Raw in Review- 7/15/19

It’s the dawning of a new era, and Raw opened up with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman coming down to the ring to gloat about what happened at Extreme Rules the night before. Paul Heyman would then announce a Ten-Man Cross-Brand Battle Royale to decide who would face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Those contestants were Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Big E, Cesaro, Braun Strowman, Rey Mysterio, Baron Corbin, Sami Zayn, Bobby Lashley, and Roman Reigns. Paul would then finish by calling everyone in the back Brock Lesnar’s bitches, and getting in the ring with Brock Lesnar is bad for their health. 

The first match of the night was a Two Out of Three Falls Six-Man Tag match with Ricochet and The Usos vs. Robert Roode and The Revival. Immediately Ricochet would pick up the first pin after delivering The Recoil and a Standing Reverse Moonsault on Scott Dawson. The match would continue to pick up speed and excitement between The Usos and The Revival, begging me to ask where this energy was at Extreme Rules. After a hot tag, Dawson would pick up the second pin on Jimmy Uso. After a brief tussle between Jimmy and The Revival, he would hot tag Ricochet where Dawson would tag in Roode. Ricochet would pick up the win with his 630 Splash.

Unfortunately, the celebration for Ricochet and The Usos wouldn’t last long as The Club would make their way down to the ring. Ricochet would launch himself through the mid-rope at AJ Styles, but he would be jumped by Gallows and Anderson. It would turn into total anarchy where The Usos were super kicking Gallows and Anderson and The Revival, and Ricochet diving in to help, but the numbers game would get the better of them and The Club and The Revival would stand tall.

The Viking Raiders would have another squash match because it is the start of a new era for Raw, but this doesn’t have to change. I don’t have to tell you what happens, by now you should already know.

A segment between Drew McIntyre and Cedric Alexander in the locker room would follow with Drew calling Cedric out for a match. During so, Cedric would use his speed to keep one step ahead of Drew, but as soon as Drew got his hands on Cedric, the tone of the match changed, with Drew throwing Cedric around the ring like a rag doll. But as Drew was setting Cedric up for the Alabama Slam, Cedric would turn it into a roll up to pick up the win.

Finn Balor and Samoa Joe would cut a promo before their match, and so would Roman Reigns in between their entrances for some reason. The match would be short with Samoa Joe picking up the win with a clearly botched roll-up pin on Balor. Joe, not satisfied with the win, attacked Balor, but Balor fought back and got the upper hand. Before Balor could leave the ring after his celebration, the arena would go black and then flashlights would light up the ring to find “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt in the ring. He delivers Sister Abigail on Finn Balor before the ring goes black again.

We’d get a Drake Maverick segment with him and his wife signing into a hotel to finally consummate their marriage. Once they were finished with the sign-in, R-Truth would sneak from the back with a referee to find out what room Hornswoggle was in from the front desk clerk. This would continue into a segment with The Street Profits doing their match card review and prediction bit. 

Continuing the emasculation of one Mike Kanellis, Maria Kanellis said that she would wrestle Zack Ryder since Mike was a loser. Maria would then proceed to head to the ring where she was stopped by a referee. Mike would then head to the ring and lose in under one minute after Zack Ryder dropped the Rough Ryder.

We would see The Club face off against Lucha House Party in a typical and not very memorable little high flyer vs. heavyweight match. The match would barely start before Ricochet would come charging AJ Styles from the crowd, pausing the match while officials got everything under control and to squeeze in a commercial break. When we returned, The Club was dominating Lucha House Party. In the end, Gallows and Anderson would deliver the Boot Of Doom on Kalisto and AJ Styles would finish the match with a Calf Crusher. To continue pushing the heel persona of The Club, Styles would refuse to let go even after the bell rang.

Another video package of what happened between Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar would lead to an interview with Seth recapping the events of Extreme Rules, and letting everyone know that Becky Lynch was all right after receiving an End Of Days from Baron Corbin.

To decide who will face Becky Lynch at Summerslam, Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Carmella, and Natalya would face off against one another in an Elimination Fatal Four Way match. This match was so slow and unimpressive that the fans were chanting “this is awful.” Bliss would get the first pin on Carmella, Natalya would get the second on Naomi. In the end, Natalya would pick up the win over Bliss.

The Miz would host another episode of Miz TV; his guest being Dolph Ziggler. Dolph would call The Miz a sell-out and a corporate yes man. He told The Miz that he has become everything he hated, and so did his wife, Maryse. The Miz would snap and attack Dolph out of the ring.

Continuing the previous segment with Drake Maverick signing into the hotel, Drake was no setting up the bed to finally consummate his marriage. R-Truth would sneak into the room inside a room service cart and pin Drake to win back the 24/7 Title.

For the main event, it was the 10-Man Cross-Brand Battle Royale to decide who would win the chance to face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. It’s a bit upsetting that you have all these amazing performers (and then Zayn and Corbin) together in one ring for a measly ten-minute match, but luckily that match was high energy from start to finish. Below is the order of elimination:

Zayn eliminated Big E; Orton eliminated Zayn; Corbin eliminated Mysterio; Rollins eliminated Corbin, Reigns, Strowman, and Orton.

Despite my absolute rage over the fact that Brock Lesnar is Universal Champion, and overlooking the fact that this is the most we’ve seen of Brock since Super Show-Down (which, by the way, that number is two), overall this was an entertaining episode of Raw. Hopefully, we’ll see more of these kinds of Raws in the future now that Paul Heyman is sitting in the Executive Director’s chair.

I give this episode of Raw a fun 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Daniel Hennessy