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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+

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:

MATT RIDDLE: THE ORIGINAL BRO IS HEADING TO FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN


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. 

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Monday Night Raw: We Have a Crowd?!

Raw started off with a segment between Kevin Owens and Asuka enticing the upcoming Triple-Threat Match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship. Natalya’s presence within this match is very questionable given the fact that she lost the previous two weeks to Shayna Baszler, whom seemed more deserving for the spot. I personally think when I say we see too much for Charlotte I’m speaking for a lot of people. It’s getting quite repetitive to the point that each women’s segment involves Charlotte, especially last week where she actually appeared on each brand. It’s almost as if they’re relying on her throughout each brand instead of focusing on several other potential female superstars that have the talent to actually build matchups against Charlotte. For example; the Triple Threat Match, in my opinion should’ve been between Shayna Baszler, Liv Morgan, and Bianca Belair. Not only does it show the viewer new faces, you allow each individual to showcase what they have to offer within a match that can be pretty lengthy to show each individual’s skills. I think it could’ve been a match that nonetheless more people would’ve actually sat down and watched. Instead we get Nia Jax getting powerbombed twice, not to mention through tables, and still somehow winning. If there’s anything that can be described as entertaining, it’s definitely Asuka. Asuka, ever since Wrestlemania 36, has brought the amount of energy that we’d expect from a live audience, instead she amplifies her intensity and we clearly see she’s in full character when dancing around basically half the time during promos. 

Apollo Crews vs. Andrade for the WWE United States Championship

The match was up to speed considering the agility both Apollo and Andrade possess. Apollo has always been able to show his strength within the ring and he once again put that on display as he did a Military Press and stand up backflip senton that ended up netting Crews his first WWE Championship since joining the company. Andrade had control throughout the entire match, and the entire feel of the match made it seem like Andrade didn’t want to lose the title whatsoever even grabbing the title and yelling “This is Mine” mid match which shows the admiration for having the title. Giving Apollo Crews the win means that we can possibly see a feud with Andrade where either superstar can come out with the championship. Personally I’m very surprised to See Crews with the title victory, yet I’m extremely happy to see a new title holder and Apollo couldn’t be a better choice. I only wonder if someone would be following suit (Shayna Baszler). 

The Women’s Tag Team Championship

The promo from Nikki Cross felt very authentic in the sense that she talks about her struggle and road to the championship. The segment ended as the Iconics attacked both Cross an Bliss. The Iconics haven’t held the Gold since they won it back at the Championship’s debut at Wrestlemania. 

Intriguing as it is, it seems that we’re only getting started with this feud with Bobby Lashley and WWE Champion Drew McIntyre. Drew was a guest on MVP’s VIP Lounge, and it ended up the same way it ended the last time; Claymore Kick. It wouldn’t hurt at all if this feud lasted two PPV’s as Bobby Lashley is more than capable of seem fitting to challenge a man of McIntyre’s stature. Most fans that have been around since Lashley’s first run with the company would love to see the WWE Championship on Lashley but those same fans and then some are still attatched to Drew and more than deserving a lengthy title reign. Which in my discretion wouldn’t mind this feud going to two PPVs. 

Monday Night Messiah vs Aleister Black at Backlash??? 

This faction might be able to bring us a lot of matchups we haven’t seen. It seems we’re getting a Rey Mysterio vs Seth Rollins at BackLash. With the adition of Ausin Theory, the Monday Night Messiah looks to be growing in numbers and at the same time, really diving into is new character. The attempt to take out Humberto’s eye just like Mystrio was classic heel tactics. I’m hoping this matchup entices a feud between Black and Rollins. 

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