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The Results


  • Neville and The Lucha Dragons def. Stardust and The Ascension via Pinfall

Although it was a rematch of their Night of Champions match, The Lucha Dragons were able to deliver another great performance and keep their feud fresh. Kalisto scoring the pinfall with his finisher was a reminder that Neville isn’t the only highlight of this six man feud. A great opening match, and a good example of how to deliver something different even if the match was a follow up from the night before.  Grade – B+

  • Ryback def. Bo Dallas via Pinfall

Basically a squash match. However, Kevin Owens was able to add a little more fuel to their feud at the end with an attack to The Big Guy. Grade – C+

  • Charlotte def. Brie Bella via Submission

I know Brie is not Nikki, and they have their different styles in the ring, but the level of performance in this match is exactly what I wanted from Charlotte vs Nikki Bella. Charlotte and Brie were able to keep the entire match going back and forward before Charlotte was able to lock in the Figure Eight for the win. A great effort from both women! Grade – B+

  • Sheamus def. Mark Henry via Pinfall

Sheamus mostly dominated Mark Henry with ease. Unfortunately, the cameraman caught what could be considered the biggest Jedi Brogue Kick Sheamus has ever thrown. Because there was clearly a huge gap between his foot and Mark Henry. Judging by how Night of Champions was filled with a lot of similar moments, the biggest heels in the company are currently the cameramen. Grade – C+

  • The New Day and Rusev def. The Dudley Boyz and Dolph Ziggler

The New Day is consistently entertaining. And while Rusev may not have seemed like a fit for the team on paper, New Day embraced the Bulgarian Brute and even managed to have fun with him. Ziggler was amazing as always, and the Dudleys brought a little old school wrestling to the match. A really solid match from beginning, to end. Grade – A

  • Naomi def. Natalya via Pinfall

Naomi and Natalya managed to show how much their talent has been wasted and ignored by WWE with an incredible match against each other. Natalya is known for her great technical ring work, but Naomi is highly underrated. So seeing the two Divas deliver a great match together was a delight. But until Naomi let’s go of her ridiculous finisher for one that actually fits her incredible in ring style, she will never be taken seriously. Because despite the performance she gave in the ring with Natty, it still ended with her scoring a pinfall by using her butt as a weapon. Grade – B+

  • Big Show def. Cesaro via Pinfall

I’m amazed that Big Show can still move the way he does for a guy his size. He took a few bumps that looked a little awkward for his size. But the fact that he is able to still hit the mat and get to his feet so quickly deserves a little praise. And although Cesaro loss the match, the suplex in to the ring that he delivered to Big Show is the highlight of the match. Grade – B

  • John Cena def. Seth Rollins via Pinfall

*Match of the Night*

The only issue I have with this match is that the ending was obvious. John Cena was definitely going to come out on top in the end. But sometimes the road traveled is far more interesting than the destination. And Seth Rollins proved that by giving an outstanding performance with Cena. Once again, the two tore the house down. Grade – A+


Best Moments


  • Bray Wyatt/Roman Reigns opening segment and fight
  • Paige going off of all of the Divas and telling it like it is
  • Nikki Bella’s promo to the ring
  • The Wyatt Family promo
  • Big Show promo against Brock Lesnar
  • Xavier Woods performing Rusev’s theme
  • Summer Rae handling Wood’s trombone (Get your mind out of the gutter)
  • Big E simulating flinging poo at his opponents ( I can’t believe he was allowed to do that on TV and no one acknowledged it! )
  • Cesaro suxplex to Big Show in to the ring
  • Kane pulling Rollins in to a hole in the ring

Worst Moments


  • Everything else involved in the strange corporate Kane storyline

For the past few weeks, Monday Night Raw has become watchable again. It has become less of something wrestling fans watched out of habit and has become something that legitimately exciting. The writing is better, the matches are better, and it seems like WWE is beginning to embrace the fact that their audience mostly consist of adults with their children. Kind of like how most superhero films are entertaining enough for kids, but still smart enough to keep adults entertained as well. WWE has found a way to work within their PG rating while still exploring truly adult themed programming. This episode is a continuation of their newly found grove, and took things to the next level with the writing put forward for the Divas division. A great episode story wise, and a great continuation of their new found grove.