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The Results


  • Big Show def. Ryback via DQ

The Miz stole all of the attention from the match before eventually costing Ryback the win.

  • Brie Bella def. Paige via Pinfall

The match was completely forgettable, just like every match between Paige and The Bellas have been so far.

  • Sheamus def. Roman Reigns via Count Out

A hard hitting match between the two before Reigns became distracted by a Bray Wyatt look alike. Wyatt sending someone in his place came off a little cheesy and pointless in the end. Wyatt is all about mind games, but the segment seemed lazily written.

  • Dean Ambrose def. Bo Dallas via Pinfall

A squash match.

  • King Barrett def R-Truth via Pinfall

This match was slightly above being a squash match. Barrett and Truth have faced each other entirely too many times before for this match to have delivered anything new and impressive.

  • The New Day def. The Lucha Dragons via Pinfall

A really good match, but The Prime Time Players on commentary was the highlight of the segment.

  • John Cena def. Cesaro via Pinfall

*Match of the Night*

John Cena took on Cesaro in a match that single handily saved Raw from being mediocre. This was by far the best open challenge Cena has had. Challenging for the US title gives the midcard superstars a chance to shine and show off their skills. But this was perhaps the first time that a midcard star showed off he is top star material being underutilized. We’ve been treated to stars coming close to defeating Cena before eventually losing, but Cesaro seemed convincing enough to actually beat Cena clean. The match ended with Cena nailing the AA off the middle rope out of desperation and barely gaining the win. Hopefully, WWE will capitalize off of Cesaro’s amazing performance and take him to the next level.


Best Moments


  • Paul Heyman promo for Brock Lesnar
  • Brock Lesnar destroying J&J Security’s car
  • Lana falling out of the ring (If you know what I mean)
  • Stone Cold WWE 2k16 cover video promo
  • Triple H gets Rollins fired up

Worst Moments


  • Kane in front of a green screen
  • J&J Security cheesy road trip graphic
  • Commentary throughout the night was unfocused
  • Michael Cole selling the network with “WWE Network. It’s just like Netflix.”

I have to admit that I wasn’t invested in to this episode until the ending. I was on a long road trip the week before, and had to miss both Raw and the Beast in the East shows. So to be fair, I’m not sure if it was the exhaustion of the trip that took my mind off the show, or if the show was actually mediocre on its own. So with that said, I’m unable to judge the episode fairly. But I can honestly say that mediocre or not, it still managed to avoid being completely awful. We’ll just have to see how things turn out next week.