Event: Monday Night Raw
Date: July 8, 2019
Location- Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, US
Results & Highlights
- Universal Champion Seth Rollins & Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch def. Andrade & Zelina Vega in a Mixed Tag Elimination Match. Baron Corbin & Lacey Evans ambush the winners post match.
- Paul Heyman cuts a promo and says that Brock Lesnar may or may not cash in the Money in the Bank contract against either Rollins or Kofi Kingston.
- The Miz & The Usos def. Elias & the Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival in a 2 out of 3 falls Tag Team Match.
- Rey Mysterio returns to Raw and issues an open challenge. Bobby Lashley answers the challenge and defeats Mysterio via pinfall. Lashley assaults Rey post-match.
- Cesaro def. No Way Jose with a Sharp Shooter in a Men’s Singles Match.
- The Viking Raiders makes quick work of local talent, defeating them via pinfall in a Tag Team Match.
- United States Champion Ricochet defeats Luke Gallows via pinfall. Post-match, AJ Styles challenges Ricochet to face Karl Anderson. Ricochet defeats Anderson via pinfall. Post-match, the heels beatdown Ricochet, delivering The Magic Killer and Phenomenal Forearm.
- Beat The Clock Challenge: SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley defeats Sarah Logan in 4 minutes 32 seconds. Nikki Cross defeats Dana Brooke and beats the clock by almost 2 minutes faster than required. Cross announces a 2-on-1 handicap match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship this Sunday at Extreme Rules (Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs Bayley).
- Monday Night Raw Main Event: Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre defeat Roman Reigns & his partner ‘Gary Garbutt’ (in a mask). Post-match, Gary takes of his mask and turns out it was Cedric Alexander all along.
Takeaways from Monday Night Raw
1. The Men’s Practice Session
Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch were challenged by SmackDown Superstars Zelina Vega and Andrade for a mixed tag-team match this week. The Man and The Man’s Man (who came up with that!?), accepted the challenge and faced off against the Smackdown duo in the opener for the night.
The champions have their task cut out for Sunday where they defend their titles against Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans. Rollins-Lynch won the hard-fought match-up before being blindsided by their challengers for Sunday.
RAW’s different approach in the last two weeks has been refreshing with great matches to begin the show instead of 20-minute in-ring segments.
2. Lots of Wrestling
The show was filled with lots and lots of wrestling encounters which was yet another change made since the appointment of Paul Heyman as the Executive Director. Usos and Miz faced off against Elias and Revival, Cesaro took on No Way Jose, Rey Mysterio had his return cut short by Bobby Lashley and the Viking Raiders squashed some enhancement talents.
Overall, the show was the right mix of backstage segments and in-ring matches, which is a good sign of things to come on RAW.
WWE has been lambasted on several occasions for having fewer matches and more not-so-entertaining segments, but that seems to be changing with Paul Heyman in charge.
3. Bayley gets handicapped
WWE continued the Nikki Cross-Bayley-Alexa Bliss storyline, with Bayley and Nikki Cross competing in a beat the clock challenge this week. Bayley defeated Sarah Logan in 4:32 minutes, following which Cross grabbed a victory over Dana Brooke in just under two minutes.
Nikki Cross won the right to choose a stipulation for Bayley-Bliss title match on Sunday, and she made it a 2-on-1 handicap match.
The inclusion of Cross in this story has paid dividends so far, and hopefully, WWE has bigger things planned for her in the future.
4. The Club is back #BeatUpRicochet
AJ Styles had a major heel turn last week when he decimated Ricochet and reunited the Club with Gallows and Anderson. This week Ricochet faced off against Gallows and Anderson in two singles matches, winning both of those quite easily.
Styles and the Good Brothers once again laid waste to the United States Champion, and further proved their supremacy on Monday Night RAW.
WWE is evidently high on Ricochet and are looking to push him to the moon, which is a promising sign for the future. Having AJ Styles, a former two-time WWE Champion as Ricochet’s first opponent for the United States Championship was the perfect decision.
5. A disappointing reveal
WWE announced a major match-up last weekend, Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre taking on Roman Reigns and a partner of Shane’s choosing. WWE could have taken this moment to debut a major face from NXT, bring back some superstar like Wyatt or given the role to someone prominent.
However, after McIntyre and McMahon won the match after defeating a masked superstar, he was revealed to be Cedric Alexander, a superstar currently in the lower card of RAW.
A main-event match-up going for all of 3 minutes was shambolic and should’ve been done in a much better fashion.