Monday Night RAW 10/12/2020


Despite being advertised, Mustafa Ali and Retribution did not even appear. 


Some guy who looked a bit like Marko Stunt handed Stephanie McMahon the draft pick card.


Stephanie came out to make the pick announcements. 

Raw: “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt Smackdown: Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Champion) Raw: Randy Orton Smackdown: The Street Profits - Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins (Raw Tag Team Champions) Raw: Charlotte Flair 


They called Wyatt’s pick a surprise. 


No Disqualification match: Kevin Owens defeated Aleister Black (12:04) 

***1/4 Thumbs Up


Draft Round 2

The announcers mentioned Stephanie on that Forbes list again. 

Raw: Braun Strowman Smackdown: Daniel Bryan (Stephanie half-jokingly called him a B-plus player) Raw: Matt Riddle Smackdown: Kevin Owens Raw: Jeff Hardy 

It seems unfair that Raw would get the first pick in every round. 


The Miz & John Morrison interview Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke 

Thumbs Down


Natalya and Lana interrupted. Lana wondered why Brooke and Rose were being interviewed instead of them. Lana mentioned having two ex-husbands and an ex-girlfriend, which made her more interesting, I guess. Brooke and Rose made fun of them for doing Tik Tok or whatever. This caused a brawl to start which Brooke and Rose got the better of. 

Miz and Morrison were still in the ring after a break. Miz said his next guest was John Morrison. Morrison said Plan A was better than Plan B. 

Lars Sullivan interrupted. Miz escaped the ring. Morrison tried to fight but Lars knocked him down. Miz tried to yank Morrison from the ring but he failed. Samoa Joe thought he could have tried harder, which was funny. Lars gave Morrison a Freak Accident. 


Adam Pearce spoke with Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins. Since the champs switched brands, Pearce said the logical solution was for the team two switch title belts. They initially didn’t seem to like this idea but agreed to do it. Thumbs Up


See?! it all made sense in the end.


Stephanie announced that New Day would defend the Raw tag titles against Ziggler and Roode tonight. 


Raw: Retribution (no Mercedes Martinez) (Made No Sense) Smackdown: Lars Sullivan Raw: Keith Lee Smackdown: Baron Corbin Raw: Alexa Bliss 


Seth Rollins farewell from Raw 

Thumbs down. Clearly to fill time


Jeff Hardy interrupted. Rollins laughed and said Hardy was no leader and told him to leave his ring. Hardy said Rollins was drafted to Smackdown, so this wasn’t Rollins’ ring, it was his. Rollins laughed again and wished him luck against Lars Sullivan on Friday. (The announcers acted like this was breaking news even though the match has already been announced.) 

Rollins was about to leave but AJ Styles entered. Styles wondered if Hardy wandered to the ring because he thought it was last call. Rollins thought that was funny. Styles told him to leave because this was never Monday Night Rollins. 

Rollins confronted him and they argued until Hardy wiped them both out. Hardy challenged them to a triple threat match. (Actually, he challenged them to a triple threat tag match before correcting himself.) 


Triple Threat match: AJ Styles defeated Jeff Hardy and Seth Rollins (14:24) 

For free with nothing on the line with no build. This was somehow boring even though they all worked and tried very hard. Jeff Hardy since 2018 always seems like he's in a great deal of physical agony and it does his matches no favors.

***1/2 There were cool spots Thumbs Up Just for.......

Elias showed up and clocked Hardy in the back with his guitar and AJ subsequently won.


Draft Round 4 

Raw: Elias Smackdown: Sami Zayn (Intercontinental Champion) Raw: Lacey Evans Smackdown: Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro Raw: Sheamus


Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke defeated Natalya & Lana (3:47) 

* Thumbs Up


Natalya asked Lana if she was really that stupid. Natalya said she was done with Lana and left. Lana pouted. 


Angle Garza defeated Andrade (2:52) 

Zelina Vega was on commentary. She said she was done with both Garza and Andrade. So why was she out there? The announcers mentioned Alexa Bliss and Vega said she wasn’t interested in “Alexa Quinn.” Vega’s goal was to be the Raw or Smackdown Women’s Champion. 

** Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up



The lights went out and the red tint came on. Alexa Bliss appeared in the corner doing the Bray Wyatt crab pose. The Fiend then appeared behind Andrade. The Fiend and Bliss gave Andrade and Vega respective Sister Abigails (timed perfectly). 

I don’t love this Fiend stuff, but this particular segment was well done. 



Draft Round 5

Raw: Nikki Cross Smackdown: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode Raw: R-Truth (24/7 Champion) Smackdown: Apollo Crews Raw: Dabba-Kato 


Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode to retain the Raw Tag Team Championships (12:02) 


Thumbs Up ***



Ricochet defeated Cedric Alexander (w/Hurt Business) via DQ (5:05) 

The referee went down so MVP grabbed a chair a slid it to Ricochet. MVP figured Ricochet would use it and get disqualified as the ref got up. Ricochet instead pulled an Eddie Guerrero. He slammed it against the mat before tossing it into the hands of Alexander. The ref saw Ricochet down and called for the DQ. Ricochet won and was quite proud of himself. 


**1/4 Thumbs Up


Draft Round 6 (final round) 

This is the part of the draft where GMs leave early and let the computer do it. 



Raw: Titus O’Neil Smackdown: Carmella Raw: Peyton Royce Smackdown: Aleister Black Raw: Akira Tozawa (Stephanie called him “Raw’s resident ninja”)

Phillips said additional picks would be announced on Raw Talk. 


Lana won a Number One Contender’s Women’s Battle Royal (11:26) 

DUD



McIntyre and Orton brawled toward the ring. Nice that they waited for the match to end. Officials ran in to break it up. The show ended. 

I enjoyed parts of Raw but this was an awful ending


Overall Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up