Now for Raw, I was still in San Antonio at the time, visiting family, so I only saw bits and pieces. Here are the matches:
The Bella Twins def. The Riott Squad
Chad Gable and Bobby Roode def. the Ascension
Alex Bliss def Nattie
Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre def the B-Team to win the Raw Tag Team Titles
AOP and Drake Maverick def. some Jobbers
Sasha and Bayley def. Dana Brooke and Ember Moon
Braun Strowman with McIntyre and Ziggler def. Finn Balor
Just looking at those matches makes me sleepy. The Bella's match was....well it was. You've seen the memes/gifs. I liked the pairing of Roode and Gable. It gives them both something to do and keep me entertained. Ziggler and McIntyre winning the tag titles was a surprise and I loved it. McIntyre needed a title and it can keep him and Ziggler relevant for a while. The big highlights for me though were Shawn Michael and the Undertaker and the Shield catching a beatdown. There is a difference, in my humble opinion, between pandering to a crowd and actually playing up a good, organic feeling that was cultivated over time. The Shield reunion, while cool, isn't organic. At best its a last ditch effort to try to get Roman over. He's Universal Champion and this is the storyline he has now. Undertaker and Shawn Michaels, however, has a much more authentic feel to it, bringing out old memories, feelings, and emotions with it. Enough of the mushy stuff though, Taker and Michaels talking about the Australian Super Show and have a few tense moments, causing the internet to actually lose their minds at the possibility of just one...more....match....
If I had to rank Raw, its be a 3/5. Not bad, not good, just right in the middle.
This episode, like last weeks, was kinda off. There is a lot of focus on the Miz/Bryan feud. The AJ Styles/Samoa Joe feud is still hot though, with an explosive dynamic between two guys that can really go when they get the chance. Here are the matches:
Daniel Bryan (with Brie Bella) def. Andrade "Cien" Almas (with Zelina Vega
Naomi def. Peyton Royce (with Billie Kay)
Rusev Day def. Sanity and The Usos to face The Bar for a #1 Contenders spot for the Smackdown Tag titles.
R-Truth (with Carmella) def. The Miz (with Maryse)
Like I said before, the episode was just kinda off. Smackdown can be incredible if the writing is good and with this one, it just didn't hit the mark. I did enjoy the R-Truth stuff because...its Truth and he is awesome. Joe/AJ again have made things interesting for the show. Their match at Hell in a Cell should be a wonderfully violent affair. Oh and yeah, there is Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton. They're having a HIAC match. As much as I enjoy them both, I don't think this is a good idea. We will see in two weeks though I suppose.
So that's it for this week. Its a new format so itll be tweaked as we go along. Next week i'll include NXT since I didn't have time this week. For other good wrestling content Check out the site here and as always, take care!