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HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT
OCTOBER 28, 2019
ST. LOUIS, MO
AIRED ON USA NETWORK
Announcers: Vic Joseph, Jerry “The King” Lawler, and Dio Madden
-The show opened with the official Monday Night Raw intro video package. When it ended, pyro went off, and the announce team welcomed the audience to the program as the audience cheered. Vic Joseph hyped Crown Jewel as the shot honed in on him and his counterparts. They ran down the matches of the evening including Seth Rollins vs. Rowan and the Divorce Court segment with Lana and Rusev. From there, Paige’s music hit and she walked out onto the ramp to a big reaction from the crowd. She then spoke and welcomed everyone to Monday Night Raw.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Paige has always had a presence about her. It’s hard not to focus in on what she’s doing because her natural charisma commands attention.
Paige continued and said she was proud to be a part of the success that the Kabuki Warriors have had. She then introduced her team. Asuka and Kairi Sane walked out and met Paige on the ramp. The trio then walked down to the ring as the announce team cued up Kabuki Warrior highlights including when Sane beat Becky Lynch. In the ring, Paige spoke again and said that six months ago she introduced the audience to the force of the women’s evolution. She said she took Sane and Asuka and made them a tag team. She said it was a risky move, but that they’ve gelled together. Paige continued, but Asuka snatched the microphone out of her hand and yelled Japanese into it. Paige took it back, but Sane did the same thing. From there, Asuka hit Paige with the Green Mist. The audience booed as Paige writhed in agony before asking for some water because she couldn’t see. Paige rolled to the outside of the ring and Asuka followed her. As both women were face to face, Becky Lynch’s music hit to a big reaction from the crowd. Lynch walked down to the ring and took Kairi Sane down to the mat as the audience chanted her name. Becky got a few punches in before Sane rolled out of the ring to be shielded by Asuka. After seeing this, Lynch rolled out of the ring and attacked Kairi and Asuka. Lynch got the upper hand and tossed Asuka into the crowd before rolling Kairi Sane back into the ring. Lynch tried to keep momentum, but Sane rolled out of the ring as the show went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Asuka and Kairi turning on Paige was predictable given the fact that they are heels now. That predictability doesn’t change the fact that the opening was hot and the audience was into it. Paige facilitated but Becky Lynch got the big pop and capitalized on what Paige started. Well done.
(1) BECKY LYNCH vs. KAIRI SANE
Out of the break, the bell rang, and the match began. Kairi Sane took over early and stomped Lynch in the corner. After, Sane gloated and played to the audience and paid for it when Lynch crushed her with a flurry of forearm shots to the face. From there, Lynch climbed to the top rope, but Sane pulled her off and covered for a two count. Out of the pin, Sane hit Lynch with a series of chops before attempting a swinging kick. Lynch caught the kick and took Sane down to the mat before locking in an arm submission with a bridge. Eventually, Sane battled out with punches, but Lynch whipped her into the corner. Becky then hit Sane with a knee to the face which planed Sane on the mat. After, Lynch covered, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Lynch teased the Disarmer, but Sane escaped and rolled out of the ring as the audience booed.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This match-up feels fresh to me. Lynch and Sane appear to be having a fight out there and both are conveying a sense of seriousness in the ring. It’s working too as the audience is invested.
Seeing this, Lynch attempted a running slide, but Asuka distracted her. After the distraction, Lynch looked for Kairi Sane, but couldn’t find her around the ring. Out of nowhere, Sane jumped at Lynch from the steel steps for a clothesline, but Lynch countered with a clothesline of her own. She then jawed back and forth with Asuka before being tossed into the steel steps. Once Lynch went down, the show went to commercial break. (c)
Out of the break, Kairi Sane still controlled the match. Sane held Lynch in an inverted surfboard submission, but Lynch broke free and covered. She got a two count, but was immediatley taken back down to the mat out of the pin. After, both women stood in the middle of the ring and exchanged strikes. From there, Sane charged her in the corner, but Lynch dodged it and connected with a springboard kick. Lynch kept up the offense with running forearm strike and then hit the Bec-Sploder before covering for a two count. Out of the pin, Lynch whipped Sane into the ropes, but Sane countered and rolled Becky into a leg submission. Lynch escaped and rolled Sane up for a pin, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Lynch hit a second running forearm strike out of desperation. This move left both women lying in the ring. Lynch got to her feet first and walked toward Sane, but Sane rolled her up into a pin for a two count. Out of the pin, Sane countered a Becky suplex attempt into a DDT and covered for a two count. After, Sane called for top rope elbow drop and headed to the top rope. Once she got up there, Lynch followed and both women exchanged punches. Sane then hit a headbutt which caused Lynch to become unbalanced. Lynch regained her balance and tossed Sane off before connecting with a second rope leg drop. Lynch then covered for another two count.
