Raw begins the 2019 Superstar Shake-Up! Who will stay on the Red Brand’s Roster? And who will be moved here from SmackDown to start fresh?
- 8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???; The Revival & The Viking Experience win.
- Finn Balor VS ???; Andrade Almas wins.
- Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???; The Usos win.
- The IIconics VS Bayley & ???; Bayley & Naomi win.
- EC3 VS ???; No Contest.
- Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad; Lynch wins.
- Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans; Evans wins and will challenge Becky Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship.
- Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush; Rollins, Reigns & AJ Styles win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Stephanie opens Raw as she heads to the ring!
Montreal has a mixed reaction to her appearance, but she takes it in stride. Stephanie picks up the mic and welcomes everyone to the show! She wants everyone to give a proper standing ovation to the Best in the World, Shane McMahon! Fans boo even stronger now as Shane O’Mac makes his way out. Shane gives Stephanie props on her introduction, but still asks Mike Rome give him a better. “The BEST, in the Wooooooooooorld~! SHAAAANE! McMAAAHON!” Shane approves, but now, in French. Fans chant “CM PUNK!” at Shane but that goes largely ignored. Shane gives his own French introduction, but the fans boo, so he gives it again. Fans chant “You Suck!” but Stephanie says Angle had his last match. Shane also points out he used proper French, not the “dirty” Montreal dialect.
But all that aside, Stephanie gets us to business: every superstar is eligible for the Shake-Up! There will be amazing match-ups, new contenders, or even tag teams broken up. The Superstar Shake-Up is one of their favorite nights of the year. Everyone starts their journey to Wrestlemania anew, so- Hold on, Steph, let’s take a look back the previous year. Shane has his highlights ready. Grabbing “that giant Muppet”, Papa Miz, then putting Miz in a triangle hold to choke him out in front of Papa Miz. But back to what Stephanie was going to say, the very first Shake-Up is… THE MIZ!! Shane panics, but where is he coming from? BEHIND! The Miz gets revenge with a rain of fists! And he chases Shane out of the ring! Shane hits back and tackles Miz into a post!
Shane kicks Miz to a barrier and throws hands! He clotheslines Miz over the barriers, but Miz comes back with a CHAIR SHOT! Miz SMACKS Shane more! Shane runs away but Miz, blood streaming down his face, stands tall. Will the grudge match sequel truly be a blockbuster?
8 Man Tag: Ricochet, Aleister Black, Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder VS ???
This 4v4 match confirms who is solid red for Raw! The King of Flight and Dutch Destroyer join forces with the Raw Tag Team Champions, but who will stand against them?
Raw returns, and we see The Revival make their entrance. But then, the WAR RAIDERS appear! The NXT Tag Team Champions have been called up?! And they’re renamed as the Viking Experience! Ebar and Erik join Dash & Dawson in the ring, and this tag war begins!
The teams sort out, and we begin with Hawkins and Dawson. Dawson and Hawkins circle then tie up. Dawson headlocks but Hawkins powers out, only to be run over. Things speed up and Hawkins gets hip tossed. He pushes Dawson away to arm-drag Dawson down. Hawkins has the armlock but Dawson moves around. Hawkins still tags Ryder, and the Major Bros combine Russian Leg Sweep and STO. Cover, ONE, but Ryder wrenches Dawson. Tag to Ricochet and Ricochet kicks the arm. Ricochet wrenches and yanks Dawson’s arm then tags in Aleister. Aleister hits the arm and wrenches to a standing lock. Dawson pulls hair to bring Aleister over. Tag to Dash but Aleister gets away to throw Dash! He throws Dawson, too, but Dash forearms him down.
Dash drags Aleister up and CHOPS him to the corner. Dash CHOPS again, then tags Warbeard Ebar. Ebar clubs and stomps Aleister down then tags Dawson. Dawson swaggers about and goes after Aleister’s nose! Dawson lets up but then drags Aleister up by his hair. Tag to Dash and the Revival mug Aleister. But Aleister powers Dash to his corner and rags Ricochet. They double whip, kitchen sink and basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps on Dash and brings him back for Aleister to tag. They mug Dash but Dash knees back. Dash headbutts Aleister to the ropes then throws uppercuts. Aleister hits back but Dash tags in Ebar. Ebar tags Erik and the vikings double whip. Aleister dodges to DOUBLE Quebradea, but is caught! Ricochet missile dropkicks them down!
The Revival run in but the champs get them. Aleister and Ricochet boot The Revival, then we get quadruple whips and double back drops! Ryder, Hawkins, Aleister and Ricochet control the ring while we go to break!
