WWE Raw Recap, Grades & Opinion: May 20, 2019

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WWE Raw Recap: May 20, 2019

A.K.A. The One Where Alexa Brought Her Coffee To The Ring

It’s the Money in the Bank fallout show. Brock Lesnar is Mr. Money in the Bank and he will loom large over this show. Will he confront Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship, or will he play the long game? Lacey Evans likely isn’t done with Becky Lynch, so that could continue as well. Plus, Mick Foley is debuting a new championship tonight on RAW. Tons of intrigue and excitement are abound.

Results:

  • Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
  • Cesaro def. Ricochet
  • The Revival def. The Usos
  • Becky Lynch, Alexa Bliss, & Nikki Cross def. The IIconics & Lacey Evans
  • Titus O’Neil wins a scramble match for the 24/7 Championship
  • Robert Roode def. Titus O’Neil for the 24/7 Championship
  • Drew McIntyre def. The Miz
  • R-Truth def. Robert Roode for the 24/7 Championship
  • Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins def. Bobby Roode & Baron Corbin
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Match of the Night: The Revival def. The Usos via pinfall after a rollup.

After a few weeks of being embarrassed by them, the Revival finally got one over on the Usos. The match was the type of hard-hitting affair that people expected when the Usos were shaken over to Raw last month. Seeing the Revival get a win, even in a heel way like this, is refreshing. They’re truly one of the best teams in the world, and these two teams should battle over the tag team belts for the next few months.

Three Thoughts:

Anytime, Anyplace

Mick Foley was on Raw to announce a brand new championship. It’s the 24/7 Championship, which can be won anywhere, anyplace so long as a referee is present. He also mentioned the last hour of Raw each week being more “Raw” again and potentially being a championship scramble. With the WWE Network and social media, the title makes a ton of sense. It can be broadcast on the network or in YouTube clips. It’s a second chance at the glory of the old Hardcore Championship.

Titus O’Neil was the first champion, but was defeated quickly by Robert Roode. R-Truth would end up with it by the end of the night. Foley mentioned that the title is open to all Raw, SmackDown Live, 205 Live, NXT, and NXT: UK competitors. All of those superstars will be able to fight over the.. interesting looking belt.

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New Directions

The first Raw after a major pay-per-view is always going to signal a new direction for the in-ring product. A few new feuds and stories were established tonight: McMahon-Reigns now that McMahon is done with Miz, Corbin-Styles, and something brewing between Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss. It’s always refreshing to see the start of new feuds and a bright new creative direction. Will Bliss manipulate Cross in their friendship? Is McMahon really done with Miz? It’s a small fresh start for the product.

Raw also had a new direction in the third hour. The graphics and stage were both much darker. WWE is looking to make tweaks to the product, and this could be an interesting start. Maybe the third hour of Raw will be much different from here on out.

Beast in the Bank

Brock Lesnar is a predator waiting to strike. His presence was felt all over this show as a mega-heel, waiting to ruin a fan favorite title reign. Lesnar and Paul Heyman did a great job starting the show and setting up Lesnar as a shark circling in the water. After Rollins & Kingston won in the main event, Lesnar made his way out to the ring. He psyched them both out, and then head to the back.

Heyman said to Brock that next week they’ll say who he’ll cash in on next week. While not the biggest fan of him winning the briefcase the way he did, it’s hard to argue that Lesnar holding the briefcase hostage isn’t entertaining.

Grade: B-

The 24/7 Title looks bad, but is great fun for lower-card superstars. Some of the in-ring matches were exceptional this week, including the main event, the Revival facing the Usos, and Cesaro-Ricochet. The women all being crammed into one segment hurts the grade, as does McIntyre needing McMahon’s help to win a match.

One More Thing:

R.I.P. to Cesaro’s old sirens theme. He debuted a new theme before beating Ricochet tonight. It feels very heroic, so maybe a face turn is in the Swiss Cyborg’s future.

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