After weeks of lackluster shows, will WWE RAW finally get its act together in the Money In The Bank go home show in London? Tiffany checks in!
WWE Raw returned to Europe this week for the go home show for Money In The Bank pay-per-view. Tiffany has all the info you need on last night’s show!
Universal Championship: I was honestly surprised that Rollins and Styles didn’t have a confrontation, but I guess they got that out of their systems last week or so. One thing I like about this feud is that this could almost be the pupil overtaking the master since Rollins and Styles are so much alike in their ring styles. It’s not a super personal feud, it’s mostly business, but that’s not taking away from the story. The story almost doesn’t need for them to do cheap shots or attack each other, it’s simply about who is the better man. I like that.
Miz and Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon and Company: I’m sorry, you can try and make Miz the biggest babyface since Hulk Hogan and I’ll still say he’s the biggest douche to walk God’s Green Earth. That said, the MizTV segment between Miz and Roman was fun and Roman has definitely come a long way in being comfortable on a mic.
I can’t say I was surprised that Shane and his goons showed up or that we got a tag team match, or that Shane got his team DQ’d, beat them down, and got his ass beat in the process, that’s pretty standard. What did surprise me is how much I didn’t really care about Miz’s beef with Shane anymore. I’m glad they’re finishing it, but I’m not eager to see it continue past Sunday.
Women’s Championships: I hate these contract signings and I hate that WWE made Becky look ridiculous by having Evans and Charlotte, two people who shouldn’t be in the championship conversation, standing tall, but I’m hopeful that Becky 2 Belts will still have her double belts after Sunday.
Women’s Money in the Bank: Okay, WTF is up with Nikki Cross? Why was the Queen of the Purge acting like a somewhat normal, fairly well-adjusted person to Alexa Bliss? Also, Alexa thinking she, or Kim Kardashian, are bigger deals than Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, is hilarious and eye-rolling. The Fatal Four way was pretty good, even though I hate multi-person matches with nothing on the line. Dana Brooke has improved a LOT since her sidekick days. I love that Nikki won, since she’s been very underutilized on RAW, and that she’s still crazy, but I’m puzzled over this alliance with Alexa Bliss. This could be interesting or a disaster.
Braun Strowman vs Sami Zayn: I have absolutely no idea what was going with this tonight. I’m guessing that either Strowman’s hurt again and got written out of the show to let him heal, or they’re trying to reignite the feud between him, Corbin, and McIntyre, which was never red hot to begin with. Zayn will be in Money in the Bank, but I’m honestly not sure why or why WWE had to put him in this way instead of doing qualifiers in the first place.
Baron Corbin vs Ricochet: This was a really good match, but I’m disappointed that Ricochet lost to Corbin, who he easily outclassed the whole time. Feels like one of those ‘You’re pushing the wrong guy’ situation, but we’ll see after Sunday.
Mojo Rawley vs Apollo: That happened. Rawley’s every bit as annoying as a heel as he was as a face and this match felt like a time filler for something much more important.
Cesaro vs Rey Mysterio: This was match of the night, as far as I was concerned. Even though the stupid premise of Cesaro bringing up the 2005 storyline that Dominic was Eddie’s son, even though no one with eyes could say Dominic was Eddie’s son with a straight face, got on my nerves, it was a fabulous match. I loved that Mysterio beat Cesaro with the 619 after Cesaro co-opted it and couldn’t do it nearly as gracefully. Hope this feud continues.
The Revival vs The Usos: I love the Usos, but I’m definitely on the Revival’s side on this one. The way the Usos have been acting is dumb and beneath such an accomplished tag team. I can’t wait to see the 1 v 1 between these teams, whether its Sunday or next Monday.
Firefly Fun House: What in the absolute, actual, living, fucking, hell was that?! Like, did this NEED to be even creepier and disturbing?
Overall Thoughts on WWE Raw
So, how was RAW UK? It was a lot better than the last few weeks, but it definitely didn’t feel like a go-home show. All the matches were built, but nothing felt really…urgent. Granted, they’re on a whirlwind European tour but it would’ve been nice to feel like everyone was really excited.
The Strowman situation is puzzling. I haven’t heard anything about there being problems with Strowman, but pulling him from MitB at the last minute and in such a ‘Writing someone off TV’ kind of way is just odd. I honestly wonder if they’re going to have Zayn win, cash in on either Kofi or Owens and have him feud with them. Odder things have happened.
I’m really hoping Becky Lynch retains both her belts, and not just so I can bask in the outrage of her detractors and drink their tears. I’m tired of Charlotte being in the title picture and Lacey Evans shouldn’t have been in the picture at all. If nothing else comes out of Sunday, PLEASE have someone new win the Women’s Money in the Bank and take this division in a new direction.
I honestly don’t care who wins Rollins vs Styles. I want Rollins to win, obviously, but I’m more excited to see two great high-flyers square off. Them putting on a great match is more important than who wins, though if they book a stupid finish, I’ll be pissed.
That’s it for Tiffany’s WWE RAW Takes, tune in tomorrow as I look at SmackDown and 205 Live!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!