09th Jun2020

WWE Raw – June 8th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and the Wright brothers were wussies. On this card, we have five matches in a three hour show…there ya’ go. Ed Harris’s name backwards is Sirrah De. Top Gun sucks and this episode of Monday Night Raw starts…well, when-ever it starts in your area.

Match #1: Asuka & Charlotte Flair def. The IIconics and Sasha Banks & Bayley

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Despite being the least experienced team in the match (and expecting to be facing each other at this point), Asuka and Flair proved to be the most focused team in this Triple Threat Match. The Queen and The Empress picked up the win when Asuka forced Billie Kay to tap out to the Asuka Lock. Their alliance was short-lived, however, as The Queen dropped the Raw Women’s Champion after the bell, letting her know that things wouldn’t be so friendly when they squared off one-on-one later in the evening.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was good fun that lasted for around eleven to twelve minutes. Even the IIconics managed to give a solid performance here, like a gummy bear commando squad. Hey, I can be cute with these jokes! I’m allowed, damn it! Asuka and Flair working well as a team was a fun surprise, like watching Mark Twain lick his moustache. It’s curious having the new team beat the established tandems, but Vince just had to have Charlotte Flair on TV for another hundred minutes. All in all, this was a decent way to start the card.

Match #2: Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo def. (Buddy) Murphy & Austin Theory

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Aleister Black & Humberto Carrillo once again fought for Mysterio’s honor against Rollins’ disciples and picked up the victory after Black pinned Murphy.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This was two minutes of “make the damn thing longer, assholes”. Why would you book these four to go so short? What few minutes we got was really strong stuff, but it all fell apart as soon as it began, because the match ended a minute or two after it started.

Match #3: Andrade def. Angel Garza and Kevin Owens – WWE United States Championship Match At WWE Backlash

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Kevin Owens got a measure of payback before the start of this battle, blindsiding Andrade and Angel Garza as they made their entrance. But once the bell rang, KO found himself at the mercy of his opponents, as they teamed up to take out Owens. But the alliance did not last long, as Andrade and Garza were soon sniping at each other, which turned into a shoving match at ringside that saw Zelina Vega get caught in the crossfire. It looked as though Owens had the upper hand after hitting The Lethal Lothario with a Stunner, but Andrade kicked Owens out of the way and pinned his tag team partner to earn a United States Title Match this Sunday at WWE Backlash.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was no masterpiece, but it went a while, had room to breathe and made all three guys look tough. Andrade winning was a surprise, if only because that means Owens has nothing to do for a major event like Backlash. There were a lot of intense moves here, but that doesn’t mean that there wasn’t any well-paced wrestling, because there was. These three had chemistry with each other, so much so that there might be some-thing to this trio to revisit for future matches.

Match #4: Bobby Lashley & MVP def. The Viking Raiders

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It was power meets power when Erik & Ivar clashed with The All Mighty & MVP. But even though they had WWE Champion Drew McIntyre and The Street Profits cheering them on from ringside, Erik could not escape Lashley’s fearsome Full Nelson.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was a pretty solid match, with no wobbly chunks in it or any gaps in the foundation. MVP looked great and everybody else looked even better. There’s nothing bad in here, but I did lament not getting more technical wrestling from Lashley. Well, at least this arrow hit near the bullseye.

Match #5: (Main Event) Charlotte Flair def. Asuka

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Despite their loss earlier in the night, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks & Bayley joined the commentary team to take a closer look at The Queen and The Empress of Tomorrow battle in the main event. The IIconics also took a keen interest in this match, watching from behind the plexiglass at ringside. Neither competitor held back as they brawled around ringside, where Flair tossed Asuka over the announcers’ desk, and The IIconics attacked Banks & Bayley. Both Superstars threw everything they had at each other in a hard-hitting battle, but Nia Jax played spoiler for her WWE Backlash opponent. As soon as The Irresistible Force arrived, Asuka turned her attention toward her challenger. That would be The Empress’ undoing, as she soon turned around right into a boot from Flair that spelled victory for The Queen.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This really kicked ass. The finish marred it a bit, but this was as hard-hitting as Barry Bonds with a reporter who cracked wise about his steroid use. Flair beating Asuka is not the best booking decision, but it seems the goal is to build toward Asuka beating Flair in the near future.

News Of The Night:

  1. Edge was motivated by Christian to beat Randy Orton at Backlash, with the latter of the three insulting the first two through the Titantron.
  2. Andrade fights Apollo Crews for the US Title at Backlash.
  3. Charlotte Flair and Asuka are being teased for a big feud over the Raw Women’s Title this summer.
  4. Nia Jax attacked Asuka to build toward their match at Backlash.
  5. Rey Mysterio promised to get revenge on Seth Rollins when he is cleared to wrestle.

Final Verdict: 3.3/5

The last two matches were really good and made the rest of the show, which was dull, if anything, worth sitting through.

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