Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Match Results:

Natalya, Beth Phoenix, Bayley, & Sasha Banks defeated Tamina, Nia Jax, Billie Kay, & Peyton Royce via pinfall: B-
Apollo Crews defeated Jinder Mahal via pinfall: F-
The Revival defeated Ricochet & Aleister Black via countout: A-
Charlotte, Becky, & Ronda defeated The Riott Squad via submission: C-
Heavy Machinery defeated Bobby Roode & Chad Gable via pinfall: D+ Braun Strowman defeated Two jobbers via Pinfall: D+
Baron Corbin defeated Rey Mysterio via pinfall: C-

Stephanie McMahon Kicks Off Raw:

Steph starts by hyping up Wrestlemania, and jokes about adding herself to the main event which genuinely popped me because at least she’s self aware. She bigs up Becky, Charlotte & Ronda being the main event of fucking Wrestlemania and thankfully announces that in the match all titles involved will be on the all in a Winner takes all match! This promo was perfectly fine in my book, it didn’t drag on for hours and achieved its point to good response.

Lesnar vs Rollins Heats Up:

In a surprising decision, we move from one promo segment right into another talking segment as Paul Heyman does his famed introduction and essentially repeats all he’s said for about 4 years now which is that Lesnar will win and his opponent is unworthy of breathing Brock’s air. Heyman runs down all Brock has accomplished at Mania over the years, and believes it will be Rollins’ final match as Lesnar ends his career. Heyman says Rollins is nothing more than an after though. Rollins arrives to usual fanfare, and says it’s the biggest match of his career. Nobody wants Brock here, because they are all sick of him. Rollins puts over Brock, and then says him beating him is improbable but not impossible. He will beat Brock and there’s nothing Brock can do about him. Rollins attacks Lesnar but gets a suplex for his efforts. Lesnar went for an F5 but Rollins hits a low blow and superkick. The curb stomp follows and Rollins stands tall. This gave this story some much needed heat as the crowd ATE UP everything Rollins said and did. This match could be a sleeper heat at mania this year!

Tamina, Nia & The iiconics vs. Natalya, Beth, Bayley, & Sasha Banks:

The match kicks off with Peyton Royce and Sasha Banks. After a couple of dodgy moments the action finally gets going with Nia & Tamina refusing t tag into the match a tactic I honestly applaud and if they could do that during the mania match it would be much appreciated! Eventually Beth Phoenix gets the tag and just runs wild, spearing Tamina through the fucking barricade. Royce rolls Beth back in, and Beth hits the glam slam for the win. This match was a lot of fun and I salivate at the thought of seeing Sasha Banks and Beth Phoenix tangling at Wrestlemania!

Batista Arrives:

Batista arrived, pointed to a video package and told Hunter to “Kiss My Ass” and left. Excellent. Batista comes off like an utter badass and I personally can’t wait to see these two battle it out at Mania as they’ve done well not to dominate the show whilst maintaining fan interest which is no small feat in a Triple H feud!

Apollo Crews vs. Jinder Mahal:

Does anybody care? Honestly? Apollo stood tall surrounded by his fellow jobber friends who will all lose at Wrestlemania on the pre show in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal. This achieved nothing as nobody involved has even the slightest shred of heat behind them for anybody to care.

Kurt Angle’s Raw Farewell:

Kurt Angle makes his way to the ring. He thanks the fans, and we take a look back at his career via video package. WWE, as always, killed it with the video package. It was just fucking great. Corbin arrives and runs down Angle, and says the man in the video is not the man in the ring. This man can’t go, gets tired, and can’t hang with the stars of today. Corbin is upset due to fans not thinking he’s not good enough to be Angle’s final opponent. He promises that angle will be broken and flat on his back at Mania. Angle proposes that they have an exhibition match right now and Corbin declines to acquiesce to his request. Rey Mysterio arrives and wants to teach Corbin a lesson in respect. Corbin attacks Rey, but Angle makes the save and hits the Angle slam to stand tall. Fine enough I suppose considering NOBODY wants to see Baron Corbin in a featured Wrestlemania match.

