Event: Monday Night Raw
Date: August 5, 2019
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Results & Highlights
- The Summerslam go-home edition of Monday Night Raw started off with an agitated Samoa Joe on top of the commentator’s desk, for being wrongly accused of attacking Roman Reigns on SmackDown Live last week. Joe threatened to shut down the show until he gets the apology he deserves. Becky Lynch interrupted and walked in to the ring followed by Charlotte Flair, Natalya and Trish Stratus.
- Women’s Tag Team match between Lynch & Flair vs Natalya & Stratus ended in a DQ win for Lynch, after The Queen of Hearts refused to release The Man from the Sharp Shooter after Flair attacked Lynch and left her vulnerable. For some reason, Trish wasn’t tagged in at all.
- Andrade defeated Rey Mysterio in a high octane high flying singles match. Andrade delivered a Hammerlock DDT to secure the win after Zeliga Vega hit a cheap shot when the referee was not looking.
- Mike Kanellis tricked and pinned his wife Maria, to become the new 24/7 Champion. The couple were inside OB GYN’s office and the doctor turned out to be a referee. Mike stepped out of the doctor’s office only to find R-Truth disguised himself as a pregnant woman. Truth pinned Mike to regain the 24/7 title.
- Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman came to the ring and played the previous week’s footage where Lesnar brutally attacked Seth Rollins. An injured Rollins appeared and dragged himself to the ring with a steel chair and tried to get some redemption but received another beatdown at the hands of the Beast. After Lesnar left, Rollins said he will beat him at Summerslam which got mixed reactions from the crowd.
- The Viking Raiders defeated local talent in a squash match.
- Drew McIntyre vs Cedric Alexander with Kurt Angle as guest referee: McIntyre attacked Alexander from behind before the match could even start. Cedric fought back with a tornado DDT to the floor. Lights went off and ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt appeared in the ring and attacked Kurt Angle with a Mandible Claw.
- The OC vs The New Day: AJ Styles interfered in the tag match causing a disqualification which lead to a 3-on-2 assault. Ricochet came to the rescue and a 6-man tag match was made official. The OC defeated the The New Day and Ricochet after another interference from Styles when the referee was not looking. Gallows and Anderson delivered The Magic Killer on Xavier Woods for the win.
- Samoa Joe came to the ring and demanded apology for being falsely accused. He was informed by the ringside staff that Reigns has arrived at the parking lot and Joe left the ring to confront him. As Reigns was getting out of his SUV, another car crashed in to his SUV and sped away. Joe, Triple H and other officials came to check on Reigns and he appeared to be fine apart from being shocked.
- Fatal 4-way Elimination Match for the Women’s Tag Team Championship – The IIconics (c) vs Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville vs The Kabuki Warriors vs Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross: The IIconics dominated early in the match but the champs were eliminated after Mandy Rose delivered a clothesline to Billie Kay to secure the pinfall. Their celebration did not last long as Asuka countered Rose’s finisher and made her tap out to the Asuka Lock thereby eliminating Rose and Deville. Bliss eventually managed to deliver a Twisted Bliss on Sane to secure the win and become the new Women’s Tag Team Champions with Cross.
- The Miz came to the ring for a contract signing and he invited Shawn Michaels to make sure it goes well. Dolph Ziggler came out and signed the contract after the usual ranting. Miz said he is not the one who will be facing Ziggler and all eyes were on Shawn Michaels who shrugged his shoulders and said even he is not the one. Music hit and GOLDBERG came out to a huge pop. Goldberg signed the contract and told Ziggler “You’re Next”. Shawn Michaels delivered a Sweet Chin Music to a retreating Ziggler to end the show.
Takeaways from Monday Night Raw
The Rise of Samoa Joe
Samoa Joe has been booked amazingly bad in recent times with a string of losses in major matches. He lost to Kofi Kingston, Ricochet and Roman Reigns clean in recent weeks, and his credibility took a massive hit. However, WWE took some steps to make Joe relevant again with several interesting segments throughout the show.
Joe attended to Reigns and called medics after Reigns was rammed by a mystery attacker in a car. WWE’s efforts to make Joe relevant again are a step in the right direction and it should be interesting to see where Reigns-Joe partnership heads towards in the coming weeks.
The Death of Dolph Ziggler
Although Samoa Joe’s character finally got some decent booking, former WWE Champion Dolph Ziggler continued on his downward trend. Shawn Michaels took his revenge from last week, while Goldberg returned to presumably squash Ziggler at SummerSlam. In one of the most random matches of all time, Ziggler winning against Goldberg looks highly unlikely and losing against a 50 year old on a major PPV will be a nail in the coffin for Ziggler’s already stale character.
An Un-iconic Reign Comes to an End
The IIconics won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania four months ago, but their title reign was marred by poor booking and uninteresting rivalries. WWE presented a fatal four-way for the tag titles on RAW, a match which was rumored to take place at SummerSlam. Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss’ weird partnership continues and their reign would undoubtedly be better than the shambolic reign of The IIconics.
Brave or Stupid?
WWE has been pushing Seth Rollins as the ultra babyface who never backs down from challenges. However, after being mercilessly decimated by the Beast last week, Rollins once again walked into the path of destruction. WWE should not build Rollins’ character by making him look like a chump every week, instead they should make him similar to Kevin Owens’ current character. WWE Universe did not react well last night.
The Fiend is a Perfect Ten
Tye Dillinger may have left WWE but Bray Wyatt’s current character is a perfect ten nonetheless. After attacking Mick Foley on RAW Reunion episode two weeks ago, The Fiend targeted another Hall of Famer, Kurt Angle, this week. WWE has booked Wyatt’s character to a perfection until now, and he should continue his mean streak by defeating Finn Balor this Sunday at SummerSlam.