A major WWE star returns with his massive
dong! AJ Styles and Ricochet had a great TV main event! And we got an unprecedented five
WWE title changes in one night… and they were all for the same belt!
And what is the real reason behind Undertaker making his shock return to WWE?
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24th June episode of Monday Night Raw! Becky Lynch’s boyfriend Seth Rollins opened
the show with an in-ring promo to be quickly joined by Seth Rollins’ girlfriend Becky
Lynch! Wait a second… are they dating or something? Where Seth called Becky the best
back-up anyone can have. Dude, Roman Reigns is like, on Raw all the
time.. Baron and Lacey Evans’ Midcard of Evil then
jumped Seth and Becky from behind, and as we all feared, they booked a mixed tag team
match for Extreme Rules with both titles on the line. At least if Corbin and Evans lose,
they’ll supposedly get no more chances. Because that’s a stipulation WWE never go
back on. Next up was an 8 man tag with Daniel Bryan,
Rowan and The Revival against The Usos and New Day. And because WWE has gone pin crazy,
it’s an elimination match! Because that’ll fix the falling ratings – more pins! Pins
everywhere! Bryan Alvarez has reported this sudden production
change is actually because Vince McMahon doesn’t want matches to continue through adbreaks
anymore, as other sports don’t do that, and the pins provide breaks for them to throw
to commercial. I agree the ad placement in WWE TV matches
has been frustrating for a while now, but this is like treating a headache with trepanning,
the ancient practice of drilling a hole into someone’s head to fix it. Having so many
eliminations and 2-out-of-3 falls stipulations means you have to book even more wrestlers
to lose. Like Daniel Bryan, who just like the night
before at Stomping Grounds, was awesomely over in his home state of Washington. So,
naturally, he got eliminated first when you could’ve just pinned Rowan, with Woods following
shortly after. The Usos won overall with a very cool finish,
countering superplexes into splashes. Next up saw R-Truth and Carmella on MizTV
after Truth regained his 24/7 Championship. …Drake Maverick came down to reveal his
wife wants a divorce, so he wants to win back the love of his life… the 24/7 title.
This turned into a very short match between the two, with Truth winning in seconds and
the undercard chasing him through the crowd afterwards. Mean Charly Caruso asked Maverick
why he was so stupid and dumb, but he just walked off in tears. In a rare match without a pin – because these
are actually top guys WWE cares about – Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre just beat up Roman
Reigns in their 2-on-1 match, with steel stair spots, multiple Claymores and Shane hitting
Roman’s spear. But just as McMahon was about to hit the Coast-to-Coast, the lights cut
out and the heels got hit with Undertaker’s massive dong!
The Deadman caught Shane’s dive with a chokeslam, cleared house to save Reigns, the man who
retired him… kind of… and then later in the show, Taker and Roman vs Shane and Drew
was booked for Extreme Rules. I’m sure this was planned for ages and was
in no way a rushed panic move to increase TV ratings!
It’s just another example of WWE looking to the past for solutions rather than building
for the future. Speaking of ideas from the past… Hot off their arm wrestling contest a few
weeks ago, Braun Strowman beat Bobby Lashley… in a tug of war. Next up, pose off.
It went about a minute before breaking down into a brawl between them, where Bobby blinded
Braun with the rope and stood tall. Strowman is floundering yet again, and deserves a proper
feud rather than another program with Lashley, which I thought finished a few weeks ago. Backstage, Mean Charly Caruso asked AJ Styles
about being medically cleared, and then cut him off mid-answer to say how she doesn’t
want to hear about that, you stupid dumb person, just talk about the upcoming match with Ricochet.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupted by partying with No Way Jose’s sex conga,
leading AJ to berate them for not taking themselves seriously again.
This led to Galanderson to prove themselves against the Viking DON’T MENTION THE WAR
EXPERIENCE! Raiders, which just like last week’s quick loss against The Usos, they
started strong but lost when they got cocky. Oh my God, Mojojo Rawley is finally getting
an actual match on TV for his new Taserface gimmic-oh no, it’s just another 24/7 title
shmoz, where Heath Slater won the belt, for R-Truth to win it back, which Cedric Alexander
then captured, for EC3 to win his first title on the main roster… for R-Truth to regain
it to become a 9 time champ. Next up, Kofi Kingston sold his gruelling
steel cage match against Dolph Ziggler from the previous night, by dancing down to the
ring throwing out pancakes. Just before Mean Charly Caruso could be nasty to him, though,
Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn interrupted for an impromptu Sami and KO Show – which turned
into a really good Kofi vs Sami match, that Kingston ultimately won with a roll-up.
KO then challenged Kofi to another match right now to show what a great champion he is, which
Kingston accepted, and then won via countout after an exciting few minutes with a nasty
looking SOS on the steel ramp. WWE have done a terrific job of booking Kingston strong,
but they have treated Owens and Zayn absolutely abysmally.
Then while Kingston celebrated, Samoa Joe attacked him from behind on the ramp – choking
him out to presumably start Kofi’s next title feud. Which is really cool because we
love Samoa Joe… but it falls apart when you think about it. Samoa Joe is a Raw star.
