ScreenCritics offers its take on last nights WWE Monday Night Raw – can the show continue its momentum after last weeks shocking main event result?
Roadblock looms on the horizon like a dark shadow, and with such little time to prepare – WWE seems to have suddenly remembered that it has to build to this event. In truth this Raw was more about that than anything else, with little in the way of big-news to keep fans engaged. The fallout from Sasha and Charlotte’s feud provides the biggest pull, but that’s by no means a good thing. The question is, does the rest of the show deserve praise?
- Owens managed to secure a Championship match between Jericho and Reigns for the United States Championship.
- Big Show returned to television and faced off against Seth Rollins.
- Enzo interrupted a fight between Rusev and Lana, and was promptly invited to Lana’s hotel room for a booty call.
- Jack Gallagher debuted and defeated Daivari – only to be attacked post-match.
- Cass told Enzo that Lana was only trouble, and would get him in trouble. Rusev pushed Cass afterwards, leading to the pair making a match.
- Jericho and Owens fought, with Jericho telling Owens not to interfere in his upcoming match.
- Owens proceeded to interfere, but was sent away.
- Turns out Lana was setting a trap for Enzo, Rusev attacked him in the hotel room.
- Charlotte berated Ric Flair to close the show.
Seth Rollins def. Big Show (via countout)
Jack Gallagher def. Ariya Daivari
Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn
Rich Swann def. TJ Perkins
Bayley def. Alicia Fox
Mark Henry def. Titus O’Neil
Roman Reigns def. Chris Jericho (United States Championship)
Sheamus & Cesaro drew with. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson (Both Teams will face New Day)
Seth Rollins vs. Big Show
It’s never a good time when Big Show turns up, and this was no different. He was introduced as Owens lacky, but that didn’t last long as Show grew weary of Owens giving him orders. It has to be said that Big Show looks great, the best shape he’s been in for years; but the match itself was more a spectacle for Big Show than anything else.
Jack Gallagher vs. Ariya Daivari
Gallagher was given a huge push by WWE out the gate, who went above and beyond in highlighting his best bits. Daivari continues to grow in his heel role – arguably the best heel outside of Kendrick in the Cruiserweight division. The match wasn’t as frantic as previous outings for the pair, but it gave the two a slid showcase. I approved greatly of the post-match beatdown.
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
This match was kind of thrown out there, and it showed. It lacked the intensity of their previous outings, something that ultimately made it feel less like another chapter in their epic saga and instead just a retread of the established route. Both guys tried, there’s no denying, but as it stands – this won’t be considered in the top five encounters between the pair when we’re looking back at their feud.
Rich Swann vs. TJ Perkins
I think WWE realised they have to build Swann up more – hence the package before this match. It was well done and I feel that Swann and Perkins could work a much better match than they delivered here. It seems the pair were holding back, which is a mild disappointment. As it stands, neither really gained anything from this match – while Perkins seems to be dropping to mid-card Cruiserweight talent.
Bayley vs. Alicia Fox
Alicia got jealous, so a match was made. Honestly not even worth the time it was given – as Bayley should be above this. Frustrating doesn’t cover it.
Mark Henry vs. Titus O’Neil
Mercifully short squash match. Did anyone really need a Tussle in Texas match?
Roman Reigns vs. Chris Jericho
Match of the night by considerable distance. Jericho really brings out the best in Reigns, who worked a strong match and avoided his usual awkward antics. Instead it was all about showing that Reigns can hang in a more slower match, hitting his big moves and being forced to adapt his moveset to the challenge that Jericho presented. As always, Jericho knows how to work a strong match and continues to shine at this late stage in his career. The Owens stuff was fairly forgettable, but it at least gave WWE an out in how Jericho could lose the match.
Sheamus & Cesaro vs. Gallows & Anderson
Forgettable. Laughable. Pointless. The match never really got going and with New Day hanging at ringside, things were inevitably going to go south. The brawl at the end sets up the triple threat for next week at least, so that’s something to get interested in.