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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+
WWE NXT Recap: The NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match between Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano, and Finn Bálor, Roderick Strong vs. Dexter Lumis and more…
Damian Priest vs. Cameron Grimes: Monty’s Take – This match could’ve happened with Grimes not attacking him and Priest winning the match. Damian Priest has come off of great momentum in a great match with Finn Bálor, and even though he lost, he’s been getting much praise, finally. He’s only won one match since that PPV although has been pushed as a possible dominant babyface. Let’s hope Hunter sees what I see. Match Rating – B-
Santos Escobar vs. Jake Atlas: Monty’s Take – I think match wise, Atlas has good in-ring work, he can definitely put a couple of moves together and has some springboard moves as well that can get the crowd jumping if and when they get a crowd knowing our current situation. Santos Escobar really has a nice little trio going, much like Seth Rollins on Raw. He ultimately picks up the win. Match Rating – B
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro: Monty’s Take – The match itself felt as if you can tell what was going to happen but nonetheless I think it still showcased both tag teams. Kacy and Kayden are a good tag team so we hope to see them in a Tag Team title match. While Dakota Kai is working her heel run very well in my opinion as Raquel is her backup sort of speak, but the only problem is we all know how these tag teams end up breaking apart, we just don’t know when. Match Rating: B-.
Bronson Reed vs. Karrion Kross: Monty’s Take – This match would’ve stolen the spotlight of the whole show if they were given a longer match to work with. I believe this match served its purpose very well. WWE and I’m sure Reed will come to a time where he will get his push, but the way he put over Kross was very good in this match and just Kross’s character in this match is just pure monstrous. Repeatedly after being hit with a german suplex he would get up and just scream, or get clotheslined and get right back up. He eventually got Reed into his Kross Submission after an exploder suplex which was quite impressive. Match Rating – B
Dexter Lumis vs. Roderick Strong: Monty’s Take – This match served its purpose very well because well for one they didn’t even really fight and Strong got counted out. Not only does this further develop Lumis’s character but for the viewers to believe in how creepy and yet interesting of a character Dexter Lumis really is. He not only has the creepy stare but his physique makes you feel even that more uncomfortable because what if someone like that is ticked off in a way, I personally wouldn’t want to be in the ring with that, which I love how they really sell Strong being afraid to fight Lumis, so when they actually do square off, it’s going to be fantastic, mark my words, FANTASTIC. Match Results – A+
WWE NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match: Keith Lee vs. Johnny Strong vs. Finn Bálor: Winner Faces Adam Cole in a Champion vs. Champion Match: Monty’s Take – What a main event. This match had everything; Keith Lee dominating, Finn and Gargano both hitting Lee with moves simultaneously to get him down. Then Gargano and Finn both going at it inside the ring. The match itself had a great back and forth, “Not a commercial” type of feeling. Lee eventually came back into the mix and had Gargano on the ropes when Bálor hit the coup de grace on Gargano, which was meant for Lee but he dodged it and hit Bálor with a side rolling slam to retain his NXT North American Title. 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.
IS REY MYSTERIO CALLING IT A CAREER? WHAT’S NEXT FOR MVP AND BOBBY LASHLEY AS LASHLEY IS SET TO FACE DREW MCINTYRE FOR THE WWE TITLE, WHAT’S GOING ON WITH THE TAG TEAM TITLES? APOLLO CREWS AND THE START OF HIS UNITED STATES TITLE REIGN
Seth Rollins vs. Aleister Black – I personally enjoyed this match because this match can be a future main event, but also this can turn into a really good interesting feud. Will they allow Aleister to fully indulge into his gimmick to counter Rollins Messiah. This is just the very beginning as Seth Rollins stomped out both Humberto Carrillo and Aleister Black as Aleister won the match with a roll up. Match Rating – A, I want to see more from them two in the ring so we can only wait and see.
