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RAW is DVR: Greg DeMarco’s 8/19/19 WWE Raw Review & Ratings

Welcome to another edition of WWE RAW is DVR, where I watch RAW on a delay! Let’s see how long it takes me to watch the 8/19/19 edition.

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Welcome to another edition of WWE RAW is DVR, where I watch RAW on a delay! Let’s see how long it takes me to watch the 8/19/19 edition.

RAW is DVR is back, and I am excited to see how much time we can save! Before you go too far, give Steven Mitchell’s Raw Results and Report a read! If you’re not familiar with RAW is DVR, it’s perfect for me as living on the west coast i have no choice to watch RAW on a delay. I get to fast forward where I choose, and it really helps my viewing happiness.

Time Stamp: 00:00, Stopwatch: 00:00

Big Dog Opens Raw!

  • The crowd is booing and I am happy as shit about it.
  • FAST FORWARD the talking and the video recaps.
  • And here’s…Dolph? Okay, sounds good to me! I was expecting a promo.

Roman Reigns vs. Dolph Ziggler

  • Not gonna lie, this was a weird opening, but it’s a match so we’re happy, right?
  • Ziggler’s tweet was funny. #HumanRingPost
  • So we have a ref, and a promo? Rudy Charles FTW!
  • Dolph doesn’t get the credit he deserves for this run.
  • Ziggler’s promo here is fantastic. FANTASTIC. So underrated. And brilliant ending.
  • Reigns struggles early are…odd. The effects of the attacks?
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials!
  • Jerry Lawler calls back to Ziggler causing his heart attack!
  • Dolph Ziggler could pull off the late 80s Brutus Beefcake tights. I should tweet that.
  • Dolph Ziggler eats another spear, this time from Roman Reigns. Will he ask for more?
  • Match started slow, but picked up. Ziggler is a great storyteller, and Reigns is the man.

Roman Reigns pins Dolph Ziggler following a spear – ***

FAST FORWARD commercials, recaps, and more.

I tweeted it:

Time Stamp 28:39, Stopwatch 17:01

Becky Lynch Talks

  • Recorded earlier, and I am not sure why. At least they’re honest!
  • “Sasha Banks is the greatest woman on the roster, to never be great.”
  • This is a really good promo.

The King’s Court with Sasha Banks

  • FAST FORWARD to Sasha’s entrance.
  • Love Lawler bailing when The Fiend’s effects start.
  • The Fiend attacks Lawler and the crowd response is amazing. If they’re not careful, he will become the biggest babyface in the company.
  • Thank funny he still scares the kids.
  • DARIN CORBIN FTW!
  • The crowd is chanting “YOWIE WOWIE!” He’s a babyface!

FAST FORWARD the commercials and recap!

Time Stamp 20:48, Stopwatch 23:22

Oh hey, Vic Joseph. I like this.

Ricochet & The Miz vs. Drew McIntyre & Baron Corbin

  • I might be the only person who doesn’t hate the “Ricochet sound effect” at the start of Ricochet’s entrance.
  • I should tweet that.
  • Good ol’ WWE booking seeing next week’s King Of The Ring pairings fight in a tag team match. I don’t hate it.
  • FAST FORWARD the entrances.
  • BARON. CORBIN. SUCKS.
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials.
  • Two matches, two mid-match commercial breaks. Remember when we weren’t doing that?
  • If they play their cards right, Ricochet can be a modern day Rey Mysterio. That means a Royal Rumble win and multiple world championships. Be patient.
  • It also means getting tossed around by Drew McIntyre.
  • Does Corbin wear that terrible wife-beater (can we call it that in 2019) to cover up those terrible tattoos?
  • Undertaker tattooing “SARA” on his neck thinks those are bad.
  • It’s not like Ricochet tattooed “TESSA” on his neck, right?
  • Great tag team match. In-ring, this show is delivering tonight.

