Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of WWE Raw – 2 Dec. ’19

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Seth Rollins is out to the ring first. We are also getting continued heel Jerry Lawler. It’s weird but it’s a thing. Rollins was coming from a good place with his criticism last week. He proceeds to apologize. Rollins invites out Kevin Owens for a face to face apology. Owens obliges. Owens accuses Rollins of using the AOP to attack him last week. Rollins denies that is the case. Owens doesn’t believe him still. AOP comes out and challenges Rollins & Owens to a match. Owens thinks this situation ends in his beat down. Rollins leaves ring side citing frustration. AOP lets him through. Owens challenges AOP to fight “One at a time.” They come a few steps down the ramp then leave. Owens challegnes anyone to a match.

Bobby Lashley with Lana accept said challenge. Lana talks about her restraining order on Rusev. Owens tells her that no one cares. Lana keeps blathering on. We eventually get the Lashley vs Owens match. Lashley has the upper hand early in the match. Just as OWens makes a come back, AOP comes out to cause the DQ. Akam & Rezar destroy Owens. They end up dragging him to the back.

Charley Caruso interviews Bobby Lashley in the ring. He doesn’t know anything about AOP. He talks about keeping Lana safe. Rusev comes in and takes a few cracks at Lashley then leaves before the detectives arrest him. They end up arresting Lashley because they do things differently here…like arrest someone who didn’t do anything wrong? Classy move Nashville PD. Classy move.

Akira Tozawa has a match against Drew McIntyre. Drew ends up being an ass and challenging Tozawa on his knees. Tozawa ends up drop kicking him. Tozawa gets in a few more strikes before McIntyre turns it around. Tozawa got tossed 3/4 of the way across the ring on a Release Overhead Suplex. That was a crazy bump. Tozawa gets a hope spot. They run the ropes, McIntyre turns the tables with a Claymore. McIntyre claims that the locker room runs to social media to bitch too much.

McIntyre calls out Randy Orton. Orton eventually comes out. Then he’s ready to blow off McIntyre. McIntyre tells Orton that his only viciousness is on social media. McIntyre tells him he’s the new guy on the block. Orton has earned everything that McIntyre accuses him of. They end up facing off. The OC shows up. AJ Styles is the first to talk as usual. He has a beef with Randy Orton too. The entire OC challenge Orton to a match. The numbers game works out quickly. Ricochet tries to make the save. Humberto Carrillo comes out next. Rey Mysterio then comes out. The OC finally loses the numbers battle. Good guys standing tall at the end of the segment.

Randy Orton and his weird crew are back stage. Orton didn’t really need their help.

Tony Nese is in the ring. Aleister Black is his opponent. Nese with the “Dirt Bag Hand Shake” aka throat punch to get in some offense. Blackmas in short order though. Buddy Murphy was watching the match in the back. Charley is husting again tonight. She interviews Murphy. He wants to expose Black as being all to serious about himself. Aleister needs to calm down. If Black wants it, he’ll give him something to calm him down.

Andrade comes out with Zelina Vega as usual. Eric Young is taking an L in this one. Young gets in a big elbow drop in his offense. I’m surprised he’s gotten that much offense. Young gets a second close fall with a reverse into a neck breaker. Meteora in the corner leads to the Hammerlock DDT for the win.

R Truth comes out at the end of the match. He hides near Michael Waltrip & Kyle Bush misdirect the competition. Waltrip reveals a referee’s shirt after the crowd is gone. Bush rolls him up to win the 24/7 Championship.

Seth Rollins doubling down on being a dick. Not everyone is cut out to be a leader like Rollins.

Erick Rowan has a match with No Way Jose. Of course one of the dumbies in the Conga Line try to look inside the cage. They got the whole Conga Line’s ass kicked. Rowan whoops Jose too. Claw Slam for the win.

Charlotte Flair comes to the ring. Asuka & Kairi Sane make fun of Charlotte in Japanese, I think. No one attached to the product explains it. This match is a 2 on 1 match but the Kabuki Warriors need to tag in and out. The Warriors take advantage before the bell rings. They press Charlotte for the majority of the match until the commercial. Asuka mistakenly hits Sane with a Hip Attack to give Charlotte an opening. The Kabuki Warriors are back in control after the break. Charlotte keeps on fighting back only to be thwarted again. Asuka transitions into an arm bar. Charlotte picks her up and power bombs Asuka. Sane makes the save again. Charlotte double Spears the Warriors. Asuka kicks out at two. Sane tags whilke Asuka is running the ropes. Charlotte doesn’t see it. Charlotte gets Asuka in the Figure 8. Sane goes for the Insane Elbow for the win. Thank goodness that the announcers are talking about battling uphill odds for someone going two on one. That was not the case for a long time.

The Viking Raiders have had more enhancement matches than anyone I can remember on the main roster in quite soem time. Viking Experience for the win.

Ricochet, Rey Mysterio & Humberto Carrillo are ready to wreck the OC. The young guys respect Rey. Mysterio calls them the future. I didn’t feel like listening to the OC talking again. I’m tired and ready to head to bed. The baby faces got to show off their flashy offense but the edge in team work lead to the dfifference in the match. Styles Clash from the middle rope for the win after Ricochet was done dealing with Karl Anderson on the outside.

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