VERY SMALL SIDE NOTE: I actually really enjoy Samoa Joe on commentary. He gives us that actual wrestler insight on the match, the only problem is, I really wish we can have one more in-ring return because I truly want a title run with Joe, it’s a long shot, but nonetheless, Joe is someone I thought had the total package: excellent mic skills, speed and agility with that sheer power, and there’s nothing more scarier when Joe puts you in that Coquina Clutch.
PROMO BUILD UP FOR THE WWE TITLE: I’m very excited for this. They’re making this match out to be against two monsters. I love how they’ve built Drew with the title, so I’m hoping they make this match the main event of Backlash and on top of it, hoping that Bobby Lashley, at some point gets his WWE Title reign that he deserves.
Apollo Crews U.S Title Open Challenge: Apollo Crews vs. Kevin Owens – Kevin Owens can seemingly be that babyface WWE thought they had in Seth Rollins. It seems even before Wrestlemania and we were not allowed to attend shows, the crowds were very behind a face run for Owens. I love the “sign of respect” aspect of this match because it is two face wrestlers fighting to be better. Kevin Owens, for his “body physique” doesn’t look the type, but man oh man how fast Owens is. The senton outside the ring, the senton off the top rope, the dropkick to counter Crews dropkick. I’d say Kevin Owens literally has everything you can ask for when it comes to a wrestler. The match was changed to a tag team match during the commercial break which ensued with Angel Garza and Andrade vs. Apollo Crews and Kevin Owens. No actual finish to the championship and then it being turned into a tag team match really wasn’t feeling it. I didn’t think it should’ve been changed. The whole good thing about this tag team match is that Apollo looked strong and they booked him to beat Andrade again, very important we pay attention to that close detail. Championship Match Rating – A-, it could’ve been an A+ if they never changed the entire match in itself.
The Street Profits vs The Viking Raiders… in a BOWLING GAME?! –
I really don’t like these segments and they’ve been going on for the longest now. Are they a bit funny? Yeah a bit. But is it entertaining enough for an audience to sit through to get through the show? I’m not sure at all, in fact this right here might be a reason why the audience changes the channel. This could be one of those moments where the viewer might just be like “What is going on?” “What is the point of this?” Like I said I’m not into this at all, I’d rather see them in a 3 Stages of Hell for the Tag Titles. I think segments like these really devalue the Tag Team titles and on top of it, makes people not want to even care for the Tag Division. Segment Rating – C
Nikki Cross vs. Billie Kay – It wasn’t that good of a match; given the vast height difference, it was easy for Billie Kay to give her the big boot. The match was most likely the shortest of the night, and honestly I’m okay with that. Match Rating – C
Rey Mysterio IS HE OR IS HE NOT RETIRING?! – Rey Mysterio is uncertain on his future in the ring. He had a conversation with Samoa Joe and we might not have seen the last of The Greatest Luchador in WWE yet. So stay tuned
CHAMPION VS CHAMPION: Asuka and Charlotte have had their fair share of battles within the ring. With Charlotte defeating Asuka at Wrestlemania, I believe that left a sour taste in a lot of fan’s mouths. The match was very good; with Charlotte taking control within the first part of the match, then Asuka showing her sheer tenacity by showing her diverse move-set. The match was unfortunately interfered with by Nia Jax. Match Rating – A+, this was the best match of the night, the back and forth was something we all love to see, unfortunately the ending results isn’t what we wanted.
WWE CHAMPION Drew McIntyre vs. MVP – The match just showed how really dominant Drew is. The match took an odd turn when Lana came to ringside, distracting Lashley and in hindsight, giving Drew a bit of a smirk. The match ended quickly with Drew taking MVP to Claymore Country for the win. Match Rating – B-, the match was very short considering the Champion vs Champion match beforehand.
