23rd Jul2019

WWE Raw – July 22nd 2019: 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 the Raw Reunion, which will have numerous names involved with the show. Let’s see what they do with all of this name talent in one place at one time.

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Match #1: The Usos def. Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival

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Fittingly, the first match of Raw Reunion was a throwback in every sense of the word: In the ring were The Revival and The Usos, continuing the kind of old-school tag team rivalry that both tandems made their bones off of. Around the ring were the teams’ enforcers, famous tag team veterans — D-Von Dudley backed up the Raw Tag Team Champions, while Rikishi flanked his sons at ringside. And at commentary was Booker T, the two-time Hall of Famer who cut his teeth as one half of Harlem Heat in WCW. That’s pretty much the ideal scenario for The Revival, who proudly idolize and emulate classic duos like The Enforcers. Unfortunately for the champs, they ended up on the wrong end of this one when Scott Dawson found himself distracted by a faceoff between D-Von and Rikishi at ringside, leaving him vulnerable to a superkick and the Double Uce. Thrilled with their win, Jimmy & Jey posed with their father in the ring, leaving the WWE Universe with the image of two generations of a legendary dynasty united in victory. That’s about as old school as it gets, too.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a fun match that got lost in the shenanigans of D-Von Dudley and Rikishi, but at least that stuff was enjoyable all on its own.

Match #2: Drew McIntyre versus Cedric Alexander

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Last week, Cedric Alexander shocked the world by defeating Drew McIntyre. The towering Scot made sure the former WWE Cruiserweight Champion wouldn’t even have an opportunity to do so again, as he exited the ring to attack Alexander halfway up the ramp before the bell. Alexander landed a few blows — that moonsault to the floor was gorgeous — but McIntyre simply would not tolerate any further embarrassment, driving his rival into the ring post before executing the reverse Alabama Slam he had been denied the previous week. The Scot added a sinister twist to the maneuver, sending Alexander careening face-first into the ring in a clear message that insubordination will not be tolerated, and any instance in which McIntyre is made a fool of will be repaid with punishment.

My Opinion: 0 out of 5 – The match never got started, so it’s more false advertising.

Match #3: The Viking Raiders def. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins

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After weeks of running through hapless local competitors, The Viking Raiders have moved on to more prestigious fare: Erik & Ivar’s latest conquest was none other than Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, who are just a couple of weeks removed from being Raw Tag Team Champions but were nowhere near ready for the unpredictable attack from the former NXT Tag Team Champions. Despite Ryder & Hawkins wisely beginning the match with a flurry of offense, the Raiders turned the tables and ended the fight almost immediately thereafter with the Viking Experience to Hawkins. Even Christian, who sat in on commentary (Lilian Garcia handled ring-announcing duties), had to give the Raiders their props — not that the Erik & Ivar seem too concerned with racking up endorsements: There are enemies to crush, and Valhalla looms large in the distance.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – This match deserved to go more than two minutes, but it got taken out back and put down for being too close to a wrestling match.

Match #4: Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe

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A lot of people seemed to enjoy The Usos and Rikishi rubbing shoulders with John Cena at the beginning of Raw Reunion. Samoa Joe saw a cheap nostalgia ploy that took the spotlight off of Superstars like himself, but at least one Superstar took exception to that characterization: Roman Reigns, a proud member and defender of the same Anoa’i dynasty as The Usos and Rikishi, emerged with an ominous message for The Samoan Submission Machine: “We’re from the same island. You know what happens next.” What happened next was a cheap-shot and savage mugging inflicted by Joe against the former Universal Champion, at least until The Big Dog landed a nasty Superman Punch. Joe seemed content to fight another day after that, but Reigns called him a coward and goaded him into a match. Joe certainly proved his in-ring skill with an extended dismantling of Reigns’ left shoulder; if anything saved Roman, it was his simple refusal to stay down. The Big Dog kicked out of several pin attempts and escaped the Coquina Clutch by sending his foe tumbling through the ropes. Joe rushed the ring quickly in response, but his overzealousness got the better of him: Reigns launched himself full-bore into a Spear just as Joe got to his feet, chopping the big man down to seal a victory for himself and, more importantly, his family.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – This was a decent match that was far too disappointing to show either man’s true potential.

