Welcome to a Review of RAW! Hope you enjoy.
- Sheamus def. Seth Rollins
- Jason Jordan def. Jean Pierre Goulet
- Sasha Banks def. Emma and Alicia Fox
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore and Big Show
- Dean Ambrose def. Cesaro
- Akira Tozawa def. Ariya Daivari
- Nia Jax def. Dana Brooke and Mickie James
- Braun Stroman def. Roman Reigns (In a Last Man Standing Match)
The show starts with the usual intro and theme. After that, we cut to the live crowd in Toronto. The commentators hype the match between Roman and Stroman that is later tonight in a Last Man Standing match. We then go to the ring where ” is already set up.
An aggravated Miz is in the ring. He says the show won’t start until Kurt Angle’s illegitimate son comes down to the ring (Jason Jordan). Instead of Jason Jordan, Kurt Angle comes out. Kurt says that Jason Jordan won’t be on the show because he has a match later tonight against Curtis Axel. The reveal of this match got a lukewarm reaction from the crowd. Kurt does mention that he has someone for them, that man being Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman. These two of course got a huge reaction.
Miz stands behind the Miztourage while he does a bad Paul Heyman impression, then says that Brock will probably lose at Summerslam. Miz goes on for a few more minutes, talking about how little of a chance Lesnar has in that match. Heyman finally gets to speak. He says that everyone in the ring will roleplay. He says that Axel is Stroman, Dallas is Joe, and Miz is Reigns. Lesnar then brings the roleplay to life by attacking, and F5’ing all three guys in the ring. This ended the segment.
I thought this segment was very well done. It wasn’t stretched on like some MizTV segments, and it was a good way to hype the PPV match. I thought that it was a interesting change of pace to have Heyman not speak too much, but it did work out. I do think that it does not make much sense that we will see Jason Jordan in a match against Curtis Axel. If they really want to put over Jordan, then they should match him up against wrestlers who could believably beat him. They can’t put him up against the lowest on the food chain and make it look like a push. Whatever, it is what it is.
1. Seth Rollins vs Sheamus
The first match of the evening is Seth Rollins versus Sheamus. This match was set up after what went down between them last week. Sheamus made his entrance this week without the concussion (I think it’s called that) pyro at the start. It felt so weird, and I hope it wasn’t intentional. I know that WWE has been cutting down on pyro recently, but I felt it was needed for this intro.
Anyways, Sheamus was in control of the match as we went to the first commercial break. When we came back from the break we still saw Sheamus in control of Seth. Sheamus tried for a Brouge Kick but Seth dodged. Seth hit a enziguri which gave him time to breathe. When he got up he took a Double Boots by Sheamus. Sheamus went to the top rope, but Seth joined him on the ropes too. Seth hit a huricanrana off the top rope then did a Superkick. He went for the pin after that but only got a two.
Seth hit a Swingblade when they both got back up. Seth then went to the top rope, but Cesaro distracted him. Due to this distraction, Seth jumped but missed Sheamus, then got rolled up for the win.
After the match Seth was fed up and attacked the team. Cesaro and Sheamus outnumbered Seth and beat him up. People were looking for Dean Ambrose to come out during this, but nothing happened. Their music hit then they walked away.
I thought the match was pretty good, but the end of the segment was pretty odd. Everyone expected Dean to save Seth, so when he didn’t, we just got a quiet, still anticipating crowd. It was hard to judge this match since a huge chunk of it was during the commercials, but from what I saw it was a close and exciting match. Of course roll-ups are a cop out for rivalries that will continue for X amount of weeks, but that feels like it’s beating a dead horse to criticize a match for that these days.
After the break we see a beat up Seth Rollins walking backstage. He sees Dean Ambrose. Ambrose says he looks like a jerk ’cause he didn’t save Rollins, even though he warmed Seth not to do that this week. Seth implies that they want to team up again, but Dean shoots the idea down. Seth also says that Dean is a jerk. Wait a second. Dean is a jerk for not going out of his way and saving him, even though he warned him to not get in a brawl? Seth makes no sense in this context. I feel that Dean is totally in the right.
Jason Jordan vs Jean Pierre Goulet
It’s time for Jason Jordan vs Curtis Axel. As Jason Jordan is making his entrance, we go backstage and see that Curtis Axel has been attacked. He can’t compete. Kurt Angle finds a random dude backstage and tells him to face Jason Jordan. “Jean Pierre Goulet” comes out and loses a match in around a minute. Funny thing, I saw Jean Pierre at a indie show in January. I don’t remember if he fought under that name, but he fought a great match. It was against Mike Bailey. I remember it being a fantastic match. Jason Jordan put on a good showcase of his main moves in this fight. Not much to say about this since it was so short.
