Monday Night Raw
Date: May 6, 2019
Location: US Bank Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Commentators: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young
WWE seems to already be hitting the panic switch as the shows are hitting some pretty low numbers. Therefore, Roman Reigns is back tonight to settle some unfinished and unspecified business. Normally it would make sense to advertise this more than a few days in advance and on television instead of online but WWE has never been one to plan ahead. Let’s get to it.
Here’s Vince McMahon to get things going. Vince introduces himself but here’s Roman Reigns to cut him off. Cole: “Reigns is here on Monday Night Yard!” Vince threatens to have the Cincinnati police take care of Reigns if he tries another Superman Punch. Reigns talks about watching Vince’s spoiled kids ruining Raw while he was gone and now they’re doing it even though he’s back. He doesn’t take orders from Vince and his kids because he takes orders from the people.
If the people keep cheering him, he’ll show up every Monday. Vince says that can’t happen because it would be anarchy….and here’s Daniel Bryan for the first time since Wrestlemania. Bryan says he was robbed of the title at Wrestlemania and spent the last month in solitude. He’s been searching for answers….and here’s Kofi Kingston to interrupt. Vince shakes his head as Kofi talks about Bryan just wanting a title shot.
All he had to do was ask and an argument ensues, but Vince cuts them off. He sees all these people coming here and decides we need something called the Wild Card Rule. From now on, three people can come and go to both shows as they like (specifics aren’t given). Kofi thinks that’s what Vince had in mind from the first place but since Reigns is here, he figured he would come out here too. Bryan gets back to the point of wanting his title shot, but here’s Drew McIntyre to cut him off.
Drew says this isn’t Smackdown presents Raw and calls out Reigns for going to Smackdown to duck him. Reigns is an egomaniac who punches his boss in the face so it’s a Claymore for him right now. Reigns: “It didn’t work out for you at Wrestlemania.” Vince says hang on again and makes Reigns vs. McIntyre and Kofi vs. Bryan for the title. Vince: “I’M BRILLIANT!” Hang on again though as here’s AJ Styles to interrupt as well.
Post break Styles and McMahon are alone in the ring with AJ talking about how he was on Smackdown for years and as soon as he comes here and goes after Seth Rollins, Reigns is back. Styles threatens to go to Smackdown and bring some friends, but Vince explains the Wild Card Rule again (clarifying that it could be three different stars on either show every week).
This brings out Rollins, who promises that AJ will never be one step ahead of him again. Seth points out that Smackdown was fine before AJ got there and it’s fine now that he’s gone. This is his show (Vince: “Actually it’s my show.”) but AJ says he knows exactly what he did last week. AJ promises to hit the Phenomenal Forearm and win the title at Money in the Bank. Seth is ready to fight right now but Vince says they’re teaming up tonight instead. Vince heads to the back to get a team ready.
Oh yeah the Brand Split is dying right before our eyes and that’s not the worst thing in the world. This is going to be a good short term fix but if they don’t address the bigger issues (champions losing, stupid stories designed to entertain Vince and the writers, stories that go on forever and pushing people that the fans don’t care about), none of this is going to matter in the long term. It stops the bleeding a bit, but doesn’t build anything back up.
AJ Styles/Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley/Baron Corbin
I knew it was going to be Corbin, you knew it was going to be Corbin and the world knew it was going to be Corbin. An early shoulder knocks Seth down but he’s right back up with a dropkick to take Corbin down. Styles and Lashley come in with Seth applauding his partner’s headlock.
Everything breaks down and back to back dives have the villains in trouble as we take a break. Back with Rollins being sent outside and Corbin hitting a hard clothesline for two. AJ comes in but gets taken down by Lashley, who even knocks Seth off the apron and rams him into the barricade. We take another break and come back with Lashley getting two off a backdrop.
AJ fights back and brings Seth back in to pick up the pace again, including a suicide dive to Lashley. A double suicide dive takes out both Lashley and Corbin, followed by the Dean Ambrose top rope standing elbow for two on Corbin. AJ dropkicks Lashley through the ropes and Corbin takes the low superkick. Styles gets back on the apron and knocks Corbin into Rollins by mistake, setting up the Phenomenal Forearm to Seth. That’s it for AJ, who walks out on the match. End of Days finishes Rollins at 18:56.
Rating: C. And yet, they still don’t get it. Longer match than anyone was wanting it to be, featuring Baron Corbin, and the champ gets pinned (not clean, but still pinned). Have Seth get knocked to the floor for a countout or something. Why is that such a horrible idea to keep the champ from losing again? The villains are a disaster around here and that’s one of the biggest things holding the shows down. Give us someone we want to hate, not someone who makes us want to change the channel.
