WWE Monday Night Raw comes waltzing back into our lives tonight (Mar. 25, 2019) from the TD Garden Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, featuring all the latest build to the upcoming WrestleMania 35 pay-per-view (PPV) next month in New Jersey.
Advertised for tonight: Roman Reigns may respond to Drew McIntyre’s challenge, what’s next for Ronda Rousey, and more!
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WWE RAW RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR MAR. 25
They wanted me to be a man. They wanted me to become one of them. Straight and repressed, emotions grotesque, ready for war and the cubicle desks, but that didn’t work, so I’m here to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.
The show opens with commentary recapping the announcement that the Raw Women’s Championship match will main event WrestleMania 35.
Ronda Rousey makes her entrance and gets on the mic ahead of her match in tonight’s Beat the Clock Challenge featuring the three women in said match against the Riott Squad. She paces a moment to let the crowd react before beginning, saying she only has one thing to say-- “You’re welcome.”
Actually, she has something else to say, and she picks up the mic and whines about us not appreciating her before promising that she’s gonna tap Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair out at the same time at WrestleMania. Again she drops the mic and... again she picks it back up, saying she doesn’t know what a Beat the Clock Challenge is but she’s sure it’s bullshit.
Becky Lynch comes out before the match can start and tells Rousey to stop being a weirdo.
We all know she came here with her big money contract and the whole world yawned. Given every advantage out there but still, nobody gave a damn until The Man came around. She saved her title run and just makes her better, and that’s why they’re the main event. Oh, and Ronda knows this ends with Becky holding the title above her head and her skull under her foot.
Enter Charlotte Flair. The main event isn’t because of either of these two, she says, but rather what she’s done over these past seven years, and that’s why she’s been hand-picked to be the main event of WrestleMania.
Ronda Rousey vs. Sarah Logan (Beat the Clock Challenge)
Logan leading Rousey on a wild goose chase in and around the ring, basement dropkick cuts her off inside, hard whip into the ropes and Sarah’s in charge! Putting boots to the champion, inverted cloverleaf, Ronda crawls up the ropes... AND TURNS IT INTO AN ARMBAR IN THE ROPES! Back inside, elbow...
Ronda Rousey wins by submission with the cross armbar in 1:25.
Charlotte Flair vs. Ruby Riott (Beat the Clock Challenge)
Big boot, Riott ducks, dumps Flair to the floor but she lands a boot on her return. Big chops, double leg, spinning toeholed but the Queen is kicked to the floor. Back in kick to the arm, arm wringer countered with an elbow, STO backbreaker into the release STO, Charlotte goes for Natural Selection but Ruby ducks it and hits a neckbreaker for two! Clock counting down, wristlock, thinking Riott Kick, caught, figure four leglock applied, bridging back as the countdown ticks...
Charlotte Flair fails to beat the clock.
A frustrated Flair nails Becky with a boot before her match can begin!
Becky Lynch vs. Liv Morgan
Morgan putting boots to Lynch in the corner, pop-up stomp gets two, Lynch with uppercuts, duck a lariat, hit one of her own, dropkick, combat roll, rolling solebutt, arm pick but Liv throws her into the turnbuckles! Lynch counters a dropkick...
Becky Lynch wins by pinfall with a side press, beating the clock by seven seconds.
Rousey jaws at Lynch while leaving.
Finn Balor is shown stretching backstage, he’s got a match to earn an Intercontinental Championship match after the break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Lio Rush cuts a promo, telling Finn he should just have quit while he’s ahead but now he’s gonna be forced to leave as a broken, beaten, hot piece of garbage like Mojo Rawley’s friend the football man who just retired. (I may have paraphrased that partially.) But as much as he’d like to end Balor’s WrestleMania dreams, he’s not medically cleared to compete tonight, so Bob won’t be teaming with him, but rather with Jinder Mahal.