Raw returns and Hawkins fights out of Erik’s cravat, but Erik powers him to the corner. Ebar tags in and the Vikings work together for knees to Hawkins! Cover, TWO! Hawkins lives but Ebar grinds his forearm into Hawkins’ face. Ebar tags Erik and scoop slams Hawkins. Erik scoop slams Ebar for the human weapon senton! Cover, TWO! Erik keeps his eyes on Hawkins as he puts on a modified armlock. Hawkins endures as fans rally up. He fights his way up then hits The Revival and Ebar, only to be blasted by Erik! Tag to Ebar, and Ebar drags Hawkins up for a big shoulder! Ebar tags Dash and Dash kicks Hawkins in the head. Dash stomps Hawkins out then tags Dawson. The Revival combine for human weapon leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Dawson keeps on Hawkins with a seated abdominal stretch. Fans continue to rally and Hawkins fights his way back up. Hawkins arm-drags out but Dash tags in. The Revival clobber Hawkins then cover, TWO! Dash keeps on Hawkins with a chinbar but Hawkins powers up again. Dash throws in elbows to keep Hawkins down but fans keep cheering. Hawkins gets up and reaches, but Dash brings him around, so Hawkins uses that momentum to throw Dash into buckles! Tag to Dawson and he intercepts Hawkins. Hawkins still dodges to tag in Ryder! The Broski rallies and bumps Dawson off buckles. He whips corner to corner but Dawson reverses. Ryder goes up to knee Dawson away, then he dropkicks Dash down! Ryder runs at Dawson for a flapjack!
Fans fire up as Ryder hits Dawson with forearms in the corner. Ryder goes side to side, and the Vikings are intercepted by Aleister and Ricochet! Ryder wrecks the Revival with a double dropkick! He drags Dawson up and in, but has to fight Dash off first. Tag to Erik and Ryder punches Dawson. Ryder boots Erik and hops up, Rough Ryder leg drop! Cover, but Dash barrels in! Aleister knees Dash! Dawson knees Aleister! Ricochet leaps at Dawson but is caught, only to body scissor Dawson out! Aleister hits Meteroa on Dash! Ricochet moonsaults on Dash! Hawkins swings but Ebar cartwheel clotheslines Hawkins down! The Vikings loom over Hawkins and drag him up. They toss Hawkins out onto Aleister and Ricochet!
Ryder returns but gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Ebar and the Vikings drag Hawkins up. FALLOUT! Cover, The Vikings and Revival win!
Winners: The Viking Experience & The Revival, Ebar pinning
An impressive debut for these massive war machines! Will this lead to an even bigger title match? Will this lead to a new era already?
Raw, get ready to enter the Age of Alexander!
The former Cruiserweight Champion and Soul of 205 Live is starting a new chapter next week thanks to the Shake-Up!
Finn Balor VS ???
The Extraordinary Man is ready for any challenge, but will he be ready for a superstar handpicked by The McMahon Family who is making his Raw debut tonight?
Raw returns, and Finn’s opponent is El Idolo! Andrade Almas, along with Zelina Vega, is in Montreal! And Vega introduces them both to the Monday Night Raw crowd. Vega knows who Finn Balor is. But for the past year on SmackDown, Andrade has showcased his own talents, and has done rather extraordinary things himself. For one, Andrade is multilingual. Here in Montreal, English is a second language. Fear not, for she and Andrade will address the WWE Universe in their native tongue. Andrade uses French to say “Merci!” But then he changes to Spanish to insult Finn. Fans troll him back with “What?! What?!” even as Andrade tops off his message. The bell rings and this first-time match-up begins!
Finn and Almas tie up and Finn gets a waistlock. Almas elbows out hard then stomps Finn down. Almas whips and knees Finn in a corner. Finn sits down and Vega says “SI! SI!” Almas goes corner to corner for CIEN KNEES! Cover, TWO! Vega is annoyed already but Almas is confident as he stomps Finn. Almas drags Finn up and hammerlocks but Finn fights out. Finn throws hands but Almas clubs him. Almas tries to bomb lift but Finn back drops! Almas sunset flips but Finn rolls through to dropkick! Finn gets to ropes while Almas gets up. Almas waistlocks but Finn elbows out. Almas fires off knees but Finn reverses the whip to dropkick Almas down! Vega is worried for Almas as Finn gets to his feet.
Finn aims at Almas from the corner but he runs into a scoop. Almas spins Finn but Finn DDT’s Almas! Almas rolls out but Finn wrecks him with a dropkick. Finn aims from the apron to Penalty Kick, but Vega is Almas’ shield! Finn stops and Almas trips him up! Fans boo the cheat while we go to break.
