Sunday, September 15, 2019

Match Results
Raw Tag Team Title Match: Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins defeated The Revival via pinfall: C+
Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley via pinfall: D+ Ricochet & Aleister Black defeated Roode & Gable via pinfall: B-  IC Title Match: Finn Balor defeated Sami Zayn via pinfall: A-
WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Universal Champion Seth Rollins went to a no contest
Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston defeated Sheamus & Cesaro via pinfall: D-

STARTING WITH A BANG:

The brand new Universal Champion Seth Rollins kicks off the show. The crowd chants you deserve it but Rollins says WE deserve it as he’s waited a long time to win the title. He just had to climb Everest and slay the beast. He feels terrible today, like a human truck ran him over. But he took all Brock had to offer, got back up and while he may have used questionable tactics, he didn’t do anything Brock wouldn’t do to him. They chant “full time champ” at him. As far as Rollins is concerned, Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman can stay in Vegas. He will be a fighting champion they can all be proud of. The also brand new WWE Champion Kofi Kingston & the New Day arrive. Kofi gets a huge reaction as Rollins tells Kofi it’s not Tuesday. The superstar shakeup is next week, but they are here for a celebration because of Rollins & Kofi’s wins. This crowd loves this. Kofi then says that he watched the winner takes all match last night and proposes a winner take all match with Rollins… tonight. Kofi says no New Day, no Shield, just them one on one. Rollins accepts. This segment was excellent, the crowd ate up every word and the promise of seeing the two hottest stars in the company face off to potentially unify the two world titles is HUGE!

Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins vs. The Revival:

Ryder and Dash begin. They lock up and Dash grounds things. Dash hits a shoulder tackle, but Ryder hits a clothesline. Hawkins tags in and double teams follow. Dash cuts Hawkins off, Dawson tags in and maintains control. he follows with chops, and then grounds things. Hawkins picks up the pace and hits the dropkick. He takes out Dash, but the Revival cut him off. The Hart Attack follows for 2. Post break and Hawkins fights back, as Dash & Ryder tag in. Ryder hits the missile dropkick and broski boots. Hawkins hits the top rope elbow drop for 2. Hawkins tweaks his knee but rolls up Dash for 2. Ryder back in and Hawkins gets pulled to the floor as Dash cuts off Ryder. Brainbuster to Hawkins on the floor. Double teams to Ryder follow, Ryder fights back tags in Hawkins and shatter machine on Ryder follows and Hawkins gets the roll up for the win. WWE was smart here in realising that most fans were presuming the champs would just drop the titles back to The Revival the night after WrestleMania (just look at Ryder’s track record) and by realising this, the champions coming out on top will help boost their popularity even more. Whilst this was no match of the year classic, The Revival are excellent and Ryder and Hawkins are genuinely likeable babyfaces.

Baron Corbin’s Celebration:

Baron Corbin arrives to talk about retiring Kurt Angle at Wrestlemania 35. He gets asshole chants as he mocks the fans. Corbin informs fans that Angle chose him and he proved that Angle doesn’t deserve to be in the same ring as him. Shut the fuck up chants now. Corbin runs down New York City, and says he’s used to being doubted, but now he’s proven he’s now better than an Olympian. He feels he deserves a gold medal of his own. Angle arrives and says that Corbin was the better man, and his career is over while Corbin’s is getting started. He wishes him luck, bad luck, and hits an Angle slam and ankle lock. Immediately afterwards, Lars Sullivan finally makes his main roster debut, makes his way to the ring and hits freak accident on Angle followed by a top rope head butt. A strong debut for Lars, Angle (retired or not) is a huge name and for Lars to take him out the night after his final match is a great platform for him to start his main roster career!

Alexa Bliss vs. Bayley:

*SIGH* Alexa Bliss is here to mock Bayley and Sasha Banks for losing their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on a show Bliss didn’t even wrestle on. Bliss insinuates that she could beat both Bayley and Sasha Banks at the same time (lol) which causes Bayley to come out to the ring and essentially drop Bliss on her ass! This leads to a match that is as dull and painful as every match between these two performers is. The match ends in short fashion as Bliss hits the DDT and picks up the win. Whilst I believe Alexa Bliss offers a lot to WWE, i get strong PTSD seeing these two women wrestle considering it was a feud against Bliss back in 2017 that killed Bayley’s career!

All That Walking Led To This:

Another brand new champion crowned at Wrestlemania, The Raw & Smackdown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch arrives. Becky says 9-years ago she worked in a bar not far from the venue, but she finally did it. She’s Becky two belts now and the crowd loves her. For months, Ronnie & Ric’s daughter talked down to her, but last night she walked in with nothing and left with it all. Leaving home at 15 to fight around the world, she knows how to survive and overcome. So whenever you’re done sulking Ronnie, I’ll be here to slap the head off your shoulder. She jokes that the McMahon’s will likely give Charlotte the tag titles to make her feel better. The music hits and Lacey Evans struts down to the ring, goes to leave again before turning and DECKING Becky Lynch with her Womens Right finisher! They brawl and Becky arm bars her before Lacey scuttles off. This was a great segment and I’m glad all this random walking around has finally led Lacey to a meaningful feud! As long as Evans doesn’t win either title, this could be a really enjoyable first feud for her!

