Original Air Date: October 28, 2019
Event Date: October 28, 2019
Commentary: Vic Joseph, Dio Maddin, Jerry Lawler
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome
“Legendary” by Skillet
Paige comes out to the stage, and she introduces the Kabuki Warriors. All three women head to the ring where Paige pats herself on the back for bringing the Kabuki Warriors together. Asuka takes the mic from Paige and yells in Japanese. Paige takes the mic back, but Kairi takes it away and laughs. Paige is starting to get annoyed. Asuka spits green mist in Paige’s face, and Paige freaks out.
As Asuka approaches Paige at ringside, Becky Lynch heads to the ring. Becky attacks Kairi, but the Kabuki Warriors double-team Becky at ringside. Becky fights off Asuka and chases Kairi through the ring.
Kairi Sane w/ Asuka (Women’s Tag Champs) vs Becky Lynch (RAW Women’s Champ)
(referee: John Cone)
Result: Becky Lynch wins via submission with Disarm Her
Time: 11:15 (1 break)
Very good match. Kairi repeatedly surprised Becky with the amount of offense she got. Kairi was very unassuming, but she gave Becky a very good (and pretty close) fight. There were some really nice near falls late in the match, and there was a lot more back and forth than I expected. This was a great step for Kairi on the main roster.
In the ring, Charly Caruso welcomes R-Truth. Charly asks Truth about losing the 24/7 Title to one of the Singh brothers. R-Truth knew there were two of them, so he went and got some bifocals so he can keep an eye on both of the Singh brothers. Buddy Murphy interrupts R-Truth. Murphy says R-Truth might not know him yet, but he won’t forget Murphy after tonight.
R-Truth vs Buddy Murphy
(referee: Darrick Moore)
Result: Buddy Murphy wins via pinfall after a knee strike
This was short, but it was good when Murphy and R-Truth were actually fighting. After a while, the Singh brothers ran down to the ring with No Way Jose, Eric Young, Curt Hawkins, Mojo Rawley, and Zack Ryder chasing them. R-Truth got distracted and started chasing the Singh brothers as well. Everyone except for Murphy and the referee ran circles around the ring. R-Truth eventually got back into the ring, but Murphy made him pay for not paying attention to him.
The Authors of Pain talk about being prepared to attack people mentally as well as physically.
The Street Profits head to the ring. Ford and Dawkins are still happy about their RAW in-ring debut last week. They also issue a warning to all the RAW tag team, because they want the smoke.
In a split screen, Ric Flair walks alone while Hulk Hogan walks with Jimmy Hart.
Ricochet w/ Hulk Hogan, Jimmy Hart vs Drew McIntyre w/ Ric Flair
(referee: Rod Zapata)
Result: Ricochet wins via pinfall when Randy Orton hits him with an RKO
Time: 13:41 (1 break)
Very good match. McIntyre dominated a large portion of this match, but that allowed Ricochet’s offense to be that much more exciting. The match was going very well, but ultimately this was all about building up Team Hogan versus Team Flair. For that reason, the finish of the match was lacking (though it was fun in a different way).
The OC applauds Humberto Carrillo for his match with Seth Rollins last week, but if Carrillo wants to prove himself against the real champ of RAW, he should face AJ Styles tonight.
Rizzo & Bryant vs The Viking Raiders (RAW Tag Champs)
(referee: Shawn Bannett)
Result: Ivar pins Bryant after the Viking Experience
Lana looks worried, so Bobby Lashley consoles her.
Charly Caruso asks SIn Cara what he’s going to do to make sure his rematch with Andrade is different from their previous match. Sin Cara has brought backup in the form of Catalina.
Andrade w/ Zelina Vega vs Sin Cara w/ Carolina
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: Andrade wins via pinfall with a schoolboy (with his feet on the ropes, after a distraction at ringside)
This was short, and it was really just here to introduce Carolina to the main roster. The match was alright, but even though Carolina did get physical with Zelina Vega, her presence had the opposite effect of what Sin Cara expected. Also, the commentators couldn’t decide whether to call her Carolina or Catalina. I’m pretty sure Mike Rome announced her as Catalina, but her name was displayed as Carolina on the screen (and Sin Cara called her Carolina). They should probably figure out her name by next week.
Natalya and Charlotte Flair smirk and walk.
Charlotte Flair & Natalya vs The IIconics
(referee: John Cone)
Result: Natalya submits Billie Kay with a Sharpshooter
This was kind of a squash. It was also kind of disappointing.
Charly Caruso welcomes Seth Rollins. Rollins has a lot to do and not a lot of time to talk about it. He talks about facing Erick Rowan tonight and brags about burning down Bray Wyatt’s Firefly Fun House.
Falls Count Anywhere Match
Seth Rollins (Universal Champ) vs Erick Rowan
(referee: Rod Zapata)
Result: Seth Rollins wins via pinfall with a forklift
Time: 12:03 (1 break)
This was fine. They brawled all over the place and took tours of the crowd, the concourse, and the backstage area. It was moderately violent, but the biggest part of the match was probably the way it ended. That was kind of fun, but also seemed rather unnecessary.
Bobby Lashley decides he’ll join Lana in the ring tonight when she faces Rusev, but Lana says she needs to do it on her own.
Aleister Black keeps doing the same thing, and his results keep staying the same. He’s not a madman. He just wants to keep instilling fear into people and for people to keep picking a fight with him.
AJ Styles (US Champ) w/ Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson vs Humberto Carrillo
(referee: Darrick Moore)
Result: AJ Styles wins via submission with the calf crusher
Time: 6:08 (1 break)
Very good match. It could have been longer, but Styles and Carrillo match up very well. I especially liked the finish.
After the match, Styles holds out s hand to Carrillo. As Carrillo goes to shake, Styles pulls his hand away. Carrillo punches Styles, so Styles hits Carrillo with the Styles Clash. Anderson and Gallows set up to hit Carrillo with the Magic Killer, but the Street Profits run to the ring to make the save. The Street Profits manage to fight The OC out of the ring, then Dawkins and Ford help Carrillo get to his feet.
Jerry Lawler is in the ring for The King’s Court. Or is it The Divorce Court? Lawler first introduces Rusev who heads to the ring. Next out is Lana. Lana starts by saying that the WWE Universe is bullying her. The truth is, Rusev only wanted sex from Lana. Also, Lana says Rusev cheated on her.
Rusev denies everything. Bobby Lashley heads to the ring. Rusev attacks Lashley first, but Lashley wins the brawl when Lana distracts Rusev.
This was an okay show. I liked fewer than half the matches, but the matches I liked I enjoyed quite a bit. I thought the final segment of the night was terrible though. Just awful. I don’t care at all about this Rusev/Lana/Lashley thing, and I wish they weren’t making it such a big deal.
Match of the Night
AJ Styles vs Humberto Carrillo
I really enjoyed the Kairi/Becky match as well, and the Ricochet/McIntyre match was really good up until the finish.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2019-10-28