Real Rasslin Raw Roundup 8/3/21
Warning: This article contains spoilers and strong opinions.
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Opening Segment - Bobby Lashley vs The Miz - WWE Championship
The Miz comes to the ring after a video package with highlights from last weeks show. The Miz grabs a mic and attempts to justify retaining the WWE Championship by count out and his alleged stomach cramps. After everything he has done for WWE, he feels cheated that he was forced into a Lumberjack Match by Shane McMahon but he will win the title back because he is awesome. Pretty standard promo from the Miz here and we go straight into our WWE Championship match.
As expected Bobby Lashley retains after beating the heck out of Miz. The two competitors fight inside and outside the ring, and it is not long before Bobby Lashley applies the Hurt Lock and wins. Honorable mention to the one handed spine buster as a particular highlight to continue Lashley's run as champion. Miz was never going to win the title back so quickly and it was great to see a strong showing from the champon here as Drew McIntyre watches from backstage on the monitor.
The Braun Strowman and Shane Mcmahon situation
The situation begins with R-Truth confronting Braun backstage. He apologises for a whole host of hilariously made up situations such as ruining Hornswoggles wedding and digging a tunnel under the Thunderdome. Strowman says he wants an apology from Shane and heads to the ring. In probably the most anticlimatic moment since a ring "exploding", Shane comes out and says he apologies and walks off but hesitates walking up the ramp. This ends the first part of the two part story.
The second part is classic Shane. He gets Braun out to the ring and from the safety of the ramp makes fun of him. Strowman had remarked that Shane is making a joke out of him and making him look and feel stupid which led Shane to say some classic Shane lines. First he says he feels the word stupid is abhorrent and he hates the word before saying lines like "stupid is as stupid does" and "fell out the stupid tree and hit every branch on the way down". My personal favourite was "big man little brain kind of like the dinosaurs" all the while reiterating he would never call Braun stupid or make him feel stupid before fleeing to the back with Strowman in tow. A car drives off and Braun, thinks Shane has fled the building before walking off. Shane then appears still backstage and waves before saying "so stupid".
Classic Shane. The more I see from these two the more convinced I am they will fight in either a Last Man Standing or Street Fight match at Wrestlemania.
Sheamus vs Drew wrestle to a double knockout in a No DQ match
This match was a treat. The action started during Sheamus' entrance and went from there with McIntyre attacking him early on before the bell sounded. Classic moments include Sheamus battering Drew's back with a kendo stick, a superplex off the top rope and multiple false finishes before the referees 10 count on both competitors to end the match a double knockout. It looks like these two will have a match at Fastlane probably with the winner getting a title opportunity at Wrestlemania. Drew should win of course but it was great to see a low key hardcore match in the middle of Raw. I enjoyed it and I would hope others would too.
Randy Orton vs The Fiend story continues
It has been three months since Orton brutally burned The Fiend alive and the long term booking involving Alexa Bliss has been really entertaining. This week we saw AJ comment about how Orton has some serious issues here before Orton interjects himself into the interview. This leads to our main event being booked; AJ Styles vs Randy Orton. A situation AJ calls "bigger problems". The match itself was good but ended with the usual #shenanigans.
Alexa Bliss appears on the titantron winding a jack in the box to the popular tune pop goes the weasel, but placing it down before the pop part. She lights a candle and blows it as three out of four titantrons explode like a Kane pyro. Orton then starts coughing up black stuff in a way that has become increasingly more common before AJ pins him to end the match and the show. This feud with Orton and Fiend is the best thing on Raw at the moment and the match at Wrestlemania will be intresting.
Raw Match Results
- WWE Championship - Bobby Lashley def. Miz by Submission
- Drew McIntyre vs. Sheamus ended in a double knockout
- Xavier Woods def. Shelton Benjamin via pinfall
- Women's Tag Team Championship -- Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler def. Lana & Naomi via pinfall
- AJ Styles def. Randy Orton via pinfall
That was the Real Rasslin Raw News Roundup
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