WWE Monday Night RAW Live Results: John Cena Returns and More Royal Rumble Build

The first Monday Night RAW of 2019 is here and the WWE is starting to build towards the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 35.

John Cena's return to WWE continues as he makes his first television appearance on RAW tonight. Last week, Cena appeared on SmackDown Live and was caught in the crosshairs of "The Man" Becky Lynch.

According to WWE.com, the confirmed matches for tonight's card include: Elias vs Baron Corbin, along with a RAW Tag Team Championship match between current champs Bobby Roode and Chad Gable, and The Revival. This title bout will be a lumberjack match so expect shenanigans.

Former women's champion Alexa Bliss returns to host the first segment of her new show "A Moment of Bliss," where she'll have her Ronda Rousey has her first guest.

It's likely the evening will kick off with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan's return to RAW to say some words on the recently passed "Mean" Gene Okerlund. It'll be the first time Hogan will be on WWE television since the Greatest Royal Rumble in October.

Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and his challenger, Braun Strowman, are expected to be on RAW tonight. With three weeks before their match at the Royal Rumble, fans can expect carnage and chaos between the two.

There's a lot expected to go down on tonight, and here's everything that happened on the January 7 episode of Monday Night RAW.


Opening Segment

  • Show opens backstage with Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley fighting each other as the rest of the WWE superstar try to break them up.
  • The fight spills to the ramp and Seth ends up on top before they are separated.

John Cena Promo

  • He says its the start of WrestleMania season because he doesn't want to miss out on the 'Mania like what happened last year and declares himself for the Royal Rumble.
  • Drew McIntyre comes out and says that he's been waiting for this moment for years. He says he doesn't care about Cena's personal life, but he cares about his 16 championships and all the times he had big matches and that Mr. McMahon called him the greatest of all time. Drew agrees with Vince but his job is to take out the greats.
  • Cena says that everyone keeps saying the same things that Cena had to leave so they can think of something else. Drew says that he doesn't talk, he shows it with his actions.
  • Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley interrupt them and says that something needs to be done about Seth Rollins. Rollins attacks Lashley from behind. Dean Ambrose comes out to help Lashley while Cena helps out Rollins. McIntyre helps the heels before Finn Balor comes out and takes out Drew.

Finn Balor/Seth Rollins/John Cena vs Bobby Lashley/Drew McIntyre/Dean Ambrose

  • It's announced that all six men will be in the Royal Rumble
  • Rollins pins Ambrose after a Stomp
  • After the match, cameras show Triple H talking to Bayley and Sasha Banks but Rollins is upset that he wasn't paying attention to the match and storms to the back. Seth knocks Triple H's drink out of his hand and says that he wants Ambrose and the IC title tonight.
  • Triple H makes it official for tonight in a Falls Count Anywhere match.

"Mean" Gene Tribute

  • Tribute began with a 10-bell salute before Hulk Hogan comes out to say that Okerlund loved entertaining more than anything and a video package of "Mean" Gene's greatest moments.

The Revival vs Bobby Roode/Chad Gable (c) - RAW Tag Team Championship match

  • Lumberjack match
  • Roode/Gable win via pinfall but Scott Dawson's foot was on the rope and the referee didn't see it.

Elias vs Baron Corbin

  • Elias does his musical tune and announces himself for the Royal Rumble.
  • Elias recaps the failures of Baron Corbin but is interrupted by him. Corbin announces himself for the Rumble.
  • Corbin wins via pinfall after an End of Days


  • Ambrose is pacing back and forth and says he's the only line of defense for the people against the "mad man" Seth Rollins.
  • He says that he didn't sacrifice everything and lose everything to lose tonight.

Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar Segment

  • Strowman comes out to the ring and waits for Lesnar.
  • Heyman and Lesnar come on the titantron with Paul saying that he doens't care how much money WWE spent hyping up the confrontation but they are not going out there.
  • Strowman eggs Lesnar on for a bit and Brock finally decides to go out to the ring, but doesn't enter. He walks around the ring and leaves.

Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox (with the Singh Brothers) vs Apollo Crews and Ember Moon

  • Ember Moon pins Alicia Fox after an Eclipse

A Moment of Bliss Segment

  • Alexa introduces Ronda Rousey. Ronda says she wants to be a champ the WWE Universe can be proud of.
  • Ronda puts over Sasha saying she's the most deserving of a title shot. Alexa thought she was talking about her when Nia Jax comes out and says that she should have a title shot tonight.
  • Sasha comes out and says she appreciates the kind words but she would love to face Ronda for the RAW women's title.
  • Nia says that Sasha needs to get to the back of the line and "The Boss" says fight me to be the number one contender.

Sasha Banks vs Nia Jax

  • Banks makes Nia tap with the Bank Statement
  • Sasha Banks is the number one contender for the RAW Women's Championship and will face Ronda Rousey at the Royal Rumble.

Seth Rollins vs Dean Ambrose (c) - Intercontinental Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match

  • Before the match, Seth attacks Dean.
  • Rollins hits Ambrose with the Stomp but Bobby Lashley comes in and pulls Seth out of the ring. Lashley hits Rollins with all sorts of moves and allows Ambrose to pin Seth.
  • Ambrose wins via pinfall
  • After the match, Lashley puts Rollins through a table.