31st Dec2019

WWE Raw – Dec 30th 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’ve got the last Raw of the year and the decade. Will this show be great or be like that dink from that Bill Maher show from 2005 that dressed up as a bigoted billboard and said mean s— to liberals and got yelled at by this guy who said “You look like a d—-head!” ? Hey, let’s go out swinging and see if it all keeps jinglin’…jinglin’ all the way.

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Match #1: Aleister Black def. Buddy Murphy

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Aleister Black and Buddy Murphy gave us an early holiday gift with a show-stealing brawl at WWE TLC. Now, as 2019 concludes, the pair graced us with a rematch that stood toe-to-toe with Round One and ended in similar, savage fashion, with Black claiming a quick-strike victory at the end of a long, grueling fight. Murphy clearly did not let the first loss get to him. Even though he made it apparent last week that he wasn’t exactly sweating another go with The Dutch Destroyer, the Aussie wasted no time going strike-for-strike with his brooding opponent. (Murphy also tried to go a little dirtier than last time, nearly pinning Black with his feet on the ropes.)

Fighting on a tweaked knee certainly earned Murphy the respect of the audience — and, perhaps, from Black himself. When the former NXT Champion finally struck his opponent with Black Mass, he caught Murphy on his foot and picked him up for a second kick to the jaw, just to make sure Murphy didn’t get up. It’s a wrap on the rematch, but there are many shows yet to be stolen. If the 2020s are good to us, we will get nothing less than 100 more of these.

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was a fine match. Who would have thought that these two would be one of the best things for the WWE this year? This was like watching Mark McGuire fight Jose Canseco for the ‘roids pie during the pennant. Did I do the sports talk right? This is a feud that needs to continue.

Match #2: Erick Rowan def. Kip Stevens

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Erick Rowan didn’t get an invite to Lana and Bobby Lashley’s wedding, but that doesn’t mean that he wasn’t in a festive mood — or, at least, as festive as he tends to get. Rowan happily demolished another local competitor, though at least this one, a Connecticut product named Kip Stevens, knew better than to get near that mysterious pen. Unfortunately, his caution led him straight into the path of Rowan, who scooped his opponent into the ring, slammed him about for a bit, and pinned him with the Iron Claw.

My Opinion: 1.3 out of 5 – Squashes suck. This match was a squash. This match sucked.

Match #3: Charlotte def. Natalya

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Charlotte Flair had quite the night in Hartford, earning a victory and making an announcement. Each may send their own unique shockwaves down The Road to WrestleMania. The Queen became the first Superstar to declare for a Royal Rumble Match and followed up by earning a bruising, open-challenge victory over Natalya to set herself up as the woman to watch en route to The Showcase of the Immortals. As the Raw commentary team noted, the Royal Rumble Match is one of the few accolades Charlotte has not yet amassed, but based on her effort against Natalya, it’s looking like she may rectify the situation next month. Despite running into a tough challenge from an opponent she had no time to prepare for, Charlotte grinded out the win down the stretch, finally submitting The Queen of Harts with the Figure-Eight. (She even kicked Eric Young in the head when the chase for the 24/7 Championship briefly interrupted the match.) Just like that, the Women’s Royal Rumble Match has its first contender, and The Road to WrestleMania has its first victory.

My Opinion: 3.4 out of 5 – This was a really good match that got cut off by the 24/7 Title, retired as it may be, and School House Rock getting Interplanet Janet to put some f—— clothes on. This match had the goods but, instead of getting to go to Grandma’s house, Red Riding Hood got mugged by F-Troop.

Match #4: The Street Profits def. The Good Brothers

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The O.C. came to Raw with one case to make: That thanks to a pair of wins over The Viking Raiders, they should be next in line for a Raw Tag Team Title Match. If not for The Street Profits, they might have left Raw having made that case. After reminding the good brothers that they defeated Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson on their Raw debut, Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins repeated the feat, handing Gallows & Anderson a loss that surely complicates one team’s claim to a title match even as it bolsters another. Surely helping the Profits’ cause was the fact that AJ Styles was ejected from ringside after some light interference. Losing “Uncle Allen” left The O.C. without their usual numbers advantage, and they had a tougher time putting their foes away as a result. Ford threw himself to the wind to close out the match, breaking up a Magic Killer and taking out Gallows with a plancha to the outside that left Anderson alone in the ring. Dawkins pounced with a spinebuster, and Ford put the finishing touch on the bout, swooping down with a gorgeous Frog Splash to secure the victory.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – This was pretty good, but like most of TSP matches, it was just missing that extra bit to take it beyond NXT dark match territory. There’s nothing in here that is bad or not worth seeing at least once, but you won’t remember most of this any-time soon.

