The Results

  • Dolph Ziggler def. Rusev via DQ

Although fans are tired of this ridiculous feud, the match was incredible. Rusev showed how quick and agile he is for a guy his size, and Ziggler delivered a solid perfomance as always. The Match was clear indication that both Ziggler and Rusev can deliver some great in ring action together despite their current storyline. Hopefully, the new element added to their story involving Summer Rae and Ziggler will add something interesting to an already stale story between the two.

  • Becky lynch def. Alicia Fox via Submission

The most talented Bella in the group (It’s a shame WWE hasn’t jumped on the idea of having Alicia Fox change her name to Alicia Bella) fell victim to Becky Lynch in the first Divas match to determine the number one contender for Nikki Bella. A quick match, but I think that was the point. So no complaints here.

  • Ryback def. Big Show via Pinfall

The Big Show reminded everyone that he can still move for a guy his size. He collided with Ryback with a spear that looked more like a mack truck hit The Big Guy. But in the end along with a little help from The Miz, Ryback was able to score the win.

  • Charlotte def. Brie Bella via Pinfall

There is no other word I can think of to describe this match other than garbage. What a complete waste of time. I’m not sure if having Brie to run the entire time was a safe move to avoid Charlotte exposing her lack of wrestling skills, or WWE actually thought this would be entertaining. Either way, it was an awful segment for the “Divas Revolution” angle WWE is pushing.

  • Kevin Owens def. Cesaro via Pinfall

*Match of the Night

Owens and Cesaro have a chemistry that feels less big leagues and more indie in performance. Their fast paced and hard hitting style perfectly compliment each other. Although the match felt like it could have went either way, Cesaro suffered damage to his ribs that allowed Kevin Owens to capitalize off of to gain a victory. And just like a veteran, he put an end to Cesaro as soon as he realized how hurt he was. A great match, and proof that both Cesaro and Owens deserve to have this feud with a midcard title involved.

  • Braun Strowman def. Dean Ambrose via DQ

This was more of an introduction to Strowman’s ring work than an actual match. Ambrose tried to survive Braun for as long as he could before Reigns interfered. In the end, it was a great way to push Strowman as a unstoppable force while avoiding Ambrose taking a pinfall loss. The end result was the same as last week with Reigns and Ambrose unconscious at the feet of Bray Wyatt.

  • Paige failed to def. Sasha Banks in time

The match was entirely too short to be considered decent, but at least the Divas actually wrestled this time. The end result was the time running out before Paige could score a victory.

  • The Dudley Boyz def. New Day via Pinfall

The Dudleys proved that they have not lost a step in the ring. It seems like New Day is a perfect fit for them. My only hope is that WWE doesn’t rush giving them the tag team titles. Especially after scoring a win against the champs in their first WWE match in years.

Best Moments

  • Sting kicked off Raw by making comparisons to Triple H and Seth Rollins. (This is possibly setup for Rollins vs Triple H)
  • The bickering over Triple H from Rollins and Stephanie McMahon.
  • The New Day promo on their way to the ring.
  • Braun Strowman on the mic.
  • Dolph Ziggler nude storyline.
  • Lana showing off her assets

Before we move on to the worst moments, let’s take a moment to praise Lana’s “performance” from last night.


Worst Moments

  • Brie Bella running from Charlotte the entire match

With more interesting moments than awful ones, this episode of Monday Night Raw blew through three hours with ease. Great matches, an interesting turn in the development of an awful storyline involving Rusev and Dolph Ziggler, and seeds being planted for an eventual meeting between Triple H and Seth Rollins. This episode managed to push feuds along while still delivering a great stand alone show. Another solid effort from WWE. And while it was definitely not one of their greatest episodes, fans would gladly accept this level of entertainment any Monday over what we have been forced to endure in the past. A solid “B” episode this week.