Heydorn’s Analysis: A well timed near-fall coming out of the leg drop. Sure, it wasn’t Becky’s finisher, but the pace, cadence, and flow of the match built to the moment and it kicked the entire bout into another gear.
Out of the pin, Lynch tried for more offense, but Asuka distracted her. This gave Sane the time to hit Lynch with a spinning back fist. Sane attempted a pin, but Lynch kicked out. Soon after the kickout, Lynch grabbed Sane and put her into the Disarmer. Sane immediatley tapped out.
WINNER: Lynch via submission
Heydorn’s Analysis: Good match. Fresh out of the gate and both women were able to showcase themselves even with Lynch getting the clean victory.
-After the match, Lynch celebrated in the ring and kick Asuka while she was down. The announce team then recapped the events of last week between Lana and Rusev before hyping the divorce court segment later in the show. When they finished, R-Truth made his way out to the ring and sang his entrance song as the show went to commercial break. (c)
Out of the break, R-Truth was interviewed in the ring. He said that Buddy Murphy wasn’t his buddy and that he didn’t even know who the guy was. From there, Truth talked about losing the 24-7 championship. He said he made a mistake last week and didn’t have eyes in the back of his head. To that end, Truth said he went to Lenscrafters and bought a pair of glasses so that he’d be ready. Because of that, he said he would once again become the 24-7 Champion. From there, Buddy Murphy walked out and cut a promo on Truth in the middle of the ring. Murphy said that Truth was too focused on the 24-7 title and not enough on him. He said it was fine though and that after their match, Truth wouldn’t forget him. At that point, the bell rang, and the match began.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Short, but effective for Murphy in that it framed him as the jerky heel character he’s supposed to be.
(2) BUDDY MURPHY vs. R-TRUTH
Murphy took over early and hit Truth was a batch of strikes in the corner. As Murphy gloated, Truth battled back and clocked him in the face. From there, Truth connected with a hurricanrana which sent Murphy into the corner. He then hit a spinning elbow strike and covered, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Truth connected with a regular kick and tried to follow with a scissor kick, but it was countered. Both men exchanged moves in the middle of the ring until Truth finally connected with the scissor kick. He tried for a cover, but it was interuppted by the Singh Brothers running out and running away from 24-7 title contenders. Truth was distracted by that and chased them as well. The referee started to count Truth out, but he beat the count and rolled back into the ring. Then, Murphy connected with a vicious knee to the face before covering for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Murphy via pinfall
-After the match, Truth stumbled out of the ring and chased after the 24-7 championship as the show went to the break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: I’d keep Murphy as far away from the 24-7 nonsense as possible. Seeing him lying in the ring as the others ran around it as if they were playing musical chairs hurt some of his credibility and defines him down. Even in victory.
-Out of the break, a pre-taped hype promo aired for the Authors Of Pain. When it ended, the Street Profits walked out to a nice reaction from the crowd. They went into the crowd and partied with the fans on the way in and then entered the ring. There, they asked for a microphone and addressed the crowed. Ford attempted to speak first, but was interuppted by a “we want the smoke” chant. Eventually. he started and said that they showed up and showed out on Monday Night Raw last week. He said that even though they weren’t in St. Louis last week, they gave the OC the blues thanks to some help from Kevin Owens. From there, Dawkins reminisced about an after party he was at until Ford told him to focus on their message. Dawkins obliged and told the Raw locker room to watch out if they planned on messing with the Street Profits because they wanted to smoke. From there, they got another “we want the smoke” chant started before rolling out of the ring and partying with the audience again.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This was more of the hype side of the Street Profits gimmick than the serious competitors we saw last week. While the Dawkins message to the locker room was effective and the right verbiage to be used, that amidst the comedic presentation diluted the message. It’s about context and the context surrounding the Street Profits here focused the audience’s attention away from their serious act and towards the comedy. Their booking needs to be flipped the other way.
