’ve updated the Mania graphic for Rollins vs. Lesnar so Lesnar doesn’t look so sad.)

Backstage, Rollins told Caruso that he would never call Heyman a liar because everything he said about Lesnar was the truth. He said he was walking into WrestleMania with an acceptance of his fate, and Lesnar needs to do the same, because it was over for Lesnar and his reign of terror was done.

Rollins said, whether he walks out his own two feet or carried out on a stretcher, he was leaving as the champion. Ambrose appeared behind him. Ambrose comically asked him where he was just now during his match. Rollins asked if he lost his mind and Ambrose had an amusing facial reaction which got a laugh out of the crowd. Ambrose said, “eh” and left. 

Elias was in the ring. He said he was the most charismatic and most important superstar to come through in a long time, and certainly the most hygienic to come through this dump of Lafayette. He called himself a musical genius and we were blessed to be in his presence. He knew we were excited to see the new NXT superstars, but it wasn’t going to change anything.

Elias wrote a song for himself, but before he could perform, he was interrupted by Aleister Black. Black had a mic and said, “If silence and deep sleep is what you seek then allow me to help you. For tonight, you will fade to black.” The announcers had about a hundred buzzwords and phrases to describe Black. 

Aleister Black defeated Elias (7:56)

Black faked a dive and sat down in the ring as they went to break with Cole saying he was “in control.” The match was 25 seconds old at this point.

After a break, Black fought out of a headlock with strikes, including a sliding knee and springboard moonsault for two. Black hit a back elbow but Elias caught him off the top with a rising knee. Elias set up for a neckbreaker but Black reversed into a Black Mass for the pinfall win. This was fine, but I would’ve had Black just kill him. 

Next week is Ric Flair’s birthday celebration in Atlanta. 

Ronda Rousey defeated Ruby Riott (w/Sarah Logan & Liv Morgan) to retain the Women’s Championship (11:32)  

Rousey was all business on her way to the ring (although she did still give a fan a souvenir). Rousey was back to her regular gear instead of her Sonya Blade attire from last night. Actually, it was even more generic than her regular gear. She wore a blank white top (no logo) and dark blue compression shorts. Basically, it looks like she forgot her gear.

Riott was able to gain control and got some help from her friends during a break. Riott hit a spear for two then applied a headlock as the crowd chanted “we want Becky.” Riott slapped Rousey, so Rousey came back with strikes, throws, and a leaping elbow. Riott countered an elbow, drove her into the turnbuckle and hit a diving senton for two.

Rousey went for a Samoan drop, but Riott slipped out, hit a headbutt and Riott Kick for a nearfall. Rousey came back with a gutwrench slam but was distracted by Logan and Morgan. Riott hit another Riott Kick but Rousey kicked out again.

Riott missed a senton attempt and Rousey went for the armbar, but Logan and Morgan pulled Riott out of the ring. Rousey then nailed Logan and Morgan with a dive (barely).

Riott seemed to set up what would’ve been a reverse hurricanrana but Rousey caught her in a similar position to McIntyre’s reverse Alabama Slam. Rousey then slung Riott face-first into the turnbuckle, which looked devastating, then applied the armbar for the submission win.

After the match, Rousey easily fended off an attack from Morgan and Logan and they went off the air (which was the moment I realized this was the main event). 

Final Thoughts --

The debuts of the NXT wrestlers tonight felt completely random and this whole show felt like it was put together at the last minute. It’s good they all won their matches, but they picked the wrong night and city to do this. I have to imagine loyal NXT fans must be disappointed with how this went as this didn’t come across like a big deal at all.

They could have easily waited for a bigger city to have them debut. In fact, here are the cities Raw will be in the next few weeks: Atlanta, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston. The two Raw shows following WrestleMania are in Brooklyn and Montreal.