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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (02/25/2019)

Led by Roman Reigns and Big Dave Batista, Bobby’s thoughts on Raw may surprise you.

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Raw is ROMAN, and WWE Raw was Batista, too. But was WWE Raw Good, Bad, or Ugly? This week’s results from Bobby may surprise you.

Welcome to another Good, Bad and Ugly WWE Raw Edition.  WrestleMania gets closer and closer every day, and every week something seems to happen that shapes the big day.  FastLane is a small bump in the Road to WrestleMania but still on the way.  Tonight as promised we will see “The Big Dog” Roman Reigns and even the haters have to be impressed by him.  What other big things does Raw have planned? And are they Good, Bad or Ugly?  Let’s watch this week’s Monday Night Raw. 

GOOD

Roman Reigns

He is bravely and successfully fighting one of the most, vile diseases on the planet and still took the time to entertain the masses this week.  The Universal Champion is seen less and is a healthy, and capable person in every way.  He slowly went down the ramp, hugging and shaking hands with member of the audience.  David Arquette and some of Roman’s family where standouts.  Respect is earned, and he has it.  The crowd was genuinely loving and gave him a standing, loud pop.  This was a long, very heartfelt promo with the Big Dog, as always, Reigns made an impact.  His cancer is in remission and of course that is just a miracle!  Great news!  Congrats Roman!  To literally add fuel to the fire, out comes fan favorite Seth Rollins embracing his brother in arms.  It is Good to see Roman, honestly in any form, this is All Good!  Welcome back Big Dog!  Heads up to the locker room, Roman is coming for his spot. 

Non-Title Match- Ricochet and Aleister Black vs. (Raw Tag Team Champions) The Rival

They are hyping the arrival of NXT’s top guys.  Aleister Black is crazy hyped and for Good reason.  Ricochet is even better and let’s his freakish talent show everyone show everyone what he is all about.  Revival really kicked ass in this match working insanely Good talent from NXT shined.  This was a short match as Aleister Black after taking a lot of punishment in little time, hit “Black Mass” winning a huge match against the Raw Tag Team Champions.  Good match but short.  Wish we could have had more. 

Intercontinental Championship Match- Finn Balor (C) vs. Lio Rush

After a short lived “Moment of Bliss” with the Goddess herself, this match happened.  This was action packed and both guys just know how to move around that ring with pure athleticism.  These guys are so Good and sharp.  Lio Rush working with Lashley has been tremendously successful, but Lio in the ring has been even better.  This was back and forth and impressive work by both competitors.  It’s funny watching Balor overpower someone but that is what we saw.  Coup Ge Grace for the Win!  Balor victorious.    

Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Lashley

Battle of the big men, again Lashley was impressive.  This really looked Good.  For the amount of size in there they both move around fantastic.  This was very physical.  They laid it into each other but it was Braun Strowman who Out-Beasted, Lashley and crushed Lio Rush as well in his mayhem.  I guess this wasn’t an actual match though, as they just hit Strowman’s music and the whole thing ended.  Very strange way to do the segment.  Good action but very odd ending.

Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose

Decent match.  This was very physical and both guys beat the hell out of each other which is normal for McIntyre and Ambrose.  This was a No-DQ as both guys did all they could to 1-up each other.  As Ambrose had it under control, Elias made a run-in, giving McIntyre a wounded Ambrose.  McIntyre hit a Claymore Kick to finish him off.  After the match, Ambrose was in trouble as Lashley, and Corbin ran down to jump in.  Out of nowhere, with all hope lost, Reigns and Rollins saved their Shield Brother.  Great run in and way to get Roman involved. 

BAD

Elias

Elias was up to his usual stuff when unexpectedly, Dean Ambrose was the one who interrupted and beat up a very upset Elias.  This was really stupid to be honest.  Not really a waste of time though as it was really short.

Kurt Angle vs. Jinder Mahal

Open Challenge and openly horrible.  This short little stint was an open challenge to any attendees of the Flair Birthday Bash.  Angle answered and snapped Jinder’s ankle for the win.  Considering who was involved this really was Bad, even though it was short.

Bayley vs. Nia Jax

Nia Jax completely squashed the Tag Team Champ and dominated the entire match.  It looked sloppy and scary in there.  Luckily she made the mistake of going after Banks.  Bayley got a huge knee to the head and finished the Irresistable Force with a beautiful elbow drop for the win.  This was just not Good, even with Bayley who is fantastic, this was a subpar, pointless match. 

Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rouse and Natalya vs. Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan w/ Liv Morgan

Logan is the real deal.  She really looks sharp and has some major power behind her moves.  Ruby Riott also works sharp and seems to not hesitate when pulling some big moves.  Rousey and Natayla always seem to struggle, of course there were some dramatically horrible moments here as well.  However Natalya and Rousey looked better than they could have, that had a lot to do with who they were facing.  Even the Liv Morgan spot was done well.  This was far from perfect even a little Bad.  Rousey and Natalya of course Win this one.  Then, Lynch of course ran in through the crowd to attack Rousey again but was arrested this time. This also wasn’t the best work ever.  Starting to get a little to repetitive with big, special moments.  She isn’t Stone Cold, she is The Man. 

Rousey Post Match Promo

It went from Bad to worse when Rousey then got on the mic.  She called out Mr. Mahon but his daughter took the call.  Rousey wants Lynch reinstated and Lynch had just been “arrested.”  Sometimes things are just so obvious and just overacted and overdone.  This was all of those things.  Keep Rousey off of the mic, and if you are going to have her cut a long promo, do it with someone who can carry her.  Rousey then laid the Title down in the middle of the ring and walked out.  What does this mean? Who knows! 

16x World Heavyweight Champion, Hall of Famer Ric Flair’s 70th Birthday Party

With the entire locker room watching, HHH, Stephanie, HBK, Ricky Steamboat, Kurt Angle, and Sting!  WOW for the Stinger!  Of course the WWE Video tribute is always money and this was no exception.  Although completely unexpected, Batista accosted a camera man and attacked Ric Flair in his dressing room.  All of this to get HHH’s attention.  HHH ran back to aid an injured Ric Flair to end the show.  Everything should have worked out splendidly here but to do this whole show around Ric Flair’s birthday and then not even have him come out is horrendous.  This was a really Bad ending even if it means HHH vs. Batista.   

UGLY- Not Quite but they tried.

FINAL

  • Good- 5
  • Bad- 6
  • Ugly- 0

Overall

Bad News friends.  Bad news indeed.  We had ourselves a crap Raw this week.  This was just a big disappointment all around.  We had a few peak moments including mostly Roman Reigns but really, this should have been Good easily.  It simply wasn’t.

Well this week is starting out Badly.  Can SmackDown and more importantly NXT be able to give their much needed Good quality to pick WWE back up into the Good column?  We will find out this week with more Good, Bad and Ugly. 


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Andrew’s Impact Wrestling Ratings & Analysis 4/19/2019

Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis! How was the show?

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Impact Wrestling’s penultimate show leading toward Rebellion! Andrew goes through the show and lends his analysis!

Scarlett and Fallah debut as a tag team today! Tessa and Gail’s story continues to bubble up and Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake get their shots at the Tag Team titles!

The whole oVe story and Rich Swann continues as Tommy Dreamer apparently is getting sacrificed to Madman Fulton. Are we about to watch a murder?

 

Ratings:

  • Scarlett Bordeaux & Fallah Bahh vs Desi Hit Squad: Scarlett wins via Tandem Banzai Drop – * 1/2
  • Moose vs Dez: Dez wins via Body Scissors Cradle – ** 1/4
  • Madman Fulton vs Tommy Dreamer: Fulton wins via Lifting Reverse STO – ** 1/2
  • Madison Rayne vs Taya Valkyrie: Rayne wins via Roll-Up – N/A
  • IMPACT Tag Team Titles: Eddie Edwards & Eli Drake vs Lucha Bros (c): Lucha Bros retain via Spike Fear Factor – ***

 

Analysis:

Okay let’s be serious for a minute. This wasn’t a great match, but it was entertaining. The crowd enjoyed singing along to Scarlett’s music, Fallah did most of the work since the Hit Squad didn’t want to interact with Scarlett at first. Amusing spot was after Raj got hit with a Stink Face from Scarlett, Rohit pulled him out and sat in the corner asking for the Scarlett Stink Face. They pulled the bait and switch since she told him to close his eyes. Scarlett jumps on Fallah’s back and Tandem Banzai drop with Scarlett pinning Raj was the finish. It was amusing, not a great match, but told a story and was entertaining.

A couple backstage segments with Lucha Bros and Eli & Eddie hyping the tag match. Eddie is still imbalanced singing “We are the three best friends” song, of course referencing Kenny the kendo stick as the third.

The final leg of Moose’s revenge against the Rascalz. Moose took the match lightly, and controlled the majority of the match. Lawn Darting Dez into the corner was cool. Hell Dez tried to do a Dragonrana on the outside, Moose caught him smooth as butter and then smashed his head into the steps, before throwing him into the other Rascalz. After rolling him back in, the other Rascalz get involved for the first time and allow Dez to roll through with a Body Scissors into a Cradle.

After the match we see Rosemary and Kiera Hogan arguing. Kiera says as long as there’s two of them, two of them will fight Su Yung. So Rosemary proceeds to beat the crap out of Kiera and choke her with the chain leash that held the Bunny before she was killed in the Undead Realm. Yes, I know what I just wrote.

