11th Jun2019

WWE Raw – June 10th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

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Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…do you even want to know? Well, there might be a good match or tw…probably not. This show is so depressing now. I’ve still got faith that it can be good. Okay, let’s get hard…the movie, not the genitalia one.

Match #1: Lars Sullivan def. Lucha House Party (Elimination Match)

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The Lucha House Party willingly getting themselves disqualified against Lars Sullivan last Friday was pretty odd on its face. But trading a loss for a beatdown that could theoretically damage The Freak’s mystique wasn’t the worst bargain in the world; even if it backfired and Sullivan got the last word, the big man was denied the kind of definitive triumph he seemed to be cruising toward in his debut match. Alas, thanks to an Elimination Match provision added to the rematch, Kalisto, Lince Dorado & Gran Metalik weren’t so lucky the second time around. Not only did Sullivan singlehandedly thwomp each masked man with relative ease, he got the victory without any kind of qualifier attached to it. Kalisto was first to go, suffering a Freak Accident almost instantly; Dorado followed via running sit-out powerbomb, and Metalik was the last to fall, though Sullivan continually pulled The King of the Ropes off the mat just before the count of three so he could keep the match going and continue to brutalize the previously-eliminated luchadores. A flying headbutt finally put Metalik down, and Sullivan ended his night with all three of his foes in ruin, cruising toward whichever Superstar — or Superstars — who has the misfortune to catch his attention. Clearly, the number makes no difference.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was another dumb handicap bout that wasted a great team to aid a wrestler who doesn’t have what it takes to be a big deal…yet.

Match #2: The Miz, Braun Strowman & Ricochet def. United States Champion Samoa Joe, Bobby Lashley & Cesaro

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With all due respect to the 24/7 Championship, there may be no field more wide-open on Raw than the United States Championship picture. With the title back in Samoa Joe’s hands thanks to Rey Mysterio’s forfeiture, no fewer than five Superstars have begun circling The Samoan Submission Machine, each with reasonable grounds for an opportunity: Cesaro and Ricochet have steadily accumulated victories since coming to Raw; Braun Strowman is very intimidating and thus tends to get what he wants; Bobby Lashley has history with Joe; and finally, The Miz had the misfortune of raising Joe’s ire in a pre-match “Miz TV” after questioning the champion’s “line-crossing” against the family of Rey Mysterio. After a wild brawl on the set of “Miz TV,” the champion and his accumulated challengers were shuffled into a Six-Man Tag Team Match that pitted Miz, Strowman & Ricochet against Joe, Cesaro & Lashley, but the champ had little desire to play a part in the scramble to determine his next challenger; Joe grabbed his championship and made his exit after he found himself on the wrong end of These Hands, leaving Cesaro — somewhat wobbly after administering a long Cesaro Swing to The A-Lister — to suffer a combo of Miz’s Skull-Crushing Finale and a 630 from Ricochet. Hasty exit aside, it would be premature to label Joe as ducking anybody: Given his status as a “habitual line-stepper,” Joe clearly doesn’t care who challenges him. But given that this crew doesn’t have a single scrub in it and he’s already vastly underestimated at least one of them, he disrespects the field at his peril.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a solid match that had some nice action, but it never felt like a big match, which ought to be the case for a match that has some big names in this.

Match #3: Lacey Evans & Alexa Bliss def. Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch & SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley

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WWE Stomping Grounds is shaping up to be a make-or-break night for both Women’s Champions: Becky Lynch needs to put a stop to Lacey Evans’ insurgency and prove becoming a double-champ didn’t come at the cost of her killer instinct, and Bayley has a chance to rewrite history against Alexa Bliss, who snapped her first title reign a few years ago and sent The Huggable One on a long road through the wilderness. If what happened on Raw is any indication, both women have their work cut out for them. Evans & Bliss scored the win in a match that pitted champions against challengers, and The Sassy Southern Belle carried the day with a pinfall over the hometown heroine. Ironically, the deciding factor was someone who wasn’t even in the match: Nikki Cross, who had come to ringside in support of Bliss. Evans shoved WWE’s Twisted Sister into Becky’s path of pursuit during a ringside chase, leading to a Woman’s Right from the Belle that dropped Becky to the ground. An under-the-radar tag made Evans the legal woman outside Bayley’s vision, and while the SmackDown Women’s Champion sized up Bliss for a Bayley-to-Belly, Evans slid into the ring and cracked Bayley with another Woman’s Right. Cross looked somewhat conflicted over the role she played in the outcome, but Bliss and Evans showed no such qualms. They got their win. It didn’t matter how.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was a lame match that got carried by Becky and Bayley, but not saved by them.

