Match Ratings For WWE Raw 8/19/19, Podcast Notes From Sean Ross Sapp

Roman Reigns defeated Dolph Ziggler
5.75/10

  • Roman Reigns comes out, and we see a video package of all of the things that have happened to him.
  • Ziggler sympathizes with Reigns and is glad he's okay, but says a lot of bad things HAVE happened to him.
  • Jerry Lawler is here to run through shitty one liners all night. Oh boy.
  • Ziggler cheap shots Reigns with a superkick to make THE ULTIMATE UNDERDOG.
  • Outside the ring, Ziggler hits a Zig Zag before a commercial.
  • I find Reigns' clotheslines to be the only bad part of his offense.
  • Ziggler lands a Zig Zag, but kicks out of a Superman Punch.
  • A Spear counter into a Fameasser was better in theory than execution.
  • Reigns wins with a giant Spear.
  • Ziggler turns matches that shouldn't matter into at least entertaining affairs. I'm not sure how anyone could accuse Reigns of being a bad worker at this point.
  • This was a good match, but the result was never in doubt.
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King's Court and such

  • Becky Lynch brings up that Sasha Banks went home for four months
  • Becky says that Sasha sat at home and did nothing and is hotter than ever because Becky brought up her name in a few press interviews.
  • Jerry Lawler puts over King of the Ring. Leading up to King of the Ring, WWE has done a good job making it seem like it means something to those involved and those in the company.
  • The Fiend's entrance hits, and Lawler hits the bricks.
  • It doesn't matter. Mandible Claw on the stage.
  • I loved this. It got Lawler on screen, kept Sasha from being overexposed, and was another legend for Fiend to kill.

Ricochet & The Miz defeated Baron Corbin & Drew McIntyre
5.75/10

  • WWE is even going the G1 route with tag matches.
  • I thought 2011 Sin Cara was about to do a run in with those lights.
  • Vic Joseph is mercifully out for commentary.
  • Baron Corbin wearing a shirt from the Shawn Michaels "reforming DX" collection. it works a lot better for him.
  • Ricochet is the highlight of this match. A great run-up moonsault, rolling dropkick and standing star press.
  • A wheel kick from Ricochet sets up the Skull Crushing Finale.
  • I love that Corbin has added the chokeslam to his arsenal.
  • Ricochet wins with a Recoil with help from the Miz.
  • This was good stuff.

Backstage Crappenings

  • Booker T Skypes in to talk King of the Ring. He picks Drew McIntyre to win KOTR.

WWE United States Championship
Braun Strowman defeated AJ Styles (c) (w/ The OC) via DQ
5/10 (short)

  • This is another PPV match that is being burned on TV. It'll have a lame finish, but it's still burned.
  • When someone is getting their first shot on main roster commentary, they make sure to get their "OOOOOOH" in, because WWE just loves that.
  • Strowman repeatedly swats down Styles until the OC interfere.
  • Seth Rollins makes the save in a baseball cap and says they're even. But really, good. Stop making everyone look so uniform every week.
  • Backstage, Rollins tells Strowman he'll put in a good word for him to be a top contender, because he sees where it's going. Tonight, he wants to team with Strowman to take on the OC in a tag title match. I liked this, it made the Raw Tag Team Titles a prize worth chasing for the top star.

King of the Ring Opening Round
Samoa Joe defeated Cesaro
6.25/10

  • Cesaro immediately cracks Joe.
  • They're hitting each other HARD.
  • This is the kind of match most expected from them.
  • Cesaro booted the living shit out of Joe.
  • Cesaro gets dead weighted on a suplex. I'd imagine that kick didn't feel great.
  • Joe's uranage hits just a LITTLE HARDER than usual.
  • Cesaro Swing into a Crossface, but Joe catches a springboard uppercut with the Coquina Clutch.
  • Joe gets the win, and he needed it. A great way to start this tourney.

Elias

  • WWE said Elias wouldn't be here live tonight. He is. We see Drake trying to win the title over the weekend.
  • He says its his farewell performance.
  • He keeps having tech errors and R-Truth is in disguise as a sound engineer or something.
  • Truth hits his finish, but can't win. He goes after Elias with a guitar, but whiffs.
  • Where's everyone else?

Mysterio

  • Rey Mysterio is being interviewed backstage.
  • He says that his injuries have finally caught up to him and that what Andrade did hurt him.
  • Rey Mysterio says he's retiring and hanging up the mask, and his son keeps him from doing it. He wants to team with his father.
  • Dominic is just as bad a promo as his dad. This is one of the most robotic promos I've ever seen. It was really a contrast.

The New Day defeated The Revival via DQ
5/10 (Short)

  • Better do Revival/New Day to death so it's not special when you get a title match.
  • I really wish Xavier was in King of the Ring. At least we get a cool missile dropkick out of him here.
  • Randy Orton shows up and hits Big E with an RKO right out of nowhere.
  • This was great and got an awesome pop.
  • Kofi came out and Revival and Orton lay waste. This angle rules.
  • Kofi is forced to watch Xavier get his leg "broken." Xavier screams and sells so well.

It's Boss Time

  • Michael Cole is interviewing Sasha Banks, who only cares about her hair.
  • I think Michael Cole for sure underestimates how many people are talking about Sasha's hair.
  • Sasha doesn't say anything.
  • Later, Sasha attacks Natalya backstage. This is the most natural I've seen Sasha. "Go to hell Nattie, and tell your daddy I said hi."
  • I dunno how I feel about that. Promo, attack, delivery good. That may have been a bit far.

Nikki Cross & Alexa Bliss defeated Fire & Desire
5.5/10

  • Both Mandy and Sonya Deville are just flat out good.
  • If they're trying to get Fire & Desire over as contenders, why not have them beat other actual teams?
  • I love how crisp and fast Mandy and Sonya's strikes are, especially their knees.
  • A distraction leads to The Purge getting the win for Cross.
  • This would have made more sense as a title defense.

King of the Ring Opening Round
Cedric Alexander defeated Sami Zayn
5/10 (Short)

  • Zayn landed a DEEP Michinoku Driver.
  • Cedric wins with a Lumbar Check.
  • Zayn is getting beat REGULARLY.
  • I wish this got about 8 minutes, but whatever. I was hoping KOTR was the workhorse tourney.

WWE Raw Tag Team Championships
Braun Strowman & Seth Rollins defeated The OC (c) (w/ AJ Styles) to become champions
6/10

  • Rollins and Strowman argue about focus and who should lead.
  • The OC aren't happy about this tag match, but Styles is.
  • Rollins tries to get ahead of a blind tag, but gets taken out in the OC's side of the ring.
  • A back suplex/neckbreaker doesn't finish the job for The OC on Rollins.
  • Strowman comes out of nowhere and mows down Gallows and Styles
  • A stomp gets it done and we have new tag champs.

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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