04th Feb2020

WWE Raw – Feb 3rd 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we’ve got the build to the Ali Baba 500 that’s coming up in just a few weeks. You’ll like being a dude. There better be some good wrestling here, or I’ll be pissed.

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Match #1: Liv Morgan def. Lana

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With no one banned anyone from ringside, all signs pointed to some shenanigans during Liv Morgan’s rematch with Lana. Surprisingly, that wasn’t the case. No one got involved in the match, and Liv won without incident. After the match, however, was a different story. Morgan’s victory lap over The Ravishing Russian was spoiled by the sudden return of Ruby Riott, who returned to seemingly congratulate her former Riott Squad running mate and then suddenly attacked, dropping Morgan and leaving her to the mercy — or lack thereof — of The Ravishing Russian, who struck with a facebuster. Clearly, the new Liv Morgan is not someone who has a problem making enemies; good for her, then, that the list is growing by the day.

My Opinion: 0.3 out of 5 – S—.

Match #2: Drew McIntyre def. Mojo Rawley

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Is Drew McIntyre unstoppable? It’s a bit early to say for sure, but early returns are looking good. One week after defeating The O.C. in a Handicap Match, the Men’s Royal Rumble Match victor defeated 24/7 Champion Mojo Rawley in a match that lasted a grand total of three seconds. McIntyre also had some fighting words for WWE Champion Brock Lesnar. The Scotsman claimed his WrestleMania opponent was “apprehensive” in the face of the Claymore, a move that had already upended him once and a move McIntyre promised would defeat Rawley in three seconds. It did, seemingly confirming that Drew’s ace in the hole is nothing to scoff at, and Lesnar might have more on his hands than he thinks. As for “offensive lineman” Riddick Moss, Mojo might want to consider a contract renegotiation. Or, at the very least, some incentives.

My Opinion: 0.6 out of 5 – This was a f—— SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH! I hate squashes! S—!

Match #3: Buddy Murphy & AOP def. Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders – Six-Man Tag Team Elimination Match

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Let’s be honest: Kevin Owens was never going to stop battling Seth Rollins and his disciples even in the wake of Samoa Joe’s rough landing last week. But bravery doesn’t always translate into wins, and Monday’s Six-Man Tag Team Elimination Match proved to be an admirable effort with a demoralizing end. Facing Buddy Murphy & AOP with The Viking Raiders at his side, Owens had as good a chance as ever to land a blow against The Monday Night Messiah and his flock. But thanks to a combo of Rollins interfering with a Stomp and a grisly collision with the ring apron, Erik & Ivar were taken out of commission, leaving Owens to go it alone. KO improbably brought it down to one-on-one by eliminating Murphy and Akam, but another assist from Rollins helped Rezar snuff out an excellent effort by the former Universal Champion. It might not help him sleep much better, though. In a rivalry like this, moral victories will only get you so far.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a strong match that went for a long time and actually had wrestling action in it. KO was the star here, as usual. Seth worked hard to be a proper heel for KO to collide with. This didn’t break the mold, but it did break a bad streak on this show and that’s a beautiful thing.

Match #4: Aleister Black def. Eric Young

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If it’s momentum you seek, Aleister Black has it, but to what end? That is yet unclear. The Dutch Destroyer added Eric Young to his list of conquests, but one week after putting the entire Raw locker room on notice, he offered no insight into his endgame, preferring instead to leave it as an open-ended question. He did, however, offer one glimpse into his worldview: that people should be whoever they want to be, all the better to offer him the “relentless competition” he craves. It’s the same advice he was given once upon a time, and by the looks of things, that advice is clearly serving him well.

My Opinion: 1.4 out of 5 – This was a waste of two talented people. Remember when Eric Young won the TNA World Title? How do you like me now? I hate these damn squashes.

Match #5: Rey Mysterio def. Angel Garza (Disqualification)

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The devil works hard, but Zelina Vega works harder. One week after losing Andrade to a wild attack by Humberto Carrillo, La Muñeca brought in Angel Garza — former NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Carrillo’s cousin and self-proclaimed “leader of the family” — to face the young Superstar. Her plan paid off magnificently. Garza took out Humberto with a sickening attack and made an example of Rey Mysterio, who came to Carrillo’s defense and found himself in a match with the former champion instead. Garza is as eccentric as he is ruthless, and Mysterio was caught somewhat flat-footed against a competitor he seemed to underestimate. (Mysterio might have thought better since he faced Garza’s uncle Héctor in WCW once upon a time.) And after Zelina Vega instigated a confrontation on the outside, Garza got what he came for, attacking Mysterio from behind and drilling him into the exposed concrete of the arena floor with a Hammerlock DDT. Whether Garza proves to be a permanent addition to Vega’s clientele or just another hungry Superstar in the mix remains to be seen. Either way, Zelina’s happy, and that means trouble.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a fine match that went for a while and really stuck the landing. Rey and Garza are a natural pairing that can come together anytime.

Match #6: Asuka def. Natalya

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Asuka outlasted Natalya in a match that quickly got chippy and personal.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was another fine match for these two fighters. Asuka was just mean here, like Amber Heard on her honeymoon with Johnny Depp. Natalya was intense here and delivered a version of herself that was all business. Do this s— more often.

Match #7: (Main Event) Ricochet def. Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley – Number One Contender’s Match For A WWE World Title Shot At WWE Super ShowDown

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A few weeks ago, Ricochet looked Brock Lesnar in the eye and said he wasn’t scared to fight him. Here’s his chance. The former United States Champion is set to challenge The Beast Incarnate for the WWE Championship at WWE Super ShowDown, having outlasted Seth Rollins and Bobby Lashley in a truly chaotic Triple Threat Match. Unsurprisingly, AOP & Buddy Murphy emerged to assist Rollins, but the arrival of Kevin Owens and Erik of The Viking Raiders (and their steel chairs) helped drive Rollins’ allies away. With things back to normal, Ricochet claimed the win with a 630 to Lashley. And right on cue, Lesnar appeared out of nowhere, dropping his Super ShowDown challenger with an F-5 as Raw went off the air. Ricochet gets the fight he wants, and from the looks of things, Lesnar is happy to give it to him.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was a lot of nice spots and some cool moments with Ricochet. I’m glad that Ricochet got the victory, even though the Bobby/Brock match should be a given at some point (should’ve happened by now). There was too much interference in the match during the middle stretch, but the fight had the right idea and kept that idea in mind when it mattered most. Ricochet…it’s about time.

News Of The Night:

  1. Ruby Riott returned to attack Liv Morgan after the match with Lana.
  2. Randy Orton refused to explain his attack on Edge.
  3. Ricochet fights Brock Lesnar for the WWE World Title at Super Showdown.
  4. Becky Lynch defends the Raw Women’s Title against Asuka, next week.
  5. Angel Garza debuted to attack Humberto Carrillo.
  6. Rhea Ripley challenged Charlotte Flair to an NXT Women’s Title Match at Wrestlemania.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

The promos accomplished something and there were several excellent matches, so this was a good show.

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