Monday Night Raw
Date: February 10, 2020
Location: Toyota Arena, Ontario, California
Commentators: Jerry Lawler, Byron Saxton, Tom Phillips
We’re less than two months away from Wrestlemania and less than three weeks away from Super ShowDown. What matters most is that it feels like we are, with WWE seemingly turning on the jets last week to get us ready for the big shows. In this case we have Becky Lynch defending against Asuka in a Royal Rumble rematch. Let’s get to it.
Here are Seth Rollins and company for a chat. Rollins talks about how he has embraced the Monday Night Messiah name and the future is bright. We look at last week’s six man tag (complete with Phillips referring to Murphy as Buddy and then having to correct himself, because it’s a mistake to call him something he was called a week ago) with Rollins’ guys winning beating Kevin Owens and the Viking Raiders. That wasn’t enough for Owens and company though though as they later cost Rollins a shot at the WWE Championship. Rollins has a message for them so here’s Owens in person to deal with it.
Rollins has already made the preparations to set things up for revenge on Owens, who says Rollins sounds stupid. Rollins says Owens can always find partners but he can’t keep them upright. Cue the Viking Raiders, with Owens testing Ivar’s shoulder. It seems solid and the fight is on in a hurry. Rollins is alone in the ring so here’s Samoa Joe from behind with the Koquina Clutch, triggering the brawl in the ring (with Samoa Joe running around looking for someone to hit). Rollins and company bail in a hurry but here’s Becky Lynch to replace them as we get ready for the big title match.
Women’s Title: Becky Lynch vs. Asuka
Asuka is challenging and has Kairi Sane in her corner. A headlock and running shoulder have Becky in early trouble but she’s up with her own headlock. Sane offers a distraction though and Asuka gets in a kick to the floor as we take a break. Back with Becky making her comeback with a spinning kick to the ribs and a flying shoulder for two. It’s too early for the Disarm-Her so Asuka grabs a sitout spinebuster for two of her own.
They head outside with Becky forearming Sane (who shoved Asuka out of the way) down but getting shoved down. Back in and Asuka Codebreakers her out of the air for two before sending her shoulder first into the post. Asuka’s running hip attack misses though and Becky gets the Disarm-Her in the ropes. They fight on the apron with Becky hitting a layout reverse DDT as we take another break.
Back again with Asuka getting two off a superplex but her cross armbreaker is broken up. Instead Asuka goes with a triangle choke but Becky muscles her up for a powerbomb and a near fall. Becky’s middle rope legdrop misses and Asuka grabs the Asuka Lock. They spin into the middle but Becky slips out to set up a few rollups for two each. Becky grabs a Rock Bottom out of nowhere to retain at 17:53.
Rating: B. They really got going near the end here and the near falls were awesome. I don’t think there was any secret to who was going to win as all signs would seem to point to Becky vs. Shayna Baszler at Wrestlemania. The match was very good and maybe now Asuka and Sane can get back to actually defending their titles.
Post match Shayna Baszler runs in and jumps Becky from behind. She even BITES BECKY’S NECK to draw a bunch of blood for a scary visual. Medics come out and check on Becky, taking her to the back as we go to a break.
Post break Becky still insists on not wanting to go to the hospital but seemingly being in a bit of shock.
Street Profits vs. Riddick Moss/Mojo Rawley
The Profits make fun of the two of them and finish with the spinebuster into the frog splash (the Cash Out) for the pin at 46 seconds.
Post match Mojo yells at Moss, who rolls him up for the pin and the title.
Becky agrees to go to the hospital, though she steals the ambulance and drives off herself.
Here’s MVP for the return of the VIP Lounge. His guest is the man who single footedly eliminated Brock Lesnar from the Royal Rumble to earn his spot at Wrestlemania: Drew McIntyre, who isn’t interested in seeing if he is on the list. MVP talks about Drew going to Wrestlemania, which means Drew must point at the sign. With that out of the way, MVP tells him to not listen to the non-VIP people who have been saying Drew isn’t ready to be WWE Champion.
