Last night was an important time for the Red Brand, as RAW aired its last episode before the first ever RAW special PPV – Clash of Champions, and everyone was fighting for momentum. Not only that but we witnessed the long-awaited arrival of the Cruiserweights on RAW. And top that off, Seth Rollins’ face transformation is getting more and more spectacular with a Shield tease. Let’s talk RAW!
Reigns/ Foley/ Stephanie
There was nothing unpredictable here. The Reigns vs. Rusev match was getting set up long before Roman got involved with KO and his title.
At this stage of the story development, with Clash of Champions, coming that soon, even a steel cage won’t keep the main event from ending far from clean.
Seth Rollins vs. Rusev
Neither man could afford to lose because momentum is crucial, so the double count-out was simply a safe choice.
The WWE’s not even trying to make the fans believe Rusev stands a chance. He will go to Clash of Champions, to defend the US title, having been unable to come on top in a brawl with a man 80 pounds lighter than him.
As for Rollins, having him fly recklessly is the best way to make him a face. That’s the style that suits Rollins the most and the fans can’t get enough of it.
Braun Strowman def. Sin Cara
Braun Strowman manhandled Sin Cara. However, Sin Cara did put up a fight, proving to be an inconvenience, which led to Strowman getting that angry. All that proves is that Strowman isn’t unbeatable. It’s only a matter of time before someone comes to take him out.
Charlotte & Dana Brooke def. Sasha Banks & Bayley
Charlotte won this match, thanks to Dana. However, the champ would never acknowledge that, although she’s quite happy to slap and shove her protégé with, or without a reason. All of this is about to lead to a feud between the two after Charlotte loses the belt. The only unknown here is whether Dana will do well as a face.
Bayley lost again. Although technically, her loss last week was questionable, what everyone will remember is Sasha, standing tall both nights. If Bayley pulls off a shocker on Sunday, it will be a good reason for Sasha to turn heel and feud with her. We already know this rivalry will be great.
Bo Dallas def. ???
Bo is trying to play this menacing, brooding poet, who is prepared to decimate anybody. However, the perception of his gimmick is quite different.
Bo’s been a comic character for too long. The WWE Universe simply takes this as a joke, as well. How else would you explain the: LET’S GO JOBBER chants? The fans are teasing Bo and that’s not helping him look any more dangerous.
Having said that, I think Bo could pull it off, if he slightly tweaked the gimmick. He can keep the rhymes but he needs to bring back the comic delusional side of BO.
He can be the solo version of the New Day. This type of character fits him much better. Well, either that, or just move to SmackDown and join Bray…
Cesaro def. Sheamus
This was a terribly predictable match. It was obvious that the tiebreaker would be decided at Clash of Champions, so this was the perfect toilet break moment for anyone watching.
The one way the WWE could make this feud surprising in any way, would be to have Sheamus troll the fans and actually win it. However, I see him (or Cesaro for that matter) only going for the US title afterwards.
The List of Jericho
Jericho is the king of entertainment. The List of Jericho segment was hilarious, mostly thanks to Y2J’s mic skills. It’s hard to make this type of a segment long and still interesting but he pulled it off.
Enzo and Cass are losing it. The fans react to them but not nearly as strongly, as they do to the New Day. Unless the WWE does something with Enzo and Cass soon, they’ll lose their momentum.
The Shining Stars are building up nicely, though. They now have their own recognizable gimmick. They need to keep winning matches through cheating, with a smile on their faces and they’ll soon be top heels (and also, very old-school in a good way, their gimmick is so Eddie Guerrero-esque).
It’s very likely that Gallows and Anderson will win the titles on Sunday. However, the WWE butchered their characters so much that now they don’t look like promising champs, at all.
New Day, Enzo & Cass and Sami Zayn def. Jericho, Gallows & Anderson and the Shining Stars
This match was over way too quickly. It was there purely for entertainment and to raise the spirits of the crowd by delivering a sweet victory for the faces.
Mick Foley messed up his lines but he recovered without flinching. That’s what a great performer is like. Everyone makes mistakes but how you handle them defines you.
I expected more than four cruiserweights. I also expected a better crowd reaction for Cedric Alexander. We could barely hear the fans last night, which was a huge contrast to the CWC crowd that chanted PLEASE SIGN CEDRIC.
The way Metalik was dressed I could have sworn it was Sin Cara. They’d exchange their gear and you wouldn’t even notice. The only thing that sets Metalik apart is his long hair but you couldn’t see that from his high collar.
Why TJP wasn’t out there is beyond me. He was backstage but he never got introduced. Come on, he is the champ, after all; he should have been on RAW!
Brian Kendrick def. Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander & Rich Swann
The match was good but not as good as the CWC singles matches. Yet, it was one of the most exciting things to happen on RAW.
Swann and Alexander carried the majority of the fight with some highlight moves from Kendick and Metalik.
It made sense for Kendrick to win it. First of all, he’s recognisable to the WWE crowd. Also, he’s the one undeniable heel amongst the cruiserweights. Therefore, if there’s a guy who can sell TJP as a face on Sunday, it’s Brian.
Roman Reigns def. Kevin Owens
Owens and Reigns have such chemistry in the ring! KO simply brings out the best in Roman Reigns. Even with the excessive use of the Superman Punch, Roman still looked good.
Here, similarly to the Rollins/Rusev situation, momentum was important, so nobody could get pinned. The face got the slight edge but Owens could always say that they were out roughly at the same time, so it doesn’t count.
Rusev was the real loser there. He came out to attack a worn-out Reigns and had to get help from Owens to survive. After what happened with Seth earlier, that was the final nail in the coffin. Rusev stands no chance on Sunday.
The highlight of the night was Seth Rollins, flying off of the top of the cage to save Roman Reigns. That moment itself was enough to get the fans out of their seat. A Shield tease will always work but what made everything special was that Rollins is the one member of the Shield, who is the most suited to be a face and he’s the last one we’re getting to see as one. The anticipation of that turn makes it unbelievably exciting.
What are your impressions from RAW? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!