Opening Segment featuring Ronda Rousey’s Rampage (YouTube Views: 78,176)
As bodies went flying courtesy of Ronda Rousey, I immediately Googled possible movies she might be shooting over the next few weeks.
Ronda Rousey is getting suspended because, per storyline, she went on a very entertaining rampage. Brock Lesnar is currently off television because, per storyline, he negotiated one helluva deal. Anything to make the man the biggest heel possible at SummerSlam.
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler (YouTube Views: 27,373)
Seth Rollins vs. Dolph Ziggler felt like a race to see whose body will break down first.
Coach’s one word for the first hour was “energy,” but at the pace, these two were working, I think he meant “injury.”
Dolph Ziggler winning the Intercontinental Championship had to be part of an overlooked clause in his new contract.
After a huge initial pop, the more reality set in that Dolph Ziggler had won the Intercontinental Championship, the quieter the building became.
Bobby Roode vs. Curt Hawkins (YouTube Views: 6,664)
After the Dolph Ziggler surprise, I actually started to believe Curt Hawkins had a chance against Bobby Roode, so if that’s what WWE was going for, mission accomplished.
If it can be proven, shouldn’t Curt Hawkins submit to the Guinness Book of World Records to really get mileage out of this losing gimmick?
Braun Strowman Segment
Kevin Owens sold during his promo better than Seth Rollins sells his knee during matches.
There was literally no need for this segment.
The Deleter of Worlds vs. Rhyno and Heath Slater
Bo Dallas’ impression of Bray Wyatt is going to be a hit at Thanksgiving this year.
If Heath Slater’s “He’s got kids!” t-shirts are even half as over as that chant, he’ll be able to comfortably put all those kids through college.
Jinder Mahal vs. Chad Gable
Jinder Mahal is doing his old spirituality gimmick from when he first returned, but this time he’s actually winning his matches.
Jinder Mahal should thank his lucky stars for Chad Gable because he’s pretty much the only WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal is allowed to beat on Raw.
The Riott Squad vs. Sasha Banks and Bayley
I don’t think the Riott Squad fully understands what a riot is. After the Rodney King verdict, downtown Los Angeles was not covered in lipstick.
I’m convinced that Bayley and Sasha Banks will one day be together in a nursing home, still teasing their split.
Kurt Angle helplessly asking to keep the show under control after Sasha Banks and Bayley’s brawl was a hilarious microcosm of his entire stint as Raw General Manager.
Kurt Angle’s Announcement
Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns standing in a ring together allow viewers to see the full gamut of how badly WWE can screw up a babyface.
The Revival, Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley felt like a stage performance in struggling gimmick theater. Roman Reigns was the only one in the bunch who seemed camera-ready.
Bobby Lashley and Roman Reigns vs. The Revival
Roman Reigns calling Bobby Lashley “Bob” makes me want to see them feud, but only if at least one of them is a heel.
I didn’t know the Raw announce team had any credibility left to lose until they entertained the idea that either member of The Revival had a chance to be in the Extreme Rules main event.
Hot Take: Bobby Lashley’s spear is more impressive than Roman Reigns’ as long as his opponent sells it properly
Mojo Rawley vs. No Way Jose
Two years ago, Mojo Rawley would have been a proud member of No Way Jose’s Conga line.
“Stay focused” isn’t going to sell as many t-shirts as “stay hype,” but it might sell motivational posters.
Seth Rollins lost the Intercontinental Championship and, just two hours later, Elias had a song about it. That’s next-level trolling.
After his marathon “What Would Elias Do” single, Elias should have enough content for a surprise album release just like Beyonce and Jay-Z.
Baron Corbin and Kevin Owens vs. Finn Balor and Braun Strowman
Baron Corbin has really committed to his new role as he now competes in business casual wrestling gear.
The theme of Raw was that Money in the Bank competitors had no business competing. Essentially, the theme of Raw was an unsafe working environment.
Credits: Forbes.com, WWE.com.