What did Bobby Fernandes think of WWE Monday Night Raw? Find our in this edition of The Good, Bad, and Ugly!
Coming off of one of the worst events I have seen in recent time, here we are on Monday Night Raw. The roster is riddled with injuries but carries on as always. Last week, dare I say, we had ourselves a Good Show overall. Can Raw continue to stay on our Good Side this week?
“The General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin getting booed is a great way to start. We have Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lashley’s Manager, Lio Rush. Baron Corbin is significantly overrated if WWE thinks this is Good. However he is really hated and has a ton of heat with the Raw crowd at all times. Drew McIntyre on the other hand is getting better by the second. We have some recapping of Braun Strowman’s injury which no doubt was just to get the crowd upset and get a reaction. It worked, we have a loud audience for the show. Braun Strowman may not be the most popular backstage, but he is unquestionably a Big Fan Favorite! Whenever he returns it will be magic. Lashley is a fantastic heel, but for the love of God, keep him off of the microphone! Then, Boom! Elias saves the day! I really like Elias an an Anti-Heel. He is a great instigator, and doing it to the heels makes it so much better. The very best part is Elias himself really hasn’t changed. He is a bit like Stone Cold Steve Austin, in that sense. The writers and the crowd flipped him to his new role naturally, he himself hasn’t changed. This actually was a Good concise opening.
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush (Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin) vs. Elias
Bobby Lashley’s aggressive, unstoppable gimmick is great for him. Just looking at him, he is a super athlete. Completely impressive unless on the mic, which is why they hooked him with Lio Rush. Lio Rush drives me insane, but is talented both in the ring and on the mic. Elias really put Lashley over early on. Elias has a Wild West style, high intensity move set. It’s unique and fun. Lashley was on the offensive most of the fight. But after a picture perfect elbow drop off the top, Elias had the pin, until Lio Rush interfered and got Lashley DQ’d. The match was then made into a No DQ by Corbin. We got a little ridiculous at this point, as Elias predictably got jumped. Drew McIntyre and Lashley devastated him. Bobby Lashley Wins! This was a Good match, nothing special but I enjoyed it. The crowd was into it, and the story was projected well. Good Start but who wants to Walk with Elias?
Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I am a fan of the new attitude of Dean Ambrose. He wears it well. I am also a big fan of open challenges. It is a long and Good tradition. I’m always excited to see if we will be surprised. The crowd gave it up for the Architect for “Monday Night Rollins”. A great welcome for the Intercontinental Champion. I was a little disappointed that Dolph Ziggler was the guy. I like him but I just appreciate a more random choice for an open challenge. Having said that, we have two of the best out here about to throw down for the IC Strap. I liked their pace, and saw some Good technical wrestling. They kept me interested and definitely were entertaining overall. Ziggler controlled the match for the most part, wearing down the Champion. They did an excellent job telling a story tonight. Ziggler wearing Rollins down.
Even with the constant commercial interruptions during Raw, the momentum was not broken. Rollins follows with a high energy rally. After a missed frog splash by Rollins and a Famouser by Ziggler, and a few close calls we almost had a new Champion multiple times. Rollins then misses the Stomp twice and Ziggler hit a Zig-Zag for a two count. Ziggler tuning up the band, decided to taunt Rollins and nearly gets pinned, following up with a DDT. Ziggler goes to the top rope, Rollins runs up and hits a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for the Victory and Retains his title in the match of the night!
Lucha House Party vs. The Revival (Lucha House Rules 3 on 2 Handicap Match)
In the ring The Revival is fantastic. Old school, tough, and entertaining. On the mic, not so much, then again there are much worse. They fall a little flat. This was a quick contest. The Revival looked sharp showcasing some great moves. Then in the blink of an eye LHP brought down the house, with their highflying showcase for the pin and victory. To be honest, they didn’t do anything wrong here on the surface. I just think it’s Bad to bury The Revival. They have a ton of potential and this isn’t the way to enhance them. Although, it could be worse. We could not see them at all.
Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins vs. Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
Ember Moon is a great talent. She is so unique and shines in the ring. Alicia Fox I’m not so keen on, but like most Superstars it matters who she is working. I came into this hoping we would see something Good. This is a preview to the Mixed Tag Team Match tourney tomorrow night. This was quick, Ember Moon came back from some limited offense by Fox and hit the Eclipse for the Win! We were then hit with the No Way Jose Conga line setting up the next match. This was a joke of a match really. It was so short, and almost pointless. Not Ugly at all, but Bad enough for Raw.
No Way Jose vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
I like the booking of this match. It was a bit random, and surprising to me. This match was nowhere near perfect. I did like certain aspects, but there were a lot of miscues and a few awkward moments. It just really wasn’t Good. Jinder Mahal wins clean!
