19th Nov2019

WWE Raw – Nov 18th 2019: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and Tracy Letts is what I look like when I get left in the tub for an hour. With TechTalk powering this review, you’ll get all of my musings at lightning-speed, allowing me to say exactly what I want. Chin, boobs, butt, belt. We’re here right before Survivor Series, which means that this is yet another Pay Per View that has no momentum behind it…

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Match #1: Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair def. The IIconics

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We said it before, and we’ll say it again: They make a good team. Following an impressive if unsuccessful showing last week, Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair notched their first victory as a tag team in Raw’s opening match by knocking off The IIconics. Although Becky and Charlotte weren’t exactly keen on teaming up, the match nevertheless seemed to cement them as players in the Women’s Tag Team division. And that was before the post-match scrum with NXT’s finest. Despite their well-documented differences in philosophy (Becky wants to fight anything that moves; Charlotte is a bit more calculating) and trajectory (The Man will battle Shayna Baszler and Bayley on Sunday in an all-champions Triple Threat; Flair leads Raw’s Women’s Survivor Series team), the pair worked in near-perfect sync, with Lynch providing a crucial assist that allowed Charlotte to secure the Figure-Eight submission victory.

My Opinion: 1.9 out of 5 – Tony Orlando has some big teeth. Look at those chompers some time if you haven’t yet. Yeesh. This was a couple minutes of nuthin’. Bumbles bounce! Silverrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

Match #2: Humberto Carrillo def. Karl Anderson

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Humberto Carrillo finally pinned AJ Styles last week, but the young talent isn’t exactly about to get hot-shotted to the United States Title anytime soon. Under the pretense of punishing Carrillo for his “disrespect,” Styles instead sent his good brother Karl Anderson to deal with his rival, a move he surely hoped would expose Humberto as a one-and-done wonder. Instead, however, the 205 Live draftee picked up a surprising surplus of cache and a stronger case to potentially once again challenge Styles. To be fair, there was one element that proved key to Carrillo’s victory besides dimples and a can-do attitude: The presence of The Street Profits, who served as a check on Styles and Luke Gallows and essentially kept the match from turning into Carrillo against the entire O.C. And when Styles & Gallows tried to get involved by distracting the ref, the Profits engaged in a bit of turnabout, with Montez Ford reversing Anderson’s ill-gotten small package in Humberto’s favor while Angelo Dawkins held Gallows at bay. That was enough to snuff “Hot Karl’s” efforts, and as for Humberto, he has now pinned the champ and one half of the best tag team in the world. If it’s a title match he wants, he’s got a leg to stand on.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was pretty good, with Karl getting a rare chance to show folks just how good he is, while Carrillo gave a decent argument for why he should take over the Sin Cara gimmick when the current Sin Cara leaves. Only Vince McMahon (and a few other promoters like him) could be disinterested in pushing Karl, which is really depressing, like Renee Zellweger’s face.

Match #3: Bobby Lashley def. No Way Jose

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Lost in all the revelations surrounding Bobby Lashley and Lana’s extracurricular activities is the fact that The All Mighty is also a full-time WWE Superstar — one who hadn’t competed in several months. A harsh reminder was served on Raw, as the two-time Intercontinental Champion returned to action against No Way Jose, eventually winning with a vice-like Full Nelson that put The Dominican Dancing Machine to sleep with Lana looking on at ringside. The Ravishing Russian’s estranged husband Rusev was nowhere to be found in all this, having been served with a temporary restraining order and divorce papers on the same day. All of which meant that Lashley and Lana were free to kiss to their hearts’ content following the match — a privilege they enjoyed in emphatic fashion. Lashley appears to have been renewed with rest, motivation and the love of a beautiful woman. At least on paper, there’s not much that can stop him at this point.

My Opinion: 1.5 out of 5 – Was this a good match? No Way Jose! Did this go very long? No Way Jose! Was this worth putting on TV? No Way Jose!

Match #4: Seth Rollins def. Andrade (Disqualification)

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After a close call, Seth Rollins is still going to Survivor Series, thanks in no small part to a group of interlopers from Friday Night SmackDown whose arrival ensured that Andrade didn’t steal The Architect’s captaincy. Somewhat surprisingly, that would be The Lucha House Party, who made their presence known at the end of the contest with a kind of brand-boosting boast, but they thankfully waited until after Rollins and his opponent had wowed the audience with a true, blue show-stealer. Safe to say the match delivered from an in-ring perspective, with the two trading holds, dives, kicks and bombs at a breakneck pace. Zelina Vega’s ejection halfway through the match left the two to battle at an almost dead heat, though Rollins eventually gained the upper hand by getting Andrade into position for a Frog Splash. The Luchas struck The Architect at that very moment, securing the win for Rollins but raising the ire of both men, who clearly wanted to see which of them would have gotten the win.

My Opinion: 3.5 out of 5 – This was an excellent match that did more for me than anything so far. Do you think my ass would look weird covered in Oleo? Peaches and Herb beat the piss out of each other for a good, long time like it was a hobby, which works out well for us wrestling fans, because…I forgot. This was a good one, like Jimmy Hoffa’s hiding place. Then again, Hoffa might just be really bad at Marco Polo. In the name of Brook Benton, this “Rainy Night In Georgia” got my socks wet and that ain’t bad…wait, it is! Damn rain!

