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WWEekly: The Top Talking Points of RAW, SmackDown and NXT (9.2 – 9.4.19)



Well, we’re past the weekend of madness. We’ve had NXT UK TakeOver and we’ve had competing companies dominating headlines so RAW and SmackDown needed something to stand out. For that we got more OC antics, the conclusion of the Who Tried to Kill Roman Reigns whodunnit and more King of the Ring action. Plus, we got more from NXT as they had Jordan Myles cashing in his Breakout Tournament title match contract. Let’s get into it shall we?


– The OC gate-crashes the contract signing for Braun and Seth. They want their shot and AJ is merciless towards Michael Cole. He also mocks Roode and Ziggler and how Braun had gotten his title shot. To end it AJ ends up ripping the contract to pieces and Rollins/Braun clearing the ring. The OC run rampant on RAW until they get a match again Seth and Braun, including an attack on Cedric Alexander. During their match, Braun ends up knocking out Seth and every heel, including Ziggler and Roode gang up on Braun. It should also be noted that Roode and Ziggler had a competitive match with Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins that night.

– Lacey Evans defeats Natalya by targeting the injured arm of Natty, throwing a tissue at her and hitting her with the Women’s Right. The Queen of Harts tries to use an aggressive new edge but it doesn’t succeed for her. Nothing else to add really.

– The Fiend addresses the recent Hell in a Cell rumours in an episode of Firefly Funhouse after Bray Wyatt apologises for what happened to Finn. After that he only narrowly avoids being fired by feeding the Vince dummy money. He very much has plans for Hell in a Cell… “I’ll see you in hell.” I certainly hope we do.

– KOTR match: Baron Corbin defeats Cedric Alexander in a competitive match despite the injury Alexander suffered to his shoulder at the hands of the OC. Corbin wins with the End of Days and progresses to the next round.

– KOTR match: Samoa Joe vs Ricochet ends in a double pin fall after a fall from the top. They play it out for suspense and reveal that both men will go through and Corbin will have to fight both of them. Corbin is not pleased at all.

– The Viking Raiders kill more jobbers.

– Becky Lynch accepts the challenge of Sasha Banks after roasting her for a bit. She also mentions the fact that Bayley has done fine without her despite her during her absence. Sasha comes out after being challenged to square up face to face. Once Banks is out, she says the only reason Becky got anything is because Nia Jax broke her face. Banks reminds Becky that it’s all business and she’ll only fight her when she gets a payday. They set the match for Clash of Champions.

– The Miz defeats Cesaro with the Skull Crushing Finale. Not a bad match, waste of Cesaro though. Please stay in NXT UK where you A) get wins and B) will actually be used.

– RAW ends with a Women’s Champion showcase which is basically Becky and Bayley vs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross. The match is fine but the real highlight comes when Bayley turns on Becky, leveling her with a chair and aligning herself with Sasha Banks who is at ringside. Banks gets the match DQ by attacking Lynch first and Bayley joins in on the attack. Gotta love a surprise heel turn. The crowd certainly did.


– Guess what, SmackDown starts with yet another Orton and Kofi segment. It’s the same old stuff except this time Orton opens the show and the Revival take part in the beatdown again. I will admit though, I do love sadistic heel Orton and the fact that the Revival are on TV.

– Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross defend the Women’s Tag Title shot at Clash of Champions against Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Fire and Desire (Rose and Deville) defeat the tag champs, most likely earning them a match at COC. I like the sound of this match up and love the modified version of Under and Over that Fire and Desire use as a finisher.

– KOTR match: Elias defeats Ali via Drift Away. An unpopular win no doubt but a good match. Elias relentlessly destroyed the knee of Ali to slow him down and make him vulnerable.

– KOTR match: Chad Gable defeats Andrade via Roll Up. Excellent match that saw Gable get one over one the heelish shenanigans of Zelina Vega and score a shock win to take on Elias. It’s nice having some unpredictability to the tournament.

– ALEISTER BLACK WAS ON TV. He is still on main roster and had a fun match killing Shelton Benjamin. It was a great fight and ended with a Black Mass. Both of these men need to be on TV more.

– Shinsuke Nakamura destroys a jobber.

– Bayley tries to explain why she turned on Becky Lynch. She claims she hasn’t changed but it comes off as delusional. She talks of loyalty to Sasha but this has led her to the dark side and the fans were booing her for it. Bayley claimed she was just trying to be as remarkable a champion as Becky Lynch. They then turned their attention to Charlotte Flair. Charlotte senses an ambush and gets the first move but once again the steel chair is the great equaliser. This alliance is going to be very dangerous to both women’s divisions.

– Last but not least, Rowan turns on Daniel Bryan and attacks both him and Roman. Bryan wants an apology from Reigns after the Spear and for calling him a liar. They confront one another then Rowan kills them both. It would appear that Rowan has gone into business for himself. He brutalises Roman and throws Bryan through an announcers table.


– NXT opens with Breezango in action. The Fashion Police attire is back and they have new funky music. They defeat Matt Martell and Chase Parker, a Canadian team very fond of hugs. They were surprisingly effective at dealing with Breezango but ultimately fell to a Fashion Faux Pas, their new tandem finisher.

– A routine video transition is interrupted by a camera cut to Io Shirai mauling Candice LeRae with a kendo stick and being dragged away screaming.

– Next is a battle of egos as The Velveteen Dream goes one on one with Kona Reeves, NXT’s self-dubbed “finest.” I must admit I still find it hard to see Reeves as anything other than a joke. Match was okay, Dream won with the Dream Valley Driver. No biggie. Post-match is where it gets interesting as Roddy appears on the video screen and delivers a message against the backdrop of a burning sofa, Dream’s sofa. I’d say Roddy has earned the spotlight now.

– Bianca Belair kills Taynara Conti. Well they fight a bit first then Belair kills Conti. This was actually way more competitive than I was expecting.

– Jordan Myles puts in an exceptional effort to try and dethrone Adam Cole but comes up short. It’s an amazing match, especially for TV. The crowd loves Myles and I couldn’t be happier for him. It’s all deserved. Rather than describe the match, I implore you to watch it.

In Conclusion

So, there you have it. Another week in which WWE TV does not suck. All three shows were entertaining in their own ways. It wasn’t the best of weeks but let’s face it, it’s been way worse. RAW had fun moments and the shock Bayley heel turn, SmackDown had Chad Gable getting a big win over Andrade and NXT had yet another massive star match. Plus we have more stuff to look forward to as Rhea Ripley takes on Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Title next week. I hope WWE don’t start slipping now. They’re improving when they’re on fire and nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I’m always happy to compliment WWE when they do good. If they do good…

John is a UK based wrestling obsessive who still wants to believe the Bullet Club is fine. He is always tearing the business apart and first realised wrestling was for him when he saw Mankind fall from the top of the cell at King of the Ring 1998.