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RAW In A Nutshell: New Era Begins

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After all the talk, all the hype, all the discussion and of course, all of the draft picks, it’s finally here. It, of course, being the brand new era for RAW. And as I suspected (it was sort of logical), we begin the new era with a new look for the show-new graphics, new logo, new stage and even a new announce position, which should make things interesting. I wonder if last night at Battleground, we saw the last ringside table spot for a while. Hmmm.

The show kicks off with the RAW power couple introducing the new roster, recapping last night and how RAW left the PPV without the WWE title, and that because of that, we are getting a RAW-specific belt. Dubbed the WWE Universal Championship. More on that later.

Best Match of the night:

I love it when you have options. And tonight? Tonight we have options.

Choice one: The opening fatal fourway, which propelled a debuting Finn Balor into RAW’s main event.

Choice two: Sasha Banks versus Charlotte, which saw Banks win her first Women’s Title.

You could even give the main event a nod, honestly.

For me? I go with Sasha’s title win.

Worst match of the night:

I guess Strowman’s match lands here? Just by default. It was forgettable.

Crowd Chants of the Night:



New Day Rocks

Sonny Boy

Let’s go Sasha

holy sh@#

Yes! Yes! Yes!

You deserve it

How you doin’

Star of the Night

Two of ’em.

Sasha Banks, for her Women’s Title win.

Finn Balor, for winning a fourway and defeating Roman Reigns, on his first night on RAW, to claim the #1 contender spot for the new Universal Championship.

Spot of the Night:

It’s sweet to finally see the Coup de Grace on RAW.

It’s also extremely satisfying to see the Red Arrow back on RAW.

Jobber of the Night:

Britt Baker. Amazing that she was actually named, but she got absolutely mauled by Nia Jax, as WWE works to build her up as the next big thing in the women’s division. Remember the last time WWE had numerous legitimate title contenders in the Women’s Division? Yeah, it’s been a while.

And then there was the Elsworth fellow, whomever it was, that they fed to Strowman. Man we got some throwback jobbers, back to when jobbers were actually jobbers. Love it!

Upset of the Night:

Not sure if I can really call this an upset, more of a stunner. I had expected Sasha and Charlotte to face off at SummerSlam, with that night being Sasha’s night to win the Women’s Championship. Instead, it happened just about a month sooner, with Sasha defeating Charlotte and claiming her first WWE Women’s Championship in the process.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Sasha’s suicide dive onto Charlotte, where the challenger landed awkwardly on her face and neck. This could have been in the spots of the night, but looking at replay after replay, the landing made me say holy sh@$.

Gallows and Anderson interrupting the New Day party to attack the longest-reigning tag team champions and send a message that they want the gold.

I am impressed. Amazed, even. That WWE would put Reigns in the main event and against Balor, but that they let Balor go over. It wouldn’t have been all that long ago where they’d give us the same match, with Reigns going over.

Botch of the night:

After coming back from commerical, the cameras and announce team are clearly not used to the new position. As the camera panned up to focus on the match being introduced between Neville and Curtis Axel, the guys didn’t know quite when to stop looking at the the camera. Cole kept looking up, Saxton looked kind of bored. It was awkward and funny.

Commentary of the night:

Gallows and Anderson aren’t worried about balloons and cereal. They’re all about checks and championships.

Pokemon Go just cost the Shining Stars the match.

Roman, you can pick up your teeth in Section 118.

LOL Moment of the night:

New Day, talking about how it was a nice/huge/big package, commemorating their 337 days (and counting) as tag team champions.

Goldust and R-Truth, walking around the backstage area playing Pokemon Go.

Charlotte, losing extensions during an intense championship match.

Noteworthy Moment:

Nice debut by Finn Balor, winning his opening RAW match, a Fatal Fourway to fight to be in the SummerSlam match for the new RAW title.

The WWE Universal Champion will be crowned at SummerSlam, in a match between Seth Rollins and Finn Balor. Who is going to have himself a busy SummerSlam weekend, facing Nakamura during TakeOver and then Rollins the next night.

Sasha, paying tribute and pulling a page out of the late, great Eddie Guerrero’s book-tossing the Women’s Belt to Dana, then making it look as though Dana had, or was about to hit her, which got Charlotte’s minion booted from ringside.

Brock Lesnar is live on RAW next week. That ought to be interesting.

Overall lowlights:

Not a huge fan of the proliferation of championships brought about by the brand split. It’s not as though we didn’t just get rid of two belts in favor of a redesigned WWE Championship. I mean, it hasn’t been that long, right?

And, I am all for the New Era, and a new look. But the new RAW logo? Uninspired. Bland. Lacking. Totally unimpressed by it. The graphics packages aren’t horrible, but the logo itself just begs for something more. It’s not every day that they get to re-brand their shows, and I feel like they fumbled this one. I’m nervously anticipating the new Universal belt.

