WWE Raw

Opening Segment

 

The show kicked off with a video recap of last week’s episode, specifically the segment where Braun Strowman murdered Kane and Brock Lesnar.

Following the refresher, Strowman entered the ring and said that he would capture the WWE Universal Championship at the Rumble.

Angle cut him off and walked down to the ring surrounded by security guards. He informed Strowman that, not only is he no longer in the main event match at the Rumble, but his Raw contract has been terminated.

The security guards attempted to escort The Monster Among Men out of the arena, but were attacked before they could get the job done.


 

The Bar vs. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews

 

A re-match from last week, where we see much of the same as far as in-ring action is concerned.

Team Titus Worldwide got the win via shenanigans, as Jason Jordan came out and distracted The Bar.

Rollins gave Jordan the business post-match, letting his partner know that he needs to mind his own business going forward.

Winner: Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews 


 

Braun Strowman Backstage Segment

 

Backstage at catering, someone working behind the scenes ran in and informed everyone in the room that Strowman was still in the building and coming their way.

Strowman entered the room and threw some tables around. After he rearranged the room, he put Curt Hawkins through a table, and ate a piece of cake before leaving. Hilarious and well done.


 

Tony Nese (w/ Enzo Amore) vs. Cedric Alexander (w/ Goldust)

 

Cedric Alexander defeated Tony Nese via the Lumbar Check. Time was an issue, but the match was solid for what it was.

Post-match, a backstage employee entered Kurt Angle’s office and informed him that Braun Strowman was headed toward the 12 million dollar television trucks, and appeared to be just as pissed off as he was ten minutes earlier.

Winner: Cedric Alexander 


 

Braun Strowman Backstage Segment 2

 

Strowman continued to run around the arena wreaking havoc on anything and everyone in his path.

First, he entered the television truck (apparently worth 12 million dollars) and scared the crew working inside to death. Following that, Strowman flipped over a nearby semi-truck, then made his way back out into the arena.

The New Face of Destruction then grabbed ahold of Michael Cole, but before he could do any real damage, Angle arrived on stage and informed Strowman that he was re-hired, and the triple threat match at the Rumble is back on.

Strowman, who finally seemed somewhat calm, left, but not before physically assaulting Michael Cole. Another amazing segment involving The Abominable Strowman.


 

Nia Jax vs. Asuka

 

Unlike the cruiserweight match from earlier, this bout got enough time to be good, and good it was.

Nia Jax used her power to toss Asuka around the ring, and Asuka used her speed and quickness to ground Jax and control things on the mat.

Asuka got the victory when the bout was stopped due to Jax suffering a “leg injury”. Post-match, Bliss came out and appeared to be concerned for her best friend’s well being.

Winner: Asuka 


 

The Revival vs. Two Enhancement Talents

It warms my heart to see The Revival, two fellow Carolina boys, back on my television screen again.

Dash and Dawson put a pretty serious beating on two local competitors, getting the win with their patented Shatter Machine.

Afterwords, they delivered a wonderful promo on the mic, mentioning that they are old school professional wrestlers (not sports entertainers), and they could care less about all of the legends returning next week for Raw 25. Excellent segment.

Winner: The Revival 


 

2-on-1 Handicap Match:

The Miztourage vs. Roman Reigns

 

Elias once again sang The Miz (along with the Miztourage) to the ring. He’s been fantastic for months now, and this is a creative way to get him on the show each week.

Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel used the numbers game to their advantage early on, but Reigns eventually overcame the odds and speared Axel for the victory.

After the match, Reigns and Miz had a stare down, further building the tension for their Intercontinental Championship next week on Raw 25.

Winner: Roman Reigns


 

Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley and Mickie James) vs. Sonya Deville (w/ Mandy Rose and Paige) 

 

Another quick match, although this one wasn’t as good as the others.

Sonya Deville has all of the tools you need to be great, but she looked a bit uncomfortable tonight.

She did, however, get the victory via a roundhouse kick (she caught Banks in the stomach, who was jumping from the top rope). A big win for Deville, to say the least.

Winner: Sonya Deville 


 

Matt Hardy vs. Heath Slater

Matt Hardy debuted a new theme last week, and had new entrance graphics this time around. The presentation of the “Woken” character has been fun so far.

Hardy got the W via the Twist of Fate.

Winner: Matt Hardy


 

Finn Bálor (w/ The Club) vs. Seth Rollins (w/ Jason Jordan)

 

Main event time.

In-ring wise, this bout was fantastic, as per usual with these two.

The Bar came down and attempted to get revenge for the interference in their earlier bout, but failed to cost Rollins the match. On the contrary, Jason Jordan also got involved, and his interference actually helped Rollins get the win.

Speaking of the finish, Rollins got the win via the Curb Stomp, which I popped hard for.

Winner: Seth Rollins