Best Match of the night:
I am inclined to say Zayn versus Sheamus, even though it ended in part due to the Cesaro distraction. And that’s not saying it was a great match, but more indicative of the dearth of great matches tonight. Most matches were just OK, but the post-match action made up for that. The best segment, however, wasn’t a match at all. That goes to Balor and Rollins.
Reigns and Rusev wasn’t as bad as I was expecting it to be, and the crowd was into it. But to me, they should have swapped slots with Rollins and Balor.
Worst match of the night:
Take your pick, there were a few of them. Nia Jax, while I get her being fed jobbers, needs someone a bit more credible in order to really build her brand up. It’s just time, and now her squashes of jobbers would suck, if they weren’t so short.
Gallows and Anderson versus Golden Truth was totally forgettable, up until the after-match festivities, where New Day got a small measure of revenge and damn near crotched Anderson with a trombone.
Charlotte versus Alicia was pretty much wrestle by numbers. But, as with other matches, the real action was after the match was over.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
You look stupid
New Day Rocks
How you doin’
This is awesome
We want Sasha
Let’s go Roman/Roman sucks
Let’s go Rusev.
Star of the Night
Finn Balor. He’s been on fire since his call up, and the crowd ate up the Demon King tonight. Some might be surprised they didn’t wait until SummerSlam for the reveal, but I figure fans of his have seen it before, and no two demons are ever painted quite the same.
Spot of the Night:
Jax shoving the jobber off the top rope to the floor. Nasty bump for anyone, but not one we see women take as frequently.
Balor, in Demon makeup, with some nice moves in the brief interaction with Rollins as they hype Sunday’s showdown. Loved the leap over the top rope.
Jobber of the Night:
Two tonight, one on the men’s side and one from the women’s side. For the men, this goes to the Dudley Boyz. Because, I can’t remember the last win they got. As significant as their career has been, this run has not gone well. I am sure it’s money, and they were brought in to be stable ponies, but it’s feeling more and more like Michael Jordan playing at the tail end of his career for the Wizards-you know, something that you wish never happened because what was the point.
And then there is Rachel Levy, who was inspired by Team USA to think she had a shot to beat Nia Jax. No. No she didn’t.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing. 6 nights from SummerSlam, you really can’t expect any upsets. And there weren’t any.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Heath Slater. Forget about jobber. Tonight he was just the sacrificial lamb, having the cajones to come out and cut off Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar, saying he had to do it to get a job and take care of his kids. He worked his way to the ring, and Lesnar seemed, for a moment, to genuinely be interested in his plight. Then Lesnar told him he didn’t give a bleep about Slater’s kids, and proceeded to make an example of him.
Botch of the night:
I think Big Cass was expecting the crowd to jump in a line or two later than they did, as he wasn’t ready to lift his mic up. He looked surprised, but it was a good botch because, folks, these guys are just that over.
Commentary of the night:
You didn’t exactly expect a logical answer from a girl with blue hair, did you?
She might need a new tattoo that reads R.I.P
I know a guy
LOL Moment of the night:
Rachel Levy, blue hair and all, thinking that because Team USA showed her that anything was possible, that she could defeat Nia Jax. I’m sorry, the girl believed what she was saying but between what she actually said, and what she wore to the ring? It was comedy gold.
Slater, carrying on the free agent schtick. It’s not as bad as I thought it could be or would be, but it’s running out of steam I think.
Cesaro and Sheamus have been going after each other the last few weeks, and finally we get something out of this, as Foley announced they will battle each other in a best of seven series. We may have had one since (I didn’t have a chance to look) but the seven match series I always think of are the ones from WCW. Now, these two aren’t the two I’d have used, nor would I have them battle for just pride…but I like that the format might be back.
Prime Time Players with one extremely short-lived reunion.
For weeks, RAW viewers have gotten to¬† know Finn Balor. Tonight, in one of his more epic entrances and more epic body paint jobs, the viewers got to get a glimpse of The Demon King. As did Rollins.
Charlotte now trashing Dana Brooke. Wonder who she gets as a lackey next?
The Anderson and Gallows schtick as doctors. Last week? It was OK. Tonight, however, felt like it missed the mark and badly.
Just as quick as Darren Young was looking like a reborn star with Backlund, he’s now mired in an uninspiring angle with former partner Titus. Blah.
The overall show. It had a few bright spots yes, but overall I wanted more out of the last RAW prior to SummerSlam. For example, I was disappointed that we got no glimpse of Orton on RAW. I get it, we saw him on the show once, and the rest is all about anticipation. But having the two scheduled for an in ring interview segment on the final RAW before the PPV? Just makes sense.
Balor/Rollins. Balor as the Demon just ratcheted things up to crazy levels, and that match is going to be amazing.
Cesaro/Sheamus as a seven match series. Maybe it won’t wow us with wrestling clinics, but they’ve been entertaining.
Lesnar using Slater to make his point heading into SummerSlam.
After the final bell:
Not a bad show, but not what the show should have been with less than a week to go before SummerSlam. As far as go-home shows go, this one was pretty mediocre. Have there been better? Absolutely. Have there been worse? Yes, but not recently. Maybe it’s off because half the card wasn’t getting hyped, but with three hours to use, I think they could have done a better job.