HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT
APRIL 6, 2020
LIVE AND WITHOUT FANS FROM THE WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER IN ORLANDO, FL
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
Announcers: Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton
-The show opened with a recap video that detailed Drew McIntyre’s WWE Championship win over Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania 36.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This was a very similar championship win recap video that we’ve seen in WWE throughout the years. That said, this one did a particularly good job of capturing the facial expressions of both Lesnar and Drew during the match last night. It was a high point, so very smart to reemphasize those while retelling the story.
-When the recap video ended, the official intro began. When it ended, the Raw announce team welcomed the audience to the show. At that point, Asuka made her entrance. As she did, the announce team plugged happenings on the show including a WrestleMania rematch between the Street Profits and the team of Angel Garza and Austin Theory. They also plugged a segment for Drew that would detail what happened after he beat Lesnar for the title last night. From there, Liv Morgan made her entrance. As she did, the announce team discussed her win over Natalya at WrestleMania. Once Morgan got to the ring, the bell rang and the match began.
(1) ASUKA vs. LIV MORGAN
To start things off, Asuka yelled in Japanese at Morgan. Morgan shrugged it off and then connected with a few strikes to gain the very early upper hand. From there, Morgan hit the ropes for a move, but Asuka countered with a jumping hip to the face. At that point, Asuka made the first cover, but Morgan kicked out at two. Out of the pin, Liv Morgan took some momentum back and connected with a dropkick from the second rope. This caused Asuka to roll out of the ring. Morgan followed, but Asuka clocked her with punch. As Asuka worked to get Liv back in the ring, Morgan connected with a hurricanrana off of the ring apron. She looked to gain momentum again, but Asuka floored her with a kick to the face. The show then went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Asuka is able to bring a different energy to her empty arena matches that her peers just aren’t bringing. It isn’t perfect, but on a curve, it’s heads above most members of the roster.
Out of the break, Asuka held control over Morgan. She connected with strikes and then charged at Liv in the corner. Liv dodged the move, but Asuka kept up the offense with a lifting knee to the face. From there, Asuka made a cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Asuka toyed with Morgan by kicking her in the face, but Morgan eventually reversed the move and rolled Asuka up for a two count pin. From there, Morgan connected with a double knee strike on Asuka to gain the upper hand back. Once both women got to their feet, Asuka charged, but Morgan connected with a series of clotheslines. She then hit a step up enziguri before smashing Asuka face first into the mat with a double stomp in the corner. After, Morgan went for a cover, but Asuka kicked out. Right after, Asuka locked in the Asuka Lock. Morgan quickly countered it into a pin, but Asuka kicked out at two. After that pin, Asuka kept control and connected with a stiff kick to the face. She went for the pin again, but Morgan grabbed the ropes to force a break. Soon after, Asuka was able to lock in the Asuka Lock again. Morgan immediately tapped out to give Asuka the victory.
WINNER: Asuka via submission
Heydorn’s Analysis: A surprisingly decent match. Morgan sold her pain well and Asuka played off that nicely to showcase just how dominant she was. The match felt crisp and kept Asuka strong after her loss at WrestleMania.
-After the match, the announce team cued up highlights of Baszler vs. Lynch at WrestleMania night one. When the video ended, an interview aired from Lynch after the WrestleMania match. Lynch said it was a year since she’s been champion. She said her win wasn’t a fluke because she is ready for everything. She said Shayna Baszler was good and that she didn’t underestimate her. Lynch hinted that maybe Baszler underestimated her. Lynch said that Baszler is a cage fighter and a skilled opponent. Lynch said that she has heart though. From there, Lynch addressed her future and said that if Baszler is upset with how things finished up at WrestleMania, she knows where to find her. She then walked out of the shot.
-When Lynch’s post-match interview ended, a post-match promo aired from Shayna Baszler. Baszler said the words “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat.” She then said the thrill of victory and that Becky Lynch would feel the agony of her defeat. She then left the shot. The show then went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: I liked that a lot. Very well done by both women. These promos framed both competitors in different places, but in places that will keep their fates intertwined. Certainly more to come between these two in the immediate future. Good stuff.
-Out of the break, the Street Profits made their entrance. Once they got to the ring, Theory and Garza walked out with Zelina Vega. Once they got down to the ring, the bell rang, and the match began.
(2) THE STREET PROFITS vs. ANGEL GARZA & AUSTIN THEORY w/Zelina Vega – WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
The match started with Dawkins and Theory after Garza quickly tagged out. Dawkins crushed Theory with a huge clothesline and then tagged Montez Ford into the match. Ford connected with a clothesline and followed that with a tandem dropkick with Dawkins on both Theory and Garza. After, Garza and Theory rolled out of the ring as the Street Profits celebrated inside of it. As they did, the show went to commercial break. (c)
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