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WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: The return of the Queen of Spades Shayna Bazler and Bianca Belair; more comedy from R-Truth, The Legend Killer strikes again, and Do we have NEWWWWW Women’s Tag Team Champions?

VIP Lounge with Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre – I really don’t care what a lot of you would have to say but they’re going to put on one helluva match. Drew is a great babyface; his Scottish accent just adds more when he says “Look at me dammit!”. He’s out for blood and I love how intense he is during promos, it makes you believe that Drew has real intentions on hurting Dolph. Ziggler is a great performer so we know he’ll give us a great match, it just sucks that no one actually believes Ziggler could win, which just shows his credibility with winning is just non-existent at this point. Segment – A-

The Viking Raiders vs Angel Garza & Andrade in a Elimination Tag Team Match: This match was very fun to watch, definitely had me thinking the match was over at least a couple of times. That spinning kick had Garza done for, but Andrade saved him 3 times throughout this entire match. Garza ended up powerbombing Ivar to pick up the win. It was actually fast paced and The Viking Raiders are very agile for their body type which is great though. Match Rating – B

Ruby Riott & Bianca Belair vs. The IIconics – I was so happy to see Bianca on my TV screen, it was great, I’m glad Ruby was able to pick up a win, even if it wasn’t in a solo’s competition. Her losing to both members of the IIconics made me feel as if they were tryna make a joke out of her. Bianca picked up the win after dodging Kay’s finisher and being able to connect with the Kiss of Death.

Shayna Baszler THE QUEEN OF SPADES HAS RETURNED – This made my night because I’ve continuously asked and begged for Baszler to make an appearance and I’m very glad she did. Her promo was very chilling and I’m excited that she put the women’s division on notice. I would like to see her just come in and kill opponents within 10 minutes and basically dismantle her opponents. I’m hoping this leads to a Shayna v. Asuka bout at Summerslam with the hopes of the Queen of Spades taking home the gold which she should’ve rightfully done at Wrestlemania.

Aleister Black vs Murphy which incites Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins – Honestly I could watch these guys fight all the time it wouldn’t even matter, I’d be happy to see him go at it time and time again. Very fast paced and brutal contests. But, but, I must say I do want Owens to move on from this as well as Black. Granted it most likely will after The Horror Show at Extreme Rules (can’t believe I said Horror Show) but all in all its good to see Rey have that much respect within the company and whether he wins or loses or he resigns or decides to leave, he’ll always be loved by the WWE Universe. Match Ratings – B+ for both

Orton vs. R-Truth – DING DING, 3 punches and an attempted scissor’s kick by R-Truth and boom RKO; 1, 2, 3. This match was built perfectly as I thought the comedy was going to continue after that segment he had with Cedric Alexander and Ricochet. This entire build for Randy Orton is indeed perfect as he is back to his sinister ways and being able to sucker in people with threatening to kick the head off of legends. Match Rating – B+

Ricochet vs. Bobby Lashley – Okay, enough, enough. Stop destroying Ricochet like this. The tag team of him and Alexander would’ve benefited the tag division but nope, instead we see them both get destroyed week after week by Bobby Lashley, don’t get me wrong, I love Lashley, but I rather him keep his eyes focused on some type of gold. It’s possible a repackage of Ricochet may work, but at the same time, I just want the fans to take him seriously as much as I do. Match Rating – B-

Women’s Tag Team Championship match Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. The Kabuki Warriors – This match was so f***ing amazing. I swore Kairi Sane had it won with that insane elbow drop, I bet Macho would be proud of that one. The match was so back and forth you really didn’t want to miss it. The leg kicks Asuka was viciously connecting on Sasha, Bayley pathetically saving the match repeatedly. Sasha came up with the victory as it almost seemed as if Kairi Sane had it all figured out and was riding on momentum. I would’ve wanted them to actually take the win, but Sasha & Bayley have been on a roll and I’m not mad at it playa. Match Results – A+

WWE Monday Night Raw Recap: 6-Man Tag That includes Big Show & The Viking Raiders vs. Randy Orton, Andrade & Angel Garza. A brand new Championship, and the Champion vs. Champion match between Asuka & Sasha Banks

