WWE Stomping Grounds 2019
Running Time: 192 Minutes
Number Of Discs: 1
Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
Released: August 12 2019
(Thanks to Fetch Publicity for arranging this review.)
WWE Stomping Grounds 2019 was expected to be a bust due to the suggested creative malaise of Raw and SmackDown at that time. But often, the presumed flops end up succeeding and exceeding expectations, and Stomping Grounds was no exception to this rule, which comes across again when rewatching it on DVD.
Because there aren’t any DVD extras, meaning that the Cruiserweight Championship three-way between Tony Nese, Drew Gulak and Akira Tozawa isn’t included, we open with Becky Lynch vs. Lacey Evans for the Raw Women’s Title, which is a bit underwhelming, partly due to some occasional botches by the somewhat inexperienced challenger. Better is the tag match pitting Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn against The New Day which had no reason to exist, but which ends up being very exciting nonetheless.
Next up, Ricochet captures the United States Title from Samoa Joe in an enjoyable clash of styles; this is followed by Daniel Bryan (who, despite his heel status, is super-over in his home state of Washington, with this show being held in Tacoma) and Rowan retaining their SmackDown crowns against Heavy Machinery in another fun tag bout, and Bayley facing Alexa Bliss for the SD Women’s Title in a match where the outcome was too close to call.
Roman Reigns and Drew McIntyre then put on the match of the night, a straight-forward yet high intensity singles contest that stands as Roman’s best bout since returning from illness earlier this year. Kofi Kingston vs. Dolph Ziggler inside a Steel Cage has its moments as well as boasting a creative finish, but Ziggler being such a weak challenger (even to underdog titleholder Kofi) that it lacks the drama one would hope for from a WWE Title match.
That being said, it is still better than Seth Rollins vs. Baron Corbin. This Universal Championship match is a Raw-style battle filled with hijinks involving surprise special referee Lacey Evans, but with Corbin’s dominance lasting so long and being so plodding that fans turn on it in great numbers prior to Becky Lynch interfering to make for a climactic end to the show.
Though the two book ends for this card could have been better, the meat of the sandwich is mostly very enjoyable, so while Stomping Grounds is hardly WWE’s best supershow of 2019, it is still worth checking out for a few of the matches, which is more than many had anticipated beforehand.
Overall Rating: 6.5/10 – Okay