Welcome to another RAW Review everybody! Happy birthday to my dad and Sly Stallone! Aside from that, disappointment has been the word this week. John Morrison lost to the guy with no shoes. Randy Orton didn’t show up on RAW last week, and even MJF couldn’t get over on AEW! Where did I go wrong?! Will tonight’s show be better, or will I yell at the sky again tonight?
The show begins with Drew McIntyre. Last week, Drew let Dolph Ziggler pick the stipulation for their match at Extreme Rules, but Dolph’s making us wait. Without wasting any time, Dolph is here to let us all know! Nope, he says it’s a secret, but he has a surprise for everyone. It’s Drew’s good friend, Heath Slater! Man, it’s good to see him again. He’s hilarious! But Heath isn’t his usual cheerful self tonight, he’s here to challenge Drew. He claims Drew wasn’t there for him after he got canned, but Heath is BACK and he’s making the most of this opportunity. Drew refuses to fight, but Heath talks him into it. Looks like we have our first match of the night! I wish Jinder was here for this!
Match #1: Drew McIntyre vs. Heath Slater
Heath takes the Claymore, game over. Drew clearly didn’t want to do it, but he had to. Does this mean Slater’s back in the fold for good? I’m all for it! Dolph tries to get in Slater’s face after the match, but Heath shoves him down. Dolph is embarrassed now! He takes Heath down, then McIntyre comes back to save his friend. Heath’s crying, I’m a mess over here. Good to see Heath again. I missed him a bunch.
I had to take a break to get my emotions back in order after that opening, but now Sasha and Bayley are out for a promo. They’re killing it like usual, but this is the same as it’s been for several weeks. Even so, these two are not only the best women in wrestling right now, but also the best tag team. Asuka interrupts and brings out Kairi Sane to challenge Banks and Bayley to a tag team match. Too bad it’s not Jinder! Almost had 3MB together again.
Match #2: Sasha Banks vs. Kairi Sane
Sasha’s showing a lot of attitude at the start of this thing. She’s a much better heel. It’s not even close! Bayley’s on the outside being a nuisance, but Asuka blindsides her and down she goes. There’s a lot of submissions in this match. Normally I’d be interested since I love technical wrestling, but I’m bummed out since Jinder’s not here. Kairi escapes from a submission and gives Sasha her comeback, but Sasha kicks out at two. Kairi tries for a new submission! It’s essentially a Walls of Jericho with Sasha’s legs crossed. Innovative, but Bayley breaks up the hold and Kairi wins by disqualification. Still no Jinder. Will he show up tonight? Backstage, Aliester Black has been attacked! Seth Rollins is standing right there. I’m sure he’ll find whoever is responsible for this and take their eye out, unless it’s Jinder because he’s looking jacked these days.
The Kevin Owens Show (featuring Jinder!)
No wait, it’s Seth Rollins. I guess that makes more sense. Long time, no see for these guys. Remember when Seth used to beat up Kevin every week? Kevin says things haven’t gone well for Seth since Wrestlemania. How’s that? Seth’s been on kicking ass the whole time while Kevin’s been at home crying or whatever. Seth says he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Kevin anymore, he’s just here to call Rey Mysterio out since he’s medically cleared now. Kevin wants to keep bringing up the past like a jealous ex girlfriend, but Seth turns it around on him and offers Kevin a chance to join his clan. That’s a great idea! It’s much better than Seth and his men beating him up every week. Rey shows up and accepts Seth’s challenge for Extreme Rules.
Match #3: Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy vs. Kevin Owens & Rey Mysterio
We come back from a commercial break and this match is already in progress. Kevin and Mysterio are in control of this thing. This seems like a throw away match, but there are stakes here. The winning team gets to pick the stipulation for Extreme Rules. I don’t see why Kevin would bother to fight Seth Rollins again after everything Seth did to him before, but I guess he has nothing better to do.