MVP is ready for the two of them to change that, but Drew doesn’t remember “we” winning the Royal Rumble. Drew isn’t sure on this offer of MVP being his business manager, advocate, or Paul Heyman (MVP: “A much better looking version perhaps.”). That’s not something Drew needs so a fight is teased, earning MVP the Glasgow Kiss and Claymore onto the couch. The countdown to the Claymore is getting some traction.
Angel Garza vs. Cedric Alexander
Garza is proud of his recent attacks but here’s Humberto Carrillo to go after him. Security breaks that up and we actually get the match. They exchange cross arm chokes until Alexander hits a running forearm in the corner. A basement dropkick to the back of the head sends Garza outside so Alexander loads up the baseball slide. That’s reversed into the reverse powerbomb onto the floor but Cedric sends him into the steps. Back in and Garza kicks a springboard out of the air, TAKES OFF HIS PANTS, and finishes with the Wing Clipper at 2:45.
We look back at Rhea Ripley challenging Charlotte for Wrestlemania.
Rhea is ready to do whatever she needs to do to get the match. Sarah Logan comes in to say Rhea can’t just come to Raw. Who does she think she is? Rhea: “I’m Rhea Ripley. Who are you?”
Lana doesn’t appreciate Bobby Lashley being interviewed while he’s warming up. She calls Ricochet a thief for stealing Lashley’s dream of facing Brock Lesnar at Super ShowDown. Lashley will deal with Ricochet tonight because he’s not some scrawny kid with big dreams.
Sarah Logan calls out Rhea Ripley so she can prove who she is.
Rhea Ripley vs. Sarah Logan
Non-title and hold on because here’s Charlotte to watch. Big boot, clotheslines, dropkick, Riptide for the pin at 40 seconds.
Post match Rhea calls Charlotte out for not answering a challenge. Charlotte says she isn’t answering because Rhea might not even be the champion after Sunday.
We look back at Ricochet becoming #1 contender last week.
Ricochet isn’t scared of Lashley because nothing is stopping him from going to Super ShowDown.
Bobby Lashley vs. Ricochet
Lana is at ringside with Lashley. Ricochet goes straight at him but has to slip out of a gorilla press attempt. Lashley kicks him in the ribs and hits a springboard missile dropkick (with the cameraman barely surviving). The big running flip dive takes Lashley out again and we take a break. Back with Ricochet being sent over the corner and out to the floor for a big crash. Ricochet is fine enough for a moonsault off the steps and Lashley is rocked again. He’s fine enough to send Ricochet HARD into the post though and Ricochet is down on the floor again.
Back in and we hit the neck crank and go split screen for a quick ad for the new Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Ricochet fights up again and flips forward with a dropkick into the corner. The springboard high crossbody into the running shooting star press gets two. One heck of a spinebuster gives Lashley the same but Ricochet flips out of a belly to back superplex attempt. Some running corner dropkicks put Lashley down and the 630 gives Ricochet the pin at 11:32.
Rating: C+. The action was a little hit and miss as they seemed to be jumping from spot to spot instead of having the match flow. That’s not the point here though as the idea was to have Ricochet beat someone who is similar to Brock Lesnar and that’s what they should have gone for. Good enough match here and what matters is that they’re getting Ricochet ready, even if it’s basically for an In Your House title shot.
We look back at Becky/Shayna.
Here’s Randy Orton to explain his attack on Edge but he still isn’t looking too sure. After taking his time, he says he owes everyone an explanation but here’s Matt Hardy to interrupt. Matt wants to hear it too but he knows Orton is wondering why Matt would care about Edge. There was a time when Matt hated Edge more than anyone else and everyone knows the history. Before that though, Matt and Edge were best friends and they shared hotel rooms with Jeff Hardy and Christian.