 The Revival vs. Ricochet & Aleister Black:

Black & Dawson begin. They lock up and work to the ropes. Black works a side headlock, Dawson escapes and follows with a back elbow. Dash tags in and follows with chops and uppercuts. Black trips him up and scores with a cradle for 2. Ricochet tags in, but he gets cut off and the champions look to ground him. Ricochet tries to make his way for a tag, hits the double RANA and tags in Black. They take control and cover Dawson for 2. Dawson cuts off Black, stunning him off the ropes and sending him to the floor. Post break and Dawson hits the northern lights suplex for 2. He then grounds things, attacking the arm of Black. Black escapes, counters out and fights for the tag. He gets it, and Ricochet tags in and runs wild and picks up near falls off of various cradles. Dawson cuts him off and Dash hits the Gory bomb for 2. Black cuts off the tag attempt, but Dash hits him with a tornado DDT on the floor. Ricochet hits a wild over the post tope and wipes out the champions. Dawson hides under the ring and grabs Ricochet, leading to the champions winning via countout. This was the best match on the show by a mile and WWE were smart to not have either team really lose anything here as Black & Ricochet are on a roll whilst The Revival need to look dominant heading into presumably a title defence against these 2 superstars at some point in the near future!

Charlotte, Becky, & Ronda vs. The Riott Squad :

Charlotte and Ruby begin. Charlotte lays in chops, chokes her out and Becky tags herself in. Ruby hits a shoulder tackle, but Becky fires back and the Squad powders. Post break and Logan has Becky grounded. Becky fires back, and dumps Logan. Ruby & Logan work quick tags and take control back. Liv in and Becky fires up and hits the Becksploder for 2. Charlotte tags herself in and then Rousey tags in. They argue and Ronda slaps the arm bar on Liv Morgan and she taps. Its beginning to tire me seeing The Riott Squad be rendered so jobber like but I’m not surprised at this point. Charlotte, Becky, & Ronda brawl post match until security arrives. They fight off security, and police arrive. Becky attacks a handcuffed Rousey, and she gets cuffed. Charlotte then attacks Rousey, hitting a brutal looking knee into the car window and gets cuffed. They put Ronda & Becky in the same car and they fight and break the window.

Heavy Machinery vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable:

Gable and Otis begin. Otis cuts him off, Tucker in and they work double teams. Gable battle back with a suplex, Roode tags in and covers for 2. Roode keeps working over Tucker, but Tucker tags in Otis and he runs wild. The caterpillar follows. The compactor finishes it. Im unsure what WWE thinks is achieved in these random 3 minuet tag team matches but as usual this added nothing to either the show or any performers involved.

A Demon Incoming?:

Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush arrive. Charly interviews Lashley about Sunday’s match vs. Balor. Lio says Lashley isn’t concerned, and calls Balor a fluke. On Sunday, Lashley will bat Balor and move onto his after party. Lashley isn’t concerned about the demon, they are one in the same, and he dominates Balor. Balor appears on the screen, we get some weird looking special effects and the demon appears. It’s puzzling that Balor didn’t think the demon would aid him against BROCK FUCKING LESNAR but would aid him against Bobby Lashley, a man he’s been wrestling for months at this point.

Baron Corbin vs. Rey Mysterio:

I’m again unsure what WWE hoped would be gained here or why this was the main event of a show where all the action occurred hours previously. This is really a match that neither man should lose. Rey uses his speed and lays in strikes, he follows with kicks and takes Corbin to the floor. Back in and Rey RANAs him to the floor for a rough landing. Corbin then cuts off the dive. Post break and Corbin is in control, beating Rey down on the floor. Back in and Corbin takes him up top and attacks the mask. Rey escapes, but lands awkwardly and Corbin attacks the legs. They brawl o the floor and Corbin slams him to the barricade. Back in and Rey is favoring his ankle. Corbin tries to attack, but Rey fires back with kicks, but runs into a flapjack. Corbin tosses him to the floor, and follows with a clothesline. He looks for the countout, and then posts Rey. Back in and Corbin looks for a slam, but Rey gets the sleeper. Corbin escapes, misses a charge and Rey follow with a RANA. The DDT follows and that gets 2. Rey hits an enziguri and 619. He heads up top and the frog slash misses. Rey fights off the powerbomb, but runs into deep six and Corbin wins. Post match Angle appears and slaps on the Angle lock on the stage as Raw ends.

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