Best Match of the night:
This one is tough. I did enjoy what was going on with the Club and the Family, other than their names suck. But for me, it was another show where RAW kind of peaked in the first half hour, as WWE went with the match featuring all four men involved in the fatal fourway on Sunday. And it did not disappoint.
Worst match of the night:
Breeze-dango, or whatever they were called, versus Golden Truth. Just felt like a waste of time. I don’t know where this is going, and honestly I don’t know if the wrestlers do either. It’s not even like comic relief.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
We want Sasha (might have been Lana, but pretty sure it was Sasha)
New Day rocks
there may have been more-if you want, call them out in the comments. I personally was surprised there weren’t as many loud and obvious chants. Crowd was big on the booing and cheering, but it seemed light on the chants.
Star of the Night
Tonight was all about the ladies. Even though I flat-out hate the cliche contract signing, this one was awesome. For one, the deck is totally stacked against Charlotte-Ric is banned from ringside, and now if he even walks down during the match, Charlotte loses the match AND the belt. And then things got interesting, with Ric going full crazy and eventually earning himself a slap from Stephanie. My only beef with the segment? Much of it ignored Natalya. Though, she did of course feature prominently in the final bit, putting Charlotte in the Sharpshooter.
Spot of the Night:
Styles Clash, onto a steel chair. Though, between you, me and the wall, that move looks both cool and way too awkward. I know there was talk of WWE asking him not to do it out of fear he injured people, or the move was too risky. I can see why, but I dig his calf crusher, so it works out.
In a bad spot of the night? The Shining Stars need another finisher. Seriously, I liked Total Elimination-WHEN The Eliminators did it. It was bad when Konnor and Viktor did it, and now not even a year later, another team is pawning it off as their own. Not that no one ever did it before Saturn and Kronus, but to have it ripped off twice in the same company in like 12 months is just weird.
Jobber of the Night:
The Shining Stars took out a pair of true jobbers Jackson and Kennedy. I mean, it was Primo and Epico in there like, third debut for WWE, there was no way they were losing. And no way the other team would have been seen as a threat.
Upset of the Night:
Dana Brooke over Becky, yet again. Maybe not a huge upset, but it’s about as close to an upset as we will get. So, I take it and I run with it.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I suppose the happenings between the Lucha Dragons and the remnants of League of Nations. Perhaps we are getting a haphazard tag team put together, but the beating was fierce. And, humans aren’t meant to bend that way. That was a nasty looking Accolade.
Botch of the night:
Primo gets this one. I always forget what to call it, but the move where the jobber was on the second rope and some guys land on the back/shoulder, and some go through the ropes. Well, Primo whiffed on it, barely brushing the guy’s hair on his way to the outside.
Charlotte gets one, as I don’t think she meant to wear those pants when taking a Sharpshooter…or picking up her heels from the floor either. More of a wardrobe malfunction though.
Commentary of the night:
Devon Dudley, the Steve Urkel of the squared circle.
OK fine it was not commentary, but it was the best line of the night. And I kinda love how Cass is going back to old school ECW stuttering Bubba. Or. really, from back then, Buh Buh.
LOL Moment of the night:
The New Day-lorean, a time machine courtesy of the New Day. Was funny.
So was Big Cass, yet again.
The Shining Stars debuted. Again. They were acknowledged as cousins and related to Carlos Colon, but of course no mention to their prior existences in WWE.
Big Cass continues to impress, even without Enzo (or is it because there’s no Enzo?). Tonight he got a win over Devon, and cut another sharp promo. Attitude era-esque almost. I am thinking if WWE let’s some of these guys totally ad lib, we could be in for a treat.
And, of course, our first ever Asylum match. Which is what appears to be a different colored metal fence, with a whole bunch of odd weapons on the top. Suitable for an Asylum, of course. And, worth mentioning, WWE had a ton of ring crew staffers making sure the cage came down right, without risk of impaling anyone. Somewhere at home, Seth Rollins approves.
Honestly, not the strongest show before a PPV. It wasn’t horrible, but it also wasn’t wowing me, either.They need to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negatives, and the product will be much better.
The ladies getting the main event time spot,even if it was “only” for a contract signing. Should see a main event (PPV) match for them, too.
Big Cass. Loving him more and more.
Ambrose and Jericho have some good chemistry.
So too does the Family and the Club. Just get them new names please?
The Intercontinental picture is a wonderful mess. A train wreck, but in a good way.
After the final bell:
How much does anyone want to bet, that Rusev wins the US Title this weekend, and then gets challenged upon Cena’s return? It’s almost too easy.
It was not a horrid RAW, but to me it also never felt like a go-home show, either.
And if we really want to talk about after the final bell, I might as well geek out over the Mr. Robot season 2 trailer, though.