Raw returns and Almas stomps Finn to a corner. Almas backs off at 4 then stomps Finn more. He backs off again but runs, only to miss! Finn gets up while Almas gasps for air. Finn grits his teeth and throws strikes on Almas in the corner! He backs off at 4 to come back with a dropkick! Finn gets up, one knee bothering him. Almas gets to ropes but Finn runs over to CHOP him in the corner. Finn whips corner to corner but Almas reverses. The Intercontinental Champion goes up and over but that bad knee bothers him, Almas gets him with a kick! Almas hops up but Finn kicks, only to get caught and kicked again! Almas drags Finn in for the inverted tornado. But Finn lands on his feet to counter with an elbow drop DDT! Cover, TWO!
Both men are slow to standing but Finn is up first. Vega coaches Almas up but Finn Slingblades him down! Finn grits his teeth to aim at Almas. Almas stands in one corner, and comes back with a handspring PELE! Cover, TWO!! Vega is furious while both men are down. Almas sits up first and drags Finn to a drop zone. Almas climbs up while fans rally. MOONSAULT! But Finn moves, and gets up knees for the second! Finn shotgun dropkicks Almas down! He aims at Almas but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs up from the other side and puts Finn in the Tree of Woe. Almas leaps but Finn gets clear. Finn gets up to kick Almas away! Finn climbs again and fans fire up, COUP DE GRACE misses! Boot feint to elbow! Hammerlock, cradle counter! TWO, but Finn clotheslines Almas out!
Finn gets that knee working but Vega is in his way again. He just FLIES over her! Direct hit on Almas! He puts Almas in but Vega gets away with a headscissor! Almas puts Finn in then drags him up, hammerlock, LA SOMBRA DDT! Cover, Almas wins!!
Winner: Andrade Almas, by pinfall
La Muneca pays dividends again as she helps El Idolo conquer the Extraordinary Man! But bigger than that, Almas just beat the Intercontinental Champion! Will Almas soon go from El Idolo to El Campeon?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter has come to Montreal, and he says his musical is so powerful that it summoned the Doctor of Thuganomics and The Deadman. Why are these legends interrupting his legend? What do they see in Elias that prompts them to ruin his performance? Elias vows he’ll be ready next time. It all boils down to a truth they don’t want to admit: WWE stands for Walk With Elias! Montreal seems to know that. The Bell Center is packed tonight, the energy is off the charts, and just think: the fans would feel this regularly if the Canadiens were good enough to make the NHL Playoffs. Montreal boos that, but Elias moves on. He has a special song for tonight, but he’s also getting flashbacks of Seattle. But Elias promises that if any superstar interrupts him, they will NEVER be able to show their face again!
Rey Mysterio appears! Well, he doesn’t need to show his face, he has his legendary lucha mask on! Elias rushes Rey but Rey dodges Elias. They go again and Rey fires off on Elias! Elias knees low and throws Rey to the apron. Rey lands on his feet to shoulder and kick Elias back. Rey springboards to a headscissors that throws Elias out. Elias gets up but gets kicked back out! Rey scares Elias off with a 619! The King of Lucha Libre comes to Raw, will he dial up a huge 2019?
Oh no! It’s LARS SULLIVAN! The Leviathan has been hunting legends, and he’s found one! Rey is ready and he dropkicks Lars first. Lars still gets in and Rey throws hands. Lars shoves Rey but misses in the corner. Rey kicks more and boots Lars from a corner. Rey springboards but into Lars’ monstrous grip! But Rey keeps fighting, gets free, and tilt-o-whirls, but into a scoop! He escapes and chop blocks, but Lars catches him for a FREAK ACCIDENT! The Leviathan warns Rey not to do that again, and then scoops Rey up for a gut wrench running powerbomb!! Lars leaves the lucha libre legend for dead, laughing at his own showing of power. Who else will become the prey of this new predator?
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable VS ???
The GLORIOUS Duo are already in the ring when Raw returns, and speak on the Superstar Shake-Up. There’ve been a lot of changes already, but one thing that will not change: when these two are on their game, they can defeat any team in the WWE! Gable tells the fans to “SHOOSH!” They’re on their game tonight, and it doesn’t matter who doubts that, this is an open invitation to prove them wrong. “Who wants some, boys?” The team that answers: THE USOS! Jimmy & Jey change from SmackDown blue to Raw red and bring the Uso Penitentiary with them! Will they put Roode & Gable on #Lockdown?
The bell rings and Gable starts against Jimmy. Fans are fired up for the Usos as Gable circles with Jimmy. Jimmy grins as he and Gable tie up. Gable gets a waistlock then a takedown. He waistlocks again but Jimmy gets up. Gable throws Jimmy again, then turns him for a chicken wing. Jimmy resists and pushes Gable to a corner. Jimmy whips but Gable reverses. Gable follows Jimmy as he slides and blocks the kick, only to get the enziguri! Jimmy tags Jey and holds Gable while Jey mugs him. Jey whips but Gable reverses, so Jey uses that to hit Roode. Jey runs Gable over, too, then builds up speed. Roode trips Jey up and Gable kicks Jey out! Roode then runs Jey over with a clothesline!