Ricochet & Aleister Black vs. Bobby Roode & Chad Gable:

Gable and Black begin. They lock up, working into counters and Black looks for submissions but Gable escapes. He hits a right and follows with a takedown. Roode tags in and lays the boots to Black. Ricochet tags in and double teams to Roode follow and Black & Ricochet fly to the floor. Back in and Ricochet covers Roode for 2. Ricochet dumps gable, but Rood low bridges him. Post break, Roode and Gable work over and isolate Ricochet. They work double teams, but Ricochet starts to fire up and hits the dropkick. Wholesale changes to Roode & Black, with Black running wild. Black hits the moonsault press for 2. Roode cuts him off with a sunset flip for 2. Black fires back with kicks, the crowd is doing the wave. Ricochet hits the twister for 2. It breaks down, Roode and Ricochet fight up top and Gable knocks Ricochet into the spinebuster for 2. Skull and bones follows and Gable covers for 2. Ricochet counters chaos theory and hits the cutter for the win. This was a really fun match that was sadly torn apart by a pretty disrespectful crowd to be quite honest. Whilst it may be argued that these teams have wrestled quite a lot in the last few months, all involved are talented performers and they deserved better than Mexican waves and random chants.

Lashley vs. Dean Ambrose:

Before the match begins, Michael Cole states that this is about to be Dean’s final WWE match. Bobby Lashley says he’ll take care of Renee Young when Ambrose is gone. They brawl on the floor with Ambrose tossing chairs at Lashley and then hitting a DDT onto the stage. A Lio Rush shaped distraction allows Lashley to spear Ambrose. Lashley then slams Ambrose through the announce table as Renee checks on Dean. Wow they really wouldn’t allow any sort of send off for Ambrose would they? He has lost so many times in the last few months and its a real shame for him to end his last match through a table by an irrelevant performer.

Sami Zayn vs. Finn Balor:

Sami Zayn makes his way to the ring to a great ovation from the New York crowd, they are happy to have him back. Since he missed Mania, he’s back the night after. He wants a match and issues an open challenge. This leads to yet another brand new champion to make an appearance in the form of the Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor

They lock up and work to the ropes and break clean. They work into some back and forth, with Balor frustrating Sami. They trade arm drags and Balor dumps Sami. They both tease dives, and back in, Balor hits the dropkick. He grounds things, working the arm. Sami escapes with strikes and chops, taking control back. Balor fires back with another dropkick, standing double stomp, and chops. Sami cuts him off and they trade strikes as Balor hits the PELE. Post break and Balor is still in control until Sami hits the blue thunder bomb for 2. Balor cuts him off with sling blade, John Wooooooooo and misses the double stop and Sami hiys the XPLODER to the buckles. Balor avoids the helluva and hits the double stomp for the win. Post match Sami Zayn turns and just wrecks the crowd which was fucking awesome to see as Raw is in dire need of some legitimate heels and Zayn could play this role excellently!

Deadman Walking:

Elias arrives and runs down John Cena. He says he’ll show us how simple it is to rap and does. The Gong hits and The fucking Undertaker arrives. Taker looks in far better shape than the last time we saw him. He hits the big boot, chokeslam, and tombstone. Thanks for coming Elias. Of course the crowd ate this up as they do anytime this absolute all time great makes an appearance. Hopefully Elias can use this to boost himself up the ranks somehow but im unsure how he does that!

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston vs. Universal Champion Seth Rollins:

They lock up and Rollins grounds things. They work into some back and forth, tease finishers, and work into a stalemate. Post break and Kofi follows with chops, but Rollins cuts off the high cross with a dropkick. The enziguri follows for 2. Rollins teases blackout, but Kofi counters and cradles him for 2. The DDT follows and again, gets 2. Kofi up top and Rollins cuts him off, but Kofi shoves him down and to the floor. The Bar rushes the ring and beats down Kofi. TAG TEAM MATCH PLAYA! 

Seth Rollins & Kofi Kingston vs. Sheamus & Cesaro:

The crowd chants bullshit, CM Punk, & AEW in the arena, but we all knew something was going to stop us from getting a match and winner. It’s still no right to promote and under deliver, but we saw it coming. They all brawl. Post break and the Bar double team Rollins and cover for 2. Thy work quick tags, isolating Rollins. Rollins fights back, posts Sheamus, and tags in Kofi. He runs wild, and SOS gets 2. Kofi dumps the Bar and flies, gets caught but Rollins saves him. Back in and Kofi hits the high cross for 2. Sheamus hits the knee strike on Kofi for 2. The double team white noise gets 2 as Rollins makes the save. He takes out Sheamus, and Kofi cradles Cesaro for 2. Rollins tags in, trouble in paradise and blackout finish it. Again a match featuring very talented performers was absolutely ruined by the crowd however this time the fault is on WWE for doing such a blatant bait with a match that was never really going to happen.

This Raw wasn’t the most exciting especially compared to previous Raw after Mania episodes however it did set up some fresh new feuds and some returning faces that could be instrumental in next weeks superstar shakeup!

Ben Williams

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