Monday Night RAW Rants: The Revival Tribute Edition

Welcome to The Nerd Hub and our weekly ranting about WWE. This week, we finally get The Revival and The Usos in the ring. We love to see it. The epic match easily highlighted a mostly mediocre RAW from Times Union Center in Albany, NY.


You see, boys and girls, once upon a time, tag team wrestling rocked. The Revival and The Usos took us back to the era of great tag wrestling Monday.

Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder worked over Jimmy Uso most of the match. They used frequent tags and dirty tricks to keep him away from Jey. Though Jey made a hot tag eventually, Dawson rolled up Jimmy for the win. As a result, The Revival got their payback for the shaving video and the “Usey hot” ointment in their ring gear.

The Superstar Shake-Up sent The Usos to RAW during the April 15th show from Montreal. Why we had to wade through five weeks of crappy prank skits at the expense of The Revival, I will never know. Dawson and Wilder earning the win served as an added bonus, given their booking as of late.

Please, WWE, let two of the best teams of this era go at each other more often. That’s the bottom line because Nerd Hub Joe said so.


I’m not sure who killed his appearance more during the opening promo Monday. A grinning Beast Incarnate came out rocking to the Money in the Bank briefcase like a boom box. Meanwhile, Paul Heyman brought his “A” promo material for a change. Either way, they put the fear of Brock Lesnar into Seth Rollins and Kofi Kingston from the start.

Of course, Lesnar’s boom box act provided a few laughs. However, Heyman eventually scored the biggest hit of the segment. He made a crack on Rollins having to wait seven hours at WrestleMania to see his girlfriend – Becky Lynch – main event a show Rollins wasn’t good enough to headline himself.

Ouch! Call Heyman the Architectslayer with that one.

Heyman and Lesnar teased a cat-and-mouse game with the champions. They painted the picture that The Beast will lurk in the shadows. Then, he will pounce when the time to strike is at hand. The threat of the unknown with The Beast kept us on the edge of our seats all night.

Therefore, WWE immediately had to kill most of the anticipation by the end of the show. They announced Lesnar would determine which champion he’ll target on RAW next week.


The Bray Wyatt reboot continues to excel as one of the best segments on Mondays. The friendly “Firefly Fun House” theme song gave way to imagery as creepy as a Marilyn Manson rock video. We watched as images of happy children turned into zombie kids with “Let Him In” written on their foreheads. Wyatt returned with the fear mask afterward. He haunted us with his message of letting him in our heads.


Sure, the Scottish Psychopath got a victory over The Miz. However, the way WWE booked that win hurts more than helps McIntyre. He only finished off the A-Lister after Shane McMahon came out with a dirty assist.

That’s right. A guy they billed as a potential Universal Champion one day needed Shane’s help to beat Miz. The same Miz who just dropped two consecutive matches to a McMahon. This makes McIntyre look like a joke. He’s virtually an Authority flunkie who needs help to win. This puts him on par with The B Team.

Furthermore, McIntyre got announced as an opponent for Roman Reigns at Super Showdown. So, he gets to put over The Big Dog for a third match in a row. Perhaps WWE still believes in him. However, nobody else will if and when they pull the trigger on a big McIntyre push.


Baron Corbin – WWE continues to give the fans heaping helpings of the guy they like to see the least. The Lone Wolf got a promo segment teasing a beef with AJ Styles. Then, he also got booked for yet another main event. He and “The Almighty” Bobby Lashley tried to ambush Rollins and Kingston in a no disqualification main event tag match. However, the champs still won. Corbin and Lashley then delivered a post-match beatdown as Lesnar teased a possible cash in.  Lesnar saved this from being a run-of-the-mill segment for the main event.

Roman Reigns – The Big Dog received a huge ovation a day after demolishing Elias at Money in the Bank. He immediately got interrupted by Shane, who put him in a match against McIntyre at Super Showdown. So, Reigns remains on track to have a title belt in weeks. The monster push continues.

