26th Jul2023

‘WWE Raw’ Review (Jul 24th 2023)

by Phil Wheat

Welcome to this review of this past Monday’s episode of WWE Raw, right here on Nerdly… Let’s see what went down on this week’s show!

Match #1: Becky Lynch def. Zoey Stark

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In order to finally earn a rematch against Trish Stratus and deny the humiliation of having “Thank you Trish” tattooed on her chest, Becky Lynch overcame the distraction by her WWE Hall of Famer adversary and defeated Zoey Stark with the Man-handle Slam.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #2: NXT North American Title Match – Dom Mysterio def. Sami Zayn

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Although Kevin Owens and the sinister members of The Judgment Day got ejected from ringside during the NXT North American Title Match, the dark faction somehow took down KO backstage and provided a distraction that allowed “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio to pick up the victory over Undisputed Tag Team Champion Sami Zayn.

My Score: 2.5 out of 5

Match #3: Bronson Reed def. Tommaso Ciampa

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In a brutal one-on-one showdown, the sudden emergence of Shinsuke Nakamura distracted Tommaso Ciampa long enough for “Big” Bronson Reed to take control and reign supreme with the earth-shattering Tsunami.

My Score: 3.5 out of 5

Match #4: Damian Priest def. Apollo Crews

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The Judgment Day’s explosive night continued with Señor Money in the Bank Damian Priest imposing his will over Apollo Crews before picking up the definitive win with South of Heaven.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #5: Drew McIntyre def. Ludwig Kaiser

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In an impromptu matchup, Drew McIntyre defeated Ludwig Kaiser with the Claymore Kick. When Imperium launched a post-match onslaught that took out Drew McIntyre and an emerging Riddle, Drew McIntyre recovered and powerbombed Gunther through the announce table.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Well that’s another Raw in the can and… let’s be honest, it was a mixed bag. Nothing was truly terrible (though that depends on your opinion of squash matches) but half the show skated along the average route and we only really got one great match – featuring Bronson Reed, again, and one good match in the main event. It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with regards to Zayn and Owens’s momentum given that Owens is legit hurt; hence getting beatdown out the back by Judgement Day. If I was WWE though, I know there’s not much investment story-wise, I would’ve put Reed and Ciampa in the main event rather than McIntyre and Kaiser – because we all know these days Kaiser is only in a match to lose it!


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