WWE Raw vs. SmackDown #4 – May 14 & 15

5 years ago by Liam Winnard


Seth Rollins (c) defeated Kevin Owens – WWE Intercontinental Championship

Well, what did we expect? Of course, this match was excellent, which should go without saying given that it involved two of the best in the business. There were a couple of neat spots, namely Rollins hitting a Falcon Arrow onto the apron, which I winced at every time it was replayed, and also Owens hitting a top-rope Fisherman Buster on the ‘Kingslayer’. However, it was Rollins who came out on top following a Curb Stomp, to retain his Intercontinental crown once again.

Bobby Roode defeated No Way Jose and Baron Corbin – Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

The highlight of this match was the London crowd signing “He’s going bald, he’s going bald, he’s going, Corbin’s going bald” to the tune of ‘Three Lions’. That is the best chant there has ever been at a wrestling event. Ever. Regardless, all three men managed a fair amount of offense, with the commentators interestingly focusing on the potential of No Way Jose. It was Jose who took the fall, however, as the ‘Glorious One’ advances to Money in the Bank.

The B-Team (Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel) defeated Breezango (Tyler Breeze and Fandango) – Tag Team Match

We’ll get into more detail with the B-Team later, but they came out on top in a comedic-yet-actually-quite-good tag team match against Breezango. The newly re-branded Dallas and Axel’s first ever win as a pairing came following a Belly to Back Suplex/Neckbreaker combination, with Dallas pinning Fandango for the 1-2-3.

Natalya, Sasha Banks and Ember Moon defeated The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan) – Six-Woman Tag Team Match

I’m not entirely sure what the point of this match was, but anyway, the Riott Squad worked over their ‘babyface’ opponents, before Natalya came in off the ‘hot-tag’ with a really nice sequence. After the match practically fell apart with bodies flying all over the place, Natalya locked Liv Morgan in the Sharpshooter, forcing Morgan to tap out. I find it odd that Natalya was the one to get the fall, but the match itself was fine.

The Deleters of Worlds (Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy) defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) – Tag Team Match

The WWE Raw Tag Team Champions picked up yet another win on Monday night, but this one wasn’t as convincing as I predicted. The Revival worked over Hardy’s left leg before a Bray Wyatt ‘hot-tag’ led to a double Sister Abigail that is being billed as the “Kiss of Deletion”, and Hardy pinned Dawson for the victory. This match was quite enjoyable when Michael Cole wasn’t being a massive irritant – which unfortunately was most of the match.

Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley and Mickie James – Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

Bliss and James started this one off by working together, but it wasn’t long before the combustible elements came to blows. Alexa Bliss hit the Snap DDT on Bayley for the win, so the ‘Goddess’ is now a part of the women’s Money in the Bank Ladder match. The crowd wasn’t really interested in this one, and the match suffered because of that.

Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated Finn Bálor and Braun Strowman – Tag Team Match

The story of this one was that McIntyre really wanted to step into the ring with the big man on the opposite side, Braun Strowman. Except he didn’t, because he’s an intelligent man. It wasn’t long before the ‘Monster Among Men’ was running the Scot over on the outside though, which led to Strowman’s Greatest Royal Rumble trophy being destroyed. I don’t think this was intended because Strowman didn’t even react to it. Nonetheless, when all this was going on, Ziggler managed to score a quick pinfall over Bálor and pick up the victory for his team. This match was a lot of fun, and the right team won. (That is absolute poetry).

Kevin Owens defeated Elias and Bobby Lashley – Triple Threat Money in the Bank Qualifying Match

This match was initially scheduled to be between Elias, Lashley and Jinder Mahal, but Kevin Owens took Mahal’s place, for reasons we’ll get to later. Elias was undoubtedly the fan favorite in this affair and even attempted to perform a concert mid-match. When the crowd wasn’t singing Elias’ name, they were chanting “Bobby’s sisters.” Lashley himself looked like he was going to pick up the win before he was attacked by Sami Zayn (again, more on this later), which allowed Owens to capitalize with a Bullfrog Splash on Elias to pick up the victory.


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