05th May2020

WWE Raw – May 4th 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 The Clone Wars series finale. It was Nicolas Cage the whole time! I’m Castor Troy and you’d better watch your f—— mouth…Rebel scum. Dick Shawn…Dick Wolf…Dick Sargent…Dick Cavett…Dick Tracy…Dick Butkiss…HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE DICK…Master Skywalker. Darth Maul should be played by Jacki Weaver…young Padawan. We’ve got the big finale before Money In The Bank…Mister Spock. Live Long And…SUCK IIIIIIIIIIIIIIT…

Match #1: AJ Styles won the Last Chance Gauntlet Match to claim the final spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match

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The final spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match this Sunday was up for grabs in a Last Chance Gauntlet Match. After last being seen buried alive in the Boneyard Match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania, AJ Styles returned to claim the final place in shocking fashion. As the Last Chance Gauntlet Match kicked off, it looked as though Bobby Lashley would handily punch his ticket to WWE Global Headquarters, as The All Mighty handily dispatched Titus O’Neil, Akira Tozawa and Shelton Benjamin. However, Lashley unintentionally got himself disqualified against Humberto Carrillo, ending his hopes of claiming the Money in the Bank contract. Carrillo fared well after Lashley continued to attack him, going on to eliminate Angel Garza and Austin Theory. However, Carrillo’s final hurdle was the returning Styles, who looked confident as ever, despite last being seen getting buried by The Undertaker in the Boneyard Match at WrestleMania. Styles showed he hadn’t lost a step, as he defeated Carrillo, then declared that the next Mr. Money in the Bank would be phenomenal.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This wasn’t nearly as exciting as it should have been, but Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin and AJ Styles gave great performances within a standard match. Lashley was put over early on in the best booking of him since his 2007 WWE World Title Match against John Cena at The Great American Bash. Benjamin got to display his athleticism in short order against Lashley. Titus O’Neil, Akira Tozawa, Humberto Carrillo, Angel Garza and Austin Theory all gave good performances in this match as well, but the aforementioned three really gave this bowl of mashed potatoes some zip. AJ winning felt right and gave this a purpose and helps sell MITB as an event for the biggest stars in the league.

Match #2: Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink def. Ricochet & Cedric Alexander

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Apparently, having MVP’s endorsement was just what Shane Thorne & Brendan Vink needed. The Australian duo pulled off an upset victory after Vink leveled Ricochet with a big boot to the face.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – If this match had gone another ten minutes, this would have mattered, but this match was just a few minutes and didn’t really show much of any-thing from anybody.

Match #3: The Viking Raiders def. The Street Profits

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Despite Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins’ best efforts, Erik & Ivar continued their dominance over the Raw Tag Team Champions, defeating The Street Profits in a non-title bout with the Viking Experience.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This was decent, but it never felt like it got going well enough to get anywhere. Like Norman Lear when making a spin-off of “All In The Family”, I felt good about this going in, but it didn’t quite get to that sweet, sweet “Jeffersons” spot. I wish there had been more wrestling in here, but this is the WWE, so…Hang Ten!

Match #4: Charlotte Flair def. Liv Morgan

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While Charlotte Flair may have been focused on her NXT Women’s Title defense against Io Shirai this Wednesday on USA Network, Liv Morgan was out to make a name for herself when she called out The Queen. However, despite a spirited performance from Morgan, Flair defeated the fiery upstart with the Figure Eight.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – Liv did a nice job here, but this was still Flair’s match and a dull one it was. I saw nothing here that made me want to watch another from these two, but I won’t let that stop me from sticking around for their other matches, because I’m a stuck-up jack-ass. Flair kept this fight within the realm of plausibility, but there was nothing really interesting going on here.

Match #5: (Main Event) Drew McIntyre def. Buddy Murphy

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Though Murphy was out to show just what he has learned from Seth Rollins, Drew McIntyre had other plans. In response to Rollins’ heated words earlier in the night, the WWE Champion put The Monday Night Messiah’s disciple down for the three-count with a devastating Claymore. Seth Rollins ambushed McIntyre after the match, but The Monday Night Messiah escaped before the WWE Champion could connect with a Claymore.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was a nice taste of what these two might do if given more time, but there’s not much here besides a good few minutes of action. Drew is a pretty satisfying champion from what I keep seeing of him in this role. Murphy…I don’t know if he’s got the stuff to be a great champion, but he’s got wrestling talent and he knows how to use it. I wish that the match could have gone longer and meant more, but at least it was easy-viewing…like Jessica Alba on “Dark Angel”…mmmmmmmmm. “Modern Family” can kiss my ass.

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Where was the damn wrestling? Why was there not more anticipation built for the actual PPV? I’m not even sure what happens at MITB besides the MITB match. There were some promos with MVP and the RAW women for the Women’s MITB match, as well as a few Seth Rollins segments where he talked and hit people, but none of that felt like it made me wanna see MITB.


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