03rd Mar2021

WWE Raw – Mar 1st 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and…what the… Uncle Remus: Zippity Doo Dah! Zippity Day! Black man singin’ ‘bout rasslin’, caflishganushgadeeay! Me: Ummmm… UR: Goin’ git me some freedom! Freedom from whitey, from slavery…from deeze God damn flyin’ around tweety birds… (birds tweet) UR: F—k you! Ass-hole bastards! Me: Wait…slavery’s been over for since the 1800s. How are you… UR: Come on chicken-neck! Gonna gits me sum freedom! Y’all gonna help me nipple-dick! Me: I’ve gotta cover Raw! UR: Betcho ass! I’msa gonna tell ya’ da story of the Raw! Now git yo’ ass ovah heeah and help me to the freedom! Gonna stop by the MacDonalds. Me: Ummmm…okay. I still don’t get how you are enslaved in the 21st Century, but if you want some freedom, I guess… UR: Hollywood! Me: …or this is just a chance to get in the movies? UR: Hasta La Vista, baby! Me: Raw starts… UR: Damn birds! I’mma smash yo ass!

Match #1: Drew McIntyre def. Sheamus

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The bad blood boiled over, as the two old friends couldn’t wait for the opening bell to begin throwing haymakers. Sheamus grabbed the first true advantage when a Brogue Kick knocked McIntyre clean to the outside. The brutality continued as The King of Claymore Country unleashed a beatdown on the announce table and shook the ring with a suplex of The Celtic Warrior off the top rope. After kicking out of a crushing White Noise, McIntyre tried the move on for size with a White Noise of Sheamus off the top rope that The Celtic Warrior somehow kicked out of. Both men risked it all at the finish, as McIntyre’s Claymore bested Sheamus’ Brogue Kick attempt to finish the high-level clash that is already generating early “Match of the Year” buzz.

The Score: 10 out of 10

The Good:

  • Everything.

The Bad:

  • Nothing.

The Verdict:

  • What a match. These guys clobbered the piss out of each other like there was no tomorrow. How can you not go for a match that was intense grappling and tremendous fighting? That’s all there is to it. This was nearly a half hour and it was just as it should have been…great.

Match #2: Nia Jax def. Naomi

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Naomi & Lana were looking to build momentum after earning a WWE Women’s Tag Team Title opportunity, but Nia Jax was intent on squashing that momentum. The Irresistible Force fought off early attacks to drop Naomi with a thunderous slam and send a message to Lana in the process.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Nothing…except Naomi jumped around a bit.

The Bad:

  • Nia Jax.

The Verdict:

  • Don’t put Naomi through this ever again.

Match #3: The Hurt Business def. Braun Strowman & Adam Pearce – Raw Tag Team Championship Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

When The Monster Among Men came calling for a WWE Title Match, Shane-O-Mac cooked up his own plans and had Braun Strowman team up with Adam Pearce. The plus side, the unlikely partners would take on Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin for the Raw Tag Team Titles. Strowman tossed The Hurt Business around the ring, but a call from Shane McMahon to tag Pearce in resulted in Benjamin rolling up the WWE official for the win which ignited another monstrous tirade.

The Score: 0 out of 10

The Good:

  • Oh God.

The Bad:

  • Oh God.

The Verdict:

  • Adam Pearce wrestled in a suit and didn’t do anything but look foolish. Braun looked terrible and the champs had to sell the whole time and win with the lamest roll-up in quite some time. You can skip this whole thing, if it suits you all the same.

Match #4: Damian Priest def. Elias

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Elias started the night with a proposition for Bad Bunny, but instead found himself in a battle with Damian Priest. The hard-hitting action pushed the limits of both competitors with Elias narrowly kicking out of a Broken Arrow to keep the match alive. The Archer of Infamy dug deep for a Hit the Lights to remain undefeated since debuting on Monday Night Raw.

The Score: 6 out of 10

The Good:

  • This match got really good in the third act and stayed that way. Priest was impressive leading the match through and continued to show his ability to wrestle the WWE house style as well as any-one has in quite some time.

