11th May2021

WWE Raw – May 10th 2021: 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 Maya Angelou here to speak with us about reverence. Maya Angelou: I have reverence. I am in awe of the eye of child that sees for the first time and knows all too well what is in sight. I venerate those who weather a storm when there’s no hope of escape. I respect… The Noid: NAAAAAAAAH!!!!!! MA: What the f—k is that little bastard doing here? Noid: GAAAAAAAAH!!!! MA: I am trying to speak to these people, you red-rocket looking muthafugga! Noid: WAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!! MA: I have reverence…for how far my foot is going up your ass! Noid: AAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!! MA: Come here you piddly sumbitch! Wanna know why the caged bird sings? ‘Cuz I beat its ass! Noid: PIZZZZZZAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!! MA: I want a pizza…a pizza that ass! Noid: OOOOOOO!!!!!!! MA: Come over here and put some c—k in my p—-y! Noid: OOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!! Me: God damn it! Why the f—k does this keep happening? It’s the last Raw before WrestleMania…Backlash. MA: Shut up, ya chubby-whubby stubby-grubby sumunabitch! I’mma get that thang up my a—hole! Noid: MMMMMMMMMMM. Me: I’m not sticking around for this s—t. Raw starts… MA: Cocobutt! Fetch us a copy of The Last Starfighter, so we may watch Robert Preston wear a hat! Me: Just read the review.

Match #1: Asuka, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke def. Charlotte, Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler

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Prior to the Triple Threat Match for the Raw Women’s Championship this Sunday at WrestleMania Backlash, Asuka joined forces with Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke against Charlotte Flair and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler. During the action, Alexa Bliss and her friend Lilly decided to get a closer look on their swing set. The Queen of Spades suddenly suffered some sort of leg malfunction which opened the door for The Empress to pick up the victory with the Shining Wizard to Baszler. Before Asuka could celebrate, however, The Queen quickly blasted her with the big boot heading into Sunday’s pay-per-view on Peacock. As she did, Alexa and Lilly laughed maniacally.

The Score: 3 out of 10

Match #2: Jinder Mahal def. Jeff Hardy

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Former WWE Champion Jinder Mahal returned to the red brand in a big way. Flanked by the imposing Veer and Shanky. The Modern Day Maharaja reigned supreme over The Charismatic Enigma with the Khallas.

The Score: 3 out of 10

Match #3: RKBro and New Day def. AJ Styles and Omos & Jaxson Ryker and Elias

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Randy Orton & Riddle joined The New Day in an Eight-Man Tag Team Match against Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos and pesky instigators Elias & Jaxson Ryker. As New Day distracted Omos by messing with a fallen Styles in the final moments of the match, The Viper overcame Elias with the RKO. After the contest, Orton was not in a jovial mood to say the least. After Orton shot Riddle a look when The Original Bro attempted to raise his hand in victory, an unsuspecting Kingston & Woods suffered matching RKOs simply for touching WWE’s Apex Predator.

The Score: 4 out of 10

Match #4: Sheamus def. Humberto Carrillo

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After suffering several brutal assaults at the hands of Sheamus in recent weeks, Humberto Carrillo battled The Celtic Warrior in a hard-fought matchup. However, before a winner could be decided, Carrillo’s high-risk maneuver backfired and left him unable to continue.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Shelton Benjamin def. Cedric Alexander

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After Cedric Alexander very publicly and very disrespectfully ended his partnership with Shelton Benjamin last week on Raw, Benjamin got some payback when he hit a suplex for the win over his friend turned bitter foe.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #6: Rhea Ripley def. Asuka

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With Charlotte Flair joining Raw commentary and toying with both Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley and Asuka throughout the matchup, The Nightmare overcame The Empress with the Riptide.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #7: Damian Priest def. John Morrison

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After Miz’s attempt to help John Morrison failed for the second week in a row, The Archer of Infamy overcame Johnny Drip-Drip with Hit the Lights to earn himself the right to choose the stipulation against The Miz at WrestleMania Backlash. Before he could celebrate, however, The A-Lister unleashed a post-match attack. When he attempted a Skull-Crushing Finale, though, Priest nearly kicked his head off. As Miz made his escape, Morrison suffered a second Hit the Lights. Later, Priest selected to face the two-time former WWE Champion in a Lumberjack Match.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #8: (Main Event) Drew McIntyre def. Bobby Lashley via DQ

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In Raw’s knockdown, drag-out main event showdown between WWE Champion Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre, Braun Strowman stormed the ring and took out The Scottish Warrior to bring an end to the match. However, the mayhem didn’t end there. Although it seemed that Strowman had come to an arrangement with The Hurt Business to take out McIntyre, The Monster Among Men soon unleashed an absolutely vicious post-match onslaught on both of his WrestleMania Backlash opponents and left nothing but destruction in his wake.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 6/10

The first half of this show sucked. Not only did the matches get under-booked, but the build toward WrestleMania Backlash was terrible. The second half of this show still had lame build toward the WrestleMania Backlash Pay Per View, but the matches got considerably better, thanks to several of the latter bouts getting ample time. Humberto Carrillo got injured here and I hope, like everybody I would think, that he was not seriously injured. There were way too many promos with Charlotte Flair here. Why is Charlotte talking so much lately? Flair is not what you would call an exciting personality. What it is about this show that always has it so slow and cumbersome? Why…oh…Vince…right. The booking here was repetitive and dull, but not necessarily bad either, at least in basic conception. Damien Priest fights The Miz at the PPV in a Lumberjack Match. The Miz and John Morrison have a tease of a split that’s ongoing, but who knows how Vince will feel about that in a week. The Shelton/Cedric feud has potential, but when they only get a few minutes to wrestle, it’s hard to capitalize on that potential. Rhea keeps getting shoved aside for Alexa or…Alexa. Boy has she fallen by the wayside. For all the TV time she gets, Alexa has never felt so un-important before. The giggling doll just makes her look like a dip-s—t. Listen. This was not a great show. It failed to promote WrestleMania Backlash in an enticing way. That being said, wrestling is not about building to the next show or telling stories or any of that s—t. Wrestling is about matches that are good and entertaining. There are several matches in the second half that were worth seeing once and, because I don’t want to just be negative because it’s fashionable to do so. There’s some good wrestling in here to check out and, if this show was arranged better, then the entire program could have been as good as the second half of the card was in the ring. That being said, this show really had no desire to be more than just a week in the year of the WWE schedule. Well, I may not be sold on WrestleMania Backlash, but I am sold on that this is an excellent roster and that they deserve far better than what they get from their promoter. Okay. I gotta that a s—t. I’ll see you next time.

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