Almost Live, Definitely Half Assed Review of WWE Raw – 21 Oct. ’19

Picture by John Kuntz of the Key Bank Tower in Cleveland OH. Property of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

We got a recap of the Bray Wyatt/Seth Rollins feud. Ric Flair was the first person to hit the ramp though. He announcers Drew McIntyre as his last team member. The high light of the segment was the come backs to some heckler. Ricochet comes out for a match against McIntyre in a Crown Jewel preview match.

McIntyre uses his power to dominate the early part of the match. Ricochet starts to get the momentum just before the commercial. McIntyre took old “Mo” back by catapulting Ricochet into the ring post. I’m so unconvinced by the manufactured Flair vs Hogan angle. I was prompted to type that with Flair screaming at Hogan from ring side. Ricochet drop kicks McIntyre coming off the top rope. Ricochet finishes off a flurry of offense with a standing moonsault. McIntyre luanches Ricochet into the turn buckles. A Sit Down Power Bomb follows but only gets a two count. Ricochet back kicks McIntyre to get back into the match. A second crescent kick follows. Ricochet nails a perfect Shooting Star Press. He only gets two. Ricochet goes back to the top but has to abort a 630. McIntyre catches Ricochet going for Recoil. McIntyre dumps him outside. McIntyre throws Ricochet into the post shoulder first. When Ricochet recovers, McIntyre connects with a Claymore for the win. McIntyre comes back into the ring to assault Ricochet who is still recovering. The Coup De Grace was a Flap Jack into the stairs.

We get banter from Vic Joseph, Jerry Lawler and Dio Maddin. They throw it to a recap of the OC/Street Profits feud. Charley Caruso gets to interview The OC. Karl Anderson is wondering why they’re not hosts of Raw. AJ Styles gets to mention that you can’t “Get The Smoke” in Cleveland. Fair enough. He ends on a serious note by saying they’re ready.

Looks like we’re getting a lot of “These people are on Raw” video packages. It’s focused on Andrade, Buddy Murphy and Aleister Black. He ends up getting the promo. He picks a fight with a local talent by the name of Reynolds. Black Mass in short order for the win.

AOP, much like Aleister Black, need to show their violence instead of talking about it. I mean, they are two scary large gentleman in suits.

Jerry Lawler tries to get the answers out of Rusev about his relationship with Lana. Rusev finally says that Bobby Lashley brain washed her and that he will be “Crushed.” Bobby Lashley & Lana pop up on the Titantron. Lana says that because Lashley spends money on her, she loves him. Rusev says that he is going to respond in person, because he knows exactly where they are.

Zelina Vega gets to tout Andrade on their way to the ring. He is taking on Sin Cara. I still can’t believe he’s on the roster. The announcers show Sin Cara’s work with his home town of El Paso and their first responders. It will not help the result of this match. Sin Cara sends us to commercial with a moonsault to the floor. That was the last of his offense. Sin Cara dodges a Meteora attempt. Sin Cara goes for a head scissors take over but gets dropped on his face by Andrade. He takes too much time going for the Three Amigos Suplexes. It allows Sin Cara to kick out. They fight on the top rope. They struggle. Sin Cara with a Sunset Bomb for a two count. Meteora connects the second time. Sin Cara kicks out again. Sin Cara sling shots into a head scissors take over on the floor. Vega distracts Sin Cara. She takes him down. Andrade capitalizes. Hammerlock DDT for the win.

Charley interviews Humberto Carrillo. He says that he respects Andrade & Vega since they do work together to win matches. Carrillo knows Andrade will be a future Universal Champion, but he’s ready to beat him to the crown. Carrillo says that when he wins, he won’t be a champion like Seth Rollins because he won’t play with fire. What a weird, weird promo.

The Street Profits are ready for their Raw in ring debut. Montez Ford tries to pry their partner’s name from Angelo Dawkins. He won’t give it up. Ford says they’re ready for the Smoke.

The Bollywood Boys trick R Truth. They roll him up for the 24/7 Championship.

The Viking Raiders come out for their first defense of the Raw Tag Team Titles. Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins. They are happy with this opportunity tonight. They want to string together some wins to stop being under dogs. Ryder & Hawkins got in some offense, but it was an enhancement match. Viking Experience for the win.

The owner of the restaurant requests that Bobby Lashley & Lana leave since Rusev is coming. Lashley says that Rusev isn’t enough a man to come there. Rusev shows up in the next segment. That restaurant sure does employ a lot of police officers.

Rey Mysterio comes out. He’s ready to celebrate with Cain Velasquez at Crown Jewel. Paul Heyman pops on screen to accuse Rey of talking big because Brock Lesnar is on Smackdown. Brock Lesnar has wanted revenge ever since the loss to Velasquez. Rey fires back in Spanish. Shelton Benjamin comes out for some reason. He’s mad about Cain getting a championship opportunity. Benjamin comes out and says he’s with Lesnar. Benjamin starts slapping around Rey who backs off since his arm is still in a sling. Cain Velasquez makes the save.He punks out Benjamin but looks terrible in doing so. He needs me pro wrestling training.

Charley Caruso wonders about Seth Rollins mind set. Rollins says that he might be in Bray Wyatt’s head now. Rollins spots Carrillo walking by. He tells him that he’d burn down the Funhouse again because it was the right thing to do. Rollins challenges Carrillo to a match.

After another Crown Jewel video package, Rollins & Carrillo have their match. A Jaw JAcker by Carrillo catches my attention enough to type. He hits some high flying move including a flip dive onto Rollins on the outside. Rollins dodges a move. Rollins get a Falcon Arrow for a two count. Buckle Bomb is followed by a side kick to a kneeling Carrillo. Rollins only gets a two count. Carrillo counters the Stomp. He gets on a roll. Carrillo connects with a moonsault for a two count. Carrillo goes for it again. Rollins kicks him on the way down. The Stomp by Rollins for the win. Rollins leaves the ring. He comes back to shake Carrillo’s hand.

R Truth rolls up the wrong Bollywood Boy. Comedy ensues.

The Street Profits come out on the ramp but then head through the crowd. The OC comes out next saving the mystery partner for last. The OC thinks that the Street Profits are making up their partner. They actually don’t announce the partner. That’s pretty stupid since it gives you a distinct disadvantage. The Profits are taken advantage of as one would imagine. Ford takes the beating as usual. Dawkins comes in and cleans house. Ford tags back in. Dawkins & Gallows falll out of the ring. Ford kicks out at two after a Spinebuster. Kevin Owens comes out and Stuns Styles. Street Profits take advantage. Frog Splash by Ford for the win. The Profits head out through the crowd.

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