Nia Jax w/ Tamina Snuka Segment
Nia Jax is so hated right now. She is probably getting death threats at this point. Everyone loves Becky Lynch. Nia Jax really tried here, but she is horrible on the mic. She really cheese balled the hell out of her segment. Of course Ronda Rousey had enough and interrupted. The fans were more than pleased. Looks like Rousey is back in the fans good graces especially against Nia Jax. Even with Rousey involved and the fans into it. After a challenge was dropped by Rousey, Nia Jax declined which made no sense at all. Natalya runs down to back up her friend only to be beaten out of nowhere by the Riott Squad. Rousey for the save on Natalya. This Promo was a bit too Ugly for me. Although bravo for having Tamina do absolutely nothing.
Raw Tag Team Championships: AOP w/ Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
I have been pretty hard on AOP and Drake Maverick. I just don’t think they are good, let alone the right call for the Raw belts. I don’t see what the great minds at WWE see at all with these two. There are better, bigger and more physical. They are not special, but what do I know. Bobby Roode on the other hand, is an incredibly wasted talent. He should be doing Championship title runs and being in the major segments. It is bonkers that he is doing what he is doing right now. I mean no disrespect to Gable, but Roode belongs somewhere higher. The action was okay. Guess what, AOP does power moves sloppily. It was really stupid heat with the Bobby Roode robe crap, during a Tag Title Match. This match besides Bobby Roode was a real “pisser”. AOP retains.
Alexa Bliss’ Open Forum w/ Bayley and Sasha Banks
I love the Goddess, she is always a plus. However, this is a totally stupid segment. I don’t understand at all. I would much rather have had a tag match with Bayley and The Boss than this. I guess I don’t appreciate waste. This was just awful. Then for no reason at all, except to be as bad as possible, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Mickie James came out and jumped them only to be beat down by Sasha and Bayley. This was an absurd waste of time.
Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor
Baron Corbin is such a waste of time. Again, I don’t see the point. Finn Balor is incredible and can work with anyone. Why Corbin? This was a horrible Main Event. Corbin’s gear or lack of it is horrendous, and getting all of the offense he had is crazy. After the longest waste of time ever, Balor finally fought back. As usual he looked sharp in the ring. However this was short lived due to a Deep Six and a near fall. Balor then came back again. Only to have Baron Corbin make it a Handicap Match out of nowhere with Drew McIntyre. Balor went ballistic fighting momentarily until McIntyre got the upper hand. McIntyre gets the Win after nearly kicking Finn’s head off with a Claymore Kick. Bobby Lashley then came down to clean up, adding more damage to Finn Balor. This was just the cherry on top of waste, which capped off the night accordingly.
- Good – 3
- Bad – 3
- Ugly – 4
This wasn’t Raw’s best. We had a few bright spots, Rollins and Ziggler killed it out there, but overall this was a pretty bad show. I really hate when talent is wasted, and this show had a ton of waste. I really hope they can pull the nose up and get back on track. I believe SmackDown can and will do a lot better, and hope to have a Good report for you.
Chris King: One More Spear and Jackhammer for Goldberg?
After his WWE Super ShowDown with The Undertaker wasn’t well received, is there room for Goldberg to have more “proper sendoff” to end his career?
By now you’ve heard the troubling news that during Goldberg and The Undertaker’s first-ever-match something went terribly awry; Goldberg smashed his head square into the ring-post, instantly he began bleeding profusely and was knocked out. What followed was extremely hard to watch; several signature maneuvers were horribly botched, and I was 100% concerned for both superstars’s health and well-being. This is not what we hoped would occur, and this should not be the last image of Goldberg that we witness in WWE.
There was speculation that Undertaker was furious at Goldberg for his performance that appeared absurd to me; how could Undertaker a locker room leader held in such high respect get into a screaming match backstage? On top of that there was also rumblings about Vince McMahon the CEO of WWE, was fuming, and had to break things up between the legends. He apparently told both superstars they were finished wrestling careers were over.
Thankfully the rumors were quickly refuted by not only WWE officials who were in Saudi Arabia, and TalkSport’s Alex McCarthy, and Mike Johnson on PWINSIDER.
Goldberg has admitted he was knocked out during his match with Undertaker at #WWESSD and that is why the final minutes were what they were.
Undertaker was angry with how the match went, but reports suggesting things got heated backstage with Goldberg aren't true, I'm told.
— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) June 8, 2019
Mike Johnson confirmed that after chatting with WWE officials he can confirm that after the bout Goldberg was too weak to muster up the energy to engage in a heated altercation.
Johnson said: “I have not heard one person with any legitimacy claim this as being true. In fact, when I asked about that rumor, it was quickly shot down by those who were actually in Saudi Arabia, so I tend to think that story is 100% fiction.”
