Seth Rollins/ Roman Reigns
I’ve said this many times, I’ll say it again – anything Shield-related is good. Reigns and Rollins reached for their Shield roots again and the crowd was all theirs. The energy this group had is never going away.
The beginning of this RAW also officially started the build-up for Survivor Series. This year there’s an easier way of pulling a female Survivor Series match than a male one. There is no big storyline between two opposing powers that would be leading teams to war. Reigns vs. Rollins worked well for RAW but for the PPV, something else needs to be put together.
Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler
This was mostly a prolonged torture session on Dolph Ziggler. Tyler Breeze provided a distraction, which was followed by the final Pop Up Power Bomb but Owens didn’t need it. He was managing quite well on his own.
I don’t understand the way Breeze is being introduced. His VIP lodge is as impractical as the Stardust Section. I want to see Prince Pretty in a match. The audience needs to see him rule the ring as he always does.
Cesaro def. The Miz
Cesaro, under the watchful eye of the Stardust Section, destroyed the Miz. The crowd was happy and the real Cesaro Section seems to be back in the camera shots. However, the rivalry with Stardust is yet to even begin.
It’s a positive that the Mzi is back in action. He had been gone form TV as a wrestler for a while. He’s not the best but he’s much better than people give him credit for. He can do so much more.
The Wyatt Family
Bray Wyatt promised a scene we’d not forget and he delivered. If you were missing the Attitude Era, Bray Wyatt brought it back for you. With poetic words of evil and chilling sound and visual effects, the Eater of Worlds made supernatural real for a moment. Truly brilliant!
Lucha Dragons def. Barrett & Sheamus
This was one nice match to watch. I was convinced Barrett and Sheamus would win, given their team work. They know where the ref is at any time and how to use his blind spots to assist each other.
However, it was Kalisto and Sin Cara who picked up the victory. And they did it in a spectacular way. Kalisto brought the SDS out of nowhere. It seems like the Lucha Dragons might finally be getting a chance.
Zeb Colter/ Del Rio/ Jack Swagger
This was an interesting segment. Jack Swagger has finally resurfaced from his oblivion. He wasn’t looking for an argument, he was trying to understand how an old friend of his had changed completely but Del Rio wasn’t going to allow them to bond.
The contrast between Swagger’s genuine concern and Del Rio’s harsh, cold approach is what made the segment. Now I want to see a feud between them.
Del Rio def. R-Truth
It was yet another match, dominated by Del Rio. His cold-blooded demeanour is hard to miss. It makes him look like a threat and a real heel champion.
Paige def. Becky Lynch, Brie Bella and Sasha Banks
This was a brilliant match! All the mini feuds and character traits that could have been added were added. The action in the ring was fast-paced, perfectly timed and it told a story.
Paige’s win was expected. However, I don’t think she’ll be successful at Summer Slam. Charlotte has just begun and most people want someone different than Paige for a change, regardless of how amazing she is.
Reigns, Ambrose, Ryback & The Usos def. Rollins, Owens & The New Day
It was the simultaneous return of the Usos and Xavier Woods. The first one worked a bit better than the other, as Woods got too excited and got eliminated within seconds of the first bell. The Usos were the first two to go on the face side but they took out 2 of the New Day on the way out, which makes me believe that a rivalry between the two teams is in on the cards again.
Ryback seems to have found his mojo. His intensity is tangible. It’s just a shame that he got so much more interesting after losing the title. The current champ – Kevin Owens is as dangerous as he has always been. If it wasn’t for an accidental killer shot form Rollins, he could have survived much longer. I like the fact that Owens was protected. He looked strong in defeat.
In the end, it was Reigns and Ambrose vs. Rollins and it led to Rollins, taking them out with a steel chair. It was a familiar sight and it pulled some heart strings in the audience. Reigns managed to land a Superman Punch and Rollins retreated. Regardless, the champ felt as a threat.
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