Below are the results and reaction to this week’s WWE Raw, live from Toronto, Canada:
Goldberg comes out and thanks the fans, his wife and his son for their support. He says that Steph McMahon approached him after his match at SS, and she questioned whether he had a championship run left in him. He said that the way to the title is through the Royal Rumble match, and he announces that he’s the first participant in the match. Goldberg ends by stating that everyone in the match is next.
“A good start to the show, and everyone seemed to be excited by his announcement. I’m glad he will be competing in a match that will protect him, since he’s ring-rusty, and I’m definitely up for seeing him kill jobbers.”
Raw Tag Team Championship match: The New Day (c) vs. Cesaro & Sheamus
Cesaro and Big E start. Sheamus is in but Kofi takes control. Sheamus manages to hit a back breaker. Big E hits a splash, but Sheamus replies with a white noise. Cesaro uppercuts Kofi a lot, then hits a cross and back breaker. Kofi hits SOS and hit the boom drop, before Cesaro swings Kofi. Cesaro locks in a sharpshooter. Big E tries to save him, but Sheamus brogue kicks him. Woods distracts the referee while Kofi taps. Kofi gets a roll-up and Sheamus tries to break it, but Woods grabs him, meaning Kofi got the pin.
New Day def. Cesaro & Sheamus
“This match was decent, but I didn’t like the ending. The New Day cheating just isn’t a face move, especially when they cheated against a face Cesaro. They are going to break Demolition’s record, but I wish they’d do it convincingly.”
Enzo is locked out of the locker room and he’s naked. He runs into Lana, before Rusev arrives and tells him to stay away from his wife. Cass arrives and backs Enzo up.
Steph and Foley are happy about how SS turned out. Sami Zayn arrives and Foley tells him he has to be punished for not winning the IC title. His punishment is a match versus Braun Strowman later.
Cedric Alexander vs. Ariya Daivari
Daivari mocked the Canadian crowd before the match. Cedric took control in the early going with a dropkick and rest holds. Daivari came back with elbows and a neck crank. Cedric returned with elbows and a head scissors. He hit a back handspring kick, a springboard clothesline and a lumbar check to win.
Cedric Alexander def. Ariya Daivari
“A decent but short match. It sucks that Daivari has been slapped with the foreign heel gimmick. Cedric seemed more over than any cruiserweight has been so far though.”
Jericho comes out to explain who’s responsible for Team Raw’s loss at SS. Kevin Owens interrupts. He uses the Jeritron 6500 to show Jericho how he saved him last night. The two argue and debate their friendship, and Owens did not care about the list. Owens says that his elimination was a waste, since Jericho cared more about the list than the match. They both swerve the crowd and say that Roman Reigns was to blame, then hugged it out. They also blame Rollins, who comes out and says he wants what he was promised: a Universal Championship match. KO refused, and Rollins attacked the friends. KO and Y2J got the advantage, before Roman Reigns came out. He and Rollins cleared the ring. Foley comes out and announced a No DQ Universal title match for tonight, and Jericho and Reigns are banned from ringside.
“I was genuinely scared that Jeri-KO were going to break up, and I’m so glad it didn’t happen. They were entertaining as hell in this segment as per usual and I hope they never break up. A very fun segment.”
Rusev vs. Enzo Amore
Rusev dominates Enzo. He went into the ringpost though, and Enzo nearly won with a roll-up. Rusev came back with a superkick and locked him in the Accolade for the win.
Rusev def. Enzo Amore
“A catch 22 situation. Rusev wins and Enzo looks weak, or Enzo wins and Rusev looks weak. They went with the better choice though, but I think the match needed to be longer.”
The Golden Truth vs. Gallows & Anderson
The winners face New Day for the title next week. Golden Truth weren’t on top for long since The Club took over quickly. Truth came back and tagged Goldust. Goldust took over, and hit Anderson with a powerslam. He went up top, but Gallows distracted him, which allowed Karl to hit a boot. Club hit the Magic Killer for the win.
Gallows & Anderson def. The Golden Truth
“Nobody, including myself, really cared about this match. The Club were obviously going to win, since Golden Truth have done nothing to deserve a title shot. The match was dull and just needed to hurry up. Hopefully The Club aren’t buried next week.”
