WWE presented Monday Night RAW this week, hyped as a major RAW Reunion Show, featuring the who’s who of professional wrestling.
Several legends added to the element of fun to the show, and it was a great episode overall.
We look at the major results and takeaways from the episode of red brand this week!
Event: Monday Night Raw (Raw Reunion)
Date: July 22, 2019
Location: Tampa, Florida
Results & Highlights
- John Cena opened the show and got a huge pop from the crowd. The Usos and Rikishi joined Cena in the ring and were about to show some dance moves when The Revival interrupted them along with D-Von Dudley.
- Booker T joined the commentary team of Corey Graves, Renee Young and Michael Cole.
- The Usos (with Rikishi) defeated the Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival (with D Von) in a non title match.
- Backstage: Kaitlyn and Torrie Wilson were shown along with Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke. Santino Marella joined the women with The Cobra – another huge pop from the crowd.
- Backstage: Drake Maverick pinned R-Truth to become the new WWE 24/7 Champion after Renee Michelle confronted Truth and Carmella and caused a distraction. The Godfather appeared and told Charly Caruso that it’s time for the Ho Train.
- Drew McIntyre attacked Cedric Alexander before the match could start and brawled outside the ring for a while. McIntyre delivered an Inverted Alabama Slam to Alexander face first in to the ring apron and walked away. McIntyre had a point to prove to Alexander after last week’s loss.
- Backstage: Drake Maverick walked in to the locker room and stumbled on a bag full of worms. The lights turned red and it’s The Boogeyman! A frightened Maverick got pinned by Pat Patterson – the second 24/7 Champion of the night.
- Captain Charisma Christian joined the commentary team.
- The Viking Raiders defeated the team of Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder after delivering a Viking Experience.
- Backstage: Eve Torres and Eric Bischoff were shown talking to Mike Kanellis. Maria interrupted and berated Mike as usual. Mike was not done yet – Ron Simmons screamed his signature DAMN!, this time using Jimmy Hart’s megaphone.
- Backstage: Gerald Briscoe defeated Pat Patterson to become the third 24/7 Champion of the night. The drama was not over yet. Kelly Kelly sweet talked Briscoe, and pinned him to become the first female 24/7 Champion and the fourth of the night.
- Samoa Joe started ranting about the reunion, fans’ obsession with nostalgia and Rikishi’s opening segment. Roman Reigns interrupted and the duo got in to a brawl. The match was made official and Reigns defeated Joe via pinfall after delivering a spear.
- Seth Rollins was the guest on Miz TV when Paul Heyman interrupted and cut a promo from the Gorilla Position. Heyman later came out for a verbal confrontation with Rollins but was eventually chased away by the Beastslayer.
- Backstage: Rey Mysterio confronted Sami Zayn who was trash talking the “legends”. Kurt Angle interfered and asked them to settle things in the ring.
- Backstage: Candice Michelle pinned Kelly Kelly to become the fifth 24/7 Champion of the night with Melina as the referee. That did not last long as Hall of Famer Allundra Blayze made Michelle tap out to become the sixth 24/7 Champion of the night. How many more???
- Jonathan Coachman joined the commentary team.
- Rey Mysterio defeated Sami Zayn – Zayn tried to walk away halfway through the match when Rob Van Dam, Sgt. Slaughter, The Hurricane and Kurt Angle came out and forced him back in to the ring. Mysterio delivered a 619 and then paid homage to RVD by delivering a Frog Splash to Zayn from top rope to secure a pinfall victory.
- Allundra Blayze decided to dump the 24/7 belt near the commentary desk when Ted DiBiase came out and bought the championship from Blayze. Yes, you heard it right! – he bought the title, because “Everybody’s got a price for the Million Dollar Man”. He is now the seventh 24/7 Champion of the night.
- Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler joined the commentary team.
- Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles – The Club was about to gang up on Rollins half way through the match when The Architect got a surprise backup from DX (Triple H and Shawn Michaels). The match continued but The Good Brothers attacked Rollins causing a disqualification which resulted in a brawl between DX, Rollins and The Club. The heels tried to retaliate with chairs but, OH YOU DIN’T KNOW???, the cavalry arrived (Road Dogg, X-Pac, Scot Hall and Kevin Nash). The club were outnumbered and had no other choice but to walk away.
