Flip Gordon and Bully Ray Attacked Mark Haskins
I was wondering what Bully's relentless attacks on Lifeblood in 2019 were leading to, so it's nice to know that Bully vs. Haskins is the endgame. Haskins cut a great, passionate promo here calling out Bully, but before he could get his hands on him, Gordon (who has been referring to himself as The Mercenary since turning heel a few months ago) ambushed him from behind. Bully then put Hawkins through a table and did what he does best by running down Haskins on the mic, challenging him to a match at Final Battle. I appreciated that the commentators acknowledged the extensive history between Bully and Gordon from last year.
Bateman def. PJ Black
I saw Bateman in action for the first time on an HonorClub-exclusive event a few months ago. He's a good hand and he worked well with Black here. There were a few awkward spots where it looked like they were wrestling in slow motion, but this was a decent match otherwise. Black won that random four-way on last week's episode (taped at The Experience), so I guess this victory does mean something for Bateman.
AEW World Tag Team Champion Scorpio Sky def. Peter Avalon and Jimmy Havoc in a Three-Way Match
I realize it's only AEW Dark and it doesn't matter as much, but AEW needs to cool it with all the multi-man matches. I guess having Havoc in there made the matchup more entertaining than if it was just Sky vs. Avalon straight up, but it felt random. Nevertheless, this was a decent three-way with Sky being the best part about it. Havoc added some extra flavor to it while Avalon was simply there to eat the pinfall loss. Sky is officially back on track following his loss to Chris Jericho two weeks ago.
Jurassic Express def. Alex Reynolds and John Silver
It took Jurassic Express facing a pair of jobbers and Luchsaurus filling in for Jungle Boy for them to finally score their first victory in AEW. They're easily one of the most popular acts in the company, so it's slightly surprising they haven't been able to emerge victorious in anything until now. Nonetheless, this was a pretty basic bout with Marko Stunt getting the crap kicked out of him by Reynolds and Silver for a few minutes before Luchasaurus tagged in and destroyed them both. Jungle Boy will face Jericho on Dynamite next Wednesday night, so this was a nice momentum-booster for the team (even though he wasn't involved).
Rusev and Lana Signed Their Divorce Papers
WWE must have opened the show with this segment because they figured it would draw ratings. And maybe it will, but as far as I'm concerned, the storyline sucks. No, Rusev isn't benefiting from it at all because he was already over with the WWE Universe well before it started. He comes across like he doesn't give two shits anymore (similar to Dean Ambrose's behavior before he left around WrestleMania season), but that just may be him making the most of the awful material. He was hilarious at points, but Lana was downright unbearable whenever she spoke. As expected, Rusev and Bobby Lashley will face off at TLC. It was later announced that it would be a Tables match.
Drew McIntyre def. Matt Hardy
This marked Hardy's second appearance on Raw in the last few weeks and we still have yet to hear from him on TV. I assume he's being brought in to lose to the up-and-coming heels on the Raw roster, but he deserves better creatively. In a perfect world, I'd want him to end his career in WWE, but he still has a lot left in the tank and shouldn't be relegated to enhancement status when he has the option to go elsewhere when his contract expires next year. This was a fine squash for McIntyre, but I think McIntyre's pre-match promo lasted longer than the actual match did.
Angel Garza def. Raul Mendoza
Not even Garza, who is incredibly entertaining and a breath of fresh air in this dead Cruiserweight division, can bring a crowd to care about a Cruiserweight match. He and Mendoza put forth a commendable effort and had a fun little match, but the fans in attendance sat on their hands for the entire thing. With the win, Garza maintains momentum ahead of his next shot at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship this coming week on NXT.
Tony Nese def. Trent Newman
One of The Singh Brothers was scheduled to compete here, but Tony Nese entered the match instead while they watched from ringside. Is this supposed to be building to something between them? More importantly, why should I care? Nese obviously defeated the local wrestler in decisive fashion, but there was no reason for this to last as long as it did. Nese feels directionless as ever following his loss of the Cruiserweight Championship earlier this year.
Universal Champion Bray Wyatt Interrupted The Miz on Miz TV
The big question coming into this show was what happened to Daniel Bryan at the end of last week's episode. Well, we never got an answer to that, and I assume we won't see him again until after TLC is over or possibly at the event itself. Either way, WWE has quickly transitioned into a Miz vs. Wyatt feud at the pay-per-view instead, which I can't complain about. That isn't to say their match will be a barn burner, but it's clearly filler before Bryan returns and at least it's something different. This was a solid segment and I liked how they immediately established bad blood between the two by having Wyatt tease targeting Miz's wife and kids.
Alexa Bliss def. Mandy Rose
As a match, this was basically what you would expect from these two. It was far from amazing, yet not completely terrible, either. It just sort of existed so Bliss could return to the ring successfully after two months away. I will say, however, that spot with Rose ripping out Bliss' eyelashes was insanely stupid, or at least the commentators' reaction was. They put over how painful that must have felt, and while I'm not a female, I don't think it hurts as much as they made it sound. Humiliating, maybe, but definitely not painful.
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