Match Ratings For WWE Raw For 4/6/20 From Sean Ross Sapp

Asuka defeated Liv Morgan

  • If a match is boring tonight, referee John Cone will just obnoxiously chant "CM PUNK" by himself in the ring.
  • Byron Saxton saying they're pressing the reset button doesn't really work for me.
  • Asuka controls things early on, but Liv Morgan takes over ahead of the break.
  • This is a good spot for Liv Morgan, but she needs to win.
  • Liv Morgan does a great head scissors through the ropes.
  • This is an important match for Liv Morgan, and she's delivering. She hits a big skateboard stomp.
  • Asuka gets a German Suplex and Shining Wizard. Asuka taps out Liv Morgan with an Asuka Lock.
  • I think Liv Morgan should have won that. The division needs new blood. 50/50ing everyone will result in nobody getting over.
  • Liv Morgan did really well, and was promising in this match.
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WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
Street Profits (c) defeated Austin Theory & Angel Garza (w/ Zelina Vega) via DQ

  • Zelina has her gear on. This is gonna get turned into a 6-person tag, surely.
  • Realistically, Theory and Garza should have never been in a tag title match, and this should have been a first.
  • All four of these guys are outstanding, but I'm having trouble getting pumped for seeing them have a third match in a week.
  • Zelina causes a DQ.
  • Why didn't they just have Bianca Belair just there from the beginning? We all saw what happened last night. They could have just saved the debut for tonight.
  • Bianca Belair runs off Zelina and cuts a great promo about being the EST (fastEST, biggEST, strongEST, etc) of WWE Raw now.
  • Looks like we're getting a match.

Bianca Belair (w/ Street Profits) defeated Zelina Vega (w/ Austin Theory and Angel Garza)

  • Bianca Belair is physically impressive per usual, I'm just not sure why Zelina needs to get any significant amount of offense in during this match. She rarely wrestles.
  • Zelina is pretty solid in this match, and I don't want to imply otherwise, it just seems like it would be more productive to put Belair over strong.
  • Bianca Belair wins via a DQ.
  • Now we're getting a SIX MAN TAG, WHY?!?!?

Bianca Belair & Street Profits defeated Zelina Vega, Austin Theory and Angel Garza

  • How can anyone be arsed to care about this? Maybe big Bianca Belair fans.
  • Street Profits run Theory and Garza off after a few minutes.
  • Belair hits a Glam Slam into the buckle and the KOD.
  • The Street Profits, Bianca Belair, Theory, Garza, Zelina segment went 35 minutes total

Aleister Black defeated Apollo Crews

  • Reunite Titus Worldwide immediately. EXPIRING DRAFT PICKS! GIMME THAT SWEET EXPLANATION TOM PHILLIPS I'LL TAKE IT. I'm not gonna sit here and pretend that "draft picks that were about to expire" is some shit that make sense, but I'm going to applaud the effort of trying to make it make sense.
  • This starts slow, but I'll take it over Crews getting squashed.
  • This is really good after the commercial, and Crews is showing he can hang, as if there was any doubt.
  • There's a nice suplex on the floor. Crews moonsaults off the apron to the floor.
  • Crews is really kicking Black's ass for the majority of this match. Black kicks out of Crews' huge spinning powerbomb, The Chariot.
  • The two trade kicks, and Crews misses a flying splash. Black tears apart Crews' knee with a scissor sweep and leg lock.
  • This is getting better as it keeps going. Crews is selling his leg heavily.
  • Crews is getting all of his signature spots, plus a couple of Superplex variations.
  • Black catches him with a knee and wins with the Black Mass.
  • Apollo Crews and Aleister Black just had a 28 minute match on Monday Night Raw and it was real good.

Ricochet & Cedric Alexander defeated Lorcan & Burch

  • I'm glad they're hyping up Ricochet and Cedric as a team, because they need fresh blood. They keep running into the 50/50 problem though, and I'd like to see them be a little more cognizant of their abilities.
  • Burch and Lorcan hit hard, no surprise there.
  • Inverted atomic drop, enziguri, front suplex, standing star press.
  • Neuralizer into a GTS with a kick.
  • Good showing and win.

Other Stuff

  • We see Shayna Baszler and Becky Lynch's Youtube post-WrestleMania interviews. These are a good way to kill time that most haven't seen. Shayna says her loss will unravel Becky.
  • Bobby Lashley indicates that he wants a divorce after WrestleMania.
  • Kevin Owens says he's happy that he's got a WrestleMania moment he can be proud of. He isn't sure what's next, but he's ready to move on.

Seth Rollins defeated Denzel Dejournette

  • You don't see Rollins squash matches much, and I think it's good to see one.
  • Stomp and a win. His hair didn't even go down.

Nia Jax defeated Deonna Purrazzo

  • Nia Jax CRUSHES Deonna Purrazzo. A nice short-arm clothesline hits.
  • Samoan Drop and RamPaige win it.

Humberto Carrillo defeated Brendan Vink

  • Brendan Vink, who is huge, breaks up the Carrillo offense with a big boot and slaps on the ol' CHINLOCK.
  • Carrillo rolls into a standing moonsault, and hits a top rope one.
  • This still did nothing for me in getting interested in Humberto Carrillo. Pretty offense, no charisma or character.

WWE Championship
Drew McIntyre (c) defeated The Big Show to retain the title

  • Drew McIntyre is shown after winning the title. He has new name plates.
  • He thanks Paul Heyman for motivating him.
  • The Big Show comes out with a referee.
  • He wants a match right now, whether for the title or not. Drew says he just had a match, and isn't fighting right now.
  • The dialogue isn't very good right now. Drew not wanting to fight Big Show isn't a great babyface look, but it at least makes him look smart.
  • The match is on. I guess Big Show technically has competed at WrestleMania events across 4 decades now
  • Big Show is dominant, and Byron is screaming how this has never happened. Only it has, Yokozuna and Hulk Hogan.
  • Big Show hits a Vader Bomb elbow.
  • Drew fights back and body slams Big Show.
  • Show hits a chokeslam for a two count.
  • Drew dodges a KO punch and hits a Claymore for the win.
  • This Big Show/Drew match was pretty good for what it was

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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