13th Oct2021

WWE Raw – Oct 11th 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… F–k! Wrestling sucks! Here comes Raw!

Match #1: Xavier Woods def. Ricochet – Semifinals of the King of the Ring Tournament

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The Raw portion of the King of the Ring tournament got underway with The New Day’s Xavier Woods taking on Ricochet. Woods’ eagerness to become WWE’s next king prevailed, as he delivered a huge Diving Elbow Drop to Ricochet and earned the win to advance to the tournament’s semifinals after a thriller of a match.

The Verdict: 8 out of 10

Match #2: Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin def. Mansoor & Mustafa Ali

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Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin were perhaps out to impress Bobby Lashley as they brought the fight to Mansoor & Mustafa Ali. Alexander connected with a thunderous Michinoku Driver on Ali to pick up the victory for the former Hurt Business members, leading a frustrated Ali to shove Mansoor down to the mat after the match.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10

Match #3: Shayna Baszler def. Dana Brooke – Semifinals of the Queen’s Crown Tournament

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Dana Brooke was fired up to receive another opportunity against Shayna Baszler in the first round of the Queen’s Crown tournament, but The Queen of Spades proved to be too much. Baszler scored the pinfall victory after a swift knee to the face to advance to the Semifinals and aimed to do more damage after the bout, until the referee was able to get her to back away.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #4: Omos def. Riddle

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Riddle made an interesting choice by challenging the colossal Omos to a one-on-one matchup, and it became evident to The Original Bro that it was the wrong decision when he realized Randy Orton did not have a master plan this time around. Omos made quick work of Riddle as AJ Styles shouted out some pointers, claiming victory after a devastating roundhouse kick and massive two-handed chokeslam, but The Viper and his partner got the last laugh as Orton hit another quick RKO on The Phenomenal One after the match.

The Verdict: 1 out of 10

Match #5: Austin Theory def. Jeff Hardy

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Monday Night Raw newcomer Austin Theory set out to prove himself even further at Jeff Hardy’s expense after tricking Hardy into a vicious attack last week. During this bout, Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, Drake Maverick and R-Truth came running down to the ring in hot pursuit of 24/7 Champion Reggie, and an initially irate Theory was able to shrug off the distraction and avoid the Swanton Bomb for the rollup victory over The Charismatic Enigma.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #6: Jinder Mahal def. Kofi Kingston – Semifinals of the King of the Ring Tournament

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A Semifinals matchup between New Day brothers was not meant to be as Jinder Mahal advanced in the King of the Ring tournament with a win over Kofi Kingston. After the mighty Veer took Xavier Woods out of commission at ringside, The Modern Day Maharajah capitalized and defeated Kingston courtesy of the dreaded Khallas.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10

Match #7: Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch vs. Bianca Belair & Sasha Banks (no-contest)

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Before this battle could get underway, tensions boiled over as both teams argued about which participants should start the match. Charlotte Flair took it all in for a moment while WWE Crown Jewel opponents Becky Lynch, Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks slugged it out. Charlotte joined the fray, leading WWE officials Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville to arrive and gain control of the situation. When the match finally started, chaos erupted once again soon after, and as all four women brawled, Big-Time Becks gained the upper hand and dropped The Boss with her patented Manhandle Slam.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10

Match #8: Doudrop def. Natalya – Semifinals of the Queen’s Crown Tournament

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Doudrop went toe-to-toe with The Queen of Harts to determine who would face Shayna Baszler in the Semifinals of the Queen’s Crown Tournament, and Doudrop silenced any doubters when she impressively countered Natalya’s Sharpshooter and rolled her up for the pinfall and biggest victory of her career.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10

Match #9: (Main Event) The Usos def. Big E and Drew McIntyre (countout)

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WWE Champion Big E and Drew McIntyre struggled to be on the same page in the first place, especially after The Usos attempted to force further dissension throughout the night. Things culminated in this tag team slugfest when Big E and The Scottish Warrior had some major miscommunications, leading tempers to flare and the WWE Crown Jewel opponents to come to blows and get themselves counted out in the process. After briefly shifting their attention back toward The Usos on the outside of the ring, the WWE Champion and McIntyre resumed their brawl, resulting in a destructive Claymore by The Scottish Warrior on the road to WWE Crown Jewel.

The Verdict: 6 out of 10

Final Verdict: 4/10

Well. Stuff happened. That’s all I got. The wrestlers tried as usual, but were thwarted by Vince’s booking and promotion…as usual. Every match had an attempt to make sense of what little the wrestlers in question were allowed to do on camera. Up and down this card, you’ll find wrestlers working their asses off just for the ability to fall on their asses on TV. Nobody got anything of value from their matches this time out, besides two people…Jinder Mahal and Xavier Woods. Winning was a major factor for their good fortune this time out, but also being allowed to actually look formidable was a change of pace for both fighters. Mahal looked the best he has in ages and Woods continued his aggressive streak with another top-notch performance. Ricochet and Woods had the best match of the night…at the beginning of the show…a three hour show. What I didn’t like about this show was that you had all these matches, but almost none of them got time to shine in a block of time that afforded so much time to…

Bobby Lashley cut a promo on Goldberg. I could feel the millions of people that have to click through channels the old fashioned way just racing past the USA Network as they heard a meat-head talk. How is it that wrestling people from the old and new school all think that promos belong on a wrestling show in the 21st century? Are they really all that stupid? The one thing the general public is constantly telling you is that they hate watching talking on a wrestling show. All you have to do is keep the talking off of the shows and people will stick around for a bit. Dumbass promoters. I bet they’d think I was an idiot if I brought this up. Even Jim Cornette can’t get his head out of his ass long enough to smell the s–t that’s already been rubbed on the wall. Enough with the f–kin’ talking! If you talk, then you suck! That’s how the general public (i.e. potential new fans) see wrestling. Do the people that have, do and/or will run these wrestling leagues even seek out the opinions of anyone other than the chumps in their employ? My God! This episode of Raw actually had Chucky the killer doll and “his” Twitter account say “less talking, more wrestling”. When the f–king doll with Brad Dourif’s hand up his ass has a better policy about how to book a wrestling show than the people that own them, that’s a f–kin’ problem.

The women’s tag bout was good until the bookers tried to get clever. If you want the crowd to take the match seriously, then let the match go for a while and come to a real finish. Have somebody lose and let it be genuine. A top star can lose a match and not look foolish if you treat the loss like it’s not the end of the world for the loser(s) yet still substantive to the winner(s). Watching Raw just depresses me. You’ve got this great roster and you waste them in short bouts where most look like morons. The Riddle squash is a great example. Omos destroys Riddle and Riddle just looks like he has a headache afterward, because they didn’t bother to even do the stretcher job for him. AJ looked smart…until Randy RKO’d him. None of this makes the wrestlers look like professionals. What a bunch of bull-s–t. Where’s the f–kin’ men at? Where’s the women at for that matter? Everybody acts like a f–kin’ teen-ager all the damn time. What the hell is up with this s–t?! Same old s–t…different day. Actually, it’s the same day every week. Well, the opening match was excellent. I’d take the time to watch that match again. Give it a shot once if you haven’t already. As for the rest of this show…well, maybe we’ll get more next time… Yeah…

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