GWN Flashback Match: Tag Team Title 5150 Street Fight: LAX vs OGz, Slammiversary 7/22/2018

After the flashback we get a decent length segment of Tessa going to one of Robert Irvine’s restaurants where she runs down Gail, says she’s most famous for screwing a famous chef. Then she proceeds to terrorize different people all while looking for Robert Irvine. She doesn’t find him, has some interesting lines, and she sells things well. Not everyone acts well in the segment, but it wasn’t completely awful. A few amusing moments.

Not really sure why Madman and Dreamer are in a non-Hardcore match. It’s an alright match. Dreamer gets most of his offense in when Fulton takes too long to go to his next move. After hitting the DDT, Dreamer goes out to get a kendo stick…in a normal match, misses and Fulton hits a Reverse Lifting STO (think Corbin’s End of Days). Not sure what Fulton is calling it, but that was the end. Then a brawl between oVe and the rest of Dreamer’s little rag tag team of Willie Mack and Rich Swann.

Taya ran down Canada, said she wasn’t gonna do the match, but Madison jumped her before she could leave. Then after surviving the initial flurry, Taya tries to powder out, but Jordynne Grace throws her back in. Taya is mad and distracted, School Girl Roll-Up. So nothing to rate, but I guess this is comeuppance for one half of the douchey championship couple.

Interesting match even though it felt to be less than 10 minutes long. Lucha Bros start fast and spotty, but eventually Eddie and Eli slow it down. LAX tries to cost Lucha Bros the match, but they fail. Eddie tries to throw Kenny to Eli, but Eli misses. Eddie gets wiped out and they pin Eli with the Spike Fear Factor. Afterwards Eli turns on Eddie and beats him with Kenny.

 

Overall Score: 6/10

Above average. Not a bad show, but it definitely felt like an episode to try and put more focus on the smaller stories. Lance Storm getting involved in the main event story does add a little more star power. Given that D’Amore insulted Cage before the confrontation, it makes me wonder where management’s feelings lie.

So again, the show wasn’t exactly a blow away, but there were plenty of entertaining moments. Ideally next week should finish the hype for Rebellion, and I’m really hoping Rebellion returns to the good wrestling form that Redemption and Slammiversary had last year.


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Carol: Is Lacey Evans The Right Opponent For Becky Lynch?

Lacey may have The Woman’s Right, but is she the right opponent for Becky? Carol explores the question.

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Lacey may have The Woman’s Right, but is she the right opponent for Becky? Carol explores the question.

It’s been one week since Becky Lynch won both the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Championships at WrestleMania. But Lynch doesn’t have time to rest because she’s getting ready to defend her titles against Lacey Evans.

Evans being the championship contender has caused mixed reactions with fans.

So I have to wonder, is Lacey the right contender for Becky Lynch?

I can see why fans are upset with Evans being Becky’s first opponent. Since Becky is the top star of the women’s division and fans would expect her first title defense to be with another big star such as Sasha Banks or Bayley.

I can see Becky feuding with someone like Sasha or Bayley, but their match would be saved for a bigger PPV such as SummerSlam. In the meantime, Becky will have to be put in a filler feud and Lacey Evans is her first opponent.

I don’t watch NXT so I’m not familiar with Lacey’s in-ring work, although I do know about her gimmick. Since arriving on the main roster, Lacey hasn’t competed much in the ring. The only thing she does is walk down the ramp like a runway model in the middle of a match.

This past Monday on RAW, Lacey competed in her first match on the main roster when she fought Natalya.  While the match was short, it did give the WWE Universe a chance to see Lacey’s wrestling ability. Lacey showed that she has a lot of strength when it comes to wrestling, but is that enough to make her a worthy championship contender.

Reports say that WWE views her as a future star in the women’s division. She fits the mold of WWE’s women wrestlers, so it’s not surprising they want to push her. But are they pushing her too fast by having her challenge Becky Lynch for the Women’s Championships?

It would be best to slowly build up Lacey’s character until she’s able to prove why she’s championship caliber. But at the same time, a Becky Lynch feud could be just the thing to get the WWE Universe interested in the wrestler.

Becky’s the biggest star of the women’s division and anyone who has a feud with her is sure to gain a lot of attention. If WWE is adamant about making Lacey a star, a championship match with Lynch could be thing to get her push started.

While some fans are hesitant about Lacey Evans and Becky Lynch’s feud, this is a big opportunity for both ladies.

For Evans, she’ll have to prove to fans and WWE officials that she has what it takes to be a big star in the women’s division. As for Lynch, she’s worked hard to earn her spot as the top star in WWE. After a successful win at WrestleMania, she’s going to have to continue her momentum going to keep her spot as champion and leader of the women’s division.

Of course, WWE’s booking will play an important role in this feud. But if booked right, Lacey and Becky could both come out of this feud looking strong.


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