Seth goes to the outside and heels on Dominic. Maybe Rey should stop bringing his son everywhere since this keeps happening over and over. Seth works the leg of Kevin. That’s smart wrestling! Kevin broke his ankle in their Wrestlemania match. Both guys tag out and Buddy Murphy takes all the heat from Rey Mysterio, but Seth bails and he’s holding Dominic hostage. We all know Dominic isn’t a child anymore right? Why’s he acting so defenseless? He’s bigger than Mysterio is by a lot. Aliester Black shows up for the save. Rey Mysterio wins for his team with the 619. Buddy Murphy is almost as useless as Kip Sabian! Mysterio challenges Seth to an Eye for an Eye match at Extreme Rules. This should be interesting!
The VIP Lounge (featuring MVP, Bobby Lashley, and Jinder!)
MVP and Lashley are here to put this Apollo Crews thing to bed after MVP beat him last week. Then they can invite Jinder out here and get this show on the road! MVP’s about to reveal the brand new US title. How exciting! I’m not sure how I feel about this new design. It’s gonna take some time to get used to, but it’s not terrible. Ricochet and Cedric Alexander show up. Jinder’s not gonna be happy about these guys ruining his entrance. Cedric says some cool shit, but Ricochet promptly ruins it. Everything he said was written by somebody else. Too bad none of these guys can really talk anymore.
Match #4: Bobby Lashley & MVP vs. Cedric Alexander & Ricochet (no Jinder)
Is this some kind of sick joke? First these two punks show up and ruin Jinder’s entrance, and now he doesn’t even get booked? MVP’s not even dressed to wrestle! Looks like they were pretty desperate to throw this match together just so Jinder doesn’t get any face time. I’m starting to think they’re holding him down. Could he be the next CONspiracy Victim? MVP’s looking really good in there even without his ring gear. I’m really impressed with his partnership with Bobby so far. Bobby looks like a new man. I always knew he had this in him!
Lashley holds Ricochet up for a suplex. Just so everyone knows, Bobby could have done that forever, but he doesn’t get paid by the hour. MVP tags in and goes for his own suplex, but it backfires. Cedric tags in and does his comeback on MVP, but he only gets two. Bobby tags in behind Cedric’s back and wins with a spear. That’s what happens! Bobby gives Cedric the full nelson, but Ricochet makes the save. Bobby looks like a bear compared to these guys. I like this version of him. He’s always pissed!
Match #5: Big Show & Viking Raiders vs. Randy Orton & A-Team
CALLED IT! I had the idea to team Orton and the A-Team up last week! These are all third generation guys, and with Orton leading them they’ll be great. Even with Randy’s help, it won’t save Garza from his obvious impotence. Randy won’t tag in right now and I don’t blame him. In chess, the pawns go first. Garza tries to fight Big Show first and it goes about as well as you’d expect. Big Show and the Vikings gang up on poor Garza, who has no hope of tagging out as this point. Garza escapes a suplex attempt and falls into his corner, and Andrade tags out. Still no hope of victory for Orton’s team. They’re getting shut out and Randy’s getting frustrated. He calls Garza outside and roughs him up a bit. He didn’t hurt him, even though he could have. Unlike Zelina Vega, he’s not about to watch these two bicker like a couple of old ladies because he wants to win. He gives Garza one more chance to pull himself together, and he doesn’t THEN Randy will hurt him. Great move Randy! He’s an excellent motivator.
We come back from another break and Orton’s team seems to be in control! It doesn’t last long before Garza’s getting rag dolled again. Randy looks pissed, Garza better be careful! Randy finally tags in and helps to beat Erik down. Randy’s team is using quick tags and ganging up on the opponent in the corner. It works great until Garza stops to rip off his pants. Randy’s not happy about that, but his men are doing great now. All he had to do was threaten to inflict violence on one of them and now everything’s fine! Vince Lombardi had the same tactic. He won five championships, and all he did was yell and shove people.
Big Show tags in and now they’re in trouble. Andrade and Garza take most of the heat. Randy tries to come in with the RKO but he just misses. Big Show goes for the chokeslam but Andrade applies the sleeper. The Vikings tag in and go for the finish on Garza, but Andrade saves him. During the confusion, Orton tags in and gives Erik the RKO for the win. Boom! That’s how it’s done boys. Just stick with Randy Orton and he’ll show you a thing or two. Zelina Vega keeps making eyes at Orton. I’m full of jealous rage, but this is a huge win for Orton’s team!
