The April 29, 2019 edition of WWE RAW took place at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
– Alexa Bliss comes out to the ring to kick off tonight’s episode of RAW. Alexa gets on the mic and talks about the upcoming Money In The Bank matches. She begins to announce the RAW participants for the Money In The Bank matches, and the first competitor will be Braun Strowman. She then announces Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and last but not least, Baron Corbin. Corbin gets in the ring with a mic, but Drew McIntyre quickly interrupts him and they exchange words. Ricochet interrupts, but Drew interrupts him and tells him to shut up. Drew goes back to talking trash with Corbin, and they come nose to nose. Braun yells at everyone and says they can all talk, because none of them can beat him. Braun asks if they want a preview for what’s to come at Money In The Bank. He proposes a tag team match — Ricochet & Braun vs. Baron & Drew. Braun says he wants to give them these hands right now, and it looks like we have a match.
– Braun Strowman & Ricochet vs. Braun Strowman & Drew McIntyre: Braun knocks Corbin outside early on, then tags in Ricochet who hits a moonsault on Corbin at ringside. Back in the ring, McIntyre tags in and drops Ricochet with strikes. Corbin tags back in and connects with knees to the body of Ricochet. Ricochet starts to fire up, but when he springboards off the ropes, Corbin dodges him and throws him down to the mat. The fight spills out to ringside, and Drew ends up hitting the Claymore on Strowman out of nowhere on the floor. Corbin takes Ricochet back in, and Ricochet looks for a tag but Braun is still on the floor. Ricochet finally fights back with kicks on Corbin, and Braun gets to his feet and climbs up to the apron. Braun gets the hot tag and cleans house. Drew tags in and Braun hits a splash on him in the corner. Braun misses a spear in the corner and Ricochet tags back in. Ricochet hits a kick on Drew, but Drew comes back with a headbutt. Corbin tags himself in, and it looks like Corbin wants to make the pinfall himself, but Braun runs in and slams Corbin down. Ricochet then hits the shooting star press on Corbin for the three count.
Winners: Braun Strowman & Ricochet
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– The Usos vs. Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows: The Usos take control against Anderson early on, but Anderson finally fights back against Jimmy and connects with a series of strikes in the corner. Gallows tags in and continues the offense. Anderson misses a big boot and Jimmy sends him out to ringside. Uso looks for a suicide dive, but Gallows punches him through the ropes to stop him. Back in the ring, Gallows beats down Uso on the mat and chokes him against the ring rope. Jimmy starts to fight back, but Gllows drops him with a big boot to the face. They fight out to ringside, and Gallows slams Jimmy into the fan barricade. Back in the ring, Anderson and Gallows trade tags and take turns beating on Jimmy. Jey and Anderson get the tags and Jey cleans house. Jey hits a splash on Karl in the corner for a two count. Jey misses a second splash, and Anderson answers with a spinebuster for a two count. Gallows tags in, but Uso hits a superkick then tags in Jimmy. Jey takes out Anderson at ringside, then Jimmy hits the splash off the top on Gallows for the three count.
Winners: The Usos
– After the match, The Usos cut a promo on The Revival. They say The Revival has another side to them, and they introduce a video on the big screen. We see The Usos backstage showing us The Revival shaving each other’s backs in the showers. The Revival comes out to interrupt and says that’s an invasion of privacy. They say that they are men, and due to his muscles it’s a scientific impossibility for him to shave his own back. Wilder says he has his partner’s back. The Revival says they have better things to do, like facing the Tag Champions tonight, then they’ll come after The Usos later. The Usos welcome them to the Uso penitentiary, and they go their separate ways.
– The Miz comes out to the ring to host Miz TV. The Miz welcomes us to Miz TV, and then he introduces his guest, Bobby Lashley. Lashley comes out and starts speaking in the third person, and says he’s only going to answer questions that he wants to answer. Miz and Lashley start trading verbal jabs, and Miz starts putting himself over for all his accomplishments. Lashley brings up Shane beating up Miz’s dad, and Miz not getting payback. Lashley says Miz’s dad thinks he’s worthless, and Miz jumps Lashley. They brawl all over the ring. Lashley spears Miz into the corner, but Miz comes back with a kick and he knocks Lashley out to ringside.