Heath Slater has a WWE Title Match?! Heath Slater?! – This whole segment was pretty good. It brought all of us back to 3MB days and we even saw a short-lived match between Drew and Heath. Dolph’s planned backfired (yet, I mean what did we actually expect), and he ended up attacking Heath after the match. Segment Rating – B

Sasha & Bayley Are on a Roll. The Return of Kairi Sane? – Thank the lord, if the rumors of Kairi Sane returning to Japan to wrestle before she retires, thanks the heavens for allowing us to see her even wrestle a match before she departed. I believe we’re going to see a lot of these matchups in the future. They put up a pretty good match to me, it was good to see Kairi back and who better to have her wrestle in her return then Sasha. Match Rating – B+

Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins and Murphy – The match started during a commercial break after Seth Rollins was attending The Kevin Owens Show where at one point Seth even asked Kevin to be a part of his disciples in which Kevin suggested he’ll fight on Rey’s side considering Seth and company took out Aleister Black earlier in the show. The match itself was very enjoyable to watch. Mysterio is a legend so for us to see him work on a consistent basis is something we fans should be very appreciative. Also after Extreme Rules, this might be his last time we see Rey in a WWE ring. Rey hit a Five Star Frog Splash after hitting a 6-1-9 on Murphy to win the match where he got to choose the stipulation to the match he agreed to have against Rollins at Extreme Rules. AN EYE FOR AN EYE MATCH. Yeah I’m not sure either, but I’m hoping they’ll make it intense as they make it seem.

Big Show & Viking Raiders vs. Randy Orton, Angel Garza, and Andrade – This match was just surprising to me. It was actually pretty decent. The Viking Raiders are such a good team; their agility, yet just sheer power is impressive to watch. Big Show is Big Show. Randy Orton put more development into his character making sure Garza gets his act together in the middle of their match. The match ended with Orton being orton, slithering in the match to RKO Erik to get the win. There we get a look at the Third Generation. Match Results – B

A Brand New United States Championship… and MVP is our new Champion? – The belt looks good. It will definitely take time getting used too, but it definitely looks good. The detail is good; at least it looks like a title for the US. But the presentation of it just threw me a little off.

Ricochet & Cedric Alexander vs. MVP & Bobby Lashley – I’m just happy to see Ricochet and Cedric on my TV screen. They’re two very, very talented superstars and they can WOW a crowd every match they put on with someone in the ring. They looked good tonight, but um… you see there’s this monster, and his name is Bobby Lashley, and when Bobby gets upset, you might want to not be near him at all. Bobby speared Cedric into next Monday and got the victory. Later on in the night MVP was talking to Cedric and possibly getting in his mind, but which gives us this idea if Cedric can turn heel, or Ricochet too. Can we possibly see another faction in WWE? A New Nation? We’ll see. Match Rating – A-

Ruby Riott continues to get disrespected – I don’t know what the angle is supposed to be, but I absolutely can’t stand this. Ever since her return, she hasn’t received a win and quite frankly she’s been made a mockery of. She lost to Peyton Royce last week and then lost this week to Billie Kay. Stop the burial of Ruby Riott. We need to be more open to push up and coming female superstars. The more the merrier i think, it allows them to work with more and allow to have more champions that we haven’t seen before. Liv Morgan is another example, as well as Sonya Deville. Match Rating – C+

Champion vs Champion Match – Oh boy what a match. What a main event. It was very very good. Anyone who says Asuka isn’t good, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong, just completely wrong. Bayley constantly bothering Nikki and slapping her headset is classic heel tactics, I loved it. The match at the end kind’ve got dragged out along with a lot going on outside the ring, but nonetheless, I believe the right winner came out of this as Asuka got the pin. Match Rating – A+

Friday Night Smackdown Recap, June 12, 2020 – AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan collide and one will be crowned the new Intercontinental Champion. Also Jeff Hardy and Sheamus meet face-to-face for a contract signing for their upcoming battle at BackLash. The Universal Champion Braun Strowman tags along Heavy Machinery to face off against Dolph Ziggler, Miz, and John Morrison.

