18th Feb2020

WWE Raw – Feb 17th 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 have more build to Super ShowDown…and Elimination Chamber…and Wrestlemania…and jo Momma! BANG! Any-way, Gore Vidal wore a thong and we’ve got some wrestling matches.

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Match #1: Aleister Black def. Erick Rowan

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We should know by now that Aleister Black is not a man who makes idle threats, and yet it was still somewhat surprising to see the former NXT Champion, who has vowed to fight anyone and everyone in the locker room, not just hang with the monstrous Erick Rowan but defeat him in decisive fashion. Rowan, of course, didn’t make it easy for Black; the big man’s opponents in the Tuwaiq Trophy Gauntlet Match should be sweating right about now. Nevertheless, The Dutch Destroyer countered Rowan’s fists with knees and feet, narrowly escaping the Iron Claw and dropping Rowan with a pair of Black Masses when one didn’t quite get the job done. Black’s endgame still remains somewhat unclear, as he had nothing to say after this victory. Then again, it certainly seems like he said all he needed to in the ring.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This turned out really well for a match with no psychology. This was just timed hits and blocks, but it worked and was performed beautifully by Black. As a character clash, this match was a marquee bout. The feeling with this was that it was a battle of two mysterious men with ugly hair. B—-, get rid of that perm! These guys went all over the place, like Smurfs in a car wreck. This could have gone for another ten minutes and you would have been on to something. In any case, this was better than either man having another squash match. The right man won and I’m a dumb-ass.

Match #2: Riddick Moss def. R-Truth and Mojo Rawley – Triple Threat Match For The 24/7 Championship

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R-Truth made the 24/7 Championship famous through a series of increasingly zany wins and losses. Mojo Rawley tried to revolutionize it by becoming the first-ever fighting 24/7 Champion. Riddick Moss seems to be staking out a middle ground, and surprisingly, it’s working for him. The current champion, having narrowly escaped an ambush at the Funko factory, defeated Truth and Mojo in a Triple Threat Match to retain his title, pinning Mojo to win the match and fleeing through the crowd to keep his reign safe.

My Opinion: 1.3 out of 5 – This went less than two minutes and didn’t have much wrestling in it. Do you really want me to talk more about it? I don’t.

Match #3: Drew McIntyre def. MVP

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What’s it going to take to stop Drew McIntyre from turning Suplex City into “Claymore Country”? We can cross Paul Heyman speeches and angry rivals off that list, as Brock Lesnar’s challenger merrily batted away a verbal volley from The Beast’s advocate and an attempt by Montel Vontavious Porter to stop McIntyre in his tracks. Heyman’s usual boisterousness was certainly subdued by McIntyre’s continued defiance, but MVP, who Heyman introduced, was straight-up silenced by a Claymore despite a fiery attempt at “retribution” after getting beaten down during last week’s “VIP Lounge.” Now, while accomplished, MVP is not Brock Lesnar. But McIntyre’s instant victory is no longer an isolated incident, and that spells worry for The Beast. As Heyman knows better than anybody, the one thing more dangerous than someone who knows they’re good is someone who backs it up.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Poor MVP. Now he’s getting squashed. Fortunately, both guys are pretty set as stars, so neither man would come out of this too bad, no matter the booking.

Match #4: Bobby Lashley & Angel Garza def. Rusev & Humberto Carrillo

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Whether Angel Garza and Bobby Lashley’s impromptu tag team constituted a double-date with Zelina Vega and Lana is up for debate. Either way, it was a rousing success, as the former NXT Cruiserweight Champion and two-time Intercontinental Champion stole a win from Rusev & Humberto Carrillo in a furiously-paced battle on Raw. The hits kept on coming, and Garza stole both the show (he got a peck on the cheek from a smitten fan) and the match, pinning Rusev with a handful of tights. With Rusev and Lashley poised to reignite their rivalry in the Tuwaiq Trophy Match, The Bulgarian Brute has a chance to pick himself up off the mat yet. For Garza, however, the momentum is strong, and the ceiling is nowhere in sight.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was good fun that made me wanna put Donald Trump in an In-School-Suspension…naughty boy. Joel McHale looks like a geek. There’s plenty of WWE hard-hits here, which just means “video game-level graphics”. That’s a nerd joke. Did I do it right? Screw it. I’m gonna do a normal people joke. There were enough foreigners in here that rich, white bigots were calling ICE to take their asses back to Mexico. I bet that’s what Vince McMahon thought while watching this. Gargoyles was a great show. Keith David…keep him here. Okay, this had plenty of action sequences here that’ll make your Wahlburgers Planet Of The Apes all over your Transformers until The Yards are Invincible with Three Kings that I Heart Huckabees so much that Ted rates this match as a 3.4 and I do too.

