Hello and welcome to yet another weekly WWE Monday Night RAW Results 4/27/20! With just under two weeks left until Money in the Bank, how will they build up the matches on the show? Seth Rollins and Drew McIntyre will meet for yet another contract signing. Those NEVER go well! Asuka, Shayna Baszler, and Nia Jax will meet in a triple threat match! I’m actually excited about that one. Samoa Joe is back by popular demand on color commentary! Let’s see what happens next.
The show opens with MVP in the ring. He’s set for another episode of the VIP Lounge. MVP announces Rey Mysterio, Aleister Black, and Apollo Crews to the ring. All the men are asked the same question: What does it mean to you to win Money in the Bank? Nobody gets to answer because MVP won’t stop yapping and now Zelina Vega is here with her crew!
You know what that means, its time for another Zelina Vega Outfit Watch! I actually don’t like it this week. She’s showing off her legs, which doesn’t work for her because she’s a shorty and she’s showing too much skin for my liking. She’s a gorgeous woman but she needs to leave something to the imagination. Anyway, she says these three guys should give up their spots in the ladder match so her men can have a chance. She’s a terrible negotiator. She didn’t even try to barter, she just expected them to give up their spots for no reason.
Match #1: Aleister Black, Rey Mysterio, & Apollo Crews vs. The A-Team (w. Zelina Vega)
As you may have expected, that last confrontation led to this six-man tag after a commercial break. I have to give the edge to the A-Team in this one. Not only do they have Zelina outside the ring, who’s proven she can get physically involved at any time, but they’ve also started coming together as a team while these other guys haven’t teamed up once. The way Aleister Black’s been booked lately, I expect him to beat the entire heel team via one Kick of Death. All three of them knocked out in one fluid motion. Rey goes for a double 619, but Andrade makes the save for his guys. I’d be a lot more interested just watching Andrade and Mysterio. Six-man tags have way too much going on.
We come back from commercial and the A-Team is giving Aleister Black all the heat. No problem for him, he’ll just distract them with his tattoos and kick them a bunch of times. All jokes aside, this is some pretty good mat wrestling. It does my heart good. Rey Mysterio tags in and immediately ruins it! We’ve all seen his comeback sequence before. Angel Garza takes off his pants again. Rey Mysterio is taking all the heat from the A-Team now! He’s got no chance in this thing unless he can tag out to Aleister Black! Apollo Crews tags in for a comeback and he’s on fire! Andrade comes in and gives him the back elbow, but it doesn’t work. Crews wins this match with a powerbomb! This is probably the best Crews has looked in at least four years.
Match #2: Asuka vs. Nia Jax vs. Shayna Baszler
Based on the way she’s been booked for the last few weeks, I have Nia Jax winning this one. Asuka’s here for another promo in Japanese. I can’t understand it, but I’ll try my best to translate this time. She’s upset about Kairi Sane getting hurt last week and she’s coming for Nia Jax in this match. Whatever! Nia Jax ain’t nobody’s bitch! Every time I see Shayna Baszler, it just disappoints me because she should have beaten Becky Lynch at Wrestlemania this year. Baszler immediately targets Asuka and flings her aside. This match is on the outside, and it requires both Shayna and Asuka just to knock Nia down. Asuka’s determined to prove a point tonight, but she gets blindsided by Nia! That’s why they call it a triple threat! Nia grabs a ladder and flattens both of her opponents. No disqualifications in a triple threat match! Suddenly Nia’s music plays and this thing is over. I guess it never truly started, but Nia looked great. Provided she can make it up the ladder, she’ll win the MITB contract with ease.
My ears just started ringing, and that can only mean one thing! Lana is nearby. She’s arguing with Lashley, who says she’s a big distraction. Of course, we the viewers all know what he’s getting at. He can’t stand that bitch, but he only tells her he’s distracted by how beautiful she is. Good save Bobby. We all know what’s really going on here. Lana stays backstage for this one. Thank the Lord!
Match #3: Bobby Lashley vs. Denzel DeJournette
I’ve seen this guy before! He’s a developmental guy. Nobody’s taking him to win this thing, but that doesn’t mean he won’t try! He smacks Bobby right in the face, which turns out to be the worst mistake he’s ever made. Bobby wins with the spear. Turns out things are much easier win you don’t have a banshee screaming in your ear.
