22nd Oct2019

WWE Raw – Oct 21st 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here one Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and James Taylor says “You’ve Got A Friend”, but I think he’s full of $#!@. Folk rock, punk skunk, d–k-wad. On this episode of The Charlie Rose Show, women stare at me for an hour with terror and disgust, but not as much as I’m staring at Raw to give it a good review!

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Match #1: Drew McIntyre def. Ricochet

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Anyone who thought Drew McIntyre would need a little time to get back in the swing of things was soundly corrected on Monday night when the former NXT Champion defeated Ricochet in an in-ring return that was just as monstrous as he promised it would be. The victory may have been even more impressive than it appeared on first glance. Smaller, faster Superstars tend to give McIntyre more fits than he’d like to admit (see: Alexander, Cedric), but there was rarely a moment in this match that the Scot wasn’t in control of the former United States Champion. Ricochet briefly found some distance by going high-risk, even connecting with a Shooting Star Press. But the depleted high-flyer was too worn down to hit the Recoil, and McIntyre capitalized by throwing his foe shoulder-first into the turnbuckle and connecting with the Claymore seconds later for the win.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was good to the last drop. With the right length and plenty of action, I felt like a butterfly with a machine gun in a stripper-gram grocery store. This was like taking a trip on the Grand Funk Railroad and rockin’ out the whole way through with the bitchin’est tunes and kick-ass music and rad-ass songs that were so good it made your d—k hard and… I liked this match. I was getting a little excited about riding the train. What a great match to start the card off with. This is the way it should be, every week.

Match #2: Aleister Black def. Jason Reynolds

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If the last two weeks weren’t enough of a hint for you, the days of Aleister Black sitting in a windowless room waiting for the fight to come to him are long gone. The only solace the rest of the Raw roster can take is that he was content, at least for this week, to feast on a local, a poor soul named Jason Reynolds who posed little threat to The Dutch Destroyer. The Cleveland product certainly won points for pluck, throwing hands to start the match and seemingly catching Black somewhat unaware. But it was only a matter of time before The Ominous Man From Amsterdam found his mark, and he did so in quick order with Black Mass to Reynolds’ jaw. Clearly, Aleister Black is always up for a fight. He will even entertain whatever attempts his opponents can mount to give him one. But his generosity has limits.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – Black squashed him. I feel bad for the people that were stuck with squash matches back in the 80s. Okay, this is already boring the hell out of me.

Match #3: Andrade def. Sin Cara

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Andrade has seemingly been on the verge of a breakthrough for some time, and the former NXT Champion certainly isn’t wasting the chance to raise his star as he begins his Raw career in earnest. One week being selected by Raw in the first round of the WWE Draft on Night 2 and subsequently defeating Ali, Andrade knocked off the Superstar who gave him one of his very first rivalries after leaving NXT, Sin Cara, in a showing that certainly caught the attention of the WWE Universe … and one Superstar in particular. The former NXT Tag Team Champion looked solid in his own in-ring return, showing next to no ring rust and giving Andrade far more of a fight than he anticipated. Andrade rallied down the stretch with the Three Amigos, only to be answered himself with a sunset flip powerbomb off the top turnbuckle. Zelina Vega didn’t wait long to execute the contingency plan, downing Sin Cara with a hurricanrana off the apron to tee him up for Andrade’s Hammerlock DDT. Proof, as ever, that to defeat Andrade, you have to get past Zelina first.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a zippy little fight that made Robert John’s “Sad Eyes” weep for joy. The chemistry here was easy to see. We got a fun lucha match that moved quite well and never got dull. Cool stuff.

Match #4: Sunil Singh def. R-Truth – 24/7 Championship Match

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How long would R-Truth make it as 24/7 Champion without Carmella by his side? All of a week, as it turns out. Even though the champ had a rare moment of peace from his would-be usurpers, there was little room for error and he found himself waylaid by Samir Singh, who distracted the champ with a Bollywood song while his brother Sunil rolled Truth up to win the title.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Did you know that Brian De Palma made an action-thriller called “Domino” that finally came out recently? It’s not very good, but it’s still better than this $#!@.

