10th Dec2019

WWE Raw – Dec 9th 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 Miley Cyrus and her new boyfriend, Edward Scissorhands. You can’t hold hands with the guy, but it sure does make your hair grooming a lot easier. Okay, this Raw is supposed to push TLC, but I’ve got a feeling that Vince is just going to do a whole lot of nuthin’.

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Match #1: Drew McIntyre def. Matt Hardy

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Drew McIntyre has been a new man since Survivor Series, dishing out chops to the chest, kicks to the mush and insults to the face of anyone who dares cross him. The latest unlucky recipient of all three was Matt Hardy, who has been working to get some momentum going since his own return a couple of weeks back. Unfortunately for the former Raw Tag Team Champion, a round of adrenaline fueled by some pointed insults toward Matt’s (newly expanding!) family wasn’t enough to take down his towering opponent. Even though Hardy cut McIntyre down to size with a Side Effect and a trip into the ringpost, his attempt to execute a backslide was reversed into a Future Shock DDT, and a Claymore moments later was all she wrote.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was a waste of both guys…because it was a SQUAAAAAAAAAAAASH!!!

Match #2: The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits – Raw Tag Team Titles Match

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The Viking Raiders have been feasting on an endless string of locals more or less since they debuted on Raw, so it made sense that Erik & Ivar would issue an open challenge to see if there was anyone who could stand toe to toe with them. As it turns out, there was. The Street Profits answered the Vikings’ call for a title bout and nearly supplanted the champs, putting on an impressive performance that cemented them as a team to watch even in defeat. Much like the champs, The Street Profits employed a strategy to come out swinging. Montez Ford pancaked Erik with a Frog Splash just seconds into the match, and big man Angelo Dawkins sent Ivar tumbling with an exploder suplex. The Viking Raiders rallied to hit the Viking Experience on Ford for the win, but the effort by the young team was noted. Erik & Ivar shook the hands of The Street Profits after the match, clearly signaling that they’d welcome another fight down the line. It’s not a title victory, but safe to say the Profits achieved a win of sorts all the same.

My Opinion: 2.6 out of 5 – Way too short for a title match between two of the primary tag teams of the league, this was still a fine teaser for what kind of match they could have at the twenty minute mark.

Match #3: Aleister Black def. Akira Tozawa

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The bad news is that Aleister Black has to wait a few more days for the fight he wants against Buddy Murphy. The good news is that he got a hell of a fight from Akira Tozawa. This should be no small consolation for the battle-hungry Black; Tozawa has looked so good the last few weeks that it’s easy to forget he’s on a bit of a losing streak, and this one could have gone either way until the deciding moments when Black snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. He did so by turning Tozawa’s momentum against him, countering The Stamina Monster’s suicide headbutt with a jumping knee and sealing the match soon thereafter with a Black Mass.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was really getting somewhere, but going about three minutes cut this off at the legs, which is a shame, given that both guys were doing great here.

Match #4: Humberto Carrillo def. Andrade

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves an upset. Humberto Carrillo, whose win-loss record hasn’t always matched up with his heart, got one over on the white-hot Andrade, who hasn’t lost a match in a month and a half and has been all but untouchable in the weeks since his Raw debut in the wake of the WWE Draft. Needless to say, he did not take the loss well. Ironically, Andrade seemingly went looking for this fight, confronting Carrillo moments into an interview that introduced him as the hottest newcomer on Team Red. Andrade clearly wasn’t impressed by what he saw, and he made an example of Carrillo early in the match. But the young Superstar lived up to his billing by kicking out of everything Andrade threw at him, including a vicious elbow that all but floored Humberto. After the former NXT Champion accidentally knocked Zelina Vega off the ring apron, Carrillo made his move, rolling up Andrade for three to the assembled disbelief of all involved. No one was more shocked than Andrade, who got in a post-bout shouting match with Vega and blamed her for the loss.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – Vince’s Latino Cedric Alexander beat La Sombra so hard he woke up and was stuck as Andrade again…poor bastard. This was really good and it got some time to be good. If you like lucha libre, then this match will do the trick for you.