Bobby Lashley & Jinder Mahal vs. Finn Balor (Handicap Match)
Lashley to start, passing Balor into the corner, then into the next, right hands, whip across, charge in but Finn sidesteps. Shoulder thrust from the apron, knock Mahal down but the Singh Brothers run interference and Bob blasts Balor off the apron to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Lashley hammers Balor with shoulder thrusts in the corner but gets caught by a somewhat malformed Sling Blade! Mahal tags in, sunset flip, Finn rolls through and hits a basement dropkick! Duck a lariat, flying forearm sends Jinder into Bob, inverted headlock elbow drop, Lashley runs in and eats the double leg into the double stomp!
Clothesline puts Mahal on the floor, off the ropes, the Singhs trip him up and Jinder comes back in. Pass Mahal to the floor, off the ropes... TOPE CON GIRO WIPES THEM OUT! Jinder in position...
Finn Balor wins by pinfall with Coup de Grace on Jinder Mahal, becoming #1 contender to the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Lashley lays the Singh Brothers out with slams and then spears Mahal out of his boots!
Commentary reminds us that Elias is the musical guest at WrestleMania and we cut to him playing guitar in Times Square.
He talks about how many iconic artists have performed there, but he’s gonna give the greatest performance in history at WrestleMania. He takes credit for all the people being in Times Square and goes to start playing when a street guitar rolls up playing some fancy Spanish guitar licks. Elias asks if he can sing, so he starts singing and the Drifter cuts him off and calls him untalented and shoos him away.
Aleister Black makes his entrance, he’ll be in action after the break.
Back from commercial in time for entrances.
Revival right into brawling before the bell, referee Darrick Moore trying to restore order as Black and Ricochet turn the tide and run the Revival off!
Aleister Black & Ricochet vs. the Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)
Wilder and Black to start, Dawson picks the leg and Dash is able to press the attack with strikes. Tag made, in with a boot, smashing his face into the turnbuckle and following with an uppercut. Takedown into a hammerlock, wrenching it all the way in, clawing at Aleister’s face for good measure. Black to his feet, pushing towards the corner, Scott with right hands, big boot from Al and a tag to Ricochet!
Double whip, drop down, leapfrog, knee to the midsection and a kick from the One and Only! Back body drop to the floor, Aleister off the ropes, quebrada and he lands on his feet! Ricochet with a kickflip moonsault ala AR Fox, Black hits Meteora to the floor and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Dawson has a Cobra Twist in on Ricochet but the King of Flight fights to his feet. Reaching for the tag, Scott scoops him up for a slam. Elbow drop, nobody home, Ricochet rolls away from a second as well, tag to Dash, shoulder thrust, slingshot, Wilder catches him, double team suplex for two! Wristlock, Ricochet with a forearm and Dash tags Dawson in.
Disdainful kicks, whip, front kick scouts the back body drop and Wilder tags back in! Ricochet with a big jumping neckbreaker, crawling, the path clear... TAGS MADE! Black in hot, leaping knee to counter the lariat, off the ropes, forearms, catch a kick, legsweep, off the ropes, sliding boot, kip-up, Dash back in, quebrada takes both of them out! Dump Dash, back to Scott, strike rush finishes with a huge knee trembler... NOPE!
Wilder runs interference, Dawson with a folding press for two and he snaps a DDT off... RICOCHET BREAKS IT UP! Dash runs the One and Only off, Scott with the tag, double whip, duck a lariat, blind tag from Ricochet and Black Mass knocks both Revival men out! Ricochet up top...
Aleister Black & Ricochet win by pinfall with the 630 senton from Ricochet on Dash Wilder.
Commentary hypes up Triple H’s response to Batista’s comments from last week for later.
Drew McIntyre makes his entrance to send us to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre gets on the mic.
He says he doesn’t give a damn if you like him, but you WILL respect him. One week is a long time to wait for an answer from Roman Reigns and he’s a bit nervous about the answer, so he rolls a clip of his beatdown from two weeks ago and then his promo from last week issuing his challenge as a reminder. Drew continues, saying he hopes Roman’s wife or one of his extended family got through his thick skull to just say no to his challenge.
He’s already vanquished the Shield, exterminating Dean Ambrose and beating the #1 contender to the Universal Championship, Seth Rollins. He knows what the superstar Roman Reigns wants to say, “Yes, I never turn down a challenge” but one more time he wants to appeal to Joe the Man to think of his family. Hasn’t he put them through enough? They already had to watch daddy fight for his life once, does he want to put them through that one more time when he knows he’s going to lose?
