Right off the bat, Shane announces Natalya challenging Charlotte tonight for the Women’s Title. And a tag team tournament to decide the new number one contenders to New Day. And then we get Cesaro versus Kevin Owens to determine the number one contender for the Intercontinental Championship. Should be a good evening, so let’s get rolling!
Best Match of the night:
I have to do 2 runners up, before hitting the winner.
2nd runner up? Natalya versus Charlotte. Very strong outing, and I have a feeling we will see more of them in the future. I just wonder if WWE will put that belt back on Natalya.
1st runner up? Cesaro versus Owens. Very compelling and engaging action, setting up Cesaro versus Miz for us at Payback.
The winner? Surely you’ve guessed it by now? That’s right folks, Zayn and AJ Styles in the match of the night, and as good as our runners up were-and they were good-they didn’t come close to taking top spot this week. More of this, please.
Worst match of the night:
Dudleys versus Lucha Dragons. Bright side, it was over quick, and we got Enzo and Cass afterwards.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
This is awesome
How you doin’
AJ Styles/Sami Zayn
Star of the Night
AJ Styles, with a nod to Sami Zayn as well. Shane was right to thank them after the match. As much as the good versus bad, nasty feuds play well, I love seeing these matches, these feuds where both men are damn good, and there’s nothing but a ton of mutual respect and admiration and we get match after amazing match. I would love seeing AJ beat Roman.
Spot of the Night:
The Magic Killer. Just one tool being used to take out The Usos.
Springboard Euro uppercut by Cesaro
I have no idea how Zayn would up doing a sunset flip off the top rope, landing on his head then his feet and almost getting in a helluva kick.
Jobber of the Night:
I give you two choices. First? Lucha Dragons. Kalisto was taken out early, and Sin Cara took the abuse and was pinned.
Second? The Usos, for being laid out after their win.
Honorable mention to Adam Rose.
Upset of the Night:
None to speak of tonight.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Did you ever think you’d see The Wyatt Family SAVE Roman Reigns? It happened tonight, which led to Roman teaming with Bray in the main event, against League of Nation.
Gallows and Anderson. That’s how you arrive and make a statement.
Botch of the night:
I feel bad saying this, but clearly, Cesaro had issues landing his double boot stomp to the chest. I mean, he landed it, but almost fell over in doing so.
Devon forgot he wasn’t the legal man.
Commentary of the night:
It’s a grown-up world, don’t go around handing out pacifiers.
JBL, equating Byron to Dean’s potted plant.
LOL Moment of the night:
Dr. Phil gets it. He told Charlotte that Ric was holding her back, which got Charlotte mad so she walked off. And then Flair went to give Dr. Phil a “wooo”, McGraw answered him every time. Funny stuff.
The Usos may have won their first round match, but they got decimated by the finally-debuting tag team of Gallows and Anderson. So the question is, will they be inserted into the tournament? Or will we just see a team getting a bye? Or will Jimmy and Jey compete, but get destroyed again? Many ways this can go, but suddenly, tag team wrestling is trending up. More up than it has in a while, and it’s been improving.
Not a whole lot, to be honest. For a RAW, I can’t think of many times where I had three matches listed out for match of the night, which speaks to the strength of the show, and how the new talent is helping things.
Even sticking Reigns with Wyatt can’t get him over, as the champion was booed relentlessly.
Shane running things again.
The tag team tournament.
The IC number one contender match.
Zayn/AJ. Stellar match.
The women’s match.
The use of Dr.Phil. Not too over the top, no dedicated in ring segment, just enough screen time so that he’d enjoy his cross-promotional fun, but that was it.
Gallows and Anderson. WWE is enjoying a flood of new talent over the last few months, and it makes folks miss guys like Orton and Cena less and less.
After the final bell:
Here’s something to ponder. If WWE is saying that Shane got to run RAW for a second week because of the social media response, then would WWE have Roman drop the strap to AJ for similar reasons? They could never publicly admit that, of course, and for obvious reasons. But, it does make you wonder-though I almost as quickly shoot it down, because why would they have made Reigns champion if they cared about the feelings of fans on social media?
And, speaking of Roman, I have to imagine some folks in WWE are just absolutely apoplectic that their chosen champion is getting booed while recent heel Bray Wyatt was being adored in the main event. And, a nice showing in the main event it was. Here’s hoping we see more of Wyatt in the main events moving forward. Nothing against AJ Styles, or Sami Zayn, or anyone else, but am I the only one who could really get behind a Bray Wyatt versus Roman Reigns clash, in the not too distant future, for the WWE title?
From start to finish? A pretty good RAW.The show opened with a good segment, followed by a strong match and it just built from there. Even the main event, while no contender for match of the night, was pretty decent.
And it’s nice to see Shane stick around, though it does make you wonder, why bother having that stipulation at WM32, if after the show, Shane’s going to run stuff anyways? Unless, of course, we are getting the setup for a return engagement.