WWE Raw Recap: August 5, 2019

A.K.A. The One That Thought “OBG Why Not?”

Results:

  • Becky Lynch & Charlotte def. Natalya & Trish Stratus by disqualification
  • Andrade def. Rey Mysterio
  • Mike Kanellis def. Maria Kanellis to win the 24/7 Championship
  • R-Truth def. Mike Kanellis to win the 24/7 Championship
  • Viking Raiders def. Local Talents
  • Cedric Alexander versus Drew McIntyre never starts due to Bray Wyatt interference
  • New Day def. The O.C. by disqualification when A.J. Styles interfered
  • The O.C. def. New Day (Woods & Big E) & Ricochet
  • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross win a fatal four-way match to become WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions
    • Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville eliminate The IIconics
    • Kabuki Warriors eliminate Rose & Deville
    • Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross eliminate Kabuki Warriors

Match of the Night: Andrade def. Rey Mysterio via pinfall following a Hammerlock DDT

Many people on Twitter have wished for Mysterio & Andrade to have a best-of-seven series, or even a just a standing match every week. They might be onto something. These two always manage to do something a little different, and this match was another great one. All the focus on Andrade disrespecting Mysterio and his mask could lead to a mask versus hair match in the future. If Mysterio is looking to retire soon, what a rub that would be to give Andrade on the way out.

Three Thoughts:

Rikishi?!

No, it wasn’t Rikishi, but Roman Reigns was nearly hit by a car on tonight’s show. After being toppled with scaffolding last week on SmackDown Live, another “accident” almost took out Reigns. Samoa Joe had been chasing down and calling out Reigns when the driver ran into Reigns’ limo.

Angles that extend into attempted murder are, at best, a little dicey. Having Samoa Joe call for medics and tell Reigns to stay down was a good character move. Joe cares about winning matches and being a dominant competitor. That doesn’t mean he wants to see Reigns get literally murdered. WWE only has one more show to reveal Reigns’ attacker, so it’s something to watch on SmackDown Live this week.

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No-Go For Rollins

Why is WWE making it so hard to buy Seth Rollins as a threat? After taking a massive beating last week, he hobbled out to the ring this week to confront Brock Lesnar. The segment did him no favors. Rollins was easily disposed of by The Beast, backing up what Paul Heyman had just said: Rollins is not the man to take down Lesnar. He looks like someone who got lucky once. With Lesnar better prepared, Rollins doesn’t look like a threat anymore. 

Return Of The Claw

Bray Wyatt, the Fiend, has seemingly inherited the Mandible Claw as a finishing move. After doing it to Mick Foley at Raw Reunion, the Fiend did it once more to Kurt Angle tonight. Wyatt put down the hometown hero Angle as he was refereeing the Alexander-McIntyre match. Having Wyatt change his finisher from the Sister Abigail is a great way to flesh out his character change. With him not being the same man, he shouldn’t have the same finisher. Plus, the Mandible Claw is such a unique finisher that it works well for him.

Grade: B-

This show was good, but not “Summerslam go-home show” good. The in-ring action was good, buoyed by Mysterio, Andrade, and the women’s fatal four-way match. There were also memorable moments: Samoa Joe taking over the show, and Reigns getting almost run down. The closing of the show, with Goldberg being announced as Dolph Ziggler’s Summerslam opponent, was the best part. Aside from some oddly memorable bits and the Women’s Tag Team Title change, this show didn’t do a lot.

One More Thing:

R-Truth pinned Mike Kanellis in an OBGYN office. Life is weird, right?

– Evan Gomes is the Managing Editor of Pro Wrestling for Full Press Coverage. Like and follow on and Facebook.

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