Welcome back to the “Getback”! This show actually turned out to be a lot of fun. See for yourself. Let’s go, shall we?
In-ring segment – Randy Orton & Alexa Bliss
The promo we got was excellent but it’s no different from the others he’s done recently. His approach isn’t dry; his material is. That’s just lazy writing. Alexa came out to spice things up and she did. She’s doing really well in her new role. I love the cash-in tease and the fact that Drew only wants Orton. Interesting bit of storytelling.
Backstage segment – The Miz & John Morrison
This got us a handicap match. I don’t care much about it but that’s what it got us. John Morrison is still painfully uninteresting but he did show some real edge here. I’ll give him that.
In-ring segment – Elias
Short but very sweet. He started to play “Amen” but got interrupted. He should be used to that by now. I love that his record hit #1 on the Apple Music Soundtracks chart last week. I even did a review of it (how could I not?). It’s right (here). Fun little segment.
Elias vs. Jeff Hardy
A “Guitar on a Pole” match. Only Russo could have designed better. This was a fun match but I literally have NO idea why Jeff won. Elias could use the win badly but Jeff picked it up instead. Jeff should be putting over newer talent – especially when that newer talent should be getting a meaningful push.
Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler
Poor Lana. She just can’t get a break. She was trying to help and all she did was help Mandy & Dana to lose. I’m heartbroken…or something. In truth, Lana is doing this really well. Word is they’re trying to make her a serious babyface. They might just do it. We’re starting to feel bad for her and I love it. I’m actually legit heartbroken for Shayna. She should be so much more. She should be in singles contention for the women’s title. Hopefully, that’ll happen before it’s too late. Kinda feel bad for Mandy too. She’s in a nothing tag team with Dana the charisma vacuum.
Backstage segment – Randy Orton
These promos are given so well but the material is getting ancient. You know the one we got, right? The one that always ends with “the three most destructive letters…blah blah blah”. Again, not a reflection on Randy; a reflection on the script.
R-Truth vs. Bobby Lashley / Drew Gulak vs. R-Truth
I love Troof dearly. He’s a whole fool and I am always here for it. Poor guy. He got HANDLED by Lashley. Then, he got beat by an already-beaten-down Gulak for the 24/7…you know the rest…title. I am truly devastated. Worst. Night. Ever.
Backstage segment – Lucha House Party (Lince Dorado & Gran Metallik), Jordan Omogbehin, & AJ Styles
Very short but adequate, I guess. The LHP is a total yawn at this point but they did briefly sell the “dag, he’s big” thing for Jordan. Not mad at it.
Backstage segment – Nia Jax
This is the stuff Nia is good at. I love her attitude here. Lana might yet go through a table (this was initially written before she did but I write as I go along and I’m leaving it so you can see my thought process as the show progresses). I live for that moment each time because Twitter explodes with “they’re just doing this because Miro left for AEW” and their fake fury never gets old.
AJ Styles, Keith Lee, Braun Strowman, Sheamus, & Jordan Omogbehin
The ego of it all! LOL! He declares himself captain and introduces his team. Dre mentioned Keith’s corniness on the mic and I absolutely love it. Dre loves it too; he just won’t admit it. It’s always been there – even on the indies. I’m amazed how much smaller Keith looks with Sheamus in there. Sheamus is listed as 6’3″ and Lee is listed as 6’2″. Something’s off there. . This was fun. Out of it, we get a fun triple-threat.
Sheamus vs. Keith Lee vs. Braun Strowman
Who doesn’t love a triple-threat hoss fight? Keith’s dive was just UGLY. They tried to talk it up but ugly is ugly and THAT was ugly. Keith can normally handle things like that really well but he blew it this time. Love the cooperation between Lee & Sheamus, brief though it was. This was full of crazy stuff that you’d expect from a fight like this. That Tower of Doom was fantastic too. All three men are great at this stuff and they showed it here. Really solid match. Dre and I loved it.
