The April 22, 2019 episode of WWE RAW aired live from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA. Here are 7 takeaways from the show:
7AJ Styles Earned His Way Into The Main Event
WWE COO Triple H kicked off this week’s episode of RAW. He was immediately joined by Universal Champion Seth Rollins, who got a great reaction from his hometown crowd.
Triple H complimented Rollins for stomping Brock Lesnar’s “bucket head” into the ring three times at WrestleMania to become the Universal Champion. Triple H announced two Triple Threat matches for RAW tonight. The winners of those two matches will face off in the main event to determine who will face Seth Rollins at MITB for the Universal Championship.
United States Champion Samoa Joe interrupted and stated that Becky Lynch has come up with a great idea becoming the double champ. Joe added that his shoulders have room for one more title and vowed to take the Universal Championship away from Rollins. Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, The Miz, and Baron Corbin then joined the party.
Corbin boasted about retiring Kurt Angle at WrestleMania before AJ Styles interrupted. Styles said that Corbin’s face was almost as annoying as his voice. AJ vowed to give everyone what they want and face Seth Rollins at WWE Money in the Bank.
AJ Styles then battled Rey Mysterio and Samoa Joe in the first Triple Threat match. AJ went for the Styles Clash early but Rey was able to escape. Joe planted AJ with a Uranage and went for the cover but Styles kicked out as RAW went to a break. When RAW returned, Styles hit Joe with a Pele Kick and then connected with the Styles Clash for the pinfall victory.
The twenty-minute opening promo before the match was completely useless. The announce team had already spoken about the two Triple Threat matches, so I’m not sure why Triple H had to come down to the ring and announce it again.