Weekly Wrestling Review: 10/21/19 – 10/25/19

We start the Weekly Wrestling Review for 10/21/19 – 10/25/19 the same way we always do, with Monday Night Raw.

Monday Night Raw

Opening Segment

Grade: B

Drew McIntyre vs. Ricochet

  • Drew is flat-out overpowering Ricochet in his first match back in nearly 2 months.
  • McIntyre has dominated this match until Ricochet was finally able to mount some offense with a dive as we go to commercial.
  • Flair gets interviewed mid-match and calls out Hulk Hogan for Friday Night Smackdown.
  • The big man Drew McIntyre was once again dominating this match until Ricochet was able to turn up the pace and land some high-flying moves.
  • After a bucklebomb and a sit-out powerbomb, Ricochet somehow kicks out at 2.5!
  • Ricochet was somehow able to lift Drew up and slam him before landing a shooting star press for a 2-count!
  • The Scottsman throws Ricochet around some more, including a nasty pump to the outside and into the ring post, before landing the Claymore for the pinfall.
  • Post-Match: Drew McIntyre continues the beatdown on a defenseless Ricochet with a horrifying Alabama-Slam into the steel steps.

Result: Drew McIntyre wins via pinfall

Grade: B+

The OC Backstage Interview

  • AJ Styles (c), Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows verbally beatdown the Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) and the city of Cleveland (where Raw is tonight).
  • There is a funny bit where Styles mocks the Street Profits saying that the Street Profits “want the smoke” but “the smoke” is illegal in Ohio and Gallows shouts “Cleveland SUCKS!”

Grade: B

Aleister Black Vignette

  • Black says spooky things from his darkroom once again.

Grade: B-

Aleister Black vs. Jason Reynolds (A jobber)

  • Black connects with Black Mass after a couple of minutes.

Result: Aleister Black wins via pinfall

Grade: C

AOP Vignette

  • Akam and Rezar say that they are going to destroy the Raw tag-team division.

Grade: C-

King’s Court w/ Rusev

  • Lawler asks Rusev what he thinks when he sees the Bobby Lashley and Lana stuff.
  • Rusev says that he wants to crush Lashley and hopes he and Lana can get past this.
  • Lashley and Lana appear on the titantron where they are having dinner at a restaurant that Lana always wanted to go to but Rusev never took her too.
  • Lashley and Lana say that they love each other.
  • Rusev says that he knows exactly where they are as he runs out of the ring to cheers from the crowd.

Grade: B- 

Andrade w/ Zelina Vega vs. Sin Cara

  • As they make their entrance, Vega runs down Andrade’s opponent Sin Cara on the mic.
  • In his return to Raw, Sin Cara starts the match off with some impressive moves until Vega causes a distraction.
  • Sin Cara bounces back and hits a move to the outside as we go to commercial.
  • After quite a bit of Sin Cara offense, Andrade hits the 3 Amigos but Sin Cara kicks out.
  • A sunset flip powerbomb by Sin Cara from the top rope isn’t enough to put Andrade away.
  • Andrade hits a running Meteora but Sin Cara kicks out again.
  • Vega once again gets involved and hits a hurricanrana on Sin Cara while the ref was distracted.
  • Andrade lands the Hammerlock DDT for the pinfall. 

Result: Andrade wins via pinfall

Grade: C+

Humberto Backstage Interview

  • Humberto says that Andrade is a future champion… unless he beats him to it.
  • Also, Humberto says he won’t be a champion that plays with fire like Seth Rollins.

Grade: B+

Street Profits Backstage Segment

Grade: B+

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24/7 Championship Shenanigans

  • R-Truth (c) emerges from a trailer and sneaks around backstage only to be rolled up by the Singh Brothers: Samir and Sunil.

