05th Feb2019

WWE Raw – Feb 4th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a blend of raspberries and club soda with a pinch of sugar, a squirt of lemon juice and a flick of pepper to make the new hip cock-tail called “George Lopez With A Side Of Bacon”.

Match #1: Ronda Rousey def. Liv Morgan

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If there’s one Superstar who’s angrier at Becky Lynch’s suspension than The Man, it’s Ronda Rousey. The Raw Women’s Champion was fighting mad after her WrestleMania challenger got herself sent to the bench, as the suspension could have repercussions on their match. The Riott Squad, then, played the unlucky role of Rousey’s personal punching bags, with The Baddest Woman on the Planet quickly submitting Liv Morgan.

My Take: 1.5 out of 5 – There wasn’t much here, especially since this was a squash match.

Match #2: Ronda Rousey def. Sarah Logan

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Inviting Sarah Logan to try her own luck, Logan fared marginally better and at least made it a fight, but she fell to the Armbar just like her cohort.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a few minutes longer, but not much better.

Match #3: The Revival def. B-Team, Heavy Machinery and Lucha House Party (Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado with Kalisto) – Four Corners Tag Team Match to earn a Raw Tag Team Title opportunity against Bobby Roode & Chad Gable

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Like the proverbial bad penny — but with more tag team wrestling acumen — The Revival are back to challenge Bobby Roode & Chad Gable for the Raw Tag Team Titles that have doggedly eluded them for the last several months. And for all their underhanded tendencies, no one can say the two-time NXT Tag Team Champions weaseled their way into this one: Dash & Dawson earned the win by surviving a frantic Four Corners Tag Team Match featuring Team Red veterans and one beefy team of rising stars. That would be Heavy Machinery, who competed in a similar match on SmackDown LIVE last week when they eliminated The New Day. Despite a spirited effort by The Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado in particular), the match seemed to come down to Heavy Machinery and The B-Team, whose Bo Dallas found himself flattened by the Caterpillar and on the verge of a match-ending Compactor. The Revival interrupted the massive finishing maneuver, however, and quickly took Heavy Machinery out of the running via some sneaky tags and high-lows over the ropes. Dallas tried to steal the win with a fisherman’s cradle, but the “Top Guys” prevailed, executing the Shatter Machine to bring themselves back to the brink of true tag team greatness.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that deserved a few more minutes to give the people a good show, but it was enough to establish that these are competent competitors. The Revival are getting a bit of a revival thanks to the alleged attempt to leave the WWE a few weeks ago and now we’re seeing them get the attention that they have been worthy of for some time. Overall, this was some solid action that ought to lead to more quality wrestling in the near future when The Revival get their shot at the titles.

Match #4: The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection def. Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross to qualify for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber Match

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No Boss, no problem: Despite a pre-match ambush from Alicia Fox & Nikki Cross that sidelined Sasha Banks, Bayley all but singlehandedly punched The Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection’s ticket to the Elimination Chamber, where they’ll compete to become the first-ever WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. The Boss didn’t have a single second of offense in the match, but she did have one key defensive contribution, yanking Bayley out of harm’s way and causing a charging Cross to collide painfully with the ring post. When Alicia tagged in to finish off the depleted Bayley, The Huggable One rolled up the self-proclaimed “Captain” to ensnare the win and send the team to the Elimination Chamber. Odds against them, competing at half-strength, and history at stake? This was never even a question: Bayley and Sasha had ‘em right where they wanted ‘em all along.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a decent match that didn’t get past a certain point of quality, but this was still entertaining anyway.

Match #5: Elias def. Jeff Jarrett

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Well, this was certainly unexpected. In what’s already shaping up to be the most unlikely comeback story of this very young year, WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett stepped into the ring with Elias in his first Raw match since the Attitude Era. And while he didn’t get the win, Double-J did get the last word, thanks in no small part to an assist from Road Dogg. Indeed, remembering the words to “With My Baby Tonight” was just the beginning of the D-O-Double-G’s contribution to Double-J’s comeback match: The former WWE Tag Team Champion dogged (so to speak) The Living Truth from the jump, forcing Elias into the defensive while Jarrett landed haymaker after haymaker. Elias fought back and defeated Jarrett with Drift Away, but the Dogg’s distraction of The Living Truth allowed the Hall of Famer to sneak up behind him and bash a guitar over his back. No one can begrudge Elias for his frustration, but to put a spin on an old catchphrase: He should have known.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – Jeff Jarrett’s return to Raw was not the best match of his career, but it was still one of the most surreal things I’ve seen in wrestling.