Jeff Hardy and Sheamus contract signing – This segment went on for about 15 minutes or so. They continue to up the antics with Sheamus constantly bashing Jeff Hardy and his troubling past with bringing up his drug and alcohol addicting. It’s really refreshing when they add actual reality factors that are some truth or have all truth to which builds up for a more relatable yet legit story. Hardy pledges that he’s continuing his battle because he wants to be a symbol for others battling what he does, he wants people to know they’re not alone. I’m invested in this feud, it’s something different and to some people they’re taking a gamble on considering it’s still a PG based entertainment show. 

 The New Day vs. Cesaro & Shinsuke Nakamura – This match went pretty well and considering who’s in the match, we can’t really complain. But first I want to personally shoutout both Big E and Kofi Kingston for taking a knee and balling their fists as they show their support with what’s been going on this past month in our country. I know it meant a lot for them and I know it meant a lot to fans who support The New Day. The match was pretty good; surprisingly I didn’t expect Nakamura to get the victory, considering how he’s been booked ever since joining the main roster, but he executed a perfect reverse on Kingston and won with a modified roll up. Could this lead up to a possible Championship match? If so, let’s try our best to keep it OFF the kickoff show. 

WWE Intercontinental Championship Match: AJ Styles vs. Daniel Bryan – This should’ve been the main event of the show; the match practically took up a whole hour, but man it was worth it. Both Styles and Bryan trading blows, repeating the same moves to each other, countless 2-counts. This match had it all. They gave all of us that chain wrestling, with impressive counters from both superstars. This match was very enjoyable to watch as both Styles and Bryan were targeting each other by going after certain body parts. As a pure wrestling fan, you can’t complain or say much that went wrong with this match. I mean it was almost as if to the point where you really couldn’t pinpoint who had the edge or who was actually going to win for that matter. AJ eventually hit Bryan with a Styles Clash and then followed up with a Phenomenal Forearm to claim his first-ever Intercontinental Championship. I’m hoping to see him elevate the title and have a decent run with it as well. Also we should pay attention to who he actually loses it too, cause that in itself will say a lot if WWE is going back to their roots with using that title as a symbol to show who’s the next big star. 

Braun Strowman and Heavy Machinery take on Ziggler, Miz & Morrison – This match was just fun. I was still fixated on the IC Title match that just took place; but all in all it was a very entertaining match. From Ziggler getting pummeled, to seeing the Strowman Express clear each opponent on the outside of the ring, then seeing Otis’s signature ‘Caterpillar’, this match definitely felt the mood it presented, considering the Universal Title match that is set for BackLash. 

NXT TAKEOVER IN YOUR HOUSE: ADAM COLE TAKES ON VELVETEEN DREAM IN A BRAWL, KARRION KROSS MAKES HIS DEBUT ON TAKEOVER AGAINST CIAMPA, DAMIAN PRIEST VS FINN BALOR, AND WE HAVE A NEW CHAMPION!!!

6-WOMENS TAG TEAM MATCH: Shotzi Blackheart, Tegan Nox, and Mia Yim take on Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, and Raquel Gonzalez – This match was pretty good to start off the event and on top of it considering the match card, this match actually held its own. Shotzi has a chance to be the next big face in WWE. Dakota Kai looks to be really comfortable as a heel; which looks to be the right move for her as it adds to her character and she seems more aggressive in the ring. The craziest part to me is that Raquel Gonzalez seems to be the wrestler Nia Jax wants to be, but that’s my own personal opinion. The match was exciting with a lot of back and forth action and not to mention every female wrestler jumping over the rops onto the outside. Tegan Nox pulls through with the victory. Match Rating – B+

FINN BALOR VS DAMIAN PRIEST: This match might be the 2nd or 3rd best match of the night, but it shocked the hell out of me. I really enjoy Damian Priest in the ring. He has charisma, speed, and strength, which he displayed with his versatile kick strikes and that spectacular Flatliner in the middle of the match, not to mention that devastating forearm, and he hit some kind of full nelson german suplex and that was one of the craziest things I’ve seen. But Finn was the veteran that he is, and he continued to fight back. As he ended up eating the Sling Blade, while hitting the coup de grace on the back of the neck and hitting him with it again while laying on the mat. Oh that is after Priest fell onto the stairs hard. Go check out the match, it was pretty pretty good. Match Rating – A-