Match #6: Ruby Riot vs. Billie Kay (The Piss Break Match)
This match was incredibly short. I left for a piss break and when I came back it was over. After about two minutes, Billie Kay wins with a spinebuster. She’s been experimenting with some new moves which is nice, but I genuinely feel bad for Ruby at this point. The most over she ever got was when she first came on with the Riot Squad, then she got seriously injured and now she can’t buy a win. It’s just gotten sad. Wasn’t she supposed to be teaming with Liv Morgan again? What happened with that?
Match #7: Asuka vs. Bayley: Champion vs. Champion
With around twenty minutes left, this should be a decent match. But with Nikki Cross on commentary, this might be more annoying than it is enjoyable for me. I don’t even know what Nikki Cross is doing anymore. She’s like a confused child all the time. Her entire career as Alexa’s sidekick has largely been a waste so far, but at least she’ll get a chance to show what she can do against Bayley at Extreme Rules. Without much hesitation, Nikki goes after Bayley and gets carried away from ringside. Thank the lord! Bayley takes a knee to the face and Asuka’s in complete control right before the commercial. Let’s hope this is the last one of the night. When we come back Bayley’s winning. She’s been on fire for months now! I love her ring work. She’s gotten so much more aggressive in there recently. That’s the key to being a good heel. You can be cocky or arrogant if you want to, but when shit gets real you have to be able to flip the switch. I was totally wrong about her, I thought Bayley would never make it as a heel!
We get some really good back and forth in this match, but it would be even better if Jinder Mahal were here. Maybe they could invite him to commentary since Nikki Cross is gone now. Bayley panics and tries to bail, but it’s all a ruse. She takes the advantage after luring Asuka to the outside. She’s even taunting the announcers! Looks like she’s having a blast. She hates Byron, I can tell. Bayley sits down at the announce table and does commentary for her own match. She’s just incredible. Asuka is looking totally battered now. Bayley and Sasha are both talking shit right to her face and she’s not doing anything about it. Bayley tries to punk her out, but Asuka’s hulking up! Really nice comeback by Asuka, complete with a Butt Slam at the end. Asuka goes for another one, but Bayley catches her mid Butt Slam. A spinning backfist knocks Bayley on her ass. Man, she looks rocked after that one. The ref begins the countout. Sasha’s about to make a move. Bayley recovers and Asuka comes off the top with a missile dropkick. This match goes to the outside next. It may never end! Bayley heels on Kairi Sane and the ref gets distracted. Sasha bops Asuka illegally and Bayley almost gets the win with the back suplex! Sasha goes to get a bottle of water for Bayley, who promptly throws it in Asuka’s face. Nikki Cross shows up and distracts EVERYONE, then Asuka tries for the chickenwing. Bayley tries to roll through, much like Sasha did last week, but not this time. Asuka wins via submission. That’s fine! I’m not even mad! This isn’t a title match. Bayley will win when it matters.
My Final Thoughts on RAW (7/6/2020)
The disappointment continued tonight, but for much different reasons than I expected. It’s about time Jinder Mahal got his due. He’s a former world champion and he deserves RESPECT! Randy Orton and the A-Team are great together. I hope this isn’t just a one time thing. Bobby Lashley looked great again, but I’m not sure where he’s going after he lost to Drew McIntyre. I was surprised to see Heath Slater tonight! I understand it was mentioned on the internet beforehand, but I don’t follow that shit. Even though I was excited to see him again, I would have been even happier if Jinder showed up to save Heath from Dolph Ziggler. 3MB baby! Jinder could throw Dolph across the room with ease. If you enjoyed this review, you can find me on Facebook this Wednesday when the guy with his hands in his pockets (aka Pockets) takes on Chris Jericho. I’ve already committed to watching that. I can’t get out of it. Let’s hope this match isn’t a total dumpster fire. See you Wednesday night!