• Jayden Becker

WWE Raw Review 7/6/20



As we edge closer to The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Dolph Ziggler turns up the heat on McIntyre reminding him of his past. Rey Mysterio returns after being cleared to compete after his eye injury caused by Seth Rollins. Asuka has an answer for the duo of Bayley and Sasha Banks.


The surprises don’t stop there as a new United States Title Belt is unveiled. Randy Orton teams up with Andrade and Angle Garza to face the Big Show and the Viking Raiders.


Plenty to see here, let’s jump into it.


Dolph Ziggler Reminds Drew McIntyre of his Past


To open Monday Night Raw, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre opens the show calling out Dolph Ziggler to announce what the stipulation will be for their match at Extreme Rules. As Ziggler enters and stops at the top of the ramp, the challenger tells McIntyre that he plans to keep the stipulation a secret.


Ziggler then goes on and reminds McIntyre of his past, looking back at his resume from 2014 to 2017 when McIntyre was fired from the company. To add more salt into the wound, Ziggler brings out the recently released Heath Slater. In a free agent shirt, Slater and Ziggler make their way to the ring.


Slater is proud of McIntyre for finally turning into the “Chosen One”. The interaction turns sour when Slater reminds McIntyre that he was there for him when McIntyre was fired in 2014. Sadly, McIntyre didn’t do the same in April. Slater says that he came back to Raw for his kids. Not for some gimmick, but for the real-life duties of supporting them. Wanting a match, Salter slaps McIntyre across the face.


McIntyre reluctantly accepts.


Takeaways:


Welcome back, Heath Slater. There couldn’t be a more shocking way to open a show. I honestly expected Jinder Mahal to come out when prompted by Ziggler, not Slater. The free-agent shirt was a perfect touch as he isn’t currently under contract with the WWE. Reportedly, this is a one day return. Either way, this is a unique angle the Ziggler threw into this feud. This helps develop McIntyre as we realize that his full career is behind this title run, not just these past few months.


Keeping the stipulation is a secret is also smart because his Pay-Per-View isn’t about this feud. Strowman and Wyatt’s feud along with Mysterio’s and Rollins take the precedence given their Extreme (no pun intended) stipulations. No matter what Ziggler picks, it needs to help McIntyre grow as a Champion.


Final thought, Heath Slater is jacked. We saw both Jinder Mahal and McIntyre return with championship runs after they developed a tremendous body. Let’s hope for the best for Slater


Drew McIntyre vs Heath Slater w/ Dolph Ziggler


After reluctantly accepting, the match is underway between the two. Heath Slater jumps to a strong start, attacking Drew McIntyre quickly after the bell. Slater turns around to celebrate just to receive a Claymore. McIntyre pins Slater, finishing the match quicker than it started.


As McIntyre walks away, Dolph Ziggler’s anger gets the best of him as he attacks Slater after the match. McIntyre sprints down the ramp and saves his old friend. The two hug in the ring and call back to their 3MB days with a handshake.


Takeaways:


Talk about emotions. I thought someone was cutting onions because my eyes started to water. It might not mean much to some people, but this interaction here was more than just pro wrestling. These are two real-life friends embracing after one has been down on their luck. You can’t fake that.


We hope for the best for Heath Slater wherever he may land. He sure does deserve it.


Kaire Sane w/ Asuka vs Sasha Banks w/ Bayley


Before this match, Bayley and Sasha Banks hype themselves up in a promo about changing the game one brand at a time. Asuka makes her way out mentioning how Bayley won’t be ready for her later tonight. Asuka also has an answer for Sasha Banks. That answer is her Kabuki Warrior tag team partner, Kaire Sane.


Sane looks sharp out of the gate attacking Banks. Action falls outside the ring as Banks is tossed through the ropes. Sane connects with a baseball slide dropping both Banks and Bayley. Banks works her way back into the match with multiple pins and submission attempts, all unsuccessful.


Sane lands a strong forearm strike from the top rope. A unique Boston crab is locked in onto Banks. Bayley enters the ring and breaks up the submission causing the match to end in disqualification. After the match, the two teams brawl with Asuka and Sane standing tall.