Then they revolutionized the ladder match and went on to steal the show at Wrestlemania. Edge was forced to retire due to his injuries but he kept asking what if. Then he came back nine years later but Orton took it away. Orton goes for the RKO but Matt fights back, only to take the RKO a few seconds later. The One Man Conchairto crushes Matt, possibly sending him off to AEW.
We look back at Ruby Riott returning to attack Liv Morgan.
Riott says she knows the real Morgan, who is someone you have to walk around on a leash. This isn’t the real Morgan because she is always a follower. Riott is back to put Morgan in her place because Morgan strikes when Riott says so.
Akira Tozawa vs. Aleister Black
This could be good. Black elbows him down to start but Tozawa is back with a middle rope dropkick. That just earns him a pop up knee to the chest and Black Mass (with the referee cringing) finishes Tozawa at 1:29.
Post match Black thanks everyone for being here tonight. Everyone tries to escape your given paradise, which is something he knows about very well. He is starting to feel like a caged animal though and everyone is in here with him.
Becky and the ambulance are back.
Here’s Becky, with a taped up neck, to calls out Shayna. She’s ready to break Shayna down week by week so come find her because she finds you.
There will be a gauntlet for the Tuwaiq Cup at Super ShowDown featuring Andrade, Erick Rowan, Rusev, Bobby Lashley, R-Truth and AJ Styles. That’s quite the interesting lineup given how things have been going lately.
Kevin Owens/Samoa Joe/Viking Raiders vs. Seth Rollins/Murphy/AOP
Rollins runs his mouth before the match but it’s a big brawl before the bell. We’re joined in progress with Murphy in trouble, including Joe hitting an enziguri in the corner. Owens hits a Vader Bomb elbow and throws in a crotch chop for good measure. Erik slams Ivar onto Murphy for two but it’s off to Akam to pound Erik down. Rollins comes in for the chinlock and there’s the Sling Blade for a bonus.
Erik jumps over Murphy out of the corner though and it’s Ivar coming in to wreck Murphy in various ways. A heck of a clothesline drops Murphy and we take a break. Back with Owens in trouble on the floor, meaning it’s actually not a chinlock for once (I could certainly go for that being a trend.). Rollins gets in a cheap shot on the floor but Owens manages a fall away slam to send Murphy into the barricade.
It’s still too early for the hot tag though as Rezar cranks on Owens’ neck instead. A DDT drops Murphy and it’s Joe coming in to hammer on Rollins. The AOP cuts off Joe’s dive so the Raiders cut off the AOP. Joe and the Raiders dive onto Rollins and the AOP and a Rock Bottom gets two on Rollins. Everything breaks down and Owens hits a huge flip dive to the floor. That leaves Murphy to tap to the Koquina Clutch but an AOP distraction lets Rollins hit the Stomp on Joe for the pin at 14:44.
Rating: B-. I liked this one as they’re using the big tag matches to make things more interesting. They worked a good formula here and the match wound up being good as a result. Rollins stealing another win lets the good guys have a reason to fight him again and I’m looking forward to when we get to the singles matches with Rollins facing Joe and Owens. It’s a good story and they’re doing well with keeping this story alive.
Overall Rating: C+. There is something so nice to see when they try to make things interesting for Wrestlemania season. That being said, it is far from a perfect show with some of the stories just not being that great. What matters is that they’re moving forward though and they’re doing so in an effective way. If nothing else, these short matches are nice to see because there are some matches that just don’t need to go long. I’m looking forward to what they have coming up and if they can keep that going for a few weeks, Wrestlemania could be great.
Becky Lynch b. Asuka – Rock Bottom
Street Profits b. Riddick Moss/Mojo Rawley – Cash Out to Moss
Angel Garza b. Cedric Alexander – Wing Clipper
Rhea Ripley b. Sarah Logan – Riptide
Ricochet b. Bobby Lashley – 630
Aleister Black b. Akira Tozawa – Black Mass
Seth Rollins/Murphy/AOP b. Viking Raiders/Samoa Joe/Kevin Owens – Stomp to Joe
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