Grade: B

The Viking Raiders (c) vs. Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder in a Non-Title Match

  • Before they make their entrance, Hawkins and Ryder tell everyone that they are tired of being underdogs and are ready to return to the top of the mountain.
  • Immediately, Erik and Ivar run all over the challengers.
  • Ryder and Hawkins are able to get some offense in before Ivar tags in and throws them around.
  • The Viking Experience connects, 1-2-3.

Result: The Viking Raiders win via pinfall

Grade: C

Bobby Lashley and Lana Live Feed

  • Lashley and Lana are asked to leave by a manager because he was warned that Rusev might show up and cause a problem.
  • After a commercial break, Rusev appears at the restaurant and attacks Bobby Lashley until he gets arrested.
  • It should be noted that this “restaurant” is clearly a 10×10 room and the police officers are straight out of Party City.

Grade: C+

Rey Mysterio Promo

  • Rey says a lot of stuff about Cain Velasquez and how he will win the WWE Championship from Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel.
  • Paul Hayman appears on the titantron and says that Lesnar will dominate Cain Velasquez.
  • Shelton Benjamin comes out for some reason?
  • The former multi time champion says that Brock Lesnar is his family as they have roomed together at Minnesota all those years ago.
  • Shelton starts pushing around Rey and Cain Velasquez comes to the ring!
  • Velasquez slaps a chokehold on Shelton before letting him go as Velasquez and Rey Mysterio stand tall to end the segment.

Grade: B+

Seth Rollins (c) Backstage Interview

  • Rollins says that The Fiend got into his head, but he also got into The Fiends head.
  • Rollins stops the interview and walks over to Humberto to confront him about what he said earlier.
  • Seth Rollins challenges Humberto to a match… right now.

Grade: B

Seth Rollins (c) vs. Humberto in a Non-Title Match

  • A fairly slow-paced match to start as the crowd starts chanting for Bray Wyatt.
  • Humberto picks up the pace and nearly gets a pinfall but Rollins sends him to the outside and throws him into the barricade as we go to commercial.
  • Humberto fights back with some high-flying offense until Rollins lands the Falcon Arrow for a 2-count.
  • The Crowd continues to chant for Wyatt.
  • Humberto nearly pins Rollins after an impressive moonsault!
  • Rollins reverses another moonsault attempt and connects with the Stomp for the pinfall.
  • Post-Match: Seth Rollins shakes Humbertos’ hand in a sign of respect.

Result: Seth Rollins wins via pinfall

Grade: B

24/7 Championship Shenanagins

  • R-Truth tries to sneak up on the Singh Brothers but tries pinning the wrong Singh.

Grade: B

Main Event: Street Profits and a Mystery Partner vs. The OC

  • And the mystery partner is…no one?
  • Ford is taking care of business on Anderson until Dawkins and Gallows tag in.
  • Luke Gallows tags in Anderson as they are simply dominating Montez Ford.
  • A double-clothesline knocks both in-ring guys down and Ford is able to make the hot tag to Dawkins.
  • Montez tags back in and the ref gets distracted allowing AJ Styles (c) to interfere.
  • The ref goes to eject Styles and Kevin Owens appears and delivers a Stunner to Styles!
  • Montez Ford hits the Frog Splash on Karl Anderson and the Street Profits win!

Result: Street Profits win via pinfall

Grade: B+

Conclusion

  • A strong Main Event and Rey promo made up for an otherwise mediocre show.

Overall Grade: B


NXT

No Coverage This Week

  • Apologies for not covering NXT this week.
  • Finn Balor turned heel and there was a great triple-threat for the North American Championship.

Grade: N/A

Conclusion

  • Once again, apologies.

Overall Grade: N/A


AEW

No Coverage This Week

  • I’ve been too busy with my day job to sit down and watch wrestling this week.
  • Cody Rhodes and Chris Jericho had a great brawl throughout the arena.

Grade: N/A

Conclusion

  • Apologies… again.

Overall Grade: N/A


Friday Night Smackdown

No Coverage This Week

  • Once again, I have work early in the morning.

Grade: N/A

Conclusion

  • N/A

Overall Grade: N/A


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