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King’s Raw Reaction For 11/25/19 

Chris King shares his thoughts on a really well-written post-Survivor Series episode of Monday Night Raw. 



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Chris King shares his thoughts on a really well-written Post-Survivor Series episode of Monday Night Raw. 

Chris King shares his thoughts on a really well-written post-Survivor Series episode of Monday Night Raw. 

After every big pay-per-view, WWE puts so much emphasis on the post-pay-per-view edition of Raw or SmackDown. The crowd is red-hot in anticipation of a special night with explosive matches and intriguing segments. Almost never does that actually occur, but when it does it makes time stop and don’t even think about changing the channel. This week was one of those rare occurrences.

Typically, I pick one topic every week from WWE programming to talk about and give my insights on where WWE could take the storyline. This week was different while I was watching the show and even reading the results there wasn’t one topic I wanted to discuss but the whole damn episode was amazing!

In the opening segment of the show, we saw a letdown and delusional Seth Rollins berate the entire locker room for their loss at Survivor Series. There were a few points where I was praying that Rollins wouldn’t be made to feel like the good guy but thankfully there was something bigger under the surface.

The Architect had been showing signs of his whiny, complaining, and annoying character for several months now, and this was brilliant storytelling. “You all sucked” that’s what the motivational leader of the Raw locker room told his fellow co-workers, while never stopping to admit that Rollins himself was the last person eliminated in the men’s traditional elimination match. Everyone left except for Kevin Owens who Rollins called him a piece of crap and in return ate a Stunner!

Right after that, we got another amazing soap opera segment between Lana, Bobby Lashley, and the sex addict himself Rusev. Rusev was served papers for another restraining order from his soon to be ex wife “The Ravishing Russian” Lana and escorted out of the arena. The Almighty was prepared to make easy work of Titus O’Neil until his rival emerged out of nowhere to beat the holy hell out of him.

Rusev was mere seconds away from sending Lashley through the announce table until officers came down to restrain him. Even while handcuffed The Bulgarian Brute head-butted his rival off the stage. He also kicked over a steel tower to crash right on top of Lashley.

Why was this awesome? It’s not like we’ve never seen two rivals brawl all over ringside hell-bent on gaining revenge, but the WWE Universe has never seen a more crazed look on Rusev’s face than last night outside of his foreign heel stuff

Later in the show, the commentary team announced that Rusev will face Lashley in a last man standing match at Starcade Live Event this weekend which is something I’ve been looking forward to for several weeks now.

Next up we have AOP making their in-ring return after being reintroduced via ominous vignettes for months now. Akam and Rezar obliterated Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins in little time. One thing I noticed though, was both warriors appeared to have trained and slowed down their pace inside of the ring.

If you go back and watch them deliver the Super Collider in the past, you notice that they come and whip their opponent’s bodies together. Akam and Rezar instead, took their time and showed patience in their madness if that makes sense?

It’s the small fine-tuning that will not only protect their opponents from injuries but it will also make AOP better in-ring performers as a whole.

Next, we saw The El Idolo Andrade gain another impressive victory over Akira Tozawa in about a squash match. As an avid viewer of 205 Live, I’ve felt for a while now, that the only thing Tozawa is lacking is some character he’s a great performer but if the WWE Universe has no reason to buy into him they typically won’t.

The next thing to happen blew me away, now keep in mind I watched this at 9:30 pm but I sat straight up off the couch when Matt Hardy’s music blared through the arena. The Attitude Era fan in me was so DELIGHTED!!!! I also had no problem with Hardy being fed to the young up-and-comer Buddy Murphy either.

“The Best Kept Secret” was booked to look like a beast after defeating the former multi-time tag team champion with three devastating knee strikes. Murphy then grabbed a mic and called out “The Dutch Destroyer” Aleister Black and the fight was on.

I am so intrigued about this unlikeliest of opponents between the former Cruiserweight Champion and the former NXT Champion. Just give these two incredible superstars 15-20 minutes to go out there and tell a great story and steal the show and it looks like that will happen at the upcoming TLC pay-per-view.