Takeaways:


Welcome back, Kaire Sane. The last we saw her was when she ran headfirst into the steel steps causing a real injury in a match against Nia Jax. Is that the first time we’ve heard Jax’s name come up during an injury? No. Let’s keep Jax away from Sane for now.


Although these two teams will have a match for the Women’s tag team titles next week, I don’t think Bayley and Banks drop the belts until they are about to break up. The belts should serve as the literal bond holding them together, when what bond is broken so is their friendship.


Kevin Owens Show with Seth Rollins


Before the show gets underway, Aleister Balck is found backstage with a Rey Mysterio mask on after being attacked by Seth Rollins and Murphy. Kevin Owens introduces the “giant piece of trash” Rollins to his show. Owens offers Rollins a KO Mania shirt in reminiscence of the victory Owens had over Rollins at Wrestlemania 36.


Rollins challenges Rey Mysterio to a match at Extreme Rules. Mysterio enters and accepts his challenge. Mysterio is supposed to have a match next against both Rollins and Murphy with black as his partner. Owens joins Mysterio’s side for the match as the winner will pick the stipulation for Extreme Rules.


Takeaways:


Welcome back, Rey Mysterio. Even though you weren’t gone it is nice to see you in person once again.


Kevin Owens once again is stuck and needs somewhere to go. I expect him to get back involved with the US title picture after Extreme Rules. It’s honestly a shame given that he got hurt after Wrestlemania, we could’ve seen him in MITB or even in the WWE Title picture. Let’s hope he finds his way out.


Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens w/ Dominic Mysterio vs Seth Rollins and Murphy


Action falls outside the ring early with Rey Mysterio in control. Murphy breaks free allowing Seth Rollins to enter, the action falls outside again smashing his opponent onto the apron. Rollins throughout the match makes the effort to win by disqualification, getting in the face of Dominic Mysterio begging him to throw a punch. When Dominic doesn’t do so, Rollins rakes at his eyes.


As the match comes to an end Rollins grabs Dominic once again to threaten Rey Mysterio. Aleister Black returns from the back but doesn’t attack Rollins for that would also be a disqualification. While the official is distracted, Dominic attacks the eyes of Murphy allowing Rey Mysterio to hit the 619.

Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens win with the help of Dominic and Black.


After the match, Rey Mysterio announces the match at Extreme Rules to be an Eye for an Eye Match.


Takeaways:


I thought this was the WWE, not CZW. Although this stipulation is gruesome I think the WWE will do a great job in a cinematic sense to make this look as real as possible. You’d have to think Mysterio will lose this one given he has fewer years left in the WWE. Funny enough, so much less than he is currently working while not being under contract with the WWE.


New US Title Unveiled


After 17 years with the same United States Title design, this episode of Raw sees the design change. Instead of current United States Champion Apollo Crews doing this, however, MVP and Bobby Lashley unveiled the title belt. MVP then proclaims himself the new champion given that he beat Crews last week.


Ricochet and Cedric Alexander make their way out, calling out both MVP and Lashley. Ricochet and Alexander continue saying the US Title just like every other title in the WWE needs to be earned. The two duos brawl causing a match next.


Takeaways:


After some compilation, I’ve come to the judgment that the belt isn’t that ugly as I first made it out to be. Looking at up close and high-resolution photos of the title in good lighting makes the belt look amazing. On TV, however, the belt's look is awkward and the colors look odd. The first impression for me wasn’t good but I hope I get a better look at the belt on Crews in better lighting.


MVP and Bobby Lashley vs Ricochet and Cedric Alexander


While still in a full suit, MVP and Bobby Lashley take on Ricochet and Cedric Alexander. Lashley gets the advantage after knocking Ricochet out the air. Alexander hot tags into the match over MVP but is cut short with a sharp elbow. Lashley enters on an unnoticed tag and spears Alexander.


MVP and Bobby Lashley take the victory.


After the match, Lashley locks in the full nelson on Alexander. Ricochet saves his teammate with a springboard dropkick knocking Lashley away.