Gable tags Roode and Roode fetches Jey. Roode rams Jey into barriers and Gable taunts him. Jimmy comes over but has to stay back as Roode puts Jey back in. Roode covers, TWO! Roode stomps Jey then rains down rights. Gable tags in and Gable rolls Jey into a chinlock. Fans rally for the Usos and Jey fights out. Gable clubs him back then whips him to the corner. Tag to Roode and they mug Jey more. Roode snapmares and rams his knee into Jey’s back. Roode wraps on a chinlock but Jey endures. Jey fights back but Roode knees low. Roode whips but Jey kicks, only for Roode to block. Roode spins Jey but gets the dragon whip kick! Both men are down, hot tags to Gable and Jimmy!
Jimmy rallies on Gable with clotheslines, mule kick to uppercut! Gable swings but misses, ends up in the Samoan Drop! Fans fire up as Jimmy aims at Gable corner to corner. Jimmy runs and hits the hip attack! Cover, TWO! Jimmy keeps his cool but runs into a back elbow. Gable hops up and grabs Jimmy’s arm for a hanging armbar! He lets up at 4 and Roode tags ni. They combine for a blockbuster German Suplex! Cover, TWO! Roode grows frustrated and hits Jey for good measure. Tag to Gable and they coordinate again, but Jimmy denies the Glorious Combination. Gable dodges the Superkick to roll up, TWO! Gable waistlocks and rolls Jimmy but Jey tags in. Jey saves Jimmy from Chaos Theory, and then SUPERKICKS Gable!
Jimmy SUPERKICKS Roode out then the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Gable! Fans fire up as the Usos take a corner each! They climb up and hit the DOUBLE UCE! Cover, The Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning
Whether it’s SmackDown or Raw, the Uso Penitentiary stands tall! Jimmy & Jey had the SmackDown Tag Team Championships for a long time, is it only a matter of time before they have the Raw tag titles?
It’s time for A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess struts onto her set and takes a seat. Her guest will be Montreal’s own Sami Zayn, after the break!
Raw returns and welcomes everyone to the Superstar Shake-Up edition of her show. With everything up in the air, she could end up on SmackDown. But if that’s the case, then she’ll give a proper farewell in French, and her guest is perfect for that. She gives an introduction to Sami Zayn! Montreal is excited to see Sami and sing along with his song as he joins Alexa on set. Sami is just as happy to dance along with his theme and the cheers of his fans. So much so, the theme hits again for an encore! He then takes a bow and rejoins Alexa on set. Alexa is impressed by this reception.
But wait, round three? Sami gets into it with the fans, but he knew this was just fish in a barrel. He gets the fans to react to a BIG French shout out! “Too easy.” Then he goes to a classic, “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Ole~, ole~!” Sami has to stop now, because he could do it all night but they have a show to do. Alexa notes Sami’s great return last week, and she speaks for everyone when she says it’s fantastic to have him back. Sami agrees as fans chant “OUI! OUI!” He’s been in town all week, and it’s great to see friends, family and his hometown neighborhood. Sami even got some bagels from St. Viateur. He absolutely loves Montreal. The city is great. The people are the problem. Montreal can’t believe Sami is saying this!
Yes, this city has world class cuisine and architecture, but the people? Ugh. The lowest point of his week is right now! Being here with all these people, it’s just so… Quebec. To be honest, Sami didn’t want to be here, or do Alexa’s show. It’s not personal. It’s just, this is all funny because nine months ago, Sami would’ve looked forward to this reaction. But now the cheers just make him sick. The fans cheer for Kevin Owens now. That’s even worse! Sami knows the truth: the fans just project their unaddressed issues onto the superstars, like Sami. Sami is no longer accepting it. It is disgusting and shameful! These aren’t fans! These are fantasy players!
Alexa knows Sami said fans over-critique him. Sami thinks the fans are the problem, but Alexa says it bluntly: Sami’s the problem. Sami says he was born here, but these are not his people. He doesn’t even live in Montreal, he’s in Orlando, Florida! Sami chose to leave Montreal before, and chooses to do it again now. Fans mockingly sing, “Hey, hey, hey! Good-bye~!” Sami doesn’t care, he says “See you in Hell” and storms out. All the tension between Sami and the fans aside, will Sami be staying on Raw? Or will he end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?
The IIconics VS Bayley & ???
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay came across a sulking Bayley earlier tonight and teased that with no Sasha Banks around, they’d hear her out. Bayley told them to keep Sasha’s name out of their mouths. She vowed to find a new partner and take them on in the ring, but who is it that joined the Huggable One? It’s NAOMI! Will she and Bayley make the IIconics #FeelTheGlow?
