I usually look forward to writing the weekly Sovereign Statement but this week I was dreading it. There is no way to put it, but this week’s Raw was just not very good. There were a few bright spots but overall, this was not very good. Without further ado, let us see why I think this episode of Raw stunk.
A Moment of Bliss
We had A Moment of Bliss to kick off Raw and it was done to announce the male participants for the Money in The Bank match. Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Ricochet were announced as the participants and I have no problems with either men being in the match. The problem with this segment was that it seemed to drag a bit, a theme for this night. Each man had a chance to lay their claim to the MITB briefcase and they were solid with their time. Corbin is living in the land of heat and I have to wonder if WWE will have him win the briefcase because his cash in could be a heat magnet. This led to a Teddy Long special with Braun and Ricochet taking on Corbin and McIntyre.
Ricochet & Strowman vs Corbin & McIntyre
This match was fine, but I am just tired of seeing the combination of Corbin and McIntyre. That combo has run its course and I am just waiting for a time when they don’t team up. Ricochet took the brunt of the offense from the heel team and he sold all their offense like a million bucks. The best part of having Ricochet in the MITB ladder match is knowing he is ready to bust out something special. Again, the match itself was fine but nothing spectacular and the faces picked up the win. Opening matches are used to help get the crowd going and this one just fell flat to me. It had some moments but overall, nothing special.
The Usos vs Gallows & Anderson
Prior to this match, the Usos sang their song like R-Truth and I have to say, that did not go over that well. It felt so out of place and I wonder whose idea it was for them to do this. I had no idea that the Good Brothers were shifted to Raw and I have to say that they do add depth but will probably be used just like they were on Smackdown Live. The match itself was alright as these two teams can go and the Usos are the best tag team in WWE right now. The bad thing about this match is that it felt like one we have seen before and that didn’t help keep me interested in this match. The Usos picked up the win here and I don’t think any of us had any doubt in that. After the match, they played a video of them catching Dash Wilder shaving Scott Dawson’s back and that had me scratching my head. That type of thing is something I know VKM would find funny but that just had me feeling like “okay…….”. This felt like a punishment type of segment for the Revival voicing their displeasure in the way tag teams are used and I can see why they would want to leave WWE.
When the Miz cannot save a segment from boredom, you know that something is wrong. This segment proved one thing and that is that Bobby Lashley needs Lio Rush as his mouthpiece because he is beyond wooden on the mic. They tried a third person thing with Lashley and, unlike the Rock, he just could not make it work for the life of him. I hope whatever rumored heat Lio has backstage can be resolved because Lashley desperately needs him. Stuff was said, and this led to a fight and match between the two.
Bobby Lashley vs The Miz
I thought the match would be better, but it was just more of the same. Shane McMahon came out to distract Miz and it didn’t look like it would affect him at first. The Miz was able to get in plenty of offense on Lashley but a picture of the Miz’s father, a simple picture, was enough to distract Miz and let Lashley pick up the win. Lashley then hit Miz with a spinebuster after the match and that allowed Shane to beat him down. This match and post-match beatdown were just so very, very, very meh.
Viking Raiders vs Lucha House Party
So, this was a match and the LHP were seeking revenge on the Vikings and I don’t think any of us doubted who would win this one. This was pretty much a squash match and another showcase for the tag team. Honestly, I would rather it be some other team other than the LHP because I just can’t get invested in seeing them toss the cruiserweights around. They beat up Lince Dorado after the match as well for his troubles.
A Moment of Bliss Part 2
Again, we have another Moment of Bliss to announce the women participants for their MITB match and this was just not very good. Natalya was okay on the mic, but she isn’t that very good at it. Dana Brooke could have been good here, but she kept talking away from the mic, so it was hard to hear what she had to say. Naomi was the next one out and she wasn’t that bad and then Alexa Bliss announced that she was the final participant from Raw. Naomi challenged her to a match and had one of the worst lines I have heard in saying she could beat her with her shoes on or off. That was enough to get Alexa to agree to a match and it thankfully put an end to this segment.
Firefly Fun House
Finally, we have something that was interesting on this rather boring episode of Raw. I have bought into this new Bray Wyatt character since last week and I loved this one as well. I love that he keeps referencing moments from his past and I am really interested to see where they take this. The best part about this is that I have no idea who will be his first opponent with this. I would love to hear who you would like to see Bray face first with this new persona. I love this and cannot wait to see more of this version of Bray Wyatt.
Alexa Bliss vs Naomi
Well this was a match and that is pretty much all I can say about that. Naomi looked strong here taking on an unprepared Alexa and Bliss was hardly able to get off any offense. They played up her having to tie her shoes constantly and I thought that would lead to her winning but that wasn’t the case. While complaining to the referee, Naomi hit her with a Rear View and her split-legged moonsault for the win.
