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WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (Oct. 7, 2019): Nothing matters

The most prominent story on this show was the upcoming WWE Draft, and matches were booked all night with the Draft as justification. It’s being framed as a USA vs. FOX thing, too, which is at least mildly intriguing, right? With that said...I have questions.

Who’s doing the drafting for each show? Do USA and FOX have representatives? Scouts? Where were they for this entire process? If the McMahons do the drafting again, so help me...

So here’s the thing. WWE wanted these showcase matches or whatever to feel special, but they don’t. Being drafted first has no inherent significance here like it does in the NFL or the NBA. In sports leagues, organizations invest a lot of money into these prospects and do everything they can to make those top draft picks succeed.

Here, in the WWE’s version? We have no rooting interest. Wrestlers will either be on Raw or SmackDown. There’s no real reason to root for one over the other, and draft position will get your favorite superstar nothing at all. None of it matters.

Also...you’re telling me Aleister Black raised his stock from obliterating the Singh Brothers, who just suddenly showed up on Raw again? Or that The OC benefits from defeating Lucha House Party?

It’s just dumb. It’s a paper-thin reason to try to hype a show that was severely un-hype. This show was filler. It was the equivalent of a flashback episode in a sitcom.


The Crown Jewel stuff

Crown Jewel is the next special event, so get ready for all of those lovely Saudi Arabia storylines.

First up is the Tyson Fury vs. Braun Strowman feud. This stuff was funny as hell, but probably for the wrong reasons. Fury wanted an apology from Strowman for throwing Ziggler into him on SmackDown, and Strowman was disinclined to provide said apology. They traded one (1) insult each, and then initiated a brawl that brought out security and the locker room.

I don’t mean to rag on Dio Maddin, but his line during this was hilarious. He said that security couldn’ break those two up...which was followed immediately by security breaking those two up.

The brawl didn’t do much for me to sell me on this feud, but it did prove something pretty clearly. Live wrestling audiences don’t ask for much. They just want moments that give them a reason to cheer and be entertained. A big ol’ brawl will always do the trick.

And as brawls go, this one was pretty bad. Strowman would just run into Fury and hug him, essentially. But that’s about as good as you could expect.

Second up...Rey Mysterio is a legend. I’ve liked his recent promos as well as how he’s approached this storyline with his son. His reasoning for getting Cain Velasquez in his corner is solid enough, too. I had no idea Velasquez is Dominick’s godfather. Yeah, I can see why Velasquez would take exception to Dominick being attacked.

None of this fixes how badly they did Kofi, nor the burnout from seeing Lesnar as champion. None of it makes me want to see Velasquez as WWE Champion. But at least it makes sense.

Last but certainly not least, the show opened with Rusev in the ring and Bobby Lashley on the video board, filming from Rusev’s bedroom and wearing Rusev’s bathrobe. He was joined in bed by Lana, who was in a similar state of undress.

This storyline was just as heavy-handed and off-putting as last week. It’s just not something I want to watch.


The Kabuki Warriors must be protected at all costs

Asuka and Kairi Sane are killing it.

They suddenly appeared at Hell in a Cell with evil intentions and green mist to rip the Women’s Tag Team Championships from Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. And they showed up again to interrupt Charlotte and Becky Lynch on Miz TV by mocking them and shouting at them in Japanese.

The Kabuki Warriors are precious and must be protected at all costs.

The subsequent tag match was fun, too! It’s a bit annoying to me that Becky Lynch was out there competing after being in a cell match the previous night, but I can’t complain too much when she’s taking the pinfall, can I? She had Sane in the Disarmher when Asuka slithered into the ring and doused her with the green mist. Sane rolled Lynch up to seal the victory.

Charlotte attacked after the bell, as well as Bliss and Cross once the Warriors got the upper hand. Asuka and Sane retreated, but it looks like they’ve riled up the hornet’s nest with their actions.

It’s refreshing to see them get their act off the ground, at long last.


The Rest

Natalya def. Lacey Evans in a Last Woman Standing Match – This opened the show, which is quite the upgrade from the way their feud has been booked up until this point. As for the match, it was...okay. You’d expect a last person standing match to deliver some moments that’ll stick with you. The powerbomb off the stage to end the match was the only one that I’ll remember.

The Viking Raiders def. Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode – Solid match. It wasn’t anything that I would tell you to go out of your way to watch, but this was one of the better efforts on the show. I dug the Raiders in their promo later in the show. Big burly dudes grunting and hissing is pretty funny. We’ll run this match back next week, with the tag titles on the line.

Aleister Black def. The Singh Brothers – On one hand...having Aleister Black on a show always makes the show better. I really dig him as a performer. On the other hand, nothing really happened here. He just needed some screen time.

The OC def. The Lucha House Party – Similar to Black. This was just a “hey remember that the OC are mean” match.

Ricochet def. Apollo Crews – They each got a promo, but it really didn’t amount to much. And how could it, when the match was barely five minutes long?


I’m in such a bad place with the WWE shows right now. If this wasn’t my job, I’d probably be taking an extended break from watching wrestling for my mental health. As it is, half of the shows are hyping up a show (Crown Jewel) that I have absolutely no interest in supporting.

As for the rest, it’s largely uninteresting.

Grade: D

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