Match #4: Liv Morgan vs. Ruby Riot
This rivalry hasn’t reached Elias vs. Baron Corbin territory yet, but it is getting repetitive. They can’t just keep doing the same match over and over again, they need to add something to it. On the bright side, Liv Morgan is coming along significantly since she first started her singles run. Liv Morgan wins this match once again with her facebuster off the ropes. Liv gets some promo time after this match, and it’s not good. She looks like a deer in headlights and she sounds totally lost. I could actually see her breathing a sigh of relief after the promo was done and I don’t blame her. She’s very nice looking and she’s improving in the ring, but her promos are still very weak.
Match #5: Jinder Mahal vs. Akira Tozawa
You read that right, Jinder Mahal is making his long-awaited return to the ring since he suffered a knee injury last year! I couldn’t help but notice they announced him as a former WWE champion during his entrance. Could this mean another championship match coming up for Jinder? I’d be all for it, just don’t try putting him against Brock again. Nobody was buying that shit. Jinder wins this match in short order. I miss Jinder’s long hair, he looked like a Mortal Kombat villain.
Match #6: Andrade (w. Zelina Vega) vs. Apollo Crews
The push for Apollo Crews continues! He’s already won once tonight, but this match came about thanks to a heated backstage promo where Andrade was on the receiving end of a slap. This match is for the US title! No way! I was just about to go off on a totally unprompted tangent about how Andrade’s title reign has been lukewarm at best. Apollo’s hot right now, he has to win this thing! After some chain wrestling, Andrade has the upper hand. God, I hope Andrade doesn’t win again. The title hasn’t meant anything since he won it. Andrade’s trying to wear Crews down with submission holds. He goes for his running knees in the corner, but wait, he has to work the crowd first! He misses completely, but he eventually goes for it a second time and nails it. Still not enough to beat Crews. Man, is he determined or what?
Andrade goes for the DDT, but Crews blocks it. After some quick near falls, Apollo goes to the top rope to end this thing, but Andrade blocks him. In the end, Andrade takes a tumble to the mat. Apollo comes off the top rope, but clearly injures his knee on the way down. Andrade wins this thing by ref stoppage. You can hear the sadness in the announcers’ voices. I thought Crews was gonna win this thing.
Match #7: Ricochet & Cedric Alexander vs. ???
I have no clue who these guys are, so it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion who’s winning this thing. I’m all for a well-executed quick match that gets someone over, but this match is too polished. There’s obvious cooperation and I’m not a fan of this match style. Having said that, these guys can have a good match against the right opponents. We need more tag teams on the roster, so I’ll let this one go. MVP interrupts the victory celebration along with Shane Thorne and his big friend. I guess they’ll have a rematch next week.
Main Event: Drew McIntyre vs. Seth Rollins: The Contract Signing
We all know how this is gonna go, but more importantly, Jerry Lawler finally showed up! I thought he wasn’t here! The bastards at this website lied to me! Seth Rollins shows up looking dapper. Put your hair down Seth. Drew shows up still dressed exactly like Shane McMahon. Drew wastes little time signing the contract, but Rollins has to think about it for a minute. He gives us a whole spiel about doing this for the greater good. He is vengeance, he is the night, he is Batman. To put it shortly, Drew’s had it with Seth’s shit. We’ve all heard almost this exact same speech before. McIntyre’s promos since he’s won the title have been copy and paste. This inevitably breaks down into a brawl and Buddy Murphy shows up to help Seth out. It looks like they’re about to make out, but they just hug.
My Final Thoughts on RAW (4/27/2020)
One positive thing that I can say about this pandemic is at least there’s more wrestling on now. Each show has had six or seven matches, which has been nice to watch. I was disappointed when Crews didn’t win the US title, but I wish they hadn’t had him on afterward. The more I saw him the more it killed the illusion. I really believed he was hurt until they showed him hobbling around backstage with an ice pick. Seth Rollins got his face smashed into the table during the contract signing while he was in mid-sentence and it reminded me of Ben Stiller in Dodgeball getting his face smashed into the wall. That was hilarious! Drew’s promos have gotten boring since he won the belt. Immediately before that, he was very entertaining, but now he’s using the exact same verbiage every other babyface champion has used. Aside from these things, I liked the show. Thanks for tuning in to my WWE Monday Night Results and Review 4/27/20! We’ll see what happens next week!