The October 21 2019 edition of WWE Raw, out of the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio, just wrapped up. We’ve got the WWE Raw results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #1378 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre
Crown Jewel Preview
Ahead of the upcoming Crown Jewel event, Ric Flair came to the ring to talk about it and the match between his team and Hulk Hogan’s. After talking some nonsense about knowing a random guy in the crowd’s mother, he invited a member of his team, Drew McIntyre, to come to the ring for a match against a member of Hogan’s team, Ricochet.
Drew McIntyre, looking to show Ric Flair (who was seated at ringside) that he had made the right decision in choosing him for the team, wasted no time in using his size advantage against Ricochet, slamming him in the corner before throwing him out of the ring.
Back in the ring, McIntyre continued the abuse, throwing strike after strike at Ricochet, doing his best to keep the high-flyer on the mat. Ricochet finally began to pick up some steam with a dive to the outside onto McIntyre as Raw went to commercial.
Back from the break and back in the ring, Drew McIntyre had regained complete control of the action, which Ric Flair capitalized on with a taunting promo directed at Hogan.
With a diving forearm, Ricochet once again began to wear away at the Scottish Psychopath, but McIntyre kicked out of both pinning attempts that followed.
Drew McIntyre launched Ricochet into the corner with a Razor’s Edge before lifting him in the air for a powerbomb and immediately pinned the One and Only, but it wasn’t enough to keep Ricochet down.
Ricochet smashed McIntyre with two superkicks, a Death Valley Driver and a shooting star press, but again, McIntyre powered out. Without missing a beat, Ricochet climbed the ropes for a 630, but McIntyre dodged, tossing Ricochet out of the ring in response.
Ricochet appeared to be momentarily unconscious, and when he returned to his feet, Drew leveled him with a Claymore kick, winning the match. But that wasn’t enough for McIntyre, especially with Ric Flair watching. So he continued the assault of Ricochet long after the match had ended, finishing Ricochet off for good by slamming him into the steel steps.
Winner: Drew McIntyre
Raw’s Instant Impact Players
In a new segment of Monday Night Raw, three Superstars were highlighted as Instant Impact Players, as they had already made a splash on Raw even though the draft just came to a close last week.
These three Superstars were Aleister Black, Andrade, and Buddy Murphy, who we agree have brilliantly bright futures on the Raw roster.
Aleister Black vs. Jason Reynolds
In order for Aleister Black to rise through the ranks of the Raw roster, many opponents must fall. And this week, that opponent was Jason Reynolds.
Jason Reynolds did everything he could to compete against the anti-hero, but like so many before him, ultimately fell victim to the devastating Black Mass.
Winner: Aleister Black
Authors of Pain Speak Again
In another backstage promo, Akam and Rezar resumed laying out their plans for the Raw roster. The best part of the segment by far was the quote above, “the next chapter in the history of tag team wrestling will be written in blood.”
If the Authors of Pain can be half as brutal in the ring as they are in speech, they are about to do some serious damage to the tag team division and we can’t wait to see it.
The Saga Continues
Jerry “The King” Lawler interviewed Rusev about his relationship issues; specifically, his wife Lana leaving him for fellow Superstar Bobby Lashley. Rusev said that Bobby had poisoned Lana’s mind and would pay for this when Rusev crushes him.
Just then, Bobby Lashley and Lana were shown on the big screen at a restaurant that Lana claimed to have always wanted to visit, but Rusev never took her.
Lana and Bobby exchanged “I love you”s with Rusev watching in disgust, after which Rusev said that he knew exactly where they were and would be going to the restaurant to let Bobby know how he felt in person.
The restaurant manager asked Bobby and Lana to leave, as he had heard Rusev was on the way, but Bobby refused, saying that Rusev didn’t have the guts to confront him face to face.
But Bobby was wrong. Later in the evening, Rusev did show up at the restaurant, flipping the table at which Lana and Bobby sat before mounting Bobby on the floor. Police officers pulled them apart, apparently taking him to jail, a decision with which Lana whole-heartedly agreed.
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Sin Cara vs. Andrade
In his return to TV, Sin Cara picked up right where he left off – in the midst of a feud with Andrade. Andrade was taken by surprise when Sin Cara lept into the match with purpose, controlling the action until Zelina Vega lent a hand, grabbing Sin Cara by the ankle to allow Andrade to turn the tables.
Andrade picked up steam until Sin Cara regained the upper hand with a moonsault to the outside. And back from commercial, Sin Cara hit a crossbody and followed up with a Death Valley Driver.
Andrade came back with his Three Amigos tribute to Eddie Guerrero, but Sin Cara persevered.
With a sunset bomb, Sin Cara came extremely close to victory, a fact that was only made more evident by Zelina Vega’s scream of horror at ringside. Andrade kicked out of the pin but was soon being thrown over the top rope by Sin Cara.
Another distraction from Zelina allowed Andrade to disorient Sin Cara, who then caught a hurricanrana from Zelina at ringside. Back in the ring, Andrade connected with his Hammerlock DDT, taking the win.
Humberto Carrillo Debuts on Raw
Humberto Carrillo was shown watching the Sin Cara/Andrade match intently and was interviewed by Charly Caruso once it had come to an end. He said that Andrade was a tough competitor because when you step in the ring with him, you have to face Zelina Vega as well.
He vowed to be a future Universal Champion, and an even better one than Seth Rollins – because he knew not to play with fire.
The 24/7 Championship Changes Hands
R-Truth was shown sneaking around the backstage area with his 24/7 Championship when he was approached by Samir Singh, who wowed him with Bollywood songs. This turned out to be a distraction, as his brother, Sunil, appeared out of nowhere, pinning Truth for the title before running off with Samir in tow.
