Match Ratings For WWE Raw 5/20/19, Podcast Notes From Sean Ross Sapp

Opening Segment

  • Paul Heyman comes out and discusses the conspiracy theories surrounding Brock Lesnar and Money in the Bank.
  • He implies Lesnar beat up Sami Zayn and that he personally negotiated with WWE at the last minute to get Lesnar in the match.
  • Seth Rollins comes out and dares Brock Lesnar to cash in his contract right there. The crowd goes insane.
  • Paul Heyman doesn't want Lesnar to do it, and says he might not even challenge Rollins.
  • Heyman brings up Kofi Kingston, who comes out to a thunderous ovation. We're reminded of the stupid ass wild card rule.
  • Heyman notes that both guys are auditioning for a match against Lesnar, and Lesnar isn't leaving yet.
  • Kofi and Rollins are told by Triple H that they'll face Baron Corbin and Bobby Lashley tonight.
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Braun Strowman defeated Sami Zayn
SQUASH

  • Bobby Lashley refuses to help Sami Zayn tonight. I like that they referenced that Lashley doesn't like Zayn.
  • Zayn lures Strowman backstage, where Lashley stares him down. This allows Zayn to land a punch, but that's it.
  • Strowman beats Zayn all through Gorilla and then to the ring.
  • Strowman beats Zayn pretty quickly with a powerslam.

LARRRRRRRRRRRRS

  • Lars Sullivan comes out for an interview with Charly Caruso.
  • There's a brief video, then Lucha House party come out.
  • They triple team Lars, then just sit around when Kalisto gets murdered. HUH?!
  • Lars destroys them all. They save Lince from a powerbomb.

Cesaro defeated Ricochet
5.75/10

  • Would have maybe left Ricochet off the show tonight to sell the injuries.
  • Cesaro trolls Ricochet into a match, and he has a new theme and entrance.
  • Ricochet is a great opponent for Cesaro.
  • Ricochet eats a huge back body drop and a drop across the apron.
  • Cesaro finishes him off with a big backbreaker, European uppercut and the Neutralizer.
  • I don't mind Ricochet losing this one. This was a little short, but was good for what it was

WILD CARD

  • Roman Reigns THE WILDCARD comes out.
  • Shane McMahon follows and says he's officially done with the Miz.
  • Shane says the match with Roman Reigns will happen again.
  • Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon jump Roman Reigns.
  • Backstage, Miz runs into them and says he's coming for Shane after he takes care of Drew tonight.

The Revival defeated The Usos
6.25/10

  • The Revival jump the Usos, and do the Sidewinder while still in their jackets.
  • Early on, this is a good way to re-establish The Revival.
  • There's some great, back and forth, hard hitting action.
  • Revival do a powerbomb/elbow drop and the crowd is cookin'.
  • A bunch of superkicks land and things get wild with Uso dives.
  • Dawson and Jimmy Uso have a great strike trade.
  • Dawson rolls up Jimmy for the pin.
  • "This was awesome" chants. This match ruled.
  • The Revival are backstage celebrating and tell Alexa they should be on Moment of Bliss

Moment of Bliss

  • Alexa Bliss is seen with Nikki Cross backstage. She reminds Nikki Cross that she didn't win last night.
  • Alexa keeps asking Nikki to move.
  • Becky Lynch is brought out, but the IIconics come out to clown her.
  • Becky threatens to beat them right now and become Becky Three Belts.
  • Lacey Evans shows up and challenges Becky to a six-woman tag. Nikki volunteers to be Becky's partner.
  • Alexa Bliss says she's not ready for a match -- is literally wearing her gear. Lol. She carries a coffee to the ring.

Becky Lynch, Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss defeated The IIconics & Lacey Evans
5/10

  • "What do you know about this Nikki Cross?" - five months after she was called up.
  • Alexa is drinking coffee at ringside.
  • Nikki has a great series of offense, then gets worked over by the IIconics. There are some sloppy pin attempts, too.
  • Becky gets tagged in, goes off and ends up winning with a flying leg drop from the second rope.
  • I'm okay with that finish. Billie doesn't need protected, and it gets another move over for Becky Lynch.
  • Lacey had walked out before the pin.

24/7

  • Mick Foley is shown entering the venue and is greeted by a lot of people who can't get on TV.
  • Foley doing such a bad job covering up the title that production keeps cutting away from it.
  • Mick Foley reveals the 24/7 title.
  • They made this shit so convoluted. Foley says something about a third hour, I dunno. I asked WWE to clear it up.
  • If the Beauty and The Beast were being replayed in the ring right now, Mick Foley would be Belle, because that title is hideous.
  • So uhhh is it a Third Hour Of Raw Championship? Why is only the third hour of Raw getting RAWWWW.
  • I'd be okay if champions could appear on either show, or if there was just one wild card. They've bastardized the brand split to the point where it's ridiculous.

WWE 24/7 Championship
Titus O'Neil wins the Title
Robert Roode defeated Titus O'Neil (c) to win the 24/7 Championship

  • Whoever runs in and gets the title wins it.
  • The Club, Titus, Cedric, Eric Young, Jose, EC3, Mojo are out there to get it.
  • The Good Brothers both have the title. Everyone gets a turn going at it in the ring.
  • WWE has a great idea, but that belt is hideous and they did a real terrible job explaining the real concept of this.
  • Titus grabs it and wins.
  • Robert Roode rolls up Titus and wins the title.
  • Later, he's seen being chased past Lashley and Corbin.
  • R-Truth helps hide Roode in his trunk and hide.
  • A referee emerges and Truth wins the title.
  • R-Truth is the first person to ever hold the WWF Hardcore Championship and WWE 24/7 Championship.

Drew McIntyre (w/ Shane McMahon) defeated The Miz
5.5/10

  • Drew McIntyre cracks Miz pretty good early.
  • For all the former criticisms about Miz, he can dish it out and take it.
  • The match spills to the outside where Miz goes over the barricade.
  • Miz does a damn huracanrana!
  • Miz goes for a Figure Four, and Shane distracts him, then attacks.
  • This helps Drew set up for the Claymore and the win.
  • Shane is gonna Coast to Coast Miz, but Reigns makes the save.

JOE

  • WWE references the United States Title pin screw up from last night.
  • Rey Mysterio has a separated shoulder.
  • Samoa Joe cuts a selfie promo.
  • We'll find out what's up with the title next week.

Kofi Kingston & Seth Rollins defeated Baron Corbin & Bobby Lashley
5.5/10

  • Corbin gets walloped by AJ Styles backstage.
  • This was announced as a No DQ match and reacted to as if it is a heel thing to do. Why? Because being in a No-DQ match puts them at a heightened disadvantage if Lesnar cashes in. More beat down, as Noah pointed out. But commentary didn't point that out.
  • Corbin and Lashley attack Rollins before the match.
  • Per usual, Corbin does a great Deep Six.
  • Rollins takes out the heels with a chair while they're going for a double suplex.
  • Kofi wins with a Trouble in Paradise.
  • Both babyfaces get speared.
  • Brock Lesnar comes out, then backs off. They're coming back next week and revealing who he's going to cash in on.

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. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!

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