30th Apr2019

WWE Raw: April 29th 2019 – Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this weeks review of WWE Raw, which emanates from the University of Kentucky and looks to be building towards this years Money in the Bank Pay Per View on May 19th! I’m Phil and I’m phil-ling in for Nathan this week, so lets go!

Match #1: Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin

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Among the long, long list of Drew McIntyre’s superior attributes — hard head, wicked kick — we can now add one more: He has a very long memory. Still smarting over the win Baron Corbin stole from him last week on Raw, The Scottish Psychopath straight-up bailed on the former Constable in Raw’s opening tag team match, leaving him to the mercy of Ricochet and Braun Strowman. For what it’s worth, however, Corbin had a chance to settle up with the former NXT Champion, as the two worked well in the early goings. McIntyre even had a chance to claim the win, setting Ricochet up for a Claymore. But Corbin stole the tag, Ricochet recovered to tag in Strowman, and McIntyre decided their partnership of convenience was no longer convenient. Rather than back up The Lone Wolf against Strowman, McIntyre administered a hard right that sent Corbin staggering into a Running Powerslam. Ricochet finished things off with a Shooting Star Press, and Corbin got a hard reminder of the Money in the Bank Match’s every-man-for-himself foundation — as well as, perhaps, a lesson: Making enemies is all well and good, but he’d do well to work on his timing.

My Thoughts: If it wasn’t for Ricochet this match would have been total garbage. Garbage that stinks and is on fire. I want to know who Corbin is sleeping with, or who does he have the dirt on, to still be getting a push after numerous failures? Send him back to NXT and put us out of his misery.

Match #2: The Usos def. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson

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Anyone who was worried that The Usos were going to slow-burn their way into the thick of Raw’s Tag Team division can rest easy: Jimmy & Jey are taking to the red waters just as expertly as they took to the blue, even notching something of a twofer in their third week as Raw Superstars by upending one team in the ring and worming their way into the psyche of another. The team they beat? Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, back on Raw and looking for a big win against the team they ambushed on their very first night in WWE. For the most part, they made a statement, ground-and-pounding The Usos into a ditch that they narrowly escaped with stereo superkicks to Gallows and a splash from Jimmy to the big man’s torso for the 1-2-3. But the meat of their evening was the reveal of something the WWE Universe had allegedly “never” seen…

My Thoughts: What’s that Gallows and Anderson having a match on Raw? And a decent one at that. Honestly, it shows that WWE made the right choice moving the Usos to Raw – they can put on a great show and put over their competitors too. Here’s hoping we see more of this particular combo in future, I have hopes this pairing could be as good as the matches the Usos had with The Bar.

Match #3: Bobby Lashley def. The Miz

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Bobby Lashley: Underachiever? That was the thesis The Miz presented during “Miz TV’s” Raw return, but The A-Lister ate his words when he fell victim to The All Mighty in a match that stemmed from Lashley’s insults of Miz’s father. Though Lashley (who is now referring to himself in the third person) benefitted from an assist courtesy of The A-Lister’s old rival, who does not seem to be moving on from Miz anytime soon. That would be Shane McMahon, who made his presence known right as Miz began to roll against Lashley. As The Prodigal Son inched closer and closer to the ring, Miz found himself forced to play defense and offense, though Shane finally got Miz’s attention by pulling up an unflattering picture of Mr. Miz on the TitanTron. Lashley capitalized, plowing Miz with a Spear for the win, and Shane did the rest, raining blows on The A-Lister and trapping him in a triangle until he went to sleep. Clearly, Miz isn’t getting rid of Shane anytime soon, and The A-Lister had an idea of how to settle the score and keep Shane-O-Mac where he can see him: By challenging Shane to a Steel Cage Match. And good news; he accepted.

My Thoughts: Meh. Another quasi-match that only existed to push the Miz/Shane feud. A feud that should have ended at Wrestlemania with The Miz getting revenge. It didn’t end, and now we’re going to get this sh*t all the way to next years Wrestlemania!

Match #4: NXT Tag Team Champions The Viking Raiders def. The Lucha House Party

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One week after The Viking Raiders obliterated The Lucha House Party in a statement beating, the NXT Tag Team Champions notched an official win over the masked trio — one that was never really in doubt despite the Luchas fighting with a little extra fire in the wake of their humiliation last week. The House Party jumped Erik & Ivar before the match in a bit of turnabout, becoming the first team to leave the Raiders reeling. It also had the unintended side effect of setting them off, so Kalisto & Gran Metalik’s speed-centric strategy just meant they ended up in the Raiders’ clutches all the quicker. (Erik & Ivar are pretty light on their feet themselves; the latter was flying around the ring quite easily). The King of Flight suffered the pinfall via The Viking Experience, Lince Dorado’s gritty last stand was snuffed out moments later after the bell, and with each passing week, it’s looking as though displays like this are going to become frighteningly, effortlessly routine.

