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WWEekly: The Top Talking Points of RAW, Smackdown and NXT (5.13 – 5.15.19)

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Welcome back to WWEekly. We are entering a new era, a wildcard era, where the format is changing to my shorter, truncated method. It’s easier to read and I can cover every result. Plus the shows are starting to cross over meaning it’s not worth analysing the same thing twice. It’s go home week for Money in the Bank so let’s see how WWE handle the booking for their fifth largest show and how they were welcomed by the UK since they were on tour there.

RAW

– RAW starts with Roman Reigns on Miz TV. The two are talking about their upcoming matches and their hatred for Shane McMahon and Elias. They’re interrupted and a tag match is made between Miz and Roman and Bobby Lashley and Elias. The match is thrown out when Shane McMahon interferes and saves his henchmen.

– Mojo Rawley (complete with Sharpie decorated face) defeats Apollo Crews via Alabama Slam

– Nikki Cross offers to help Alexa Bliss after Alexa has lost her luggage and can’t take part in the Fatal Four Way. That match happens and Nikki wins with a Rope Hung Neckbreaker on Natalya. She helps Alexa climb a ladder and pose after.

– Becky Lynch contract signing where everyone argues then Lacey Evans and Charlotte put Becky through a table.

– Baron Corbin defeats Ricochet via End of Days then is pushed off a ladder trying to show off post-match.

– Rey Mysterio defeats Cesaro via 619 Splash. Excellent match and we also got a sinister video package from Samoa Joe that he’ll teach Dominick how to be a man.

– We had a new episode of Firefly Funhouse and Bray was hiding from the audience. He appears and is chilling with his friends. Rambling Rabbit has been patched up and everyone seems happy. Bray has a secret for us too. It’s a sinister clown masked persona… YAY! This new sinister addition further boosts my interest in Bray and how he’ll handle the nice and the nasty in his funhouse.

– The main event is a Falls Count Anywhere match between Sami Zayn and Braun Strowman for Strowman’s place in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. They fight everywhere and the match brings in Baron Corbin and Drew McIntyre to assist Zayn in beating Braun. Sami wins after Braun is put through a ladder and hit with a Claymore. Post-match Braun pulls a PCO and resurrects to send the audience home by putting Zayn through the announcer’s table.

SmackDown Live

– Roman opens the show again and brings out the Miz. Once again, they have a promo segment and are put into a tag match by Shane McMahon once again. This time it is Roman and the Usos taking on Shane, Elias, Daniel Bryan and Rowan. Miz is barred from ringside and if he appears during the match, he’ll lose his cage match. Shane McMahon wins with the Coast to Coast then Miz comes out with a chair. The faces clear the ring and Shane flees.

– Andrade defeats Finn Balor, Randy Orton and Ali via Hammerlock DDT on Balor. This was an excellent match that stole the show. Everyone had fun spots, ladders were involved and Andrade won by being smart and holds a pinfall victory over the IC title holder. After the match he is knocked off a ladder by Ricochet, who flees backstage with the briefcase.

– The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) defeat Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville via Roll Up. Love or hate the name it’s hard not to like the Kabuki Warriors. They have excellent chemistry and worked well against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. The win seemed a bit weak but it’s building storyline between Mandy and Sonya.

– The main event is supposed to be the Kevin Owens Show but only Kofi is in the ring. Kevin Owens berates Kofi from backstage for his reliance on the New Day. Owens states he now has no one and that he will be facing the most dangerous man in WWE. Kofi challenges Owens to come out and he obliges taunting Kofi on the ramp. Kofi makes chase and the two brawl. Sami Zayn comes out to help Owens and the pair work over Kofi. Xavier tries to make the save but easily dispatched. The segment breaks down after Kofi hits Zayn with the Trouble in Paradise. The show ends with Kofi standing tall.

NXT

– The episode opens with the War Raiders (Viking Raiders) looking to relinquish their tag titles as no one can take the belts from them. They bring out William Regal who is about to oblige them but a familiar theme hits. This claim has irked the Street Profits who want a title shot. The Raiders keep the belts and the match is made.

– Next is a backstage interview with Adam Cole and most of the Undisputed Era talking about Roderick Strong and the tensions going on with the unit. They mention Roddy’s absence but he then makes an appearance stating the Matt Riddle problem is solved and hands Cole a bloody flip flop.

– Keith Lee defeats Cezar Bononi via Spirit Bomb

– KUSHIDA defeats Kona Reeves via Hoverboard Lock. KUSHIDA carries on his winning momentum with a convincing win over Kona Reeves. KUSHIDA showed off more of his arsenal and hit a cannon ball plancha onto Reeves from the top turnbuckle. He also fought this match as Drew Gulak looked on. That’s a match I can’t wait for.

– Vanessa Borne defeats Jessie via Running Neckbreaker?

– Gargano vs Cole confirmed for NXT Takeover 25

– Street Profits vs Viking Raiders ends in no contest. The match starts fast with the Viking Raiders trying to end the match early. They nearly hit Thor’s Hammer (I refuse to call it the Viking Experience) but Dawkins makes the save. There’s a couple of near falls then the match breaks down because the Forgotten Sons appear and The Viking Raiders go out to fight them. Lorcan and Burch also come out but the Raiders seem to have it all under control. The Street Profits hit their Super Blockbuster on Rowe (Erik) and flee. The Raiders take their frustration out on Lorcan and Burch and finish the show standing tall.

Well there you have it, another lukewarm week of WWE TV in the dust. It’s getting difficult to care about SmackDown or RAW as it’s now just two nights of the same thing. The rosters are less diverse, the writing teams are the same and the storylines are dull. NXT is the only programme that feels fresh right now. Money in the Bank is this weekend but there is a distinct lack of interest in the event from fans and WWE themselves. I hope the show still delivers.

John is a UK based wrestling obsessive who still wants to believe the Bullet Club is fine. He is always tearing the business apart and first realised wrestling was for him when he saw Mankind fall from the top of the cell at King of the Ring 1998.

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