06th Aug2019

WWE Raw – Aug 5th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Monday Night Raw, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have the final build for Summerslam right here tonight, so don’t pee in your Corn Flakes or your breakfast will taste bad…Raw starts now.

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Match #1: Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. Natalya & Trish Stratus via Disqualification

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Battling Natalya in a Submission Match may be a taller order than Becky Lynch anticipates: For all The Man’s bravado, she found herself ensnared in The Queen of Harts’ Sharpshooter for the second consecutive week, this time at the conclusion of a tag team bout that paired Lynch and Charlotte Flair against their respective SummerSlam opponents, Natalya and WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus. On the bright side, Becky technically won the match, given that The Queen of Harts refused to release the hold past the count of five, handing Becky & Charlotte a disqualification victory. (Charlotte decked her partner and took a walk following an intense tag by The Man.) But the win is unlikely to register as anything but hollow; that Trish pulled Natalya off of Becky was the only reason The Man was able to walk away, albeit gingerly, when all was said and done.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – It looked like Vince was trying to make Becky the heel, but the match ended with Becky as the face and Natalya as the heel, which is the way it should be. Considering the names involved here, this was very disappointing. Hey, we got Trish back in the ring, so that’s cool.

Match #2: Andrade def. Rey Mysterio

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Last week, Andrade ripped Rey Mysterio’s mask clean off his face, an insult tantamount to spitting straight in the legendary luchador’s eye. But The Ultimate Underdog’s bid for retribution fell tragically short, as Andrade withstood a furious effort from the former World Heavyweight Champion to win the duo’s first singles bout on Raw. It was, indeed, vintage Mysterio on display, as the masked marvel uncorked counter after counter, using his speed and ingenuity to quite literally run circles around the former NXT Champion. And even after Andrade began to counter with his strength, Mysterio’s heart helped keep him in the fight — the Grand Slam Champion kicked out of several big swings and even connected with a 619 down the stretch.

Andrade, however, had a single ace in the hole, which he deployed to devastating effect: He once again targeted Mysterio’s mask, attempting to tear it off his face as a last-ditch effort. After the ref pulled the two apart, Zelina Vega took advantage of the fracas to land a cheap shot on Mysterio, and Andrade followed up with the Hammerlock DDT to end a match that served as the continuation of one trend and the start of a new one: We’ve known for a while that Andrade is the type of Superstar who will commit whatever flagrant acts of disrespect he deems necessary. The difference is that he’s looking more and more like the type who’ll get away with it.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that did precisely what it should have done, which is be excellent. It’s a shame these matches aren’t being treasured more by the league, but they are getting more time allotted to them, so I guess that counts for some-thing. This was as close to pure lucha as you’ll get in the WWE, so enjoy it while you can.

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

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For one glorious moment, Mike Kanellis was again the man of the house: After weeks of emasculation at the hands of his pregnant wife Maria, the embattled Superstar pinned his beloved during her OB/GYN appointment to win the 24/7 Championship she had committed to lording over his head for an indefinite amount of time.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Apparently the backlash to Maria winning last week was too much for the Public Relations department to handle, so Vince changed it to Mike winning it again. Oh, the match sucked.

Match #4: R-Truth def. Mike Kanellis – 24/7 Championship Match

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R-Truth — disguised as a pregnant woman — struck with a roll-up pin of his own in the waiting room to defeat Mike for the title just moments later.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – At least R-Truth won the title back. This sucked, but had the right winner.

Match #5: The Viking Raiders def. Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham

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It was nasty, it was brutish, it was short: The Viking Raiders made quick, savage work of the latest locals to try their hand against the former NXT Tag Team Champions, obliterating Jay Alexander & Eric Abraham by way of the Viking Experience in mere minutes. At this point, you question the wisdom of the locals who decide to take their chances with Erik & Ivar … unless, of course, you’re a more tenured member of the Raw Tag Team division. In that case, you’re probably just happy these two wolves have plenty of lambs to keep them occupied.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – War Machine needs to find a different league to work in. The NFL-sounding tag team Viking Raidered the Lost Ark out of the jobber’s asses and won. When does The Viking Raiders get a real team to wrestle?