Samoa Joe has lost practically everything in 2019. Samoa Joe just lost the United States
title on Sunday. If you were building someone up to feud for one of your top belts, why
would you have them lose clean the previous night. Ultimately, it devalues the WWE Championship
and Kofi’s reign, as while WWE is booking him strong, they’re doing so against Kevin
Owens, Dolph Ziggler, Samoa Joe – i.e. wrestlers they don’t portray as credible threats. Because most of the women’s division feuds
can only be based around who’s friends with who, Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross continued
their terrible storyline. Natalya and Naomi tried to warn Cross that Alexa is just using
her, which led to Bliss beating Naomi in a few minutes and then Natalya in the ensuing
tag match. The main event, however, was a dream match
encounter between AJ Styles and Ricochet. One man back from injury, the other fresh
of his first title win on the main roster. And putting the US title in the main event
slot, and having AJ endorse Ricochet in the post-match, really helped put over both the
championship and its holder as a future top star. A sentiment rather undone by having
Ricochet lose the day after he won the US title.
The match-up really should’ve been saved for a pay-per-view to give both guys wins
going in. Elsewhere, AJ sent Gallows and Anderson to the back when they tried to interfere.
Because AJ don’t want none… of their cheating heel tactics. This was an enjoyable episode, but only on
a superficial level, with practically every segment lacking substance or wrestling logic.
And the final number of 16 finishes for 9 matches is ridiculous. Also, where was Bray
Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House this week? This week’s Raw is a low AvRAWge. Yes folks, I’m back once again like a renegade
master, with the ill behaviour. Despite all the bad news surrounding the show
– with poor ticket sales meaning WWE tapped off a huge portion of the building to hide
the disappointing attendance – the feedback to WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 was actually
quite good. One person who really liked the show was Universal Champion Seth Rollins,
who tweeted to say that WWE had the best wrestling on the planet, period. Monty Brown to WWE,
confirmed! He then doubled down on this tweet with a
follow up saying, “Find anyone else alive who does what I do as well as I do it as often
as I do it. Ya can’t.” Later replying to Cage Side Seats making fun of Rollins saying,
“Sure do dorks. And after that PPV I stand by it even more. The crew brought it tonight.
From top to bottom all out effort from every person in the ring and out” adding to a
fan who told him to dial it down, “Nah dawg, let me dial it up. I’ve sat back and watched
idiots with no clue talk poorly about the place I dedicate my life to EVERY HOUR OF
EVERY DAY. The level I perform at on constant is untouchable. Time to let em know.” Can’t
imagine what idiots with no clue he’s talking about.
But it wasn’t just Cage Side Seats who made fun of Rollins, with Tama Tonga calling New
Japan the best wrestling in the galaxy, and All Elite Wrestling’s Chris Jericho reposting
with a devastating laughing emoji. One person who really got involved with this
conversation is current IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion Will Ospreay, who replied to Rollins
tweet with “I’m alive.” For the record, Will Opsreay has a 2019 average match star
rating of 4.5 stars- which includes a 5.75 star match against Shingo Takagi on Day 15
of the Best of the Super Juniors. Rollins didn’t respond to Jericho or Tama
Tonga, but did reply to Ospreay by saying, “Ahhhh I’m sorry little guy. We already
have a better version of you here and he just won his first US Title tonight (Congrats @KingRicochet).
Keep working hard though buddy!” Ospreay responded by posting a gif of David Brent
saying “ooh, you’re hard”, and later added that he’s wrestled more matches in
2019 than Rollins. The Beast Slayer then took a trip to the Kevin Nash school of thought,
by replying: “I mean if you wanna talk numbers we can compare bank accounts too.”
Rather than get into a debate about bank accounts, Ospreay went back to the original point: “the
original question was “Find anyone else alive who does what I do as well as I do it
as often as I do it”. No talk of money. No talk of Ricochet. You said anyone. Here
I am.” In an interview with ESPN, Ospreay added: “I love Rollins. Rollins is the absolute
don. He’s the man, you know what I mean? He’s one of the best wrestlers ever – period. But
you asked the question. You asked, find me someone alive. As far as I’m concerned, I’m
breathing. There’s oxygen in my lungs. I think the last time I heard about an amazing Seth
Rollins match was his one against AJ Styles, and if you can’t get a good match out of AJ
Styles, then I think you should leave the planet.”
Ospreay wanted to make sure this was not an Us vs. Them argument as many fans thought
it was, by posting a picture of him posing with his girlfriend and World of Stardom Champion
Bea Priestly and NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm adding, “3 Different Champions.
3 Different Companies. 3 Different Contracts. All busted our butts on the Indies. Just be
happy for one another & have a drink.” But not even Will Ospreay can avoid the pull
of Baron Corbin Midcard Vortex, with the Lone Wolf tweeting: “More important fact Baron
Corbin has wrestled more matches in 2019 THAN Will Ospreay.” To which Will responded:
“No wonder Raw sucks.” Corbin announced last night on Raw that he
would team with Lacey Evans to take on Rollins and Becky Lynch in a Winner Takes All Mixed
Tag Match, but that wasn’t the only match announced for Extreme Rules – with The Undertaker
making a surprise appearance to help Roman Reigns against Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon
– with WWE announcing the four will clash in a tag match.
But why would WWE dig back up The Undertaker once again, especially after the disastrous
match he had with Goldberg at Super Showdow… oh yeah the ratings are bad and tickets sales
are struggling. Yes it should come as no surprise, but Cage
Side Seats are reporting that WWE have brought Taker back to help with falling ratings and
boost ticket sales in the lead up to Extreme Rules. Dave Meltzer has backed this up on
Wrestling Observer Radio, calling it a “desperate” move.
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