Backstage segment – Angel Garza
He’s clearly been working on the way he comes across in a promo. He’s got charisma for days and he did really well here. I have no idea what he was getting at and we aren’t supposed to.
Firefly Fun House – Bray Wyatt & Alexa Bliss
These are always fun but the story was richer here. Wyatt hearkening back to the past feud he had with Randy Orton was much fun. Alexa was fun, weird, and dark all at the same time. I’m still trying to decide if I absolutely like her there but so far, she’s doing a great job.
Nia Jax vs. Lana
Got it started off right. Loved seeing Shayna clear off the announce table. Nia’s trash talk game is undefeated and we got a nice dose of that here. This is the kind of thing that only works in Blunderdome. LOL!! Best of all, she didn’t hurt Lana. If she did, I couldn’t see where she could have. Lana’s doing to well to be felled by an injury.
Backstage segment – Peyton Royce & Lacey Evans
Out of one tag team and…into another? Why? I mean…I like Lacey a lot and I like Peyton too but I thought the whole idea of Peyton breaking away from Billie was to push her as a single. Guess not. This was a fun little segment. I think I like them together. Let’s see what happens.
Backstage segment – Hurt Business & R-Truth
Bullies…ALL OF THEM!…and I love it. You do too. Quick but effective segment. Poor Troof…
Hurt Business & New Day
MVP is one of the best talkers in the business. Yeah, I said it. Lashley is better with MVP than he’s been since his time with Lio. Cedric got a little in and it was good; so did Shelton. I like the idea of Hurt Business going for the Tag Team championships too. This could be fun. New Day came out and totally regulated! Not even MVP stood a chance. MVP tried to get a word in edgewise and was utterly blocked. Kofi & Xavier owned everyone as usual. Really fun segment.
New Day (Xavier Woods & Kofi Kingston) vs. Hurt Business (Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin)
Fun match! Cedric was especially impressive here in that his work has really changed. As a face, he’d been so fast and crisp. As a heel, he’s far more hard-hitting and has slowed down to make it really pay off. Make no mistake, this is a choice based on heel persona. Shelton just refuses to age. He’s two years younger than me but he’s far more athletic than I will ever be. Just amazing and he worked well here.
Backstage segment – Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross
Nice to see Nikki back. Alexa was downright creepy at the end. This ain’t your friend anymore, Nikki. RUN! Nikki’s gonna need another way forward sooner than later.
Ricochet vs. Tucker (w/ Retribution interference)
Poor Tucker. It’s all over for him. He jobbed HARD here. Mustafa Ali did a nice job in explaining the stupid names earlier in a clip that showed up on Twitter…and it’s a really good explanation that resonates. Here it is:
— The Message (@TheMessageWWE) November 2, 2020
Mustafa is doing all he can to make all of this make sense and, in truth, Retribution did well here. They beat down both Tucker and Ricochet. Apparently, things should start to move in a positive direction soon. There was already some subtle shifting here with Mustafa clearly coming across as the leader with the rest of the badly-named members doing his bidding entirely. This wasn’t bad and I’m still holding out hope.
The Miz & John Morrison vs. Drew McIntyre
That Alabama slam tho! Poor Miz and Morrison. I’ll hand it to both of them here. They took damage incredibly well. They also dished it out well as the match progressed. For as much as Morrison is justifiably trashed, he is scary athletic and he showed that here too. I’d never take that away from him. This was a really good match and our own Eminent Eleazar was loving it just like I was. Of course, Drew wasn’t gonna lose – no matter how it made Miz & Morrison look. It didn’t hurt anything though. Quite often, the MIB holder is made to look quite weak before he wins.
Well, there it is. A surprisingly solid “Raw” this evening. Still no clue whatsoever why Hardy beat Elias but maybe time will correct the error. I’m also hopeful for Retribution. All the people who make the group up save Slapjack (he’s been boring since he showed up in WWE as Shane Thorne) have all the talent in the world and I want them to be in a successful angle. Hopefully, they will be sooner than later. Anyway, see you next week for another “Getback”!