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: B
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.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020 – WWE NXT Recap: The Original Bro’s Farewell, Tag Team match including Charlotte Flair, Io Shirai, and Rhea Ripley, the return of Kurt Angle and more…
Drake Maverick vs. Kushida vs. Jake Atlas: Winner moves onto the Finals to face El Hijo del Fantasma to crown the first ever NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
A very rapid back and forth Triple Threat which is always a good sign. Triple Threats tend to have an up tempo pace in the ring. Jake Atlas showcases early on he has both the tandem of athleticism and shocking strength. Kushida is the veteran within this match, previously working in New Japan Pro Wrestling and holding the NJPW Jr. Championship several times. Kushida has this rare combo of agility, strength, and the technical skills to provide submission holds, having all three tied into his in-ring style. SIDENOTE: The international talent WWE currently has on their roster is INSANE! This match ends in a clever finish as Kushida performs an armbar on Jake Atlas, but Maverick pins Atlas by keeping his shoulders on the mat to force the ref to pin to three.
Johnny Gargano and Keith Lee seems to be setting up an North American Title match between the two.
Lee and Mia Yum were both mocking Gargano and Candice Larae, Gargano’s wife, even stating “It’s not the Gargano way, it’s about making you pay”. Seems that Mia Yum and Candice Larae have things to settle in the ring as they square off on next wendesday’s show of NXT.
Welcome to the Era of Imperium: Where the Mat is Sacred.
NXT Tag Team Champions Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are set to butt heads with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Raquel Gonzalez
This match I’ll describe very shortly. Shoti Blackheart has incredible traditional style wrestling techniques and knows how to cleverishly reverse any move that Raquel tried to do for the first 2-3 minutes of the match. I must say personally, Raquel, just by her size, if used correctly, she can be a better powerhouse female wrestler than Nia Jax and Tamina… Yes you’re probably wondering that’s not saying much but; at least that means she can be better than both. Blackheart is a risk taker and seems to capture the big moment. We should expect good things from her. Raquel gets the victory due to the interference of Candice Larae at ringside.
Finn Balor vs. Damian Priest at NXT: Takeover In Your House
During this segment numerous of encounters between the two were played to promote the match next week. This shall be one of the best matches on the card that night and definitely one fans may not exactly even have a clue who will pick up the victory.
Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai vs Charlotte Flair & … Chelsea Green???
I know when I say this for a lot of fans watching the product weekly, and I really hpe we see a title change hands next week. My pick? Io Shirai is extremely talented in the ring. Very agile and is a beautiful storyteller during her matches. The aggressiveness she displays shows how hungry and prepared she is for the opportunity. Rhea Ripley shouldn’t have lost in the first place, but that’s my opinion and I digress. Personally I believe the best move is to take the strap off Charlotte. It’s a no brainer she’s the safest and best wrestler in the industry, no doubt. Although with the new wild card rule in play; Flair is broadcasted on every show throughout the week. But it’s like what Jackie Chan told Jaden Smith in the remake of The Karate Kid, “Too much of good stuff is bad stuff” or in this case; too much Charlotte can cause fans to turn their backs. Charlotte being the veteran she is gets win by putting her legs on the rope as she pinned Io Shirai.
KARRION KROSS VS TOMASSO CIAMPA?!
Karrion Kross made his debut on NXT not too long ago and this matchup has fans talking. It’s going to be good to see how this plays out as Tomasso is an NXT vet and basically at one point was his brand. Will he fold against Kross or will Kross meet a roadblock this early into his WWE career? Tune in to see this match next week on June 7th.
The Original Bro Matt Riddle takes on his former teammate Timothy Thatcher in a Cage Pit Match
Before I get into this, I’m sold highly on Matt Riddle. His character alone is probably the most that hits home with someone and it’s hard to even pinpoint if that’s his actual gimmick or if he’s like how he is naturally. We finally see blood! Not intentionally as the match was held and sent to a commercial for Thatcher to get cleaned up. Matt Riddle is such a good opponent for Brock Lesnar, too bad Lesnar hates his guts. This match gave me this feeling of having both a wrestling match and a flatout brawl. They incorporate some wrestling moves but for the most part was stuck to its “cage” feel. Timothy Thatcher ends up submitting Riddle in a chokehold where Riddle passes out momentarily. I for one will say again Matt Riddle may have a lot of big things ahead of him. His ability to sell in the ring while bein that powerhouse strength, with still being able to make someone tap quickly; he looks to have loads of potential that SmackDown Live would love to have.
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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.