Written by: ZiggyZag
Welcome to this week’s RAW review ladies and gentleman. Coming off the events from last nights ppv event Great Balls of Fire,tonight’s RAW comes to us from Houston,TX with Universal Champion Brock Lesnar scheduled to appear following his win last night as well as an awards presentation featuring The Miz. All that and more for tonight’s show, let’s get to it.
*Before the show starts, we get a quick look at the destruction in the ambulance match last night between Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman.
After a look at nights chaos, Michael Cole welcomes us to RAW and JoJo introduces Big Cass.
Cass in the ring now greeted with boos as he takes to the mic. He asks the crowd in a mocking tone “How you doin’?” which causes them to boo more. He notes that he’s doing spectacular because of what he did to his former tag team partner, Enzo Amore. He shows us some pictures from the match between himself and Enzo last night and shows aftermath footage of Enzo getting helped backstage. He warns the lockeroom next by saying he’s going to the top, he’s going to be Universal Champion,he’s going to main event Wrestlemania,he’s going to be on the Tonight Show, and his face is going to be on posters. He says all of this is going to happen because nobody is on his level and nobody can touch him. Big Show’s theme hits and out comes the seven foot giant. He gets in the ring and stares at Cass till Cass walks up on him. He says a few things to Show but gets headbutted. The two brawl for a bit with Big Show getting the upper hand. Cass ducks out the ring and retreats up the ramp as Big Show looks on.
Commentary then plugs tonight’s show and our first match of the night before we head to our first commercial break.
Back with Elias Samson in the ring greeting us with another song this about Finn Balor. He sings for a bit but Balor’s theme interrupts him and out he comes.
Elias Samson vs Finn Balor
After the match,Finn makes his way back up the ramp and poses till The Hardys come out to celebrate with him for a bit till they head down to the ring.
Back with Matt and Jeff Hardy in the ring still battered from their Ironman Match last night against RAW Tag Team Champs Sheamus & Cesaro. Both Hardys discuss the match last night and even use some of their “broken” lingo. They let the fans know that they aren’t done regardless of their lost. They say that they’ve only begun to make magic in the WWE Universe but before they can go on, Gallows & Anderson interrupt them. Gallows and Anderson take to the mic and tell The Hardys to get out of their ring. Gallows says the ring belongs to them. Matt says even though they’re a little broken they can fight it out to determine who the ring really belongs too. Gallows and Anderson then head to the ring as we get set for tag team action.
The Hardys vs Gallows & Anderson
Winners: Gallows and Anderson via Magic Killer on Matt. Match grade: C
After the match as Gallows and Anderson walk back up the ramp, The Revival’s theme hits and the two quickly make their way to the ring. They waste no time attacking Matt and Jeff and leave both laying after a Shatter Machine on Jeff. Both pose as commentary hype up The Miz presenting “The Mizzies” up next.
Back with MizTv as Intercontinental Champion The Miz, his wife Maryse, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel aka “The Miztourage” present “The Mizzies”
Miz explains the awards and presents the first award for Best Supporting Actor which is a tie between Bo and Axel. Both celebrate and thank The Miz. The next award is for Sexiest Woman in WWE which goes to Maryse. Next award is for The Most Outstanding Performer and The Greatest man in WWE which goes to Dean Ambrose… Or so it seemed,Miz fools the crowd and announces himself as the real winner. Miz trash talks Dean till he’s interrupted by Ambrose. He makes his way to the ring and goes right after Miz. They brawl for a second till Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel attack Dean. All three men on the attack now till Seth Rollins runs out to help Dean. Both Dean and Seth get the upper hand as Miz and company retreat. We cut backstage to see Sasha Banks and Bayley walking as they get prepped for their tag team match coming up.
Back with Seth Rollins catching up with Dean Ambrose. Ambrose tells Seth he doesn’t trust him, doesn’t want anything to do with him, and that a reunion isn’t going to happen.Out to the ring now for tag team action as Sasha Banks and Bayley make their way to the ring.
Sasha Banks and Bayley vs Nia Jax and RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss
Winners: Sasha Banks and Bayley via Bayley getting a roll-up pin on Alexa. Match grade: C
Sasha and Bayley celebrate their win as Nia and Alexa look on. Commentary continues to hype an update on Braun Strowman from last night as we cut to commercial.
Back with a new video from Goldust who says R-Truth tried to ruin his career last week during “The Shattered Truth” premiere. He says he’ll give the audience what they want which is an encore and says The Golden Age is back.
We then get another look at the Ambulance Match between Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. Michael Cole notes that Kurt will provide an update later on Braun.
Back with a look at WWE2K18’s pre-order bonus trailer which ends up being Kurt Angle.
