Tonight is, of course, the first RAW in the Kevin Owens era as Universal Champion (longest run in WWE history!).
It’s also Labor Day in the United States. Or, Labour Day for you crazy Canucks to the north (love you guys!).
It’s also dedicated to Connor’s Cure, so that’s a good thing.
It’s also the final Monday for several months, where RAW runs unopposed by football. That’s right folks, next week sees the return of Monday Night Football (which means ratings are due to take a hit).
With all that out of the way, it’s time for another show!
Best Match of the night:
This one goes to Rollins and Jericho. Unless I missed one, this was the one and only to garner a “this is awesome” chant, and for good reason. Rollins wrestled with a massive chip on his shoulder. Jericho wrestled like the brilliant veteran. And we all benefited.
Worst match of the night:
Oh boy, there were a few options here, weren’t there…
Bo Dallas was a squash match, which was mostly just to re-establish him. It worked, but it was blah. The Braun Strowman/Sin Cara match? Silly me, I had high hopes for it, but it was a glorified squash.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go Rollins
This is awesome
You look stupid
How you doin’
New Day rocks
Star of the Night
No one really grabbed this one. I am giving it to two guys, but it has to be split. Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins get the nod, because KO is of course enjoying his first RAW as champion, and his one week anniversary. And Seth? Well, Seth is just Seth
Spot of the Night:
Nothing super special. I liked Sasha’s Bank Statement out of nowhere, and I always love Zayn’s impressive moves, from his dive over the top rope, to his exploder suplex.
Jobber of the Night:
Kyle Roberts gets a nod, as Bo Dallas made quick work of him.
Ann Esposito deserves a mention too, being fed to Nia Jax
And, of course, there’s Old Day
Upset of the Night:
I wanted to say Bayley over Charlotte, but that wasn’t really a huge upset.
But, The Shining Stars over Cass and Enzo? Yes, that right there was an upset.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Sheamus taking a 3-0 lead in the best of 7 series between he and Cesaro. That’s certainly stunning booking, because either we get a major comeback to at least make it close, or would WWE do the unthinkable and book Cesaro to win the next four? That could bury Sheamus…I don’t see that happening…
Darren Young snaps and finally gets a measure of revenge, turning the tables on frequent aggressor Titus O’Neill
Nia Jax bumps into Alicia Fox backstage, to ask how Foxy’s friend is. And things got heats.
Botch of the night:
Old Kofi had problems going over the top rope. Ooops.
Commentary of the night:
I would gladly put one of those signs in my front yard.
Alicia Fox is a terrible friend. Why on Earth would you let your friend get into the ring with a monster like Nia Jax.
LOL Moment of the night:
For me?¬† It had to be Bayley-in red and gold (yellow) no less- “Hulking up” when Charlotte was bouncing her head off the turnbuckle. Not saying it’s never been done by Bayley before. Even in those tights. But it was the first I recalled seeing it in them. Funny.
Stephanie wanted to indefinitely suspend Seth for attacking Kevin Owens, but RAW GM Mick Foley interjected, said he wasn’t suspended and instead put those two in the next RAW PPV main event. Wonder if this is going to start a wedge between the two, or if it’s just a one off.
Not long after having a bit of an embarassing travel-related incident, Bo Dallas is on RAW, trotting out his new campaign: “Bo-lieve in Bo”
The Gallows and Anderson schtick, “OLD FART”, harkens back to like, 20 years ago on RAW, when the sophomoric jokes were plentiful, and the shows were also taped and not always good or great. Wishing this was something we could ditch…I mean, the Old Day bit wasn’t horrible, but it went on too long, and really wasn’t a good use of time. I think New Day saved the segment.
Not for nothing, I don’t always mind a triple threat match (though I’ve said it plenty, I am partial to the ECW three way dance format), but it seems like lately, too many significant matches have either been, or had the chance of being, a triple threat match.
Charlotte and Bayley had a good match.
Rollins and Jericho? They had a great one.
Sasha had bad news, and she was building up to it brilliantly-more than a few people probably thought she was done for a while, or even for good, the way she was sobbing. But, nope, she’s back at Clash of Champions, aiming to get her title back.
Oh, and we got another Zayn/Owens match, even after they were supposedly done. And all was right with the world.
After the final bell:
We have our main event for Clash of Champions, as Seth Rollins faces off against new Universal Champion Kevin Owens.
That is, unless Roman Reigns beats KO next week on RAW-in which case, the match at Clash? It becomes a triple threat match. All thanks to Roman coming down post-main event.
Overall, not a bad start to KO’s reign, and the Clash of Champions match is predictable, but not horrible-unless they do insert Roman in it too, in which case I reserve the right to change my mind.