Bailey Comes To The Ring
We come back from the break to see Bailey being interviewed in the ring. Bailey is wearing a cast. They replay the footage of her injury from last week. Bailey talks about how it felt to be injured. She also thanks the people on Twitter who sent her well wishes. It is mentioned that two triple threat matches will decide who faces Alexa Bliss at Summerslam. Bailey says that she thinks Sasha Banks will win. The first of two triple threat matches starts now.
Sasha Banks vs Alicia Fox vs Emma
The first of the two triple threat matches is Sasha Banks versus Alicia Fox versus Emma. Before this match starts, the champ herself Alexa Bliss shows up. She will be a guest on commentary during this match. The match starts with Sasha and Alicia in the ring. Sasha goes against the ropes while the two are fighting, but Emma grabs her foot and drags her out of the ring. Emma then does a deadly german suplex onto the apron of the ring. I looked deadly, and great. Emma joins Alicia in the ring at this point.
Alicia does a Northern Lights Suplex on Emma and goes for a pin but Emma kicks out at two. All of the sudden Sasha is back in the ring and she does a Shining Wizard on Emma. Sasha does a double knees to Alicia and goes for the pin but Emma throws her out of the ring. Emma then goes for a pin but Alicia just barely kicks out. Later on Sasha Banks puts Alicia in the Bank Statement but Emma comes in and pins Sasha. Sasha kicks out then smoothely reverses that into another Bank Statement. Emma taps to this submission move.
I would say that this match was short and sweet. It was obvious from the start that Sasha would win, but I think they did a good job in this match at making Emma a close contender.
We now go backstage where Braun is being interviewed. The start of Renee’s question wasn’t really on a high enough volume, but I could tell that the question was something about Roman. Stroman cuts a promo about his match later and says that at Summerslam he will become the Universal Champion.
Enzo Amore and Big Show vs Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson
Enzo Amore comes out to the ring for this segment and doesn’t say much before he introduces Big Show. Big Show starts talking, but he gets cut off by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. After more trash talk between the four, this match becomes official. Big Show makes the duo of Gallows and Anderson flee from the ring when we go to the commercial break.
Back from the break, Enzo is getting beat up by Gallows. Enzo was struggling to make a comeback for a few minutes. While this was going on, Big Cass shows up on the stage. This distracts Big Show. When Big Show looks back, he takes a big boot by Gallows. Anderson and Gallows try for their finish but Enzo fights out. Once Enzo fights out he takes a Superkick and that finishes him off.
After the match, Enzo and Big Show get in a brawl. Big Cass gets a knockout punch by Big Show during this brawl. Big Show and Enzo celebrate on the ramp after.
I have a bone to pick with this whole rivalry. I feel that you can’t put Enzo over if he has a big guy to do all of the handywork for him. After the match, Enzo was literally running away from Cass until Big Show knockout punched him. Enzo was the one who got pinned in this match, making it look like he’s weak without Big Show by his side.
Finn Balor Heads To The Ring
Back from the break we hear Finn Balor’s music. Balor comes out to the ring and talks about his match with Wyatt last week. As he continues to talk about Bray, the lights go out and Bray’s sound effects play. When the lights go back up, Wyatt is in the ring, but Balor is ready, on the turnbuckles. Balor beats up Bray and hits him with a Swingblade. The lights go out once again and Wyatt is out of sight. We now see Wyatt on the big screen. Wyatt cuts his promo on the screen to end the segment.
I thought this segment was great. I enjoyed it quite a bit. It wasn’t like the cliché Wyatt segment, because Finn had actually predicted Wyatt and basically out-witted him by being on the turnbuckles. That’s why I liked it.
Cesaro vs Dean Ambrose
Since we saw Sheamus face Seth Rollins earlier, we now will see Cesaro face Dean Ambrose. Ambrose sees a lot of domination in this match. He starts losing control when he get distraced by Sheamus. While he is walking towards Sheamus, Cesaro jumps him. We go to break while this happens. Back from the break, the two are both in the ring. Moments later they both head to the same top turnbuckle. Cesaro was looking to Suplex Dean to the outside, but Dean superplexes him to the ring instead.
After that Cesaro started reversing everything. After a few minutes of that, Dean Ambrose started making a comeback. The comeback got stopped by a nasty uppercut by Cesaro. I mean nasty in a good way, by the way. Cesaro continues his beatdown with two clean lifts and slams of some sort. Dean tries for a Dirty Deeds but Cesaro reverses and tries for a Sharpshooter. Ambrose fights out of it and dodges a move by Cesaro which makes him fall to outside the ring. Dean attempts a Suicide Dive but Cesaro reverses it into another great uppercut.
Cesaro tries again for a Superplex but Dean fights out of it again. Dean goes for a roll-up but Cesaro kicks out at two. Later on it feels like Cesaro really had him in a Sharpshooter. Dean fights out of the Sharpshooter. Dean does a elbow off the top rope to the outside onto Cesaro. Back in the ring, Dean almost gets distracted Cesaro but in the moment is able to roll-up pin Cesaro for the win.
