Hey, kids! It’s the Botching one with another Getback! Let’s just get right into this episode, shall we?
In-ring segment – Drew McIntyre, The Miz, & John Morrison
Drew has settled into this role so well. He lives and breathes wrestling and it comes out in his promos. He’s all heart and soul – such a far cry from how he was the first time he surfaced in the WWE as the “Chosen One”. Amazing. LOL!! Miz is never not fun. He’s just perfect slime and he showed it here nicely. This was done to set up a match between the two but Miz was also used to tell the story of the whole night. He nailed it.
Oh, and John Morrison was there too.
AJ Styles (w/ Jordan Omogbehin)
He’s one heck of a storyteller and we got plenty of it here. He spoke briefly about Jordan too which was a nice touch. I enjoy AJ so much more as a heel than as a face and promos like this are proof of it. Fun stuff.
AJ Styles vs. Jeff Hardy
Jordan caught Hardy out of the air as he dove from the top rope and I loved it. The look on Jordan’s face was just hilarious. It was light work and I loved to see it. They continually talked about him while the match was going on so they obviously want him to be something. I’m so glad Jeff lost this match. He’s like the male Mickie James. He’s of another time and he just doesn’t fit anymore.
Elias coming out to play music on Jeff’s back was fun, though I hate that Elias is stuck in a feud with a charisma vacuum.
Backstage segment – R-truth
National treasure. He is literally the best thing about Raw every week. He is the epitome of a sports entertainer and that’s a great thing. He never fails to do exactly that: entertain. He’s taken up residence with the 24/7 48/7 7/11 I-95 South European Champion and I love every second of it. That title is just perfect for what he brings to the table and it never matters more than when he’s holding it.
Akira Tozawa & Drew Gulak vs. Gran Metallik & Lince Dorado
A comedy match – nothing more. ‘Course, it gave R-Truth another opportunity come out and that’s all that matters, though I have always liked Akira and Drew. The repeated covers on Truth were fun. LOL! I’m quite relieved for Akira and Drew. Akira was doomed to get lost until he took up the samurai gimmick. Lazy? Yeah, but it gets him on TV. Drew should be doing more but, again, he’s on TV so there’s little to complain about.
Oh, and ⅔ of Lucha House Party were there too.
Firefly Fun House – Bray Wyatt & Alexa Bliss
The contacts in Bray’s eyes. Wow… I don’t know that I love Alexa there with him. It makes the FFH more conventional and I don’t want it to be. I really wanted it to be a figment of Bray’s imagination – a place that didn’t really exist. With Alexa there, it’s tangible. Alexa did a great job – no shade to her at all; I just don’t think Bray needed company there.
Backstage segment – Keith Lee
So much corn here…but that’s him. Even on the indies when he’d talk, he was corny. It’s part of his charm. Only difference here is that he’s entirely scripted like all WWE talent is. He’s clearly still getting used to that so he was a little jerky and “off” here. I’m just glad he’s really getting a shot.
Backstage segment – Adam Pearce, Nia Jax, & Shayna Baszler
LOL! More selling of the fact that Nia & Shayna don’t like each other. Adam was good here too.
In-ring segment – Elias
Elias has just released the greatest EP in the history of music. You can listen (here). I love that he’s heel again. This gimmick is so much better as a heel character. Now, when he says “shut your mouths”, there’s a little more venom behind it.
Elias vs. Keith Lee
Much more fun than I thought it would be. They really went at each other. Not sure why both were put in a match together though. I do hate that Elias was put in a position where he had to lose but he had to lose. He kinda needs the push himself so this was regrettable booking.
Backstage segment – Hurt Business (MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, & Cedric Alexander)
Just throwing their weight around a little. Short but sweet. They’re bullies. Still, in their feud with Retribution (if we’re calling it that), we like them, not Retribution.
Backstage segment – Randy Orton
Short but very sweet. We are in the “on” period of Randy’s career and we have been for a while. He’s really showed out since the beginning of the pandemic and he’s still doing it. I’m all for him being champ right now.