Ricochet & The Miz beat Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre when Ricochet pins Corbin after The Recoil – ***1/2

I tweeted that:

FAST FORWARD the commercials

Timestamp 59:11, Stopwatch 34:37

FAST FORWARD most of the Booker T interview, and the entrances

United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Braun Strowman

  • So we’re going to commercial soon, right?
  • Knowing the spoilers for the end of Raw kinda ruins this match, not gonna lie. But let’s see how it goes!
  • SPRINGBOARD INTO A FLYSWATTER!
  • There’s the DQ. That’s why you have a crew, right?

Braun Strowman beats AJ Styles via disqualification after The OC interferes – **1/2

  • And here’s the babyface Universal Champion, complete with backwards hat!
  • Can we do something with Strowman’s beard? The length is good, but it can use some work on the sides.

FAST FORWARD Samoa Joe walking, commercials, talking, etc.

Timestamp 1:14:11, Stopwatch 41:38

King Of The Ring First Round Match: Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro

  • Samoa Joe would be the closest thing to King Harley Race we’ve ever had.
  • Can we get suit wearing Cesaro back?
  • I should tweet that.

I tweeted that:

  • Cesaro jump starting the match is brilliant. If you know why, you know.
  • Okay, I’ll tell you: Samoa Joe is susceptible to flash pins.
  • FAST FORWARD the mid-match commercials. That’s 3 out of 4.
  • Samoa Joe needs a haircut, but I don’t have the guts to tell him,

I shouldn’t tweet that, but I did:

Samoa Joe advances to the quarterfinals with a submission win over Cesaro – ****

Timestamp: 1:34:33, Stopwatch: 52:01

Hello, I Am Eliath

  • Are these fans chanting “BULL!” Like for Bull Dempsey?
  • Somewhere, a chaise lounge is missing it’s throw blanket.

See, I wasn’t kidding:

  • While I was getting a pic, R-Truth showed up.
  • El Kabong doesn’t happen, and Elias escapes with the WWE 24/7 Championship

FAST FORWARD the commercials

Time stamp: 1:43:15, Stopwatch: 56:28

Rey Mysterio Doesn’t Retire

  • I’d thank Charly for her time, too. “Money’s on the dresser, Charly!”
  • Charly is better than that, by the way. It was a joke.
  • Charly is taller than Rey. The dresser might be taller than Rey, too.
  • Rey about to unmask. and Dominic Mysterio is here to stop him.
  • Dominic has a Rey Mysterio tattoo.
  • What worries me about this Dominic promo is that it was the best take they got.
  • Dominic is gonna turn on Rey and have a career that will make David Flair proud.

Yep, tweeted it:

You do not FAST FORWARD The New Day’s entrance

  • Did Michael Cole mention the WILDCARD RULE???
  • WILDCARD BITCHES!

You also do not FAST FORWARD The Revival’s entrance.

  • SAY YEAH!
  • WE GO HARD!
  • Best tag team in the world.
  • Snakeskin boots? Fucking awesome.
  • By the way, it looks like a good crowd at Raw tonight.

The New Day (Xavier Woods & Big E) vs. The Revival (Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson)

  • Seriously, we are watching two of the best tag teams in the world. They ain’t scared, Nick.
  • Xavier Woods’ Iron Sheik boots will never get old.
  • FAST FORWARD the commercials.
  • That’s 4 for 5 on the mid-match commercials tonight.
  • RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!
  • RKO OUTTA NOWHERE TO KOFI!
  • Randy Orton is your next WWE Champion, and The Revival and Orton are a thing? God damn, man. The World Wrestling Federation is back!
  • SHATTER MACHINE RKO OUTTA NOWHERE! Shit, man. This is awesome.
  • See you guys on Smackdown tomorrow night!
  • It was great while it lasted, and the post-match shenanigans were better. They’re part of the segment, and they’re part of the rating.

The New Day beats The Revival by disqualification – ***

I tweeted it:

Michael Cole Interviews Sasha Banks

  • This is our second Michael Cole split screen interview.
  • Sasha is the second person to thank the interviewer for their time.
  • Sasha is the second person to fake cry.
  • Guy in the crowd is wearing a “Rats Get Bats” shirt……
  • The part of Damien Sandow will be played by Sasha Banks.
  • #YoureWelcome

Yep:

You do not FAST FORWARD Alexa Bliss coming to the ring.

