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WWE Raw results, live blog (Feb. 4, 2019): Kurt Angle’s announcement

WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Feb. 4, 2019) from the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming Elimination Chamber pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for later this month in Houston.

Advertised for tonight: An announcement from Kurt Angle, Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross, and more!

Come right back here at 8 p.m. ET when the Raw live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. It will be below this line here. (REMINDER: NO GIFS OR PICS ARE ALLOWED IN THE COMMENTS SECTION. OFFENDERS WILL BE BANNED.)


If you can look me in the eye and tell me you still love me I’ll try not to lie, I’ll try to be honest one time. If I can look back into yours and picture a time that I ever loved you, I’ll tell you all about it but please don’t hold your breath. I meant what I said and I said what I meant, an elephant is faithful but never quite content. Unless someone like you cares an awful lot nothing is going to get better, but no matter what, I’m going to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Stephanie McMahon introducing us to the show before she’s interrupted by Becky Lynch.

McMahon finishes her intro and tosses to video footage of Lynch’s faceoff with Ronda Rousey from last week. Steph points out Becky’s knee brace and slow gait after a bit of friendly banter and asks if Becky’s okay. She says she’s fine but McMahon runs through a recap of the Women’s Royal Rumble and points out that Lynch has been refusing medical attention.

Becky deflects at first before admitting she’s not going to a doctor and she’s fine, at which point Steph says that if she doesn’t get cleared by WWE medical staff, she can’t compete. Lynch asks McMahon what she knows about struggle, pointing out she hasn’t had to struggle for a damn thing, just another daddy’s girl who’s trying to stop her from fighting for everything.

She rose up and fought for WrestleMania and there’s nothing McMahon or any stupid doctor can do about it! Steph says it’s a liability for her to compete uncleared, and it’s very easy-- all she has to do is to go to the doctor and get cleared... unless the knee is worse than she’s letting on. Steph puts over what a huge match it is and how she legitimately wants what’s best for her and pleads with her to go see the doctor.

Becky refuses to see the doctor, telling McMahon she’s not going to have her moment taken away. Steph says if she doesn’t go see the doctor, she’ll be forced to suspend her until she does, which gets Becky telling her if she says it again she won’t be responsible for her actions. McMahon begs her to not make her do it, but still Lynch won’t agree to go to the doctor.


Lynch walks out under escort and commentary hypes up Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey as next.

Back from commercial, Becky Lynch is being escorted out of the building with her makeshift retinue when she comes across Ronda Rousey.

They square up and Ronda says she tests the limits of her professionalism every time they meet without her exploding her face, but she’s a professional and she’s got a PPV to sell. She accuses Lynch of unprofessionalism and tells her to go home and rest until WrestleMania so she can get the assbeating she deserves. Rousey goes to leave before turning back and offering one more barb on her way out.

Liv Morgan vs. Ronda Rousey

Morgan bails outside at the bell and skips at ringside with her pals in the Riott Squad. Back in, fakeout, back in again, roll through and taunt from the mat, starting to rile Rousey up, she gets a loose left hand and Liv heads right back outside again. Sarah Logan running interference, Matrix evasion but Ronda nails her with a punch and grabs the arm...

Ronda Rousey wins by submission with the cross armbar.

Ronda gets on the mic and yells at the fans for booing her, demanding someone step up and Sarah Logan takes the offer!

Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan

Double leg into the corner, shoulder thrusts, scoop but Rousey counters into the armbar! Logan rolls to the ropes for the break and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Rousey’s got the triangle choke on... SARAH LOGAN DEADLIFT BUCKLE BOMB TO COUNTER! Knee lifts in the clinch, Ronda not down yet, takedown, a judo throw, mounted punches and she gets the arm...

Ronda Rousey wins by submission with the cross armbar.

Ronda beckons Ruby Riott in, but Ruby thinks better of it, going to tend to her pals’ busted arms.

The Riott Squad run into an interview backstage and Ruby says she wasn’t running from anything, but when she does beat Ronda, and she will, it’ll be for the title, and since her pals are hurt and need her, Rousey will have to wait. They have a bond that can’t be broken, and an opportunist like Ronda doesn’t know anything about that.

