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RAW 2/11/19 Review: Tag Teamin’ and Not Much Else


Hey, folks! For those of who you cannot be bothered to tune into RAW or Smackdown each Monday and Tuesday (believe me, I get it), I am hoping to recap more of these shows. I used to, and it fell off a bit. So, let’s see how this goes!

Worst: Hypocrisy At Its Finest

RAW begins with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon doing what they do best. Recapping events that can easily be viewed on YouTube or with a Google search. Did you guys know that Ronda Rousey will face Becky Lynch at WrestleMania if she can beat Ruby Riott?

Yeah, well anyway, Becky comes out and we are informed that doctors will clear her in time in order to get her WrestleMania match.

However, Hunter and Stephanie inform Becky that she won’t be getting anything unless she apologizes for smacking the taste out of both of their mouths. This after Triple H already told Becky to put the past behind her.

The reason why I hated this segment is that as recently as December, the McMahon family came out and said they weren’t doing a good job. Their solution? They’d shake things up and that from now on, “we are the authority”. Cool.

So, someone explain this to me. If we are supposed to be the authority and that we’d get what we want, which is clearly Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, why are The Authority out here just over a month later trying to actively sabotage WrestleMania’s presumed main event?

Forcing Becky to see the doctor in the hopes she wouldn’t get cleared in time? Forcing her to say sorry? I don’t even understand why Triple H and Stephanie are in this whole ordeal to begin with? Surely it wouldn’t have to do with The McMahons having to inject themselves to the hottest act on the roster, right? Surely not.

Building up the drama as to whether or not Becky will say sorry is just incredibly weak. Just let Becky be Becky, let Ronda be Ronda, and remove all of these red herrings.

Worst: Typical RAW Stuff

After that, we got a triple threat match between RAW’s participants in the tag team elimination chamber match, with the loser being forced to compete first.

Of course, they didn’t clarify which loser because in a triple threat match, there is only one winner and two losers. So would both of the losers be forced to start first? Is it just the team that gets pinned? WWE doesn’t clarify, but don’t think too hard about it.

So, we get ourselves a basic tag team match, and they play up Sasha Banks having to leave Bayley on her own due to injury. This definitely leads to speculation of whether or not Banks is actually cleared to compete.

Bayley goes it solo, does her best, she loses to the incredibly clunky team of Nia and Tamina, and Bayley and Sasha will have to run the gauntlet in order to win. This is setting up drama in order to win for them if you ask me. The match was what it was. Pretty dull.

Then, we have Elias getting abruptly interrupted by a backstage segment of Finn Balor talking to Becky Lynch and a generic recap video of Seth Rollins. In other words, Elias is not that important, so we will get to more pressing matters first. Then, he is interrupted by Lucha House Party, and they say….um, something. Nothing entertaining, that’s for sure.

I have to say it is quite embarrassing to see what Elias is reduced to. I think he’s officially a part of the WWE machine, where he comes out and does variations of the same thing week after week.

What is Lucha House Party even doing here? They serve no purpose. None. This segment overstayed its welcome and the payoff was Elias taking out Kalisto from behind.

This was just a segment to pad time and to place people with nothing productive going on at the moment to do stuff. It wasn’t entertaining at all and sounded visibly forced at times.

Worst: Needlessly Long and Painfully Obvious

One of my favorites games when watching RAW is when I can see where a segment is obviously telegraphed and I can predict what is going to happen sequence by sequence.

Finn is facing Drew. Bobby is at ringside. Finn can’t afford a clean loss right in front of his opponent, and Drew shouldn’t lose, like, ever. So what’s gonna happen? Bobby’s gonna cause a DQ of course.

They’ll jump him, but based on the ending of RAW last week, we know that Angle will come out to give Drew some with his painfully awkward stance and even more awkward punches.

But then, Corbin will come out because that’s what he did last freaking week. So, who’s left? It wouldn’t happen to be Baron Corbin’s opponent for Sunday, Braun Strowman would it? Oh, and would you look at that? Six wrestlers and a manager? Surely this wouldn’t lead to a……hit it Teddy Long, SIX MAN TAG TEAM MATCH PLAYAS!

WWE condensing three separate story arcs in 10 minutes is the most WWE thing I can think of. The fact that they were able to do this means that all of these feuds either suck or are just plain meaningless.

What makes this even more mundane is that we got Angle and Strowman vs. Drew and Corbin in last week’s horrible and boring main event, and they think by adding Finn and Bobby, the match is new.

It’s all just kind of sloppy and uninspired, like most of this night so far. It is also painfully slow-paced considering most of the men in this match are super heavyweights. How many times are we going to see Corbin and Drew ganging up on Strowman?

If you also didn’t think things could get any worse, they decide to, get this folks, do a Dusty finish on a six-man tag match. Lashley pins Balor, but Balor’s foot is on the ropes. That’s right, the ref counts to three even though his head is literally right in front of everything.

Instead of just saying Balor got screwed and letting us live with the fact Lashley didn’t truly beat Balor, we instead get another ref who for some reason insists we haven’t suffered enough and orders this match to continue.

We also don’t get the match immediately restarted. We need ANOTHER commercial break and another heat segment. At this point, we are bordering on nearly 25-30 minutes for this mess. After getting hit by Braun’s finisher, Balor hits his, he pins Lashley, and Finn will probably lose Sunday.

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