My Thoughts: How long will the Viking Raiders last on WWE? That’s the only thing running through my mind during this match (whether that is an indicator of the quality of this match I couldn’t say *cough*). I can’t help but think of The Ascension’s early domination on WWE television and look at where they are now.

Match #5: Naomi def. Alexa Bliss

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There’s an old sports-entertainment adage that you should always have a pair of boots close by. Alexa Bliss, bereft of hers and forced to compete in unlaced Chuck Taylors, ended up on the wrong end of that old chestnut thanks to Naomi, who had no patience for Bliss’ continued attempts to tie her laces and no mercy when it came to capitalizing on her equipment issues. Bliss, ironically, had a chance to put this one away when she shoved Naomi face-first into the turnbuckle, but her insistence on yelling about her shoes to the ref led to her being leveled with a Rear View and split-legged moonsault. Her fortunes could change at WWE Money in the Bank, but Bliss might need to start over if she wants to become a two-time contract holder. A pair of boots would be a good first step.

My Thoughts: Ring-rust versus average superstar. Doesn’t make for a great match does it? But hey, at least Bliss got to wrestle on TV this week.

Match #6: Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins def. The Revival

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The good news for The Revival is that they put on the kind of tag-team clinic on which they have built their reputations against Raw Tag Team Champions Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins. They even managed to silence the “shave your back” chants directed at Scott Dawson with a two-pronged mugging of The Ultimate Broski. The bad news is that they lost, with Ryder reversing a defensive pinfall attempt by Dawson into a crucifix rollup. All in all, not the best night for the “Top Guys,” who, despite an impressive in-ring performance, find themselves with only a loss to show for it; that it was a razor-thin one will likely be cold comfort indeed.

My Thoughts: I like the fact Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins didn’t drop the Tag Team belts on the Raw after Wrestlemania (I was expecting it given the treatment of Ryder when he won his last championship on a PPV) but I still can’t believe them as a credible force in the tag team division. The Revival outshone them from bell to bell and showed just why THEY should be long-running WWE Tag champs – though given the Usos reveal I doubt Vince has any plans along those lines anytime soon.

Match #7: Rey Mysterio def. United States Champion Samoa Joe

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Let’s be charitable and say WrestleMania was not Rey Mysterio’s finest hour. Nor had things improved for The Ultimate Underdog upon his arrival to Raw, where he was devoured by Lars Sullivan and defeated by AJ Styles in a Triple Threat Match in consecutive weeks. WWE’s Littlest Big Man seems to have finally gotten his groove back, however, as he got sweet redemption for his WrestleMania trouncing with a gritty victory over the man who defeated him at The Show of Shows in the first place: United States Champion Samoa Joe. In a pre-match diatribe, Joe proclaimed the match as his opportunity at redemption, given that he indirectly blamed Rey for costing him a Universal Title opportunity last week. But The Samoan Submission Machine was a step too slow against Mysterio, who fought with a little more fire than the titleholder and, save for a rough spot here and there, never seemed to be quite out of control of the match. Even Joe’s kickout of Rey’s fateful stack-up came a beat later than usual, and The Ultimate Underdog walked away with a win — much to the pride of Rey’s son Dominick, who met his father atop the stage. Joe, meanwhile, was looking somewhat justifiably shaken: He tends to think of himself as invincible, and he’s not wrong. But now Rey knows he can beat him. And usually, that’s all he needs to know.

My Thoughts: I dig Rey Mysterio as an underdog. But I don’t dig Samoa Joe as a whiny loser; and that’s what he’s becoming the longer he’s on WWE television. Joe is less likely to “kill you” these days than bore you.

News of the Night:

  1. Alexa Bliss announced Raw’s participants in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Drew McIntyre, Ricochet, Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman.
  2. The Uso’s taunted The Revival by revealing a video of The Revival’s Dash Wilder shaving his partner Scott Dawson’s back.
  3. The Miz is to face Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage match at Money in the Bank.
  4. Naomi, Natalya, Dana Brooke and Alexa Bliss are Raw’s participants in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match.
  5. Bray Wyatt got even creepier in another Firefly Fun House promo.
  6. Becky and Lacey Evans continued their feud in an all-out brawl on Raw.
  7. AJ Styles put Seth Rollins through a table at their MIB Championship match signing.

Final Verdict: 2/5

Another average Raw that’s going through the motions to reach this years Money in the Bank pay per view. When are we going to see this change? I’m getting bored of WWE spinning its wheels in between PPVs – maybe its time they cut back on them and actually focused on making unmissable weekly television!?! When the highlight of the show is a promo from a superstar we all thought you’d abandoned you know you’ve got a BIG problem.

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