WWE Raw

Opening Segment

 

Roman Reigns came out to kick-off tonight’s show… He said that Samoa Joe talked a big game, but couldn’t back it up in the ring because he didn’t have a purpose for fighting, while Reigns did (he was defending Ambrose’s honor).

Jason Jordan entered next, and continued to play up the whole “I could be the new Shield” guy shtick. Rollins came out to intervene, but Jordan continued to lay it on thick, saying himself, Reigns, and Rollins are the baddest three man group in the entire WWE.

The Bálor Club responded, and Angle set up a six-man tag match for later in the evening.


 

Sasha Banks and Bayley vs. Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville 

 

Solid opening match, and an impressive in-ring debut for Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. Both are going to be major players going forward.

Rose displayed quite a bit of athleticism throughout the bout, at one point hitting a beautiful flying knee on Bayley.

Sasha Banks got the win for her team after she tapped out Rose with the Bank Statement.

Winner: Sasha Banks and Bayley


 

“Woken” Matt Hardy vs. Curt Hawkins

 

Matt Hardy is here, woken, and has a new entrance theme.

He quickly disposed of Hawkins via The Twist of Fate, and Bray Wyatt appeared in the ring following the bout.

The two proceeded to have another laugh-off, this time face-to-face, but without touching one another. I expected Wyatt to strike Hardy at some point, but that moment never came.

Winner: “Woken” Matt Hardy 


 

Elias/Miz In-Ring Segment

 

Elias came to the ring to sing another hit. He’s good at that. He then introduced The Miz, who is extremely over in Memphis.

Miz said that as good as 2017 was, 2018 will be better. He’s going to recapture his Intercontinental Championship from Roman Reigns and take the title to new heights.


 

Bálor Club Backstage Segment

 

The Bálor Club are shown backstage, prepping for their six-man tag match taking place later in the evening.

Bálor’s confidence is as high as it’s been since he arrived on Raw in 2016. You can tell he’s comfortable with what he’s doing for the first time since his NXT days.

The BC mentioned all of their buddies from Japan, too sweeted each other, and made the entire internet extremely happy.


 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship:

Enzo Amore (c) vs. Cedric Alexander 

 

This match never really got anywhere due to Amore getting busted open the hard way pretty early on.

I’m not sure if the finish was an audible or not, but he retained the title via countout, while trainers wiped away the blood from his face.

Winner: Enzo Amore 


 

Enzo Amore/Kurt Angle Backstage Segment

Amore is backstage, being checked out by the medics for multiple injuries. Nia Jax checked on him as well, and Amore smiled, but appeared frustrated by his health situation.

We then go to Kurt Angle’s office, where The Bar demanded a tag title rematch. Angle gave them their rematch with Rollins and Jordan at the Royal Rumble.

The Miz then arrived and asked for a rematch for the Intercontinental Championship in two weeks at Raw 25. Angle granted his wish as well.


 

The Bar vs. Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews

 

The Bar, the no. 1 contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championships, are in the ring (un)prepared to face surprise opponents. Those opponents were Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews.

Nice back and forth action which included quite a few spots where Crews showed off his insane athleticism.

We got a surprising upset, especially when you factor in that Sheamus and Cesaro are facing the champs for the titles in a few weeks.

Winner: Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews


 

Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman In-Ring Segment

 

This started off as your typical Brock Lesnar appearance: Paul Heyman cuts a wonderful promo while Lesnar bounces around and looks scary. Then, things got crazy.

As Lesnar made his way back up the ramp, he was attacked by Kane. The two gentleman then proceeded to brawl backstage, when Braun Strowman appeared. He threw both Kane and Lesnar around, then located grappling hook, threw said grappling hook over the top of the entrance set, and pulled the set down atop Lesnar and Kane.

It. Was. Awesome.


 

Samoa Joe vs. Rhyno

Up next, Samoa Joe and Rhyno faced off in a solid one-on-one contest.

Rhyno once again tried to show his buddy, Heath Slater, how to be tough. Unfortunately for The Man Beast, Joe tapped him out after a few minutes via the Coquina Clutch.

Post-match, Joe entered the Royal Rumble and hinted at a future feud with John Cena.

 

Winner: Samoa Joe


 

Nia Jax/Alexa Bliss/Asuka Segments 

 

Backstage, Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss continued to drift apart. Jax entered the women’s Royal Rumble match and Alexa Bliss told her that she’s the new favorite to win. She then whispers something she heard Asuka said about Jax, and Jax pointed out that Asuka doesn’t speak English, rolled her eyes, and walked away.

Asuka made her way to the ring, but was attacked while posing on the top rope by Nia Jax. Jax laid Asuka out before leaving the ring.


 

The Bálor Club vs. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, and Jason Jordan

 

Finally, the main event of the evening.

The match itself was nothing out of the ordinary, which isn’t a knock, as the entire segment was entertaining.

Jason Jordan made things worse for his team rather than better, which led to him and Roman Reigns getting into it early and often.

The Bálor Club got the win, but the trio of Reigns, Rollins, and Jordan were not on the same page at any moment during the match.

After the bout, The Miz (along with The Miztourage) attacked Reigns in the middle of the ring. The show ended with The Miz standing tall over Reigns.

Winner: The Bálor Club