NXT North American Championship Match: Keith Lee © vs. Johnny Gargano – This match actually showed us that Johnny Gargano fought smartly and with a strategy as one of Lee’s hands was bothering him throughout the match, after every move Lee would do, he’d sorta grab at it or shake it multiple times. Lee is definitely going to be a big star on a main roster if not already being looked as one right now. Nonetheless Gargano made it interesting to have Lee railing multiple times, but not until Lee pummeled Gargano through the plexiglass at ringside, it was pretty insane. Lee ended the match with two Spirit Bombs and another finisher of his and he retained his title. Match Rating – A- 

Tommaso Ciampa vs. Karrion Kross – I like this match for the simple fact we got to see Kross in a somewhat lengthy match. His tenacity within the ring and his way to just stick with the crowd is what really gets me. But man, Ciampa had his comebacks numerous times in the match, the fact that people are saying he got dismantled eh not really yes he sure got beat, cause man oh man, lets just say Kross literally looks like a wrestler I may not even know if he’s ever having an off day as being in his gimmick or that’s just Karrion on the norm. Anywho the match was pretty good. I was surprised to see it down here in the card before Balor vs. Priest. Match Rating – A- 

NXT World Championship Backlot Brawl Match: Adam Cole © vs. Velveteen Dream – This match was f***king awesome. The trash talk in between, the rest of the UE coming to help Cole after Cole crashes onto the hood and windshield of a car. Dream getting mobbed by the UE. Then Dexter Lumis came out of nowhere beating up both Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish and putting them in the trunk of the car in which they came into to crash the fight. Ultimately after an elbow drop and Dream’s signature move, Cole kicked out both times and ended up hitting a Sunset Flip Powerbomb onto chairs which Cole retained. Match Rating – A+

NXT Women’s Champion Triple Threat Match: Charlotte Flair © vs. Rhea Ripley vs Io Shirai – Charlotte was being annoying in the beginning of the fight making both Rhea and Io fight it out but it was strategy and she was giving both of them the business handling them with mighty chops. Io kept having spurts all throughout the match from jumping over the ropes onto Rhea and then jumping off of the top of a house that was a part of the event’s decoration; it was impressive. Charlotte really seemed to have a real rivalry with Ripley as they were trading blows for blows just throwing punches and punches. In the very end Charlotte basically had Rhea in a Figure-8 but IO had other plans and hit a backwards moonsault on Rhea and pinned her to become THE NNNNNNEEEEEEWWWWWWW NXT CHAMPION IO SHIRAI!! Well deserved. Well deserved. 

WWE Friday Night Smackdown Recap: Jeff Hardy vs. Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles vs. Elias in a tournament to crown the new Intercontinental Champion, Sonya Deville takes on Lacey Evans, what’s next for both Braun Strowman and Money in the Bank winner Otis, and more…

ELIAS HIT BY A CAR?! JEFF BEHIND THE WHEEL? – Smackdown airs with Elias apparently being hit by a car that’s apparently rented by Jeff Hardy as then Jeff Hardy appears to be wounded or to the cops on the scene he’s “intoxicated” and smells like alcohol, seems like WWE finally went into their bag of “reality era” and are using real-life issues of Hardy into their storyline. That is something I can get behind as it draws us to Hardy as into either feel for his comeback run even more, or there can be a mix of judgement, either or people are talking about Jeff Hardy. Very interesting way to start off the show. Dammit, I was hoping to see him square off against Daniel Bryan. Man, I hope he somehow makes his way back to the ring and ends up competing. 

WHO’S FIGHTING WHO?! – This entire segment is great; each superstar being able to talk, everyone sighing when Ziggler starting to say “just how damn good” he is, Jey Uso finally getting a solo run, and AJ Styles really selling us that Styles vs Bryan finale by letting out that “you really are stupid” to Daniel Bryan. I don’t know about you guys, but the segment was good enough to transition into a match and on top of it, it gave me a couple of laughs. 

