Sean Raw Sapp (5/29): Match Ratings, Podcast Notes For Go-Home Edition Of Raw!

Opening 

  • We get a nice Memorial Day opening. Nobody can touch WWE's production on this stuff.
  • I'm not expecting much out of this Raw. Go-home shows always disappoint. 
First Entrant Announced For ROH Women's Title Tournament

Miz TV with Cesaro and Sheamus
Hardy Boyz & Dean Ambrose defeated Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro (w/ Maryse)

5/10

  • Sheamus immediately cuts the "all these people" promo. All the things Vince McMahon hates, and that's not one?
  • Miz uses the line, too. Yeesh.
  • Ambrose calls them all butt-heads. He and the Hardy Boyz run the heels off. 
  • For someone who allegedly gets his ass kicked backstage a lot, Sheamus can deliver a convincing in-ring ass kicking.
  • Ambrose uses a slingshot to the outside, and got caught on his suicide dive, I wish that would become standard for him.
  • Ambrose is in need of an overhaul.
  • Meanwhile, a simple knee has seemed to revitalize Sheamus' offense. 
  • Miz psychologically added to his offense fantastically with the Bryan kicks. There are a lot of old moves that could be done in that manner. 
  • Miz and Hardy had a sloppy spot at the end. Miscommunication. Hardy Boyz and Ambrose wins.

The Drifter squashes

  • The Drifter performs. He might get sarcastically over with this.
  • Samson uses an old Undertaker armbar slam. Samson really puts a hurting on Evans.

Backstage Crappenings 

  • Corey Graves is backstage giving Kurt Angle a SCOOP! It seems like a Graves journalist character is on the horizon. Angle says that he could be ruined if it's true. Very interesting on all fronts.
  • Samoa Joe is backstage talking some trash about Finn Balor, when Bray Wyatt shows up on the screen. Usually I tune Wyatt out, but him talking to Joe interests me. He's switched his cadence up a bit too.
  • I absolutely love Seth Rollins saying that his knee isn't injured anymore, and that it's now a strength.
  • The Revival is backstage, and Dash Wilder looks bad ass with his jaw wired shut.
  • Big Cass comes out and yells at Corey Graves for insinuating that he attacked Enzo. This is great. He shakes Graves' hand.
  • Enzo is backstage attacked again. Cass says it's the Revival, but Angle says they already left. Maybe Enzo keeps falling down. There's shit everywhere backstage.
  • I don't want to talk about what R-Truth did.

Samoa Joe defeated Finn Balor & Bray Wyatt
6/10

  • A tower of doom spot from Bray Wyatt. Didn't see that one coming.
  • Balor dives onto both men, when I love. That's good dive psychology.
  • Neat corner spot where Wyatt destroys Balor and Joe while Balor is elbowing Joe.
  • Wyatt turning on Joe didn't get a very good reaction.
  • Why do these guys even care about this match? Were we given a reason?
  • Finn Balor did a front dropkick on the outside of the ring. Another dove cries. 
  • Looked like either Finn or Bray missed a spot.
  • Joe steals the win. Good stuff here. 

Rich Swann (w/ Sasha Banks) defeated Noam Dar (w/ Alicia Fox)

  • I love what they're doing with Sasha Banks. I like the Fox program, and integrating the cruiserweights is nice too.
  • Swann wins a five minute match, which was pretty good. Sasha attacks Fox.
  • Sasha Banks dancing got no reaction, nor did Swann trying to get her to.

Titus O'Neil (w/ Apollo Crews) defeated Kalisto

  • This is basically Kalisto squashing Titus until O'Neil holds the trunks for the win. That's not a bad thing.

Bayley, This Is your Life

  • Alexa Bliss smacks her lips about 435 times in this.
  • I don't know who wrote this or if it was Alexa freestyling, but it was absolute dogshit. 
  • Everything. The acting, the portrayals. The delivery. Really bad stuff. 
  • Bayley comes out and gets caned. End this please.

Austin Aries & Jack Gallagher defeated Neville & TJP
4/10

  • Really liked Jack Gallagher's headlock escape. 
  • Chinlocks! That'll get the cruiserweights over. This goes on for a long, long time. 
  • Finally the match picks up on a hot tag, because this is paint-by-numbers WWE tag stuff
  • Aries makes Neville tap out. Well. 

Roman Reigns defeated Seth Rollins

  • Was hard for me to take notes. This was just really good. 
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