30th Jul2019

WWE Raw – July 29th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have a few surprises with this show, so don’t go camping until the review is over.

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Match #1: R-Truth & Carmella defeated Drake Maverick & Renee Michelle – Mosh Pit Mixed Tag Team Match

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It was all but assured that something wild would go down in the first-ever “Mosh Pit Mixed Tag Team Match” in which 24/7 Champion R-Truth teamed with Carmella to defend his title against Drake Maverick & Renee Michelle. And sure enough, the bout lived up to its unique name when the 24/7 hopefuls — who had surrounded the ring in anticipation of the match’s end — made their move once Truth pinned Maverick to retain his title. What followed wasn’t so much a mosh pit as a dog pile, but the eagle-eyed referee made the count and recorded a victory for Mike Kanellis.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This sucked. It was less than two minutes of $#!@. Do you wanna go watch it and find out?

Match #2: Mike Kanellis def. R-Truth – 24/7 Title Match

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The new champion, Mike Kanellis, grabbed his title and darted up the ramp after beating R-Truth to win it, but quickly found he wouldn’t get a moment’s peace from his potential competitors, nor from his wife Maria.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This sucked too.

Match #3: Maria Kanellis def. Mike Kanellis – 24/7 Title Match

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After Mike holed up in a locker room, Maria convinced him to let her in by verifying her identity with some truly emasculating insults and then twisted the knife even deeper, forcing her husband to lie on the ground in yet another display of dominance so she could pin him with one foot. Maria gleefully strutted out of the locker room (accurately) proclaiming herself the first pregnant 24/7 Champion and, therefore, all but untouchable by all the would-be titleholders surrounding the locker room, unless they wanted to try and pin her at her forthcoming OB-GYN appointment. Judging by the expressions on the faces of Titus O’Neil, EC3, Heath Slater and the like, they had finally stumbled upon a line they weren’t ready to cross, and the question now is this: If you want to be 24/7 Champion, how do you solve a problem like Maria?

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – This was the worst of all, but at least Maria performed it well.

Match #4: Ricochet defeated Rey Mysterio, Sami Zayn, Cesaro and Andrade – Gauntlet Match For A WWE United States Title Shot

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Ricochet is headed to SummerSlam to once again challenge AJ Styles, and you can’t say he didn’t earn the opportunity: The former (and possibly future?) United States Champion was the last man standing in a Gauntlet Match that featured Rey Mysterio, Cesaro, Andrade and Sami Zayn — a who’s-who of Raw’s most hard-working, under-the-radar Superstars, all of whom have been circling the U.S. Title picture for some time. Despite the poetic justice that’s now on the table for Ricochet, it seemed like it might be Rey Mysterio’s night after the former champion defeated Cesaro and Sami Zayn in the first two stages of the Gauntlet. The Ultimate Underdog somehow survived a brutal onslaught from Cesaro and surprised Zayn with a flash pin, but the combined effort left him too drained to surpass a fresh Andrade.

The former NXT Champion heaped disrespect upon Mysterio after his victory, tearing the legend’s mask off his face before Ricochet came to Rey’s rescue. For all his swagger, however, Andrade’s confidence proved to be premature: Ricochet withstood everything Andrade threw at him and soared to victory with a beautiful 630. AJ Styles now lies in wait, not that he’s worrying about it: The Phenomenal One responded to Ricochet’s post-match speech about the power of belief with a hearty belly laugh backstage. It’s not unreasonable given Styles’ own in-ring skill, as well as his record against his challenger. But if nothing else, Raw showed that the gap between the two could be slimmer than the champion might care to admit.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was great stuff that went almost a half an hour. The wrestling was fast and varied, which helped keep it all from feeling mundane. This continued the trend of Gauntlet matches being a guarantee for quality, as this had more than enough action to make any-body feel like they got their money’s worth. I came out of this match more excited for the US Title Match than any other bout at Summerslam, so this match did its job beyond well. Over-all, it’s about damn time.

Match #5: The O.C. def. The Revival and The Usos – Triple Threat Match For The Raw Tag Team Championships

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Just one month after AJ Styles took them to task for falling short of their potential, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson are once again Raw Tag Team Champions, the entire O.C. has a title around their waists, and the rest of the tag team division is simply struggling to keep up. That includes former champs The Revival as well as their longtime rivals The Usos, all of whom were participants in the Triple Threat title match that saw The Good Brothers return to the champions’ circle. Perhaps sensing the inevitable, the two teams kept the action among themselves until Gallows & Anderson found their way in, stopping The Usos dead in their tracks and banishing The Revival to the apron.

