28th Jul2021

WWE Raw – July 26th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I have nothing to say to you. You know what you did! How could you? Get lost loser. I mean it. Go! John, go Cougar your Mellencamp. Go! I’ve had it up to here with you! Do you know where here is? It’s where we’re at! Ain’t so smart now are you mother-f–ker?! Well, why you think about what you’ve done, I’ll start the review. Be gone Satan!

[Author’s Note: Riddle, who’s accusations of rape were settled out of court, is on this show and, since he never officially had an official determination of guilt or innocence in a court of law, could still in fact be guilty of said accusations and viewer discretion should be advised if that fact alarms or upsets you].

Match #1: Damian Priest b. Sheamus – Championship Contender’s Match

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Coming off a successful outing against Humberto Carrillo last week, United States Champion Sheamus faced a much different test in the form of Damian Priest this time. The result was a highly physical Championship Contenders Match that ended nicely for The Archer of Infamy after he connected with Reckoning and seemingly re-injured Sheamus’ nose on his way to victory.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – This was a hell of a slug-fest from these two. This was the first of these Champion’s Contender’s matches, which is just WWE’s version of Ring Of Honor’s Proving Grounds matches. As a non-title match that leads to a prize fight if you beat the champion, it was pretty damn good. Sheamus was quite agile here and never slowed down once. Damian worked hard to match-up well with Sheamus and feel like an equal, which is a task I’d say he aced. This was a fast match with swift movements, but not too fast so as to miss the goods. This was excellent and if this match is an indicator, we’ve got a fabulous series of matches coming from these two. Sit Ubu sit. God dog.

Match #2: AJ Styles/Omos b. The Viking Raiders – Raw Tag Team Titles Match

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After picking up a monumental victory last week, The Viking Raiders finally got their highly-anticipated rematch for the Raw Tag Team Championship against AJ Styles & Omos. Erik & Ivar put forth a valiant effort, but they could not stop The Phenomenal One and his colossal partner, as their fate was sealed after Omos dropped Erik with a huge two-handed Chokeslam and Styles provided the exclamation point with a Springboard 450 Splash.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – This turned out very nicely. Omos is coming along and AJ is still a star. War Machine…stupid NFL team name…The Viking Raiders…gonna hurl…worked well here and gave me a chubby. Boner-inducing though these chicks may be, I…my assistant Paskettee has informed me that they are not women, but men. F–k! Well, at least you get all the action you need, but not for long enough.

Match #3: Drew McIntyre b. Veer (DQ)

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Following a heated verbal exchange that saw Drew McIntyre apologize for not hitting Shanky more than 34 times with a steel chair last week, Jinder Mahal sent his other cohort, Veer, into the ring to do battle with The Scottish Warrior. Mahal’s attempt to slide a steel chair to Veer was foiled by a wicked Claymore Kick from McIntyre. The former WWE Champion then turned his attention to Mahal’s lawyer, who was the latest associate of The Modern Day Maharaja to suffer McIntyre’s wrath.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – Veer was very athletic here. That’s it. Yeah. I know.

Match #4: Natalya/Tamina b. Eva Marie/Doudrop – Championship Contender’s Match

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Eva Marie & Doudrop set out to take on WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Natalya & Tamina in an all-important Championship Contenders Match, but Alexa Bliss could not wait to make her presence felt. Bliss and Lilly presented “The Lilly-lution” in order to distract Eva Marie, leading to a win for Natalya & Tamina after Tamina delivered a swift Superkick to Eva.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 -This was starting to get somewhere, but Natalya got hurt and it all went short anyway. Tamina is at her best in this tag team. Eva was the weak link here. Also, having the Lilly doll interrupt the match sucked. …and boom goes the dynamite.

Match #5: Karrion Kross b. Keith Lee

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NXT Champion Karrion Kross aimed to bounce back in a big way after coming up short in his Raw debut against Jeff Hardy, and he did just that against former NXT Champion Keith Lee. After an intensely physical battle, Kross locked in his patented Kross Jacket submission and forced Lee to tap out, earning himself his first victory on Monday nights.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – These guys were doing what they could with a limited time and they sold their way to minor glory. Kross is at his best in the WWE house style, because he’s not a great wrestler, but he works in short bursts and that’s all the WWE style is these days. Lee was fantastic as the sympathetic hero who just couldn’t take the damage anymore. Lee deserves better and I hope he gets it soon. Kross did get better this week and perhaps this is the second chance at a first impression he has needed.