Match #5: Buddy Murphy def. Zack Ryder

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With an upcoming fight against Aleister Black, it’s put up or shut up time for Buddy Murphy. With that in mind, his match with Zack Ryder was as much of a potential dry run for Murphy as it was a signal to The Dutch Destroyer that Murphy is no laughing matter. It was a resounding success either way you look at it. Murphy came out swinging against The Ultimate Broski and, despite eating a Broski Boot that almost relieved the Australian of his bicuspids, distracted Zack with a cheap shot to Curt Hawkins at ringside and put the match away with a jumping knee and Murphy’s Law. Looks like Buddy Murphy is in a fighting mood. Good. Then he and Aleister will both get what they want.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – How many damn squash matches do I have to watch in the 21st century?

Match #6: Becky Lynch def. The Kabuki Warriors – Handicap Match (Disqualification)

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Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair both dislike The Kabuki Warriors, and rightly so given the events of the past couple of months. But as Raw made clear, they’re only going to get so even — or collect so many debts, as The Man might put it — fighting one on two. Yes, even after refusing Charlotte’s offer to join forces against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, The Man seemed to have Asuka & Kairi Sane figured out, maneuvering The Pirate Princess into the Dis-arm-her for a near submission win. But the numbers advantage kept Lynch from sealing the victory, at least until Asuka decided she’d had enough and drilled Becky with a steel chair, netting the Raw Women’s Champion a disqualification win. Sane followed up with a demoralizing InSane Elbow that drove Becky through a table.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that had the normal lousy ending, but the action was just what it should have been before that.

Match #7: Erick Rowan def. local competitor (Match Stoppage)

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The local competitor who faced Erick Rowan instantly won the title for the bravest, most foolish man in Greenville when he stole Rowan’s beloved pen and placed it atop the ramp in the hopes of baiting the big man into a count-out loss. It did not work. In fact, it had the opposite effect, provoking Rowan to unleash an onslaught that included three Iron Claws and forced the ref to stop the match. Not that it prevented Rowan from continuing his attack after the bell and repeatedly accusing the local grappler of trying to hurt someone he loved. Points for strategy and originality to this man, if nothing else, but the mystery remains unsolved. The only thing we know at this point is what Rowan will do if you try to solve it.

My Opinion: 1.7 out of 5 – The jobber got over better than Rowan did. Oh, it’s another squash, but the jobber got over more than Rowan, so there you go.

Match #8: (Main Event) Rey Mysterio def. AJ Styles – WWE United States Title Match

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As far as AJ Styles is concerned, the United States Championship is O.C. business. A few other people would disagree, most notably Rey Mysterio, who defeated The Phenomenal One to retain the title in Raw’s main event. Another dissenter is Randy Orton, whose mere presence ensured that The Ultimate Underdog would earn the victory even though The Viper never laid a hand on Styles, his new rival. He picked the perfect moment to appear, rearing his head the second after The Phenomenal One executed a Styles Clash that presumably would have netted the win. Orton left the ring without incident, however, and the incensed AJ was ripe for the picking, as Mysterio jumped on him with a roll-up pin. With Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson having previously been dispatched by The Master of the 619, there was no one to save Styles and no one to stop Mysterio from earning the three-count. So The O.C.’s centerpiece championship moves beyond its clutches. But they know who caused it to do so. And now, O.C. business has changed.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another good match that offered more proof that these guys are bullet-proof as a pair. The finish for this was lame, but it came after a longer match that was quite dynamic when it got the chance to be so. This is like eating sugar-free ice cream that actually tastes good.

News Of The Night:

  1. The n.W.o (Hogan, Hall, Nash, & Waltman) are going into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  2. Batista is going into the WWE Hall of Fame.
  3. AJ Styles and Randy Orton are probably going to wrestle at TLC, thanks to Orton screwing AJ out of the US Title.
  4. Aleister Black versus Buddy Murphy happens at TLC.
  5. Liv Morgan is coming soon to Raw.
  6. Seth Rollins and AOP are a unit and they attacked Kevin Owens.
  7. Charlotte & Becky fight in a TLC Match for the Women’s Tag Titles against the Kabuki Warriors on Sunday.
  8. The Street Profits did a Weekend Update spoof to hype TLC.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

This was dull but serviceable entertainment that didn’t accomplish much.

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