30th Jun2021

WWE Raw – Jun 28th 2021: Results & Review

by Nathan Favel

Welcome to this week’s WWE Monday Night Raw review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and we have…what the… Vince McMahon: What’s up, my n——? Me: What the f–k?! VKM: Went to the Chappelle Show! Saw my homies! Donald Trump: Vince! Are we pimps yet? VKM: Yo dawg! Skeet skeet skeet skeet skeeeeeeet!!!!!!! We be ballin’ yo! DT: I wanna be a hustla! Where my bitches at?! VKM: Haters wanna hate! Lovers wanna love! I don’t even want none of the above! I wanna piss on you! Dick Cheney: Quail! DT: Ow! You shizzot me! VKM: Hey playa! Leave our black asses alone! DC: I said quail! VKM: Ahhhhh!!!!!! You shoozted me! Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! Me: Let’s just get started. VKM: If it ain’t my favorite family to deliver milk to… Me: Stop saying what you’re saying. Raw starts now.

[Author’s Note: Riddle, who has been accused of rape and not found guilty or innocent in a court of law, is in this show and if that upsets or alarms you, then viewer discretion is advised].

Match #1: Battle Royal – Winner: Riddle

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With Randy Orton no longer able to compete in the Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifying Match, WWE Officials Adam Pearce & Sonya Deville devised a Battle Royal filled with Money in the Bank hopefuls to take his place. Nevertheless, although Riddle already qualified last week for Money in the Bank, The Original Bro competed in and won the Battle Royal in The Viper’s honor with the elimination of Damian Priest and earned the right to battle Drew McIntyre and AJ Styles on Orton’s behalf in a Last Chance Money in the Bank Qualifying Triple Threat Match later in the evening.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – This match didn’t get good until Riddle and Damien Priest faced off as the final two. From there, the match got fantastic. It was one great attack after another from these two. These two just have a way with each other. Riddle winning may have been the obvious choice, but he did earn it through his great performance. Priest was fantastic here as well. Oh. The 24/ Title changed hands between R-Truth, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa, with each man gaining or regaining the strap once and Akira leaving with it. Omos eliminated The Viking Raiders with Jinder Mahal’s help, so the AJ Styles/Omos feud with the aforementioned was addressed this week. At the end of the day, this match will likely be remembered for the battle between Riddle and Priest and that’s okay.

Match #2: Nikki Cross b. Shayna Baszler

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Once again wearing her superhero-inspired gear and attitude, “Nikki A.S.H. – Almost a Superhero,” more commonly known as Nikki Cross, followed up qualifying for Money in the Bank last week by taking on Shayna Baszler. Shortly after, Alexa Bliss emerged and took down Nia Jax and Reginald, and Cross believed in herself enough to tie up Baszler and pick up the another huge victory.

The Verdict: 5 out of 10 – When these two were allowed to wrestle, this was getting somewhere and doing so in fine time. The Alexa Bliss stuff got in the way of what was turning into a good match. Nikki was still a super-hero here and it’s what she wants, so rock n’ roll! Nikki won and that’s better than nothing.

Match #3: Doudrop/Eva Marie b. Asuka/Naomi

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Last week in her first match back on the red brand, Eva Marie teamed with Doudrop and fell short against Asuka and Naomi in a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Eva looked as if she might have been trying to teach her protégé a lesson by refusing to tag in during a key moment in a rematch against The Empress of Tomorrow and her glowing partner. Nevertheless, Doudrop escaped the Asuka Lock and hit an earth-shattering Running Cross Body on the former World Champion to pick up the win all by herself.

The Verdict: 2 out of 10 – Piper, or Doudrop as she’s being called, won after Eva Marie abandoned her in retribution for Piper doing so last week. Okay. Tom Selleck.

Match #4: Ricochet vs. John Morrison (Double Count-Out)

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In a matchup of Money in the Bank Ladder Match participants, Ricochet leaped from the top rope and hit Johnny Drip Drip all the way over the barricade! It was a breathtaking, gravity-defying moment that left the two high-octane Superstars unable to beat the count.

The Verdict: 7 out of 10 – As a taste of the old Prince Puma/Johnny Mundo magic, it was very nice. These two picked up where they left off and went right for each other. They certainly wrestled, but these guys were too eager to bring the Lucha Underground action to Raw and it was a welcome change of pace. The finish worked great as it established that Ricochet could beat Morrison in at least one way: attrition. I bet we get this match again soon and I would welcome that re-match.

Match #5: Charlotte/Tamina/Natalya b. Mandy Rose/Dana Brooke/Rhea Ripley

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Charlotte Flair reigned supreme over Many Rose with a big boot, but The Queen’s dreamy victory quickly turned into a Nightmare when Ripley took down her WWE Money in the Bank challenger with a post-match chop block.

The Verdict: 3 out of 10 – This was damn dull. I could put a bull to sleep with this sucker. Plus, it didn’t even go that long. What a snooze.

Match #6: Jaxson Ryker b. Elias – Strap Match

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Ever since abandoning Jaxson Ryker several weeks ago, Elias has consistently walked out on multiple matches with the resilient Ryker. As a result, the two Superstars were tied together in a brutal Strap Match, where Ryker drove his adversary into the canvas to reign supreme in a well-deserved moment of redemption.

The Verdict: 4 out of 10 – This was very snappy for something so brief. In all honesty, this was a violent squash match.

Match #7: Drew McIntyre b. Riddle and AJ Styles – MITB Qualifying Triple Threat Match

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After coming up short last week on Raw, Drew McIntyre reigned supreme over AJ Styles and Riddle (who was competing on Randy Orton’s behalf after winning the Battle Royal earlier in the night) in a Last Chance Triple Threat Match. Despite leaving the match early with a very painful-looking foot injury, Riddle returned and avoided the Phenomenal Foreman to blast Styles with the RKO! Before The Original Bro could get the pin, however, Omos pulled The Phenomenal One out of the ring. Before Riddle could regroup, McIntyre nailed him with the Claymore Kick to pick up the victory and earn his place in the Money in the Bank Ladder Match!

The Verdict: 8 out of 10 – This went nearly half an hour and was damn good. A lot of the two in one out stuff was quite exciting and the idea of Riddle working a broken foot was a good angle, even though he forgot to sell the injury a couple of times (tough injury to sell when the foot is needed to fight with). This whole match was like a locomotive thundering down the railway like it was about ready to blast off the track. There was no down time here from these three. There is no instance where the match broke down or got lame. I was impressed with what these guys did with their half hour. Overall, I had a great time.

Major News:

  1. Xavier Woods fights Bobby Lashley, next week.

Final Verdict: 5/10

While this was an action-packed show, the matches were usually too short to reach their potential, except of course for the main event. If Vince would trust his roster to handle the load, I think Vince would get a lot more carried from place to place. Okay. I’ll see you next time.


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