Csonka’s WWE Raw Review 4.06.20
– Asuka defeated Liv Morgan @ 11:10 via submission[[[[***]
– Raw Tag Team Title Match: Champions the Street Profits beats Angel Garza & Austin Theory @ 9:30 via DQ[[[[** ½]
– Bianca Belair defeated Zelina Vega at 4:30 am via DQ[[[[* ½]
– The Street Profits and Bianca Belair beat Garza. Theory and Vega @ 5:20 via a pin[[[[**]
– Aleister Black defeated the Apollo crews at 27:30 via a pin[[[[*** ¼]
– Cedric Alexander & Ricochet defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch @ 3:40 via pin[[[[** ½]
– Seth Rollins defeated Denzel Dejournette @ 1:20 via a pin[[[[NR]
– Nia Jax beat Deonna Purrazzo @ 1:30 via pin[[[[NR]
– Humberto Carrillo against Brendan Vink @ 2:55 via a pin[[[[NR]
– WWE title match: Champion Drew McIntyre defeated Big Show @ 7:00 via a pin[[[[**]
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Asuka vs. Liv Morgan: Asuka laughs and laughs at her because she’s great. She then puts the boots on Liv, strikes an ass attack and Liv against the whim in a cradle. RANA by Liv, but Asuka cuts her off and follows with a missile dropkick. On the ground as Asuka takes over. After the break and Asuka is still in control, hits the knee and covers for 2. The Asuka toys fade a bit, but live hits the bounce code breaker. She follows with clotheslines, an enziguri and a double trampling for 2. Asuka triangulates quickly, Liv escapes and Asuka follows with a German. The brilliant assistant follows for 2 while Liv makes the strings. The Asuka lock follows, Liv fights and must finally hit. Asuka defeated Liv Morgan @ 11:10 via submission [***] It was good, Asuka reigns in these empty arenas, Liv is really improving and seemed to have a place in it while they were working on a cleverly organized match which allowed him to shine even in loss.
– We get the highlights of Becky beating Shayna at Mania. Becky comments on her victory and long title, and that she didn’t accidentally beat Shayna, but Shayna was amazing. Shayna then comments on the loss, speaking of the agony of defeat. She promises to give Becky this agony.
Champions The Street Profits vs. Angel Garza & Austin Theory: Vega, in her crown, is at the edge of the ring. Garza identifies right away and Theory begins with Dawkins, whom Dawkins easily controls. Ford joins them, they take control and clean the ring. After the break and Dawkins checks on the theory. The theory then stuns him of the ropes and the rolling dropkick connects. Garza marks the objects and earths them. Theory joins the double teams, then takes over Dawkins. Garza steps back and continues to floor Dawkins, attacking the knee. Theory joins the double teams, follows with the ground and delivers until Dawkins fights with an XPLODER. Big changes as Ford goes wild, working on Garza and Vega grabs his leg and we get a DQ.
Heels attack, Bianca saves and challenges Vega to a match.Champions the Street Profits defeated Angel Garza & Austin Theory @ 9:30 via DQ [**½] Essentially a replay of Mania; it was solid.
Bianca Belair against Zelina Vega: Belair easily masters it to start. Vega runs away, tries to attack and is broke. Belair accelerates as Vega slaps her. Belair just beats her ass and throws it around. Belair checks until she misses a charge and is posted. Vega works the octopus in the ropes and the cradle gets 2. The DDT also gets 2. The dragon sleeper follows, and Belair turns off, in a suplex and catches the high cross in a press snap. The others fight on the ground and it breaks down into another DQ. Bianca Belair defeated Zelina Vega at 4:30 a.m. via DQ [*½] Bianca being so lively in her work serves her well in this context, but not the strongest beginnings because the DQ felt lazy when leaving the first. You could have reserved the trio game coming out of Mania instead of replaying it with lazy DQs. I know times are uncertain, but it feels like three weeks of booking in one show.
The Street Profits & Bianca Belair v Garza. Theory and Vega: Dawkins works on the theory, Ford joins the double teams and follows with the dropkick. The theory throws him away, makes him work on the ground and back, follows with strikes. Garza stifles Ford, and theory founds it. He throws Ford away and pulls it up, then rolls it again. The theory gets things going again, Ford gets back on his feet, throws and beacons to Belair, Belair goes wild on Vega, leaves Theory and the moonsault follows. It breaks down, and Belair KODs Vega for victory. Street Profits and Bianca Belair defeated Garza. Theory and Vega @ 5:20 via a pin [**] It was ok, but luckily this game is over.
– We get the strengths of Black defeating Lashley at Mania. After the match, Lashley wonders if he needs new management and / or a new wife. Lana arrives and Lashley leaves.
