01st Oct2019

WWE Raw – Sept 30th 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 the season premiere of a show that never went on summer break. Brock Lesnar is here, so get your “2 Broke Girls” DVDs ready for him to lick. We’ve got a Universal Title Match in the main event, so let’s shut up and get right to it.


Match #1: Sasha Banks def. Alexa Bliss

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Sasha Banks is 2-0 against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but Becky Lynch is apparently still living rent-free in The Boss’ head, as evidenced by a confrontation between the two Superstars moments after Banks earned a grueling victory over Alexa Bliss. Even though Becky got the last word on the evening, it must be said that Bliss came to the match more than willing to put The Boss through her paces. Between Alexa’s efforts and a mandate that banned Bayley and Nikki Cross from ringside, it seemed The Goddess might upend Banks when all was said and done — at least until Sasha looked to the crowd, apparently calling Bayley to her side in a crucial moment. A distracted Bliss took her foot off the gas, and Sasha capitalized with a roll-up, but The Boss wanted no such part of Lynch, who had been sitting at commentary for the match. Lynch had been on her best behavior per some promise she’d made prior to the match, but she wasted no time making a beeline for her opponent this Sunday at the conclusion of the bout. After briefly trading fists with Becky, The Boss made herself scarce by fleeing into the crowd, and despite Sasha’s posturing from afar, The Man’s last word — “You made it personal; I’m gonna make it painful” — clearly left her rattled. And for all of Sasha’s meticulous preparation, it’s becoming clear that she’s still staring down a fight she might not quite be as ready for as she thinks.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – Bliss sold well for Banks, who pretty much ripped her to pieces for fun. There wasn’t anything bad here, but the match was not the most sound or thrilling either. The right woman won.

Match #2: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode def. Heavy Machinery

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The argument that Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode are fluke Raw Tag Team Champions is holding less water by the week, as the unlikely titles retained with a decisive, if ill-gotten victory over SmackDown hosses Heavy Machinery. That’s notable because, going into the match, some pundits suggested an established team like Otis & Tucker would take advantage of the champs’ relative inexperience to seize the titles. Ziggler & Roode didn’t necessarily have the kind of inventive, two-man maneuvers Heavy Machinery are fast becoming known for, but they were clearly on the same page in terms of competing smart rather than competing fair. Roode bent the rules by mugging Tucker outside the ring following a hot start by Heavy Machinery, and Ziggler broke them by catching Tucker with a Zig Zag as the challengers prepared to execute the Compactor. With Tucker taken out and Otis caught unaware, the champs moved fast, ejecting Otis from the ring to leave Tucker helpless against Roode’s match-ending Glorious DDT. Nitpick Ziggler and Roode’s origin story and underhanded tactics all you want, but Heavy Machinery is about as cohesive a unit as you can find, and they weren’t enough to solve the champs. Ziggler & Roode might just be here to stay.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – These guys whopped a whoopin’ on each other like Evander Holyfield at Mike Tyson’s Y2K party. This was pretty easy viewing, but it wasn’t as ambitious as I was hoping for. Where were the electric eels? Electric eels…the shocking pan-fried treat! I thought of VH1’s big, kahuna summer the whole time. Where’s da tuna fish, brouda?! This was what wrestling nerds called a Hoss match, where fat guys huff and puff like the big, bad wolf at a pot shop. After slugging it out for a little while, one guy farted really hard and the other team passed out and lost. He who smelt it dealt it!

Match #3: The Viking Raiders def. The O.C.

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That’s two in a row for The Viking Raiders against The O.C.’s Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson, who have come up empty in their efforts to assert dominance over the former NXT Tag Team Champions following weeks of skirmishes and brawls. Unfortunately for the good brothers, the dominant showing belonged squarely to Erik & Ivar, who used the full scope of their barbaric offense against the two-time Raw Tag Team Champions. This isn’t to say Gallows & Anderson didn’t hold their own by isolating the smaller Erik, but Ivar was the game-changer, taking fight with a splash off the top rope that shook the ring and earned his team the victory. It was a display that had all the hallmarks of a dominant team — including, of course, the promise of further victories to come.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – That Hoss line I used applies to this match as well. NFL beat the soap opera like it was sweeps. These guys did what they could to make the match count for the time it was camera. Do you think the NFL should wear bras to the ring? The bouncing…jiggle, jiggle, bounce, bounce. This match was like watching lumberjacks chop down trees with their heads. It was cool.

Match #4: Ricochet def. Cesaro

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One Superstar who isn’t shedding many tears over Rey Mysterio’s predicament is Cesaro, who has disrespected The Ultimate Underdog at every turn and didn’t hesitate to do so again after Brock Lesnar attacked the masked Superstar at the beginning of Raw. Unfortunately, he hurled his insults within earshot of Ricochet, who both defended Mysterio’s honor in an impromptu match and paid homage to the icon in the process. Not only did Ricochet pull off the kind of moves that would make his idol Mysterio proud, he competed at such a speed that the typically surgical Cesaro had trouble keeping up. The King of Swing caught his opponent with a few jaw-droppers — witness that gorilla press into a knee — but Ricochet rallied, planting Cesaro with a West Coast Pop straight out of Mysterio’s playbook. It likely won’t be enough to teach Cesaro the error of his ways, but it was certainly a reminder that Rey Mysterio’s greatness isn’t just measured by what he does in the ring, but in those he inspires to follow his lead.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was really strong for about three minutes. Funny how two of the best are given less than five, yet Braun Strowman will get twenty minutes for…what? I like Braun but…Cesaro better. Captain Caveman! Hey, go watch this match, but don’t blink.