Bayley starts with Billie, and goes right at her with the bell! She fires off furious hands and brings Billie to her corner. She bumps and stomps Billie then tags Naomi. Naomi bumps Billie on other buckles then fires off forearms. Naomi backs off at 4 but gets a boot from Billie! Peyton tags in and she clubs and kicks Naomi around. Peyton bumps Naomi on buckles then stomps a mudhole into her. She drags Naomi up for forearms then wrenches to another forearm. She drives elbows in then puts on a thrashing chinlock. Naomi endures as fans rally. Naomi fights her way up and out but Peyton keeps her from Bayley. Peyton knees low then hits Bayley, but Naomi comes back with a jawbreaker! Billie tags in and she throws Naomi down by her hair.
The IIconics coordinate but Naoim disrupts their bulldog! Naoim ducks a kick to feed Peyton to Bayley2BellY! Split-leg moonsault! Naomi & Bayley win!
Winners: Naomi & Bayley, Naomi pinning
The Glow and Huggable silence the IIconics tonight, but will this new duo be the ones to challenge for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships?
EC3 VS ???
The Top One Percent hasn’t gotten a lot to do since coming to the main roster, so he demands competition! The McMahons have obliged, but who have they set up against The Best Here, the Best There and The Best Anywhere?
Raw returns, and EC3’s mystery opponent is: BRAUN! Well, Strowman isn’t leaving Raw apparently, but EC3 will have wish he was. Will #VictoryAfterVictory come after EC3 #GetsTheseHands?
The second Strowman hits the ring, he runs EC3 over! Then Strowman throws EC3 across the ring! And then back the other way! The bell didn’t even ring as Strowman barrels in for a corner splash! Strowman throws EC3 out and chases him up the ramp to run him over again! The Monster Among Men drags EC3 to throw him into LED boards! EC3 crawls but Strowman is on him for uppercuts! Strowman throws EC3 around and brings him to the commentary area. Strowman CHOKE SLAMS EC3 through the stage!! The match ends before it begins, but has Strowman’s newest run of terror only just begun?
But Becky Lynch appears! The Man sees the Monster Among Men and simply raises her SmackDown Women’s Championship. She passes by the wreckage to go to the ring for her first match back on Raw since becoming the Champ-Champ!
Another superstar moves from SmackDown to Raw!
SAnitY is now without its chaotic captain, Eric Young! What will the madman do now that he’s come to new territory?
Becky Lynch VS Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad!
The #StraightFire welcomes the challenge of being on both brands given she’s both brands’ champions. Will the Squad Leader get a second chance at challenging for the Raw Women’s Championship now that it’s not Ronda Rousey?
Raw returns as the Squad makes their entrance. The bell rings and fans fire up for Becky! Ruby and Becky tie up and Ruby throws a slapping haymaker. Becky comes back with a Thesz Press! Becky throws fast hands then yanks Ruby from the ropes. Ruby gets up but Becky knees her and puts her in a corner. Becky stops away but backs off at 4. Becky goes to bump Ruby but Ruby blocks. Ruby goes to bump Becky but Becky blocks. Becky hip tosses Ruby then calf kicks her down. Ruby rolls out to regroup with the Squad, but Becky wrecks Ruby with a dropkick! Becky aims from the apron for a leaping forearm! Sarah Logan and Liv Morgan glare at Becky as she puts Ruby in. Becky follows but has to swipe at Liv. Ruby gets Becky with an STO! Cover, ONE!
Ruby keeps on Becky with furious forearms and a throw by her hair. Becky gets to ropes but Ruby is on her with a choke. Ruby lets up at 4 then puts Becky in a corner. Ruby stomps a mudhole of her own while the Squads taunt Becky Two Belts. Becky fights back but Ruby snapmares her down to a cravat. Fans rally and Becky endures as Ruby thrashes her around. Becky fights her way up and throws body shots. Ruby shoves Becky and brings her in, but Becy jawbreakers back. Becky kicks and lariats as she rallies up. Becky knocks Ruby down with double forearms then throws Ruby with a Becksploder! Ruby gets to a corner and puts Becky on the apron. Becky hits back and climbs up, but Ruby trips her up. Ruby yanks Becky off then climbs up, stage dive cannonball! Cover, TWO!
Ruby climbs up again but Becky gets clear of the stomps. Becky drags Ruby in for the Disarm-Her! But the Squad saves Ruby! Fans boo but Becky leaps onto them all! Becky follows Ruby into the ring but Ruby gets her again. Becky counters and brings her down, Disarm-Her is on! Ruby taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
The Man fights the Squad as they rush the ring! She throws Sarah out with a Becksploder, then does the same to Liv! The Man holds up both her belts, but will she be able to hold her own going back and forth between the brands?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley.