Overall highlights:

Kudos to WWE that they feel they have a surge in roster depth, that they can not only sustain the brand split, but also warrant two world-ish champions again. Because it wasn’t that long ago when the roster was decimated, no one seemed able to stay healthy, and certain guys were working while injured just because things were so bad.

A nice debut by Finn Balor. And Nia Jax, for that matter.

And a huge. HUGE. win, for Balor to challenge Rollins at SummerSlam.

Neville looked strong in his TV return.

Congrats to Sasha Banks on her title win.

After the final bell:

A pretty strong show to kick off the new era.  Some mis-steps (the logo), but all in all some good wrestling. I am ambivalent on the name of the RAW title (why not just call it the RAW Heavyweight title). But if the belt looks good, the name won’t matter. If the belt is fugly? Then God help them.

Looking forward to next week, and tomorrow night for that matter. If tonight’s any indication, the new era ought to be interesting.


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  • Tyler

    Nakamura and Balor already faced off. At Takeover, its Nakamura vs Joe.

  • Evil Edy #HeelTurn!

    LOL moment for me was Banks pulling an Eddie on Dana. That had me marking out like a kid. lol. XD

    • Dorathy

      ha! i did the same :)

  • Darda Cook

    A pretty strong show to kick off the new era.

  • KingBack

    I actually like RAW’s new logo. It has an old school fell to it.
    Also I think it’s a good move to have two world titles again.
    What would the top guys on RAW fight each other over if there wasn’t a world title?
    You can’t run a show with guys like Balor, Reigns, Rollins, Owens, Cesaro, Jericho etc. and just have them feud because they don’t like each other. There needs to be something to fight for!

  • Fat Owens Fat

    As I’ve said before, Sasha milking Eddie every other week is rather pathetic.

    • robvanriot

      Or, y’know, just twice. Ever.

      • Fat Owens Fat

        Not really, she styled her trunks to line with Eddies, on WWE YT videos she’s always harping about giving a tribute to Eddie and then she pulls off a few Eddie moves in the ring now and then. That’s way more than “twice” ever.

    • jeff

      I wish Sasha would milk me.

      • Fat Owens Fat

        and yet when kids and women gasp over Cena or Reigns they’re the idiots as per the Indy IWC smarks. SMH

        • ‘Drowen Hart #NN #NBNC ?????

          Oh boo hoo. Eat a snickers. You’re not you when you’re hungry.

          • Fat Owens Fat

            I’d like a proper rebuttal instead, thanks.

          • Mike

            What’s wrong with sasha talking about the fact Eddie was her hero growing up. The championship thing was great to see made me very nostalgic, don’t be a cynic and just believe she is doing it to milk some kind of reaction, she gets a fantastic reaction anyway.

          • Fat Owens Fat

            Oh yeah, wait Tamina is in WWE “because she’s related to the Rock”.
            Usos are bad because they’re in the WWE “because they’re related to the Rock”.
            Reigns gets a push “because he’s related to the Rock”
            And they get slated and mocked at week in and week out over here. I point out that Sasha openly milks someone she isn’t even related to every opportunity she gets and suddenly you ask what’s wrong? Yeah that’s whats wrong.

          • Mike

            But I’ve never once said that about any of those guys. Tamina is ok, I really like the usos, sure they’re a little stale but they’re very good in the ring, people forget that, they need a change maybe a heel turn. Reigns I like too, I think the guy is s star. He could improve sure, but he Is clearly a draw. I’m
            Not some iwc guy. I like people for my own reasons. I don’t see why sasha honouring Eddie is trying to get more over? She is already the most popular women on the roster.

    • Mikey Shango #Retired


  • The Shockmaster

    Not a fan of the ‘Universal Championship’ name at the moment (what does it even mean?). I hope the belt looks good.

  • Mike

    Are you seriously not putting Finn beating Roman as the upset of the night. It’s the upset of the bloody century. I was shocked that he actually
    Won. I felt Sasha would win and felt Finn would win his first match but no way the main event. I was very excited by that. Can he go one step further and beat Rollins, maybe.

  • josh

    I agree that the Universal name is dumb. Should have just called it the Raw heavyweight championship. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  • GrumpyOldMan

    How about this as an idea?
    Cruiser weight, Intercontinental and US championships stay as show only belts.
    The universal belts get done for the heavyweight, women’s and tag belts.
    Whoever is holding these belts gets a shot at the championship strap at either summerslam or wrestlemania.
    So the heavyweight championship being on smackdown, universal on raw. Whoever is holding that universal belt at one of those events gets to have the title shot and the shot to bring the big belt to their brand and the universal gets switched to the losers show.

  • Mikey Shango #Retired


  • Fat Owens Fat

    hehe nice try Hoak but we know its the young confused, less racist, homophobic you 😀

  • Fat Owens Fat

    No that was before you met that Bubba dude.

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