Later, R-Truth snuck up on Samir thinking it was Sunil, and though he pinned Samir for more than enough time to take the title back, it was the wrong man. Samir lept into the frame, taunting Truth with Sunil before running off again.
The Viking Raiders vs. Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins
In their first match as Raw Tag Team Champions, Erik and Ivar took on Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins, who promised to give a performance so great, the WWE Universe would be forced to stop referring to them as underdogs.
But this dream was shattered the moment they stepped in the ring with the Viking Raiders, who first threw Curt and Zack around individually, then used them as weapons against each other.
Working together to wear Erik down, Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins had a very short-lived moment of control, but when Ivar tagged in, it was all over. The Viking Raiders hit Curt with one of their double-team signatures, and when Zack attempted to break up the pin, he was flung from the ring with a vicious knee strike from Erik.
Curt was then left alone with the Vikings, where he caught a Viking Experience, losing the match.
Winner: The Viking Raiders
Rey Mysterio Returns
Taking a break from his constant training sessions with Cain Velasquez to help him prepare for his match against Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel, Rey Mysterio came to the ring to express his gratitude for the WWE Universe.
He talked about the support he has received since Lesnar’s destruction of his son Dominick and that the entire WWE Universe was his family, so they would all celebrate together when Cain defeated Lesnar on Halloween.
Paul Heyman, of course, appeared on the big screen, informing Rey Mysterio that he saw straight through Rey’s psuedo-confidence, as they both knew Brock Lesnar was not in the building, as he was drafted to SmackDown.
But regardless, Brock Lesnar would make a statement of his own at Crown Jewel, when he exacted revenge on Cain Velazquez.
Shelton Benjamin took the opportunity to come to the ring and defend his old friend Brock Lesnar since The Beast couldn’t do it for himself. Benjamin pushed Rey Mysterio around the ring, which Rey wanted no part of as he has not yet fully healed from his recent injury.
Luckily, Cain Velazquez was in the building and came down to pull Shelton Benjamin away from his godson’s father. Benjamin didn’t look nearly as tough after his interaction with Cain, who only provided further proof that he is more than ready to face The Beast.
Seth Rollins vs. Humberto Carrillo
Out of respect for the nerve Humberto Carrillo displayed by calling out the Universal Champion his first night on Raw, Seth Rollins approached the former 205 Live star, challenging him to a match – right then.
Seth Rollins seemed to overlook his challenger in the opening moments of the match, leading to Humberto slinging the champ back and forth with multiple arm drags. Realizing that he was going to have to take a more serious approach if he intended to win, Seth Rollins began to gain momentum with his new strategy.
In fact, Seth Rollins may have crossed the line between taking the match seriously and being cruel to his opponent, catapulting Humberto into the barricade and suplexing him on the floor.
Back from commercial, Seth Rollins had Humberto flat against the mat, slinging Humberto into the ropes and hitting a forearm once he had risen to his feet. Rollins began to disrespect his opponent, taunting Humberto while picking him apart, but with a forearm and a kick from the middle rope, Carrillo began his quest for revenge.
Humberto Carrillo dove onto Rollins to the outside, coming back with a dropkick the moment they were back in, but Rollins dodged, responding with a Falcon Arrow. Carrillo broke free of the pin, evading a Curb Stomp and firing off a few strikes to rattle the champ.
Carrillo climbed the ropes, slamming Rollins with a beautiful moonsault and when it wasn’t enough to keep Rollins down, ascended again, but this time, Rollins saw it coming, putting his legs up. Humberto crashed into Rollins’ boots, caught a kick to the midsection to put him down, then a Curb Stomp to keep him there.
Rollins considered leaving Carrillo laid out in the ring, but decided instead to shake his hand in a sign of respect before walking to the back.
Winner: Seth Rollins
The OC vs. The Street Profits
When The Street Profits’ third man didn’t appear before the start of the match, The OC made sure to taunt Angelo and Montez about their lack of help. AJ Styles stood at ringside while Gallows and Anderson took on the Profits, awaiting the arrival of their mystery partner.
And probably to Styles’ surprise, The Street Profits brought it to Gallows and Anderson, wearing Anderson down first before shifting their attention to Gallows. But Luke Gallows had slightly more luck, focusing in on Angelo Dawkins and his left arm.
Montez Ford got the hot tag, coming in to even the odds, but a distraction from AJ Styles allowed Karl Anderson to send Montez flying with a kick off the apron, turning the tides back toward The OC.
Back from commercial, Gallows had Montez Ford right where he wanted him, wrenching his arm back while holding him away from his corner. Montez elbowed Karl off the apron in an attempt to prevent interference but still couldn’t get past Gallows to tag in Angelo Dawkins.
Karl Anderson tagged in and picked up right where Gallows left off, keeping Montez grounded and as far away from Angelo as possible. The OC continued to pick Montez apart until Montez finally threw them both from the ring, leaping to Angelo and tagging out.
Angelo came into the match using his power to his advantage, throwing strikes at both Gallows and Anderson before setting Anderson up for their double-team finisher. Gallows was there to put a stop to it and to make matters worse AJ Styles interfered, allowing Anderson to take Montez down, but it wasn’t enough to put him away.
The referee saw AJ involving himself and ejected him from the match. And when Styles refused, Kevin Owens ran down, hit him with a Stunner, and left The Street Profits to take the win for themselves with their spine buster/frog splash combo.
Winner: The Street Profits
Raw Results (October 21 2019)
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