Commentary hypes up Kurt Angle’s announcement and Finn Balor vs. Bobby Lashley for later tonight, but first Raw is getting its own tag team #1 contendership four-way.

Heavy Machinery get a picture-in-picture promo talking about steaks & weights, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Sasha Banks and Bayley are interviewed.

Banks is apoplectic about being called failures for not beating Ronda but Bayley says tag teams are what it’s about tonight. Sasha pledges to win the titles when Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross roll up. Fox says they’re gonna win and Cross says nobody wanted to play but the Fox, and the Fox embraces the chaos.

Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) vs. Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado) vs. the B-Team (Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel) vs. the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson) (WWE Raw Tag Team Championship #1 Contender’s Match)

Metalik and Axel to start, flips, duck a lairat, kick, up to the second, missile dropkick and a tag to Dorado! Off the ropes, pop-up dropkick, Wilder tags in and eats a hurricanrana for two! Big arm drag into an armbar, Dash reverses it, boot up in the ropes, tag from Knight. Waistlock takedowns on Dash, front chancery to lock him down and Dozovic tags in. Double whip into a double shoulder block, double falling headbutt... NOPE!

Scoop and a spin into a slam, tag to Tucker, whip into a body avalanche and the match starts to break down. B-Team run in, scoop lifts and they get slammed over the ropes and to the floor! Lucha lads to the apron... STEREO ASAI MOONSAULTS! Heavy Machinery double team Dawson, Bushwhacker march, belly bump sandwich! Double scoop... AND A SLAM TO THE FLOOR THAT SENDS US TO BREAK!

Back from commercial, Dawson’s chaining strikes into a back suplex on Metalik for a nearfall. Tag to Wilder, smash Gran’s face into knees, disdainful kicks, fireman’s carry, tag to Scott, double-team gutbuster... NOPE! Reverse chinlock applied, Metalik out, back suplex, land on his feet, tag to Dorado! Dorado snaps a headscissors off, dropsault... STILL NO! Knee lift from Scott, whip, handspring... DOUBLE GOLDEN REWIND!

Fired up, off the ropes, blind tag from Dozer earns him a dropkick and Lince flies out the other side with a suicide dive! B-Team back suplex neckbreaker on Metalik, Otis comes in and flattens them! Fired up... CATERPILLAR! Suplex, going for their finish, Wilder runs interference, Dawson tags in and dumps Dozovic! Waistlock on Dallas, countered into a cradle, only two, Wilder tags in...

Revival win by pinfall with Shatter Machine on Bo Dallas.

Backstage, Curt Hawkins is watching and Zack Ryder tells him not to worry, they’ll be out there next time. Hawkins says he’s toxic and Zack would have been out there with any other partner and this Woody and Buzz “You’ve got a friend in me” thing ain’t happening. He’s lost 250 times in a row! Ryder points out that the chyron spelled his name wrong last week and asks if he knows how that feels.

Curt asks what the point is, and Zack says he’s a loser, too, and they’re losers together, but not for long. Started training together, got signed together, Major Brothers, Edgeheads, they were the youngest tag champs... and they’re gonna end this streak together!

Kurt Angle is walking backstage and runs into Mickie James and then Apollo Crews, who says he’s got his back.

He greets No Way Jose and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Kurt Angle makes his entrance.

Intensity, integrity, and intelligence, the three I’s he’s lived his life by, and it’s worked. He’s accomplished everything he wanted to, from the European Championship to the WWE Hall of Fame. He tore the house down with Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania, soiled the ring with milk, and as GM of Raw gave everyone a chance to settle things in the ring. He met the son he never had, and had all of us to remind him how much he sucks.

Lately the three I’s have turned into three D’s-- doubt, defeat, and depression. His last few matches haven’t turned out how he’d like, especially against Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin. He wanted to shut them up for good, and in his career he’s beat ‘em all and even won a gold medal with a broken freakin’ neck, but there’s one opponent he knows he can’t defeat... Father Time.

Enter Baron Corbin, who tells him to wrap it up and asks what he wants, everyone to feel sorry for him? He did this to himself, and he should have given this speech at the Hall of Fame and walked off into the sunset, but no he had to come back and be general manager. But he had to prove that he still has what it takes to be a superstar and look at him now, just a broken down shadow of a man.