-Once the Street Profits made it to the back, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair were shown walking backstage as the show went to commercial break. (c)
-After the break, Hulk Hogan finished up his entrance with Ric Flair in the middle of the ring. Both men argued back and forth until Ricochet made his entrance. As Ricochet walked down, the announce team called him a real-life superhero.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Still going with that? Real-life super hero? WWE. What. Does. That. Mean.
-Once Ricochet got to the ring. Drew McIntyre made his entrance. Once he got halfway down the ramp, Ricochet dove at him and connected with a suicide dive. From there, the brawled with McIntyre and tossed him into the ring. After he did, the bell rang.
(3) RICOCHET vs. DREW MCINTYRE
Once the match officially started, Ricochet maintained his momentum and connected with a corkscrew dive to the outside of the ring. After, he tried for a springboard move, but McIntyre caught him and balance him on the top rope before pulling him off and connecting with strike to the face.
McIntyre owned the match from there and dominated with a flurry of offensive moves including a release suplex. After, he slapped Ricochet and tried for a second, but Ricochet countered with his own. Instead, Drew punched Ricochet and then faced off with Hulk Hogan on the outside of the ring. From there, Drew rolled back into the ring and put Ricochet in the abdominal stretch. Ricochet tried to battle out, but Drew connected with a hip toss instead. After, he connected with a body slam and followed that with a shoulder submission. Ricochet escaped that move as well, but Drew maintained momentum with a massive back body drop.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Some insane height on that back body drop. Looked impressive and a reminder of what Drew brings to the table in the ring. He’s showing intensity and aggression with this beat down part of the match, but moves like this present him as something different (and better) than others on the roster.
After the move, Drew tried for a pin, but Ricochet kicked out at two. Out of that, Drew connected with crucifix bomb into the turnbuckle and followed it with a series of muscle poses to mock Hogan. Ricochet rolled out of the ring after the move and Drew followed when he finished posing. Drew kept momentum and slammed Ricochet into the guardrail before beating him up in front of Hulk Hogan. Drew stared Hogan down again before rolling Ricochet back into the ring. From there, Drew whipped Ricochet into the ropes and charged, but Ricochet countered with double kick to Drew’s chest. Ricochet followed with chops before whipping Drew into the corner. Drew countered and kicked Ricochet in the chest before covering. He got a two count as the show went to break. (c)
Out of the break, Drew McIntyre maintained control of the match and tried to hit Ricochet with a second crucifix bomb. This time, Ricochet countered it into a hurricanrana that sent Drew into the ring post. After, Drew walked toward Ricochet for a move, but he connected with a step up enziguri. From there, he hit Drew with a boot before connecting with a rolling dropkick. He followed that with a springboard clothesline and a springboard moonsault. After, he covered, but Drew kicked out at two.
Heydorn’s Analysis: The Ricochet offense without the silly superhero gimmick can and should work if framed and booked right. He’s on another planet in the ring and needs booking that plays into that unique skill. The superhero commentary is too over the top to be taken seriously and it hurts the impactful parts of Ricochet’s act.
Out of the pin, Ricochet tried to lift Drew on his shoulders, but couldn’t. From there, McIntyre connected with an inverted Alabama Slam and covered, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Hogan cheered Ricochet on and told him to dig deep. As Drew walked over to lift him to his feet, Ricochet rolled him up for a two count. Out of that pin, Drew connected with a vicious clothesline and covered, but again, only got a two count. Eventually, Drew lifted Ricochet to the top rope. He tried for a superplex, but Ricochet countered with punches. The counter was short-lived as Drew tossed Ricochet off. He then attempted the Claymore Kick, but Ricochet countered with a superkick of his own. After, he climbed to the top rope and tried for his 450, but missed when Drew rolled out of the way. As he went back at him for a move, Randy Orton crushed him out of nowhere with an RKO. This caused the referee to end the match.