– The Miz vs. Bobby Lashley: Lashley starts off strong and works over Miz in the corner. The Miz fights back and turns things around in the corner, then hits a series of kicks on Lashley. Miz backs up for a running knee strike, but then Shane McMahon’s music hits and Shane comes out to the stage to distract Shane. Miz turns his attention back to Lashley and they go at it on the mat. Miz hits the Yes Kicks on Lashley, but then Shane gets on the apron and distracts Miz. Shane put a picture of Miz’s dad on the big screen to distract Miz further. Lashley hits a spear and covers Miz for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Lashley
– After the match, Shane gets in the ring and kicks Miz and slaps him around while he’s down. Miz fights back and pummels on Shane, but Lashley gets back in the ring and hits a huge spinebuster on Miz. Shane goes back to beating on Miz while he’s down. Shane puts Miz in a choke until he goes out. Shane takes a mic and tells Miz to remember that Shane is the best in the world.
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– The Viking Raiders vs. Lucha House Party: The Lucha House party attacks The Raiders on the ramp before the match. The Raiders get back up and into the ring, and the opening bell sounds. Ivar dodges a shot from Metalik early on and takes him out with a big lariat. Erik tags in and continues the offense. Ivar and Kalisto tag in, but Erik hits a big powerslam on Kalisto. The Raiders trade frequent tags now and double team Metalik then Kalisto. They hit a big alley-oop powerslam on Kalisto for the three count after a short match. The Raiders grab Lince Dorado after the match at ringside, and Dorado briefly fights them off, until the Raiders double team him with a version of the Hart Attack.
Winners: The Viking Raiders
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– Alexa Bliss comes out to the stage, this time to announce the female competitors in this year’s women’s Money In The Bank match. First, she introduces Natalya, who takes a seat next to Alexa on the stage. Natalya thanks her for the introduction, but Alexa cuts her off to make the next announcement. She introduces Dana Brooke next, who comes out and talks about how excited for the opportunity she is. She says Natalya gets all the opportunities instead of her, then she exchanges words with Natalya. Alexa introduces Naomi next, and she talks about her success over on SmackDown. Naomi exchanges words with Dana and Natalya, until Alexa interrupts again to introduce the next competitor. Alexa says the next competitor is her, and she tells the other women on the stage to leave. Naomi says they should give the WWE Universe a preview tonight, in the ring. Alexa accepts, and it looks like Alexa vs. Naomi will take place tonight.
– There’s a new segment of Bray Wyatt’s “Firefly Fun House.” Bray is making a painting, and some puppets around the fun house start talking to him. He shows us his painting of fire. Bray apologizes to one of the puppets for everything he did, then he apologizes to the TV audience. He explains that one of the puppets is named Abbey The Witch. The rabbit puppet tells him that the word of the day is “sociopath.” Bray says that’s all the time he has for today, and he tells the audience that he’ll light the way and they just have to let him in.
– Alexa Bliss vs. Naomi: Alexa complains about her shoes being untied after the bell sounds, but Naomi continues the offense. Naomi drops Alexa and hits a splits leg drop on Alexa for a two count. Alexa fights back with a facebuster on Alexa. Alexa throws Naomi in the corner and stomps on her. Naomi tries to fight back, but Alexa turns the tide and throws Naomi into the turnbuckle face-first. Alexa’s shoes keep coming untied. Alexa ties them, and Naomi fights back with a sunset flip and then a jawbreaker. Naomi tries to grab Alexa by the feet, but Alexa’s shoes slide off, and Alexa then throws Naomi into the turnbuckle. Alexa argues with the ref, and Naomi comes back with the running hip attack, and then the split legged moonesault for the three count.
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– Still to come: Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe
– Rey Mysterio is shown in his locker room warming up, and his son is with him. Rey does a brief interview where he talks about his issues with Samoa Joe and Lars Sullivan.
– RAW & SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch comes out to the ring for an in-ring interview. Becky talks about her decisions to defend both Title belts at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view. Becky says she didn’t make history by dodging anybody, she made it by beating everybody. She says bring on her opponents. Becky then calls out Lacey Evans specifically and tells her to come out to the ring right now. Lacey comes out and tells Becky it’s on. She storms the ring and Becky meets her at ringside, and they brawl on the floor. Referees run out to pull them apart, but they keep breaking free and fighting. Road agents come out to help pull them apart and they finally do.