- Backstage: Drake Maverick pinned Ted DiBiase inside a closed car to regain the 24/7 Championship (8th champion of the night). No one really knows what exactly happened inside the car.
- Mick Foley was out in the ring sharing his most memorable moment when the lights went off and The Fiend (Bray Wyatt) appeared out of nowhere and attacked the Hall of Famer with his own move, Mandible Claw!
- A Moment of Bliss ended up in a brawl between Natalya and Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch.
- Backstage: R-Truth finally got his hands back on the 24/7 Championship when he rolled up Maverick for the win. Truth jumped in to a car and sped away with Drake’s wife. 9th 24/7 Champion of the night.
- Braun Strowman defeated local talent Randy Rowe in a squash match.
- Raw Main Event: All the returning superstars and legends came out to the stage with Ric Flair. Hulk Hogan came out to his music, took the mic and delivered his signature lines. Finally, the glass shattered and out came the Toughest S.O.B in the history of WWE to a massive pop. Stone Cold Steve Austin shared a few stories about fellow wrestlers and the crowd was involved all along with the WHAT? chants.
Austin finally made a toast to the entire world, with all the legends on stage and said it’s going to be a good time on Monday Night Raw and “That’s the Bottom Line, cuz Stone Cold said so”. Austin thanked everyone to close the show.
Takeaways from Monday Night Raw
WWE has a very fixed formula to fix it’s ratings and take the attention away from the writing for some time. It’s bringing back Attitude Era legends! Several superstars from the bygone era showed up at the raw Reunion and ensured three hours of absolute madness for the fans. It brings back memories for the fans who watched these individuals break their bodies for their entertainment.
However, these episodes keep revealing a major flaw in WWE. They have a talented roster at their disposal but have to turn back the clock to ensure the ratings get some spike. WWE’s inability to create new stars has been baffling and should change sooner rather than later.
The OC Get Shafted!
Styles Gallows and Anderson got a new stable name in “The OC” which apparently stands for The Original Club.
If WWE wanted to establish The OC as a major force to reckon with, they could’ve had them interrupt Usos-Cena and reignite the #BeatDownJohnCena, even if was for one night only. Instead WWE made the trio look like a bunch of “nerds” who backed out after seeing a bunch of 50 year olds storm to the ring!
The OC attacking The DX would’ve been a star making moment, instead we were treated to yet another DX reunion. On the contrary, Bray Wyatt attacked Mick Foley which felt like a much bigger deal and put over Wyatt’s new character big time.
The 24/7 title remained the best part of RAW as it has always been for the better part of last two months.
Several former champions won the 24/7 title, with Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson reigniting their rivalry from the Attitude Era days.
Several female superstars joined the bizarre list of 24/7 champions, with Allundra Blayze trying to dump the 24/7 title in the dustbin, just like she dumped the WWF Women’s Title in the trash two decades ago on WCW Nitro.
WWE has struck gold with the innovative 24/7 title, and it remains a major highlight of weekly programming.
The Joe Problem
Samoa Joe continues to be in a baffling position in WWE. His mic work remains phenomenal while his feuds always have the highest intensity. However, WWE refuses to give him proper wins and continues to undermine the great work of Samoa Joe.
Joe was outclassed by Roman Reigns on RAW, for absolutely no reason! Joe has now lost clean against Kofi Kingston, Ricochet and Roman Reigns in the last one month, which is a great downfall from the unbeaten streak he once had in 2017.
A Masterclass in Mic Work
Stone Cold Steve Austin closed the show with a promo in which he basically ran through his day. He didn’t perform any stunners, didn’t interact with any wrestler just came in talked about what he is feeling and left!
And it is a testimony to how bad the current product is, that Stone Cold talked absolute nonsense for 10 minutes and it was still a great promo. His promo skills are unmatched and he proved why he is still the most over professional wrestler in the world, even fifteen years after retirement.