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!
NXT Minus 6: Too Early To Fantasy Book War Games?
Everyone loves fantasy booking. Right?
The answer is No. It’s not too early.
6. NXT teases us with a Matt Riddle-Arturo Ruas match that went 3 minutes? I know it’s not happening, but those guys deserve a Takeover spot. Kudos to NXT for playing up the mma aspect. Everything from Mauro’s commentary to the ref stoppage made this feel like it should have been in an octagon. If you haven’t already seen it, check out Ruas’ match from the Evolve 10th Anniversary show. Dude is a killer.
5. We got the final opening round match of the Dusty Rhodes Everyman Classic. Bronson Reed is good. He delivered what might be the biggest frog splash I’ve ever seen. There is always a place for athletic big men, but he’s not the story.
4. Dexter Lumas is creepy. The key to wrestling is to crank your personality up to 11. If this creepy thing is any part of Dexter Lumas, I don’t want to be in a room with him. I don’t trust him around my kids. I wonder how many crimes against humanity he’s already committed. Creepy in a way that Bray Wyatt can only hope to be.
3. Tyler Breeze enters the running for Savage Burn of the Year. He looked at Jaxson Ryker and asked “Weren’t you Buddy Murphy?” Brutal. That line alone is worth the return of Prince Pretty.
2. I finally got the moment I was waiting for: an interesting KUSHIDA match. I was ready to send him to 205 in exchange for Akira Tozawa. And if this is Apollo Crews, I will gladly take him back full time in NXT. Stellar matchup and worth watching. 4.4 stars.
1. Oh no, this cannot be happening. They’re turning Keith Lee into Kassius Ohno 2.0? He’s talking about getting passed over for the new guys? And he’s jobbing to Damian Priest next week? Been here a year and zero Takeover matches? The Ridiculous Keith Lee deserves better. THIS…CAN…NOT…BE…HAPPENING!!!
Bonus time: Old school versus new generation. Tyler Breeze heads up a cast of NXT OGs to take on Undisputed Era in (cue William Regal voice) War Games to determine NXT supremacy. Keep Apollo around. Throw in Cesaro and Harper, maybe even Samoa Joe, and you’ve got yourself one hell of a brawl. Either that or Undisputed Era versus the Club. I’m cool with both.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE NXT (7-17-19)
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Who will be the first to challenge Adam Cole for the NXT Championship?
Have I ever told anyone that I can’t stand Matt Riddle? I have? Okay. I don’t even know what it is, but he sets my teeth on edge. I will give him props for having a good match with Arturo Ruas, but I’m not sure what they’re doing with his character, except teasing a heel turn after that NASTY beatdown of Ruas. I am here for Killian Dain vs Riddle, that even sounds like fun!
Looks like we are going to Undisputed Era vs Street Profits at some point, but I’m waiting for UE to make a big deal about Street Profits being on the Main Roster for the last couple of weeks.
I love that Mia Yim is learning from everyone’s mistakes in dealing with Shayna Baszler and is going after Baszler’s friends, who are the real reason she’s stayed on top for so long. This feud is going to get nasty in a hurry and I can’t wait!
The next match of the NXT Breakout Tournament had a lot to live up to after two AMAZING matches and one not so amazing. I’m not sure what in the world Australian Strong Styles is, I’m guessing it’s like any ‘Strong Style’ in that it’s pretty hard hitting. I also didn’t know Australia had a Black Forest, it was never on ‘Crocodile Hunter’. I did like this match, however. I can’t say it was as amazing as some of the other matches, but it was really good. Bronson Reed won the match for Australia, so we’ll see what happens in Round 2.
Someone should tell Tyler Breeze that having a beard doesn’t make you a man. I’ve seen teenagers with better facial hair. I did love the little dig at Forgotten Sons, but I don’t think Breeze really wants to pick a fight with Jaxson Ryker, that’s not going to end well.
Well, it looks like we’ll likely get a confrontation between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae next week, unfortunately for Kacy Catanzaro, she’s going to be Shirai’s punching bag before that.
I wasn’t really into KUSHIDA vs Apollo Crews. I’m just not a huge fan of either guy. The match was really good, but I don’ t think anyone really thought Crews was going to beat KUSHIDA, who is getting built into a title contender, but it was a longer match than Crews has been having for most of his WWE run, so there’s that.
I’m still not into Keith Lee, I just don’t get it, but I’m super stoked about the prospect of Lee vs Damian Priest, that promises to be a wild match.
So, it’s officially official, we WILL be getting Adam Cole vs Johnny Gargano III and it sounds like it’s going to be the last one. I did like Gargano comparing his victory tour of trying to inspire young people in Cleveland with Cole’s obnoxious antics at the Gargano restaurant. Also, love the ‘Johnny Badass’ thing, very cool. NXT TakeOver: Toronto II is going to be a wild ride in that Three Stages of Hell match! Thank you, William Regal for booking that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s Belated NXT Takes! Tune in Monday for Monday Night RAW!