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RAW Recap & Review – Episode 1380

WWE RAW
Episode 1380
#RAW

Original Air Date: November 4, 2019
Event Date: November 4, 2019
(aired live)

City: Uniondale, NY (announced as Long Island)
Venue: Nassau Coliseum

Commentary: Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler, Dio Maddin(1)
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome

 

Backstage
Three large vehicles pull in backstage. Triple H gets out of the lead car, talks to someone through the window of the second car, then walks away with a purpose.

Intro Video
“Legendary” by Skillet

Ring Area
The WWE Champ, Brock Lesnar, heads to the ring with Paul Heyman. Heyman explains that Lesnar quit SmackDown and has come to RAW to hunt down Rey Mysterio. Heyman also explains that Lesnar’s contract means that he can’t be fired for doing what he did. He’s special, and he can do whatever he wants. That means Lesnar is better than everyone in the crowd, at home, and in the locker room tonight.

Heyman now wants to know where Rey Mysterio is. Someone knows where he is, and Lesnar is going to find out who knows. And when he finds Rey, Lesnar is going to commit a felony. Otherwise, if no one rats out Rey, Lesnar is going to destroy the building and everyone in it. With that, Heyman and Lesnar head to the backstage area.

Backstage
Lesnar assaults a crew member as he hunts for Rey.

After a commercial, someone thinks Rey is in a car. Lesnar breaks the car’s door and pulls out a random guy that clearly isn’t Rey. The hunt continues…

 

Match 1
Kabuki Warriors (Women’s Tag Champs) vs Charlotte Flair & Natalya
(referee: Eddie Orengo)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Natalya submits Auksa with a sharpshooter
Time: 10:58 (2 breaks)

Match Thoughts
Good match. I didn’t like the result, especially considering the strength Asuka and Kairi have been showing lately, but the action all the way up until the last few seconds of the match was quite fun. The match went on for a good amount of time, and everyone got some good offense in. The Kabuki Warriors were 100% the better team tonight. Natalya and Charlotte were not at all on the same page, and it even felt like Charlotte was intentionally staying away from Natalya at times. If for no other reason, then that’s why they should have lost (but there are other reasons too).

 

Ring Area
After the match, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman come out and head to the commentary table. Heyman asks Jerry Lawler where Rey Mysterio is. Lawler seems confused. Heyman threatens Lawler and references his on-air heart attack. Dio Maddin stands up and gets in Lesnar’s face. Lesnar quickly takes Maddin down.

Mysterio runs out and attacks Lesnar from behind with a pipe. Rey quickly takes Lesnar down, then he walks away as referees get between him and Lesnar. Lesnar has trouble getting up as the show goes to a commercial break.

Backstage
Rey Mysterio says Lesnar tried to take away what was most important to him, so Rey is going to go after what’s most important to Lesnar. Rey challenges Lesnar to a WWE Title match as Survivor Series.

 

Match 2
Cedric Alexander vs Buddy Murphy
(referee: Shawn Bennett)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Buddy Murphy wins via pinfall after Murphy’s Law
Time: 5:36

Match Thoughts
Good match. After seeing their wars in 205 Live, a five-minute match seems like a step back. Even so, this was a very fun match with a lot of great action smashed into the shorter time span.

 

Video
Last Friday on SmackDown, NXT took over.

Backstage
Seth Rollins scowls as he walks.

Ring Area
Seth Rollins heads to the ring. Rollins says it’s been a rough couple of months. His loss to The Fiend isn’t what concerns him right now though. What concerns him is that The Fiend took the title to SmackDown, and now Brock Lesnar is at the top of the RAW mountain with the WWE Title. Rollins feels like everything he did to take the Universal Title away from Lesnar has been for nothing. He doesn’t know if he has the energy to battle Lesnar again. So what’s next for Rollins? He doesn’t know.

Triple H heads to the ring. He wonders if Rollins’ future lies with his past. Triple H says Rollins repeatedly came to him when he didn’t know what was next. Rollins repeatedly became champ when he went to Triple H for help and advice.

Triple then talks about how NXT made a real statement on SmackDown last week. The world wants to know what’s next for NXT, but Triple H is here to find out what Seth Rollins is going to do next. Is Rollins with Triple H, or is he against Triple H? Triple H asks that question as the Undisputed Era heads to the ring.

As Rollins thinks about it, The OC comes out and heads to the ring. The Undisputed Era backs away into the crowd as The OC gets to ringside. From behind, Dominik Dijakovic and Damian Priest attack The OC, then Undisputed Era joins the brawl. After a few seconds, Curt Hawkins, Zack Ryder, Erik Rowan, and R-Truth chase the NXT superstars away. In the ring, Rollins still isn’t sure what to do.

Backstage
Seth Rollins tells Triple H that if he’s going to NXT, he’s going there as the top guy. Rollins wants Adam Cole in an NXT Title match tonight. Triple H agrees to the match.

 

Match 3
Mixed Tag Match
Zelina Vega & Andrade vs Carolina & Sin Cara
(referee: Eddie Orengo)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Zelina Vega pins Carolina after a kneeling hurricanrana
Time: 4:24 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Pretty good match. I liked the action, but Andrade and Vega were way better than Sin Cara and Carolina tonight. Vega in particular stood out a few times with some very nice moves. Also, Vic Joseph still can’t get Carolina’s name right. He called her Catalina throughout the entire match.

