Becky Lynch’s suspension is over! Becky
Lynch’s suspension is back on! And Charlotte’s taking her place against Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania.
What? Oh, and we’ve got new Raw tag team champions.
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11th February, 2019 edition of Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes. Stephanie McMahon and Triple H opened the
show with an in-ring promo like it’s 2000 all over again. Or 2014 all over again. Or
2018 all over again. It’s a New Era, yes it is.
Becky Lynch interrupted them, where it was revealed she’s been medically cleared by
both her own and WWE doctors – a neatly consistent storyline touch with Lynch suspicious of the
promotion. There’s just one more teeny tiny thing she needs to do to get her WrestleMania
35 main event back on, though… she needs to apologise to the Triple H and Stephanie.
Just as early 00s UK boyband Blue once sang in their totally original song, Sorry Seems
To Be The Hardest Word, this set off a night long thread of Becky wrestling with her dilemma
backstage. Ronda Rousey trash talked her, Alexa Bliss tried to steal her WrestleMania
spot, and her former real-life wrestling teacher Finn Balor… just talked about how he’s
going to beat Bobby Lashley for the Intercontinental title.
He made Brock Lesnar believe! Unfortunately none of those wrestlers who
gave Becky advice included her four horsewomen buddies Sasha Banks and Bayley, who walked
past her for the following three way tag. And talking of being medically cleared, it
seems Banks still might not be able to wrestle, as the Riott Squad took her out midway through
the match. Despite a fiery comeback from Bayley, the
Samoan Slaughterhouse – that’s what Nia Jax and Tamina are calling themselves now
– got the win. Elias’ latest performance was interrupted
once, twice, three times a lucha next, so he smashed a guitar over Kalisto’s back. So Balor is taking on Lashley and Lio Rush
in a handicap match this Sunday. Which means he can pin either man… and Brock Lesnar
will still believe! Lashley interfered quickly in Balor’s match
against Drew McIntyre, which rather predictably signalled an ‘Everyone’s Running Down
For The Save Six Man Tag Match’… …where Lashley, McIntyre and Baron Corbin
– WHY ARE YOU A TEAM?! – took on Balor, Braun Strowman and Kurt Angle.
Angle and Finn were worked over so long for Strowman’s eventual hot tag, the match had
to be restarted when a second referee pointed out Balor had his foot on the ropes. He made
that referee believe! Braun was finally unleashed, and Finn got
his win back by pinning Lashley ahead of their pay-per-view match on Sunday.
I actually quite liked the false finish structure of this match, but Raw is severely lacking
in star power right now and booking all these names in the same segment really affects the
rest of the show. Kevin Owens revealed in a mobile phone promo
he’s a month away from returning and doesn’t know if he’s going to Raw or SmackDown.
This was a totally different presentation of Owens, showing him with family and friends
hanging out at a bowling alley – hinting towards him being a babyface when he comes back. Ruby Riott rather unceremoniously beat Nikki
Cross in front of a dead crowd ahead of her BOOKING FROM OUTTA NOWHERE match against Ronda
this Sunday. Seth Rollins cut an in-ring promo admitting
that he did, indeed, take six F5s. So an F30 – quick maths. But, in being dominated by
Brock so completely, he made him belie-hey, that’s Finn Balor’s gimmick.
And so the dance begins again. Brock is hardly around in the build up to WrestleMania, and
a former Shield member has to build an entire feud against Paul Heyman.
The segment had a very cool end, though, when Dean Ambrose interrupted just to tell Seth:
‘slay the Beast’. It was a genuinely nice moment, a kind of kayfabe goodbye, imbued
with the real-life story of Dean leaving the company, and his Shield brothers, soon. But he’ll be damned if he properly gets
someone over! The crowd were quiet for Dean getting a roll-up victory over EC3 in the
following match. If there was ever a time do not do 50/50 booking, having your fresh
NXT call-up consistently beating someone on their way out is evidently not the best place
to do it. Speaking of dead crowds, The Revival vs Bobby
Roode and Chad Gable worked a match so good, they brought them back to life. After an excellent
showcase of Gable and some brilliantly timed near-falls, The Revival became the new tag
team champions. After wrestling with her conscience all night,
Becky finally decided to say ‘I’m sorry’ to Stephanie and Trips, getting her immediately
reinstated into the main event. But then Vince McMahon came out, said he’s re-suspending
Becky for 60 days this time because she’s got a bad attitude, and is replacing her at
WrestleMania with Charlotte. If you were always going to replace her, why
have Lynch apologise in the first place – which severely undermines her anti-authority appeal?
And of all the interesting ways you could’ve weaved Charlotte into this storyline, WWE
simply went with: because Vince suddenly decided he doesn’t like someone. Well, I guess the
best art imitates life. But possibly the most annoying part is that
just two months after their big ‘no more authority figures’ speech, we have a heel
McMahon authority figure. It’s a New Era, yes it is.
There wasn’t much good on this show, and the only positives were undermined by lazy
or ineffective booking by the end of the night. This week’s Raw is a low Poor.
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