After Fastlane was a show of two halves with the first half being boring to watch and the second half being amazing to watch. RAW delivered a solid show heading into WrestleMania, as Rhea Ripley made her official RAW debut and The Fiend returned and more.
That being said it is time once again to look at the top 5 moments that stood out on Monday Night Raw this week.
5. The Miz sends a WrestleMania challenge to Bad Bunny
Over the years The Miz has proven himself to be one of the greatest workers in WWE given most circumstances. The Miz would prove this once again as he cut a great promo on RAW this week, what he has achieved inside of WWE and how hard he has worked in the company. Miz would then call out how mistreated he felt after Bad Bunny was put on the WrestleMania poster and not The Miz, with Miz then challenging Bad Bunny to a match at WrestleMania 37.
The Miz would then face Jeff Hardy in a match which would result in The Miz hitting the Skull Crushing Finale onto Hardy for a clean win after John Morrison granted Hardy’s request to leave the ringside area. After the match, Bad Bunny would get revenge on The Miz, hitting The Miz with a guitar, then accepting Miz’s request for a match at WrestleMania 37.
While Bad Bunny’s promo was short, it was still a decent promo that was nice to watch. It will be interesting to see how this match will work, as it is a singles match between Miz and Bad Bunny and not a tag match with John Morrison and Damien Priest.
4. Asuka beats Peyton Royce as Rhea Ripley makes her official RAW debut
After Peyton Royce drew the attention of fans a few weeks ago on RAW Talk after a great promo, Peyton Royce would get a chance against the RAW’s Women Champion, Asuka. Despite Peyton Royce getting the advantage over Asuka throughout the match, Asuka would eventually lock the Asuka lock on Peyton Royce, forcing Peyton to tap out after a solid match.
After the match the former Women’s NXT Champion, Rhea Ripley would come out and making her official RAW debut. Ripley would address the fact that Charlotte was missing from WWE programming due to having COVID. Ripley would then challenge Asuka to a match at WrestleMania 37 for the RAW’s Women Championship with Asuka accepting the challenge.
A match between Rhea Ripley and Asuka at WrestleMania 37 for the RAW’s Women Championship without a doubt has the potential to be an amazing match and can easily steal the show if given the right time and the right treatment and Rhea winning over Asuka and becoming RAW Women’s Champion can revive the RAW’s women’s division.
3. AJ Styles and Kofi Kingston put on an amazing match
After it was announced last week on RAW that Xavier Woods and Kofi Kingston would defend their Tag Team Titles against AJ Styles and Omos at WrestleMania 37, Styles and Kingston would get a chance to square off with each other with both men putting on the best match of the night on RAW this week.
Both men would trade high flying offense against each other as they proved to fans why they are some of the best workers in the business. Late in the match, Kingston would go for the SOS on Styles, only for Styles to reverse and put him in the Calf Crusher, with Kofi barely reaching the rope.
Styles would then go to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Kingston, only for Xavier Woods to distract Styles with the trombone. Styles would then attempt the Phenomenal Forearm again, only for Kingston to catch Styles with the SOS for the surprise win, giving The New Day momentum.
2. The Fiend finally returns to Monday Night RAW
After the Fiend returned at Fastlane on Sunday, the entirety of Monday Night RAW this week was based on Randy Orton summoning the Fiend after his return at Fastlane. Orton would eventually come out late in the night cutting a solid promo on what happened at Fastline. Alexa Bliss would then come out, toying with Orton before The Fiend appeared out of nowhere.
The Fiend would then stare at Orton without moving, with The Fiend not even reacting when Orton began pouring gasoline near him. Just as Orton began to light a match, The Fiend would attack Orton, only for Orton to hit The Fiend with an RKO.
Alexa Bliss would then distract Orton allowing The Fiend to get right back up and hit Orton with the Mandible Claw and the Sister Abigail, with The Fiend and Alexa Bliss standing over Orton as RAW went off the air.
1. The Hurt Business starts to show its cracks heading into WrestleMania
When The Hurt Business lost their RAW Tag Team Titles to The New Day last week on RAW many wondered what would happen with Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin heading into WrestleMania. Surprisingly, we would get a huge clue on what would happen with Alexander and Benjamin as tension began to rise in the ranks of The Hurt Business.