WINNER: No contest
-After the match, Randy Orton celebrated in the ring with Drew and Flair. They taunted Hogan and posed in the ring as the show moved backstage. There, the OC confronted Humberto Carrillo. Styles asked him his name and said that he tore it up with Seth Rollins last week. Styles said he was impressed and said that he was a rookie once, but that now he was one of the best. He said that if Humberto wanted to prove himself against a champion, he chose the wrong one last week. Styles then challenged Carrillo to a match before walking out of the shot as the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: That truly was an RKO out of nowhere. Impressive move and sold brilliantly by Ricochet, but it popped the crowd and that reaction ran counter to the story they were trying to tell. With the heels getting the upper hand tonight, one has to believe Hogan and the babyfaces are going over at Crown Jewel. As if anyone was surprised.
Out of the break, a local tag team dressed as “Rizzo and Bryant” were shown in the ring. They were announced as the Chicago Cubs. From there, the Viking Raiders made their entrance.
(4) THE VIKING RAIDERS vs. THE CHICAGO CUBS
The Viking Raiders destroyed the Cubs in every way. They connected with their signature moves and various double teams before hitting the Viking Experience for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Viking Raiders via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: The Chicago Cubs? Good grief. That said, a strong showing for the Viking Raiders with a well-timed squash.
-After the match, Bobby Lashley and Lana were shown backstage. Lana looked upset as the show went to commercial break. (c)
-Out of the break, Andrade made his way to the ring with Zelina Vega. As they walked to the ring, the announce team aired clips of Andrade beating Sin Cara last week on the show. After they got into the ring, Sin Cara was interviewed backstage. He said he would counter Zelina Vega with help – Carolina. They then made their entrance. Once they got to the ring, the bell rang, and their match began.
(5) ANDRADE w/Zelina Vega vs. SIN CARA w/Carolina
Sin Cara came out of the gate hot, but Andrade halted the momentum and took him out on the outside of the ring. From there, he rolled Cara back in and slammed him to the mat before covering for a two count. Out of the pin, Andrade put Sin Cara in a seated abdominal stretch. Eventually, Cara broke free and hit Andrade with a suicide dive. Cara followed with a move in the ring, but was then distracted by Zelina Vega. From there, Carolina addressed Vega, but Vega attempted a hurricanrana on her. Carolina caught her and slammed her into the guardrail. As that happened and with Sin Cara distracted because of it, Andrade rolled him up with his feet on the ropes for leverage to get the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Andrade via pinfall
-After the match, Charlotte and Natalya were shown walking backstage as the show went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Are they building a rivalry here between Sin Cara and Andrade? Cara is damaged goods. Period. Andrade being involved with this for a long period of time diminishes his star power and ability to be taken seriously up the card.
-Out of the break, Charlotte made her entrance and Natalya followed. Both women posed in the ring and as they did, the IIconics made their entrance.
(6) THE IICONICS vs. CHARLOTTE FLAIR & NATALYA
The match began with Nattie and Charlotte gaining the upper hand. Soon after, the IIconics took over and held control of the match with a variety of submissions maneuvers. Eventually, the action spilled to the outside of the ring after Charlotte tossed Peyton Royce out. From there, Nattie applied the Sharpshooter on Kay. As Royce crawled back in for the save, Charlotte speared her. Kay then tapped out.
WINNER: Flair and Nattie via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: And the point of this was? A nothing match for the most part that was rooted with zero context around it and zero context coming out of it. This didn’t present Charlotte as the “big deal” that she is either. Disappointing.