Takeaways:


Not really much hear. Ricochet and Alexander are back on TV but have nothing to offer at the moment. If they can get some wins that would hopefully legitimize them once again. I think the WWE messed up having MVP in the US title picture and not Lashley. I thought the whole point of this was to get Lashley over, not the old MVP.


Big Show and Viking Raiders vs Randy Orton, Andrade, and Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega


This match is made combining the feud of Randy Orton and the Big Show along with Andrade and Angel Garza’s feud with the Viking Raiders. Garza is pummeled early on as the Big Show and Viking Raiders stay in control. Andrade finds his way into the match but is distracted by Garza exiting. As the two start to yell at each other, Orton pulls out of the ring and holds him by the throat telling him to get his act together.


The duo of Andrade and Garza get on track as a team but can’t stay in control as the Big Show enters on a hot tag. Orton sneaks from behind but fails to connect with the RKO. The Viking Raiders also fail to connect with the Viking Experience causing Orton to slip in for the RKO onto Eric.


Randy Orton leads Andrade and Angel Garza to victory.


Takeaways:


This gave my FTRKO vibes, might have been different but I enjoyed seeing Orton work with the duo. Orton holding Garza by the throat is very impactful. We talk about putting your stamp of approval on someone and Garza has that for sure from Orton. I think we can also say the same for Andrade but that has been proven before.


Ruby Riott vs Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce


After Peyton Royce beat Ruby Riott last week, she’ll have a chance to redeem herself against Royce’s partner Billie Kay. Riott stomps on the hand of Royce as soon as the match starts. Kay connects with a big boot and is in control. To end the match, Kay plants Riott with a sit-out powerbomb and wins.


Ruby Riott loses for the second week in a row to both IIconics members debuting their finishers.


Takeaways:


Last week we saw Royce debut an awesome spinning brainbuster that maybe my favorite finisher in the WWE right now. This finisher was a little lackluster for me compared to Royce’s finisher. Also, who’s buying the headstone for Riott’s standing in the company… yikes.


Bayley w/ Sasha Banks vs Asuka w/ Kaire Sane - Champion vs Champion


Before this match begins, Nikki Cross makes her way through security to sit at commentary. As the action moves to the outside, Bayley slaps the headset off of Nikki Cross causing her to flip out. Cross is then carried away by security. A running knee to the face then puts Asuka in control.


Bayley drops Asuka on the announce table and adds insult to injury by sitting in the empty seat left by Cross, partially joining commentary while still in the match. As the action continues Bayley shoves Kaire Sane on the outside. This distraction causes the official to miss Bayley and Banks work together on Asuka. Nikki Cross returns behind the barricade banging on the plexiglass. With her opponent distracted, Asuka rolls up Bayley for the win.


Asuka beats Bayley with some help from Nikki Cross.


Takeaways:


Great match between these two. We’ve seen finishes like this pretty often but this was interesting given that it built a Smackdown feud on Raw. I’m not sure who will win at Extreme Rules at this point. If Banks gets the Raw Women’s Championship, Bayley and Banks will most likely combine the belts when they feud. That could end the brand split as we know it. If Asuka wins, Shayna Bazler needs to make her return.

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Wrap-Up:


Maybe the 2nd best episode of Raw behind the Becky Lynch pregnancy announcement. I am very happy with the number of surprises and emotions that came with this show. I’m looking forward to Extreme Rules and the go-home episode to come next week.


Pros:

  • Dolph Ziggler Reminds Drew McIntyre of his Past

  • Drew McIntyre vs Heath Slater w/ Dolph Ziggler

  • Kaire Sane w/ Asuka vs Sasha Banks w/ Bayley

  • Kevin Owens Show with Seth Rollins

  • Rey Mysterio and Kevin Owens w/ Dominic Mysterio vs Seth Rollins and Murphy

  • Big Show and Viking Raiders vs Randy Orton, Andrade, and Angel Garza w/ Zelina Vega

  • Bayley w/ Sasha Banks vs Asuka w/ Kaire Sane - Champion vs Champion


Cons:

  • New US Title Unveiled

  • MVP and Bobby Lashley vs Ricochet and Cedric Alexander

  • Ruby Riott vs Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce


Final Grade: A-


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