We then got what was supposed to see AJ Styles defending his United States Championship against Humberto Carrillo but instead, he got viciously attacked by Gallows and Anderson to write him out of the title shot. Styles mocked his foe’s current situation.

Randy Orton, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Rey Mysterio came down all wanting to beat the hell out of Styles. Styles tried to weasel his way out of defending his US title but instead The OC., humorously encouraged the fatal-four-way with the winner getting a title shot immediately after.

WWE does what they always succeed at doing, throw four amazing talents into the ring and then add the possibility of a title shot and you have an intriguing high-octane match. I especially loved when McIntrye wanted to engage in a chop-fest with Orton and “The Viper” just poked him in the eyes. It was a classic veteran move that was hilarious. Again, folks, it’s the little things that make things special.

Mysterio and Ricochet had a great back-and-forth sequence that saw the veteran hook his legs in a dramatic roll-up to win the match. After the break, Styles and Mysterio had a tremendous match over the US title where Styles targeted his challenger’s injured midsection. The OC got involved and were sent to the back leaving the Champion on his own against the fan-favorite.

Mysterio hit the 619 and Styles backed up into the official. Gallows and Anderson came down and Orton made the save and dropped the champion with an RKO and Mysterio hit the Frog Splash to capture the United States Championship. After the match, Mysterio’s son Dominick came out to celebrate the big victory.

There are so many different directions this can go. First, Styles will be seeking retribution on Orton and this will kickstart another chapter in their rivalry from this year’s WrestleMania. Second, it also opens up some dream matches with Ricochet and Mysterio, Carrillo and Mysterio, and my personal favorite would be seeing Mysterio and Andrade reignite their feud from two years ago on SmackDown Live. Their trilogy of matches was stellar and if Mysterio gives Andrade the “rub” and drops the title to him it would make this a home run!

The next match was Charlotte Flair going one-on-one with Asuka after she was green misted at Survivor Series. These two superstars had a terrific match at WrestleMania 34, where Flair sadly broke Asuka’s singles undefeated streak.

Recently, Flair and Asuka have wrestled numerous times but their match on Monday felt more significant. Which is crazy since there wasn’t anything on the line it was just a spectacular match. “The Empress of Tomorrow” won with a roll-up after Kairi Sane distracted the official to mist her again.

The monstrous Rowan obliterated another small jobber who for some stupid reason thought it was smart to see what was under the cage.

The main event was Rollins facing Owens in one of their best matches in my opinion, that they’ve ever had. The last time these two rivals faced each other, Owens was the cheating and weasel Universal Champion and Rollins was a defacto babyface thanks to Triple H’s betrayal.

Rollins and Owens had some great battles back in 2016, but with Owens portraying the role of the antihero and Rollins as the egocentric heel, it gave it a different dynamic.

Towards the end of the match, Owens hit the Stunner to Rollins and just when he about to win the match AOP emerged out of nowhere. Akam and Rezar were also heavily-criticized by Rollins at the start of the show during his rant.

The two powerhouses stalked both superstars and then chose to decimate “The Prizefighter.” Akam and Rezar left Owens laying and Rollins picked the bones of his opponent and delivered consecutive Stomps to a chorus of boos to close the show.

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Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE RAW 3/1/21

Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!



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Bodeen takes a look ath the Top 5 moments from an eventful episode of WWE Raw on the Road to WrestleMania!

With just 6 short weeks left until WrestleMania, RAW once again came to us from the Thunderdome, with the main story on RAW this week being focused on the WWE Championship match between The Miz and Bobby Lashley. Despite this there were still some other moments on RAW that stood out, so without further ado let’s once again look at the top 5 moments that stood out on RAW.

5. Mustafa Ali pins Riddle

There is no denying that the booking of RETRIBUTION has been botched. While it was extremely interesting to watch Retribiution at first, Retribution soon died even after Mustafa Ali turned heel mainly due to terrible logical booking and a series of losses that made them all look weak.