We look back at Shane McMahon choking Miz out last week.
Miz sits in front of Shane’s door until he arrives.
Here’s Sami Zayn for a chat. He talks about all the things that the fans are getting tonight and how excited they should be. Those fans are going to be happy with them for a few minutes but then they’re still the same people they’ve always been. Sami fixed himself but that took hard work that no one here is willing to try. The announcers talk over him as Sami calls the fans cowards.
This brings out Braun Strowman, who chases Sami to the back. The cameras follow them and Sami gets caught by a closed door. Sami throws some crates him and tries to escape as the door opens but gets pulled back and tossed in a dumpster. The world’s most convenient garbage truck shows up and dumps Sami inside. So to recap: Sami starts getting over as an uncool heel and literally gets thrown in the trash.
Lucha House Party vs. ???/???/???
A missile dropkick into the Salida Del Sol into the top rope elbow into the shooting star press gives Dorado the pin at 1:07.
We look at McIntyre vs. Reigns from Wrestlemania.
World Wish Day video.
Lacey Evans sends invitations to Natalya and Naomi to be at ringside for her match tonight. Formal ringside attire is required. Oh and the invitations smell like peach cobbler. This was the most painfully scripted segment I’ve seen in a long time, because “Lacey Evans has sent you invitations to her match tonight. You find them pretentious” is too hard for them to do on their own?
Miz is still waiting.
Ricochet vs. Robert Roode
For Ricochet’s Money in the Bank spot. Ricochet starts with his flips and dropkicks Roode away, only to have his springboard broken up. The chinlock goes on for a bit until Ricochet fights up and hits some elbows to the face. Roode’s spinebuster gets two but Roode knocks him off the top, setting up the 630 for the pin at 4:21.
Rating: D+. Remember a few weeks ago when Roode beat Ricochet and then Ricochet was given the MITB spot while Roode wasn’t even on the show? This was meant to correct that, because WWE can’t think these things through that far in advance. At least they didn’t have Ricochet take another loss, which would have been monumentally stupid.
We look back at Rey Mysterio beating Samoa Joe last week. Rey now gets a US Title shot at Money In The Bank.
Rey and Dominick are in the back when Dominic goes to get some water. Samoa Joe stalks him.
Post break, Joe gets in Dominic’s face because he didn’t like Dominick celebrating last week. Where was Dominic when Joe choked Rey out in front of 82,000 people? Joe tells Dominic to tell Rey that he’s looking forward to their title match. There actually isn’t a beatdown.
Lacey Evans vs. Allie Catrina
Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Naomi and Dana Brooke are all at ringside, though not in formal ringside attire. Lacey takes her into the corner for a slingshot Bronco Buster and hits the Woman’s Right for the pin at 40 seconds.
Post match Lacey says she isn’t surprised by the lack of a formal RSVP and warns the four of them about cashing in Money in the Bank on her after she takes away everything Becky has worked for. Cue Becky to beat Lacey up.
Daniel Bryan doesn’t like Kofi’s constant schilling as WWE Champion because it is a threat to our existence. He wants to ruin Kofi for the future of humanity because that’s not a champion. Bryan is here to correct the course of human history and become the planet’s champion again.
The Usos go hunting for the latest way to embarrass the Revival.
Curt Hawkins/Zack Ryder vs. Viking Raiders
Non-title and the champs get a jobber entrance. Hawkins and Ryder take turns beating up Ivar but it’s a seated senton out of the corner to stop Hawkins cold. Erik comes in and runs Hawkins over but a belly to back suplex is escaped. It’s back to Ryder to low bridge Ivar to the floor so Hawkins can clothesline him off the apron. Erik knees Hawkins in the head though and it’s the double knees to Ryder. The Viking Experience finishes Ryder at 2:51. Why they didn’t just do the title change here is beyond me as this is just delaying the inevitable and the crowd reaction doesn’t exactly make it seem like the fans care.
It’s time for the Firefly Fun House where Mercy the Buzzard has something in a box. The witch wants to know what’s in there….and it’s the decapitated Rambling Rabbit. Bray declares this Mercy expressing himself as a bunch of kids, who aren’t laughing or smiling and look like they’re in a trance, sit by watching. That’s all the time we have for this week. It’s also probably the last time we’ll see a good one of these as you can see the complaints coming from here.
Seth Rollins promises to destroy Styles at Money in the Bank.
Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
Wrestlemania rematch. Reigns starts fast with the right hands in the corner but Drew clotheslines him down. A rather impressive dead life suplex sets up the chinlock to keep Reigns down. Back up and Reigns gets planted again, meaning it’s time to go to the floor for a posting. A big boot cuts off Reigns’ comeback and it’s the reverse Alabama Slam onto the apron.
We take a break and come back with Drew countering the Superman Punch into a spinebuster for two. The Glasgow Kiss gets two but Reigns comes back with a hard DDT for two of his own. They head outside with Drew sending him into the steps and hitting a swinging sitout Rock Bottom for two back inside. McIntyre goes up but gets Superman Punched out of the air to give Reigns his own near fall, setting up the spear. Cue Shane McMahon and Elias for the DQ at 14:27.
Rating: B-. Good match until the bad ending, but we had to get Shane involved somehow. It makes sense for the story, assuming you don’t mind Shane being in two feuds at the same time. These two had a heck of a fight though and that’s a good sign for McIntyre, who didn’t take the pin. That being said, what does it say when a guy like McIntyre is treated better than the champions?
Post match Miz comes in for the save and chases Shane off with a chair. Shane gets to his limo in the back but Miz is waiting on him with the chair. Shane fights back and gets away in the limo.
We look at Sami and Strowman from earlier.
Revival vs. Anderson and Gallows
Hang on though as here are the Usos with a new product: Usoy Hot. Apparently they’ve put it in the Revival’s trunks and things are starting to burn. Revival starts scratching and writing on the mat and floor but run up the ramp to get some water. They pour it on themselves….which makes it worse because it’s sweat activated. You can hear Vince dying with laughter from here, and we’re supposed to want to see these teams fight on a big stage? No match of course.
Kofi promises to prove to Bryan that he’s a real champion.
Lars Sullivan vs. No Way Jose
Lars wrecks both the Conga Line and Jose before the bell. The running powerbomb destroys Jose as there’s no match again.
Naomi received an award from the Boys and Girls Club of America. Nothing wrong with that.
Vince is on the phone and explains that Shane and Elias don’t count towards the Wild Card Rule tonight because of reasons. Lars Sullivan comes in and Vince changes the rule to four. Sullivan leaves without saying a word. They changed the rule in less than three hours.
Smackdown World Title: Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan
Kofi is defending and Bryan is back in the dark red gear. An early clothesline puts Bryan on the floor for the big dive over the top. Back with Kofi hitting a Vader Bomb from the middle of the ropes but getting kicked in the chest. Kofi fires off right hands in the corner but charges into a kick to the ribs to cut him off again.
The spinning kick to the head out of the corner doesn’t quite work and Bryan double underhooks him into an armbreaker. That’s broken up as well and a collision takes us to another break. Back again with Kofi being backdropped over the top and banging his head on the floor. He’s fine enough to avoid a whip into the steps and hit a spinning crossbody off the top to the floor for a double knockdown.
They get back in with the LeBell Lock going on until Kofi gets his feet in the ropes. Kofi slugs away and stomps Bryan in the corner, followed by a jumping clothesline. The Boom Drop connects but Trouble in Paradise is countered with a dropkick. Bryan gets two off a German suplex but can’t get the LeBell Lock. Instead it’s Trouble in Paradise to finish Bryan at 17:27.
Rating: B. These guys work well together and I’m a bit surprised by the clean ending with Kofi retaining. I’m glad that he did as I’m interested in seeing how long he can hold the title, but this should wrap up Bryan’s time chasing the belt. That opens up some fresh doors, and I’m glad they covered this instead of waiting around forever to get there. Good main event too.
Overall Rating: C-. Yeah this was a nice change of pace after last week’s dismal show but the underlying problems (which I’ve listed far too many times already) are still there and that’s not going to be repaired overnight. It was very, very nice to get away from the same Money in the Bank build that happens every year though and the show didn’t feel long for the most part.
That being said, I don’t care to see most of Money in the Bank’s card and that’s not good with less than two weeks before the show. I liked the extra energy and the feeling that something was actually happening, but there’s a big difference between lowering the bad (which was still around) and giving us something good. Bringing the people in from the other shows is better, but I wouldn’t exactly call it good.
Baron Corbin/Bobby Lashley b. AJ Styles/Seth Rollins – End of Days to Rollins
Lucha House Party b. ???/???/??? – Shooting star press
Ricochet b. Robert Roode – 630
Lacey Evans b. Allie Catrina – Woman’s Right
Viking Raiders b. Curt Hawkins/Zack Ryder – Viking Experience to Ryder
Roman Reigns b. Drew McIntyre via DQ when Shane McMahon and Elias interfered
Kofi Kingston b. Daniel Bryan – Trouble in Paradise
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