Drew McIntyre & The Revival defeated The Usos & Roman Reigns
- ICYMI the wild card rule is in FULL EFFECT.
- We get a miserably pointless series of promos from Roman Reigns and Shane McMahon, before they're joined by Drew McIntyre. Fortunately this was really short.
- The Revival attack Reigns from behind, before The Usos save him.
- There's some really exceptional work here, which is to be expected.
- Shane McMahon keeps getting involved, allowing McIntyre to take out Reigns with a Claymore.
- Shatter Machine outside and a Claymore finish off the Usos
- This match made Revival and Drew McIntyre all look like great heels.
- The heels all attack Roman Reigns after the match. This was a great use of Roman Reigns to build a little heat on heels.
- Seth Rollins comes out and says he'd be relieved if Brock cashed in tonight.
- Lesnar and Heyman pull up and pretend they're going to cash in.
- Brock instead holds off and walks around backstage.
- "Brock Lesnar is disrespecting Money in the Bank" is among the dumbest shit I've ever seen WWE push as a storyline point. I waited the entire weekend hoping that I misunderstood them or that they'd clear that up. Nope, just a stupid, nonsensical story point.
Lars House Party
- Lucha House Party come out, and Lars starts beating the shit out of them.
- LHP gain control and dropkick him out of the ring.
- This is a good way to make Lucha House Party look like they have a chance, while still keeping Lars strong.
Lacey Evans defeated Charlotte Flair via DQ
- Becky Lynch is in the ring saying that she's never been more content than she is now.
- She's joined by Lacey Evans, who jaw jacks back and forth. Becky makes fun of her accent.
- THE WILD CARD IS IN EFFECT as Charlotte Flair comes out next. She tells them to hold the ropes for them.
- Charlotte Flair references her title reigns in relation to her father's. Is that the first time she's personally done that on the air?
- Charlotte vs. Lacey on Raw seems like a throwaway. They're such strong characters that I figured they'd have a big first-time PPV match down the line.
- Lacey attacks Charlotte before the match.
- This is a sloppy, slimy mess.
- "We want Becky" chants from the crowd.
- Charlotte and Lacey do not have chemistry against one another. Man.
- This is a botchfest. One of the worst matches I've seen on Raw in a while.
- It's like they aren't on the same page on ANYTHING.
- Becky attacks both women, and the DQ happens. This was so, so bad.
- Good on @WWEGraves mentioning the winner's purse.
- Rey Mysterio is out to drop the United States Title. They show Joe's shoulder up during their match.
- Joe comes out to lecture Rey Mysterio.
- Mysterio voluntarily relinquishes the title to Samoa Joe.
- Normally I wouldn't like forfeiting a title to someone else. Considering the nature of the title change and that it's to a heel, okay.
- Joe attacks Rey,
- When was the last time a wrestler forfeited a title in WWE directly to someone else? I know Bulldog gave Al Snow the Hardcore title, and D-Lo gave Mark Henry the European title, but maybe HBK forfeiting the IC title to Dean Douglas?
- There's a big tease until they finally arm wrestle.
- Strowman wins, and this gets a better reaction than I expected.
- Lashley throws powder in Strowman's face.
Nikki Cross (w/ Alexa Bliss) defeated Peyton Royce (w/ Billie Kay)
- The IIconics are backstage trolling Nikki Cross. Alexa Bliss shows up to support her, with some pretty bad scripted dialogue.
- It's good to see Nikki Cross being used.
- Peyton is very aggressive, but there's no real heat to this match.
- It's sad to hear the lack of reaction to this. Fortunately Nikki gets them at least making noise.
- A stagehand brings coffee out to Alexa, and Billie spills it all over Alexa.
- The distraction lets Nikki win with The Purge.
- Alexa is livid and throws a mean dropkick and DDT on Billie.
- Alexa is Orange Cassidy but with coffee.
- I don't remember a real extended period where Alexa Bliss has been active in the ring and hasn't been in a title picture. At least the tag title picture is a change of pace.
- Rollins comes out and says he knew he'd have a target on his back.
- Brock's music hits, but he doesn't come out.
- Seth Rollins dares Lesnar to come out. Instead, he gets BARON CORBIN.
- Brock Lesnar, Baron Corbin. Same difference.
- Baron's SPOILIN' FOR A FIGHT. A brawl breaks out.
- Lesnar's music hits again and Corbin nails him with End of Days.
- The music hits again, and Brock has a steel chair and a ref.
- Brock Lesnar hits Rollins in the ballsack and beats him with a chair.
- German Suplex and chair shots. F5 on the floor and more chair shots.
- Brock says he'll cash in on Friday.
- I like Brock beating the shit out of Seth and not cash in. We didn't need the weird McMahon "he's disrespecting the BRIEFCASE" deal.
- That was an amazing beat down from Lesnar on Rollins. I don't get why he didn't cash in, but hey.
- Firefly Funhouse time. This one's about the gym.
- Bray Wyatt referring to his Husky Harris character in the new Firefly Funhouse.
- There's a DEVIL VINCE that tries to fire Bray.
- Instead Bray does a workout dance video.
- This is the best Firefly Funhouse I've seen
- Carmella is backstage looking for Truth.
- Smackdown wrestlers that aren't champions on Raw tonight: Randy Orton, Carmella, Lars Sullivan, Charlotte, Roman Reigns. Woops.
- Triple H comes out to "NXT" chants
- Orton interrupts.
- HHH says he's going to kick Orton's ass in Jeddah, and Orton's not the one to put him away.
- Orton wants Triple H to retrieve his balls from Stephanie's purse.
- Good old fashioned ballsack promo. Triple H says maybe he can fit his in the overhead bin but Orton's never had any.
- Solid. Quick. To the point. About balls.
Ricochet defeated Cesaro
- These matches between these two are so good. They just go 100 miles an hour.
- Ricochet did a ............running.......tornado........head scissors? Wow
- This match is really hard to put into words as far as physical accomplishments.
- The chemistry here is off the charts. Even the botches are good.
- Ricochet rolls Cesaro up.
- "Cesaro knew how important this match was." Huh? They'll just face each other again next week, lol.
- Cesaro pulls out a table, but R-Truth is laying on it. That was fantastic.
- Everyone chases down R-Truth and everyone looks like dumbasses.
- Cedric Alexander flips onto the pile.
- It's Drake Maverick and Truth, but Carmella superkicks him.
- Taker is here.
- He doesn't want the family man, Goldberg. He wants the mythical icon.
- He barely gets in his line.
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor
Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5.The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!