R-truth vs Goldust
Winner: Goldust via Curtain Call. Match grade: C-
Up next, Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar and an update on Braun Strowman.
Back with RAW GM Kurt Angle making his way out to the ring. He praises last night’s ppv and is looking forward to next years. He moves onto discuss Braun Strowman and the Ambulance Match. He says he doesn’t know when Braun will be back but the show must go on. He then brings out Universal Champion Brock Lesnar and we get a look at the match last night between Lesnar and Samoa Joe.
Kurt brings up his match against Brock from WrestleMania 19 and praises Brock on how far he has came since then. Afterwards, Kurt wants to talk about Brock’s next challenger at Summerslam but Brock and Paul Heyman don’t wanna talk about it. Before they can leave, Roman Reigns theme hits and here comes “The Big Dog”. Kurt says him and Paul aren’t done talking about Brock’s Summerslam plans and turns his attention to Roman. He wants to know what was Roman thinking last night and says he went too far. Roman feels like Kurt is kidding and brings up what Kurt,Brock and Heyman did back in the old days. He says Kurt should be thanking him due to him not knowing how to handle Braun and how Brock wasn’t here to do it. Roman wants a reward aka a shot at Brock but Brock takes the mic and says Roman must be joking. Brock says Roman doesn’t deserve sh*t and that this is the closest he’ll get to the Universal Championship. Samoa Joe’s theme hits and he makes his way down to the ring. Joe says that they’re living in a fantasy but he’s gonna bring them back to reality. Lesnar says the reality is that he beat his ass last night but Joe says he’ll put Brock to sleep sooner or later. Samoa Joe fires back and even takes some shots at Roman. Heyman jumps in and says Joe will never see Brock in a title match again. Joe fires back again at Brock and Roman about last night. Things get heated but Kurt steps in and makes a match next week between Roman and Samoa Joe with the winner going to Summerslam to face Brock but if they brawl tonight then the match is off. Tension is still high but Samoa Joe leaves and Kurt’s theme plays.
Camera cuts to the commentary table while everything calms down but Corey Graves receives a new text and leaves the table. Michael Cole continues to hype the rest of the show as we go to commercial.
Back with Kurt Angle looking puzzled till Corey Graves walks in. Kurt wants to know if Corey got the same text as him and Corey says he did. Kurt says this could ruin him and he might have to say goodbye next week when he goes public on the issue. Corey says everyone loves him and is for sure that things will be fine.
Back out to the ring with Cruiserweight tag team action.
Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander vs. Noam Dar and Cruiserweight Champion Neville
Winners: Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander via diving senton by Tozawa on Neville. Match grade: C
We get replays from the match and hype for our main event before we cut to commercial.
Back and we get a look at MizTV from earlier in the night. Afterwards we get an interview with Charly Caruso and Seth Rollins. Seth makes it clear that he didn’t save Dean Ambrose earlier in the night, he came out to shut The Miz up. He says Bray is a fraud and tonight he’ll prove that he’s just another guy that can’t hang with him. Seth walks off but Bray Wyatt’s graphic flashes and Bray appears on the screen. Bray says Rollins won’t deny him again and he will burn for his sins. He blows out his lantern and heads out to the ring before we go to commercial.
Back with our main event, Seth Rollins vs Bray Wyatt
Winner: Bray Wyatt via Sister Abigail. Match grade: B
After the match Bray looks at Seth but his graphic flashes and he disappears. Few seconds later, The Miz, Bo Dallas, and Curtis Axel come from the crowd and make their way to the ring. Seth realizes what’s going on as Miz and his Miztourage stand on the ring apron and prepares for a fight. He charges at Miz and tries to fight off Dallas and Axel but falls short. All three gang up on him and continue the attack till Dean Ambrose makes the save with a steel chair in hand. Dean goes crazy with the chair on The Miz until Dallas and Axel pull him out the ring. Dean stands tall as Seth looks on.
We cut backstage to Kurt Angle on the phone with a mystery person who will be on RAW next week. Before the call ends, Kurt tells the person that he loves them and RAW comes to a close.
Pretty good show tonight. Few ups and downs but not too much to bore me. Show rating: C+
Match of the night for me was Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt’s. Don’t usually say this but I will for this recap, segment of the night was without a doubt Roman, Brock and Samoa Joe’s confrontation. Wish Braun Strowman somehow showed up but I guess they’re gonna sell the angle from last night. Who knows? Interested to see what goes down next week though with Kurt and whomever else. Maybe Stephanie? Maybe Kurt’s own wife? Again who knows? Till next time folks.
Picture and video credits: WWE