Braun Strowman vs. Sami Zayn
Strowman jumped Zayn before the match. Once the bell rang, Braun destroyed him. Sami tried to come back with some kicks, but Strowman just mauled him. Eventually, Mick Foley came out and forced the referee to stop the match.
Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn
“I actually liked this a lot. Sami plays the perfect underdog, and he put Strowman over as a monster brilliantly here. His selling was tremendous. I’m not sure where Zayn goes from here, but I’m very intrigued by this story.”
All Hail The Queen
Charlotte comes out and brags about winning the SS match. Sasha Banks arrives and she wants her title rematch now. Charlotte agrees to the match, but not tonight. Since Raw is in her hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina next week, she wants to beat Sasha there. Nia Jax comes out and runs down Sasha for her performance at SS. She says she is overrated and the two fight. Charlotte was enjoying this, then Bayley arrived to set up a match.
“I’m happy we are getting a serious Nia Jax feud.”
Charlotte & Nia Jax vs. Bayley & Sasha Banks
The heel team control early. Bayley counters Charlotte with a monkey flip and tags Banks. She was wild and hit the corner knees on Charlotte. The faces took out Jax together, and Sasha locked in the Bank Statement, forcing Charlotte to tap out.
Bayley and Sasha Banks def. Charlotte and Nia Jax
“A quick match that served it’s purpose – setting up next week’s title match. I sense that Jax is going to cost Sasha the match.”
Seth Rollins in interviewed backstage. He says that the title deserves to be on the best man. He knows Owens is good, but he’s no Seth Rollins.
TJ Perkins vs. Noam Dar vs. Rich Swann
The winner of this match faces Brian Kendrick for the cruiserweight championship on the first 205 live. Kendrick is on commentary. Swann and TJP face off early on, with Perkins focusing on Swann’s knee. Dar came back and locked TJP in an ankle lock, before Swann kicked Noam. Swann went for the 450, but TJP locked in a knee bar. Dar broke it up, but he got locked in the knee bar. Swann came back and hits a kick on Perkins for the pinfall.
Rich Swann def. TJ Perkins and Noam Dar
“Swann is the most over guy in this match, so he was the right choice to win. The match itself was good and fast-paced.”
WWE Universal Championship No DQ match: Kevin Owens (c) vs. Seth Rollins
The match starts off quick. Chairs are introduced early, with Owens landing a DDT on the chair. He then beat down Rollins with the chair. Rollins came back with a sling blade, before hitting a suicide dive. Owens put Rollins through a table, then cannonballed him against the barricade. Seth comes back though, before missing an aerial move. Owens hit a cannonball with a chair on Rollins. He went for a powerbomb onto chairs, but Rollins reversed and backdropped KO onto the chairs. Rollins set up a table in the corner. Rollins went up top, Owens met him up there. Seth slid down and powerbombed Kevin through the table. Owens went out to the floor, but Rollins sent him into the crowd. Owens tried to get away, but Rollins kept up the offense. He threw a bin at Owens, before Owens went for a powerbomb. Seth climbed out of it and dove from the stands onto KO. They fought back to the ring area, before someone in a Sin Cara mask and Shinsuke Nakamura jacket attacked Rollins. Rollins pulled off the mask and it turned out to be Jericho. He pedigreed Jericho on the floor, then Owens powerbombed Rollins onto the ring apron. He rolls him into the ring for the pinfall.
Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins
“The match was very fun, up until the end. Jericho getting involved again felt so old. This felt like the fifteenth time this has happened, why can’t Owens just win clean for once? I think this was the chance for Owens to do something shocking, but it wasn’t meant to be. I thought Triple H might interfere, since Jericho was banned, but that’s probably not going to happen on free TV. Still, the action in the match was entertaining and well-paced. Just a shame it ended so predictably.”
“A decent show overall. There were not-so-good moments but there was still a lot to like. The two title matches had bad endings, but were still good matches. Strowman looked like a monster, Goldberg’s announcement was intriguing, Highlight Reel was entertaining, and the cruiserweight action was worth-watching. Club versus Golden Truth went too long, and Enzo/Rusev was too short, but they served their purposes at least. Same with the women’s match. A fine show, but far from perfect. 7/10.”
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