However, it is still nice to see RETRIBUTION get wins back, especially when it comes to their leader, Mustafa Ali. Ali is extremely talented and has shown he can perform with the best in the ring. That is why it was so great to see him beat Riddle on RAW.

While the match between the two men was nothing special and had a bad-looking finish, it was still nice to see him beat the United States Champion in a non-title match and give RETRIBUTION and himself a small amount of credit back.

4. Miz makes Bobby Lashley wait

Over the years The Miz has grown to be one of the best heels in the business, his promos are amazing to watch and over the years Miz has learned to control any crowd as a heel. Miz’s promos though are not the only thing that has helped him as a heel, as we have seen Miz over the years use brilliant strategies to give himself an advantage in the ring.

Miz would once again use his mind this week on RAW as he used excuse after excuse throughout the night to avoid defending the WWE Championship against Bobby Lashley until eventually, Shane McMahon forced him to defend or vacate the title at the end of the night.

The great part about watching this was seeing the reaction from MVP and Bobby Lashley as they grew increasingly frustrated with The Miz and his ideas as their annoyance at the start of the night turned into a pure rage after Miz retained after being counted out.

3. Damian Priest gets another win 

At first, I was somewhat worried about Damian Priest being teamed up with Bad Bunny, mainly due to the fact it feels Priest deserved more. However, after a few weeks and seeing how much merchandise Bad Bunny has been selling, the relationship between the two men can be effective for Priest especially as Bad Bunny guarantees Priest time on RAW, where he can impress fans.

Priest would once again look good on RAW this week as he pinned Elias in a solid match between the two men. It was also nice to see Priest beat Elias without any major interference from Bad Bunny, as Priest has arguably looked somewhat weaker due to the distractions from Bad Bunny in his matches.

With there being a good chance that Bad Bunny will be on WrestleMania with Preist, it will be interesting to see what will happen to Priest after WrestleMania

2.  Drew Mcintyre and Sheamus destroy each other

While this may not off been on a Pay-Per-View, Drew McIntyre and Sheamus put on an amazing match between each other and easily put on the best match of the night. The match showcased the brutal style of the two men as they traded moves with both men working extremely well together.

The match would start with an intense brawl between the two men as they gave each other a beating. After a brutal match where both men push each other to their limit, Drew McIntyre would catch Sheamus with a Claymore after Sheamus attempted a Brouge kick to win the match.

After the match, both men stared at each other potentially meaning that this is not the end of their feud as he approach Fastlane.

1. Bobby Lashley finally wins the gold 

It is hard to believe how much Bobby Lashley’s career has changed in a year. This time last year, Bobby was stuck in a never-ending feud with Lana and Rusev which had lost all credibility. Then Bobby Lashley left Lana for MVP and started The Hurt Business, where he became a dominant part of the mid-card as the United States Champion.

Even after being a dominant mid-carder for so long Lashley still hadn’t reached that next level however Bobby would finally break through the glass ceiling this week on RAW after he waited for three hours to dominate The Miz to finally become WWE Champion after what has felt like an eternity.

With Bobby now Champion the big question is, will Lashley be Champion by WrestleMania and if so, who will Lashley face?

These were my top 5 moments from RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think of Bobby Lashley being WWE Champion? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Andrew’s Top 5 Matches: Week Ending 2/28/2021

A weird week of matches and shows! Let’s see what made the Top 5!



This is one of the more tame weeks. New Japan had a few big events, but let’s just say it wasn’t their best work. Then we get the announcement of combining the Intercontinental and Heavyweight to become a “world heavyweight” title, so yeah, New Japan is weird right now.

Speaking of weird, AEW Dynamite: Riho vs Serena Deeb, won the match vote last week.

This will be the voting week to round out February, and we should start March off strong with what’s coming next week!

