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WWEekly: The Top Talking Points of RAW, SmackDown & NXT (6.17 – 6.19.19)

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RAW was actually good this week. I cannot stress the shock I felt after watching a messy but fun episode of RAW that actually did a reasonably good job at building to Stomping Grounds. That PPV being the Great Balls of Fire for 2019 as it has a promo video featuring these boots are made for walking. Anyway, SmackDown was just a replay of RAW but again had its moments and a surprise title change. Lastly NXT saw the dawn of the Cole era and brought some new faces (well familiar to those who watch promotions outside of WWE) with the announcement of a new tournament. Let’s get into it.

RAW

– Elias opens the show with a promo bashing LA and reveals he will be the special guest referee at Stomping Grounds until Seth Rollins smashes him with a chair. He threatens to do that to anyone who accepts the referee position. He does this to multiple people throughout the night building up to his match against Daniel Bryan. He then beats Bryan via Stomp after a DQ moment from Rowan and a scrum between countless stars on the roster. He celebrates on the ramp until Corbin smacks him in the back with a chair to end the show.

– Ricochet defeats Bobby Lashley, Cesaro, Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman in a 5-way elimination match that saw him team up with the heels and finish the match with a 630 Senton. He now gets a US Title shot at Stomping Grounds.

– Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans fight again because we need to be reminded that their match is a thing.

– The Viking Raiders defeat Russ & Randy Taylor via Thor’s Hammer in about a minute then the camera cuts to R Truth and Carmella in the crowd in disguise. They are revealed and changed around again.

– Drew McIntyre beats up Heath Slater for asking for a raise. He’d dropped some money on the floor and The Revival, who had been onlookers, pocket it.

– The New Day clashes with Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn & Baron Corbin in a 2 out of 3 falls tag bout that saw Sami instantly pinned near enough and Corbin piss of his allies. His team lose two to nothing.

– Gallows & Anderson are on TV! They lose to The Usos in a quick but fun tag match that see the Good Brothers defeated via Double Superkicks.

– Roman Reigns puts Drew through a table then continues to beat up Shane for several more minutes because there’s still time to kill on the show.

– The IIconics defeat Alex Bliss & Nikki Cross via Bayley interference Roll Up. This was a rare WWE Women’s Tag Titles match that was a bit of a mess.

– Firefly Funhouse appears to have come to an end as technical interference causes clips to mash together after the cast wants the audience to join them. Creepy messages and interruptions happen before the Fiend asks to be let in. This is by far and away the clearest indicator that Wyatt is coming back to the ring.

SmackDown

– Alexa Bliss and Bayley get into a fight over coffee and insults. Nikki Cross tries her best to break it up.

– Dolph Ziggler cuts the same promo again ahead of their steel cage match at Stomping Grounds and his match against Xavier. He wins that match via Superkick after being taken to the limit by Xavier. This was a good showing for Xavier despite the loss.

– Andrade attacks Apollo Crews after Crews called him out last week. It’s not quite Balor but a match between the two would be fun.

– Heavy Machinery defeat The B Team via Compactor.

– Miz calls out Shane McMahon for his ego trip, believing he created this monster and he has to be the one to stop him. Shane gives him a tag match if he can find a partner in ten-seconds. Cue R Truth who enters the tag match. It’s fought under elimination rules and the faces are beaten. Miz gets pummeled with Claymores kicks to amuse Shane. R Truth is eliminated by Elias.

– Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins defeat Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn in another two out of three falls tag match in another two nothing loss.

– Last bit of good news as Drake Maverick disguises himself as Carmella and pins R Truth from a car to win the 24/7 Title just before getting married. Though he could be getting a criminal record for stealing a referee’s car.

NXT

– Undisputed Era open the show with a promo celebrating Adam Cole winning the title. Well it’s more of an I told you so from Cole. They even reveal their own take on the NXT opening video. Velveteen Dream crashes the party to put in a claim at the NXT Title. When Strong bites back, Matt Riddle comes out for some fun too. Cole puts Riddle down by telling him to continue reviewing old wrestlers. Then out of nowhere we also get Tyler Breeze appearing with Riddle and Dream. This segment sets up a 6-man tag match for the main event between the three faces on the ramp vs the Undisputed Era.

– Damian Priest defeats Raul Mendoza via Crossroads. Impressive debut from Priest with a nice cheesy bow and arrow pose to his entrance. Was built like a monster here hopefully that continues.

– William Regal announces the NXT Breakout Tournament that is an 8-man single elimination tournament for a bunch of new signees. These include the renamed Trevor Lee, Jonah Rock, Garza Jr, DJZ and Shane Strickland. The winner will get a title shot of their choosing.
– Xia Li defeats Taynara Conti via Spinning Kick.

– The Undisputed Era Defeat Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle via End of Heartache to Dream after an exceptional main event.

In Conclusion

So, there you have it, another week of WWE programming in the rear view. It gave us some good, some bad and too much Shane McMahon. The Stomping Grounds PPV is coming this weekend and hopefully once that rematch fest is over, WWE will start building to something new and exciting. Bray coming back to fight would be a step in the right direction. There’s also big NXT matches on the horizon as Io Shirai will be taking on Shayna Baszler in a steel cage next week as well as the big breakout tournament. It should hopefully be an exciting time to watch or maybe not, it’s always a dice roll.

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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