Aleister Black vs. Apollo Crews: Crews broke quarantine and jumped out of Smackdown (due to expiration of the draft picks Raw had previously picked up). They lock and Black puts things to work, making the arm work. Crews thwarts and Black pushes him away. The crews escape, hit a tackle on the shoulder as they accelerate the pace and find themselves at a dead end. After the break, Black is in charge. He massages things and Crews responds, escapes and follows with the dropkick. Black on the ground and they fight, Crews strikes an aerial suplex. Back, Black follows with strikes, kicks and the PK gets 2. The crews throw him and follow him with a moonsault apron. After the break and Crews covers for 2. The lariat follows for 2. He melts things and Black escapes, follows with kicks and then collides with a Powerslam for 2. Black cuts him, the dragon sleeper follows, Crews escapes and the Apollo bomb follows for 2. They exchange, lariat by Crews and he heads up and misses the splash. Black’s knee bar follows and Crews makes the strings. Crews favors his knee and counteracts the black mass in an enziguri. After the break and Black strikes the strike of the sliding knee, the springboard moonsault and follows with kicks for 2. Dropkick by Crews, he takes Black up and follows with the superplex for 2. His knee yields but he against a RANA in a mighty bomb. The combination Uhaa follows for 2. Crews at the top and Black cuts him off. The knee strike and the black mass finish it. Aleister Black defeated the Apollo crews at 7:30 p.m. via a pin [***¼] Crews got more screen time here than in their entire Smackdown race. They worked very hard, but if you’re going to give Crews a multi-segment match, let him show what he can do, not the reprogrammed base version of what he is. On the one hand, I like that they have time, but that was not the setting for very long games unless they were working at a good pace with the right style to shine. It was good, but a shorter 12-minute sprint, I think, would have worked better. In front of a crowd, I think it would have flourished with people who entered it longer
– They look back at the Edge vs Orton Mania match, which some say continues today …
Cedric Alexander & Ricochet vs. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch: Burch takes control of Cédric and the tags from Lorcan, who founds him. Quick tag tracking and Burch follows with chops. Cedric fights, but Burch cuts the label and melts it. Cédric responds and hits the dropkick, tag to Ricochet and he goes wild on Lorcan, covering for 2. He breaks down, Ricochet beacons to Cedric and they follow with double teams. The back kick and the benadryller finish it. Cedric Alexander & Ricochet defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch @ 3:40 via pin [**½] It was short and fun, I’m part of the Ceddy & Ricochet team.
– We look back at Seth vs Kevin de Mania. Kevin comments on the hell Seth put him through and how he was constantly beaten. But he got his takeover in Mania, and it was worth getting a Mania moment he can be proud of. No matter what happens, he’s here to stay and fight because it’s the Kevin Owens Show.
– Sad Seth Rollins is coming.
Seth Rollins vs. Denzel Dejournette: Seth has just destroyed it and hits the blackout for victory. Seth Rollins defeated Denzel Dejournette @ 1:20 via a pin [NR] Thanks for coming, Denzel.
Nia Jax vs. Deonna Purrazzo: Jax attacks, talks about shit and beats Purrazzo. She follows with clotheslines, and the Samoan drop connects. A cradled DDT finishes him. Nia Jax defeated Deonna Purrazzo @ 1:30 via pin [NR] It was what it took.
– They recap the Bone Yard match; AJ died for our sins.
Humberto Carrillo vs. Brendan Vink: They work power against speed while the counters follow and Carrillo hits the dropkick missile. Vink cuts him off with a big boot, slams and covers for 2. Carrillo shoots back, gets cut and Vink talks about shit as he launches Carrillo. He grinds things down until Carrillo goes wrong and responds. The high cross of the springboard follows and the rotation kick and the rolling moonsault and the upper rope moonsault complete it. Humberto Carrillo vs. Brendan Vink @ 2:55 via pin [NR] A great victory for Humberto.
– We look back at Charlotte winning the NXT female title at Mania. After the game, Charlotte commented on the victory, saying that when she was little, her father had everything. It’s the woman who made this title, she won them all and withdrew the title of divas. Rhea was fine, but bowed down to the queen.
– We now see the highlights of Drew defeating Brock for the title. After the game. we get SHOCKING FOOTAGE after the show when Drew celebrated his big win. He was interviewed and said it hadn’t happened yet. It’s official, he’s not dreaming and thanks Paul Heyman for telling Brock to give him more F5 as he wouldn’t stay down. Drew shot to fight and the hat led him to beat Brock. The Big Show arrives and praises Drew. But now the target is on Drew’s back and Drew knows he has a shot. Show says he doesn’t know shit and wants a game. Drew says he is not fighting at the moment, Show calls him a punk and Drew knows that she is trying to press his buttons. Drew says he won’t fight, so Show pushes him. Drew accepts a match.
Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Big Show: They fight, Drew takes control of Show mows him. Show the controls, follow up with slams and shit chat as he beats Drew. The Vader elbow follows and he delivers chops. No more slams per Show and he shouts something more to Drew. Drew shoots back, slams the show and covers for 2. Drew up, but gets caught and suffocated and this gets 2. Drew against the knockout drawn in a claymore and wins. Champion Drew McIntyre defeated Big Show @ 7:00 via a pin [**] WWE has fucked up its fan base so much that I expected Drew to lose that, luckily it didn’t happen. It was ok, but I’m still concerned that they don’t have anyone for Drew right now.
* WrestleMania (Night I) Review: 3:15
* WrestleMania (Night II) Review: 40:30
* Comparison face to face / Final thoughts of the weekend: 1:28:45
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The final score: review TortureThe 411While not the traditional night after Mania's extravagance, tonight's Raw looked like a nice reset of the table style show.