By: Frank Hyden
RAW was last night and had at least 1 big moment, as Ali was revealed as the leader of Retribution. Were there anymore cool moments? Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD/BAD- Orton vs. McIntyre brawl
The show opened with Randy Orton recapping what’s happened with him lately, losing to WWE World Champion Drew McIntyre at Clash of Champions, laying out the legends last week, and he also challenged McIntyre to a Hell in a Cell match. McIntyre stormed in and they brawled.
GOOD/BAD- Asuka, Mandy Rose, and Dana Brooke beat Lana, Natalya, and Zelina Vega
The match itself was pretty good. These big types of matches can be chaotic (both good and bad) but fun. Rose pinned Lana then WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax came out and Jax put Lana through the announce table again, for some dumb reason. This is the third time in a month they’ve done that spot, what the hell are they doing? Obviously Lana is in the doghouse about something, which is probably something stupid. But doing the announce table spot over and over weakens it. JFC, what is wrong with the creative team? How don’t they understand this stuff? It’s just ridiculous at this point.
GOOD- Murphy and Seth Rollins beat Humberto Carillo and Dominik Mysterio
The match was fairly good, there was a lot of time spent on Murphy and Rollins having tension. Murphy won by pinning Carillo and walked off. Things escalated later in the show as Murphy attacked Rollins after Rollins demanded Murphy apologize. So now, Murphy is no longer Seth’s disciple. Hopefully this leads to a good push for Murphy.
GOOD/BAD- Kevin Owens Show stuff and Aleister Black attacks Owens
Owens demanded answers for The Fiend’s attack on Smackdown. Bray Wyatt appeared and did some really cheesy shit. Like, the kind of stuff that if someone was flipping channels during a commercial break from football or whatever and came across this they’d say, “What is this crap?” and turn the channel and never come back. WWE really needs to limit this cornball bullshit. I get the gimmick and everything but they need to be really careful with this stuff. You can easily turn off fans and give the wrong impression. Anyway, Owens went to find Wyatt but got attacked by Aleister Black.
BAD- Keith Lee vs. Braun Strowman?
What the hell is this? They just throw these guys into a match against each other? With basically no buildup outside of a quick segment earlier in the night? What the hell are they doing? This is the type of match you build towards. You have two of the biggest guys on the roster, physically, and you throw them together like this? This is a pay-per-view main event match. This is a match that could make money for you. Obviously they were trying to counter-program against football but that involves actually building towards the match. For one, most people probably had no idea this match was happening tonight. For two, there’s no buildup. What the hell, man? The match itself was fine. No one should expect a technical classic, this was just a brawl. It was really short too, most of the action came after they both got counted out. They did the LED board spot then Lee tackled off the stage and they went through a table. What a waste.
GOOD/BAD- Bobby Lashley and Shelton Benjamin beat Ricochet and Apollo Crews
All these guys are talented but we’ve seen this before. Lashley got Crews in The Hurt Lock and got the win.
GOOD- Shayna Bazsler and Nia Jax beat The Riott Squad to retain their Tag Team Titles
Ruby Riott sold her ass off for Baszler’s attacks on her arm. This match was more about furthering how badass Baszler and Jax are as they physically dominated Riott and Liv Morgan.Baszler got the win with the Kirifuda Clutch.
GOOD- Ali revealed as Retribution’s leader
Ali had challenged MVP to a match but Retribution appeared. Ali initially stood alongside The Hurt Business before dipping out and ordering Retribution to beat them down. He then stood with the group and posed. It was done well and hopefully this means a good push for him. This should have closed the show, I have no idea why it didn’t.
GOOD- Randy Orton, Dolph Ziggler, and Robert Roode beat Drew McIntyre and The Street Profits
This match was fast and exciting, no shock considering who was involved. After some crazy action, Orton pinned McIntyre after a RKO. Good match but still shouldn’t have been the main event. There’s no way it could step out of the shadow of the Retribution reveal.
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