Hurt Business (MVP, Bobby Lashley, Shelton Benjamin, & Cedric Alexander) vs. Retribution (Mustafa Ali, T-Bar, Mace, & Slapjack) w/ Reckoning
A little storytelling from MVP and Lashley before the match began. They own Raw and Retribution is a problem that has to be eliminated. I couldn’t agree more…for reasons outside of storyline…LOL!
They had Slapjack (oh, that name…) job to Bobby Lashley last night but I’m supposed to care that they’re here tonight? Not so much. This was just weird and I just couldn’t care. Reckoning started having a fake LSD trip in order to get rid of MVP which was bizarre and it made the team look weaker. T-Bar & Lashley were both counted out because…reasons. Mustafa was the last one of the Retributors (made up a word…why not, right?) and we did get a little Cedric vs. Mustafa. That was fun for a moment. Beyond that, this was a mess with no definitive winner and no real reason for me to care. I honestly wouldn’t mind if Retribution just kinda disappeared a la The Nightmare Collective in AEW. We hated it; they got rid of it without explanation. That would work just fine for me here. Shame, too, because the premise really is a solid one.
Backstage segment – Mandy Rose, Angel Garza, Dana Brooke, Shayna Baszler, & Nia Jax
This was kind of fun. Nia does passive aggressive really well. Yeah, she’s dangerous but this stuff is where she shines. Everything shows on her face and it has such nuance. That part of her is uniformly excellent. Angel was a riot. Mandy was fun here as was Shayna. In fact, Shayna nearly cracked at the end of the segment. Oh, and Dana was there too.
Drew McIntyre vs. The Miz (w/ John Morrison)
Fun little match with a good story. Drew took damage last night and he sold it really well. The commentators helped tell the injury stories too. The Miz is a great foil for any face character and I really like the dynamic between the two of them. I’d be fine with a long-term feud between them if they ever want to go there.
Backstage segment – New Day
LOL!!! I was dead and came back to life merely to write this blog. Woods in particular nailed Montez. Asuka was just great here. Such energy and fun. I loved everything about this. No clue how MVP and the others kept a straight face. I never would have been able to. The build to this match is going to be delicious.
In-ring segment – Adam Pearce, Nia Jax, Shayna Baszler, Dana Brooke, & Mandy Rose
It was fine for what it was, I guess. Fun to see Pat Buck again. Still trying to figure out why Mandy is saddled with Dana. Why did they change Nikki’s theme? This new one is absolutely awful – almost as bad as the new Raw theme is.
Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans vs. Peyton Royce vs. Lana
I love Lana and if you don’t, you hate fun. I love that she squeezed out the win and she’ll be on the Survivor Series team. Better yet, I love that WWE is totally trolling us by having Lana Samoan Drop’d into the announce table for the sixth straight time. Decent little scramble match with only Lana making any real impression. That was, of course, the idea.
Backstage segment – Retribution (Mustafa Ali, T-Bar, Mace, Slapjack, Reckoning)
Mustafa is doing all he can. Really, they all are. This scripting is just awful, though, and Mustafa, good as he is, can’t overcome it. I hate this for all of them. They should all be doing things that matter, not being stuck in gimmicks that Vince runs hot and cold out. They have no traction whatsoever and they aren’t a believable threat in any way.
Matt Riddle vs. Sheamus
Every week, Matt comes out and throws DOWN. The quality of the match was impossible to argue with. They. Hit. Hard. No mercy from either of them. Sheamus even went to the top rope which he never does. Both of them delivered in a huge way and now, Sheamus is on Team Raw. That kind of surprises me as I figured Riddle would be. Fun match.
A Moment of Bliss – Alexa Bliss, Randy Orton, Drew McIntyre
This was fun and we all knew what it’d lead to…except it kinda didn’t. Orton/McIntyre isn’t over and I’m fine with that. They’ve kept it interesting. They were clearly running over but USA didn’t let them so we missed McIntyre attacking Orton with a pen (it’s online). Bad timing from WWE.
A decent episode of “Raw” for sure. I can’t wait for this New Day/Street Profits “feud” to really catch fire. The promos we’re gonna get. Again, Retribution just needs to go. Nothing about this has worked and I feel terrible for the talent involved in it. This may be the worst faction in wrestling history. It’s certainly headed there. Bray/Orton should be a lot of fun as both are at the top of their game. Thanks so much for reading. See you next week for another Getback!