Match #5: Drew McIntyre def. Hawkins & Ryder – Handicap Match

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Drew McIntyre walked into the 2010s with the weight of destiny on his shoulders and never quite got there. But if this past year — these last two weeks in particular — are any indication, the former “Chosen One” will accept nothing less in the 2020s than the complete and utter fulfillment of the so-called prophecy that followed him into WWE. Consider the emphasis with which McIntyre took care of Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins, a tag team whose members cast a wide shadow on the decade in their own right. Ryder’s Internet and social media exploits laid the groundwork for much of what you see today, but he and Hawkins have been little more than punching bags for the former NXT Champion these last two weeks. Even tonight, a 2-on-1 advantage did little to hold off McIntyre, who bulldozed Hawkins with a Claymore following a New Year’s-style countdown, hit Ryder with the Future Shock DDT and pinned both men by stacking them atop each other. If this trend holds, the New Year is going to be very, very kind to this man.

My Opinion: 1.8 out of 5 – This was a waste of a perfectly fine tag team to put over a guy who needs marquee matches, not meaningless victories to get somewhere. Also…this was a f—— SQUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASH!!!!!!

Match #6: (Main Event) – Andrade def. Ricochet

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Andrade is the new United States Champion, and he is feeling himself in a major way. Fresh off dethroning Rey Mysterio at a WWE Live Event on Dec. 26, the newly-christened titleholder wasted no time flexing his muscles against a hapless local and a not-so-hapless former U.S. Champion. The local was a poor soul who went all but unnamed and was set to be Hammerlock DDT’d into the exposed concrete — the same move that put Humberto Carrillo out of action — until Ricochet chased the champ away and offered himself as Andrade’s opponent instead. The new titleholder accepted and ultimately prevailed, though the former United States Champion certainly made it much more interesting for the braggadocious titleholder.

For one, Ricochet stayed in the fight even after finding himself backdropped onto that same exposed concrete, revving up down the stretch to escape the Hammerlock DDT and position Andrade for the 630. But Zelina Vega paid dividends as ever, shoving Ricochet off the turnbuckle while the ref was tending to a dazed Andrade, allowing the champ to finally hit the Hammerlock DDT and escape with the win. Suffice it to say, Zelina and Andrade have worked out the bugs in their partnership, and Rey Mysterio has his work cut out for him next week.

My Opinion: 3.3 out of 5 – This was a step or two below what they can do without trying, but this was still an easy match to watch. There’s enough lucha in here to keep you from feeling like you’re in a white guy’s wet dream, so don’t worry about seeing a s—-load of rest-holds. This was like a taste of what a feud with these two would look like, which might actually be the case for this match.

News Of The Night:

  1. Andrade won the United States Title from Rey Mysterio at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, so they’ll have a re-match next week.
  2. Randy Orton pretended to have injured his leg so he could attack AJ Styles in a great retirement fake-out.
  3. Becky Lynch fights Asuka for the Raw Women’s Title at the Royal Rumble.
  4. Charlotte Flair is in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match.
  5. Seth Rollins got into a fight with Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe.
  6. The Viking Raiders fight The Good Brothers and The Street Profits for the Raw Tag Team Titles, next week.
  7. Brock Lesnar returns, next week.
  8. Lana and Bobby Lashley had their wedding ruined by Liv Morgan revealing she and Lana are lovers and Rusev jumping out of the wedding cake to beat Lashley’s ass in a terrible segment that closed the show.

Final Verdict: 2.8/5

This show had some good stuff in it every now and then, but the wedding s— ruined it. What a sad way to end the WWE for the year and the decade. All Elite Wrestling is a wrestling show that is not very ambitious in how it’s booked or promoted, but it’s managed to take a lot of Vince’s thunder in just a few months. Do you think that weak shows like this have anything to do with World Wrestling Entertainment not doing too well right now? Hey, I’ll see you next year, which is less than a day away.

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