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RAW In A Nutshell: New Universal Champ Is….Kevin Owens!

Another Monday, another RAW. This one, however, is much bigger than so many others. Why, you ask? Well, quite simply, because tonight, for the second time in eight days, we get to see a new Universal Champion crowned, with the conclusion of the brief title tourney wrapping up this week’s RAW. The show opened, in ring, with the vacant title and the four participants in the ring to of course set the stage for the looming main event. After some talking, a brawl broke out, with Kevin Owens looking pretty good.

Best Match of the night:

Had to be the fatal fourway elimination match. And the elimination format, whether a four or three man match? I’ve been saying it for years, this is how it should be.

First man out was Cass, eliminated by Kevin Owens.

Then things got interesting, as Hunter took out Reigns, who was then pinned by Rollins.

Then Hunter pedigreed Rollins, allowing Kevin Owens to pin Rollins and become champion.

Yes, Hunter was not in the match, and had not been seen on WWE TV since ‘Mania. Yes, it was no DQ. This one is going to be interesting to watch the fallout.

Worst match of the night:

Braun Strowman/Americo. I mean, the upside here is, it was really short. The downside? The match happened.

But then, Titus versus Darren Young happened. And I know these two were tag team champions not all that long ago, but this match did nothing for me. Darren’s character isn’t bothering me nearly as much as O’Neill’s–Titus looks unsure or uncomfortable in a heel role at times. I mean, the post-match beating was fine, but the match itself just felt lacking.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

How you doin’

We want Slater

New Day rocks

You look stupid

Sheamus sucks


CM Punk

This is awesome

You deserve it

Star of the Night

Triple H.

Seriously, I could give it to Owens for winning his first Universal Title, but while I am not out to knock Owens, he really didn’t have to do much to claim this title.

Nope, instead this nod goes to Hunter, who had not been seen in months. And even his own wife and her GM looked stunned as he exited the ring and the arena following Kevin Owens getting the win.

Spot of the Night:

Kofi, leaping over the top rope to nail Gallows with what I think was a corkscrew elbow of sorts. And it looked like Gallows was supposed to catch him a bit and soften the landing, but he missed, or didn’t quite do

Sheamus, giving a back bodydrop to Cesaro, on the outside, flinging him into the ring post. That had to be a challenging move to plan out.

Strowman’s finisher tonight. Americo must have been tossed up to about the eight foot mark, and Braun shoved him down, face first, from there. Granted, it’s easy to do when your opponent is a lucha-type wrestler who weighs nothing, but still.

Cass with the running big boot that took both he and Roman Reigns over the top rope and to the floor.

Jobber of the Night:

Americo. Seriously? A masked, English-speaking American? You know he was landing here.

Hyan was too, for her loss to Nia Jax.

Upset of the Night:

D-Young over Titus. The bigger man dominated the entire matchup, but got sloppy and complacent, and D-Young got a pin and a win, before getting the wrath of Titus.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

The post match beating put out by Titus, on both Young and Backlund.

Don’t like that one? Fine. They saved the big one for the main event.

Triple H comes in and pedigrees Reigns, feeds him to Rollins for the the elimination. Then Trips rolls Owens in, seemingly so that Rollins can pin Kevin Owens. Except that Triple H then Pedigreed an unsuspecting Seth Rollins, allowing a stunned Kevin Owens to become the new Universal Champion.

Botch of the night:

Bayley dropped the shirt she tosses into the crowd and had to run back for it. Seriously. It’s a reach, but it’s a botch.

Commentary of the night:

Kind of looks like Max Moon

I’ll be a son of a gun, Bob Backlund is making Darren Young great again.

Death, taxes, and Rollins beats Reigns

LOL Moment of the night:

Americo. I saw him and said to myself, holy cow, they brought back Max Moon. And then Cole said the same thing. The outfit, the gimmick, it’s just hilarious. How can you not laugh, assuming you aren’t Americo,or related to the poor jobber.

Noteworthy Moment:

Sasha was on the pre-show, which they recapped during the main show, talking about being out with a back injury. The odd thing was she went on a rant about Ric Flair and Dana Brooke relative to her suffering her injury, but as Charlotte pointed out, neither was involved.

Nice little video tribute to the late, great Harry Fujiwara, better known to the WWE Universe as Mr. Fuji.

And, of course, an unexpected return by Hunter.

Overall lowlights:

In our weekly homage to Saturday morning Superstars, we have Braun Strowman in his squash. Eventually, he’s going to have to fight a real wrestler, right?

Overall highlights:

The main event did it for me. The rest of RAW was plodding, I thought. Some things were not bad, but a lot of it left me saying hurry up and get to the main event already.

Hunter coming in and basically fixing the main event…not sure how I feel just yet, aside from a bit stunned. No issue with Owens as champion, but in some sense it cheapens his first major reign, as KO is eminently capable of doing it all by himself. I am curious to see what the angle is here-is Hunter annoyed with Rollins, between using his finisher and who knows what else? Is he pissed at his wife that he was not picked for GM? Does this mean we have feuds lined up for both Rollins and Reigns, involving Hunter (one in the Fall, one heading to WrestleMania would be my guess). I don’t know if it’s Hunter not wanting Rollins to be gifted another title, or Hunter wanting Owens to get some love, but no matter what, the fallout here is going to be interesting.

After the final bell:

Owens was not the odds on favorite, I dare say. But I do think he’s an interesting pick. Rollins is an established heel-though now, perhaps, we are going to see him as finally a babyface (we all expected it when he came back, but that wasn’t meant to happen). Owens is already a strong heel, after just over a year on the main roster. If anything, it was a bad move to have Balor win the title after only a month up, where as Kevin has worked his butt off for a year and had a couple IC reigns to show for it-nothing to sneeze at, but not a Universal Championship.

Now, that’s been resolved. Next Monday is going to be extremely interesting, especially to see what happens next for Hunter and explaining himself, and for Owens in terms of, who will he first defend against.

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