10-MAN Battle Royal: Winner faces Daniel Bryan in the semifinals in order to move on to fight AJ Styles in the Finals – King Corbin definitely is one of the best heels WWE has right now, and they don’t really have many, to say the least. Basically, if he makes you hate him, let alone can’t stand the sight of his face, just know he’s doing his job. He eliminates three people while after eliminating Ziggler from a short-lived alliance, he’s super-kicked over the top rope by Jey Uso, eliminating Corbin. Sheamus and Cesaro gave us some nostalgia with that “Bar Bump”. The final 2 was Sheamus and Jey Uso. If there’s one thing you gotta love about Jey is the intensity he has in the ring and how much he’s involved within the match. Both are battling on the apron against one another. Sheamus ends up Brogue Kicking Uso to win the battle royal and go onto face Daniel Bryan later on in the evening. Match Rating: B+

Sonya Deville vs. Lacey Evans – The storytelling within this match is pure GOLD. Starting the match with an actual wrestling tussle, then they go a little back and forth with the chain wrestling, then they start going blow for blow. The match gets carried away but as they both get counted out, but not before they both throw each other into a table. Seems as if WWE is starting up a feud, cause if so I wouldn’t mind who wins cause either one needs the build-up. BUT, if I have to choose, I’m going to have to go with Sonya. I think she has the look. Match Rating: B (only cause of the count-out finish and short match). 

WWE Women’s & Smackdown’s Men’s Tag Team Champions on Moment of Bliss

The New Day = Entertaining, Entertaining, and PURE COMEDY. I mean only Big E is going to give Alexa Bliss out of anyone coffee beans from “Ja Booty”, I mean come on. Bayley and Sasha Banks interrupt the set and I for one was not expecting this at all. New Day laughing and having background commentary actually makes you want to laugh with them. I wouldn’t mind Alexa Bliss having a Women’s Championship run again, preferably against Bayley. A match was announced during the back and forth heat. 

Sasha Banks vs. Bayley – First off Sasha told Bayley to go to the back and get shoes and she comes back and Sasha is wrestling in Jordan 11’s, nice touch. This match has everything, a good back and forth with a good enough amount of commentary from Bayley and Alexa Bliss’s teammate Nikki Cross. Sasha Banks beats Alexa Bliss with the interference of Bayley from ringside. Match Rating: B

Cesaro vs. Chad Gable – To me, and probably to a lot of fans that’s been around for Cesaro’s run in WWE, believes he should’ve held the WWE Title at least once. Sure he’s held the Tag Titles plenty of times and has been U.S Champion but that was under Antonio Cesaro (it’s weird how Vince doesn’t like full names, I enjoy the whole ring to the first and last name combos but whatever tit for tat). Cesaro displays his usual strength and sheer power but somehow Chad… Shorty G sorry, forgot how terrible that name really is pulled off some sort of a reversal that turned a powerbomb into a  Sunslip flip into a pin that gave him the victory. Match Rating:

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DANIEL BRYAN vs. SHEAMUS: THE REMATCH OF WRESTLEMANIA XXVIII

The back and forth blows from Bryan and Sheamus is really good. Daniel had a combo in the corner with two jabs to the chest, a couple of kicks to the chest and then several uppercuts and then Sheamus clotheslines him, very good back and forth. I love how Sheamus sells for Daniel when he clotheslines him back. The Suicide Dive into the commercial was so “vintage Daniel Bryan”, had to give Michael Cole a shoutout there. Sheamus has always been one of those wrestlers who’s had a very subtle, yet very successful career in WWE. A multiple-time WWE Champion, multi-time Tag Team Champion, and United States Champion, yet has never been an Intercontinental Champion. Nonetheless having this as the main event isn’t bad of a replacement at all. I for one just loves the way Daniel Bryan wrestles. The way he breaks down the reversals or shows exactly what part of the body he targets, displays the storytelling within the ring. Jeff Hardy returns to the arena and distracts Sheamus as Daniel hits the running knee to pick up the victory as Hardy quickly starts to attack Sheamus. Looks like this feud between Sheamus and Jeff Hardy is only beginning.