Angle says this broken down old man will break his ankle in two and tells him to come down and get some! Baron starts unbuttoning his vest--

Enter Drew McIntyre. He says one minute Kurt’s accepted his fate and the next he’s threatening to break a man’s ankle? People used to look into Angle’s eyes and see a warrior, but in their match all he saw in those eyes was fear. Fear before he tapped him out to his own ankle lock. Kurt was humiliated and he thought he’d never see him again, but Angle’s got no quit in his body and he keeps showing up until somebody does something very drastic.

Drew tells Portland to shut their mouths and get their cameras ready, because this is the last time you’ll ever see Kurt Angle in a WWE ring, because they’re gonna put him down for good! McIntyre and Corbin advance and do a pincer--



Commentary hypes up our festivities and we go to break on a video package of WWE superstars at the National Civil Rights Museum for Black History Month.

Back from commercial, we get a recap of what we just saw, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

A tag team match has been made for later tonight out of the men in that segment.

We toss to a recap of the men’s Royal Rumble match and the fallout therefrom.

Alicia Fox and Nikki Cross attack Bayley during her entrance and drag Sasha Banks out from the back to put boots to her as well! Continuing the attack as referees come down, they put Bayley into the LED boards!

We go to break unsure as to whether their qualifier is even happening.

Back from commmercial and the match is in progress, because why not make my life as hard as possible?

Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross vs. Boss and Hug Connection (Bayley & Sasha Banks) (WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Qualifying Match)

Bayley gets a cover on Cross for one! Shoulder thrusts, jockeying for position, Nikki gets her around and makes the tag but a double crossbody gets the Hugger a cover on Fox. Right hands, flapjack into the turnbuckles, Bayley diving back elbow... NOPE! Back suplex, to the apron, Stunner over the middle rope, back inside... FOXY NEARFALL OFF THE SCISSORS KICK!

Reverse chinlock applied, tag made, Nikki in to set her up on the Tree of Woe and stomp a hole in her torso. Half nelson chinlock to follow, tag back to Alicia and back into the Tree of Woe. Quick tag, putting boots to the Hugger, shoulder thrusts into the next turnbuckle, charging in, body avalanche into a bulldog... only a nearfall! On the floor, Cross with a huge crossbody, slapping herself in the face to fire up... but Banks yanks her pal away and Nikki eats post hard on the charge!

Back inside, Bayley covers...

Boss and Hug Connection win by pinfall with a folding back press from Bayley on Alicia Fox to qualify for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match.

Commentary hypes up Jeff Jarrett wrestling tonight, which is wild, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Apollo Crews is interviewed.

He says he’s glad Kurt Angle’s competing tonight, saying he’s allowed to have a couple bad matches, and anyone has a chance-- Drake Maverick and Rezar roll up, Drake telling him to be honest, Angle’s got no chance. Crews asks Rezar how he makes his little puppet talk and suggests that the big Albanian sticks his hand up Drake’s bum, which gets Rezar hot, but Drake backs him off.

(Oh, you didn’t know?!)

Road Dogg makes his entrance and does the deal. He tells the people the two words and introduces Jeff Jarrett.

He comes out and does his intro spiel, spelling his name and whatnot. Roadie says they didn’t get to finish last week, so he asks them to hit the music and we get Alone With My Baby Tonight.

Elias, of course, interrupts. He says that song they’ve been singing for 25 years is just like them-- it hasn’t aged well. He asks Jarrett if he even plays guitar and tells Dogg he should be on SmackDown tanking THEIR ratings, and he’d rather watch Adam Levine do another halftime performance than deal with them. Truth be told he was offered the halftime gig, but he mistakenly turned it down.

He thought he was gonna come down and save the whole night with a performance but he remembered how ungrateful the people have become. But hey, they can keep their pathetic nostalgia act going, but it doesn’t change how WWE stands for “walk with Elias.” Jeff takes issue with this and tells him not to sing it, but to bring it, and Road Dogg again exhorts us to suck his gentleman’s area.

Jarrett and Elias start brawling, referee Chad Paton restores order and we’re off!

Elias vs. Jeff Jarrett

Trading punches, right hand sends the Drifter to the floor, back in and we go to break.

