Welcome to another edition of the WWE Raw Deal review for the final Raw before Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view. It’s the second edition of Raw since Paul Heyman was named the Executive Director of the Raw brand. There was clearly some Heyman influence last week, so we’ll see what the evil mastermind has in store for us this week.
There were two tag team matches announced for this show. The first match will see Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch teaming up with her boyfriend, the WWE Universal Champion Seth Rollins, to take on the team of Andrade and business manager Zelina Vega. The other tag team match will see Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre team up against Roman Reigns and a partner of Shane’s choosing.
In addition to that, there should be a follow up to AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson beating up US Champion Ricochet to end last week’s show. It was a heel turn for Styles while Gallows and Anderson signed new contracts to remain in WWE, so they are going to be used more regularly as well.
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There was a shot of the crowd in Newark as Michael Cole welcomed us to the show. Becky Lynch, the Raw Women’s Champion, entered first followed by her boyfriend Seth Rollins, who is the WWE Universal Champion. Thankfully, Rollins is not wearing “The Man’s Man” t-shirt that WWE released earlier on Monday. He had on one of his regular shirts. The announcers are Michael Cole, Corey Graves and Renee Young as usual.
Andrade and his business manager Zelina Vega made their entrance. They are from Smackdown although the brand split doesn’t matter and they barely mention the “Wild Card Rule” anymore. They said it was an elimination match.
Analysis: It’s the second straight week with a match in the opening segment instead of a promo. I’m all for it.
Elimination Match: Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch vs. Andrade and Zelina Vega
Lynch with a waist lock takedown. When Vega broke free, she tried to tag out, but Lynch stopped her with a hard slap to the face. Vega got back into it with a kick followed by a DDT for two. Vega with a step up kick to the face against the turnbuckle. Vega pulled back on the arms of Lynch while against the ropes. Lynch came back with a suplex, so Vega tagged out and that meant that Andrade had to face off with Rollins. Andrade and Rollins did some nice mat wrestling, each guy with an arm drag takedown and they did a sequence that included some more takedowns. Andrade with a hard chop, but Rollins came back with a Slingblade followed by a clothesline over the top. Rollins hit two suicide dives on Andrade on the floor. Lynch tagged in, Bexploder on Vega, forearm to the chest and Lynch slapped on the Disarmher armbar submission. That led to Vega tapping out after about five minutes.
Zelina Vega has been eliminated
Lacey Evans was in the first row in the crowd, so Lynch went after her. They punched eachother. Rollins broke it up and the show went to break.
Analysis: The reason why it was an elimination match was so that they could keep the match going during the commercial since WWE doesn’t have action during commercials anymore.
The next WWE PPV is Extreme Rules on July 14 (this Sunday) in Philadelphia. Here’s what we know so far.
No Holds Barred Match: Roman Reigns and The Undertaker vs. Drew McIntyre and Shane McMahon
Extreme Rules Match for the Universal and Raw Women’s Championships: Seth Rollins (c) and Becky Lynch (c) vs. Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Samoa Joe
United States Championship: Ricochet (c) vs. AJ Styles
Smackdown Tag Team Championships: Daniel Bryan and Rowan (c) vs. New Day (Big E and Xavier Woods) vs. Heavy Machinery (Tucker and Otis)
Smackdown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Alexa Bliss
Aleister Black vs. ???
Cruiserweight Championships: Drew Gulak (c) vs. Tony Nese
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