Dash Wilder eventually tagged his way in on Anderson, bringing things back to The Usos and the champs. An outside-the-ring fracas left everybody down following an Uso superplex to the floor, but a blind tag by Gallows left both the “Top Guys” and the twins none the wiser to The O.C.’s status until it was too late. As The Revival and The Usos traded splashes and Shatter Machines, Gallows & Anderson made their move and made it count: Anderson planted Jey Uso with a spinebuster, Jimmy was downed by a vicious Magic Killer, and new champions were crowned. The turnaround is complete.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – Well, kiss my ass, this was another great match. This was one move after another, but it all had time to breathe, which made the match even better than it would have been otherwise. If The Young Bucks get credit for kinetic spot-fests, then these three teams can get a compliment thrown their way. The right team won to set up a new era for Raw and got to do it with a great match. Whaddaya talkin’ about? Holy freakin’ potato skins, baby! See? This is what happens when Raw starts to get good. I’m so freakin’ happy, baby!

Match #6: The Viking Raiders def. Johnny James & Cole Carter

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Last week, it seemed The Viking Raiders had moved on from locals to more established tandems to conquer as they continue their march through the tag team division. This week against some Arkansas hopefuls, Erik & Ivar doubled back and once again dismantled the would-be competition, but the bout was hardly a reversal of course: After all, new Raw Tag Team Champions were crowned just minutes before the Raiders began their work. With the landscape shifted, it was the perfect time for Erik & Ivar to remind the field of what they’re capable of — and, perhaps, who the line should start behind.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – The big dudes kicked the guys from the Country Music Hall Of Fame so hard they won in a squash.

Match #7: Becky Lynch def. Alexa Bliss

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Going into SummerSlam, Becky Lynch seems to have Natalya pegged as some do-gooder cat lady whose claws aren’t sharp enough to scratch her. The Man may have read her wrong, or maybe insulted her one too many times, because Natalya looked anything but weak following a painful ambush of the Raw Women’s Champion seconds after Lynch had concluded her second match of the night and a non-challenge that may yet get accepted anyway. In fairness, the attack was turnabout against The Man, who Alexa Bliss revealed had attacked Natalya before the show while the arena was still empty via some acquired footage on “A Moment of Bliss.” Lynch was anything but repentant about the attack; in fact, her bout with Bliss was stopped by the refs when The Goddess seemingly injured her ankle as a result of Becky’s attack.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – Becky won in a lame match that made Becky look sadistic, but the crowd loved Becky even more for it.

Match #8: Becky Lynch def. Nikki Cross

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Nikki Cross provoked Lynch into a match which the champ ended with a Man-handle Slam, at which point Bliss revealed her injury to be a ruse and joined in with Cross for a two-on-one attack.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This was just like the last match. Check above for the same review and you’ll get the same information.

Match #9: (Main Event) Seth Rollins def. Dolph Ziggler via Disqualification

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For Seth Rollins, Raw was all about righting injustice and getting payback against Dolph Ziggler for humiliating Shawn Michaels last week. A noble quest, to be sure, but with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar looming large in the distance, it’s hard not to think that The Beastslayer was focusing on the wrong opponent — especially since Lesnar himself came calling on Raw. The Beast picked the perfect moment to strike, too. Between Ziggler’s superkick of HBK last week and his theft of the Hall of Famer’s entrance on Raw, Rollins was all righteous retribution in defense of the legendary Michaels. That also meant he wasn’t remotely ready for the mere possibility of The Conqueror, who brutalized Rollins with the slightest assist from The Showoff, who ensnared Rollins’ ankle and left him helpless against Lesnar.

Helpless was, in fact, the operative word: Brock brutalized his challenger with German Suplexes in and around the ring, and three F-5’s onto the back of a steel chair. The third was against the surprising protestations of Paul Heyman, who seemed to think the damage had been done and seemed more or less unable to convince Lesnar to back off — at least until The Beast stopped Rollins’ ambulance, yanked him out of the back and F-5’ed him again on the side of his stretcher. That’s a surprising turn of events, and an ominous sign for SummerSlam. After all, there’s always been at least one person who could control Brock. If that governor no longer applies, then Rollins might have finally found the one hill he can’t climb.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This match was getting somewhere when it got cut off by an admittedly strong brawl between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins. Dolph and Seth worked great together for the time they got, but that’s how it goes on Raw for far too many talented people. After less than ten minutes, these guys were still able to get a lot done, so good for them.

News Of The Night:

  1. Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe had a massive brawl that included Cedric Alexander doing a dive from the top of the Titantron onto The O.C., Samoa Joe and Drew McIntyre, as well as The Usos helping Roman beat the piss out of the four pricks I just mentioned.
  2. Brock Lesnar demolished Seth Rollins to great effect, including making Seth bleed from his mouth.
  3. Becky Lynch attacked Natalya during the latter’s training session from before the show.
  4. Natalya challenged Becky Lynch to a Submission Match, even though she believed Lynch won’t accept.
  5. Dolph Ziggler is still taunting Shawn Michaels, especially by wearing his ring attire and stealing his music.
  6. Ricochet cut an excellent promo to build toward his US Title Match with AJ Styles at Summerslam.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

This show started off terribly, but picked up big time and became the best Raw in quite some time. Maybe Paul Heyman is finally getting to actually book some of the damn show.

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