My power blinks and it takes me a few minutes before I’m up and running. Fortunately I have the power of the internet on my side and can inform you...

Elias wins by pinfall with Drift Away.

I come back to Dana Brooke yelling at Natalya about proving herself only for it to be revealed after she storms off that Nattie had earbuds in.

Finn Balor is shown walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, commentary hypes up Ric Flair’s 70th birthday party in three weeks.

A recap of our opening segment follows, because Raw is three hours long. (Three hours long.)

Finn Balor is interviewed backstage. He says the Irish are stubborn when wounded, and yes his elbows hurt, his rib hurts, and people said he should have stayed home this week, but he took the best punishment and he’s still standing. He won’t be pushed around, held down, or stop pushing forward, and he’s gonna take the fight to Bobby Lashley just the same as he took the fight to Brock Lesnar, and he’s coming for the Intercontinental Championship, too.

Lio Rush gets on the mic and calls Finn out for looking like a mummy and thinking he’s got a chance against the All Mighty. This isn’t David vs. Goliath, this is mouse vs. Mack Truck, and Bob can curl dumbbells bigger than Balor. Lashley says Finn had a title shot against Brock last week and he’s better than Lesnar, so Finn doesn’t deserve to be in the ring with him.

He needs to fight people his own size, you see, so he doesn’t have a match against Bob. Instead, he’s fighting Lio Rush!

But before the bell Lashley kicks Balor in the midsection and hammers him in the corner! But the match is still on!

Finn Balor vs. Lio Rush

Rush pounding Balor in the corner, Finn tosses him around but eats a kick to the ribs. Elbow smashes to the back of the neck, rabbit punches, more rib kicks, Lio mocking Balor but he takes a leg pick trip for his trouble. Stomping away in the ropes, Rush rolls to the floor and Finn clobbers him with a dropkick through the ropes! Bob trips him up and begs off when referee Rod Zapata starts berating him... ROD JUST THROWS BOB OUT, THE MATCH CONTINUES!

Lio off the ropes, suicide dive connects and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Rush has a Cobra Twist locked on square in the middle of the ring, grinding the knuckles of his free fist into Balor’s bruised ribs. Shoulder thrusts in the corner, Finn fires a knee off and gets some separation! Gamengiri from the apron, Lio’s flat on his back, Balor up top but Rush wakes up and cuts him off in a hurry! Clutching his back in agony, Rush climbs up after him.

Jockeying for position... AVALANCHE FRANKENSTEINER FOR TWO! Lio back to something approaching the Cobra Twist, Balor to his feet and reverses into one of his own! Punching away at Rush’s midsection, double leg into the double stomp and a grin plays across Finn’s face as he fires up! Sling Blade connects, looking for the inverted Bloody Sunday, Rush reverses to a small package for two!

Kick combo, camera goes a little wonky so it’s hard to tell... SPRINGBOARD STUNNER! Final Hour... NOBODY HOME! Shotgun dropkick connects, up top...

Finn Balor wins by pinfall with the Coup de Grace.

Bobby Lashley rushes to his man and Finn slips away, throwing the Too Sweet up.

Paige makes her entrance!

She asks if we missed her and says she’s glad we haven’t forgotten her. There’s a special movie coming out in a couple weeks called Fighting With My Family, about her life and family and she thinks we’ll find it very interesting. She tosses to a trailer for the film and we go to break.

Back from commercial, it’s time for a Moment of Bliss.

Alexa Bliss introduces her guest, EC3. She puts him over as a hot commodity and asks him directly whether it’s going to be Raw or SmackDown.

Before he can answer, Nia Jax clears her throat over mic and comes out with Tamina in tow. She says she’ll answer for him-- no one cares. Bliss complains about the interruption and Nia says she won’t apologize because she’s not sorry, and nobody wants to see this nauseating blind date when they could hear about how she broke boundaries in the men’s Royal Rumble or she and Tamina qualified for the Women’s Tag Team Championship match in the Elimination Chamber.

Jax says the whole WWE Universe is talking and tweeting about her, wondering what she’s gonna do next, and she says she might fill in for Becky Lynch at WrestleMania.

