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The Results


  • The New Day def. Dean Ambrose and Randy Orton via Pinfall

The night started off with Ambrose and Orton clashing with each other and showing signs of a fragile alliance. The New Day was able to take advantage of the situation and eventually score a win over the two. The match was decent, but the antics before the match started was the highlight of the segment. Grade – B

  • Nikki Bella def. Naomi via Pinfall

While the match itself was entertaining, the real focus of the segment was Sasha Banks. Her Iron Man match with Bayley was highlighted before the match, and it seemed like fans were more interested in seeing more of her than the action in the ring. Brie was able to turn the tables in her sister’s favor by annoyingly playing in to the “We want Sasha” chants in an attempt to divide Team Bad.  Grade – B-

  • John Cena def. Dolph Ziggler via Pinfall

*Match of the Night*

Dolph Ziggler stepped up to the US title challenge and stole the show with one of the most innovative ways to counter the AA I’ve seen in a long time. He also confirmed my theory that he is slowly morphing in to Shawn Michaels by tuning the band up for some Sweet Chin Music. But as outstanding as the match was, it was ruined by Cena once again hitting the AA out of nowhere in an awkward finish. Cena’s execution of the move have ruined a lot of open challenge matches in the past. Sometimes he gets it right and it comes off as a desperation move that barely scores him the win, and sometimes it feels like he abruptly ends the match with it as he hits it effortlessly.

This issue with his timing and execution has plagued his run with the US title. But the match itself was strong enough to overcome the abrupt finish and shine as the match of the night. Grade – A

  • The Dudley Boyz def. The Ascension

The Dudleys ran through The Ascension with very little issue. The Ascension was very dominant in the beginning, but it wasn’t long enough to prevent them from being on the receiving end of a 3-D. Grade – B

  • Sheamus and King Barrett def. Neville and Cesaro via Pinfall

Aside from Cesaro passing out European uppercuts like they were going out of style, the match felt like it never found its footing in the time dedicated to it. Grade- C+

  • Roman Reigns def. Braun Strowman via Count out

The match was mostly setup for Wyatt vs Reigns at Hell in a Cell. However, Strowman was able to impress with a few power moves and a perfect clothesline to Reigns during his attempt at a second apron kick. It was an incredible brawl between the two. Grade – B+

  • Ryback def. Rusev via Pinfall

Ryback basically squashed Rusev like he was nothing. And the segment that followed afterwards successfully ended a storyline that fans have lost interest in a long time ago. The Zigger and Lana/Rusev and Summer Rae feud ended with absolutely no payoff. What a waste of time. Grade- D+

  • Kevin Owens def. Kalisto via Pinfall

Kevin Owens mostly dominated the match, but Kalisto was able to land a sick DDT on Owens. He held his own for a while before a mistake landed him in to a vicious powerbomb. Grade- B

  • Brie Bella and Alicia Fox def. Charlotte and Becky Lynch via Pinfall

I have to be brutally honest about this match. It was completely forgettable. And it felt like it was over before the pace could pick up. Paige’s outside distraction caused Charlotte and Becky the match in the end, and pushed her feud with Natalya along. Grade – C+

  • Kane def. Seth Rollins via Pinfall

Despite the goofy setup that lead to the match, it delivered a few highly entertaining moments before all hell broke loose outside of the ring and worked its way inside of it. Seth Rollins delivered a perfect performance as always, and the lumberjacks stole the segment with New Day in the lead. But the hit and miss handling of Kane is hurting their feud. Grade – B+


Best Moments


  • The New Day promo on the way to the ring (I like how Randy Orton has fun whenever he has to work with New Day. He was desperately trying not to laugh when they commented on his past groups.)
  • John Cena dancing along with a fan screaming “John Cena sucks!”
  • Roman Reigns promo (I’m serious. I was pretty decent.)
  • The New Day leading the other lumberjacks in to a chant

Worst Moments


  • The Authority phone call storyline
  • Corporate Kane storyline
  • Rusev and Summer Rae segment
  • Paige on commentary

As far as storytelling goes, this episode was below average. But the in ring action, such as Cena vs Ziggler, saved the show from being completely unwatchable. Everything else was hit, or miss. So I have to rate this episode of Monday Night Raw as  mostly forgettable. But at the end of the day, that is a hell of a lot better than being completely awful.