Best Match of the night:
The fatal five way, opening up the evening. I was skeptical, as I thought it would be too busy. And while it was busy, it worked. It was a way to get the title off of Ambrose without making Ambrose take the loss, which is wise heading into the triple threat match on Sunday. Breeze and Stardust did not look out of place, even though they were definitely the odd men out.
Worst match of the night:
Big E versus Mark Henry.
Look, I like Mark Henry for the most part. He’s had an incredibly long run in WWE. I bet if you asked folks back when he started, if he’d last twenty years, most would have said no way. But, he has. But…it’s time to call it a career. The pairing did neither man any favors, but Henry just looked unable to get it done.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
New Day rocks/sucks
Fight Owens Fight
We want tables
Star of the Night
I give this to Kevin Owens, for a strong performance all around in winning his second Intercontinental Championship.
Spot of the Night:
Not a move, but a segment.
Heyman and Reigns had a rather…cerebral…exchange. And just when it seemed like that would be that, we get the Dudleyz attacking Reigns out of nowhere. This, of course, creates a few questions. 1-Was this Bubba and Devon doing Heyman a favor? 2-Was this Bubba and Devon going after a relative of The Usos? Or 3-was this just WWE doing what they needed to do, to ensure The Dudleyz got more heat? Maybe it was all three.
And, for good measure, after Dean runs in and makes the save, and the friends embrace, Ambrose damn near lands Dirty Deeds.
Excellent segment. Best spot of the night.
Jobber of the Night:
Tyler Breeze, for being the man who was pinned by Kevin Owens, allowing him to become a 2-time IC titleholder.
Upset of the Night:
Summer Rae over Paige. Didn’t even look like a lucky pin, as I thought they’d go for. Just a very surprising move.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Starting off the show with a title change, less than a week from the PPV. And, Owens didn’t even pin the champ to leave RAW with the title.
Botch of the night:
Ryback and Harper, outside as Ryback charged to the ring to make the save. Timing was off somewhere, and you could see the initial impact was off. I have to wonder if Harper reversing into a monkey flip wasn’t covering the overall botch.
LOL Moment of the night:
R-Truth on a date. Goldust as his waiter. Whether it was the “In Your House” joke, or the champagne double entendre, it was the LOL of the night.
Also, it would appear that The Long Island Iced Z filled in for the suspended Titus tonight. Nice to see Ryder, but if he really was up because Titus got himself a prolonged vacation, given the accusations hurled at McMahon last week, it would be quite ironic.
Dean Ambrose has lost the Intercontinental Championship, without ever having been pinned. And, that may very well be Tyler Breeze’s moment of fame.
And, I am curious because it was announced this evening that we get The Peep Show on Sunday, with guests New Day. On one hand, this is probably just getting Edge and Christian exposure to push their new Network show. On the other hand? Who knows…but I am going with pushing the Network.
And next week, we find out who has won the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. Now, for all it’s pretty, cut glass…I have a feeling this is going to be a chance to give the award to one of Stephanie, Hunter or Vince. It could be a legit award, but I bet it’s not.
Kane is back, alongside Ryback and Big Show, and I’m betting we get us a 6 man tag match during Fastlane out of that.
There were still too many either short, or bad, matches on the card. Most of which could have just been left off. While we did get more matches announced for Sunday, it wasn’t the best show for a go-home effort.
The Heyman-Reigns-Dudleyz-Ambrose segment. So many possible ways that one goes, and most of them are intriguing.
Kevin Owens winning his 2nd Intercontinental Championship.
After the final bell:
In my eyes, this show was all over the map. Think about this one. You open the show with a fatal five way for the Intercontinental Championship-a match that gave us a new champion. But, on the flip side? Big Show versus Braun Strowman was the booked main event. Think about it. THE MAIN EVENT. That should never happen. Ever. I don’t care how over the Wyatts are; Big Show has not been main-event-worthy in years, and I don’t know if Strowman ever will be. Even if it is just on RAW. And yes, I know that match had to run last due to the Kane appearance from underneath/through the ring. But even that didn’t save the main event. It was just sub-par.
The positive for the show is we have a pretty good idea of what Fastlane will give us, and the lineup is encouraging. But RAW was just…still mostly flat for me. Perhaps some of my perspective is altered now that I’ve started watching NXT, and while it should be unfair to compare a three hour live show with a one hour taped program, but when comparing the two shows, you are probably getting the same amount of compelling action.