28th Apr2020

WWE Raw – April 27th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I like that ASMR stuff. Jellybean Green is really good, but not baseball cards. I have a sign outside my home that says “One Way”, because there’s only one way out: IN A BODY BAG! Phantom Of The Paradise is a cool movie and Raw starts…at 8pm on the USA Network.

Match #1: Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black & Apollo Crews def. Andrade, Angel Garza & Austin Theory

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At the climax of an action-packed Six-Man Tag Team throwdown, Apollo Crews pinned United States Champion Andrade to pick up the win for his team.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This gets plenty of points for being quite good from a mechanical perspective, but this was missing that little extra spark to make this into a hit. The wrestling itself is smart and thorough, but the finish never felt in question either. I would have wanted to push the Vega trio, but I get the MITB fighters getting a victory before that big event. Every-body looked good in an opener that took six talented athletes and gave them almost a half-hour to strut their stuff.

Match #2: Nia Jax vs. Asuka vs. Shayna Baszler – Triple Threat Match (No Contest)

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The three Raw entrants in the Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match were supposed to meet in a Triple Threat Match, but they instead engaged in a wild brawl that culminated with Jax taking out both of her rivals with a ladder.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was two or so minutes of brawling that almost went some-where, but didn’t.

Match #3: Bobby Lashley def. Denzel Dejournette

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The All Mighty asked Lana to stay behind for this match, as she was just too beautiful that he couldn’t help but get distracted. That seemingly paid off, as Lashley made quick work of his opponent, putting Dejournette away with a devastating Spear.

My Opinion: 2.1 out of 5 – Bobby killed Denzel and Spike Lee shot Bobby for killing his friend, because it’s a SQUAAAAAAAAASH MATCH! I hate squash matches!

Match #4: Liv Morgan def. Ruby Riott

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Ruby Riott wanted to prove that Liv Morgan’s win last week was a fluke, but she came up short once again, falling victim to Oblivion.

My Opinion: 1.6 out of 5 – Ruby should just quit the WWE now, if being jobbed out in squash matches is all Vince is gonna do with her. Liv/Alexa/Mandy/which ever one of them this was that won needs a lot of work, but she is getting better.

Match #5: Jinder Mahal def. Akira Tozawa

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After nearly a year away from the ring, The Modern Day Maharaja returned and made a major statement, defeating Akira Tozawa with the Khallas.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Akira was wasted, yet again, on the returning Mahal, who still can’t wrestle. How many squash matches do we have to watch in one show?

Match #6: Andrade def. Apollo Crews – WWE United States Championship Match

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After pinning Andrade in Six-Man Tag Team action earlier in the night, Crews tried to make it two in a row in this title bout, but he came up short in a United States Championship Match that seemingly left him with an injury.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was very different from Crews’s first match, but it comes out to about the same score. There’s plenty of mat grappling in here, which I loved having in a prize fight. There’s nothing in here that ain’t worth watching, so consider this a break from Vince’s normal booking choices. Crews should have won the title here, but they did the injury angle for whatever reason. That angle did ruin this a bit, but it was excellent while it lasted.

Match #7: (Main Event) Ricochet & Cedric Alexander def. Ever-Rise

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Ricochet & Alexander continued to show why they’re a team to be reckoned with their win over Chase Parker & Matt Martel.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This was another very short match that might as well have been a squash match. At least Ricochet/CA didn’t lose.

News Of The Night:

  1. Bobby Lashley is telling Lana he doesn’t want her ring-side, because she’s so hot.
  2. Seth Rollins got whooped during the contract signing for the WWE World Title Match (and Buddy Murphy too) for telling Drew McIntyre that he needs to be champion to fulfill some prophecy or some important calling or some s—.
  3. Apollo Crews was injured (possibly completely fake) and is removed from the Money In The Bank Match.
  4. Angel Garza and Charly Caruso still want to f— each other.

Final Verdict: 2.4/5

Two of the matches were really good, but the rest of the show was dull, like a PTO meeting in a McDonald’s bath-room.

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