Happy Monday everyone! It’s time for another three hours of Monday Night RAW, and it’s the oh so important go home show as the RAW roster rumbles toward Chicago and Sunday’s Money In The Bank PPV. Tonight has promised us a few segments previewing Sunday’s matches. There is a match between Roman Reigns and Jinder Mahal. There will be Ronday Rousey sitting face to face across from RAW Women’s Champion Nia Jax. And let’s not forget that we will get two fatal four way matches, featuring all four RAW participants in the mens’ and women’s Money In The Bank ladder matches. With just days left, it’s time for RAW to go big on the go home show. Are you ready? Good, then let’s crack open this Nutshell!
Best Match of the night:
I don’t know if I can call it a match. It was much closer to a train wreck. But with that said, this goes to the main event men’s fatal four way match to set up Sunday’s men’s Money In The Bank ladder match. Plenty of good spots, liberal use of the ladders, and good overall action.
Worst match of the night:
Roman Reigns versus…Sunil Singh. Oh, you thought it would be Jinder? So did everyone else, as that WAS how WWE hyped it. Alas, the heel did what heels do and it was the bait and switch. So the promised match went from bad to worse.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Burn it down
USA! USA! USA!
Star of the Night
I have a bad feeling that by putting Braun over tonight, he’s not going over on Sunday. But he deserves a nod tonight, as he looked impressive yet again
Spot of the Night:
I think an easy one to put here is Kevin Owens, delivering a massive frog splash to Braun Strowman. Owens was on top of the ladder on the stage, while Strowman was prone on the announce table. Yikes!
Jobber of the Night:
Could be Breezango, though they lasted a bit.
Could be Rhyno and Slater, but that’s so obvious
Sunil Singh? Sure why not.
Elias’s guitar? Absolutely.
But….gotta give Curt Hawkins a win here too, no? I think so.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing. Almost Curt Hawkins, but then even Curt Hawkins remembered that Curt Hawkins can’t do upsets, so he lost.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Nice confrontation to escalate things between Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey. I still expect a less than kosher ending on Sunday, because I think it’s too soon to put a belt on Ronda, and WWE won’t have the gravy train lose clean so soon either.
I hated the idea of the obstacle course. Did not fully see the ambush by Sami Zayn coming though, so I will give them some credit. Knew it was going to be used as a vehicle to further the feud, but it was an interesting twist.
Botch of the night:
Nia really could have masked the headbutt a bit better. Was so obvious.
Commentary of the night:
That was from one of the greatest hip hop artists of our generation
John Mayer isn’t hip hop you dummy
John Mayer. Jay-Z. Same thing
No one mentioned Jay-Z
LOL Moment of the night:
How about Heath Slater’s shirt, a rib at the B Team’s handiwork. “Rhyno made this shirt”
Hawkins tried to sneak attack No Way Jose by being one of the groupies…but he was jobbed out quickly.
Strowman, delicately carrying Kevin Owens and performing the power slam in like, quarter speed onto the ladder. I get why, but it just looked funny to me.
They showed a graphic hyping Lesnar’s longest world title reign of any Superstar in 30 years. But see, here’s the thing. I know Graves defended this on RAW, but anyone blasting WWE and Lesnar (and they should both get blasted) is right to do so. He might have more appearances on RAW than he’s had title defenses over that span. Actually, I am fairly confident that’s true. And that’s really sad.
Coach…makes me miss Otunga…
The obstacle course.
While they are getting some cheers for Lashley, is it me or has the Zayn-Lashley program done very little? I mean, I think the one positive it has done was to split up Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.
All in all, a good go home show. WWE put the spotlights pretty much where they needed to be and that’s all we can ask for. Good focus on both MITB ladder matches too, so I can be OK with that.
After the final bell:
Still some wasted time and on the go home show you just don’t want to see that. Nothing against Curt Hawkins or No Way Jose, but unless I missed something they have no relevance to the effort to push things closer to Money In The Bank. I get wanting them on TV, but maybe try that for the RAW before the last one before the PPV. Or, closeer to after the PPV. Just my two cents.