Quick Top 5:

  1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii
    Rating: ****
  2. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)
    Rating: *** ¾
  3. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix
    Rating: *** ¾
  4. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo
    Rating: *** ¾
  5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy
    Rating: *** ½


Honorable Mentions:

  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Kazuchika Okada vs EVIL w/Dick Togo
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Strong: IWGP United States Championship: Jon Moxley (c) vs KENTA
    Rating: *** ¼
  • IMPACT!: Chris Bey, Ace Austin & Black Taurus vs Josh Alexander, Trey Miguel & Willie Mack
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: TenCozy (Satoshi Kojima & Hiroyoshi Tenzan) vs The United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Will Ospreay)
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NXT: Zoey Stark vs Io Shirai
    Rating: *** ¼
  • NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: NEVER Openweight Championship: Hiroshi Tanahashi (c) vs The Great O-Khan
    Rating: *** ¼
  • WWE Raw: Bobby Lashley vs Braun Strowman
    Rating: ***
  • NXT: No DQ: Santos Escobar vs Karrion Kross
    Rating: ***
  • IMPACT!: TNA World Heavyweight Championship: Moose vs Jake Something
    Rating: ***
  • WWE Raw: Angel Garza vs Damian Priest
    Rating: ***

5. AEW Dynamite: Hangman Page vs Isaiah Kassidy

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Kassidy runs, but Hangman follows! Kassidy leaps, into a DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Both men are down and fans are fired up! The standing count begins, the fans rally up, and both men stand at 3. Hangman runs in at Kassidy to corner clothesline him! Hangman snapmares Kassidy, runs and SLIDING- NO! Kassidy dodges, mule kicks and CHOPS! Kassidy reels Hangman in but Hangman suplexes to BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!!! Kassidy lives and “This is Awesome!” Hangman and Kassidy slowly stir. Hangman aims from a corner, runs at Kassidy, but Kassidy blocks the boot to BOOT back! And enziguri, to a POISON-RANA! Cover, TWO!?!

But Kassidy has the arm for an ARMBAR! Hangman endures as Kassidy pulls back! Hangman sits up, and gets the ropebreak! Kassidy lets go at the ref’s count of 4, and Hangman drags himself away. Kassidy gets up, runs over, but Hangman FLIPS him out to the apron! Kassidy grabs at Hangman’s arm but Hangman BOOTS him from below! Hangman runs to triangle LAR- HOT SHOT!! Kassidy counters Hangman at the right time, slithers back up to the apron, and springboards, but no Destroyer! Hangman gives him the DEADEYE! Cover, Hangman wins!!

Winner: Hangman via Deadeye


2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: BUSHI vs El Desperado vs El Phantasmo

From My Results:

Early on this was a little paint by numbers. Counters, a few signature spots to get early advantages, but the match didn’t pick up until ELP tried to take out Desperado. ELP and Despy fight up the ramp, ELP rips the mask to expose Despy’s head and pulls out the Jerry Lynn special, Cradle Piledriver right into the ramp!

ELP takes the ripped mask as a trophy, and we see a singles match between BUSHI and ELP for a good bit of time. BUSHI proves to be as stubborn as other Tetsuya’s in LIJ, and takes it to ELP fairly well. BUT – that’s not the story here. Desperado starts slowly making his way back to the ring with a new mask. Desperado comes in and goes on a warpath after ELP. Stiff looking strikes, dives that take out both of his opponents, and just an unbridled rage that makes him focus on ELP.

This of course allows for BUSHI to pick some solid spots, and after Despy returns the match really picks up. It’s also great to ELP’s heel tendencies where he takes moves from higher profile people just to turn the knife. Styles Clash, V-Trigger, an attempted One Winged Angel, Sweet Chin Music, the Undertaker arm fold pin cover, and it’s just good entertainment.

BUSHI has a great count break up where he just grabs Marty Asami’s arm to prevent the 3. BUSHI sets up for MX, but he gets caught with Sudden Death…and rolls out of the ring. So ELP has to go back to a now slowly coming back up Desperado, ELP charges, gets caught with a big right hand and not 1 but 2 Pinche Locos!

