Stephanie McMahon makes huge announcement
When Happened: When RAW Commissioner Stephanie McMahon pays a visit to the red brand, it’s either really good or really bad. And in this case, the news couldn’t be better. As promised, Stephanie McMahon had a huge announcement to make, but nobody could predict that it would be so huge that the Chairman himself and the COO would be present to make the announcement as well as the Commissioner inviting the women of Smackdown to the red brand. The brass touted everything the women’s division has done over the past few years before dropping the biggest bombshell in women’s wrestling history, as on October 28th, the first-ever all-women pay-per-view will be held, and it is fittingly called Evolution.
My Opinion: Everyone so this coming, but it still doesn’t take away the excitement of the actual announcement being made. Now, Stephanie said that over 50 women would participate in the event, which means that the female Superstars from RAW, Smackdown, and NXT will get to participate in the event.
The B-Team (c) def. “Woken” Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt (RAW Tag Team Championships)
What Happened: After losing the RAW Tag Team Champions to the B-Team at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt and “Woken” Matt Hardy set about the task of taking them back. The former champions were all business, pulling no punches and sparing no expense in the mind game department as they looked to get rid of the Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel once and for all. It was a bit of a twist as it was Bray Wyatt who found himself on the receiving end of the brunt of the champions’ offense. Although Hardy tried hard to right the ship, he found himself the victim of another pinfall at the hands of the B-Team causing him and Wyatt to snap and attack the champions after the bell.
My Opinion: This heel turn makes no sense whatsoever. Regardless of the fact that they are the Tag Team Champions, the B-Team are still lower tier Superstars. I hope WWE knows what they’re doing here.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. local competitors
What Happened: Despite taking a disqualification loss last week in tag team action, Sasha Banks and Bayley say that they are ready to let the past be the past and forage ahead as friends, especially in light of tonight’s historic announcement. And that assertion held true tonight, as they picked up a quick submission victory over a local tag team before hugging it out in the ring.
My Opinion: So looks like WWE has aborted the Banks-Bayley feud. I don’t know why, but they did.
Braun Strowman addresses the Universal Championship picture, Kevin Owens confronts Strowman
What Happened: With Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley set to battle it out tonight for a shot at the Universal Championship at Summerslam, Mr. Money in the Bank Braun Strowman made it clear that he doesn’t care who has the championship because he will come calling with a contract in hand. But after delivering his message, somebody had a message of their own, and that person was Kevin Owens. Owens, who was launched off the top of a 20-foot steel cage, berated Strowman for, in a nutshell, stealing away his family’s mental security and his children’s dreams. In an attempt to get back at the Monster, KO recruited Constable Baron Corbin, who recruited Jinder Mahal, to “help” Strowman keepp his temper in check. Well, that didn’t go to well, as Sunil Singh found himself on the receiving end of a Running Powerslam by the end of the “therapy session.”
Mickie James def. Natalya
What Happened: Eight nights after being attacked by Alexa Bliss and Mickie James in her role of being Nia Jax’s equalizer, Natalya got a chance at revenge when she went one-on-one with the aforementioned James. Thanks to the help of Bliss, the former six-time champion maintain control for much of the match, and it was thanks to Bliss that James picked up the victory, sacrificing herself to the tune of a discus clothesline to allow her best friend to connect with a vicious kick for the pin.
My Opinion: WWE didn’t even try to create any sort of tension to even threaten Rousey violating her suspension.
Authors of Pain and Titus Worldwide come to blows
What Happened: After obliterating Titus Worldwide twice in a row, Akam and Rezar demanded competition in the form of any team except Titus Worldwide. However, Titus O’Neil and Apollo Crews would be shunned away, confronting the Authors of Pain. The pair acknowledged that they were brutally defeated, but also asserted that everyone takes a fall every now and again. Crews even cited Titus’s longevity in the company as proof that he still has a lot to offer. But when the Authors suggested that O’Neil walk away and retire, Titus Worldwide snapped and went after Akam and Rezar, expelling them from the ring.
My Opinion: WWE has decided to continue this feud, though it now seems like they want to even up the playing field. Hopefully, that adds a bit of spark into what has been an otherwise mediocre storyline.
Finn Balor def. Drew McIntyre via Disqualification; Finn Balor & Seth Rollins def. Drew McIntyre & Intercontinental Champion Dolph Ziggler
What Happened: After both men failed to advance to tonight’s main event, Finn Balor and Drew McIntyre looked to get back on track against each other one-on-one. Balor had a hard time dealing with McIntyre’s superior size and strength, but countered it with his speed and agility. In fact, Balor had McIntyre so far on the ropes that Dolph Ziggler got involved to force the disqualification. Before long, Seth Rollins came to even the odds in a two-on-one assault, prompting General Manager Kurt Angle to restart the match as a tag team match. Not only did Rollins pick up the win, he also pick up a date with Dolph Ziggler at SummerSlam for the Intercontinental Championship.
My Opinion: I was highly critical of the repetitious storyline between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura this past spring. The difference between that one and the one between Rollins and Ziggler is that both men know how to bring something new to each encounter.
Ember Moon def. Liv Morgan
What Happened: After watching her best friend Sarah Logan pick up her first singles victory last week, Liv Morgan decided to try her luck again against Ember Moon. But with the aforementioned Logan barred from ringside, Morgan was all but outmatched despite her best efforts, suffering a third defeat at the hands of the War Goddess.
My Opinion: After giving Sarah Logan a victory last week, I thought that WWE had decided to bring something new to the storyline. Instead, they reverted back to the monotonous angle of Moon always defeating Morgan. It would have been nice to see Morgan pick up the win this time, as it would allow a variety of angles to become available to keep the audience intrigued.
Roman Reigns def. Bobby Lashley (Winner Faces Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam for Universal Championship)
What Happened: With a SummerSlam date with the Beast on the line and assurances from Paul Heyman that Brock Lesnar will be on RAW next week, Roman Reigns and Bobby Lashley brawled and fought to the bitter end, countering blow for blow and throw for throw. But in the end, Reigns just would not stay down, drilling his rival with a Spear to gain another opportunity at Brock Lesnar and the Universal Championship.
My Opinion: So, we get to see Lesnar-Reigns V. I am not at all intrigued for that matchup, though I’m not entirely disappointed. I have gained new respect for Roman Reigns as a performer with this match as he showed that he is able to keep a match interesting and entertaining.
Unfortunately, RAW did not live up to the expectations that it set last week. Some of the storylines reverted back to the monotony they were in before Extreme Rules. However, there is still a lot to be excited for heading into SummerSlam. Brock Lesnar is advertised to be at RAW next week, but we all know how that goes.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Segment of the Night: The segment of the night was easily the Evolution pay-per-view announcement. The women of WWE on all three brands have been long overdue for a spotlight of their own, and I’m glad WWE has finally decided to give it to them.