That’s why he’s out here-- he’ll stand here all night until he gets an answer, hold Raw hostage--
Enter Roman Reigns.
He gets in the ring and gets face to face with Drew before telling him, in third person, that Roman accepts his challenge. He wants him to listen clearly, because what’s next doesn’t come from Roman-- don’t ever run your mouth about his wife and kids. HE DECKS DREW AND THE FIGHT IS MET! Beating him down, throwing him into the ringpost and then getting him back in the ring... MCINTYRE NAILS HIM RIGHT IN THE DING-DING!
Lying in wait while Reigns struggles to recover from the damage to his gentleman’s area... CLAYMORE!
And so to break.
Back from commercial, Drew McIntyre is walking backstage when he runs into Dean Ambrose.
Ambrose asks what he called him, a cockroach? He exterminated him? He doesn’t FEEL exterminated, so why not give it one more try tonight? Last man standing. McIntyre says he legit doesn’t know how Dean is standing right now, but he promises he won’t be after tonight.
Sasha Banks makes her entrance, accompanied by Bayley, followed shortly by her opponent Natalya, who’s being seconded by Beth Phoenix.
Natalya vs. Sasha Banks
Circling, collar and elbow, struggling into the ropes and Natalya breaks clean. Banks with a right hand, step-up lucha arm drag, low springboard arm drag after she blocks a hip toss, front kick caught and Neidhart gets the back wheel trip. Looking for the Romero Special, Nattie falls back and locks it on! Escape, off the ropes, Meteora gets two! Schoolboy from Nattie, looking for a slam, shifting gears, thinking Sharpshooter but the Boss stops her turning it over and kicks her out of the ring!
Neidhart with a right hand on the floor, jawing at her, back but Banks does a Tiger feint Frankensteiner out of the apron and sandwiches her head against the barricade with a knee strike that sends us to break.
Back from commercial, Natalya is shaking a Canadian backbreaker rack in and marching around the ring as she does so. Banks manages to roll out, sunset flip for two, catch the front kick and return her own, la casadora countered into an atomic drop! Off the ropes, the Boss picks her leg and locks the Bank Statement crossface on! Neidhart reverses to the Sharpshooter, Sasha crawls for the ropes but Nattie drags her back in the middle of the ring!
Banks posts to her hands and crawls before managing to sling Neidhart into the turnbuckles! Nia Jax and Tamina show up and blast Bayley at ringside! Tamina slides in, superkick to Banks...
Sasha Banks wins by disqualification, presumably.
The Samoan Slaughterhouse hit the ring and take Nattie out but Beth cuts them off, double chickenwing... GLAM SLAM ON TAMINA! She and Natalya hug as the heels run away and Phoenix steps on the end of one of the tag title belts as the champs go to reclaim them!
Commentary hypes up the announcement that the Hart Foundation are going into the WWE Hall of Fame and toss to a video package about them.
We cut back to see Beth and Nattie still in the ring, Neidhart clearly emotional over her late father’s induction.
Backstage, Kurt Angle is interviewed.
He says he appreciates Samoa Joe coming to Raw tonight to compete, and his farewell tour is about leaving on his terms. He’s been honored to compete against Apollo Crews and Chad Gable, and he’ll be ready for Baron Corbin come WrestleMania. He says it’s his last match ever in Boston, Massachusetts.
Baron Corbin rolls up to say he appreciates this farewell tour and to needle Kurt about being old and tell him the fans only cheer him because they feel sorry for him and he’s half the man he used to be. He can see the headlines now, “Former Olympic gold medalist disgraces himself in his last match.” Angle leaves with a “Screw you.”
Alexa Bliss makes her entrance, she’ll have the Saturday Night Live lads on Moment of Bliss after the break.
Back from commercial, Boss and Hug Connection run into an interview backstage.
Sasha Banks said they’d take on any team, any brand, any time, so if teams want to come for them, they’ll take them all on at WrestleMania!
