A surprise heel turn for a beloved star. Angle made an adjustment to a Extreme Rules match. Seth Rollins invokes his rematch clause on the new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler for a rematch! Who will win? Let’s dive in our Rawtrospective!
Extreme Rules announcement. Roman and Bobby team up. Curtis Axel has surprises. AOP returns.
Kurt Angle makes his way down to the ring. Accompanied shortly by The Constable Baron Corbin. Angle starts to talk about the tournament for the #1 contender to face Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. Roman Reigns music hits. Just as Roman starts to talk, Bobby Lashley enters. The two men exchange barbs to each other. Angle interrupts and announces that Brock Lesnar will not be at Extreme Rules. Therefore, the tournament is cancelled. The Revival enters and challenges Roman and Lashley.
Bobby Lashley/Roman Reigns vs The Revival
The Revival starts off strong. Isolating Bobby Lashley in their corner and hitting double team moves. Roman gets a tag in and takes it to Dawson. The Revival regains control on Roman. Eventually, Roman gets the hot tag to Lashley. Bobby Lashley unloads on The Revival. Hitting his suspended suplex on Dawson. He sets up for a spear and Roman blind tags himself in. Reigns super punches Wilder. Roman goes for a spear and Lashley goes to blind tag himself in. Reigns catches it, however due to the distraction. Wilder gets a roll up pin on Reigns for the win.
The Deleter’s of Worlds Matt and Bray cut a video promo. After the Deleter’s of Worlds enter the ring. The B-team, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel parody the Deleter’s of Worlds promo. Soon begins a match between Matt Hardy and Curtis Axel. The match started with both men even. Matt Hardy gets Axel on the top rope. The two fight and struggle a bit. Hardy goes for a Superplex but slips. Allowing Axel to get a pin in this short match.
AOP makes their way backstage. They take out a stage handler and run in to Titus Worldwide. Titus tells them need learn to respect everyone. AOP laugh it off and continues towards the ring. When AOP arrives. They have a squash match against the local talent. The match ends with AOP hitting The Last Chapter. The Authors of Pain were not done. They continued to beat down their opponents, until Titus Worldwide runs down to the ring. AOP retreats.
Alexa Bliss vs Natalya. A friendship ends with a heel turn. Mojo Rawley continues to evolve.
Alexa Bliss vs Natalya
After a long promo by Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. In which, the crowd did not seem to care for. Natalya makes here way to the ring and challenges Alexa. Also, accompanying Natalya is Nia Jax. The match started with Alexa in control. Quickly Natalya regains control of the match. What ensues is both Mickie James and Natalya interferes with the match behind the ref’s back. Natalya locks in the Sharpshooter to tap out Alexa.
Riott Squad vs Sasha Banks/Bayley/Ember Moon.
Before the match Kurt Angle talked to Sasha and Bayley about their friendship. The match begins with Bayley facing off against Sarah Logan. Bayley gets a quick tag to Sasha, while Moon and Bayley hit a double suplex on Logan. The match is a fairly quick one. After Moon is control, chaos ensues. Moon, Bayley, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan fight outside. Leaving Ruby Riott to get a roll up pin on a distracted Sasha Banks.
What happens afterwards is the kicker. After the match, a frustrated Bayley destroys Sasha Banks. The Hugger hits The Boss with everything. From the hard floor outside the ring to the steel stairs. In a surprise heel turn to the beloved star. Afterwards, Kurt angle issues counseling to both Bayley and Sasha, or the both will be fired.
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No Way Jose vs Mojo Rawley
No Way Jose makes his way to the ring via conga line. Next Mojo enters. However, instead of the rematch. Rawley goes on a tangent on one of Jose’s conga line participants. Todd the Cheeseburger. A match is never started. This was a way to introduce Mojo Rawley’s newest heel persona.
The Monster’s friendship. The rematch for the Intercontinental Championship.
The odd couple tag teams.
Braun Strowman stated earlier to Kurt Angle that he felt bad about treating Kevin Owens poorly. So he wants to fight with him. Against Finn Balor and Baron Corbin. The match ensues with Corbin taking it to Owens. Braun tags in and a showdown between the two begins. Both men lock up to a stalemate. However, The Monster breaks free and lands a big right hand. Strowman not only tags Owens in, but yells at him to come on in the ring.
K.O does, yet that freed up Corbin to tag in Balor. While Finn held his own for a bit. Braun and Owens gel. Hitting a combo Cannonball and splash to each of their opponents, in opposite corners. Braun gets to go around the world and encourages Owens to do so as well. However, Corbin ends Owens trip. Shortly afterwards, Finn and Baron go at each other. Allowing the duo to be counted out. Owens goes to congratulate Braun. The Monster has other plans & chases after him. So much for friendship.
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The Intercontinental Championship rematch.
In the much-anticipated rematch between Seth Rollins and new Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler. This match did not disappoint. Dolph Ziggler has his newest partner Drew McIntyre at ringside. Both men feel each other out. With Ziggler gaining the upper hand. Rollins then gains control with the fight spilling outside. When Seth attempts to continuing control of the fight, Drew stand in between the two.
After the break, Dolph is in control. A quick recap of the actions during the break. Shows Drew distracting Seth and Ziggler capitalizing. Seth gets in control again and throws Ziggler in to the turnbuckle with great force, Flipping over Dolph. The two continue to gain total control of the match. With Seth regaining an upper hand. Drew interferes. This leads the referee to send McIntyre to the locker room.
While the ref is throwing out Drew, Seth rolls up Dolph for a three count. The ref did not see it. Rollins then hits a Suicide Dive on both Ziggler and Drew. Rollins goes atop of the ropes, yet Dolph knocks him down. Another commercial break.
After the break.
Ziggler is in control. Dolph sets Rollins up. However, Seth counters with a Rip Cord Knee. The fight spills on to the apron. Rollins attempts to Power bomb Ziggler. However, Dolph counters and delivers a spiked DDT to Seth on the apron. Rollins barely beats a 10 count. Ziggler ssets up the Sweet Chin Music. Rollins counters it with a Turnbuckle Power Bomb to Super Kick combo. Only a two count!
Rollins climbs the turnbuckle only to have Dolph meet him atop of the ropes. The two men fight it out with Seth landing a big Frog splash. Another two count! The crowd is wild at this point. Rollins hits another Super Kick, nut misses the Curb Stomp. Dolph goes for the Zig Zag, but Rollins grabs the ropes. What follows is a roll up counter fest between the two. Dolph gets on the top turnbuckle. Set meets him up there and the two duke it out. Rollins eventually hits his Superplex to Falcon’s Arrow combo. Drew McIntyre runs back in to attack Seth. Allowing Ziggler to retain his title via disqualification.
Dolph and Drew start attacking Seth after the match. Roman Reigns enters to save his Shield brother. The crowd seems to approve of a Roman Reigns save this time. Both Drew and Dolph retreat for another day.
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Was Raw worth your time?
I hate sounding like a broken record, but yes and no. A great match between Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler was made the main event that lasted about 30 minutes. An intriguing heel turn by the once most beloved women star, Bayley happened. A decent match between Braun Strowman/Kevin Owens vs Finn Balor/Baron Corbin was booked. Other than that, the rest of the show felt like below average filler. The WWE is now trying their hand in the slow build. In which other promotions seems to have great success. However, WWE creative seem to struggle with the newest format. Often cutting to break in great matches, dragging along story lines that do not need to be dragged on, and what seems to be just reaching. I really hope that they get it together. Because some of the writing has made leaps and bounds from the most recent Raw offerings.
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