Match #6: Finn Bálor def. Lio Rush

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Points to Bobby Lashley for creativity, but it may end up taking a little more than a last-minute switcheroo to hold off Finn Bálor. The All-Mighty’s big plan to upend his match with the Irishman on Raw — in which a victory would potentially give Bálor a crack at Lashley’s Intercontinental Title — was to sub in his hype man Lio Rush and only grant Finn the title bout if he “entertained” the champion enough to earn one. Unfortunately, Lashley’s attempts to humiliate Bálor got the better of him. The All-Mighty got himself thrown out of the match halfway through, and despite an impressive effort by The Man of the Hour that saw him target Bálor’s tenderized ribs, the former Universal Champion evaded Lio’s Final Hour frog splash, drilled his opponent with a dropkick and spiked a Coup de Grâce to conclude a thoroughly entertaining match. Whether it was enough to get Finn a title opportunity, however, is a question for another day.

My Take: 3 out of 5 – This was a great pairing that should have happened a while ago. There could be numerous spectacular bouts between these two guys if the bookers choose to fight for the pair to wrestle each other in the future. This should have gone on longer than it did, but I’ll take what I can get.

Match #7: EC3 def. Dean Ambrose

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Among all the new arrivals to WWE, EC3 has easily been the most enigmatic. So it was somewhat understandable that Dean Ambrose crashed The Top One Percent’s “Moment of Bliss” interview before EC3 could even get a word out, perhaps sensing the new arrival would be easy pickings for an in-ring embarrassment. And true, Ambrose did pry EC3 away from the hungry eyes of Alexa Bliss (though in fairness, Nia Jax had already interrupted the proceedings to brag about her accomplishments over the past week), but the newcomer left the former WWE Champion seeing red when he defeated The Lunatic Fringe with a jackknife cover. The loss left Ambrose fuming for the second straight week, and EC3 walked out having made quite the statement — not bad for a guy who still hasn’t spoken.

My Take: 2 out of 5 – This was a lousy match that showed how out of it Dean Ambrose actually is. Dean wrestled like a glitch video game, with every movement being three seconds late. I’m so glad that Dean is leaving the WWE in April, because he needs to have a chance to heal his body completely, so he can enjoy the rest of his wrestling career. EC3 looked fine, but he still feels like a low-rent Lex Luger. It was nice to see EC3 get a fall over a big star in Dean Ambrose, but it came about from a lame match, so it is a bit tainted because of that.

Match #8: (Main Event) Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin def. Braun Strowman & Kurt Angle via Disqualification

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With redemption in the balance, Kurt Angle didn’t win the main-event match on Raw, in which he teamed with Braun Strowman to take on Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin. But he did get a “moment of glory” all the same, giving a turn-back-the-clock performance that The Monster Among Men helped facilitate as if they’d been teaming for 20 years: Strowman bailed Angle out when necessary and softened their foes up for the final sprint, dropping both Corbin and McIntyre with a double suplex before tagging the Olympian in. Unfortunately, their opponents knew what they were doing too, mounting a match-long effort to bait Strowman into disqualifying himself that finally bore fruit when The Gift of Destruction hauled off and slugged Corbin while Angle was the legal man. Despite suffering a Claymore that knocked him into the audience, Strowman once again came through to save Angle from humiliation, planting McIntyre and Corbin on top of the steel steps one after the other, and raising Angle’s hand as the show went off the air. It wasn’t a victory, per se. But it sure was sweet.

My Take: 2.5 out of 5 – Kurt Angle definitely looked past his prime here, but he also looked the best of any-one here as well. Drew and Kurt had some fine matches in TNA/Impact, but they have very awkward combat together in the WWE, due to Drew looking like a deer in headlights every time he touches Kurt. It’s a very weird thing to watch two people have a timid version of some-thing they had a remarkable version of in another league, but Kurt and Drew are stuck in this Twilight Zone rip-off that has Drew acting like Kurt is covered in cooties every-time he grapples with him. Braun looked fine here, but he is still limited in some ways, which you’ll notice every now and then with this match. Over-all, this was a decent thing with a bad ending.

News Of The Night:

  1. Dean Ambrose is a bit of a tweener now.
  2. Becky Lynch was suspended for refusing to see a doctor about her leg injury.
  3. Becky Lynch attacked Stephanie McMahon after the latter suspended the former.
  4. Kurt Angle tried to make an announcement that sounded like a retirement, but he never got to reveal what he was going to say.
  5. Ronda Rousey is a heel now, after admonishing the crowd and calling Becky Lynch a bitch.
  6. Ruby Riott may be getting a face turn, after giving up a chance to challenge for the Women’s Title in favor of helping her injured friends.
  7. Curt Hawkins cut a good promo about being a loser and wanting the revived version of the Edge-Heads/Major Brothers to be successful.
  8. Dana Brooke will wrestle Natalya, next week…probably.
  9. Ric Flair will have a birthday party on Raw in three weeks.
  10. Paige came out to introduce her movie Fighting With My Family and got a great reaction.
  11. Mojo Rawley is stuck with a psychopath gimmick where talks into a mirror like he’s Al Franken on Saturday Night Live. As long as he doesn’t pinch any-body’s ass, then Mojo should be okay.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a decent episode of Raw that relied too much on promos to give the whole show a purpose, instead of using good matches as the foundation for success.

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