This was the best RAW in a long time and it was partially because the SmackDown roster took part in it. The show did a great job of hyping Survivor Series and delivered the quality we want to see every week. Let’s talk RAW!
Owens & Reigns def. Cesaro & Sheamus
It’s no surprise that the teams were put down in favour of the singles competitors. This was a persistent, reoccurring trend throughout the night. The goal was to make the main Team RAW look more credible because SD already is the fan favourite.
Reigns was made out to look the strongest. That also was a reoccurring theme last night. The fans didn’t appreciate it that much.
Sami Zayn def. Bo Dallas
Well, I guess that’s it for the pseudo push of Bo Dallas. He got squashed by Sami so quickly I almost missed the match.
I don’t know if this helped Zayn as much as it was intended. Bo never had any credibility, so beating him easily is not the most valuable accomplishment to put under your belt. Then again it shows that the WWE wants to make some sort of an effort to make Sami look like he has a chance.
On that note, Sami should win if in exchange Kalisto beats Kendrick.
Jericho, Rollins & Strowman def. The New Day
Jericho made the formation of this trio incredibly funny in a backstage segment. In the ring, he was also the one to tell the story. Y2J is a legend!
Strowman was made to look like a beast. He’s never been that dominant in his entire career. However, it might have been a bit of an overkill. After all, the New Day ARE the champions and the team captains of the Tag Team RAW. What does this say about the team?
The only silver lining for the tag teams is that at least both the champs and the number one contenders looked bad. At least, the balance is still there…I guess.
Brian Kendrick def. Sin Cara
There was no way the champ was losing to Sin Cara. Kendrick lost too many matches and his victories were too dubious to allow for another.
The entire division is against Kendrick. They actually seem to want him to lose at Survivor Series and the WWE Universe agrees. SmackDown will make things better for the cruiserweights, I have no doubt about it.
The segment was disappointing because it didn’t end with a fight but realistically, it was a smart move. The WWE could not afford to blow the first physical exchange between Lesnar and Godlberg so close to the PPV.
As much as the fans root for Goldberg, he most probably will lose. Lesnar is viewed as the main money-bringer and this match seems to be one big marketing move for the WWE’s latest game.
Sasha Banks & Charlotte def. Nia Jax & Alicia Fox
Nia Jax fails to make the same effort as Braun Strowman. I keep making parallels between the two because they have the same role in their respective divisions. There’s something she’s lacking although she gets the same treatment as him and I can’t put my finger on it.
Sasha and Charlotte worked well together and that’s not that surprising. They used to be in a stable once. Really, even as things stand right now, their team might be more functional than the SD Women’s Team.
Gallows, Anderson, Enzo & Cass def. The Golden Truth & The Shining Stars
Why did Primo trick his way into the ring if it was only to get squashed in seconds? It was ridiculous.
Then, Gallows and Anderson teased Ezno and it was meant to make them look more annoying and hateable. However, I have the feeling that by this point, no one cares about Enzo and Cass or the Club anymore, so it all flopped.
Looking at this, I can’t picture the tag teams of RAW going over SD’s teams.
Team RAW/Team SmackDown
This segment made the whole show worth watching. Although on the WWE’s YouTube channel, the full segment isn’t featured, all the promos were fun to listen to.
With all the other commotion, I had completely missed how cool the clash between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman can be. It adds more flair to the match, for certain. Also, Randy Orton suddenly made Strowman look less big and less intimidating. The Viper has some superpowers.
The Shield combo at the end was designed to deflect the boos that Roman Reigns was getting for looking indestructible again. The WWE knows that the fans will always cheer for the Shield.
Team SD left with their tale between their legs but it all happened on RAW, so it’s understandable. Yet, I still think Team SD should win at Survivor Series.
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