Match #5: AJ Styles def. Cedric Alexander – WWE United States Championship Match

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Cedric Alexander’s Cinderella run to the United States Championship has been one of the more inspiring elements of Raw in recent weeks, but the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion may have hit the end of the line: Alexander came up short in his second title opportunity against the obstinate AJ Styles, despite putting on the kind of performance everyone has come to expect from the supremely talented Superstar. It was, unfortunately, not enough. Alexander and AJ are near-identical in terms of their in-ring styles (so to speak), but what this match came down to more than anything was experience. So, while Alexander had certainly learned enough from his Clash of Champions loss to make this one a fight, Styles has years of knowledge he was able to lean on, busting out counters to Alexander’s counters — the most astonishing of which as a whirling midair escape of the Lumbar Check, which led instantly to a match-ending Styles Clash. And while the list of competitors who can’t quite catch AJ Styles is long and illustrious, that doesn’t make this one any less of a heartbreak.

My Opinion: 3.7 out of 5 – This was some great stuff. Cedric probably won’t be getting another shot at a title for a while, so this is his prize fight swan song. Could a swan sing AC/DC? Hells Bells! Gimme the bread crumbs! Hells Bells! C’mon. Do it old maaaannnn! Friggin’ bird. AJ and Cedric have great chemistry together. Why can’t these guys keep wrestling each other? In any case, this tightly contested fight was bell for bell every bit of what it was supposed to be.

Match #6: Lacey Evans def. Natalya

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For weeks now, Lacey Evans has been angling for a tiebreaker in her series with Natalya, specifically attempting to coax The Queen of Harts to the ring by stealing the Hart family’s Sharpshooter maneuver in her matches. That The Sassy Southern Belle got what she wanted was no surprise — you can only push someone for so long — but what is somewhat surprising was the manner with which she attacked, and ultimately defeated, her rival. Nearly all of Evans’ Southern hospitality was gone in this match; she slammed Natalya face-first into he steps and the ring apron in equal measure, looking not so much to defeat the former SmackDown Women’s Champion as embarrass her. Natalya found some daylight after Evans slowed down the pace a bit too much for her own good, even showing some Canadian fire of her own. But The Lady was just a little bit nastier, raking Natalya’s eyes to set up a roll-up victory … and, after the bell, a Woman’s Right that dropped The Queen of Harts to the floor. On its face, it was somewhat surprising that Evans didn’t go for the Sharpshooter to seal this one. But it makes a certain kind of sense: What better statement to end this series than with a maneuver that is, as of yet, one of a kind?

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Evans is getting better, but she’s still not ready for TV yet. Natalya did well with Evans and got her through the rough parts of the match. This came together well enough.

Match #7: (Main Event) Seth Rollins vs. Rusev – WWE Universal Title Match

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The presence of Randy Orton and King Corbin certainly seemed to point to some shenanigans to come during Seth Rollins’ Universal Title bout against Rusev. But, as it turned out, they were the least astonishing appearances during a bout that got out of hand quickly as Raw’s season premiere faded to black. The first unexpected guest out of the gate was Bobby Lashley, who came to the ramp and was quickly joined by Rusev’s wife, Lana. The Ravishing Russian, who has been conspicuous by her absence amid rumors of “problems at home,” locked lips with The All Mighty in front of a distraught Rusev, at which point the lights went out and Rollins got his visitor: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt, whose arrival had been forecast on “Firefly Fun House” earlier in the night, appeared at the side of the ring, locking the Mandible Claw in on Rollins in the final moments of the show. So a night that began with unmitigated chaos ends in mayhem of a different sort, with a broken heart, a broken body, and the promise of Hell to come. And it’s only the first episode of the season.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was getting some-where, but over-booking ruined it. Trust me when I say that Seth and Rusev tried, but they were thwarted by typical WWE business practices. Yeah, that’s a great sentence. The trade routes to the Naboo system are in dispute. All your lifeings are belong to us. Screw it. I’m just gonna haul ass to Lolopalooza! Do you…Yahoooooooooooooooooooo?!

News Of The Night:

  1. Bobby Lashley returned with Lana as his lover to piss off Rusev, who is still buried to her.
  2. Bray Wyatt attacked Seth Rollins to end the show.
  3. Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair announced Team Hogan vs. Team Flair on “Miz TV”, with match taking place at Crown Jewel.
  4. Brock Lesnar attacked Rey Mysterio and Dominick, which caused Rey to vacate his Universal Title fight with Seth Rollins.

Final Verdict: 3.1/5

This was a decent show that had a great AJ Styles match and some other good wrestling that came and went too quickly to stick around in the mind.

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