Tension would begin to show early in the night, as the WWE Champion, Bobby Lashley took on Sheamus in the opening match. Bobby Lashley would beat Sheamus with the help of Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin. However, Lashley and MVP were displeased by this, with MVP berating Alexander and Benjamin for making Lashley look weak.
Alexander and Benjamin would then get a chance to redeem themselves later in the night in a 2 on 1 handicap match against Drew McIntyre. Drew McIntyre would dominate the start of the match and would eventually beat both men meaning that Benjamin and Alexander are banned from ringside for the match between Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley.
These were my top 5 moments from Monday Night RAW this week. What were your top 5 moments and what do you think on RAW this week? Let us know in the comments below?
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!
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.
DeMarco’s Things I Learned From WWE Smackdown On FOX (June 17, 2022)
Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!
Greg DeMarco presents what he learned watching WWE Smackdown On FOX for June 17, 2022, featuring Matt Riddle, Vince McMahon, Pat McAfee, and more!
WWE presented Smackdown on Friday night, June 17, 2022, from “Moneyapolis” featuring the “big fight feel” main event between Roman Reigns and Matt Riddle, with The Tribal Chief’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the line. We also continued down the road to Money In The Bank in Vegas.
RK-Bro Is Effectively Done
The video package and all of Matt Riddle’s tributes to Randy Orton are just a little bit too much. Riddle does “too much” very well–in fact, it’s his character. But the amount of tribute being played to Randy Orton seems to be a set-up for Orton’s eventual return (whenever that might be) OPPOSITE Riddle. Maybe it’s in the Royal Rumble, maybe after.
Regardless of how it happens (and much of that has to do with his surgery and rehabilitation process), I think we are closer than ever to a heel Randy Orton opposing the babyface Matt Riddle.
Madcap Moss Is Undeniably Over
“Madcap just might be a guy.” – Pat McAfee
Pat McAfee knows what he’s talking about on this one–Madcap is indeed a guy. Riddick Moss always had the tools, just had injury issues. Since making his return to competition as Baron “Happy” Corbin’s sidekick, all Moss has done is prove his worth to WWE. He’s got a good look. He can cut a good promo. He’s vastly a underrated in-ring storyteller. And above all else, he has “it.”
WWE is always looking to add to the main event rotation, but it seems harder to crack that right now. But Madcap Moss has what it takes to do just that.
Montez Ford Is Gonna Be A (Solo) Star
The Street Profits are a fantastic act, and are insanely over. But Montez is a guy–a guy who the company can build around. While I feel bad for Angelo Dawkins, I (along with so many others) see Ford being a solo star.
We’re Getting Baron Corbin vs. Pat McAfee At SummerSlam
It’s the perfect set-up:
- Baron Corbin is highly regarded within the organization as one of the safest workers around, a point that has been made by Randy Orton himself.
- Pat McAfee is a big-moment superstar, and SummerSlam is the moment for him.
And for the record, I love it. While I an a big time purveyor of “Baron Corbin Sucks,” I know what he can do in the ring. And him vs. Pat McAfee would have Nashville rocking–and that is what McAfee in the ring is all about.
Vince McMahon Is Literally A Man Of Steel
If you have listened to any of Bruce Prichard’s podcasts, you know Vince McMahon believes you “don’t sell.” Not in the ring, but whenever the world has turned against you in any way–including lawsuits and investigations–you don’t sell it. You hold your head high, and live above it all.
That’s exactly what the boss did when opening up WWE Smackdown On FOX. It’s entirely possible that the plan changed along the way, and we were going to get “Mr. McMahon” at some point–but what happened is trademark Vince. Not the character, but the man. And if we expected anything else, we haven’t been paying attention.
Matt Riddle Is Now A Made Man
Matt Riddle and Roman Reigns delivered a pay per view (or premium live event…pick your poison) quality main event on WWE Smackdown on FOX, on a night where the world was likely watching. Tonight was his moment, and even in a loss, he delivered.
With a singular world champion–and one who likely isn’t losing anytime soon–it’s hard to say when Riddle could become a world champ. But the stipulation added to tonight’s match (which wasn’t discussed enough on air) means that Matt Riddle now cannot challenge Roman Reigns again (that’s how the graphic showed it). That screams a Money In The Bank or Royal Rumble win to me.
It’s also highly possible that a Seth Rollins wins the Money In The Bank briefcase, and his cash in splits the titles back up, opening the door for Riddle come next spring.
Either way–one fact remains true: Matt Riddle is now a made man, and doing it on his own.
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