Cesaro – The Swiss Superman scored a victory over Ricochet. WWE creative actually sold it well, too. The One and Only remained hobbled from storyline injures incurred during Sunday’s ladder match. This match reminded us yet again Cesaro’s skills remain on par with any main eventer. He just never gets a big singles push because Vince McMahon allegedly thinks he’s boring. These two could build a nice feud and momentum out of this if WWE goes that route.

Samoa Joe – The Destroyer lived up to his name on the mic. He cut a promo that Rey Mysterio never got his shoulders down at Money in the Bank. Thus, Rey never beat him for the United States Championship. Therefore, he’s giving Rey the chance to go the honorable route and give him back the title. In addition, rumor sites online reported Mysterio suffered a shoulder injury at the pay-per-view show. So, Joe may wind up getting the belt back pretty soon.

R-Truth – The comedic veteran ended the show as the new 24/7 title belt holder. Mick Foley announced essentially a reboot of the hardcore championship. The illustrious new belt already can count Titus O’Neil, Robert Roode and R-Truth as its prestigious champions on its first night. Foley essentially told a hodge-podge of enhancement talent surrounding the ring the first to the belt is the champ. O’Neil won the race. Then, he got rolled up by Roode on the ramp to lose it. Roode tried to enlist R-Truth to help him escape at the end of the show. However, his getaway car opened up to reveal a ref. Then, Truth bounced Roode off the car for the pin.


Women’s Division – Unfortunately, RAW kept its booking of only one women’s division segment per week. We got another dreadful “Moment of Bliss” intro into a match. And they saddled the “shoehorn” nickname on Charlotte. Apparently, Alexa Bliss must get on TV every week, even if she can’t stay healthy enough to wrestle. Her segment with RAW Women’s Champ Becky Lynch got interrupted by Lacey Evans and The IIconics. This spawned a tag match where Cross got beat up all match to make a hot tag to Lynch. The champ then hit a leg drop on Billie Kay for the win. Lynch forced Bliss to partner with her and Cross, but then told her to stay outside the ring and look pretty. This essentially served as filler on a three-hour show and it helped none of the wrestlers involved.

24/7 Championship – The cameo by Foley got ruined by the solid gold crap that is the newest WWE championship. This belt helps WWE fill some content. However, the title serves as a joke. The enhancement guys trading it back and forth each week likely won’t give you much for which to get excited.

Lars Sullivan – We got yet another beatdown of Lucha House Party. WWE set it up as an in-ring interview with Charly Caruso. However, Kalisto, Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik sought payback and tried an ambush. They started out well, hitting a triple dropkick. However, Sullivan soon flattened them again. As usual, this served as filler and didn’t help with any momentum. In fact, many WWE fans online pointed out that the company seems tone deaf for booking a guy who needed sensitivity training for racial remarks to pound on a group of Hispanic performers.

Sami Zayn – WWE worked its magic in trying to kill the heat one of its hottest heels built over the past month. They booked him to squeal like a girl and look extremely weak in a squash effort against Braun Strowman. Granted, you expected The Monster to get revenge for being ousted from the MITB ladder match. However, beating up Zayn adds nothing for Strowman. Meanwhile, Zayn’s push appears dead in the water.

AJ Styles – The Phenomenal One’s big reward for a great match with the Universal Champ appears to be a teased angle with Corbin. One can only assume The Lone Wolf bought compromising pictures of Vince McMahon somewhere. Almost everyone complains about his inclusion in the main event scene. Meanwhile, WWE keeps lining up main eventers who Corbin sets back with feuds that get no reaction. Let’s hope the Styles-Corbin interactions end quickly.


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By Joseph Spencer

I'm a former newspaper sports journalist and avid pro wrestling follower. Huge fan of The Man, Becky Lynch. Personally, a survivor of stage 2 colon cancer who is now in remission and currently works full time as an emergency 9-1-1 police, fire and ambulance dispatcher in central Illinois. Proud graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.