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RAW In A Nutshell: Welcome Back!

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One night after a pretty decent Extreme Rules, one with only one title change, but with one impressive return to end the night, we get back to Monday Night RAW. It’s promising to be an action packed evening, what with Seth Rollins set to appear one night after his return to WWE following his nasty knee injury. And if that wasn’t enough? We have our first Money in the Bank qualifying matches, so we get to see who will be next in line for the WWE Championship in just a few weeks time. Without further delay, let’s get this show on the road!

Best Match of the night:

Kevin Owens versus AJ Styles. And it wasn’t especially close. Pleasantly surprised to see WWE put Owens over Styles in this one, but whoever advanced it was a very good match, and I think either would have been a strong contender to claim the briefcase.

Worst match of the night:

Not so much the worst match, but perhaps the match that meant the least this evening, would be New Day versus Social Outcasts. I doubt Heath and company are suddenly going to be taken seriously and positioned as legit challengers to New Day, so this one was just a cake match for the title holding trio to celebrate..Pun intended.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Welcome back


How you doin’

Lets go Apollo/Y2J

AJ Styles


Star of the Night

Non-wrestling? Rollins. The crowd missed him, and now the main event picture gets even more hotly contested-and this is before Cena returns NEXT week.

Wrestling? Have to give it to Owens (and AJ) for a strong main event.

Spot of the Night:

Honestly, not much wowed me like at Extreme Rules, so I am giving it to the sheet cake clothesline. Some nights are less about the spots as opposed to setting things up for the next few weeks, and tonight was one of those nights.

Jobber of the Night:

Social Outcasts. These guys, for whatever reason, thought it would be a great idea to jump New Day. And, they couldn’t even do that right, as they beat them down pre-match, and got beat down in the match. Total jobbers tonight. And, the icing on the cake? Well, that was all over the Red Dragon’s face post-match.

Upset of the Night:

No match upsets, but we had one extremely upset Irishman after he was knocked out of the MITB qualifier by Sami Zayn. Now, I wonder who he goes after next, if they are starting him on a “me versus the New Era” program. Which might actually be decent, if Sheamus could work a lot of superb matches.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Charlotte Flair, going full heel on her old man, and in the process letting him kind of gravitate back toward fan favorite. I have to admit, I did not think Charlotte could have gone further heel than she already was, but I was proven completely wrong tonight. I don’t know who’s idea it was, but man that was a sharp, deeply personal promo. It cut to the bone, and you have to imagine some of it, if not all of it, was pulled from real emotions, with Charlotte venting about Ric not being there for her.

Botch of the night:

Looked like Bubba screwed up and forgot he was supposed to be laying down to take the Empire Elbow.

Commentary of the night:

At least Heath got a free dessert out of it

LOL Moment of the night:

Had to be the cake, with Big E wanting some, and then it being used as a weapon. Though, Enzo’s monologues are really good too, so I was happy to see him back.

Noteworthy Moment:

Enzo is back.

AJ admits Reigns is every bit the man he said he was, and went to say if it weren’t for The Club and Usos involving themselves, he could have won. Anderson and Gallows took umbrage to that, came out and challenged AJ on it, and now we have no more Club, with AJ saying they needed to be separate professionally, but still friends, and Gallows said, nope, not even friends. Wonder if this is an opening for Finn Balor to pair with Styles.

Rollins/Reigns will be our main event for Money In The Bank

We have most of the MITB match set, with Zayn, Jericho, Owens, Ambrose and Cesaro all qualifying on RAW. Only two spots remain.

Overall lowlights:

It wasn’t a horrible RAW, but it seemed somewhat lackluster at times. And by that, I mean, I was finding myself easily drawn away from the TV screen tonight. Not so much because of the action, it might have been me.

Never fun to watch a legend cry, but all part of the program. Now, the question is, does Flair mentor someone else to take on his own daughter?

Overall highlights:

Rollins is back

Enzo is back

Money In The Bank is back.

I can so easily see Kevin Owens winning the MITB briefcase. I just can.

And, holy hell if you didn’t think Charlotte was a mega-heel in the women’s division? You have to now. If you don’t now? I don’t know what would convince you.

After the final bell:

It was a very busy RAW.

We saw two relationships get redefined for us, with Stephanie distancing herself from Rollins, and with Anderson and Gallows telling AJ they can’t be friends anymore. Curious to see where both items lead, though I suspect it means AJ is going to need-and get-a partner of his own. As for McMahon and Rollins? TBD. Perhaps setting things up for Rollins/Hunter at SummerSlam, so Steph can’t be too cozy with him?

So happy to see Enzo back. You knew he’d make fun of the concussion, though I don’t know that it’s really something to joke too much about, considering all the attention the concussion issue is getting in all sports. But it’s a minor nitpick, and no matter what, he was a welcomed return.

I will say this: considering that it was not all that long ago where WWE would wait until the final RAW before a show to solidify a card, the fact that we have our main event (and it’s a good one) and we have the majority of the participants in the signature match, and we are barely 24 hours removed from Extreme Rules? It’s refreshing. And, best of all, there are logical paths to several other matches, which can be reasonably expected to land on the undercard.

I dont know if it’s because Shane came back, and his voice is actually being heard, or what changes took place, but I think things are on the upswing. Which is an odd thing to say when you figure Cody Rhodes is now gone from WWE, as is Adam Rose and basically Ryback too, along with the Black Friday cuts from a couple weeks ago. I bet most readers never thought that the last Rhodes standing in WWE would be the once exiled Goldust, did you? Me neither.


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  • Darda Cook

    So happy to see Enzo back. You knew he’d make fun of the concussion,

  • Darda Cook

    I dont know if it’s because Shane came back, and his voice is actually being heard, or what changes took place, but I think things are on the upswing.

    • Mike

      I agree, maybe that’s a part of it. I’m sure weather he is officially an executive or not that his opinions are always heard and respected because of who he is and I doubt he would of came back otherwise.

  • Lisa

    Once again, why was Kevin Owens in the main event of RAW?

    • robvanriot

      Because he’s by far and away the best character on their programming at the moment

      • Lisa

        LMFAO. I can’t stop laughing.

  • Si Nicholls

    It will be interesting to see how far WWE go with the old V’s new storyline, they could very easily fall into copying the Main Event Mafia storyline from TNA a few years ago

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