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RAW In A Nutshell: Clash Coming Together

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Good evening ladies and gentlemen! It is another Monday and another RAW, this one coming at us live from Baltimore. It is, of course, the first RAW going head to head with Monday Night Football for the new season, and tonight WWE has to contend with not one, but two games-including one involving possible local favorites, the Redskins. What does that all mean? Probably not much, but WWE will use it as an excuse if and when ratings slide.

As for the actual in ring action? Two weeks to go until our first RAW-only PPV,Clash of Champions. Tonight’s main event determines whether it’s KO versus Rollins, or versus Rollins and Reigns. We also are due to get clarity on the RAW Women’s title picture as well.

So, with all that out of the way, let’s get things started, shall we?

Best Match of the night:

I shall split the honor. I am giving a nod to the women’s triple threat match. It provided pretty solid action and told a good story. Even though it was a foregone conclusion that Sasha Banks would battle Charlotte at Clash, the match was strong.

And then there was the main event, which did what it had to do in order to set up not one, but two matches for Clash. One hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s a sure thing that Reigns is going to go after Rusev.

Worst match of the night:

Jinder Mahal and Jack Swagger. I liked Swagger. I might still. But this match was just bad.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Let’s go jobber

Stupid idiot.

Jericho sucks

Holy s!@#

New Day rocks

We the people

USA

how you doin’

Let’s go Owens

Roman sucks

This is awesome

Star of the Night

This one? This is tough. Not much was done, by anyone, to outshine the rest.¬† Maybe a slight nod to Rusev for the beating after the main event…but if WWE wants him solidified as a big time heel? He needs to destroy someone most fans don’t already hate.

Spot of the Night:

Nia Jax putting Alicia through the barricade.

Couple nice spots in the main event, too.

Jobber of the Night:

The jobber that did battle with Bo Dallas. I mean, how could I not give the guy some love? He got a “let’s go jobber” chant, for crying out loud!

Upset of the Night:

Jinder Mahal takes out Jack Swagger. Honestly did not expect that one. Not that it is a bad thing…but I don’t know if it’s a good thing. It just…is.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Let’s see, decisions decisions….

Dana Brooke slapping Charlotte.

Zayn paying homage to the greats, like Malenko and Guerrero, and Jericho, calling Chris now nothing more than “KO’s bitch”

And Jericho dropping Zayn because of it.

Rollins interfering, even though Foley told him not to.

Rusev costing Reigns the match, which I don’t think anyone saw coming

Botch of the night:

Did not see much. Saw a slight bobble as Kofi leapt to the top turnbuckle, but he still landed the move clean, so I really can’t ding him for it. That, and there’s no way I could even attempt the move, so who am I to criticize?

Commentary of the night:

If I were Alicia Fox, I’d stop, drop and roll and get the Hell out of there

We all know that Alicia is a fry short of a Happy Meal

LOL Moment of the night:

The Shining Stars, shilling timeshares. Including to R-Truth and Little Jimmy

Noteworthy Moment:

Matches are being made for Clash of Champions. Sasha Banks is officially the opponent for Charlotte.

Jericho and Zayn will also officially lock horns.

And, thanks to Rusev, Roman Reigns is not taking part in the Universal Title match. And the crowds rejoiced (ok, they didn’t rejoice, but considering how vociferously they booed when he was on offense? It’s not a big stretch).

Overall lowlights:

Honestly, this show did very little for me. I can’t put my finger on it, but it felt kind of stuck in neutral. The opening bout was not bad. The main event was pretty OK. But three hours of only OK, especially with other options on the television? That’s not good. WWE either needs to seriously boost things up, or seriously consider cutting an hour off the show. And since they won’t give up the revenue from that hour? Then they better spruce things up.

And, by the way? Adding the cruiserweights in a little bit? That won’t likely be enough.

The boos for Reigns….just turn the guy heel already. I mean. You have him and two heels. And the heels…THE HEELS!!!!….get better responses than he does. That’s horrible.

Overall highlights:

The women’s match. I give someone credit for having a woman (Sasha Banks) tape up her injury. Not often that a woman has done that-even though I thought how they taped her up looked a bit comical.

The main event, in two parts, wasn’t bad either. Actually, it was probably better than I’d assumed it would be. Though, I wasn’t digging the Rollins run-in. I am curious to see how that gets handled, because it was a bit off.

That might be all I have. Most of the rest of the show was unremarkable. It might not have been horrid, but very little stood out.

Ah. Sorry. I forgot. Highlights….

After the final bell:

Folks, I know things have been prepping for Clash of Champions for a bit now, but with only two weeks to go now, things are starting to feel rushed. Or, not quite where they should be.

Tonight was not a great show to have, two weeks prior to the event. Next week will be, of course, the even bigger show. I think, if booked right, Clash of Champions could trump Backlash in terms of strength of the card, but that still remains to be seen, ultimately.

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