 

Video
Last week, stuff happened between Rusev, Lana, and Lashley in the King’s Court.

Backstage
Rusev walks.

Ring Area
Rusev wants to end “all this stupid drama.” Rusev says Bob Lashley that he can have Lana, but Lashley’s ass is Rusev’s. Bobby Lahsley comes out to the stage on crutches, and Lana is by his side. Lashley would love to beat Rusev up, but he’s not medically cleared to fight tonight. He tore his groin this week. Lashley has someone else to fight Rusev for him though. Drew McIntyre heads to the ring.

 

Match 4
Rusev vs Drew McIntyre
(referee: Darrick Moore)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Rusev wins via DQ when Lashley attacks him with a crutch
Time: 6:30 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
This was fine. It would have been better if it wasn’t part of a garbage story line. The finish was dumb and, of course, involved Lashley revealing that he isn’t really hurt.

 

Ring Area
After the match, Lashley continues his attack on Rusev. McIntyre wants no part of this anymore, so he walks away. In the ring, Rusev gets the advantage in the brawl and approaches Lashley with a crutch. As Rusev slowly walks, Randy Orton hits Rusev with an RKO from behind. Lana smiles as Lashley and Orton beat up Rusev. After a few seconds, Ricochet runs to the ring and clears Lashley and Orton out to the floor.

Backstage
Becky Lynch prepares for an interview.

Backstage
Charly Caruso has a sit-down interview with Becky Lynch. Becky says she loves Survivor Series season, and she loved SmackDown this past week. Becky says she is a target this year. As Becky speaks, Shayna Baszler replaces Charly Caruso.

Shayna says she’s been waiting a long time to meet Becky face to face. Shayna makes it clear that she knows Ronda Rousey, but she is not Ronda Rousey. Shayna informs Becky that she will either pin or submit Becky. The only thing Becky needs to think about is which of her limbs will belong to Shayna st Survivor Series.

Becky says warring with her will change Shayna, just like it changed everyone else. Becky will be coming right for Shayna at Survivor Series.

Ring Area
The OC heads to the ring, and AJ States some facts. First, Anderson and Gallows are the best tag team in the world. Second, Styles is the US Champ. And third, The OC does not care about NXT. The next time they see someone from NXT, they won’t be walking out of the arena.

The Street Profits come out to the stage with Humberto Carrillo. They say Anderson and Gallows might have a trophy which they won in a match that the Street Profits weren’t even in, but the Street Profits beat The OC two weeks ago on RAW. Ford tells Dawkins he can’t say that, so they get Carrillo to say it. Twice. Styles tells Carrillo to shut his mouth (Lawler thinks Styles called Humberto “umbrella”), so Carrillo says it again in Spanish. Also, the Street Profits want the smoke.

 

Match 5
Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson & AJ Styles (US Champ) vs Humberto Carrillo & The Street Profits
(referee: John Cone)

Show/Hide Results

Result: AJ Styles pins Humberto Carrillo after a powerbomb (with his feet on the ropes)
Time: 8:12 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
Good match. This was a fun, fast six-man tag match. I don’t think the finish needed to have the cheating involved that it did, but I was still fine with it. It felt like more of a character moment rather than a necessity to win, so it worked for the match.

 

Backstage
Triple H and Adam Cole have a talk.

 

Match 6
East Hampton Polo Boys vs Viking Raiders (RAW Tag Champs)
(referee: John Cone)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Ivar pins a Polo Boy after a diving splash
Time: 1:02

Match Thoughts
Squash.

 

Ring Area
After the match, the Viking Raiders admit that they lost at Crown Jewel. They congratulate The OC for their win. Victory is often nothing more than survival. The OC might have won one battle, but nothing can stop the raid.

Backstage
Seth Rollins warms up for his NXT Title match.

 

Match 7
NXT Title Match
Seth Rollins vs Adam Cole (NXT Champ) w/ Triple H
(referee: Shawn Bennett)

Show/Hide Results

Result: Seth Rollins wins via DQ when the Undisputed Era attacks him
Time: 8:58 (1 break)

Match Thoughts
This was a good match, but Cole’s match with Daniel Bryan was way better. This one had a bit of a cop-out ending, while the match with Bryan was clean and definitive. Also, the action in the Bryan match was more entertaining to me. This match tonight was good though.

 

Ring Area
After the match, the Undisputed Era continues to attack Rollins. After a few moments, a huge brawl between RAW and NXT erupts when The OC, Erick Rowan, Ricochet, R-Truth, Curt Hawkins, and Zack Ryder from RAW run to the ring and are followed by Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, Keith Lee, Damian Priest, Pete Dunne, and Dominik Dijakovic from NXT. Ricochet hits a shooting star press on the group while they’re at ringside, then Keith Lee hits a diving front-flip senton on the crowd as the show goes off the air.

 

Show Impressions
This wasn’t quite the invasion by NXT that SmackDown was, but it was fun. I liked everything except for the Rusev/Lana/Lashley stuff. I hated that.

Match of the Night
The OC vs Street Profits & Humberto Carrillo
I think this match had the best combination of good action and a satisfying finish.

 

Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/2019-11-04

 

 

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