WWE Raw Recap: August 12, 2019
A.K.A. The One Where The Boss Snatched Her Own Wig
- Samoa Joe def. Sami Zayn
- The Miz def. Dolph Ziggler
- Ricochet def. Elias
- Andrade def. Rey Mysterio 2-0 in a two-out-of-three falls match
- Drew McIntyre def. Cedric Alexander
- Robert Roode def. No Way Jose
- The Revival def. R-Truth to become 24/7 Champions
- R-Truth def. The Revival to become 24/7 Champion
- Elias def. R-Truth to become 24/7 Champion
- Viking Raiders def. Local Talents
- Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross def. The Kabuki Warriors to retain the Women’s Tag Team Championship
- Seth Rollins def. A.J. Styles by disqualification
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Match of the Night: Drew McIntyre def. Cedric Alexander via pinfall after a Claymore
These two keep building on their chemistry to put on excellent matches. Alexander is one of the purest “babyface-in-peril” characters that WWE has. Putting him up against a big bad like McIntyre makes perfect sense. The match had plenty of false finishes, and ended with a bang. Seriously, the Claymore that McIntyre hit was one of the most impressive I’ve ever seen.
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Return of the Boss
For the first time since Wrestlemania, it was Boss Time in a WWE ring. Sasha Banks made her return, interrupting a tearful Natalya promo. Banks proved herself to be back to her bad boss ways. She beat up Natalya unprovoked, taunting Nattie about her dead father Jim “The Anvil” Neidhardt. Becky Lynch came to make the save for Natalya, but was beaten down as well.
— WWE (@WWE) August 13, 2019
Banks was absolutely unleashed on Lynch. After snatching off her old pink wig and debuting blue hair, Banks went off. Using a steel chair, she dominated Lynch. It looks as though the next challenger for Lynch’s title is a rejuvenated Banks. With a return to her villainous NXT roots, this has feud-of-the-year potential.
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) August 13, 2019
Return of King
One of the most exciting developments of the show was the announcement that King of the Ring is returning. For the first time since 2015, WWE will crown a King of the Ring. The tournament will have eight Raw and eight SmackDown Live superstars, and starts next week. While we know the sixteen participants, we don’t know the bracket as of yet.
The beauty of a wrestling tournament is that it’s a great way to strap a rocket to an underappreciated superstar. Someone like Cedric Alexander or Chad Gable winning the tournament could elevate them in the eyes of fans. A star who has been booked poorly could be bounced back, like Cesaro or Sami Zayn. The possibilities of this tournament are endless, and very exciting.
When a two-out-of-three falls match was announced, some fans rolled their eyes. Andrade made fans take notice though by sweeping Rey Mysterio in two straight falls. With the help of Zelina Vega, Andrade looked like a world beater, outsmarting the veteran Mysterio. Andrade has to be one of the favorites in the upcoming King of the Ring.
After the match. Mysterio looked like a broken man. He couldn’t find the words to express his disappointment. It’s still early, and Mysterio has still looked fresh in matches. However this could be the beginning of a Mysterio retirement angle. Something to watch for going forward.
An enjoyable show from start to finish. This is a standard “good” Raw. There were strong matches and the start of some new angles. Braun Strowman came out to save Seth Rollins from a beat down, and he may be the next challenger for either Rollins or Styles. The women’s tag team title match was a good match. The 24/7 Championship had fun bits and ended with a new title holder. Overall, a solid three hours. Plus we get King of the Ring again. Get excited!
One More Thing:
After an amazing debut, no Fiend tonight. Good. He should be a special attraction, not something we expect every week. Absence makes the heart grow fonder.