The Results

  • Kevin Owens def. Neville via Pinfall

The show kicked off with unquestionably the best match of the night. Owens continues to be dominant and innovative in the ring. Neville brought the fight to Owens, but eventually came up short after a few missed opportunities to hit the Red Arrow.

  • Nikki Bella def. Summer Rae via Pinfall

Let’s be honest for a moment. When was the last time fans watched a Divas match that had absolutely nothing to do with the Bellas? Sure, we got to see Naomi take on Paige not that long ago. But even that match revolved around Nikki Bella as she sat at the commentary table. I get that she is the Divas champion and the title should be the main focus of the show, but we’ve reached the point in which the entire Divas division is simply jobbing to Nikki. There are no longer any feuds between Divas, any motivation, and any reason whatsoever for other Divas to even enter the ring unless it’s to take a loss to Nikki Bella. So I can’t take this match seriously because Summer Rae was simply dusted off and fed to the only Diva WWE cares about at the moment.

  • Sheamus def. Randy Orton via DQ

A good match, but ended in a disqualification.

  • Kane def. Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall

Despite being a huge Dolph Ziggler fan, I have to be honest and admit that this match was forgettable. The highlight of it dealt mostly with Lana and Rusev.

  • Erick Rowan and Luke Harper def. Los Matadores via Pinfall

Basically, a squash match.

  • Big E def. Titus O’Neil via Pinfall

A great match in which both Titus and Big E’s strength was on display. New Day once again found a way to cheat in order to give Big E the win in the end. The New Day and the Prime Time Players are currently in a remarkable feud that has done nothing but elevate both teams.

  • Roman Reigns def. Kofi Kingston via Pinfall

Roman Reigns felt believably outnumbered, but something was off with this match. It seemed like Reigns and Kingston weren’t on the same page the entire match. There were a few awkward moments during the match that took away from their in ring chemistry. But with that aside, the match was enjoyable.

  • Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble def. Seth Rollins via Pinfall

Despite being sort of a joke match with the obvious outcome of J&J getting the victory, the match gave us a decent performance.

There is no easy way to put this other than simply being outright blunt about it. Monday Night Raw is starting to suffer from the frequent pay per views it has to build up to. While the non-wrestling segments were entertaining, and both Cena and Owens did an amazing job of selling their match this Sunday, the wrestling matches suffered once again from trying to push the pay per view instead of actually being memorable. And twice in a row, the number one contender for the heavyweight championship was nowhere to be found until the end of the show. While the episode was not unwatchable, Monday Night Raw is beginning to fail as far as actual wrestling goes. And I hope this trend of having a pay per view every two weeks end before the show eventually plummets down to simply being an irrelevant pit stop before actually enjoying good wrestling at their pay per views.