Date: October 14, 2019
Location: Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado
The Big Takeaway --
Draft picks were made, a trade might happen later on, the Viking Raiders won the tag titles, and Raw was main evented by Asuka & Kairi Sane vs. Natalya & Lacey Evans before coming to a screeching halt with a Firefly Fun House segment that was booed by the live crowd.
Seth Rollins will face Bray Wyatt for the title on the October 31 show.
Show Recap --
The show began with a “Previously on…” video of the Firefly Fun House, which recapped the storyline between Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt.
Jerry Lawler joked that he got drafted to the NFL but couldn’t agree to a contract because he wanted Sundays off.
Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair in a non-title match (13:44)
Before the match, Lynch cut a promo saying she was expecting to beat up Sasha Banks again, but Banks wasn’t able to compete because of the last beating she gave her. Lynch would instead face someone who she can’t seem to get rid of and planned on ripping her arm off.
Charlotte entered and indicated that she didn’t really want this either. She didn’t want people to think she was taking opportunities or have people thinking she was selfish. She claimed she didn’t want to fight Lynch and, in fact, just wanted to be her friend.
Charlotte then decked her with a cheap shot. They brawled as the crowd chanted for Lynch. Referees ran down to separate them and they went to break 10 minutes into the show.
After the break, Charlotte’s music was playing for some reason as each woman waited for the match to start. Charlotte was in full control in a fair fight. She tossed Lynch into the post, then they went to break again 4 and a half minutes into the match.
After that break, Charlotte was still in control. Lynch came back with clotheslines, a heel kick, running forearm, kicks, and a front dropkick for two. Charlotte blocked another dropkick and countered into a Boston Crab but Lynch got out of it, then followed with a baseball slide and forearm. Charlotte ducked another forearm attempt and hit Natural Selection for a nearfall.
Charlotte blocked a Disarmer, tossed Lynch into the turnbuckle and nailed a big boot for a nearfall. Lynch used a schoolboy for two, then hit a reverse DDT and diving leg drop for a nearfall. Charlotte followed that with a spear for two. Charlotte was in disbelief and wasn’t paying attention as Lynch caught her in a crucifix pin for the win.
Lynch wins and Raw gets the first pick again. This match was ok. The crowd liked Lynch and was into the match the more it got going.
Charly Caruso interviewed one of the “projected top picks” in tonight’s draft… the Universal Champion Seth Rollins. She wondered what he thought about possibly getting drafted to the same show as Bray Wyatt. Rollins said today was a good day because it was draft day in the mile-high city.
Rollins said Wyatt didn’t care where he went. He spoke about what happened at Hell in the Cell and the crowd actually booed in the background. He thought he ended it and wasn’t even sure Wyatt was a human being. Rollins realized he’s been going about things the wrong way and tonight. He was going Fiend hunting and was going to end this tonight.
They aired a pre-taped video with CNBC’s Jim Cramer talking about potential draft picks, including Ricochet who has already been drafted. Vic Joseph called him John Cramer. They also showed the USA and FOX war rooms. Stephanie McMahon came out to announce the “first round” picks:
Raw pick: Seth Rollins (Universal Champion)
Smackdown pick: Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion)
Raw pick: Charlotte Flair
Smackdown pick: The New Day (Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xaver Woods)
Raw pick: Andrade and Zelina Vega
(Raw gets more picks because the show is longer.)
Renee Young, Booker T, Beth Phoenix, and Samoa Joe were at a table talking about the draft. Joe had a pink cast on his right wrist. Booker put over the pick of the New Day, whereas Phoenix put over USA/Raw picking both Lynch and Charlotte.
Andrade (w/Zelina Vega) defeated Ali
Vega cut a promo about the draft and “accidentally” referred to the Horsewomen as “horse faces.” She said everyone on Raw would have the privilege of suffering a loss to Andrade. During the match, Dio Maddin had to explain to Lawler why Raw got three picks for every two picks by Smackdown.
For the second time in the match, Vega hopped on the apron to block Ali from attempting a dive. Ali stopped the first time, but the second time, Ali just jumped over her and hit a flip dive. With the referee distracted, Vega used a head scissors takedown on Ali, then Andrade gave him the hammerlock DDT for the pinfall win.
Raw pick: Asuka & Kairi Sane (Women’s Tag Team Champions)
Smackdown pick: Daniel Bryan
Raw pick: Rusev
Smackdown pick: Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Champion)
Raw pick: Aleister Black
The USA war room was very disappointed to lose out Bryan. The announcers said that the women’s tag belts would still be defended on both shows, but if Asuka and Sane lose the belts, they’re exclusive to Raw.
Tomorrow night after game 3 of the ALCS, Renee and Booker host WWE Backstage on FS1.
