Written by: Dobry Vaz
The August 28th episode of Monday Night Raw is LIVE in Memphis, Tennessee with Jerry Lawler replacing Booker T on commentary tonight due to Hurricane Harvey.
15 Man Over the Top Rope Battle Royal with the winner facing The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship next week on Monday Night Raw
Big Show, Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Finn Balor, Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Jason Jordan, Elias, Goldust, Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, R-Truth, Apollo Crews, & Curt Hawkins are all in the match and in the end it came down to The Miztourage, Jason Jordan, Finn Balor, Elias, and Jeff Hardy. Bray Wyatt who wasn’t in the match, interfered in the match and eliminated Balor extended their feud before Jordan eliminates Miztourage and Elias! Jeff Hardy then gets Jordan from behind and gets the shocking victory! Didn’t see Jeff Hardy getting the win but I believe The Club will cost him the match next week leading to The Hardy Boyz vs. The Club at No Mercy. Fun battle royal to kick off Raw, and I give it a C+ (good).
Enzo Amore vs. Noam Dar
Enzo Amore makes his debut against Noam Dar and this predictable and botch filled match ends with Enzo Amore hitting a botched Eat Defeat for the win. Overall a pretty sloppy performance by Enzo Amore. I feel bad for Noam Dar who’s a pretty good wrestler as I’ve seen back in his ICW indy days. D (bad).
Universal Brock Lesnar & Paul Heyman address No Mercy and Braun Strowman
Paul Heyman says that Brock Lesnar will take down the monster known as Braun Strowman and says that’s the closest Braun will ever get towards the Universal Championship when it’s on Lesnar. Lesnar then grabs ahold of the microphone and says he’ll take Strowman to “Suplex City Bitch”. Nice promo by the champion and his advocate. Really hyped for this match between two monsters at No Mercy.
Seth Rollins vs. Cesaro
Pretty decent match from two amazing wrestlers so no surprise there. Sheamus & Dean Ambrose were at ringside battling it out which distracts Rollins and Cesaro takes advantage with a hard hitting European Uppercut for the win! Nice match between the two and after the match, Sheamus challenges Ambrose to an impromptu match next! I give this match a C+ (good).
Dean Ambrose vs. Sheamus
Another fun match on Raw from these two men which ended when Seth Rollins got himself in the match hitting a knee on Sheamus while the official was distracted and then took Cesaro out with a Suicide Dive! Ambrose then hits the Dirty Deeds for the win! Great match which earns a B- (fun).
Mickie James vs. Emma and if Emma wins, Mickie James has to tweet #EmmaStartedTheWomenRevolution
Very foolish stipulation and a boring bathroom break match. Emma ducks a Mick Kick from Mickie and rolls her up for a shocking victory. Boring match but really nice to Emma finally get a victory on Raw after getting L’s every week before. Don’t really see why Emma got a new theme song though. I give this women’s match a D (boring).
Roman Reigns and John Cena contract signing for No Mercy
John Cena and Roman Reigns are in the ring with Kurt Angle. John Cena think Reigns is just a John Cena bootleg and that he’s scared to fight him. Cena also breaks the fourth wall and even mentions it himself that Reigns can’t cut a promo. Reigns calls Cena a part timing bitch and that he buries young talent. John Cena says he used the United States Championship to bring new fresh talent. He tops it off saying he part times better than Reigns can full time. Reigns flips over the contract table before THE CLUB interrupts both men and calls them both nerds. Kurt Angle then teams up Cena and Reigns to go against The Club up next on Raw! One of the best segments ever on Raw history! These two broke the fourth wall and the crowd was all Cena when he stated facts on Roman Reigns. These two will definitely have a great match at No Mercy. A+ (masterpiece segment).
The Club vs. Roman Reigns & John Cena
Normal tag team match and for the second week, we see Vince’s Golden Boys team up to defeat Gallows and Anderson. The Club were fed to both men like a snack when John Cena hit Luke Gallows with an Attitude Adjustment while Reigns hit a Spear on Karl Anderson for the win. Normal match after such an amazing war of words. It would have been awesome if Reigns left Cena to fight The Club alone in the ring and cost himself the tag team but no because it’s the super team of Reigns and Cena lol. Nothing special, C- (okay).
“Pelvis Wesley” interrupts Elias’s song
Elias sings a song targeting Memphis, Tennessee before Jerry the King Lawler interrupts Elias and brings out Heath Slater known as “Pelvis” attempts to attack Elias before he counters and hits the Drift Away. Bad and cringy segment, D- (filler)
Sasha Banks (c) vs. Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women’s Championship
Women main eventing Raw most likely due to the Mae Young Classic and it’s a title match. Hard hitting women’s match which ends hot potato style when Alexa Bliss hits a Snap DDT on Banks and is your NEW Raw Women’s Champion! After the match Nia Jax attacks both women betraying Alexa Bliss and we will most likely see a triple threat at No Mercy. Good fun match to end Raw. No Mercy is looking to be pretty good. C+ (fun).
Overall Grade: C+ (okay)
The Miz (c) vs. Jeff Hardy for the Intercontinental Championship next week on Raw
John Cena vs. Roman Reigns at the No Mercy PPV
Enzo Amore makes his debut on 205 Live tomorrow in a Six-Man Tag Team Match