Corbin’s Pack is back together, but he’s hoping Charly gets sent to SmackDown. Charly brings up the mystery man in the team they’ll be facing. Any speculation as to who that man will be? It doesn’t matter! McIntyre is only after Roman Reigns. Corbin knows Rollins and Roman are riding high, but Corbin retired Kurt Angle. Now his pack will run those boys off Raw. And after what Lashley did to Ambrose, the real question is: who is even dumb enough to team with those two? We do wonder who that man is, and we’ll have to wait for the main event.
Natalya heads to the ring!
The Queen of Harts sees Becky Two Belts is still in the ring, and must want to talk to her about one of those titles. We’ll see what she has to say after the break!
Raw returns and both Natty and Becky have mics. Natty congratulates Becky on her win here tonight, and her historic win at Wrestlemania 35. As a pioneer of the Women’s (R)Evolution, Natty dreamed of main-eventing Mania. Charlotte, Ronda and Becky turned dreams into reality, and Natty is proud of that. Becky is the first woman to pin Ronda! And the first woman to win both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships in the same night. Becky talked about taking on all comers, so Natty is here to let her know that the Best There is, the Best There Was and the Best There Ever Will Be is coming for that Raw Women’s Championship.
Becky respects that, and notes how she spent years in the trenches with other underappreciated talents. And she knew that the second she won, those other underappreciated talents would hunt her down, just like Becky hunted down “that little weirdo, Ronnie.” But that’s the nature of the business. To take over the world, you gotta take those at the top. Becky and Natty go way back and have fought anyone anywhere, and look at them now! Fans tell both women, “You Deserve It!” Becky thanks them, but admits Natty was there at the ground floor. It would be a pleasure to- Lacey Evans interrupts! “This dope again…”
The Sassy Southern Belle struts her stuff out again, and actually speaks! “Well isn’t this just adorable.” Lacey admires Natty’s determination, but that title can’t possibly be around the waist of a “classless has-been” like her. Stop all this nonsense about a title match, because a lady knows how to curry favor and use her influence exactly what she wants. And now that Lacey is officially Raw, what she wants is her shot at the championship! And per the McMahons, Natty’s match will be against Lacey. That winner will be the #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship. Natty, stand by for an education from the Woman’s Right. And Becky, you pay attention, too. A Lady can teach a Man a thing or two. Lacey struts her way to the ring, her in-ring debut is huge! Who wins to move on to a title match?!
Raw Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Natalya VS Lacey Evans!
The bell rings and Natty steps to Lacey. Natty waistlocks but Lacey works her way out with elbows. Lacey whips Natty to a corner but Natty dodges to give her a rebound sit-down! Natty walks all over Lacey to dropkick her down! Then discus clotheslines her back down! Natty tosses Lacey out hard and has control while we go to break.
Raw returns and Lacey drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey scowls as she slaps Natty around, but Natty trips her up! Natty wants the Sharpshooter but Lacey powers out. Lacey bails out but Natty wrecks her with a dropkick! Natty drags Lacey up for a SLAP of her own! Natty puts Lacey back in and powers her to a corner for furious hands! The ref backs hr off but Lacey uses that to throw Natty into buckles. Lacey stomps a classy mudhole into Natty then bangs her head against the buckles. Lacey lets up at 4 while Becky watches backstage. The Southern Belle yanks Natty out hard and puts on a cobra clutch.
Fans rally for Natty as she endures. Lacey digs her chin in as she leans on Natty. Natty powers up but Lacey wrings her out for a takedown. Lacey drops knees on the arm then drags Natty up by her hair. Lacey goes to suplex but Natty cradle counters! TWO, and Lacey drives elbows into Natty. Lacey puts the cobra clutch back on and thrashes about but Natty endures. Fans rally again as Lacey headstands to put all her weight on Natty’s neck. Natty stands and arm-drags Lacey out! Lacey runs into an elbow then a kick. Natty spins to discus lariat Lacey again! She wants the legs, and says “This B*tch!” is getting a Sharpshooter!
Montreal cheers for their favorite hold, and Natty keeps Lacey from the ropes! Lacey endures as Natty puts it on deep, and she gets a ropebreak! Natty lets go but fires hands as Lacey gets out of the ring. Natty chase Lacey and rams her into barriers. She SLAPS Lacey, then puts her back in the ring. Natty stalks Lacey but the Woman’s Right comes outta nowhere! Lacey turns Natty over and climbs up top for a double jump Moonsault! Cover, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall; new #1 Contender to the Raw Women’s Championship
Lacey uses both her Woman’s Right and Lady’s Moonsault to become Becky’s first challenger! Will The Man really learn not to mess with a lady?