Colin Jost and Michael Che did a Weekend Update. Jost reminded us that he used to think WWE was all fake until he ran into Braun Strowman last year. Jost noted that he just got out of a wheelchair, but now thinks of Strowman as his friend. Che let us know that Jost was lying and has been talking crap about him ever since.
The Viking Raiders defeated Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode to win the Raw Tag Team Championships (12:05)
This was almost over in under a minute. Erik immediately hit Ziggler with a dropkick and Ivar wiped out Roode with a suicide dive. Ivar hit a diving splash on Ziggler but Roode yanked him out of the ring to avoid the quick loss. The champs took over from there as Lawler reminded us that Ziggler almost put him out for good seven years ago.
Ziggler gave Erik a Zig-Zag on the outside in the little timekeeper area. Ziggler landed on some chairs so it likely hurt him as much as Erik. Then they went to break, less than three minutes into this title match.
The heels were in control until Erik caught Ziggler with a forearm and tagged in Ivar who ran wild on both opponents. He did a cartwheel into a clothesline, then tagged in Erik, but Ziggler caught Ivar with a kick. Roode posted Erik, then used a schoolboy for two. Roode and Ziggler followed with a Zig-Zag/spinebuster combo for a nearfall.
Ziggler gave Erik a Fameasser for two. Ziggler gave Erik a superkick and Roode followed with a Glorious DDT, but Ivar broke up the cover. The crowd chanted “Let’s go Vikings” here in the home of the Broncos. Ivar tagged in and knocked down both guys, then did a handspring elbow to both guys. The Raiders then gave Ziggler the Viking Experience for the pinfall win.
The Viking Raiders are the new Raw tag champs. This was fun and the crowd was happy.
Oh boy. The NHL on NBC booth of Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick, and Keith Jones piped in on the draft. Roenick compared Rollins to Connor McDavid. (Which is fine, because the actual best wrestler in the company would get compared to Sidney Crosby.) Tappen was a fan of New Day and said they could be a team’s top line. As usual, Jones had nothing of interest to say.
The Viking Raiders cut a promo backstage putting over their win. Erik noted that they were the first team to win the IWGP, Ring of Honor, NXT and Raw tag team titles.
Raw pick: Cedric Alexander
Smackdown pick: Shinsuke Nakamura (IC Champion) and Sami Zayn
Raw pick: Humberto Carrillo
Smackdown pick: Ali
Raw pick: Erick Rowan
Stephanie referred to Ali as “the harbinger of light.”
Aleister Black defeated Eric Young (1:40)
Joseph let us know that Young was signed to Raw over the weekend. Black won quickly with his dragon sleeper variation, which they’re calling the Dark Ritual.
Raw pick: Buddy Murphy
Smackdown pick: Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode
Raw pick: Jinder Mahal
Smackdown pick: Carmella
Raw pick: R-Truth
The crowd actually booed when Stephanie noted that Carmella and Truth would be separated. The USA war room was happy about something.
(I did an NHL fantasy draft recently that went way too many rounds because we were drafting guys who could be healthy scratches on their real teams. I think we’re at that point in the draft here.)
Backstage, the Street Profits boasted about being drafted to Raw. AJ Styles and the OC showed up and were very excited. Styles wasn’t sure why USA would draft them, especially when they already have the OC. Styles welcomed them to the family, then they attacked the Street Profits and left them laying.
Ricochet cut a pre-taped promo saying superheroes can be real. He also wore a shirt that said Superheros R Real.
Ricochet defeated Shelton Benjamin (4:44)
Maddin asked Lawler which comic book character Ricochet reminded him of, and Lawler said Spider-Man. Benjamin tried a suplex off the top, but Ricochet landed on his feet and caught him with a Codebreaker for the win. They compared Ricochet to Spider-Man about five times during the match.
They aired a video package for Tyson Fury.
There was a video of Lana getting a massage. The masseuse asked if she was getting the right amount of pressure, to which Lana responded, “No, I like it harder.”
After a break, the lady masseuse told Lana that she can go deeper if she wants. Lana said, “Yes, I like it deeper.” The masseuse left, then Lashley showed up to continue the massage. Lana said Lashley had a gentle touch and Rusev was never that good. Lana flipped to her back and Lashley had a stupid grin on his face. The crowd laughed at Lashley’s face. (This angle is dumb but Lashley is somewhat amusing in it.)
Tyson Fury/Braun Strowman Contract Signing hosted by Jerry Lawler
Lawler called Strowman indestructible, even though we recently saw him get curb stopped to defeat by Rollins. Lawler introduced Fury as the undefeated heavyweight champion boxer and “life-long WWE fan.”
Strowman and Fury sat down in chairs. Strowman said Fury had a huge ego. Strowman wasn’t planning on being used to further his reputation. Strowman said Fury was in his world and he would get slammed and defeated for the first time in his career. Strowman said Fury would get these hands on October 31 then signed the contract.
