RAW In A Nutshell: Backlash Over, Now What?
It's RAW In A Nutshell time. Backlash is over, so now what? WWE has lots to deal with, and plans may be in flux due to injures or worse.
It’s the start of a new week, which means RAW In A Nutshell. This time around, with Backlash over, now what?
It’s a simple yet fair question, with our latest WWE PPV officially and completely in the books.
We know Dominic is supposed to be in attendance. We’ve been told to expect a Backlash rematch RAW Women’s Championship match as well.
Will WWE acknowledge or announce the rumored injury to Edge? I mean, Backlash is over, so now what is a fair question, especially knowing that injury changes some plans.
So, we ask again…with Backlash over, now what?
Now what? We crack open our Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
The set up for it was terrible-like, why would the champ want to put his title on the line in a tag match? But the match itself was solid.
That, of course, is the McIntyre/R-Truth versus MVP and Lashley match.
Worst match of the night:
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Ninjas versus Viking Profits? IIconics vesus Natalya and Liv?
Flip a coin, honestly.
Star of the Night
I have to give the nod to Drew and R-Truth…but I am not adamant about it.
Spot of the Night:
Nothing spectacular, but I suspect we are going to hear more about the Flair crotch shot at some point.
Jobber of the Night:
The Ninjas? Shelton Benjamin?
I mean, even Christian did a job, technically.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
WWE really likes ninjas. Tall ones too…
— MR MONEY IN THE DANK (@moneyinthadank) June 16, 2020
So, if anyone had “Christian and Edge both wrestle matches in WWE in 2020” on their bingo cards…you win.
— WWE (@WWE) June 16, 2020
Of course, didn’t expect Ric Flair to crotch him, enabling the really really short match, either…
— Darren Jackson (@jacksportsent) June 16, 2020
Botch of the night:
Really don’t see the point in the ninjas yet. I mean, I guess we get another tag team (which WWE can then waste or misuse or run to AEW)?
But it does give Tozawa something to do…even if it makes no sense, and he was fine in the cruiserweight division.
LOL Moment of the night:
Love watching R-Truth work. Him plus Drew tonight was not a pairing we expected…but I am glad we got it.
Also…Lashley now wants a divorce from Lana. That makes me chuckle…can WWE bring back Rusev and have some fun here?
Big Show, Christian, Ric Flair. 3 names I did not expect on this (or really, ANY) RAW in 2020.
Also, this. Not RAW related, per se…at least not specific to this week’s show…but it’s big news, it broke after RAW went off air, and it could be trouble for at least a little while.
More on the site momentarily, but WWE has canceled tomorrow’s tapings to test everyone for COVID after a developmental wrestler tested positive.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) June 16, 2020
Considering we’ve heard some not-so-good tales of the lack of WWE-driven testing, I even wonder if the talent who tested positive, did the testing on their own.
So, maybe WWE has/had something bigger in mind with the Edge/Orton/Christian/Flair stuff, but I am not sure what. And of course, with Edge now expected to be out for a good bit, the whole program is probably on the shelf.
Meaning, no idea where any of that goes, if it can go anywhere at all at this point.
Also, I think I’ve said my piece on the ninjas.
Liked McIntyre and R-Truth a lot more than I expected I would.
I think WWE did the Dominic segment well. He knows he’s outnumbered and all, so sneak attacks and keep them guessing.
I expect that leads to a SummerSlam tag match, which may be a six man? If it is a six man, it makes me wonder who they might enlist for Mysterio’s 3rd, since they fired Cain…
After the final bell
It was an…eventful? is that the word? RAW,
Lots of stuff happening, and I think a lot of what did happen we did not really need…but WWE needed to fill time, so we got it.
It will be interesting to see what happens next week, with the tapings up in the air due to a positive COVID test within the developmental ranks.