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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+
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.