Best Match of the night:
The 6 man tag team elimination. Did not ever expect to see this one in this spot, but here it is. While every match tonight seemed to further a storyline (what a crazy idea!), this one stood out. And, that’s a good thing, though the placement was kind of funny.
Worst match of the night:
I don’t know that it warrants a “worst of the night” award, but I was less than thrilled with the Paige/Charlotte match. The extracurriculars was where it was at, really, as this one was really all about setting up the Extreme Rules match between Charlotte and Natalya. I accept that. But something seemed off between Charlotte and Paige.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
How you doin’
We want Lana
AJ Styles/Roman Reigns
New Day rocks
Star of the Night
Big Cass did shine brightly, but I was disappointed that the main event I spent 3 hours looking forward to was a bust. Kind of figured as much as I was clock watching, and you just knew Ambrose was around. But still.
Since I can’t only give it to Cass, I will give a nod to Roman and AJ (and a minor nod to the Family and the Club), because that match was surprisingly good.
Spot of the Night:
Big Cass, nailing the big boot on Jericho as he was charging into the ring.
Sami, getting out of being whipped into the barricade by leaping onto it and moonsaulting off of it.
Jobber of the Night:
I guess I could give the nod to Fandango from a wrestling perspective, though honestly when it came time to fill this one in, it took me a lot of thought to get to a conclusion. Meaning there wasn’t really an obvious one, or I completely missed it.
Upset of the Night:
Sin Cara knocking off Rusev, who is set to challenge Kalisto for the US Title.Not exactly how the Bulgarian Brute wants to warm up for Extreme Rules.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Cass, making the most of the spotlight, basically telling Y2J to shush.
Ambrose attacks Jericho during his entrance, steals his jacket and finishes his entrance. And as payback for destroying his beloved potted plant, Mitch, Ambrose destroys the light-up jacket.
Botch of the night:
A couple spots in the Charlotte/Paige match looked less than crisp. The rollup to close out the match, it looked like Paige almost whiffed.
Looks like Kofi and Bubba had a bit of a botch early on in their tag team match, too.
Commentary of the night:
Forget about the guy who can take a punch, how about the guy who delivers it.
The closest to Miz is Nyquist
And–no specific lines, but a kind of tense exchange between Natty and JBL. Can’t tell if that was planned, or just awkward.
C’mon unicorns, that man has a family!
LOL Moment of the night:
Stephanie, after Y2J tried to appeal to her by putting down Shane: Never….eeeeeeever…..do that..again. Nice Jericho impression.
Darren Young asking Bob Backlund to be his life coach, with the tag line of “Make Darren Young great again”. Oh boy, this should be interesting.
AJ, in a backstage interview, said that tonight, the Club is back together. And I guess due to trademarks, that’s all we can call them. Club. Couldn’t think of anything else, eh WWE Creative?
Big Cass challenging Jericho after Chris ran down the New Era stars, and the 7 footer took offense to it.
McMahon siblings sure sounding unified throughout RAW.
Emma has backup on RAW, as Dana Brooke has made the jump to the main roster now too. And beat up Becky.
Primo and Epico. From Puerto Rico, to Spain and now back to PR, and RAW, next week.
Some of the matches, even with a story, are just not very interesting-looking at Goldango et al. This is the one beef with a lot of RAWs. It’s three hours long, but too often to get the full three hours, we get 40 minutes of replays and 40 minutes of garbage wrestling, when we could either do a much better job in say, 2 hours (less is more, right NXT?), or just do a job in filling out a three hour show with better material. They have the talent, it would seem.
Maybe it was me (very possibly was) but I had a hard time picking up the crowd chants. Crowd definitely seemed hot at times, but I feel as though it was hard to make out a lot of chants. Or, when one got going, we’d be stuck with it drowned out by the announce team.
Also, Cass not actually wrestling in the main event…sucked.
New Era keeps pushing things, though tonight was a wee bit of a tease.
Ambrose with a most unique run-in/attack on Y2J, and destroying the allegedly $15000 jacket.
The 6 man tag, much better than I expected.
Big Cass continues to acquit himself nicely in a singles capacity while waiting for Enzo to return.
After the final bell:
So, with Enzo out, is Cass getting a teaser singles push? Pretty big spot for him, main eventing RAW. Until he actually didn’t.
Emma got herself backup. Wonder if the Lass Kicker has a surprise in mind too?
We went from a triple threat to a fatal fourway for the Intercontintental title at Extreme Rules. And it should be a fine match, too.
Very curious to see what happens with this Darren Young program. Will it just be with Bob Backlund? Or will WWE trot out other old-timers too?
All in all, not a mind-blowing RAW, but a solid enough effort.
And let’s not forget that, for now, Steph and Shane are working well. But, you just know that the swerve is coming, right? I mean, before that last shot cut back to Dean Ambrose, I was waiting for Steph to smash the picture or something. It’s inevitable, even though right now, I like this new power pairing.