Match #5: Kairi Sane def. Natalya (Count-Out)

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A couple of weeks ago, Asuka left Natalya with a black eye en route to a Raw Women’s Title Match with Becky Lynch. This week, she added insult to injury by costing The Queen of Harts a match against Kairi Sane, a move that could bode ill for Natalya’s chances against Asuka inside the Women’s Elimination Chamber. The specter of that match hung over Natalya vs. Kairi — Asuka explicitly promised to defeat Natalya in the cage and barked instructions at her partner from the corner. Most crucially, however, she got involved, blasting Natalya with a kick on the outside that dropped the former SmackDown Women’s Champion to the mat, leaving her incapacitated long enough for Kairi to earn a count-out win. Like she says: Easy peasy.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This had the potential, but it all got kept down by time constraints and the booking. Will you just let them go seventeen minutes with a week’s worth of build ushering them in? It’s a three hour show. You can do any-thing you want and yet you keep taking the easy way out. I guess Trevor Murdoch’s accusation of you being a lazy is more than just fair…it’s dead-on-balls-accurate. Well, Ms. Devito, I guess the f—— thing is broke. My Cousin Vinny! Is it “Devito” or some other Italian noodle? Overall, this was a smart match that had sound wrestling from bell to bell, but the booking was as such that it didn’t matter. Also, I hate the Kabuki Warrior Japanese yammer-promos and so does the crowd…stop doing them.

Match #6: Ricochet def. Karl Anderson

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First thing’s first: AJ Styles is back on Raw. But while Styles was as boastful as ever — we do believe he called himself the best Superstar of any era, ever — Karl Anderson lost to Ricochet in an impromptu match that stemmed from a confrontation between The Phenomenal One and Ricochet, the latter of whom is about to challenge Brock Lesnar for the WWE Title at WWE Super ShowDown. As far as AJ’s concerned, Ricochet doesn’t deserve that match, but Anderson ran interference rather than “Uncle Allen” square up with an opponent he felt was unworthy on his first night back. Anderson’s strategy ended up backfiring; Styles and Luke Gallows were ejected for ringside interference, and Ricochet pinned the solo Anderson to spoil The O.C.’s big night. And for all Styles’ insistence that he can hang with the Legends of the past, tonight was as clear as any that the road to immortality can’t be traveled in a single evening.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was getting somewhere, but it got stuck in commercial break Purgatory for most of the duration. I could have gone for this on PPV, but this was mostly just booked as a piss-break match between two guys who could be mega-stars someplace else.

Match #7: (Main Event) Kevin Owens & The Viking Raiders vs. Murphy & AOP (Disqualification)

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For Seth Rollins’ movement to work, he claims the noncompliant must be eradicated, but despite The Monday Night Messiah’s attempt to “crucify” Kevin Owens in the closing moments of Raw, his disciples found themselves surprised by Profits of a different kind. Rollins broke up a pinfall after Owens dropped Murphy with a Stunner, which got his disciples disqualified and handed the win to the “nonbelievers” in a Six-Man Tag Team Match.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was just rinse, recycle, repeat affair that rehashed the same match we’ve seen the past few months. There’s nothing bad here, but nothing great either. They all worked hard, but it just felt tepid any-way. It’s a damn shame that I feel that way, but when you just book the same thing repeatedly, what the hell else am I supposed to get out of it? As a finale to Raw, this worked, but not well.

News Of The Night:

  1. Shayna Baszler confronted Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch to help sell the Elimination Chamber Match with Baszler, Asuka, Ruby Riott, Natalya, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, as well as feud between Lynch and Baszler.
  2. Charlotte Flair addressed NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley to sell that feud for Wrestlemania.
  3. Randy Orton attacked Matt Hardy, again, to get Orton more heat and, likely, send Hardy away to AEW.
  4. Liv Morgan cut a lame promo on beating Ruby Riott.
  5. Seth Rollins had his first official sermon and has made his heel turn more sincere than in previous weeks, which will help him when he eventually turns face in the future.
  6. The Street Profits saved Kevin Owens from being crucified, which might be a tease for giving Rollins a bit of that ol’ Raven magic.

Final Verdict: 3/5

This was a hum-drum show…hum-drum?! I sound like the biggest p—- out there in the big, wide world. There’s not much here that’s bad, but what’s great about that?

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