Alexa Bliss has the Moment of Bliss set in the ring and says ever since she became host, WrestleMania’s got better and better. For the first time ever, women will main event the show, and that’s just incredible. Is she good or what? But she will say she’s at a crossroads, less than two weeks away from hosting but she feels like that moment and her host gig are in jeopardy because of issues with her guests tonight.
She rolls a recap of Braun Strowman feuding with the SNL boys and introduces Braun as her first guest. She speaks to him alone at first, recounting some of his many great feats of strength and asks what would happen to Colin Jost and Michael Che if they got These Hands. You know how it’s the thought that counts? Strowman says when he saw the car they gave him, the only think he thought about was smashing his pasty face.
Bliss introduces Michael and Colin by satellite. Colin talks about how he made a dumb mistake last time and it turns out to be some kinda sports hat thing that blows past me. Michael says he respects the hell out of Strowman but he crossed a line by jacking Colin up, defending him by saying he’s a good guy. Jost agrees and says he was being sincere when he said on Twitter that he wants to mentor Braun before claiming his parents paid millions to get him on the women’s cross-country team there.
He offers to teach Strowman to chew food and do his taxes before guessing that he’s 5’11” and 180 pounds, at which point Che says he’s not helping and they just want to make it right. Colin asks Braun if he’s ever considered therapy and says all he wants is be paid back for the car and to get an autograph from his favorite wrestler, Brock Lesnar. Braun says he wants to make this right... physically, when Colin enters the Sixth Annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in Memory of Andre the Giant!
Colin scoffs and Braun says if he doesn’t enter the match he’ll just hunt him down backstage. Michael accepts the offer for him and says there’s a chance something bad happens in the battle royal, but backstage, something bad WILL happen. So Jost starts trying to get Che in the match, at which point Braun goes to Alexa to make it happen. She makes out like she can’t spare two spots in the match before making it official!
Strowman tells them that if they try to duck the match, he’ll find them on the streets of New York City and beat them up anyway.
Elias is hanging out in front of Madison Square Garden and he calls it a dump.
He’s sold it out three times and he’s just taking a break with some tea for his vocal cords when a man drops a coin in his cup. Elias fishes it out and complains about it being a quarter at first before giving it an appreciative look.
Baron Corbin makes his entrance and will be in action after the break.
Apollo Crews vs. Baron Corbin
Crews with a schoolboy for two, kick to the gut, sunset flip, again a two count. Crucifix pin, two more, dropkick sends Corbin into the ropes, up and over a charge, another dropkick connects. Clothesline to the floor, moonsault off the apron! Charging in... GALLON THROW INTO THE POST! Throwing Apollo into the barricade, back inside, smashing Crews’ face into the turnbuckles, back suplex lift, just dropping him down... NOPE!
Pointing at the WrestleMania sign, drawing him up, putting Apollo into the ropes and he comes off with a boot. Sidestep the charge, hard into the post, enzuigiri, Crews heads up top, frog splash... NOT ENOUGH! To the apron slingshot back in, off the ropes, Baron is ready...
Baron Corbin wins by pinfall with End of Days.
Post-match, Corbin goes to leave before deciding to come back and lay Crews out with the short-arm End of Days!
Commentary promises us Seth Rollins, after the break.
Back from commercial, commentary hypes up the Raw Women’s Championship participants being on ESPN tomorrow and we get a recap of their Beat the Clock Challenge from earlier before they hype up a relevos increibles trios match between all six women in said challenge for next week.
Seth Rollins makes his entrance.
He says he’s gonna cut right to the chase-- Brock Lesnar and he aren’t cut from the same cloth, and the roads they took to WrestleMania couldn’t be any different, but there’s only one road out of their match, and that road will be forged by the man who will define the future of our business. He wants to carry that burden, because he wants to be a champion that inspires people.
Guys like Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart, Ric Flair, hell Triple H, even John Cena, they inspire people. But Brock doesn’t inspire people, and it goes without saying that this is the biggest match of Seth’s entire career. He’s wanted this for a long, long time but up until recently he didn’t realize how important this match is to all of us. Yesterday he had an autograph signing here in Boston and every single person that came up to him, they all said the same thing before they left the table-- “Please, Seth, beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.”
