Written by: The Immortal KB
This edition of Raw is live from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, USA.The estimated crowd attendance is 18,000.
The show begins with a video of the beating Roman Reigns delivered to Braun Strowman then Raw General Manager Kurt Angle came out to discuss Braun Strowman’s injury.It was announced earlier that Strowman could be out up to six months.Kurt sets up a Fatal Five Way at Extreme Rules to determine the number one contender to Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship.The five participants are Seth Rollins,Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Bray Wyatt, and Roman Reigns.Each of the five men come out to the ring and start fighting. Angle later sets up two main event matches Finn vs Roman and Seth vs Bray.Roman was still selling his injuries.Each man got a great reaction from the crowd. Brock, Braun, and the other five are a solid group of top guys for RAW.
The first match of the night was Jeff Hardy vs Sheamus with each man being managed by their tag team partners.The match was sloppy towards the end because of Sheamus he debuted a jumping knee that had the same setup as a Brouge kick.Jeff made a brief comeback. Sheamus made a comeback.When he leaped off the top rope,Jeff caught him mid-air with a stunner-like move. It was good for a two count.When Cesaro jumped onto the ring apron, Matt knocked him down. Matt told Jeff to give him a twist of Fate, but Sheamus blocked it and then tried to give Matt a Brogue Kick off the ring apron. He came up short. Matt stayed on the ring apron.Sheamus delivered another kick, and Matt somewhat awkwardly flew off into the arms of Cesaro. Jeff then landed the Swanton Bomb for the pin. The match was under nine minutes and at this point I want to see the Hardys battle a different team.I also want Jeff to go back to being a top guy individually. Matt can be broken and fight for the Intercontinental Championship.
The second match of the night was the second week in a row that Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox faced off. I think this has to be a start of a feud between the two ladies.Noam Dar campaigned for a rematch tonight because Fox lifted her shoulder before the three count last week on Raw. The match was three minutes on the dot. Fox won via pinfall by using a scissors kick. Fox has the greatest northern lights suplex in the history of wrestling.
The third match of the night was the Intercontinental Championship match between the Champ Dean Ambrose and the challenger The Miz.Dean had the upper hand until he didn’t.Miz did the “bryan kicks” and got a huge reaction from the crowd all screaming Yes. Later towards the end Miz went for a low blow, but Dean blocked his arm then kicked Miz in the nuts.The ref DQ’d him.The match was great until Dean started his Dean moveset like his rope rebound.The two will face off again at Extreme Rules in a match where the title can change via DQ.I want Miz to be separated from Dean at this point this feud has been going on for way too long. The match tonight was a time filler.
Alexis Bliss came out and I think she’s the best woman on the mic. She called Newark “The sweat glands of America”. Bayley walked out, hugged some kids, and entered the ring with a mic in hand.
Bayley did a typical whitemeat babyface promo that stated is invoking her rematch clause at Extreme Rules. Bliss and her exchange words , Bayley shoves her and has the upperhand until Bliss looked under the ring and found a kendo stick.When she hit Bayley across her back with it. A giant “ECW “ chant broke out.
The fourth match of the night was a Cruiserweight Division tag team match, Neville and TJP vs Austin Aries and Gentleman Jack Gallagher.TJP pinned Gallagher after a Detonation Kick, but after a distraction by Neville yanking on his leg. Aries gave him a running forearm at ringside as TJP scored the pin in the ring. At Extreme Rules Austin Aries will face Neville for the Cruiserweight championship where I expect him to win it.
A backstage promo happens with Bayley and Kurt Angle leading to the Raw Women’s Championship match a kendo stick on a pole match.
The fifth match of the night was Finn Balor vs Roman Reigns. This match was amazing. The two went back and forth with very little restholds. Finn looked like a billion bucks. After thirteen minutes Roman Reigns hit Balor with a spear for the pin. This was their second match and now they need a tiebreaker at a PPV because the Raw matches always seem too short.
After the match Bray Wyatt did a promo which in the beginning I thought was about The Demon King but it was about Brock Lesnar and some of it was about Seth. Bray has good promos but he rarely wins when it matters.
Goldust and R-truth made their way to the ring to face the club but then Goldust attacked him from behind. Goldust continued the attack with a kick while Truth cowered in the corner. Graves asked Booker what is going on with Goldust. Booker said Goldust didn’t seem like himself when he talked with him earlier in the night. The crowd started to chant “thank you Goldust”. Booker T said Goldust was frustrated by the result of the Tag Team Turmoil match. Goldust eventually leaned over Truth and said, “That’s what’s up.” He threw the mic down and walked away.
Enzo comes out with Big Cass to the biggest pops of the night.Enzo is from the nearby Hackensack , so it was like he was home. Titus came out and there was a squash match between him and Big Cass. After the match Apollo Crews hit Enzo with an enziguri.
The Main event of the evening was Bray Wyatt vs Seth Rollins. It was a solid match until Samoa Joe came out causing Seth to win via DQ.Joe and Bray had a staredown that made Joe look much smaller in comparison. They joined together to stomp out Seth. Bray hit Joe with a Sister Abigail then he picked up Seth and gave one to him.