AJ Styles was Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins’ mystery partner as the Shield brothers squared off against Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin in a blistering six-man main event. Find out which other surprise competitors joined Team Red during the 2019 Superstar Shake-up.
By his own admission, Finn Bálor's first reign as Intercontinental Champion was much shorter than he'd have liked. It’s looking like his second is going to be much, much more interesting. One week after barely surviving a returning Sami Zayn in a championship bout, the Irishman suffered a non-title loss to Andrade in the latter’s Raw debut following a Superstar Shake-up brand jump.
The match was a coming-out party for Andrade, who turned heads on Team Blue with several instant classics against Rey Mysterio, though he had trouble breaking out beyond that remarkable rivalry. Here, he broke out over the course of one match, and Bálor, who tweaked his knee in the bout, struggled to keep up. He had no answer for the interference of Andrade’s business partner and human insurance policy Zelina Vega, who keyed Andrade’s victory. La Muñeca shielded her associate on multiple occasions to give him some breathing room and even sent Bálor flying with a hurricanrana from the ring apron that left him helpless against the Hammerlock DDT, which spelled the end to a blockbuster debut that was either a showcase or a reality check, depending on whom you ask.
After weeks of simply announcing her presence and leaving, Lacey Evans has made an impact in a very short period of time. Just one week after decking Becky Lynch with the Woman’s Right on two consecutive nights, The Lady of WWE used that very same hard right to earn a Raw Women’s Title Match against The Irish Lass Kicker — on her very first night as a Raw Superstar, no less.
The unlucky recipient of said knuckle sandwich? Natalya, who was battling Evans for the right to challenge Becky Two Belts per an edict from the McMahon Family and found herself somewhat overwhelmed, or at least surprised, by the new arrival. Natalya still managed to muscle her way to the Sharpshooter, but the former Marine still caught The Queen of Harts with the Woman’s Right, following up seconds later with a standing-switch moonsault for the victory. Impressive, to say the least.
Even by the chaotic standards of the Superstar Shake-up, AJ Styles’ arrival on Raw was something of a stunner. After all, SmackDown LIVE is The House That AJ Styles Built, and even if you don’t buy that hype, the blue brand is unquestionably where The Phenomenal One built his WWE legend. But there he was, flying at the flank of Universal Champion Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns as their mystery partner against Drew McIntyre, Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley, outfoxing anyone and everyone to such a degree that it took an illicit Claymore from McIntyre to slow him down.
The interference kicked off a frantic scramble in the match’s waning moments, but Rollins & Reigns were right there to bail Styles out after he was leveled by Lashley. The Universal Champion Stomped The All Mighty as he attempted the pinfall, Reigns followed up with a bone-rattling Spear, and Styles finished things off with a swooping Phenomenal Forearm to pin Lashley. Take nothing away from Lashley, who required three signature maneuvers to be defeated. But the first night of the Superstar Shake-up was unquestionably the AJ Styles Show in its waning moments. All that’s left is to see how things shake out tomorrow.
In other action … The Miz confronted Shane McMahon … NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Experience and The Revival def. Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins and Aleister Black & Ricochet … Lars Sullivan attacked Rey Mysterio … The Usos def. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable … Sami Zayn appeared on “A Moment of Bliss” … Bayley & Naomi def. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics … Braun Strowman chokeslammed EC3 through the stage … Raw & SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch def. Ruby Riott; Natalya and Lacey Evans challenged Lynch to a Raw Women's Title match.