Match #5: Buddy Murphy def. Akira Tozawa

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The sky is the limit for Buddy Murphy, but the former Cruiserweight Champion might have a line of his own. In Murphy’s latest consecutive Raw victory, he knocked off fellow former titleholder Akira Tozawa in a fast, furious and pretty extraordinary match. Tozawa more or less decimated Murphy, only to very, very narrowly get caught with Murphy’s Law.

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was way too short for a match this good. Let it go! Let it go! Let it go longer next ti-e-ime! The cold never bothered me anyway. My nuts just shriveled up. This must be what Woody Allen feels like. Jeez.

Match #6: Erick Rowan def. Alex Malcom

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What’s under Erick Rowan’s sheet? We’re still no closer to knowing, but we at least now know what happens when someone gets too close to it. Oddly enough, the offending party was once again The Singh Brothers, who ran afoul of Rowan for the second consecutive week — this time during his bout with a local named Alex Malcom. The brothers’ transgression amounted to little more than coming too close to Rowan’s precious cargo, and given that R-Truth was still trying to chase down Samir’s 24/7 Title, there was little they could do about it. Samir & Sunil were punished all the same, however, with Rowan obliterating them and the local with a crossbody at ringside while Truth backed away in fright. To top it all off, Rowan won the match, cementing himself as the most imposing kind of monster: The kind who can destroy not one, not two, but three people at once.

My Opinion: 1 out of 5 – Squash matches blow. This was a squash match. This match blows.

Match #7: Kevin Owens vs. Drew McIntyre (No Contest)

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What an incredible match between Kevin Owens and Drew McIntyre.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This kicked a whole lot of ass, until the booking kicked its ass for no real reason. Can’t you just let matches go on their own? Why does everything have to be a storyline? Kevin and Drew are interesting without the garbage booking. The Doobie Brothers could book better finishes than this. Also, the WWE write-up for this match had only one sentence about the actual match. The rest was about the Triple H bit on the show. What a waste of typing.

Match #8: Asuka def. Natalya

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Natalya didn’t get to challenge The Kabuki Warriors for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles last week, but unfinished business remained between her and Asuka all the same. And The Empress of Tomorrow settled that account by repaying The Queen of Harts for her submission victory two weeks ago with a vicious pinfall of her own — one she didn’t even have to use the green mist to secure. Thanks in no small part to the efforts of her partner Kairi Sane on the outside, Asuka withstood Natalya’s slow dismantling and finally pounced with a high kick to the side of the head, dropping the former SmackDown Women’s Champion for three and reinforcing something that the Raw roster might have forgotten. Asuka may have gotten to the point where she can stomach a loss, but two? That’s a different story.

My Opinion: 2.8 out of 5 – This was trying to be great, but it just didn’t happen. Maybe it’s because it went too sh…I can’t say it any-more.

Match #9: (Main Event) Randy Orton & Ricochet def. The Viking Raiders (Disqualification)

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Randy Orton doesn’t play well with others, but he seems to want to keep Ricochet close for some reason: Despite their lingering tensions, The Viper chose Ricochet as his partner to face The Viking Raiders for the Raw Tag Team Titles after the original challengers, Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, were ambushed by AOP in the locker room area. Unfortunately, the saga of The Viper and his friend (foe?) was quickly overwhelmed by the latest and greatest salvo in the battle for brand supremacy. In the middle of the match — which Orton and Ricochet looked great in, for what it’s worth — SmackDown Superstars Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode and Cesaro were shown attacking Raw talent in the bowels of the TD Garden. They stormed the ring later in the match in an ambush that led to a disqualification win (but not the titles) for Orton & Ricochet, only to be overwhelmed by what turned out to be the entire NXT roster.

My Opinion: 3 out of 5 – War Machine/Viking Raiders/NFL sounding name given to War Machine for some dumb reason actually got to do some different stuff here. This match was starting to get somewhere, but it all fell apart when they cut the last chunk of the show off of the match for the obligatory triple brand brawl deal. Yeah, my enthusiasm waned a lot with this finish. The Chi-Lites might just have to show up to Vince McMahon’s house and sing his ass to death.

News Of The Night:

  1. Charlotte Flair is the captain for Team Raw at Survivor Series.
  2. Samoa Joe was commentary the whole night and was great.
  3. The Authors Of Pain attacked Ryder & Hawkins and kept the latter from claiming a tag team title shot.
  4. AJ Styles fights Humberto Carrillo in a WWE United States Title Match, next week.
  5. Triple H tried to get Kevin Owens to join NXT, but brawl between the brands stopped that question from being answered.
  6. Raw, SmackDown and NXT brawled all through the show.
  7. Lana has a restraining order against Rusev.
  8. Buddy Murphy knocked on Aleister Black’s door to challenge him to fight.
  9. Brock Lesnar versus Rey Mysterio for the WWE World Title at Survivor Series is now No Disqualification.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

There was some excellent wrestling here, but the show was just drop in a bucket with a hole at the bottom.

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