23rd Jun2020

WWE Raw – June 22nd 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…a lot of wrestlers who have been accused of sexual misconduct. It’s only been a few days, but this has taken over wrestling and appears to have strong enough legs to run before it even knows how to walk. This thing is going to go on for some time and may just set a permanent precedent, if we make it so. Well, in the name of good wrestling, let’s see if this show has some good wrestling.

Match #1: The Street Profits def. The Viking Raiders – Raw Tag Team Championship Match

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While the “Anything You Can Do, We Can Do Better” series saw both teams tie, The Viking Raiders held a clear advantage in the ring, with The Street Profits unable to defeat them. However, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford reversed their fortunes in this battle, beating Erik & Ivar to retain their Raw Tag Team Titles.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was very lively and was a burst of burnin’-hot fire that didn’t burn quickly enough for my taste. TSP needed a match like this to give them some momentum and so did TVR. The difference in styles made the fight more interesting and so did the crack I just smoked. I’M GOIN’ TO MARS DUUUUUUUUUDE!!!!! The lizard people have welcomed me unto the electric rocket of the salsa-bot.. Both teams worked hard to sell this fight as being as important as any other prize fight of recent memory and were fairly successful. Hey, when it’s good, IT’S SEW EASY…OH SEW EASY!!!

Match #2: Asuka def. Charlotte Flair – Raw Women’s Championship Match

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Despite suffering an injury to her left arm in a brawl with Nia Jax earlier in the night, Charlotte Flair fought valiantly in hopes of capturing the Raw Women’s Title. However, once she was trapped in the Asuka Lock, The Queen had no choice but to tap out, ensuring The Empress of Tomorrow’s reign would continue.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was as strong of a match as you can have in ten to twelve minutes. Both of these fighters just knocked the SpongeBob SquarePants out of each other (damn pineapples under the sea). The match was a brisk pairing of hard hits and quick wrestling that kept the speed ramped-up at ninety miles an hour. I’m glad the goal was to put over Asuka, because Charlotte Flair, as talented as she is, just ain’t movin’ the needle. Over-all, one little girl said to another “Shut your ass!” and this match was just right.

Match #3: Akira Tozawa def. R-Truth – 24/7 Championship Match

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R-Truth was fully prepared to fight Akira Tozawa and his ninjas to defend his 24/7 Title. What he was not prepared for was Bobby Lashley. The All Mighty bulldozed through Tozawa’s ninjas, and then rag dolled R-Truth around the ring in his Full Nelson. After dishing out enough damage, Lashley left with MVP, and Tozawa emerged from under the ring, sliding in to pin Truth and capture the 24/7 Championship.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – Did you know that this match sucked? It was just a stinkin’ angle with a sneaky pin at the end. See, this is what happens when you book short matches…there’s nothing to review!

Match #4: Natalya def. Liv Morgan

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With her new friend Lana in her corner, a confident Natalya forced Liv Morgan to submit to the Sharpshooter and kicked off a celebration with her new friend.

My Opinion: 2.2 out of 5 – This wasn’t very much, going only a few minutes and offering very little in the way of action.

Match #5: Sasha Banks & Bayley def. The IIconics – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match

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Billie Kay & Peyton Royce set out to make Championship Monday a repeat of WrestleMania 35, where they dethroned Sasha Banks & Bayley to become WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions. However, it was not meant to be on this night, as Banks forced Royce to tap out in the Bank Statement.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – The champs carried the challengers to a good match that moved quickly and didn’t wear out its welcome (unlike “The Chevy Chase Show”).

Match #6: (Main Event) Apollo Crews def. Shelton Benjamin

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Despite being rammed shoulder-first into the turnbuckle by Shelton Benjamin during MVP’s “VIP Lounge,” Apollo Crews fought through the pain and defeated the mat maven. But after the bell, Crews found out that rebuffing MVP’s offers comes at a price, as Bobby Lashley emerged and locked him in the Full Nelson.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was excellent, for the two minutes we got of this. Booking this to go so short was a dumb move that hurt a potentially great match. All in all, whose leg do you have to hump to get a dry martini around here and this match was a blown opportunity.

News Of The Night:

  1. The Street Profits were ambushed by Andrade and Angel Garza.
  2. Seth Rollins was thwarted in his attempt to stab Dominik Mysterio’s eye when Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo stopped him and his goons, (Buddy) Murphy and Austin Theory.
  3. Bobby Lashley attacked Apollo Crews after his US Titles.
  4. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode were the wrestlers who were switched with AJ Styles.
  5. Dolph Ziggler fights Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Title at Extreme Rules.
  6. Ruby Riott wants to talk to Liv Morgan (may be a face turn for Riott).
  7. Lana is now Natalya’s manager.
  8. Sasha Banks challenged Asuka to a Raw Women’s Title match at Extreme Rules.
  9. Natalya has an announcement she won’t share…I think.
  10. Bobby Lashley attacked R-Truth to cost him the 24/7 Title.
  11. Big Show confronted Randy Orton & Ric Flair over the pair attacking Christian last week.
  12. Charlotte Flair and Nia Jax are feuding over Flair never beating Jax (Jax also “broke” Flair’s arm).
  13. Edge told Randy Orton that being re-injured has brought back the Rated-R Super-Star.

Final Verdict: 3.2/5

This started off fine, but dipped and never really recovered, despite setting-up many matches for Extreme Rules and acts for the future.


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