27th Apr2021

WWE Raw – Apr 26th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s review of Monday Night Raw, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and…AHHHHHHHHH!!!!!! The Noid!!!!!! The Noid: Uhhhhhhh!!!!!!! Yayayayaya!!!!!!! Me: You little bastard! That’s my Domino’s pizza! The Noid: Gaaaaaaaaah!!!!!!!! Me: I’ll beat your ass! C–k-sucker! The Noid: Vooooooooooo!!!!!!! Me: Hiya! The Noid: Glaghhhhhhhhh!!!!!! Me: Kiss my ass you little red f–ker! The Noid: Nahhhhhhhhh!!!!! Me: No! Not the f–kin’ pizza! The Noid: Hahahahaha!!!! Scorpion: Get over here!!!!!! The Noid: Huh? (Noid gets ripped to pieces) Scorpion: F–ker! Me: Perhaps it was The Noid who should have avoided me…and Scorpion. Scorpion: Pizza! Me: Raw! Scorpion: Get over here!

[Author’s Note: Riddle, who was accused of rape, is a part of this week’s show. Riddle has not been found guilty or innocent of his alleged crimes in a court of law. If you are alarmed and/or upset by Riddle’s presence on this card, then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: Braun Strowman def. T-BAR and MACE – Handicap Match

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Despite being slated to team with Drew McIntyre, The Monster Among Men looked to make a statement by going it alone.

The Score: 3 out of 10

Match #2: T-BAR and MACE def. Drew McIntyre and Braun Strowman

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After MACE & T-BAR began teeing off on Braun Strowman, The Scottish Warrior came running to his aid and set up the originally scheduled showdown. The Strowman Express got rolling, but an inadvertent clothesline by McIntyre derailed the offensive and resulted in a count-out loss for the unlikely alliance.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #3: Damien Priest and The New Day def. The Miz, Elias and Jaxson Ryker

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

An A-List musical display was met with a second act of rotten tomatoes from Damian Priest, Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods. The New Day made sweet music of their own, but the devious tactics of the opposition kept them on their toes throughout. After an incredible aerial display from Kingston and The Archer of Infamy, Woods swooped in for a swift inside cradle to pin Jaxson Ryker.

The Score: 6 out of 10

Match #4: Randy Orton and Riddle def. Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander

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The incarnation of R-K-Bro sent shockwaves through the WWE Universe, and the debut of Riddle & Randy Orton as a tandem did not disappoint. Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin’s seasoning was an advantage early, but The Viper & Original Bro got rolling and teed up a Floating Bro for the win.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Match #5: Rhea Ripley, Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax def. Asuka, Lana and Naomi

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Rhea Ripley, Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler walked in with all the gold, but Asuka, Naomi & Lana were looking to make their title aspirations clear. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke emerged to continue their crusade against the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions as a splash attack left Baszler drenched and Jax embarrassingly slipping and sliding outside the ring. Lana nearly stunned everyone with a near-fall on Ripley, but the Raw Women’s Champion responded with a Riptide and tagged in Jax for a Leg Drop and the win.

The Score: 5 out of 10

Match #6: Charlotte Flair def. Mandy Rose

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

After her earlier reinstatement, The Queen was matched for a showdown with Mandy Rose. As Rose excelled as the aggressor, Charlotte Flair turned her frustrations on official Eddie Orengo that nearly resulted in a defeat. Flair channeled her anger and rocked Rose with a Natural Selection for the victory.

The Score: 4 out of 10

Match #7: (Main Event) Braun Strowman def. Drew McIntyre

The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

As Braun Strowman looked to battle past Drew McIntyre for a spot in the WWE Title clash at WrestleMania Backlash, The All Mighty WWE Champion headed down to the ring to make his presence felt. The Scottish Warrior put on an unreal display of strength with incredible slams and suplexes of the gigantic Superstar, but the strength of The Monster Among Men had the final word. Attempted interference from Bobby Lashley, MVP, MACE and T-BAR allowed Strowman to regroup and smash a Running Powerslam on McIntyre for the high-stakes win.

The Score: 7 out of 10

Final Verdict: 5/10

This was run of the mill and the mill was running only at half speed. It’s a shame that this show was so damn…where the f–k is AJ Styles? Why was he not on this show? Is he injured? Say something! That’s what I’m feeling. The fact that this broadcast barely…Randy and Riddle are testing out being a team, because Riddle impressed Randy. That happened. Randy tried to kill two people in the past…four people…six… How is Randy not in jail? There’s some good matches on this show, but they ran short either in length or in importance. Drew and Braun worked hard to put a lot of fire in the belly. The main event that they wrestled was ferocious, but not quite as pedigreed as it should have been. What the hell does that even mean? Eh. The show built toward Braun joining the Drew/Bobby prize fight for the strap at Backlash and it was a success in that regard.

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