Goldberg the WCW veteran was last seen in the squared circle on the Post-Mania-Raw, twenty-four hours after dropping the Universal championship to Brock Lesnar. The WWE Universe gave him a standing ovation for his love for the business throughout his illustrious twenty-year pro wrestling career.
Goldberg has battled some of the biggest wrestlers in WWE; The Rock was his first feud after his arrival in 2003 at the Backlash pay per view, followed by his almost year-long rivalry with HHH and “Evolution” where he won the World Heavyweight championship. He finished his initial run in the company in 2004 in a “Battle of Behemoths” with Lesnar. In 2019, there are many new powerhouses since he left the company in 2004. Below I will be listing the 5 Potential Opponents for his final match in WWE.
5 Best-Suited Opponents For The Final Goldberg Match
5. Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar
Brock Lesnar toppled Goldberg for-the-first-time in his WWE career at WrestleMania 33; after a humiliating loss at 2016 Survivor Series, in a “Shocking” one minute and twenty-seven seconds. This was Goldberg’s first official match in WWE in twelve years; the two powerhouses have had a total of three encounters, they have manifested a buzz that surpassed all the other matches on the pay per view card. Despite the fact that Goldberg and Lesnar faced in each other only two years ago, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that Goldberg won’t come back for retribution. While this contest in the past has not been well-received by the WWE Universe, there’s still a sliver of a chance these Titans’ will go to war one final time.
With Lesnar as “The Beast in the Bank” his adversary could once again cost him the Universal or WWE Championship cash-in; reminiscent to 2004 No Way Out pay per view where Eddie Guerrero was challenging Lesnar for his WWE championship, and Goldberg (who had been given a front row ticket by Raw commissioner Stone Cold Steve Austin). He would then deliver a “Devastating” spear to cost Lesnar his championship, which led to their first clash at WrestleMania XX. Goldberg could cost Lesnar his opportunity and the two competitors could then revisit this hard-hitting personal rivalry.
4. Bobby Lashley
It’s still surreal to me that these two powerhouses have never crossed paths in both of their WWE tenures. Bobby Lashley returned to WWE after making an “Impact” (Pun intended) on the Raw after Mania 34. Despite being the fan-favorite to dethrone Lesnar at 2018 SummerSlam, Lashley was upset by Roman Reigns who eventually captured the Universal Championship. Goldberg vs. Lashley will still be a “Big Money” match that will put butts in seats and sell out arenas. This the kind of “once in a lifetime” physical confrontation contrary to Rock/Cena at WrestleMania 28 that people from all over the world would tune in to watch. The WWE Network could see a “massive” increase in subscriptions, and the weeks leading up to their collision we would most certainly be a pull-apart brawl and someone could likely to be taken to jail.
3. Goldberg vs. Lars Sullivan
“The Freak” Lars Sullivan has been leaving a pile of bodies on his path of destruction since his arrival on Monday nights. Currently, he’s annihilating the Lucha House Party, but after he’s finished bullying smaller wrestlers “,” Sullivan is going to be hungry for “Real” competition. Enter Goldberg. This wouldn’t do much for the WCW titan but it sure would be a “Huge” rub for the recent draftee. Sullivan was penciled into battle John Cena at WrestleMania 35 “,” but due to health reasons, it never happened. This victory over a legend of this caliber could catapult “The Freak” to the top of the food-chain in WWE.
2. Braun Strowman
To say “The Monster Among Men” has been mistreated would only be the tip of the iceberg. Strowman was the “Hottest” wrestler in 2017 with his horror-themed assaults on Roman Reigns. Unfortunately for Strowman, his name wasn’t “Roman Reigns” and despite his best efforts he never captured the Universal Championship.
Strowman was on a path of destruction until he went toe-to-toe with Universal champion Lesnar at 2017 No Mercy; in what should have been his coronation as the next champion, Strowman was crushed within a matter of minutes. Last year at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia he was heavily-favored to walk out with the vacated Universal championship; and instead WWE thought it was wise to start a lengthy program with Baron Corbin (who clocked Strowman in the back of the head with the title), and Lesnar dropped “The Monster Among Men” with 5 F5’s to start a second title-reign with the Universal championship. To say Strowman deserves a “Monumental” win would be a HUGE UNDERSTATEMENT!
1. Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns
The announcement of this match is enough buzz to sell-out WrestleMania 36. “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns has done it all in his short eight-year career, some accomplishments other wrestlers only dream to achieve. He defeated the seemingly-unbeatable Undertaker in his second loss in decades. Reigns is a Grand-slam champion, a three-time WWE Champion and former Universal Champion. Ever since the two crossed paths on the road to WrestleMania 33; and delivered a double-spear to Strowman on January 12, 2017, I believe this dream match has been quietly penciled in. Now that there may be “One More Match” for Goldberg before he calls it quits, this is the only true contest!