Fury signed the contract too. He said he was a fan of Strowman’s and was at Smackdown to see him. Fury said his kids couldn’t stop talking about him. However, Fury was not out of his element in any ring. He would step into Strowman’s ring and knock him out. The crowd booed.
They stood up and faced off across the table. Strowman smashed the table with his hands. Fury snapped a pen after pretending he couldn’t do it. The thing with the pen was weird, but this was… fine. Of course, Maddin almost ruined the whole thing when he piped in and said, “Did you see the state of that pen?”
They aired a video of Al Roker and some other guy talking about the draft. They intimated that teams like New Day could get split up even though they’ve already been drafted together.
Raw pick: Samoa Joe
Smackdown pick: The Miz
Raw pick: Akira Tozawa
Smackdown pick: Baron Corbin
Raw pick: Shelton Benjamin
The FOX robot and his human friends were happy to get Miz. (Corbin getting drafted now seems extremely late.)
Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander (9:07)
After they went back-and-forth for a moment, Alexander offered a handshake but Murphy blew him off, then launched him into the turnbuckle. Joseph reminded us that Murphy once beat Daniel Bryan. Murphy pushed Alexander off the top to the outside and they went to break two minutes into the match.
After a break, Murphy caught Alexander with a V-Trigger knee and followed with a big flip dive, then hit with a diving double knee strike for two. Alexander came back with a spinning back elbow, suicide dive and springboard Flatliner for a nearfall. Murphy followed with a superkick and powerbomb for two, then hit Murphy’s Law for the pinfall win. Good.
The announcers plugged the show on October 31. They announced Rollins vs. Wyatt in a falls count anywhere match for the title at the show as well, even though Rollins is on team Hogan. They wondered if Rollins would be able to do both.
The Street Profits were looking for the OC backstage, then challenged them to a match. Angelo Dawkins thought they should probably find a partner, but they’d best keep it a mystery.
The Premier League NBCSN booth talked about the draft. There was a clip of Sheamus cheering on some crowd.
Raw pick: Rey Mysterio
Smackdown pick: Chad Gable
Raw pick: Titus O’Neil
Smackdown pick: Elias
Raw pick: Liv Morgan
That it’s. The draft is over. The graphic referred to Gable as “Shorty Gable” and Stephanie called him that too. The USA room was happy to get Mysterio. The announcers wondered what Booker would think of the O’Neil pick for some reason.
Beth Phoenix put over Corbin and the crowd booed. Booker heard about rumours of a blockbuster trade and they would talk about it on their FS1 show after the baseball game. He also cheered on the Houston Astros.
Women’s Tag Team Champions Asuka & Kairi Sane defeated Natalya & Lacey Evans in a non-title match
Before the match, Natalya said she had the choice of her partner so she picked the woman who took her to her limits. Asuka wore green face paint around her eyes and mouth, which is a good idea.
The heels (Asuka and Sane) worked over Evans until she tagged in Natalya. Natalya gave Asuka a German suplex and went for the Sharpshooter, but Asuka countered into a leglock. Natalya fought out and applied the Sharpshooter but Sane eventually broke it up. Asuka knocked Natalya out of the ring with a running hip attack and they went to break.
After a break, there are about 10 minutes left in the show. Natalya fought out of a submission hold and used a low dropkick. As Natalya crawled for a tag, Asuka applied another submission. Natalya blocked an armbar attempt but Asuka knocked her down and kicked away at her.
Sane tagged in and they gave Natalya a double suplex as the crowd watched on in silence. There are 5 minutes left. Natalya gave Sane a suplex and tagged in Evans who hit Sane with clotheslines and a neckbreaker for two. Evans used a springboard elbow drop for two.
Evans fought of Asuka, but Sane caught her with a dropkick in the corner and double foot stomp but Natalya broke up the cover. The crowd is lightly booing as I’m sure they’re looking at their watches. Sane missed a move off the top and Evans caught her with the “women’s right,” but Asuka was the legal woman and applied a rollup for the pinfall win. Death.
(Note: Asuka had green face paint but didn’t even need the green mist to win.)
Firefly Fun House
Bray Wyatt called Rollins brave and smart, but He never forgets. As Wyatt encouraged the rabbit to go play, Rollins attacked Wyatt from behind. Rollins ripped a few pictures off the wall, then Wyatt popped up.
Wyatt asked Rollins why he would do this to him. Rollins attacked him, said “burn it down,” then put a lighter to the table which immediately caught fire. Rollins flipped the table over and the entire set burned down as Wyatt’s laugh played over the speakers.
The crowd booed when Rollins showed up to ruin everything and booed as the show went off the air. Awful.
Final Thoughts --
This was an unequivocally poor effort by WWE. They also made it seem like we’d see The OC vs. The Street Profits and a partner tonight, but that never paid off.