Enter Dean Ambrose. Nia asks how dare he interrupt her interrupting, and Ambrose says he’s sorry, he didn’t want to be out here but he’s got something to say to Jax-- it’s obvious to everyone that she has a huge crush on him, and he understands. She’s not the first woman to have a problem dealing with his raw sexual magnetism and he knows she’s confused, but she has to stay away from him.

Dean then addresses EC3 and has a bunch of rapid-fire questions for him, which he does not give him a gap to answer in... UNTIL CARTER HAULS OFF AND DECKS HIM WITH A RIGHT HOOK!

And so we go to break.

Dean Ambrose vs. EC3

EC3 with a double leg into mounted punches, passing Ambrose into the corner, flying lariat takes him down! Scoop and a slam, E! C! 3!, elbow drop but Dean cuts him off with a kick to the midsection and puts him into to the post hard. Back inside, mounted punches, stomps in the corner, short-arm lariat for two! Reverse chinlock applied, falling back, wrenching it in, adding a backhammer to the mix..

Ethan with a snapmare escape, right hands, lefts, whip across, back elbow, flying forearm, fired up! Whip reversed, reversed again into a front headlock STO! Sidestep the body avalanche, EC3 counters a powerbomb clutch into a pin...

EC3 wins by pinfall with a back press.

Backstage, Kurt Angle is interviewed.

He’s slow to answer and says he wasn’t expecting to compete tonight and almost left his gear at home, but something told him to bring it and here he is. But he’s not fighting alone, he’s got Braun Strowman, a man that never met the thing he wanted to destroy, and he’s glad they’re teaming. Strowman says he doesn’t know what Angle was gonna say earlier tonight, but it’s an honor to tag with him, and before the end of the night, McIntyre and Corbin are gonna get These Hands.

It’s true, it’s damn true.

They walk off together and we go to break.

Back from commercial, Mojo Rawley is yelling about being part of the team and how that hasn’t worked out as an individual, and again we pan to see that he’s yelling at his own reflection. FORGET THE TEAM!

Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman & Kurt Angle

Angle ducks a lariat and hits a German suplex on Corbin to start but McIntyre pulls his teammate out of the ring to save him from the ankle lock. Strowman runs freight train around ringside, Baron returns into another German suplex but is able to kick Kurt off of him and into a headbutt from Drew that sends us to break.

Back from commercial, Corbin in control, grabbing the half nelson chinlock until Angle fights to his feet. Tag to McIntyre, putting boots to the legend before dropping him with a chop. Kurt throwing punches, he gets taken to the corner for the tag and Baron hits repeated shoulder thrusts. Again Angle with right hands, cut off with a knee, whip reversed and Corbin slides out, tags out, slides back in and clears the apron.

Kurt picks the ankle but Drew kicks his head off and rains mounted punches down! Referee Chad Patton’s hands tied keeping Strowman out of the match. Angle Slam denied but McIntyre hits Kurt’s own signature maneuver on him! Following it up with the ankle lock but Angle slings him off and makes the tag! Strowman in hot, running Drew over like a freight train, Stinger splash, clubbing shot to the chest cavity, scoop but McIntyre floats out.

Low bridge the monster, tag the Lone Wolf in for a diving double axehandle! Smashing Braun into the post and the barricade before taking him back in and tagging Drew in. Hangman’s neckbreaker for one, tag back to Corbin, double back suplex connects but it’s only good for two. Tag back to McIntyre, putting boots to Strowman, quick tag, double suplex reversed!

Tags made and Angle hits German suplexes on both men in turn! Clothesline to Drew puts him on the floor, stalking Baron but he gets rammed into the corner. Boot up... ANGLE SLAM BUT MCINTYRE BREAKS IT UP! Braun runs Drew over! Referee Chad Patton trying to restore order, Strowman attacks Corbin and he throws it out... for reasons.

Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre win by disqualification.

Braun heads out after Baron but Drew makes the save and knocks Strowman into the crowd with a Claymore! He and Corbin throw Angle into the steel steps and dismantle them, setting them up in the ring. Ready to put him into them... BRAUN MAKES THE SAVE! CHOKESLAMS PUT BOTH HEELS INTO THE STEEL STEPS!

Angle and Strowman stand tall together.

That’s the show, folks.

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