WWE Raw Review – 4.20.20
Drew McIntyre starts the show by addressing the attack last week from the Monday Night Messiah.
McIntyre says he could make Seth Rollins jump through hoops, but he’s one of the most decorated superstars in WWE history, and if he wants to be the best champion, he needs to beat men like Rollins.
Drew then offers up a challenge to Rollins for a WWE Title match at Money in the Bank.
But, as McIntyre goes to address Rollins directly, Zelina Vega makes her entrance, with Angel Garza and Austin Theory. She tells Drew his attention needs to be on Garza tonight.
This brings on a sneak attack from Andrade, but Drew is able to fight him off with a pair of Claymore kicks.
After this opening segment, Drew appears to be right, it really isn’t lonely at the top. McIntyre not only has the attention of Rollins, but he also dealing with Vega’s trio.
Seth Rollins would later respond to Drew’s challenge.
Rollins said not many men know what it’s like to walk into Wrestlemania and beat Brock Lesnar, but he does. Seth closes his promo by saying he’s going to take Drew’s title, not because he wants to, but because he has to.
Rollins vs. McIntyre should be a great match.
Aleister Black vs. Austin Theory:
Early on, these men go back and forth. Aleister tried to end things early with a Black Mass, but Theory dodges it by falling to the outside. Vega then gets up from commentary to yell at Black for “not playing fair” which allows Theory to throw Aleister into the barricade.
Back from the break, Theory was in control for a bit, landing a dropkick and then dropping Black face-first into the turnbuckles. Aleister would respond with a springboard moonsault to nearly pick up the win.
Later on, Theory was able to dodge another Black Mass, and even landed an elbow strike. However, Aleister recovered and connected with a Black Mass for the win, and he is officially qualified for the Men’s Money in the Bank match.
Shayna Baszler redemption tour continues:
After Baszler destroyed Sarah Logan’s arm last week, Shayna took little time to attack Indi Hartwell’s arm in the same fashion. The referee immediately stopped the match, and it was ruled Hartwell “could not continue.”
It seems like a pretty quick referee stoppage, right?
Baszler was not done though, she got a ladder, and after throwing Hartwell into the barricade, Baszler put her arm in between a ladder and the ring steps. Message sent by the Queen of Spades.
I’m just interested in how WWE books Baszler after her loss to Becky Lynch. Do they give her the briefcase? Another loss would not look good for Shayna early on in her Raw career.
Ricochet & Alexander back in action:
After their loss last week to the Viking Raiders, the newly formed team of Ricochet and Alexander needed a win here.
While the team of Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink had the early edge, Ricochet and Alexander picked up the pace as the match wore on.
Their new finishing move, the recoil into the lumbar check, has an excellent look to it, and that is what they hit to pick up the win.
Nia Jax dominates:
Kairi Sane did her best, but most of this match was Jax throwing her around the ring like a rag doll.
Sane had a brief opening when she went for Nia’s surgically repaired knees. Kairi even went to the rope, but this proved costly, and Jax rolled out of the way and then scooped her up & slammed her down for the win.
Jax, who has now beaten Sane twice in two weeks, is clearly being built up for the women’s MITB match. It is just unfortunate this is coming at Sane’s expense.
Apollo Crews vs. MVP:
MVP was looking for a timeout early in the match, but Crews knocked him off the apron. After the commercial break, MVP was now in control and nailed Apollo with a clothesline, which turned him inside out.
Crews turned the tables when he countered MVP’s “playmaker” into a spine buster. Appolo then slammed MVP to the mat a couple times. After a failed frog splash, MVP landed his finisher, but Crews kicked out!
Apollo was able to regain control and hit a standing shooting star press and then hit a spinning powerbomb for the win.
This is by far the biggest push Crews has received in his WWE career. It would be nice to see him rewarded with the MITB briefcase.
Liv Morgan vs. Ruby Riott:
These former Riott squad members had a quick match here. Early on, Liv hit a dropkick for a two-count. Riott then responded with a near fall of her own.
In the closing moments, these two women traded shots, with Liv connecting with her finisher off the ropes for the win.
WWE seems to be putting a lot of stock into Morgan of late, and rightfully so. She’s got the potential and is a breath of fresh air in the women’s division.
Rey Mysterio vs. Murphy:
Early on, this match spilled out to ringside, where Murphy would stomp Mysterio’s hand on the entrance ramp.
Back from the break, Murphy made it a point to target the hand he stomped. He even smashed the heel of his boot into Rey’s hand on top of the ring post.
Mysterio got back into the match, though, hitting a hurricanrana, which sent Murphy flying onto the entrance ramp. Back in the ring, Rey missed a 619 attempt but countered an attack from Murphy into a DDT for a near fall.
The match then spilled outside again, and Rey landed his second hurricanrana, this time sending Murphy into the barricade.
Back in the ring, Murphy would land a brainbuster for a two count. The two men then dueled on the top rope before Mysterio landed a destroyer, which led to a 619 and a win!
It was genuinely a shock to see Rey win, as it made more sense to include Murphy in the MITB match.
This match was the best of the night, it was refreshing to see two wrestlers given time to put on a quality match.
The Queen marches on:
The NXT women’s champion was in action against NXT talent Kayden Carter. Flair opened the match with a massive boot to the face.
Carter responded with a pinfall attempt and even locked in a submission hold briefly.
But Flair regained control with a spear and then picked up the win once she locked in the figure eight. I expect more wins over NXT talent in the coming weeks for Charlotte.
Andrade vs. Akira Tozawa:
Tozawa came out with his hair on fire, hitting a cannonball off the apron that launched Andrade into the barricade.
Of course, Andrade got back into the match with the help of Zelina. Tozawa still put up a fight despite it being essentially 2-on-1. Late in the match, Tozawa would go up to the top rope but was caught and planted with the Hammerlock DDT.
Bianca Belair vs. Santana Garrett:
Belair made her way to the ring with the help of her hype men, the Street Profits.
Bianca was on the attack for much of this match, putting away Garrett with the KOD in mere minutes. Belair’s presence on Raw will help hopefully establish some new stars in the women’s division.
Belair’s athleticism and overall skills in the ring definitely are some of the best WWE has today, and with her compelling character work, she will be at the top of the women’s division sooner rather than later.
By the way, the way Montez Ford cheers on Belair is fantastic. Talk about couple goals!
McIntyre vs. Angel Garza:
Drew was not playing around, immediately taking the fight to Garza with a few chops, a chop block, and then a sweeping kick that knocked him off his feet.
McIntyre remained in control, landing chops on the outside. Andrade tried to interfere, but Drew was prepared. McIntyre then fought off Garza with a headbutt.
But the numbers finally caught up with McIntyre and Garza went on the attack. However, Drew got back in the match and even hit an impressive dive over the top rope.
After disposing of Andrade and Theory on the outside, McIntyre hit an Alabama slam, which led to a Claymore and a win for the champion.
McIntyre then gave Garza and Theory a second Claymore to close the show.
Overall, this show featured some impressive matches, and I enjoyed the fact there was little talking and a lot of wrestling.
Just last week, it looked like Zelina Vega’s new trio would take Raw by storm. Now just a week later, they are all getting beat up by McIntyre.
Despite missing stars like Kevin Owens, AJ Styles, Becky Lynch, this was a solid episode. With what the world is going through, this is all we can ask for from Raw right now.
My rating: 3 out of 5.