Match #6: Drew McIntyre versus Cedric Alexander (with Special Guest Referee Kurt Angle)

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The match that never got underway and quickly turned into a ringside brawl following a sneak attack by McIntyre.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Another case of false advertising. These guys all looked like geeks, thanks to the booking.

Match #7: The New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) versus The OC (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)

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The O.C. clearly had no intention of humoring a Champions vs. Champions bout with The New Day on Raw, mugging SmackDown Tag Team Champions Big E & Xavier Woods with the help of United States Champion AJ Styles.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – How many 0s do I have to record per review? I feel like an accountant for the New York Knicks. The match never started, so more false advertising (mostly).

Match #8: The OC (AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) def. Ricochet and The New Day (Big E & Xavier Woods) – Six-Man Tag Team Match

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Woods nearly singlehandedly pulled his team out of the pit with an inspired sequence, but a face-paint wearing Luke Gallows proved to be the difference maker for the good brothers and eventual victors. Painting himself up as a throwback to his Japan days did indeed bring out a different side of The Suntan Biker Man; he went blow for blow with Big E and thwarted Ricochet right as he threatened to turn the tide of the bout, setting the trio up for the match-ending Magic Killer.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This match made me sad. Why could it not go longer? Where’s the Death Star when you need it? Where’s the Rebel Base? I’m getting pissed.

Match #9: (Main Event) Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. The IIconics, The Kabuki Warriors and Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville – Fatal 4-Way Match For The WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles

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The IIconics’ WWE Women’s Tag Team Title reign is no more, but anyone thinking they have an easier crack at the titles might be sorely mistaken — the new champs might be even harder to overthrow. Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross were the last team standing in a Fatal 4-Way Elimination Match that decided the titles’ future, winning the match by way of a strategy that was, perhaps, short on bravery but begrudgingly realistic: After The IIconics were ousted by Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, Alexa & Nikki deliberately tagged themselves out in the hopes of keeping the action between Fire & Desire and The Kabuki Warriors, Asuka & Kairi Sane.

The plan proved effective: Asuka evaded the Bed of Roses to submit Mandy with the Asuka Lock, but the effort left both Kabuki Warriors with a decent amount of wear and tear. The comparatively fresher Bliss & Cross didn’t exactly cruise to victory — they had to reduce to chicanery thanks to some interference by Nikki Cross — but they won nonetheless: After Nikki trapped Asuka in the ring apron, Bliss rocked Kairi Sane across the jaw with a hard right and swooped down with Twisted Bliss, sealing the win and earning the titles. And for all the questions about motives, manipulation and who was bending who to their will, there seems to be little doubt as to the state of their friendship now. It’s legit. And they have the titles to prove it.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This started off slow, but it picked up steam and became the kind of main event that it was supposed to be. The action was smart and consistent, like a baseball in a blender. Wait, that makes no sense. What the hell was I talking about? Welcome to Wal-Mart. This match picked the right team to win the match, because the goal of putting over TKW has not been built towards enough to justify just giving it to them. I look forward to seeing how this all turns out and if it leads to the Women’s Tag Team Titles to being important.

News Of The Night:

  1. Becky Lynch and Natalya fight each other for the Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam in a Submission Match.
  2. Samoa Joe is being pushed as not the person who attacked Roman Reigns on SmackDown last week.
  3. Roman Reigns got ran over (possibly by a reindeer).
  4. Seth Rollins got buried by his own performance in good brawl with Brock Lesnar that failed, thanks to Seth being really bad at selling himself as sympathetic.
  5. Bray Wyatt attacked Kurt Angle.
  6. Goldberg will be fighting Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam, instead of The Miz.

Final Verdict: 2/5

Despite having two strong matches on the card, the rest of this show was pretty lousy, but not entirely by design.

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