The Bad:

  • There were some issues with pacing and selling moves at various points and it did take a while to get going, but they never got lazy either.

The Verdict:

  • Priest showed why he deserves to be on the roster and Elias showed how much better he’s getting.

Match #5: Bobby Lashley def. The Miz – WWE World Title Match (by Count-Out)

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

With Adam Pearce mandating a 10 p.m. ET start for The Miz’s showdown with Bobby Lashley, it appeared The All Mighty was finally going to get his opportunity. The WWE Champion would hesitantly make his way down to the ring but and tried to strike a deal to delay the night’s match. And when all else failed, The A-Lister ran for the hills at the sound of the bell.

The Score: 0 out of 10

The Good:

  • Nothing.

The Bad:

  • The Miz ran off immediately.

The Verdict:

  • There was no wrestling whatsoever.

Match #6: Charlotte Flair def. Shayna Baszler

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Charlotte Flair boldly stated her Raw Women’s Championship intentions, but Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler let The Queen know the Road to WrestleMania runs through them. Baszler would level Flair to usher in the opening bell, as Jax waited at ringside to stack the odds. After Flair tossed Jax into the ringside steps, The Queen bounced back into the ring to land a Natural Selection on Baszler for the statement win.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • Not much.

The Bad:

  • Way too much.

The Verdict:

  • Holy moly. This match was wasted on just a few minutes and not much being allowed to happen in that brief period of time.

Match #7: Riddle & Lucha House Party def. RETRIBUTION

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After claiming the United States Title, Riddle was ready for a brodown with Gran Metalik & Lince Dorado against RETRIBUTION. T-BAR brought a merciless start with a chokeslam of Riddle, but Lucha House Party would help turn the tide with high-flying action. A skyscraping splash from The King of the Ropes resulted in a pin of SLAPJACK and an irate Mustafa Ali.

The Score: 1 out of 10

The Good:

  • LHP did some excellent moves.

The Bad:

  • The match never really got going.

The Verdict:

  • How many bad matches have to be on one card?

Match #8: Mustafa Ali def. Riddle

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After his RETRIBUTION troops failed him in Six-Man Tag Team action, Mustafa Ali took matters into his own hands. The Original Bro appeared to have the match clinched after a Final Flash knee strike, but a flurry of distractions from the outside allowed Ali to plant Riddle off the middle rope to capitalize for the win.

The Score: 2 out of 10

The Good:

  • What little time they had was worth watching.

The Bad:

  • This was far too short to be anything anyone will go back to watch.

The Verdict:

  • Ali and Riddle showed something here, but they got slighted by time.

Match #9: (Main Event) Bobby Lashley def. The Miz – WWE Championship Lumberjack Match

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

The moment finally came for Bobby Lashley to take out his frustrations on The Miz and seize his WWE Title opportunity, and The All Mighty did not disappoint. The A-Lister looked for any possible opening to escape, but the Raw Superstars on the outside made sure to keep him focused on the task at hand. With nowhere to run, The Miz fell right into the waiting arms of The All Mighty who clutched in The Hurt Lock to force the tap-out victory. Lashley had grabbed hold of his a WWE Championship reign that was 17 years in the making.

The Score: 2 out of 10

The Good:

  • Bobby won the f—kin’ strap.

The Bad:

  • The match never really got going, despite going for a few minutes.

The Verdict:

  • Bobby Lashley is the new WWE World Champion. The match could be dog-s—t and I’d still say it’s worth watching. Congratulations Bobby Lashley!

Major News:

  1. Bobby Lashley is the new WWE World Champion.
  2. Charlotte Flair challenged Asuka for the Raw Women’s Title at WrestleMania.

Final Verdict: 4/10

Listen, most of this show was terrible. That being said, the opener was absolutely incredible and Bobby Lashley finally got the WWE World Title. Just watch the first match and the last match and you’ll be okay. Bobby Lashley…about damn time.

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