And that hit him in the heart, because he’s said he’s gonna win and do everything he can to make it happen, but now he feels like he doesn’t have a choice. He refuses to let Brock be the champion that defines the future of this industry, so in 13 days he’s gonna get in the ring with that bully, but what Lesnar doesn’t understand is that with an army behind him, he’s unstoppable.
Together we’re gonna march to the gates of Suplex City and burn... it... do--
Enter Paul Heyman.
He says he appreciates being informed that it’s now a handicap match, Lesnar against Rollins and the entire WWE Universe. But he likes the odds, and he assures Seth his chances of winning are zero. He asks if he realizes how pathetic he sounds, needing their love and support and affirmation. He knows how Seth’s generation is, what’s next, he needs our thoughts and prayers?
He says Rollins needs our thoughts and prayers because he doesn’t have a thought as to how to beat Brock nor a prayer in doing so. Don’t take it personally, but when Lesnar wins, he wants Seth to take it personally when he and the entire WWE Universe loses. Paul E leaves and Rollins chases out after him but before he can even do anything Heyman falls down and begs off, saying Brock told him to say everything.
Seth laughs at him and says he’s got it all wrong, he’s not asking for thoughts and prayers... he’s here to answer them! WE are going to WrestleMania, WE are going to beat Brock Lesnar, and WE are going to march into Suplex City and BURN! IT! DOWN!
Kurt Angle makes his entrance and points at Heyman while the crowd does the “You suck!”s, and we go to break ahead of his match.
Back from commercial, Samoa Joe makes his entrance and gets on the mic.
He begs Angle’s forgiveness, he forgot the flowers. But then he’s not a very sentimental person, and he knows all these mouth-breathers want it but it’ll be a cold day in the afterlife before he lets Kurt ride into the sunset. No, he brings a very different gift tonight, because it’s WrestleMania season, and for his last night in Boston he has a very special gift.
A good night’s sleep is very important, and he couldn’t think of a better way to say goodbye than putting his ass to sleep one last time!
Kurt Angle vs. Samoa Joe
Joe with a headbutt, putting boots to Angle, big chop, jabs in the corner, Kurt blocks a punch and fires his own back! Samoa with a rake to the eyes, front chancery into a snap suplex to set up more punches in the corner. Angle with a waistlock, Joe grabs the ropes to break with an elbow, snapmare into a kick to the back, off the ropes, basement dropkick connects!
Kurt firing rights, Samoa dumps him to the floor, off the ropes... TOPE SUICIDA LIKE A TORPEDO TO SEND US TO BREAK!
Back from commercial, Angle gets free and comes off the ropes only for Joe to bowl him over with an elbow. Grabbing him by the face and pushing him in the corner to jaw at him, forearm and chop, headbutt, right hook into jabs, out of the corner and another forearm. Off the ropes, Kurt ducks a lariat, one German suplex, hold the waistlock, two German suplexes, still locked in, for the third to complete the set... NO GOOD!
Looking for the Angle Slam, blocked with elbows, off the ropes, Joe with the Manhattan Drop into a big boot and the senton, still only two! Out of the corner, the Angle Slam connects... NOT ENOUGH! Fired up, pick the ankle, Samoa kicks him away and rises, snap scoop powerslam for two! Setting Angle up in the corner, Kurt with a missile dropkick that really shows his age and the straps are down!
Another Angle Slam, denied, Samoa with a headbutt, forearm, going for the uranage but Angle slings him away. Off the ropes... COQUINA CLUTCH! Kurt struggling, he manages to post his feet and get Joe with his shoulders flat...
Kurt Angle wins by pinfall, reversing the Coquina Clutch into a pinning predicament.
We go backstage with Dean Ambrose getting ready for his match tonight.
(Behold, the king!)
(The king of kings!)
(On your knees, dog.)
Triple H makes his entrance and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Triple H gets on the mic.
First off he congratulates Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair, and Ronda Rousey for main eventing WrestleMania this year, and not just them, but every woman that’s ever stepped through these ropes to stand in this ring and they should all be proud because this was not given, it was earned. That’s the kind of thing that makes him happy, like realizing that the microphone is dry and not the one Batista spit all over two weeks ago.