Match #5: The Viking Raiders def. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins

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It should be painfully apparent now that The Viking Raiders are simply going to continue destroying people until someone manages to stop them. And with the Raw Tag Team Titles around their waists, Erik & Ivar have moved on from mauling locals to taking on fully-fledged Superstars. This week, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins found themselves trampled underfoot by the champs, with Hawkins suffering the fateful Viking Experience for the loss despite putting up a solid fight down the stretch. Truly, Ryder & Hawkins didn’t fare any better against The Viking Raiders this time than they did in their first go-round. And true, they didn’t get the pyro they wanted, either. But in keeping with their “Gratitude Era” mindset, they should at least be thankful for one thing: It could have been worse.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – This was a waste of two great teams. A squash that went by too quick, this match is a reminder of why you never try to eat a white-picket fence.

Match #6: Seth Rollins def. Humberto Carrillo

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Humberto Carrillo certainly did not waste his opportunity to make an impression on Raw, giving Universal Champion Seth Rollins all he could handle after some passive-aggressive shade compelled The Beastslayer to challenge the 205 Live veteran to a match. But with “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt looming ahead in a Universal Championship Falls Count Anywhere Match that can’t be stopped for any reason, Rollins was simply not going to let himself be defeated — let alone by an upstart, no matter how talented. And make no mistake; Carrillo is talented. The purple-brand workhorse whipped Rollins to and fro with a seemingly bottomless array of springboard armdrags, darted the champion with suicide dives and generally gave Rollins such a fit that he couldn’t help but be impressed. Carrillo seemed inches from victory after a sky-high moonsault hit its mark, but his attempt at a second moonsault (the first only got two) was blocked by boots to the face from Rollins, who followed up with a superkick and Stomp for the victory.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a fine match that was a bit slow at times, but it had proper length and was strong in the wrestling department. Seth was in the Undertaker position here to Carrillo’s Jeff Hardy and it worked out about as well as that did when it was a Ladder Match for the WWE Undisputed Title back on a Raw broadcast in 2002. Seth was the star here, but Carrillo wasn’t too far behind either. Cool.

Match #7: (Main Event) The Street Profits def. The O.C.

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For a full week, the speculation surrounding The Street Profits was who they would recruit to even the odds against The O.C., who hold a distinct numbers advantage as long as United States Champion AJ Styles is lurking in the corner. As it turned out, that line of thinking may have been discounting the former NXT Tag Team Champions a little too much: Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins emphatically recorded a grinding, come-from-behind victory in their Raw debut, and the third man only made his presence known after Styles got himself ejected and threatened to derail the bout anyway. The mystery equalizer turned out to be none other than Kevin Owens, a former Styles rival — the only hint the Profits gave before the bout was that their guy didn’t like Styles — who dropped The Phenomenal One with a Stunner on the ramp, teeing The Street Profits up to finish the match off with a Dawkins spinebuster and magnificent Frog Splash from Ford, both to Karl Anderson. So it’s a win for The Street Profits, who get the pin in their Raw debut. It’s a win for Owens, who got one over on a Superstar he still harbors a grudge against. And by the looks of things, it’s the first of many on both counts.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a good match that was carried by the far superior O.C. The crowd was with this and the match went upwards of fifteen minutes, so this felt like a worthy main event. The Street Profits aren’t great wrestlers, but they are a great act and they have mileage to spare if they stick with the character work. This was fun and I have no complaints. I know. Surprise!

News Of The Night:

  1. Drew McIntyre joins Team Flair at Crown Jewel.
  2. AOP is on Raw now.
  3. Rusev is trying to un-brain-wash Lana from Bobby Lashley and even managed to find time to brawl with him in a restaurant.
  4. Seth Rollins played heel for much of his match with Humberto Carrillo, but shook hands with him after the bout was over.
  5. Shelton Benjamin has been brought into the Brock Lesnar/Cain Velasquez/Rey Mysterio feud as Brock’s “brother” of sorts, given he trained Brock as a college wrestler.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

I’ll give this a review above three because several of the matches went the right length and delivered some fine wrestling.

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