Match Ratings For 8/17/20 WWE Raw From Sean Ross Sapp

RETRIBUTION

  • Drew McIntyre is DISCOOSTED by Randy Orton and what he did to Ric Flair last week.
  • Drew says he's not a feeble old man, he's the Scottish Psychopath.
  • We gettin' GLITCHY!!! Camera cuts, camera angles, and graphics.
  • RETRIBUTION is in the truck tearing stuff up.
  • They cut the camera feed at crowbarpoint.
  • Back from commercial all the BABYFACES are hanging out together, besides Akira Tozawa and Riddick Moss in the babyface lounging area.
  • Seth Rollins shows up and takes exception to Drew being a leader.
  • Cedric and Ricochet both say Rey Mysterio is going to be around
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If Crews wins, Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin are banned from ringside at Summerslam
Apollo Crews defeated Shelton Benjamin (w/ The Hurt Business)
5/10

  • We have a single wide shot of The Hurt Business for the start of the promo.
  • He says to follow the money, and thinks Retribution showing up when he lost the US Title match isn't a coincidence.
  • Apollo Crews says MVP is trying to use distractions just like last week when WWE booked a terrible finish in the last Crews/Benjamin match.
  • MVP says it's back to catering for Apollo when he loses the title, and Crews says he does know that's true.
  • MVP agrees that if Crews wins tonight, Lashley and Shelton are banned from ringside Sunday.
  • It seems like WWE slowed down the camera cuts at the beginning of the match. Still happens upon almost any impact.
  • There's a hideous DDT landing out of the Toss Powerbomb counter. That was rough.
  • R-Truth and Tozawa run through the ring, leading to a distraction pin for Crews.
  • Hurt Business attack Crews, but Ali, Cedric Alexander and Ricochet make the save and leave.

WWE 24/7 Championship
Shelton Benjamin (w/ The Hurt Business) defeated R-Truth (c) to become champion

  • Shelton Benjamin catches R-Truth with a big boot and pins him
  • MVP wants a six-man elimination tag team match. He challenges Apollo.

Angel Garza (w/ Zelina & Andrade) defeated Ivar (w/ Erik)
5.5/10

  • It is so frustrating to see how bad the Viking Raiders are presented. I know WWE wants them to show character, but this is really shitty. Ivar the ladies man gives a lady a turkey leg.
  • Demi Burnett has been flirted with by Ivar, Garza and Angelo Dawkins.
  • Garza threw Ivar down by the beard and threw pants at him.
  • Both tag team divisions badly need a shakeup because I am disinterested in everything involving them, and that shouldn't happen at this talent level.
  • Garza wins with a nasty dropkick to the face.
  • It's fun video and picture time with Angelo Dawkins and Demi. Samoa Joe reveals that he saw some security footage.
  • WWE tried to hard to make this look like security footage, so why didn't they just use a real security camera? Zelina is shown poisoning Montez Ford. Why did Angelo Dawkins think that video was so funny?
  • Montez is back and the brawl is on.

Natalya (w/ Lana) defeated Mickie James via countout
How the hell should I know?/10

  • The flappy pants have returned!
  • Mickie and Natalya have pretty badass double clothesline
  • Samoa Joe has turned into Just Joe!!! Rollins is out here asking for SOURCES.
  • Natalya wins by countout, but we are barely able to see the match.
  • 50/50 continues when Mickie gets her heat back by kicking Lana.
  • Rollins says neither Rey or Dom will make it to Summerslam if they show up.
  • Joe is laughing and tells Tom Phillips to sit down. Phillips is selling this well.

Shayna Baszler & Asuka defeated The Golden Role Models
7/10

  • Sasha Banks and Bayley come out and playfully argue over who will face Asuka first, but they agree on Bayley.
  • Shayna says regardless, she has next.
  • Nia Jax attacks Shayna Baszler, and officials and Pat Buck try to break it up.
  • So the last few weeks, we've seen matches thrown out because a person not in the match attacks another person in the match. Nia attacks Shayna and there's no DQ there? No consistency.
  • Golden Role Models do a Harris Brothers H-Bomb to Asuka.
  • Shayna Baszler comes back, and I half-expected a DQ here. Fiery babyface hot tag Shayna is new.
  • Backstabber and Bayley to Belly doesn't get it done.
  • Shayna's gutwrench slam is so great. So is this match.
  • Tons of counters and transitions, but Shayna Baszler picks up a big submission win on Bayley.
  • Later, Shayna Baszler is seen backstage with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir!!

Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay) defeated Ruby Riott (w/ Liv Morgan
5/10

  • At what point do Ruby Riott and the IIconics get tired of fighting each other? This is like the eighth time.
  • Billie volunteered Peyton to replace her.
  • Royce hits a great knee off the ropes.
  • Riott takes over, but gets pushed into Liv.
  • Deja Vu, and Royce wins.
  • The match was fine, they just book these teams together too much.

Raw Underground
Erik (w/ Ivar) defeats Jobber

  • Erik takes his opponent down and knees him in the head.
  • Ziggler with a hilarious Bret Hart 4/10 reference. Erik challenges Ziggler.

Raw Underground
Dolph Ziggler defeated Erik (w/ Ivar)

  • Seeing Ziggler go for a high single leg and sit out is a work of art.
  • Erik lands a big punch and and a huge slam.
  • Ziggler applies the rear naked choke and goes thumb in the eye for the win,
  • Ivar pounces Ziggler into the crowd.

EYE AM BACK!

  • Rey says he's felt pain because of his eye and what Rollins did to Dominik.
  • He's worried about Dom on Sunday.
  • Dom says he'll be ready. They hug.
  • Rollins pops up on the screen with Murphy and says this could have been prevented long ago.
  • They lure Rollins and Murphy out and beat them with kendo sticks.

Raw Underground
Riddick Moss vs. Arturo Ruas
5.5/10

  • Riddick Moss gets a big slam, bur Arturo Ruas does a roundhouse kick..
  • Moss has some nasty elbows being thrown.
  • Riddick Moss rolling out of the kneebar. That's the shit I like.
  • They end up outside the ring and Ruas punches a spectator.
  • Did Riddick Moss vs. Arturo Ruas have a winner? They can gouge eyes and rip ballsacks off, but can't roll outside the damn ring?

Elimination match
The Hurt Business defeated Apollo Crews, Ali & Ricochet
4.5/10

  • Apollo picks Ali & Ricochet, since Cedric Alexander was put in the full nelson.
  • MVP approaches a frustrated Cedric Alexander.
  • Ali is eliminated really quick by Bobby Lashley with the Yokosuka Cutter. Ah boy.
  • Lashley does an insane spinebuster to Ricochet then Shelton pins him with Paydirt.
  • It's one on three. I think WWE needs to hear that three of their wrestlers losing in like sixty seconds doesn't really make any of them look good.
  • Toss Powerbomb on MVP and Crews pins him. They find ways to make me less interested in Sunday's PPV with each turn.
  • Crews hits a couple of enziguris and gets speared.
  • I can't scream it any louder. Nobody ever gets over with this booking. This rating reflects that, not the work.

WWE 24/7 Championship
Cedric Alexander defeated Shelton Benjamin (c) to win the title

  • Alexander rolls up Shelton after he gets pinned.
  • Shelton Benjamin has been pinned three times tonight.

WWE 24/7Championship
Cedric Alexander (c) defeated Akira Tozawa to retain the title
Shelton Benjamin defeated Cedric Alexander (c) to win the title

  • Akira Tozawa h its a great kick, but misses a senton.
  • Neuralizer and Lumbar Check.
  • Was it WWE's goal to beat every wrestler outside of the main event scene within a minute or two of contact tonight?
  • Shelton hits a Paydirt and wins it back.

Raw Underground
Marina Shafir submits a jobber

  • Shafir is a little sloppy, but hits some great judo throws.
  • A cartwheel into a spine kick. Nice.
  • Marina wins with a leg-in triangle.
  • Nia Jax attacks and kicks Jessamyn Duke, too.
  • Shayna wants a match and Nia Jax teases it, but runs away.

Montez Ford (w/ Angelo Dawkins & Bianca Belair) defeated Andrade (w/ Zelina & Angel Garza)
5/10

  • Montez is back and does a wild tope con hilo, standing moonsault and huracanrana.
  • Bianca catches Zelina midair.
  • Distraction finish. Another dove cries. END THE PAIN

Why am I so violent?

  • Randy Orton emerges after Apollo talking to his friends.
  • Drew McIntyre is trying to talk Shawn McIntyre out of going to the ring because of what's happened to the legends.
  • Why does Shawn Michaels give a shit? Butt out, old man.
  • He doesn't butt out. He's still there.
  • Michaels credits Ric Flair and finger wags Orton from a distance. He threatens to superkick Orton at Summerslam.
  • Orton RKO and Punts Shawn Michaels' old ass, and Drew McIntyre runs him off.
  • Orton tries to come back and fights Orton off.
  • That little SNEKKY SNEK Orton hits an RKO on Drew anyway.

Rating Guide
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor

Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5. The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones that may change upon a second viewing, or sitting on the match for a period of time. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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