14th May2019

WWE Raw – May 13th 2019: Results & Review

by Phil Wheat

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Welcome to this weeks review of WWE Raw, which comes from right here in Blighty as part of the WWE’s European tour – emanating from London, though that didn’t mean we got to see it any early than in the dead of night. Unless you were there live of course (this was a taped edition of Raw). Join me as I fill in for a busy Nathan and lets get to War, sorry Raw..!

Match #1: Roman Reigns & The Miz def. Bobby Lashley & Elias via Disqualification

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

The news wasn’t necessarily that Roman Reigns used the Wild Card Rule to shuffle his way over to Raw for the second straight week. The news might have been that The Big Dog played the card much more cannily this time, switching from last week’s bull-in-a-China-shop strategy to a slow burn attempt on “Miz TV,” to transform The Miz from genial pitchman (though that Miz-Reigns buddy comedy does have promise) to the chair-swinging brawler who threw hands with Shane McMahon. The ploy worked, to a point. Reigns successfully pulled out Miz’s inner fire-breather throughout the interview, but it also brought out Shane, along with two enforcers — Raw’s Bobby Lashley and SmackDown LIVE Wild Card Elias — who attacked Reigns and Miz from behind to set up a tag team match in which they mostly held the former WWE Champion at bay. Interference from Shane at a crucial juncture handed Reigns & Miz a disqualification victory, which itself was little more than a cue for an all-out stomping from Lashley & Elias, with the former SmackDown Commissioner getting some licks in as well. Despite their numbers disadvantage, Reigns & Miz achieved a moral victory from the ashes of the post-match beatdown when Reigns took out the entire opposition with a dive over the ropes and Miz helped chase Lashley and Elias away with a steel chair. If we’re talking wins and losses, Reigns & Miz probably saw things going a bit more decisively. But the Wild Card Rule seems to be more about making a statement, and this one is going to be hard to refute.

My Thoughts: Yawn. Same-old same-old for the WWE. Let’s go through the multiple-man match motions once again. Though props to Elias for pulling out an Undertaker-style rope walk! Anyone else REALLY tired of this Miz/Shane feud? At this rate we’ll be getting another Wrestlemania match between the two. A match I’ll probably use as a p*ss break.

Match #2: Mojo Rawley def. Apollo Crews

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

Mojo Rawley finally re-emerged from his self-imposed exile last week with a new look, a new mentality and a new mission. You might have missed it, as it didn’t air during Raw. This week, however, was a different story. Rawley’s aggression was on full display after Apollo Crews Wild-Carded onto Team Red to challenge Rawley and the SmackDown LIVE Superstar suffered the misfortune of a tweaked knee. The former Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner didn’t hesitate to captialize, chop-blocking Crews’ legs right out from under him, clobbering Apollo with a sprinting forearm in the corner and sealing the match with an Alabama Slam. Was a little bit of luck involved in the victory? Sure. But the ruthlessness is the headline here; through his solitude, Mojo Rawley seems to have finally figured out who he is. That’s good news for him, and bad news for everyone else.

My Thoughts: How to put an audience to sleep… put Mojo Rawley in a match with Apollo Crews! What a sh*t-show of a match. Crews deserves to be let go and make his way back to the indies where he could at least wrestle to his potential. Meanwhile Rawley should just be let go.

Match #3: Baron Corbin def. Ricochet

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

With a tall ladder to jump off and lots of bodies to land on, Ricochet seems to be tailor-made for the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, perhaps more so than all his opponents. But we’re not quite at the Money in the Bank Ladder Match, and the former NXT North American Champion will head to Sunday’s event coming off an L at the hands of prospective two-time contract winner Baron Corbin. It’s the first loss Ricochet’s taken since being named to the match, and while it certainly looked like the high-flyer would continue to roll after last week’s victorious slugfest with Robert Roode, Corbin played to his own strengths — power and patience — to simply pulverize Ricochet once his opponent started to heat up. Ricochet didn’t go quietly, but Corbin’s clobbering rendered him a step slow and a touch desperate as well. Corbin’s reversal of a hurricanrana into the End of Days sealed the win, though Ricochet got the last word by knocking Corbin off a ladder he attempted to climb in a symbolic display of post-match dominance. That, at least, bodes well for Ricochet’s chances on Sunday — loss or not, he understands what the true objective is — but as Corbin made clear tonight, he might have to climb a little farther and harder to get there than he anticipated.

My Thoughts: Really? Really? Ricochet lost to Corbin. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… WHO IS CORBIN BLACKMAILING AT WWE? My guess is, after watching the Hall of fame ceremony, that he’s VERY good mates with HHH and that’s the reason behind his push. Because its not his in-ring skills! In the “real world” Ricochet would’ve out-performed Corbin with ease. But this isn’t the real world, this is Vince’s fantasy land where rules and common sense don’t apply.

Match #4: Nikki Cross def. Natalya, Naomi and Dana Brooke (Fatal 4-Way)

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

It’s been a while since we saw Nikki Cross, and anyone who expected the rabid banshee of months past, was likely surprised when Alexa Bliss — sans ring gear thanks to an apparent travel mishap — encountered a much more muted version of the Scottish screamer and convinced her to take The Goddess’ place in a Fatal 4-Way among the Raw competitors in the Women’s Money in the Bank Match. Seemingly energized by the opportunity (some might say manipulation), Cross tapped into her inner honey badger come bell time, and her opponents struggled to find an answer. While Naomi came the closest and Dana Brooke proved to be the smartest by breaking out a ladder — legal under Fatal 4-Way rules — and swooping down on everyone with a crossbody to the outside, Nikki simply wanted it more. In the match’s final moments, The Twisted Sister took advantage of a late-game surge by Natalya to catch her in a hanging spinning neckbreaker through the ropes, earning the victory in the process. Never one to pass along the credit in full, Alexa — who had been watching from commentary — came down to the ring after the match, where Nikki eagerly set up the ladder so The Goddess could climb and pose. There is, of course, no way of knowing if Alexa really did suffer a luggage disaster or somehow pulled the strings to get an under-looked competitor to take damage she otherwise might have accrued. But either way, it’s difficult to paint this as anything other than a rousing success for both women. Not only did Nikki take out Alexa’s opposition, she inarguably capitalized on her moment in the spotlight — and, crucially, remembered who gave it to her.