Immediately after the fight, Sheamus attacks Dean. Dean is getting beat up, but Seth Rollins comes out and saves him. After the attack ends, Seth and Dean get into a staredown. After the stare down, Dean puts out his fist to do the Shield fistbump. Seth thinks for a while, but then turns it down and walks away. The crowd was VERY loud for this. They were very invested in this fist bump.
Now to talk about this match, I would say that I enjoyed it. This was the first long match we have had on the show so far, but I would say it was well done. These two guys know what they are doing, and they know how to put together a good match. As I am writing this at 10:06PM, this is so far the best match of the night. Also, I would like to say that I enjoyed how Seth denied Dean because it was like a turning of the tables almost.
Ariya Daivari vs Akira Tozawa
It is now time for our first Cruiserweight match of the night. During this match, we have Titus O’Neil on commentary. Akira Tozawa makes light work out of Daivari during this match, winning via a Senton Bomb off the top rope. Not a bad match, not too much to talk about since it was such a short match.
Mickie James vs Dana Brooke vs Nia Jax
The next match is the second of two triple threat matches to decide who faces Alexa Bliss at Summerslam. To clarify, the winner of this match faces Sasha Banks next week to become #1 contender. This match starts with Nia throwing everyone around. Nia is really put over as a giant during this fight. The crowd loves it. It didn’t take long for Nia Jax to become the winner of this match. She won via a leg drop onto Dana Brooke.
I thought this match was a good way to put over Nia Jax. Very enjoyable. Not much more to say about it really.
Braun Stroman vs Roman Reigns (Last Man Standing Match)
It is now time for the main event of the evening. Braun Stroman faces Roman Reigns in a Last Man Standing match. The match starts with Stroman throwing Roman around. Roman tries to hit a Samoan Drop, but Stroman stops the move from happening. Stroman then throws Roman off the ropes and shoulder tackles him. When Roman gets up, he headbutts him then throws him into a corner. Ref starts counting since its a last man standing match but Roman gets up.
When Roman gets up he tries to fight with a punch, but Stroman continues to dominate. Roman is catching a breath outside the ring when we go to the first break.
Back from the commercial break, Roman is making a comeback. When they get back in the ring, Roman does multiple clotheslines. Roman grabs steel steps that were brought in the ring. He hits Braun twice, then hits him a third and fourth time while he is down. The steel stair shots looked DEADLY. They were great. The ref gets to a 5 count before Stroman gets up. When Stroman gets up, Roman goes for a Superman punch but it gets reversed. Moment later Stroman does some sort of crazy slam.
Roman is down until the 8 count, but then gets up. When they are both back on their feet, Roman goes off the ropes, gets picked up by Stroman but hits him with a Superman Punch in mid-air. When they both get back up, Roman calls for a Superman Punch again but Stroman hits him with a monstrous dropkick. When Roman gets back up at the 7 count, Stroman charges into the corner but Roman dodges.
The brawl gets taken to outside the ring now. Roman hits Stroman with a Drive-By. After that, Roman looks under the ring for weapons. Roman takes out a table. He pushes the table into the ring. Roman goes for another Drive-By but it gets reversed into a clothesline. Roman gets up at the 8 count from that move. Stroman sets up the table in the ring.
Stroman picks up Roman and brings him towards the table. Once he gets near the table, Roman fights out with punches. Reigns then slowly, but surely picks up Stroman and Samoan Drops him through the table. Both guys get up at the 8 count.
Outside the ring, Roman calls for a spear or something, and runs towards Stroman. Stroman throws a chair at him. That was a crazy, great spot. After this, the brawl continues into the crowd. They find their way over to the announce table. Roman hits Stroman with a drive-by over by the stage.
The two are both up on the stage now. Roman gets thrown up against the LED panels on the stage. The panels shake like crazy due to this. When Roman gets up, Stroman does it again. Roman gets up once again, and Stroman has something even worse to do. Stroman tries to slam him through the announce desk, but Roman reverses with a Superman Punch. He does another Superman Punch after that, then tries for a Spear. Stroman reverses the Spear with a boot. Seconds later, Stroman gets caught off guard by a Spear by Roman near the ring. Roman runs all the way down the ramp to charge up for this spear.
Roman Reigns walks near the crowd while Stroman is down. In the crowd is Samoa Joe, who puts Roman in the Cohena Clutch. This is all fully allowed, since it is No DQ. There are multiple refs telling Joe to leave, despite it being fully legal. Weird. Stroman gets up at the 8ish count, and Roman stays down for all 10. Stroman wins the match. What a fight.
This match was an absolute WAR, and that’s why I loved it. It was a pretty good episode of RAW. I only had a few critiques this week, but in general I would say that I enjoyed this week. Can’t wait to see if they will top it next week, but until then I have to go.
Hope you enjoyed! See you soon.