-After the match, Seth Rollins was interviewed backstage. He said he had a lot on his plate, but not a lot of time to talk about it. He explained why he accepted a match with Rowan ahead of his match with the Fiend at Crown Jewel. He said he did it because he was a fighter. He said that Bray Wyatt will take it to another level at Crown Jewel because he took it to another level by burning down the Firefly Funhouse. From there, he admitted that he figured Bray would rebuild the funhouse and that he was even more dangerous now. Rollins ended by saying he would end the Fiend by beating the Fiend before walking out of the shot as the show went to commercial break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: The boo birds were out in full force as Rollins started talking. Not ideal and not a good sign for the staying power of Rollins as WWE’s top babyface. WWE is lucky this Fiend match is happening at Crown Jewel in, yes, SAUDI ARABIA. Otherwise, the negative reaction for Rollins would be more significant and would derail the entire storyline once again.
-Out of the break, Seth Rollins made his entrance. He was followed by Rowan and once both men stood in the ring, the bell rang, and their match began.
(7) SETH ROLLINS vs. ERICK ROWAN – Falls Count Anywhere Match
Rollins got momentum early but it was halted once the action spilled to the outside of the ring. There, Rowan slammed Rollins against the guardrail and then continued to beat on Seth with chops. From there, the action spilled into the audience and the brawl continued. Rowan connected with a series of punches before clocking him with a headbutt that sent him into the front row. They then battled up the stairs and into the the concession area. Rowan kept the upper hand until Rollins hit Rowan with a barricade divider. He got a couple shots in until Rowan tossed him into a nearby merchandise stand. After, he put Rollins through the table and covered for a two count. The show then went to break. (c)
Heydorn’s Analysis: Nothing intense about that brawl up the stairs. Compare that with the audience brawl that took place on AEW Dynamite. The crowd reactions are all you need to know. A tale of two matches. One with over talent and the other without it.
Out of the break, the action continued, and moved its way back toward the ringside area. There, Rollins connected with two suicide dives before being caught by Rowan. Rollins slid off his shoulder before slamming into the ring post and steel steps. From there, he went for another suicide dive, but Rowan countered by slamming the steel steps into his face. After, Rowan connected with a running cross body and covered, but only got a two count. Eventually, the match spilled up to the announce desk. Rowan attempted to put Rollins through the table, but Seth countered and connected with a Stomp on top of it. Rollins then attempted a cover, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Rollins hit Rowan with a cross body splash off of the stage and covered again, but got a two count again. After, the match spilled backstage. Rowan slammed Rollins into various road materials. He tried to throw a road case at Rollins, but he dodged it and hit him with a ladder. After, Rollins hit Rowan with a Stomp on the ladder. Instead of going for the pin, Rollins rolled Rowan under a forklift. He told the driver to start it up and then lowered a pallet on top of him. From there, Rollins stood on top of Rowan for the 1,2,3 win.
WINNER: Rollins via pinfall
Heydorn’s Analysis: It feels like Seth Rollins is just trying too hard out there. Nothing wrong with the match and it had some decent spots, but the audience seems disengaged with this story of Rollins going to a dark place to beat the Fiend. Nobody is buying it and it’s because Rollins isn’t believable in the role or over enough for people to care.
-After the match, Lana and Lashley were shown backstage. Lashley said he would go out to the ring with Lana, but Lana said she needed to do it by herself. The show then went to commercial break. (c)
-Out of the break, Aleister Black cut a pre-taped promo backstage. He talked about the definition of madness and then threatened his future opponents.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This is getting to be too much. Black needs a real story and not words on a page if he’s going to move up to the next level.
-After the Black promo, the announce team hyped the Crown Jewel matches. When the hype for Blood Money … I mean Crown Jewel was over, the OC walked out. Styles posed in the ring as the show went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Humberto Carrillo made his entrance to a quiet response from the crowd. Once he got to the ring, the bell rang, and the match began.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Carrillo may need to rethink his entrance music. I like the style, but it’s slow and doesn’t mirror his character in the ring.