Some things don’t make him happy, like the thing he’s got trouble fishing out of his pocket, an envelope with a letter from Batista’s lawyer in it. A letter that states that Dave will not compete unless he agrees to yet one more stipulation. The letter is kinda rambling and goes on and on, Batista says a lot of things, like how HHH started Evolution to keep the title around his waist longer.
Really, Dave, you just figured that one out now? Batista had a big week, realizing both that and that the moon is made out of cheese, HHH says. He says Dave said Evolution did nothing for his career but he seems to recall that before Evolution he was D-Von’s Deacon and when he left he was world champion.
He says Evolution prevented him from having a meaningful career, but six championships later he only quit when he realized he couldn’t beat John Cena. He also believes HHH’s obsession kept him from coming back after he quit the second time because he refused to return his phone calls, but when he did his manager wanted them to move the date of WrestleMania to accomodate his shooting schedule for Guardians of the Galaxy.
The letter eventually gets to the stipulation, which Hunter wants to read directly. Dave said, “if you would like me to appear then at WrestleMania you will give me what I want, what I really really want, I’ll tell you what I want” and of course it’s Spice Girls lyrics. Cut to the chase, Batista wants HHH to put his career on the line-- if he wins, Hunter never competes in the ring again.
HHH calls him out for beating up a 70-year-old man in a lame attempt to get a match at WrestleMania. He agreed to the match and yet he sends this letter because this is what he does. This is just another attempt to quit. He’s not going to let him quit this time, and he’s gonna make Batista stand up to his commitment, make him show up. You believe HHH is obsessed with you?
Dave, he doesn’t give a crap about you, the only thing he’s obsessed with is kicking his ass. And to be honest, if at this point in their careers, he can’t beat a self-deluded douchebag, then he’s got no business being in the ring anyway. You want his career on the line? You got it.
Elias is on the streets again and talking about how when he gives this great performance-- somebody rolls up and steals the money out of his guitar case, but he’s okay with that because he’s gonna make a lot more money at WrestleMania and leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that WWE stands for walk with Elias. The guy comes back and steals his guitar case but the Drifter is one with the music and doesn’t notice.
Dean Ambrose makes his entrance, our main event is after the break.
Dean Ambrose vs. Drew McIntyre (Last Man Standing Match)
Ambrose in hot with right hands, kicks in the corner, McIntyre fires back, big chops, Dean ducks a short-arm lariat, right hands, whip reversed, pass Drew to the floor! Going big, up top... NOBODY HOME ON THE DIVING DOUBLE AXEHANDLE! Referee John Cone counts but Ambrose gets up at eight! Short-arm into a toss into the barricade and we go to break.
Back from commercial, Ambrose is perched up top... AND DIVES RIGHT INTO A KENDO STICK TO THE MIDSECTION! McIntyre breaks the kendo stick over his back... AND JAMS THE JAGGED TIP INTO DEAN’S EYE! Holding the stick high he takes a half squat and tees off but Ambrose ducks and sends him to the floor! Off the ropes, the suicide dive puts Drew into the barricade!
Dean puts him into the barricade again but McIntyre cracks a headbutt off before lifting the ring skirt and catapulting Ambrose into the steel supports under the edge of the ring! Dry heaving, trouble breathing, Drew wallops him with the steps as a followup! Referee John Cone counting again, Ambrose gasping and drooling, willing himself to his feet at the count of six!
McIntyre throws him back in the ring and grabs a steel chair to join him, wedging it between the turnbuckles. Dean slides low to block being put into the chair and passes Drew into it! Kick to the gut... DIRTY DEEDS! Cone counts... UP AT EIGHT! Ambrose in with a boot, mounted punches, to the floor for plunder and he gets a table! Throwing it inside, setting it up by leaning it in the corner as McIntyre steadies himself... AND RAMS DEAN THROUGH THE TABLE!
Cone counting as Ambrose sputters and drags himself up the ropes... CLAYMORE! Referee John Cone resumes his count...
Drew McIntyre wins when Dean Ambrose is unable to answer the standing ten count.
Drew steps over Dean’s battered body to get his hand raised.
That’s the show, folks.