Monday Night Raw Review (April 12, 2021)

Match Card and Results

Bobby Lashley (w/ MVP) vs. Matt Riddle 

Winner: Bobby Lashley

The Viking Raiders (Erik & Ivar) vs.  Shelton Benjamin & Cedric Alexander 

Winner: The Viking Raiders

Rhea Ripley vs. Asuka (WWE Raw Women’s Championship Match)

Winner: None- Ended in a No Contest

John Morrison & The Miz (w/ Maryse) defeated Damian Priest (Two on One Handicap Match)

Winner: John Morrison & The Miz

Nia Jax & Shayna Baszler vs. Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose 

Winner: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (Count Out)

 The New Day (Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods) vs. Elias & Jaxson Ryker 

Winner: The New Day

Drew McIntyre vs. Braun Strowman vs. Randy Orton (Triple Threat Match) #1 Contender for the WWE Championship 

Winner: Drew McIntyre

Positives about Monday Night Raw:

I enjoyed seeing The Viking Raiders return. I was a fan of them when especially when they had the skits with The Street Profits. I feel we need more tag teams in WWE instead of this random superstars thrown together to create a tag team. It was nice to see them dominate even if Shelton Benjamin and Cedric Alexander had to take the lost during this.

Charlotte Flair making her return to WWE after Wrestlemania was cool in my book. It was nice to not see her on the Wrestlemania card since people always complain about her being shoved down the WWE universe’s throat. While, I don’t agree with her saying she was humble, the arrogance works for me. She is always a better heel than face to me.

The match between Asuka and Rhea Ripley was a solid one. I’m a fan of both women and they did well with the match. However, the fact that it ended in a no contest bothered me as it would’ve been nice to see the match play out correctly as this was the rematch from Wrestlemania.

The match between the New Day. Elias and Jaxson Ryker was necessary, but it wasn’t bad either. While the team I wanted to win did win, both teams worked well with each other.

I was also fine with the main event. While, I know some people are over Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre being the options for the WWE Championship, adding Braun was better than having him in matches like the feud he had with Shane McMahon. All of them worked well enough and it was fine enough for me to end Raw.

Negatives about Monday Night Raw:

While, I get making Bobby Lashley continued push to look strong, it wasn’t necessary to have a squash match with Matt Riddle. Matt losing to Sheamus was the night before, so to have him basically be demolished made no sense. Losing fine, but it was like light work for Bobby.

The women’s tag match with Shayna Baszler, Nia Jax, Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke was unnecessary. Honestly, The Riott Squad (the actual tag team) should’ve won on Wrestlemania. I’m not too fond of tag teams being thrown together. Sure, it’s worked at times, but I no longer enjoy Nia and Shayna as champs. It seems their antics are a drag now.

I also hope that the storyline between Damian Priest and The Miz and John Morrison will be over soon. I want Damian to do well like he did in NXT. I did appreciate the match he had with Bad Bunny at Wrestlemania, but I was over the storyline some weeks ago.

Overall Thoughts

Overall, Monday Night Raw after Wrestlemania wasn’t the best, but it wasn’t terrible. I did expect things to be a bit more exciting since the go home show left me wanting more. However, I wasn’t necessarily angry with the Monday Night Raw that we got. Could certain things be done better sure. For example I’m still at a lost as to what is happening with The Fiend and Alexa Bliss. Can creative turn this around and it makes sense to me? Possibly. However, as I’ve been tired of this story from some time now, I don’t see that happening. Even the announcements were a tad bit inconsistent with this whole thing between The Fiend and Alexa.

I’m still annoyed WWE broke up The Hurt Business and seeing Shelton and Cedric drowning after leaving makes me very sad.

I do hope that with Charlotte getting back, it doesn’t mean WWE will make Rhea lose to her. I respect Charlotte and everything she has accomplished, but she doesn’t need to be thrown the title just yet.

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