Backstage interview with Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins.
The Big Dog and the Universal Freakin’ Champion know what Corbin’s pack is planning. Will their third man be able to help? Everyone wants to know how that third man is, huh? Roman says we’ll just have to wait for the main event. Even though that door does open… But Rollins knows Corbin’s right: this is the honeymoon phase because both men are victorious after Wrestlemania. Life’s good for them, but for the Pack, life won’t be so good. The way this Shake-Up is shaping up, this could be everyone’s last night on Raw. And if so, they’ll tear the house down on the way out. That main event is next!
A creepy dollhouse…
A rocking chair rocking itself while trampling a stuffed animal… And a rocking chair with a laughing puppet…? Who or what is making its way to the WWE?
Six Man Tag: Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns & ??? VS Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush!
The Scottish Terminator and Rocky Mountain Machine again join [insert city here]’s Favorite Son to fight The Architect and The Big Dog. But with the Lunatic Fringe out of action and on his way out of the WWE altogether, who is joining the fight tonight?
Raw returns as Corbin makes his entrance with the lengthy list of his accomplishments, followed by Lashley & Lio making their entrance. Then Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins make their entrances, followed by the mystery partner… The Phenomenal, AJ STYLES! SmackDown was the House that AJ Styles Built, but now Styles’ home is Raw! Will this truly phenomenal addition to the team be what’s needed to silence Corbin and his pack?
Raw returns again and Lashley starts against Rollins. Lashley powers Rollins to a corner and rams his shoulders in. He backs off at 4 but throws hands now. Lashley runs corner to corner but Rollins kicks back. Rollins tags Roman and the Shield Bros whip Lashley for shoulders. They also split the wishbone! Roman uppercuts Lashley to a corner then headbutts him. Styles tags in and The Shield holds Lashley for Styles to throw hands. Lashley powers out and puts Styles in the Pack’s corner! Tag to Corbni but Styles gets away. Corbin and Styles circle and Styles throws chops and haymakers. Styles whips but Corbin blocks to uppercut. Corbin runs but Styles hurdles to speed things up, Styles dropkicks Corbin down! Styles fires up but Corbin tags out to McIntyre.
McIntyre tells Styles to tag out to Roman! Roman tags in and we have a Wrestlemania rematch. McIntyre talks trash but Roman throws hands! McIntyre kicks low then runs but into another uppercut! Roman gives close range clotheslines in the corner all the way to 10. Roman runs but into a belly2belly suplex! McIntyre gives Roman a Glasgow Kiss then covers, TWO! Roman almost didn’t, but McIntyre puts him in the corner, only to deadlift suplex him back out! Cover, TWO! McIntyre keeps on Roman with a rain of rights, making sure Roman sees the big one to top it off. Fans boo while McIntyre looms over Roman. McIntyre drags Roman up and tosses him out. Tag to Corbin and Corbin rams Roman into barriers! Corbin throws Roman into other barriers while his Pack taunts the Big Dog.
Corbin puts Roman back in the ring, then stays between Roman and the others. Fans taunt Corbin, and Roman headbutts! Roman throws hands but Corbin shoves him for the choke slam backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Roman escapes and Corbin is furious while we take one last break!
Raw returns once more, and Corbin tags in only to get uppercuts! Hot tag to Rollins! Rollins springboard clotheslines Corbin! Then he hits Lashley down! He boots Corbin then jumps over to build up speed for a Slingblade! Then he slingshots onto McIntyre! Rollins keeps moving but Corbin grabs him! Corbin lifts for the Choke Slam but Rollins sunset flips through! TWO, mule kick! Fans fire up and Rollins stomps to “Burn It Down!” Rollins kicks Corbin again but Corbin bails out. So Rollins builds speed, only to run into a right hand! Corbin gives Rollins an atomic slam! Cover, TWO! Corbin is furious with the ref but two is two. Corbin drags Rollins up to throw big rights. He hoists Rollins onto the top rope and throws more hands, then climbs up to join him.
Fans rally for Rollins and Rollins fights back! Corbin staggers away and Rollins kicks him. Rollins leaps for a blockbuster! Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Hot tags to Lashley and Styles! Styles bobs ‘n’ weaves with Lashley to then hit the Phenomenal Blitz! He hits McIntyre for good measure before giving Lashley a corner clothesline! Styles lifts Lashley but Lasjley powers out. Lashley runs into a boot and Styles leaps, only to be pushed off. Styles dodges to PELE Lashley down! Corbin returns, he gets a PELE! Lashley stands, Styles kicks low and wants the Clash. But a CLAYMORE stops that! Roman runs in but McIntyre throws him overhead! McIntyre pursues Roman, but a SUPERKICK stops him! Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre into the crowd!
