The Shield Reunion seems just around the corner! Monday Night Raw teased the Hounds of Justice all night and it made for intriguing viewing, and more importantly, made next week’s Raw must see. The show opened with the entire roster on the ramp standing in silence for the victims of the Las Vegas Shooting.
Braun Strowman defeats Seth Rollins. Grade: B+ Its always great to see Raw open with a match instead of the usual lengthy promo. Rollins had an early fluster of offence and tried to use his quickness to get the advantage but Strowman proved to be too strong and dominant. Rollins looks good in defeat and Strowman is recovering well from his loss to Strowman with two straight wins over the tag team champions.
Elias defeats Titus O’Neill. Grade: C+ While not the best match anyone will ever see, Elias once again cut a great promo and song on Denver and picked up a good win over the much larger Titus. While Elias winning is absolutely right, if Titus Worldwide is to be taken seriously, its leader needs to show something more than this in the ring,
Mickie James defeats Nia Jax. Grade: B+ This grade isn’t necessarily for the match, but for everything surrounding it. I may be the only one who loves this whole feud. It’s odd that Nia Jax & Alexa Bliss are back together with no explanation, and WWE seems to have missed a chance at a good story but explaining their reuniting; but from the ‘gifts’ from Alexa to Mickie, Kurt Angle announcing hr title match at TLC; Mickie James has played this whole of underdog babyface perfectly and Alexa is perfect in this heel, spoilt bratty role. Wonderful stuff.
Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows defeat Matt Hardy & Jason Jordan. Grade: B+. A smart way to give Gallows & Anderson a much needed here win as the more experienced team proved too much for the very impressive Jason Jordan and Matt Hardy. Not sure I want to see this team of Jordan & Hardy continue anymore however.
Roman Reigns defeats the Miz by disqualification but the Miz retains the Intercontinental Championship. Grade: A+ The Miztourage entered the arena through the crowd exactly like the Shield did. Roman Reigns destroying Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel was great fun and seeing Roman as a straight no holds barred killer is the best version of The Big Dog. He and Miz put on a great match even kicking out of the Skull Crushing Finale before Cesaro & Sheamus caused the DQ Attacking Roman. Cesaro, Sheamus & Miz hit Roman with a triple powerbomb. A great match combined with all these Shield teases make for a near perfect segment. Replacing Dallas & Axel with Cesaro & Sheamus was a very smart choice as well.
Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt Promo. Grade: B- Balor came out and called Wyatt out saying that he beat him as the Demon & then beat him as the Man; Bray retaliated with a nice eerie promo indicating that Sister Abigail is alive and well. While this feud has been flat this was quite good, and the potential for Sister Abigail is tremendous.
Sasha Banks & Bayley defeat Emma & Alicia Fox. Grade: C+ the match was short but still entertaining; Emma refused to tag in to help her partner adding some depth to herself, Alicia Fox showed why she is one of the most underused in the women’s division at her crazy best, and playing up the friendship between Sasha & Bayley is only going to make their eventually feud even better.
Enzo Amore Promo & Kalisto Cruiserweight Debut. Grade: A- Enzo was speechless backstage with Renee Young but limped to the ring in the main event slot of Raw once again and proceeded to verbally trash the entire division once again; this only picked up when the division came to the outside of the ring but couldn’t touch Enzo or they’d be fired. Kurt Angle announced this didn’t count for the newest member of the Cruiserweights Kalisto who proceeded to lay out the Cruiserweight Champion. Enzo was at his very best as a heel here trashing the entire division, and Kalisto should make a great feud and contrast for Enzo. Kalisto should have been in the Cruiserweight division from the very start and his arrival is well overdue but a nice surprise; however the way it was announced by Angle made it feel like we expected someone more.
The Shield Backstage. Grade: A+ Not a word was spoken, but Roman Reigns was joined backstage by Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. While they smartly held off the Shield Fist Pose, this was just incredible to see and made next week’s raw MUST SEE.