Rey Mysterio Backstage
Not a bad promo from Rey here and I liked that they had his son Dominic backstage with him. You could feel the disappointment in his voice over losing so quickly to Samoa Joe and that was nice. I can fully expect Dominic and Joe to have some sort of interaction sooner rather than later and I cannot wait for that.
Becky Lynch In-Ring
Bless Becky Lynch because she helped to wake me up here with this segment. She talked about her matches at Money in The Bank with Charly Caruso and she was good here as usual. I love that she is saying that she is ready to fight and not hide as champion and that she is ready to defy the odds and retain her championships at MITB. She then took the mic and called out Lacey Evans and waited for her to come out. Lacey then came out and I loved her here and she came ready to fight Becky. I know some are questioning Lacey getting this shot, but she is proving herself to be worthy in my eyes. I love that she went right after Becky and the two had a nice brawl to add more fuel to this rivalry.
Hawkins & Ryder vs The Revival
This was a match we have seen before and this was by far the worst of them. Usually people do not become afterthoughts as champion, but Hawkins and Ryder have become that since beating the Revival for the tag titles. The crowd chanted “shave your back!” to Dawson and I feel like WWE it going to try and keep that going much to my chagrin. I really do not have much to say about this match because it was so very meh and forgettable. Hawkins and Ryder picked up the win via luck and I honestly do not see them holding those titles beyond MITB.
The Miz Backstage
I enjoyed the Miz here and he sold how much he wants to beat up Shane because of what he did to his father. He challenged Shane to a steel cage match at MITB and then Shane would accept. That match should be fun, and we can fully expect Shane to jump off the cage.
Sami Zayn In-Ring
Here we have the third and final good thing about this week’s episode of Raw. I have loved Sami since he added this new dimension to his character and I just wonder who from the back will finally try to counter his claims. Once again, he did a great job running down the crowd and he talked about how his time away was able to help him rekindle his love for a variety of things. I love that he called the WWE Universe entitled because the fans can be that when it comes to pro wrestling and a variety of entertainment avenues. I just hope they find someone for Sami to go up against because he can only go so far with berating the WWE Universe before people start tuning out to what he is doing.
Samoa Joe vs Rey Mysterio
Samoa Joe is so amazing on the mic and I can sit and listen to him for hours. His promo before the match was fire as usual and I love that Rey came down ready for a fight and not his usual bouncy self. This match should have been really amazing but instead we got something that was just okay. I have no idea who was producing all these matches but they all had that same meh and just okay flavor to them. Samoa Joe used his size against the smaller Mysterio early and often to gain an advantage but that would prove to not be enough. Rey picked up the win with a roll up and it looked so bad. Joe was right by the ropes and he should have at least fought to grab the ropes. It was a nice sight to see Rey on his son’s shoulders as they made their way to the back.
Seth Rollins & AJ Styles Contract Signing
We all know that no contract signing in pro wrestling goes down without some sort of drama and we had that here. There were some good insults traded between AJ and Seth, but the problem was that this segment just seemed to drag on and on and I was just waiting for the inevitable brawl to happen. Right when it seemed like it would happen, one of them had something else to say. The brawl was shorter than the actual contract signing and if they would have cut some of the lines out, we could have gotten a better contract signing brawl. AJ put Seth through the table with a Phenomenal Forearm and that ended this episode of Raw.
Usually I talk about the highlights and low points of Raw here in my Final Statement but there are only three highlights and everything else was boring and bad. The Becky/Lacey segment, Bray’s Funhouse, and Sami’s promo are the only things of notes here to go back and watch. Everything else just about sucked and this was probably the worst episode of Raw so far in 2019. It was no surprise to me that the ratings for Raw were so low and had such a drop from last week.
For this week’s Raw, the first hour drew 2.336 million viewers (last week’s hour 1 – 2.680 million), the second hour drew 2.241 million viewers (last week’s hour 2 – 2.296 million) and the final hour drew 1.898 million viewers (last week’s hour 3 – 2.146 million). Again, I was not surprised at all that the numbers were so low because there was not much “must see” in this week’s episode. Raw was doing so well so far in 2019 and now we have this total stinker. The bad part is that it wasn’t just bad, it was boring as well. During many of the segments, outside of the good ones I mentioned, I was looking at my phone and was just disinterested in the product. The DD even reflected that by having some of the lowest, if not the lowest, numbers for Raw I have seen. I hope next week is better than this week because this week was just flat out bad no matter which way you put it. I am Sovereign S.A.M. and make sure you join me next week for a hopefully happier Sovereign Statement.