Match #4: WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions The IIconics def. Lisa Lace & Aleyah Mia

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The IIconics are now the longest-reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions of all time. And as such, they have demanded the best competition the world has to offer. Whether you think they’re genuine in that effort or not depends largely on what you think of Lisa Lace & Aleyah Mia, the two San Jose locals they recruited after what they referred to as an exhausting, worldwide search. Peyton & Billie made quick work of their handpicked opponents, leading to a ceremony that was, perhaps, a bit more emphatic than warranted: After all, their foes were visibly outmatched. In other words, if The IIconics really want to be fighting champions, they’ll need to find better competition. But if they want to make sure their record-setting reign continues, they might just be onto something.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – This was not what you would call…good. This was a pretty dull match that never really went anywhere.

Match #5: The Revival def. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins and The Usos to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions (Triple Threat Match)

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If there’s one lesson to be taken away from The Revival’s last couple of weeks, it’s that it pays to be in good with Shane McMahon. Not only did Dash & Dawson get a Six-Man Tag win last week with Shane and Drew McIntyre in their corner, but they were introduced by Shane-O-Mac in advance of a title fight that they won, making the “Top Guys” two-time Raw Tag Team Champions. Yes, that means the clock strikes midnight on the Cinderella story of Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, who looked great in defeat and were simply overwhelmed by the Triple Threat chaos, with Ryder taking the brunt of a splash from a superkick-happy Jey Uso. But unbeknownst to Jey, Scott Dawson had tagged in on him before he took flight for said splash, which made Dawson the legal man. After Jey nailed the splash, Dawson threw him off the pinfall position and stole the win with some help from Dash Wilder, who held Uso’s leg as he attempted to break up the three count. The stolen pinfall was enough to hand The Revival the titles, as well as pass to Shane and Drew’s Super ShowDown celebration, where there’s champagne waiting for them on ice. Given that Dash & Dawson were getting roasted for their grooming habits and scalded by Ucey Hot below the belt a few weeks ago, that’s a remarkable turnaround that can’t be overstated.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 - Ucey Hot. I’m leaving that WWE word in my review. Anyway, this match worked out quite well for what it needed to do, which is provide fierce wrestling action and have a shock ending.

Match #6: (Main Event) Kevin Owens def. Universal Champion Seth Rollins via Disqualification

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Forces conspire against Seth Rollins. Baron Corbin will face him in two weeks; Kevin Owens Wild-Carded his way to Raw for a match; Sami Zayn somehow got himself appointed the “Special Outside Guest Referee,” and we haven’t even gotten to Brock Lesnar, who is still Mr. Money in the Bank and is no longer interested in pre-announcing his cash-in, or even pre-announcing where and when he’s going to show up. For all the WWE Universe knew, as Paul Heyman claimed, The Beast could be there tonight. He wasn’t, so that, at least, remains tomorrow’s problem for the time being. And needless to say, Zayn’s abuse of his already-questionable authority led to Rollins losing that main-event match when he goaded The Beastslayer into laying hands on him, thereby handing KO the disqualification win. (All things considered, Zayn is lucky the increasingly-beleaguered John Cone didn’t get to him first.) But Rollins nonetheless ended the night on an up note, both tanning Zayn’s back with a chair and driving away Baron Corbin, who attempted to get one up on the champion in a post-match sneak attack. If we’re being honest, it’s shaping up to be a long month, or year, or life, for Universal Champion Seth Rollins. The good news, as always, is that he seems ready to handle it.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This worked out really well. The wrestling was excellent stuff all the way through and brought the show up a notch or two. This was good to the last drop. My back hurts and I can’t think of anything else to say.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bray Wyatt did another wild kids show vignette where he smashed the rabbit puppet into a bloody pulp with a mallet.
  2. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross are in a friendship story-line.
  3. A dull Lacey Evans/Becky Lynch promo occurred that made Evans sound like she was being dubbed by Glenn Close.
  4. The Seth Rollins/Baron Corbin Universal Title match at Stomping Ground will have a special referee.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

There was some fine wrestling here, but it got buried under the bad booking.

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