Rollins goes after Corbin but Corbin slides out, only to get a Drive-By Dropkick from Roman! And a DIVE from Rollins! The Shield takes care of Corbin and Styles forearms Lashley. Lio anchors Styles’ foot, but he fights him off. Lashley catches Styles, Dominator toss! Cover, CURB STOMP!! Roman aims and lets out the battle cry, to SPEAR Lashley! Styles takes aim, springboards at Lashley, PHENOMENAL FOREARM! Cover, Styles and team win!
Winners: Styles, Reigns & Rollins, AJ Styles pinning
A phenomenal return to Raw and Styles stands tall alongside The Big Dog and the Beastslayer! Will Styles only have bigger and better things now that he’s on the red roster? Will either Roman or Rollins end up on SmackDown tomorrow night?
There was a lot to worry about for this 2019 Superstar Shake-Up, but for the most part, this first night of it was actually alright. There was really only one massive and confounding mistake tonight: Vince McMahon not only called up Ray Rowe & Hanson while they were still NXT Tag Team Champions, he changed their team name AND their individual names!! The War Raiders are now the Viking Experience, Erik & Ebar?! Or Ibar or whatever Vince made it! Is Vince genuinely losing his mind?! Why would he change so much about their names?! The 8 Man Tag they were in was still great, and for the time being it’s great to know Aleister and Ricochet are sticking together. But what is going on with Vince that he thinks those name changes were good?! What possible reason could that geezer have when there was literally nothing wrong with their previous names?!
But again, the rest of tonight actually worked out. The Miz returns to Raw to beat up Shane, but also I would think to keep the USA Network Miz & Mrs plug since SmackDown will be leaving for Fox in the Fall. Almas and Vega come to Raw so that Vega can still be with husband Aleister, and Almas had a great match with Finn. Rey Mysterio comes over to silence Elias but then to get squashed by Lars Sullivan. Lars is looking like the new legend killer since Orton hasn’t done that in years, but Rey being on Raw also means he and Almas can continue their feud even with Almas possibly challenging for the Intercontinental Championship. The Usos come over to start fresh, which is great because Raw needed some extra seriousness. They did great against Roode & Gable, who might be on their way to SmackDown.
With the Usos, Naomi naturally comes over. Naomi and Bayley have a good match with the IIconics and win, and this does bring up the questions about Sasha Banks’ status with the WWE. I don’t see Sasha actually leaving, and this idea of Bayley teaming with someone else could just be a new angle in the story. Eric Young being moved over without a word is an example of how there will certainly be supplementary Shake-Ups that everyone will learn about through WWE’s social media and official site. SAnitY being without Eric is going to be interesting, but maybe that opens things up for Dain and Nikki Cross to interact more on screen since they’re another married couple. This might leave Wolfe out in the cold or just as a third wheel.
Superstars who might wish they’re moved to SmackDown should include The Riott Squad. They haven’t gotten to do much of anything for a long time on Raw. Ruby losing to Becky was natural, but still a shame given everything before this point. But it’s great to see the WWE is doing one thing right: they’re going to set Becky up to have opponents from both shows. Lacey VS Natty was specifically for the Raw Women’s Championship, meaning there can be a separate challenger for the SmackDown title. Lacey wins big in her first singles match on Raw, and I’m sure she’ll give Becky a good match, but we all know she won’t win the title here. If Becky’s dropping either of those belts, it’ll likely be the SmackDown belt and to someone like Asuka or Charlotte.
EC3 should want to either go to SmackDown, or back in time to before Vince called him up. I’m sure there was so much planned for him down in NXT under HHH, but Vince had to get his beef on with the Top One Percent. Of course, Vince hasn’t properly used EC3 since doing all that, so maybe he just wants to chuckle to himself about burying a star from TNA Impact. Either way, EC3 being destroyed by Strowman was great for Strowman, but EC3 should want his fresh start on SmackDown and Fox. But then a big surprise that basically wasn’t a surprise was AJ Styles coming to Raw! The Six Man Tag was great, obviously Styles scores the fall as the new guy, and this could mean a few things.
First, everyone imagines Roman going to SmackDown to fill Styles’ spot, that’s almost a given. Second, and a more personal desire, The Club reunites in full on Raw! I don’t see Finn going over to SmackDown because we didn’t see the United States Champion Samoa Joe coming over to Raw. Then all it would take is a supplemental Shake-Up to say The Good Brothers, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, are on Raw. After that it’s just having The Good Brothers get another push back to tag titles while Styles VS Rollins becomes the Universal Championship program. With a little bit of time, we could be seeing a GOLDEN Club around Summerslam time!
My Score: 8/10