Match #6: Mustafa Ali/Mansoor b. Mace/T-Bar

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It was finally time for Mansoor & Mustafa Ali to see how they would gel as a team, facing the tall task of taking on MACE & T-BAR. Ali & Mansoor put up an impressive fight, making their tag team debut a successful one after Ali delivered a massive DDT to T-BAR on the outside of the ring and Mansoor rolled up MACE to pick up the pin.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10 – Mansoor looked good in the end. What a waste of talented people.

Match #7: Bobby Lashley b. Cedric Alexander/Shelton Benjamin – Handicap Match

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WWE Champion Bobby Lashley refused to even dignify Goldberg’s challenge with a response but did make sure to point out that he will not be disrespected by anyone. This prompted a surprising appearance from Lashley’s former Hurt Business cohorts, Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin, who united in the cause to try and take down The All Mighty. Lashley dominated the match, cementing his victory by hitting Benjamin with Goldberg’s Spear and Jackhammer combination and planting Alexander with the Dominator.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – The match never really got going, but you got to see the creative teamwork between Cedric and Shelton and how Bobby defended against it, so the potential was at least on display. However, potential doesn’t pay the bills, so I have to give this a lower review.

Match #8: John Morrison b. Riddle

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Riddle was feeling good heading into action against “America’s Moist Wanted” John Morrison, and a back-and-forth battle ensued until Raw Tag Team Champions AJ Styles & Omos hit the scene. Omos went on to destroy Riddle’s prized scooter, leading Morrison to pick up the win over Riddle with Starship Pain. The Raw Tag Team Champions weren’t done dishing out the punishment, as The Phenomenal One hit the ring to deliver a massive Styles Clash to Riddle.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This was did not get a chance to be what it should have been. Way too much time was focused on The Miz shooting water or being tipped over. Damn.

Match #9: Reginald b. R-Truth – 24/7 Title Match

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The rules of the 24/7 Championship were temporarily suspended as R-Truth got an official attempt to win back his baby, but new champion Reginald wasn’t about to let it happen. The aerodynamic Reggie managed to retain his title after a lightning-quick senton to Truth and made sure to escape as quickly as he could.

The Verdict: 0 out of 10 – It was a comedy bout with no actual wrestling. Now, the comedy was funny thanks to R-Truth, but comedy is not what wrestling is all about. Reginald hasn’t shown wrestling ability yet, but he is a tremendous athlete. Why not pair him with Cedric Alexander in a tag team and let Reginald learn that way? Those guys could have some great tag matches if you save Reginald for the final stretch of the action. In any case, the flips looked great, but didn’t lead to anything worth watching.

Match #10: (Main Event) Charlotte Flair b. Nikki A.S.H. – Championship Contender’s Match

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Charlotte Flair took to the ring to prove that she can beat Raw Women’s Champion Nikki A.S.H., and that is exactly what The Queen did in the main event. Despite suffering the defeat, The Almost Superhero was quick to get back on her feet and challenge Flair to a rematch next week, which The Queen gladly accepted. The 11-time Women’s Champion then made sure to get the last laugh, unleashing a vicious assault on Nikki A.S.H.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10 – Charlotte was too dominant here for this failry long match to stick the landing. Why should the champion have to look so weak against Skeletor? A.S.H.? Why not just have her change her name into Thunderella or some s–t? If she’s almost a super hero, but dressed up as one, then is she just a dip-s–t? Charlotte now has go away heat, as she just isn’t fun to hate anymore. Charlotte’s promos have gotten worse and she just makes me cringe when I see her. This match was ruined by Charlotte wrestling as obnoxiously as her character has become. This has not been a good year for her so far. Nikki…poor woman. You get the title and now you get the shaft. This match represents what it wasn’t rather than what it should have been.

Final Verdict: 3/10

After the opener, the show never quite recovered. It almost got back on track once or twice, but this event was just a clunker. I’ll see you next time.

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