My Thoughts: About bloody time! Its great to see Nikki Cross finally given a decent chance to shine on WWE television – though I’m hoping it was not just because it was a UK crowd (I fear that it was). Cross’ performance outshone pretty much everyone on tonight’s show be they women or men. Long may this “push” continue. Hopefully.

Match #5: Rey Mysterio def. Cesaro

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

Rey Mysterio beating Samoa Joe seemed like an impossibility as recently as six weeks ago, when the latter trounced the former at WrestleMania. Now, on the back of two wins against dangerous opponents — Joe himself two weeks ago and Cesaro tonight — The Ultimate Underdog is looking like something of a favorite in his United States Title rematch this Sunday. The remarkable turnaround is a testament to the unpredictability of the field — anything can happen in WWE! — and the foolishness of writing off Mysterio, which it certainly seemed like Cesaro was doing when he chose to question the parentage of Rey’s son Dominick in the backstage area. The Swiss Cyborg definitely made good on his cockiness in the ensuing bout, subjecting Mysterio to a dizzying Cesaro Swing and a European uppercut that nearly knocked his mask into Wales; by any measure, this was the rare match where the loser looked as impressive as the winner. But Mysterio still pulled out the win, countering Cesaro’s attempt at a Swiss-19 with the O.G. 619, dropping the dime and sending himself to WWE Money in the Bank on the winds of a hard-earned victory. Joe still looms large in the distance, but with one superman already under his belt, Mysterio certainly seems to be cruising toward redemption, if not destiny.

My Thoughts: Is anyone else finding Rey Mysterio’s current winning “streak” completely unbelievable? I do. Which is why I have ZERO excitement or interest in matches like this. To me it feels like the WWE are jobbing out current talent to a veteran just to make him look good. I get it WWE. Mysterio was possibly going to make a splash elsewhere so you offered him a sh*tload of cash to bring him back to the main roster and now you’re keeping him sweet with these wins. Still doesn’t mean I have to like it.

Match #6: Sami Zayn def. Braun Strowman to take Strowman’s place in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Falls Count Anywhere Match)

The following comes courtesy of wwe.com:

The Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match picture was shaken up in a major way in Raw’s main event, when Sami Zayn rode an assist from Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre to defeat Braun Strowman in a Falls Count Anywhere Match where The Monster Among Men’s “Money” berth was on the line. How we got there is a little convoluted — Zayn ran his mouth about last week’s dumpster incident in the presence of Strowman and Shane McMahon to get the match sanctioned — but while the former NXT Champion now faces an enormous opportunity, the contract is by no means assured. If anything, the bout was probably the starkest lesson yet of the every-man-for-himself makeup of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Alliances are temporary, friendship does not exist, and all that matters is the contract.

Fittingly, while Corbin and McIntyre showed up at every single opportune moment to help Zayn convert — he was mostly running away from Braun and chucking beers in his face to delay the inevitable before they appeared — the alliance was very clearly one of convenience. The two previously-announced Money in the Bank competitors (correctly) identified Strowman as the biggest threat in Sunday’s match and were openly doing whatever was necessary to get him out of it. “Whatever was necessary” turned out to be a lot, as a double suplex through a ladder, Claymore from McIntyre and three-man stack finally kept The Gift of Destruction down for three — and that isn’t even counting what they did to Zayn after the bell. Looking to handicap the man who had taken the monster’s place, Corbin threw Zayn right back into Strowman’s clutches, and The Monster Among Men concluded Raw by chokeslamming his opponent through the commentary table in a reminder of what Sami Zayn won tonight: One golden opportunity, yes. But Zayn started Raw with only one enemy to his name. Now, he has eight.

My Thoughts: This was the main event? THIS? I won’t waste your time on my thoughts about this match, just like you shouldn’t waste your time watching this match!

New of the Night:

  1. Mojo Rawley came out in new gear a ridiculously stupid face paint
  2. Charlotte Flair and Lacey Evans attacked Becky Lynch during their double contract signing
  3. Bray Wyatt revealed his rubber-faced secret on “Firefly Fun House”
  4. The billed Strowman vs. McIntyre match was reworked, for story purposes, into Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
  5. AJ Styles was a no-show on TV tonight.
  6. The Revival tried to cut a career-saving promo against The Uso’s. It failed, they’re still a laughing stock. For shame.
  7. Seth Rollins cut a crappy promo about his career against AJ Styles in a vain attempt by the WWE to give gravitas to the pair MITB match.
  8. AJ Styles faced Drew McIntyre in a dark match after Raw. Why off air. Why?
  9. Seth Rollins faced Baron Corbin(!) in a title match after Raw went off-air. Corbin again?!

Final Score: 1.5/5

Another terrible week for Raw, saved only by having Nikki Cross kick arse, and show up the rest of tonight’s Raw roster IMHO, in her Fatal 4-way match.

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