– Zack Ryder and Kurt Hawkins vs. The Revival:The Revival starts off strong, and they trade frequent tags to double team Ryder early on. They continue the beat down on Ryder and cut him off every time he tries to tag in Hawkins. The Revival is totally in control of this one in a one-sided beat-down, until Ryder rolls up Dawson out of nowhere to steal the pin.
Winners: Ryder & Hawkins
– Ryder and Hawkins immediately roll out of the ring to celebrate on the ramp. The Revival looks shocked in the ring.
– The Miz is backstage for an interview. He officially challenges Shane McMahon to a cage match at the Money In The Bank pay-per-view.
– Sami Zayn comes out to the ring and gets on the mic. He trashes the WWE fans and says that they suffer from “psychological entitlement.” Zayn thinks the fans feel entitled to more than they deserve. He says the people of Lexington probably can’t understand what he’s talking about, and he tells a story about turning down a kid who wanted him to sign an action figure for him then the kid crying. He says the fans aren’t entitled to anything from him, and he will give the fans whatever he wants to from now on. Sami says the fans want him to quit WWE, and it would be amazing to quit, but even more amazing would be coming out and holding the fans accountable every week. Sami says he’s standing up the to the critics and taking power back, then he makes his exit.
– Michael Cole informs us that Shane McMahon has accepted The Miz’s challenge to a cage match.
– U.S. Champion Samoa Joe comes out to the ring and gets on the mic. He says he watched Rey’s interview earlier, and he says Rey’s kid looked ashamed of Rey. Joe continues to trash Rey, then he turns his attention to AJ Styles, and Joe says he should be the one getting the Universal Title match. Rey says today is a day of reckoning for Rey Mysterio.
– Rey Mysterio vs. Samoa Joe: This one is a non-Title match. The opening bell sounds and Joe knocks Rey outside early on. Joe looks for a suicide dive, but Rey dodges him then hits flying seated Senton on Joe off the apron. Rey gets back in the ring and goes for a dive on Joe, but Joe blocks it with a knee and Rey is down. Back in the ring, Joe comes back with a spinning powerslam on Rey. Joe misses a senton bomb attempt, and Rey comes back with a flying seated senton and a series of kicks. Joe grabs Rey, but Rey turns it around into a DDT for a two count. Rey sends Joe on to the ropes and hits a 619 to Joe’s body while he’s standing, then Joe falls and Rey goes for a 619 again, but Joe blocks it. Joe looks for the coquina clutch, but Rey escapes. Joe hits a side suplex on Rey, then he picks up Rey by the mask. Joe goes for another side suplex, but Rey reverses and rolls up Joe into a pin. Rey scores the three count and Joe can’t believe it.
Winner: Samoa Joe
– Rey’s son comes out after the match to celebrate with Rey on the stage. Joe does not look happy.
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– Michael Cole is in the ring to host the contract signing for the Universal Championship match at Money In The Bank. Cole introduces the challenger first, AJ Styles, and then the Champion, Seth Rollins. They both sit down at the table in the ring, and Cole talks about AJ coming to RAW. AJ says SmackDown was good to him for two years, but now he’s on RAW where the craziest fans are, and he is gunning for the Universal Title. Rollins say he never wanted to be the next AJ Styles, he wants to be the first Seth Freakin’ Rollins. Seth tells AJ that things are different on RAW, and this is not the house AJ built, this is Monday Night Rollins. AJ says that Rollins’ team isn’t here anymore to hold him up, and he doesn’t think Rollins has much left after his WrestleMania match. AJ says he’s ready to go now, and he never rests or rusts, and he’ll be standing over Rollins as the new Universal Champion. AJ signs the contract. Rollins says they have a lot of things in common and a lot of differences, for example Rollins beat Brock Lesnar and AJ didn’t. Rollins signs the contract, and AJ picks up the Universal Title belt and looks at it. AJ and Rollins come face to face, and Cole exits the ring. AJ hands the belt back to Rollins. Rollins talks some trash and AJ decks him with a right hand. AJ pummels on Rollins, then Rollins fights back with some punches of his own. Rollins kicks AJ out to ringside, then he hits a dive on AJ at ringside. Rollins gets back in the ring with his Universal Title belt and talks trash to AJ. AJ gets up on the apron and hits a right hand on Rollins, then AJ hits the Phenomenal Forearm on Rollins through the table in the ring. AJ stands over Rollins as RAW goes off the air.
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