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WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (Oct. 14, 2019): Establishing the new

I could talk about the logical flaws in the WWE Draft again, or about how little interest I have in the Saudi Arabia feuds, but it honestly gets redundant. I’d imagine it’s not a very interesting read either, is it?

So instead of talking about that circus, let’s discuss the one thing WWE quietly did on this show: they introduced the new faces on Raw. And that decision led to a lot of quality wrestling.

Take Andrade, for example. Surprisingly, Andrade was drafted to Raw in the first round of this show’s edition of the WWE Draft; he also had a match right afterwards against Ali.

We’ve seen this pairing before and they never disappoint. The focus here was to establish Andrade’s heelish ways, as well as all the things Zelina Vega is willing to do to help pick up victories. Ali was gaining momentum at the end of the match when Vega leapt off the apron to deliver a hurricanrana to the floor. Andrade hit him with a Hammerlock DDT to pick up the win.

Aleister Black was next up, leaving his brooding darkness to fight Eric Young. This was essentially a squash to showcase Black’s intimidation tactics, vicious striking, and his new submission finisher.

(I miss the Black Mass.)

Ricochet got a chance to shine against Shelton Benjamin as well, despite the frying-pan-to-the-skull that is this “superheroes can be real” marketing. Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy faced off as well! They didn’t get enough time to truly showcase how bonkers their 205 Live stuff was, but this was enough to whet the appetite.

And it wasn’t just the singles dudes. The newly-drafted Street Profits got the smoke from The OC – an incredible first feud for them. The Viking Raiders won the Raw Tag Team Championships in a fun match with Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode, too! Ziggler and Roode tried to keep Ivar out of the match, but Erik was able to withstand a beating and make the tag when it counted.

So I say all of that to say...there’s potential here. If we can get past the horrendous WWE Draft process and Crown Jewel stuff, this show has potential. Whether the talent will get a chance to live up to that potential, though?

We’ll see.

Rollins is the bad guy

What else do you call someone who dehumanizes a person before beating them senseless and burning their Fun House?

Seth Rollins is still just the most...odd portion of WWE television for me. I have no idea how to resolve him as a character in my head. His promos are heavy-handedly meant to make him a crowd favorite, and yet he’s always around the most controversial decisions in WWE. True to form, I have no idea what to make of his contributions to the show.

Early in the night, he had a promo that I hated. It was just the same drivel as usual, with Rollins fearfully saying, “I don’t even know if [Wyatt’s] human” sprinkled in. What is he then, Seth? A clown terminator?

He then said he’d go “Fiend hunting,” which...c’mon. I saw his hunt for the Demon King in 2016; I’m allowed to be skeptical.

But in the end, Rollins found the Fun House and beat up Wyatt. He started breaking things before Wyatt stood up and pled with Rollins to stop. “Why are you doing this to me?”

In response, Rollins kept hitting Wyatt before burning the place to the ground.

Again, I have no idea how to feel. The Firefly Fun House lore has become my favorite thing in WWE, and it feels like we just had a huge moment in it. Wyatt has either completely disassociated himself with the Fiend, or he’s lying. On the other hand, I’m worried that such a drastic moment could ruin the mystery surrounding Wyatt and the Fiend – the coolest part of all of it, in my opinion.

We’ll see, I guess. I didn’t hate it, if that’s a consolation.

The Rest

Becky Lynch def. Charlotte Flair – Lynch won Raw the first draft pick with this, but I still don’t get the “fighting for first pick” thing other than just adding to the competitive fire. Besides that, this was fine. Charlotte and Becky have a long history – which is basically the only thing that makes this fighting over the top pick thing work. Unfortunately, I’ve seen these two wrestle so much that it just didn’t hit home for me.

Tyson Fury and Braun Strowman sign a contract – Two big beefy dudes scribbled on a sheet of paper. Strowman broke a table in a show of masculine superiority. Fury jokingly struggled to break a pen and laughed in Strowman’s face.

Alright, I’ll give you that one, Fury. That was amusing.

The Kabuki Warriors def. Natalya and Lacey Evans – I told a friend as soon as I saw this “mystery partner” thing that it was Lacey Evans. There was absolutely no one else that it could be. Natalya has only interacted with Evans in the past month.

Solid match. I really liked Asuka’s green makeup. Camouflage for the mist, perhaps?

Lana likes her massages harder and deeper – Get it? She and Bobby Lashley are having sex. Riveting television.

The Draft is finally behind us, and it feels like the same show for the most part. I’m tentatively optimistic about parts, but some of this is still offensively bad to me.

Grade: C

Your turn.

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