(8) HUMBERTO CARRILLO vs. A.J. STYLES w/The OC
Both Styles and Carrillo exchanged offense to start the match. Carrillo hit is high flying spots until the the action spilled to the outside of the ring. Out there, Styles slammed Carrillo’s back into the guardrail and followed that with a tornado DDT off of the guardrail. With Carrillo down, the show went to commercial break. (c)
Out of the break, Styles maintained control and grounded Carrillo with a headlock. Humberto escaped and tried a kick, but Styles caught it and laughed. In response, Carrillo countered with a spinning heel kick and covered, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Carrillo connected with a dropkick and followed it with a missile dropkick. From there, he tried for the Aztec Press and hit it, but Styles kicked out at two. After the pin attempt, Humberto climbed to the top rope and jumped off for a moonsault, but Styles rolled out of the way. Carrillo landed with grace and ran at Styles for offense, but Styles countered into a neckbreaker. From there, Styles took over and went for the Phenomenal Forearm. Carrillo countered it and hit his moonsault from the top rope. He didn’t hit the move perfectly, but covered anyway and only got a two count.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Smart commentary. Too often, WWE doesn’t acknowledge things that are happening in front of the audience’s face. Here, Carrillo clearly missed the moonsault and the announce team framed that miss in a way that helped the match. Good stuff.
In the end, Styles was able to lock in the Calf Crusher after Carrillo tweaked his knee. Because of the pain, Carrillo tapped out to give Styles the victory.
WINNER: Styles via submission
-After the match, Styles tried to shake Humberto’s hand, but pulled it back at the last second. Carrillo didn’t stand for that disrespect and clocked Styles in the face even though he was on one good leg. In response, Styles kicked Carrillo’s hurt leg and then connected with the Styles Clash. From there, the OC beat on Carrillo until the Street Profits ran out to make the save.
Heydorn’s Analysis: Good match. It’s not Carrillo’s time, but he’ll need a win at some point against someone if WWE wants to keep booking him in matches like this one. I was glad to see Carrillo not dismiss the disrespect that Styles showed him with the handshake. Not all babyfaces are pushovers.
-A recap video aired that detailed the situation between Lana, Lashley, and Rusev. The show then went to break. (c)
-Out of the break, Jerry Lawler stood in the ring and welcomed the audience to the King’s Court, or Divorce Court. He said he would try and help Rusev and Lana figure out if divorce was the answer for them. From there, he welcomed Rusev out to the ring. Rusev received a small reaction and shook Jerry’s hand once he got to the ring. As Rusev stood in the ring, the audience started a faint “Rusev Day” chant. From there, Lana walked out to a small reaction of boos. Once Lana got into the ring, Rusev stared at her as she posed. He smiled as Lawler pointed out to Lana that Rusev was still wearing his wedding ring.
Heydorn’s Analysis: It’s like a poor man’s Jerry Springer. Good grief. Why is Rusev smiling out there?
Lana spoke and said that she didn’t want to come out to the ring to air dirty laundry. She then addressed the WWE Universe and said she had to deal with their bullying constantly. The audience booed her and chanted “Rusev Day” again. In response, Lana told them to shut up and listen. She then continued and said that the truth was that their relationship was only about what Rusev wanted. From there, Lana accused Rusev of only wanting sex and ran down all of the places he wanted it including WrestleMania. The audience cheered this. Lana continued and said the only thing Rusev wanted to do was put a baby inside her. Rusev responded and said that he wanted a family because he loved her. Lana then revealed that Rusev cheated on her because Bobby Lashley told her so. Rusev lost it and said that Lashley was lying. Lashley then walked out to the ring. From there, Rusev and Lashley brawled. Once Rusev got the upper hand, he removed his wedding ring and yelled “is this what you want” to Lana. He then put the ring inside of Lashley’s mouth. Rusev continued to beat up Lashley until Lana hit him with a kendo stick. The shot didn’t hurt Rusev, but distracted him. He asked Lana why and with his back turned, Lashley hit him with a low blow. After, Lashley low blowed him again. With Rusev down, Lashley and Lana made out on top of him as the show went off the air.
Heydorn’s Analysis: This type of wrestling just doesn’t do it for me. At best it’s a bad soap opera. That said, the reaction for Rusev can’t go overlooked here. He was sympathetic and the audience engaged with and fired up for his offense during the brawl. We’ll see where it goes, but at this point, other ways to get Rusev over are much higher on my list than this one.
NOW CHECK OUT LAST WEEK’S REPORT: HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT 10/21: Alt Perspective coverage of the live show including fallout from Rollins burning down the Firefly Funhouse, the return of Ric Flair, Street Profits vs. The OC, and more