21st Jul2020

WWE Raw – July 20th 2020: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here in Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and, thanks to Seth Rollins, Rey Mysterio is stuck looking like The Phantom from Phantom Of The Paradise. Look at the mask…he does! There’s lots of dumb stuff from Extreme Rules I could bitch about. I’ll just toss that out in favor of saying that I hope that every-body is doing well and that things are going as best as they can for you. Okay, the booze and blow is running out, which is also a rock band, a breakfast cereal and the reason why these reviews never make any sense. Tim Burton secretly directed Mystery Men and this review starts…is Zac Efron your sister?

Match #1: Seth Rollins def. Aleister Black

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Although he admitted that the Eye for an Eye Match’s shocking conclusion made him sick, The Monday Night Messiah showed no remorse for what he did to Rey Mysterio, blaming the WWE Universe and Mysterio for what happened. That infuriated Aleister Black, who quickly arrived with payback on his mind, first taking out Murphy before going after Rollins. Though Black fought valiantly, Rollins emerged victorious after a vicious Stomp. Rollins and Murphy continued their assault on Black, targeting Black’s arm, slamming it into the ringpost, then repeatedly smashing it into the commentary table before Stomping it into the arena floor, forcing Black to watch. All the while, Rollins screamed a question the WWE Universe wants the answer to: “When is enough enough?”

My Opinion: 3.6 out of 5 – This was a fantastic way to start the card. With intense action and the hits coming harder than a bear in a Christmas tank on the attack during the Bengal tiger hunt, this match kept itself going hot and fiery from bell to bell. These guys kicked the Ann Landers out of each other, so much so that there have got to be welts by now. There’s some smooth transitions here that were topped off by some big slams and stiff strikes and that’s enough to make this stand out. I liked this and I’m Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.

Match #2: Cedric Alexander, Ricochet and Mustafa Ali def. MVP, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin

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MVP sought to gloat once again after declaring himself the true United States Champion at The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules last night. But while Apollo Crews was still unable to compete, that did not mean that Ricochet & Cedric Alexander came alone for their scheduled Six-Man Tag Team battle. In their corner was the returning Mustafa Ali, who soared to victory, pinning MVP with a dazzling 450 Splash.

My Opinion: 3.1 out of 5 – This was good and simple, with the returning Ali getting to be a part of a winning team upon that return. While this was no wrestling masterpiece, it did have the fundamentals and some fluid wrestling from Shelton and…actually, they all did well. It may not have been memorable, but it was effective wrestling and that’s just fine.

Match #3: Ruby Riott def. Peyton Royce

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After weeks of being tormented by The IIconics, Ruby Riott finally proved she can get the job done on her own, putting Peyton Royce down for the three-count with a Riott Kick.

My Opinion: 2.4 out of 5 – This was a couple minutes of Ruby carrying Peyton, but it worked out okay. The right person won and that’s often a rarity in World Wrestling Entertainment.

Match #4: The Street Profits def. Andrade and Angel Garza

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After getting dropped by the Raw Tag Team Champions in the backstage area, Andrade & Angel Garza were furious at the outset of the match. However, The Street Profits brought the smoke and could not be stopped. Montez Ford fought out of Garza’s clutches, knocked him from the top rope and connected with a breathtaking Frog Splash, changing directions in mid-air to get the win.

My Opinion: 3.2 out of 5 – Being given a bit of time helped this match work. I wouldn’t go and call this a hit, but it was enough to get on base, in any case. Now, don’t expect to be wowed, but you don’t get that feeling from these reviews, so how is this different from any other day? I’m getting tired of matches just being used to fill TV time, but at least the matches are decent. Okay, this was depressing…my review, not the match.

Match #5: Kairi Sane def. Bayley

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SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley thought she had things under control against Asuka’s tag team partner Kairi Sane in their one-on-one battle, but as she went for the Bayley-to-Belly Suplex, Sane wriggled free and rolled up Bayley to notch a surprise win.

My Opinion: 3.8 out of 5 – This was some really good wrestling that had an extra kick in its caca. Sane was like electric, pussy-cat. Bayley was like a tree trunk cited for driving while drunk, because she was strong and sturdy, but scoomped out of her mind. I…don’t remember what I was getting at. Did I make-up words again? I wish this thing let me delete words, because burgermeistermeisterburger. See? There’s some dynamite (HA!) wrestling here that was on par with anything seen in recent memory. Hey, when it’s good it’s good.

Match #6: (Main Event) Randy Orton def. The Big Show – Unsanctioned Match

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While Big Show was fueled by vengeance, Randy Orton proved to be as cunning as ever in this anything-goes Unsanctioned Match. Though Big Show went crashing through a table after Orton evaded a splash on the ropes, he still had enough wherewithal to kick out of an RKO. But that would not be enough to survive a steel chair attack from The Viper. After repeated blows with the chair, Orton connected with a DDT off the ropes, then put the giant down with another RKO for the three-count. But the final bell would not be the end of The Apex Predator’s assault. He stalked his prey after the match, lining up Big Show for a devastating punt. A smile crossed The Viper’s face as he had one last message for The World’s Largest Athlete: “One more legend down.”

My Opinion: 3.9 out of 5 – This was quite good, with both guys knocking the piss out of each other (effective way to pee). Randy and Show went back and forth like a chicken and the egg, which is also a brand of condoms from Kellogg’s. This whole thing was a big blast brawl that chucked one big shot after another our way. If you’re talking about the best from Show in recent years, this has got to be in the upper echelon of those matches. Overall, this was a fine way to end the card.

News Of The Night:

  1. Asuka fights Sasha Banks next week for the Raw Women’s Title with the stipulation being that Sasha can lose no matter the circumstances.
  2. Dolph Ziggler fights Drew McIntyre for the WWE World Title next week, with Drew picking a stipulation of “you’ll find out what it is just before it happens”.
  3. Ruby Riott stood-up for Liv Morgan in her absence.
  4. Shelton Benjamin won the 24/7 Title from R-Truth in the backstage area and joined MVP’s faction with Bobby Lashley.
  5. Seth Rollins said Rey Mysterio getting his eye popped out was our [the audiences] fault.

Final Verdict: 3.5/5

There’s a lot of strong wrestling here, but the show itself felt like it was just stalling for time. That being said, next week’s Raw sounds pretty good so far. Hopefully, Vince doesn’t try out more of that stupid eye gouging shit.

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