Winner: Despy via Pinche Loco


2t. AEW Dynamite: Lance Archer vs Rey Fenix

From Mitchell’s Coverage:

Fenix goes to a corner while Archer is in the drop zone. Fenix hops up and MOONSAULTS, but Archer moves, so Fenix somersaults through! ROLLING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!! Archer survives again and Fenix can’t believe it! Fenix hauls Archer up, Archer whips him away and runs in to ROCK him with a right! Archer puts Fenix up top, hooks legs and brings Fenix out, FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fenix survives again but Archer drags him back up! Archer goes up the corner, drags Fenix up to join him, but Fenix fights the choke grip to adjust! Archer body shots, Fenix rebounds, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?!? How are either of these guys doing this?!

Fenix fireman’s carries, Archer pulls the mask! Fans boo, Fenix SUPERKICKS, mule kicks, forearms and CHOPS! Fenix fires up, runs, but gets DERAILED!! Both men are down but Archer fires up! Archer drags Fenix up and reel shim in, for a BUCKLE BOMB! Choke grip, CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Archer drags Fenix to a corner, hauls him up, CHOPS and inverted crucifix lifts, for the BLACKOUT BOMB!!! Cover, Archer wins!!!

Winner: Archer via Blackout


2t. NJPW Castle Attack 2.28: IWGP Intercontinental Championship: Tetsuya Naito vs Kota Ibushi (c)

From My Results:

Naito focused on mat wrestling in the beginning, and it was all in effort to get to Ibushi’s knees to bring the match to parity. With Naito having well documented bad knees (including miss time during the Road to), Naito had to work to make things more even.

We see a lot of old threads get pulled on, the corner spot could reference to Naito and Omega’s G1 match, the Outside In German Suplex was something Ibushi struggled to execute before on Naito. Naito pulled out an Avalanche Diamond Dust that we don’t often see, and this was somewhat interesting. New Japan continues to implore that main events are 25+ minute matches, and lately these all drag.

Even with the fun story aspects, a few big scary spots as we’ve come to expect, the match never ascended to a great height. Naito hit Valentia and a few running Destinos, but that wasn’t enough to take out the champion. Ibushi hit Kamigoye to the back of the head, much like as Wrestle Kingdom, then we got 2 more Kamigoyes and Ibushi just falling on top of Naito for the pinfall victory!

Winner: Ibushi via Kamigoye


1. NJPW Castle Attack 2.27: Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii

From My Results:

Ishii has had White’s number lately, and just added to the broken status of his mental health after the Wrestle Kingdom loss. Within the first minute or so, Jay looked to have tweaked his hamstring, and that added an interesting layer to his early attack. But much like the strategic genius that he is, he lays Ishii over the barricade, and Ishii starts selling a rib injury.

Everything in this match mattered, the leg and ribs came back to play into aspects of the finishing sequence. Ishii was slow transitioning between some of his power moves since he was hampered with the rib injury, and Jay got caught a bit more than usual because his quickness was taken away.

A huge Avalanche Brainbuster after a Jumping Headbutt nearly gave Ishii the win, but a slow cover as he wanted the high stack, kept Jay alive. They fight back and forth, then we get a great counter wrestling sequence to finish the match. Ishii slips suplexes and Blade Runners, Jay slips the Brainbuster and eats a strike. It was up, down, back and forth, just hard to call until Jay finally slips a hold and catches Ishii with Blade Runner for the win!

Winner: Jay via Blade Runner



Definitely a weird week when I was not a fan of the New Japan shows, and I’m not AEW’s biggest fan…but I guess the top stuff is the top stuff. My vote will go to Jay White vs Tomohiro Ishii, purely because it was the only thing that really stood out during this weekend.

Personally, I hope New Japan figures it out and starts getting interesting; because I’m really going to need to consider other promotions if New Japan stays stale – you know, just to spice things up. Ugh…weird week, but yeah the White vs Ishii match is worth watching.

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