Rob: Let’s Talk About Shane McMahon
He’s the Best In The World!
Shane McMahon is a hot topic among WWE fans, and Rob is here to chime in on the rumors that Shane could become WWE Champion in 2019.
Yeah, it’s time to talk about the Best in the World Shane McMahon. Shane has become a real thorn in the side of many on wrestling twitter and not in the way that Vince intended. A lot of you guys don’t like the amount of TV time he gets (even I’ll admit that this week was a bit much), don’t like that he got a win over Roman Reigns at Super Showdown (I don’t either but so long as things play out the right way in the end I’m willing to see it as a needed piece of a bigger story), and really got nuts when the NEWZ sites starting ‘reporting’ rumors that he may become WWE World Champion down the line. Some of you guys are even threatening that you’re done if it happens, and I believe you this time. And this all makes me wonder if certain aspects of wrestling storytelling are just not viable in 2019 anymore. Because this is the kind of thing that would have been a layup for mega heat back in the day but now seems to only result in scorn towards the bookers, or in this case Vince, from a lot of you guys for even considering it.
Now I can’t tell you guys what to like or not like, but there are a lot of times when I see the takes being thrown around on Twitter and wonder if I’m watching the same TV show that you guys are. I also wonder, often out loud and in this space, just what it is some of you guys want. Because I see people complain about emotional investment but from my earliest days as a fan one of the quickest ways to get emotional investment was to do something that would make people angry. But it seems like in 2019 way too many people on Wrestling Twitter don’t ever want to get angry, and take that as a crime committed by Vince McMahon and not a storytelling piece. And I don’t know how you rectify that.
Who knew this would lead us to “The Best In The World,” Shane McMahon???
By my estimation, someone like Shane McMahon getting the title is perfect for the ‘You Deserve It’ era, because he obviously doesn’t deserve it. And to win it dirty off of someone like Kofi Kingston who toiled for 11 years to just get a chance to win it should be a heat magnet. But instead all I see is that it’s bad booking, that it’s a sign that Vince hates the fans and needs to go, etc. So again I have to ask just what is it that some of you guys are looking for? Heels are part of wrestling, and heels have to prevail sometimes. A lot of you guys won’t boo Kevin Owens no matter low he stoops in turning on or assaulting people. And one of the few guys who gets booed from the crowd because the people there don’t like him, Baron Corbin, gets ripped every day by ‘smart’ fans for being a bad choice to even put on television.
Maybe I’m out of date here but for me part of having heels is that at least every now and then something has to happen that you don’t want. The people you root for have to lose, the people who should be champion have to be denied, somebody has to do something that you find to be beyond the pale, etc. And it can’t just happen when you expect it or are ready for it, it has to happen at a time when you aren’t ready for it to get the maximum effect so that you’ll get angry enough at the perpetrators to want to see them get their comeuppance. But it seems that getting mad at the characters is a bridge too far on Wrestling Twitter, that the point of a heel is to get shout outs on Twitter for ‘good heel work’, and that anything or anyone that you find truly loathsome is now grounds to change the channel. Thus the constant ‘Corbin has go away heat’ takes on Twitter. Where I’m from Go Away Heat meant ‘can somebody please come out and get this guy outta here? and not ‘why is he on my TV, what else is on?’
I mentioned before that we’re in the ‘You Deserve It’ era, and what I mean by that is that a lot of ‘smart’ fans are judging what they watch based who’s in it and whether or not they ‘deserve’ to be there. And deserving it is almost entirely based on their personal career journey or perceived skill level. Workrate guys and gals deserve it, as do those who went down some long, grueling road to get there. Even if they’re playing a heel some of us cheer them based on how good they are in the ring or what they had to go through to get there, while on the flip side anyone who doesn’t meet our technical standards or didn’t suffer enough should be relegated to supporting roles or just removed from our television altogether. The fastest way to get someone booed now it seems is for ‘smart’ fans to find out that they didn’t have to struggle hard enough (by their measures) to get a big spot. Hell, we just had a WrestleMania main event where the winner’s whole elevation came despite acting like a heel because the personal career story of the woman behind the character was deemed more important than the actions of her character on screen.
So now back to Shane. If you can’t get some people to boo heels over sneak attacks, cheating to win (don’t get me started on the whole ‘heels are fine but they shouldn’t cheat too much’ takes I’ve seen…..smh), etc. and the thing some fans get most consistently upset about is whether or not the ‘most deserving’ people are in the right places, then putting someone in the highest position who absolutely does not deserve it seems like an inevitable choice. I’m not telling you that you’re not a real fan if you don’t like it, but I am telling you that there is some very sound logic behind it if they go that route. And all the arguments against it – that Shane is not a full time wrestler, that he’s the boss’s son, etc – seem to me like just more reason to go ahead and do it.
Anyhow……until next week, everyone.