07th Jul2020

WWE Raw – July 6th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and this show does not take place from Fucking, Austria. That’s a real city, so don’t get any ideas about that being a cuss word here. I wish this took place from Fucking, Austria, because Fucking, Austria is a quaint little town with great people. The people of Fucking, Austria have to deal with constant criticism, because folks from all over the world are always making lewd jokes about the name of Fucking, Austria. Does that sound familiar? When we watch wrestling, especially the WWE, it always feels like we wrestling fans are being held to task for things about the sport that we have no control over. They even say that professional wrestling doesn’t deserve the name it has, because wrestling is too tainted by the entertainment industry. Wrestling deserves to be called wrestling, because these athletes are professionals with great skills that deserve to be on display. Do the people of Fucking, Austria sleep in the Fucking streets instead of their houses because of the world is laughing at the name of Fucking, Austria? The  people of Fucking, Austria refuse to change their city’s name, because they take pride in it and have no shame in it. So, when the WWE treats us bad and gives us lame wrestling shows, we shouldn’t look at that as an excuse to feel bad about our love of wrestling. Now is the time to demand more from wrestling and to stand by it, especially in a time where we have so many problems, for wrestling is worth our respect. Just like the people of Fucking, Austria that stand-up for their way of life in Fucking, Austria, we must protect our sport, as odd as it can be, because if not us, then who will?

Match #1: Drew McIntyre defeated Heath Slater

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Slater pounced on the WWE Champion right at the opening bell, perhaps catching McIntyre off-guard. However, McIntyre regrouped and put his friend down for the three-count with a thunderous Claymore. After the bell, Ziggler berated Slater and attacked him before the WWE Champion returned to chase Ziggler off and patch things up with Slater.

My Opinion: 2.3 out of 5 – This squash was so short, I have time to tell you a wonderful story: My father was a chair all his life, but he killed himself by drinking varnish, which was a terrible sight, but a beautiful finish. It was nice to see Heath get one last match, but it would have been better to get a longer match, considering the angle that preceded this.

Match #2: Kairi Sane (with Asuka) defeated Sasha Banks (with Bayley) [Disqualification]

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When Bayley boasted that her best friend Sasha Banks was ready for anyone, she may not have banked on Asuka bringing out Kairi Sane to take on The Blueprint. Despite being out of action for nearly five weeks, Sane brought the fight to The Boss and nearly defeated Banks until Bayley jumped in the ring to attack her. That set off a wild brawl that culminated with Sane dropping an Insane Elbow on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions at ringside.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This match kicked ass, even with the lame finish (been better with varnish). Sane and Banks played their own version of “Sorry”, except nobody said sorry…at all. What kind of sh*t is that? Fortunately, this match was strength upon strength, with strong strikes smacking skin swiftly. Alliteration is an evil thing. I wish that the end would have been by way of an actual fall, but the wrestling was of such fine stock, that you will likely like this likable little…match. Damn! I wanted to rhyme! This was a hell of a second match for the card.

Match #3: Kevin Owens & Rey Mysterio (with Dominik) defeated Seth Rollins & Murphy

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Coming out of an intense edition of “The KO Show,” this tag team battle was made to determine the stipulation for the clash between Mysterio and The Monday Night Messiah at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. After Mysterio pinned Murphy to win the match, he declared that he wanted payback on Rollins in truly horrific fashion. The two will clash in an “Eye for an Eye” Match – a battle where the only way to win is to extract one of your opponent’s eyes. Mysterio’s decision left everyone, even Rollins, in absolute shock.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was a fun little kick in the ticket-taker. KO looked excellent in his return and Rey was a great partner for the current mega-star. Seth and Murphy were great victims for KO and Rey to clobber away at. There’s no real great moments or moves here, but the match went from one instant to another in rapid fashion and that’s just fine. All in all, this was what it needed to be and nothing more…

Match #4: MVP & Bobby Lashley defeated Ricochet & Cedric Alexander

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Ricochet & Alexander put up a solid fight against The All Mighty and MVP, but there was no stopping Lashley, as he turned Alexander inside out with a Spear to pick up the victory. The All Mighty put Alexander in the Full Nelson after the bell, but Ricochet was able to force him to break the hold with a diving attack off the top rope.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – This was Lashley smacking the piss out of R&CA in a long squash. I would make a lousy disco grandma and you can boogie on over to the next match.

Match #5: Randy Orton, Andrade & Angel Garza (with Zelina Vega) defeated Big Show & The Viking Raiders

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While The Viking Raiders were out for payback after Andrade & Garza’s victory last week, Big Show was out to put an end to Randy Orton’s ruthless ways. But The Viper had the last laugh, as he caught Erik with an RKO to get the win for his team.

My Opinion: 2.9 out of 5 – This went for a while, but it wasn’t much outside of Andrade and Angel getting smacked around. Nobody did a bad job, but nobody kicked this thing into high gear either. Well, at least it was a lively fight while it lasted (which was over ten minutes).

Match #6: Billie Kay (with Peyton Royce) defeated Ruby Riott

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Ruby Riott set out to once again prove herself against The IIconics, who continued to mock her for not having anyone in her corner. Billie Kay & Peyton Royce may have a point, though, as a timely distraction from Royce was just the assist Kay needed to put Riott down for the three-count.

My Opinion: 1.6 out of 5 – Ruby lost another squash. Why?

Match #7: (Main Event) Asuka (with Kairi Sane) defeated Bayley (with Sasha Banks)

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Bayley may have been focused on Asuka heading into Raw’s main event, but she also had to keep an eye on her Extreme Rules opponent, Nikki Cross, who first arrived to join the commentary team, until she was hauled out of the arena. But at the match’s apex, Cross found a way back into the building, banging on the ringside plexiglass, which distracted the SmackDown Women’s Champion and set off a chain of events that led to Asuka gaining the pinfall victory, proving that she just may be the superior women’s champion in WWE.

My Opinion: 4 out of 5 – This was real top-notch stuff. Asuka and Bayley went full-tilt wild on each other and really knocked each other around something fierce. This was like a house of fire doused in a shit-load of gas. If you like watching fast, mean wrestling, then you can’t go wrong here.

News Of The Night:

  1. Rey Mysterio challenged Seth Rollins to an Eye For An Eye match.
  2. MVP debuted a new United States Title.
  3. Ric Flair and Randy Orton are pushing Andrade/Angel Garza to become more aggressive.
  4. Sasha Banks and Bayley will defend the Women’s Tag Titles against Asuka and Kairi Sane, next week.
  5. Dolph Ziggler will un-veil the stipulation for the World Title match at Extreme Rules.
  6. Heath Slater came back to fight Drew McIntyre and also got closure for his WWE career.

Final Verdict: 3.4/5

Two matches made this show worth watching, which ain’t bad overall.


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