Match #5: Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn

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Sami Zayn isn’t much for anything that makes the WWE Universe happy these days, but his disdain for the Legends in attendance at Raw Reunion came back to bite him in a very literal way during his match against Rey Mysterio. Zayn was heading for surefire defeat at the hands of The Ultimate Underdog, and clearly unwilling to suffer the ignominy of a 619, he attempted to make a swift exit and take a count-out loss. Unfortunately for The Critic of the Critics, he was blocked by Rob Van Dam, Sgt. Slaughter, The Hurricane and Kurt Angle, all of whom drove the former NXT Champion back to the ring and into the clutches of Mysterio, who finished things off with the 619 and a Five-Star Frog Splash that RVD seemed perfectly content to let Mysterio use his move: Call it a gift from one legend to another.

My Opinion: 2 out of 5 – What a waste of a match. This would be a massive fight in any other league, but here, it might as well be a piss break bout.

Match #6: Seth Rollins def. United States Champion AJ Styles via Disqualification

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Are AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson — the nefarious trio now calling themselves The OC — truly the most dominant group on Raw? It might be true these days, but the good brothers certainly got put in their place by a pair of dominant factions during The Phenomenal One’s bout against Seth Rollins. The proceedings were interrupted by Triple H & Shawn Michaels, who evened the odds in DX garb. The OC opted to throw caution to the winds and take a DQ loss when Gallows & Anderson jumped Rollins in the middle of the match rather than allow Styles to suffer the Stomp.

My Opinion: 2.5 out of 5 – When this was about these guys wrestling, it was excellent, but they were only allowed to touch for a few brief instances, making this match just enough to register as interesting, but not exciting.

Match #7: (Main Event) Braun Strowman def. Randy Rowe

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“Don’t blink; this ain’t gonna last long,” Braun Strowman promised before squaring up against local competitor Randy Rowe, and The Monster Among Men proved to be accurate in his prediction: Strowman tossed his helpless opponent around the ring a couple of times, hoisted him into the lights with a one-handed chokeslam, and that was that.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – The jobber looked better than Braun did. Hire the jobber and fire Braun (maybe that will get Braun to stop working stiff).

News Of The Night:

  1. Bray Wyatt attacked Mick Foley.
  2. Becky Lynch and Natalya had an excellent brawl to set up Natalya as a possible heel (through Lynch’s accusations) and Lynch as a possible heel (being too paranoid).
  3. D-Generation X/New World Order/The Kliq had a face off with The O.C. (AJ Styles, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) in what felt like an attempt to diminish the trio that originated in New Japan Pro Wrestling’s Bullet Club faction (also a sly jab at All Elite Wrestling…in a certain light).
  4. Medusa, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, Ted Dibiase, Gerald Brisco, Pat Patterson, Drake Maverick and R-Truth all became 24/7 Champion at various points of the night.
  5. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Kurt Angle, Ted Dibiase, Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Kevin Nash, Scott Hall, X-Pac, Booker T, Ron Simmons, The Hurricane, Road Dogg, Mark Henry, Christian, Eric Bischoff, D-Von Dudley, Rikishi, Pat Patterson, Gerald Brisco, Jerry “The King” Lawler, Rob Van Dam, Santino Marella, Jimmy Hart, Booker T, The Godfather, The Boogeyman, Jonathan Coachman, Sgt. Slaughter, Medusa, Candice Michelle, Kelly Kelly, Melina, Torrie Wilson, Kaitlyn, Lillian Garcia and Jillian Hall all appeared on Raw.
  6. Steve Austin cut a great promo after Hulk Hogan cut an excellent one.

Final Verdict: 1/5

Now this was a missed opportunity all the way. Is Paul Heyman ever going to show up and book this thing? At least Steve Austin was able to prove that he is the biggest star in wrestling history (besides The Rock).

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