29th May2024

‘WWE Raw’ Review (May 27th 2024)

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: Braun Strowman def. JD McDonagh

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In his first match back since his injury, Braun Strowman dismantled JD McDonagh, chucking him around like a sack of flour. McDonagh tried chopping Strowman, leading to a vicious chop from The Monster of All Monsters. Despite a hobbled knee, Strowman was still able to take out McDonagh with the freight train clothesline. As Strowman was looking to put away McDonagh, Finn Bálor and Carlito tried to take out The Monster of All Monsters. This backfired as Strowman shook them off, hitting a Tilt-a-whirl Powerslam on McDonagh to win the match. After the match, McDonagh tried attacking with a steel chair, an enraged Strowman forced McDonagh, Bálor and Carlito to flee.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #2: Ricochet vs. Ilja Dragunov (No Contest)

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Ricochet and Ilja Dragunov ran it back after lighting up the ring a few weeks ago, where Dragunov earned the victory. Dragunov looked to put Ricochet away with the H-Bomb, but The One and Only landed a Recoil for a two-count. Even with bad ribs, Ricochet hit a huge moonsault. Just as he was about to cover Dragunov, Bron Breakker appeared to hit Ricochet with a huge Spear. Dragunov tried fighting back, but he was hit with an earth-shattering Spear as well.

My Score: 3 out of 5

Match #3: AOP def. The Creed Brothers

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The two teams clattered each other in the ring, but a Scarlett-led distraction was all Akam and Rezar needed to hit What a Rush to score the big victory.

My Score: 1 out of 5

Match #4: Lyra Valkyria def. Kairi Sane

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Despite being two days removed from losing to Nia Jax in the Queen of the Ring Final, Lyra Valkyria took on Damage CTRL’s Kairi Sane. Valkyria was not 100 percent heading into the contest, competing with bruised ribs that Sane targeted with stomps and strikes. Sane tried going for the Insane Elbow, but Valkyria reversed it into a pinfall to earn the bounce-back win.

My Score: 1.5 out of 5

Match #5: Rey Mysterio def. Carlito

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Squaring off with Rey Mysterio for the first time in nearly 20 years, Carlito methodically attacked the WWE Hall of Famer, hitting a superplex that Mysterio answered with a monumental springboard moonsault. Suddenly, Finn Bálor came to the aid of Carlito, but The Judgment Day member was taken out by Mysterio. Moments later, Mysterio hit the 619 to gain his retribution and the win over Carlito.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #6: “Big” Bronson Reed def. Otis

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With his coach Chad Gable continuing to berate him, Otis had a mountain of a time trying to contend with “Big” Bronson Reed. Otis became fired up, however, slamming Reed before attempting the worm. Before he could start, however, Gable prevented Otis from completing the move. This delay allowed Reed to take advantage by hitting the Tsunami to defeat Otis.

My Score: 2 out of 5

Match #7: Women’s World Title Steel Cage Match – Liv Morgan def. Becky Lynch

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In her first-ever Steel Cage Match, Liv Morgan looked right at home, slamming Becky Lynch into the unforgiving steel multiple times. Deep into the match, Morgan and Lynch fought on top of the unholy structure, brawling until Morgan hit Lynch with a clattering powerbomb. The Man used the ropes to lock on a Dis-arm-her on the champion, but Morgan fought through the pain. “Dirty” Dominik Mysterio once again tried to make sure Lynch would win, opening the door for The Man, until JD McDonagh and Finn Bálor came down to try and convince Mysterio to stay out of it. Braun Strowman, who was looking for McDonagh, attacked his adversary, shoving Mysterio straight into the door, which slammed into Lynch as well. Morgan took advantage by slipping out the door to win the match. After the match, Morgan kissed Mysterio!

My Score: 3 out of 5

Final Verdict: 2.5/5

Wow. We go from some great weeks of wrestling thanks to the King/Queen of the Ring tournament to this? Seriously? Weak matches, terrible storytelling and an entirely missable show. Thankfully the show was saved by the Ricochet and Ilja Dragunov match and the main event both of which managed to up the ante for this week’s show and at least the main event ended things on a high.

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