But you do FAST FORWARD the commercials.

You do not FAST FORWARD Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville making an entrance.

  • I need to check out that new Steve Austin show.

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross vs. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville

  • That hug….
  • Fitness Model Mandy Rose is on her way to being a modern day Trish Stratus. You doubt me, but she’s ahead of where Trish was at this point in her career.

You guessed it!

  • Sonya Deville is a star in waiting.
  • That finish was outta nowhere, I wonder if time got cut.

Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross beat Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville when Cross pinned Deville – **3/4

Timestamp: 2:20:21, Stopwatch: 1:22:27

King Of The Ring First Round Match: Cedric Alexander vs. Sami Zayn

  • Cedric is a man of few words–and he proved why with that promo.
  • Sami loves the throne.
  • For the record, I picked Cedric Alexander to beat Sami Zayn here.
  • Hot start to the match, and I’ll be honest with you: I’ve never seen a Cedric Alexander match I didn’t enjoy.
  • Just a quick reminder that ROH had Cedric Alexander and no one told him to lose 20 pounds. WWE did, and look at him now! WWE – 1, ROH – 0.
  • Zayn fell over during the reverse head-scissors, and I can’s sell that as realism.
  • Lumbar Check gets it done, and this match was rushed. Something else ran long.

Cedric Alexander pinned Sami Zayn with the Lumbar Check to advance – **3/4

Not gonna FAST FORWARD the Street Profits.

  • The Profits being very sneaky and not wearing their NXT Tag Team Championships.
  • But they did get the lower third.
  • Braullins?
  • Tag Team King Of The Ring, Tag Team Royal Rumble, Tag Team Money In The Bank — we need it all! #SaveTagTeamWrestling

Tweeted it!

FAST FORWARD the commercials and highlights.

Almost fast forwarded Natalya’s promo, but Twitter told me I shouldn’t. Sasha attacks again!

  • “Sasha is my friend. Sasha was my friend.”
  • Natalya is a terrible promo. She needs a character to play.
  • Sasha’s attack was great.
  • “Go to hell Nattie, and tell your daddy I said hi” is a brilliant line from Sasha Banks. Don’t @ me.

You didn’t have to ask:

FAST FOWARD the entrances, commercials, and entrances.

Raw Tag Team Championship: Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (c) vs. Seth Rollins & Braun Strowman

  • #SaveTagTeamWrestling is in trouble here, as the Vicious Cycle of WWE Tag Team Booking seems to be in effect.
  • They love to have Seth Rollins “work injured.”
  • Michael Cole just said “floundering for a piece.” I can’t even right now.
  • FAST FORWARD the mid-match commercials. 5 for 8 now.
  • FAST FORWARD a slow period.
  • This match has become The Seth Rollins Show.
  • FREIGHT TRAIN BRAUN ON THE OUTSIDE!
  • Mowing people over isn’t “waiting patiently,” Vic.
  • Powerslam and it’s over.
  • Love that Vic Joseph called the finish. Great job by Michael Cole to step aside.

Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins beat Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson to win the Raw Tag Team Championships – ***1/2

  • On the reply I realized how brilliant it was to have Seth hit the Stomp on AJ to keep him from causing the DQ, which Rollins eluded to earlier. Great foreshadowing.
  • Braun staring at the Universal Championship to close. Great work there, too.

Timestamp: 3:00:12, Stopwatch: 1:46:30

Summary

  • Best match of the night: Samoa Joe vs. Cesaro (****)
  • Time saved: 1:13:42

Overall Rating: 7.5/10

I can’t complain about tonight’s Raw. It was entertaining, it advanced storylines (Becky-Sasha, Braun-Seth, King Of The Ring) while reminding us of others. Dolph Ziggler, Samoa Joe, Cesaro, and Sasha Banks all delivered great performances. Good shit, pal.


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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

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With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass



Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed



The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!


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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.


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