WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 31/10/2016

It was the Halloween edition of RAW but luckily there weren’t too many gimmick segments that would ruin the show. It was a decent episode with a good finish last night. Let’s talk #RAW!

Goldberg/Heyman/Rusev

It was obvious that Heyman was trolling the audience from the very beginning. There was no way the WWE would blow Goldberg vs. Lesnar before the big match. There will be a lot of teasing, so the fans will end up craving the fight.

Rusev lied down for Goldberg but I think it did him good. First of all, it diverts Rusev away from Roman Reigns and right now that’s the best that could happen to the Bulgarian Brute. Second, I can’t help but think that the little kid in Rusev was over the moon with the idea to take a legendary Jackhammer from Goldberg himself.

But it also has to be noted that Goldberg was protected. He could have had a match against Rusev but he didn’t. My concern for the actual fight between Lesnar and Goldberg is growing.

Enzo Amore def. Luke Gallows

This was, by far, the worst segment of the night. Enzo and Cass, clowning around in goofy costumes wasn’t funny and neither was the dumb gimmick match that followed.

We are lucky that there was only one Halloween- themed match last night. It was so bad though that they even botched the pumpkin on the head spot. How lame!

Giving Gallows and Anderson a small, unimpressive victory at HIAC, only to have them buried even deeper the following night. Such a shame!

TJ Perkins def. Brian Kendrick /via countout/

Finally! Finally some promo time for the cruiserweights! Giving Kendrick the title and the mic might have been the best thing to happen to the division.

The match was great. There were quite a few spectacular spots but when TJP hit his neck while tossing Kendrick with head scissors over the ropes, my stomach turned. This could have ended badly.

Kendick taking the easy way out was a smart move. He’s The Man with the Plan, after all. This will be one interesting reign.

Foley/Owens/Jericho

Mick Foley looked genuinely upset about KO and Y2J disrespecting the cage and it made the segment funny and endearing.

Otherwise, Team Chris and Kevin on Team RAW was expected. It’s a heel show with a predominantly heel team, nothing unusual.

Reigns held himself well in the segment. Barely talked and had good presence. This is the way he should be as a champ.

Battle Royal

This practically was Braun Strowman vs. all the jobbers. 6 out of 11 eliminations were his. Only one was Sami’s and the rest belonged to Cesaro and Sheamus.

However, Cesaro and Sheamus had their own story arch to be worried about. They worked together and then they worked against each other, which is practically just another day for this team. Then again, people enjoy their dynamic.

Although Sami lost, it was nice to hear the crowd go OLE OLE OLE again. In the final moments of this match it felt like Strowman vs. Zayn was an actual rivalry the people cared about. Sami has so much more potential.

New Day

I questioned the New Day’s successful retention of the title at HIAC. However, when it comes to leading RAW, they are the best. Cesaro and Sheamus aren’t in tune with each other, so they couldn’t possibly do the job.

The roast was good but I was terribly distracted by Pimp Kofi. Also, it says something about a team when even the New Day can’t find a way to diss them. American Alpha are the future!

Charlotte/Bayley

Charlotte’s victory was most probably the most controversial decision the WWE made at HIAC. The fans hated it. However, she is the perfect woman to lead RAW’s female team, seeing that RAW will be the overall heel against SD.

Charlotte’s become so good on the mic it’s unbelievable. Her exchange with Bayley was better than those with Sasha. They might just have better chemistry.

Nia Jax def Bayley

Finally, Nia Jax worked a real match! It was a fight that did both women good. Nia isn’t dealing with jobbers anymore and Bayley showed that she has the skills and the heart to fight a force like Jax.

The brutal ending of the match was also a good choice. It established Nia Jax as a force to be reckoned with, without taking anything away from Bayley. That’s how strong Nia looked.

Sheamus & Cesaro def. The Shining Stars

After turning on each other in the Battle Royal, Sheamus and Cesaro just had to get this right. They needed the victory and they got it through team work, which is to show that they have a future as a team.

Possibly, after Survivor Series, Cesaro and Sheamus will be back at chasing the New Day’s gold and they’ll be successful this time.

Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho /via DQ/

It’s been a while since Roman Reigns truly looked like the face in a match but against Team Chris and Kevin, even Roman’s role couldn’t be questioned.

For once, KO actually helped Jericho. He did throughout the match and even later on against Seth Rollins. The trust between the two needed the patching up.

Rollins’ arrival was something the fans anticipated from the very beginning. He took his time though, in order to get people thinking he was there only to attack KO & Y2J, completely unrelated to Reigns.

I like how the WWE is taking it slowly with Reigns and Rollins. They are gradually rebuilding the trust they had but it’s going to take a while and it makes things more realistic. All I know is that when the Shield get back together one day, the internet will explode.

 

What did you think of #RAW? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!

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