Sean Raw Sapp (7/17): Match Ratings, Angle's Secret, Analysis, Notes

Opening segment

  • Seth Rollins joins Dean Ambrose and asks why Ambrose still has a problem with them
  • There is some really good interaction between the two bringing up the three-year old Shield breakup.
  • Ambrose gets a rise out of making Rollins apologize was great, and the apology is great. I get the feeling we don't see many because Vince McMahon can't fathom the idea of an apology.
  • The Miztourage come out and surround both guys with chairs. WWE found a way to get "Roman" chants.
  • Miz hits a cool Skull Crushing Finale on an unfolded chair. 
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Bayley defeated Alexa Bliss

  • Bayley defeated Bliss after having to overcome Nia Jax being at ringside.
  • Sasha Banks came to help. She and Nia had a nice spot that got a good pop.
  • This match barely happened because of the interference and the commercial.

Backstage Crappenings

  • Kurt Angle is backstage wondering if he should reveal his truth. Corey Graves encourages him to do it.  
  • Titus Worldwide is backstage, where Daivari challenges Tozawa. People don't talk like Daivari just did and it's not his fault.
  • Samoa Joe promo. Qualms? Qualms? Also, he drops the "you see" on us, but it's still a good promo.

Mustafa Ali & Jack Gallagher defeated Drew Gulak and The Brian Kendrick

  • I wonder when the last time this Raw crowd has seen Gulak because they sound like it was never.
  • Mustafa Ali gets his finish in.

Enzo, Cass, Show

  • I just want to watch Enzo Amore and Don West have a conversation.
  • Enzo carries a good promo that doesn't get a reaction. The crowd is dead.
  • One match is never enough in WWE. Even when the one is a squash I guess.
  • Enzo brings out Big Show, who brawls with Cass
  • Cass kicks Show's ass for a while, and then boots Enzo. 
  • There was something missing here, but I get what they were doing.

Finn Balor defeated Elias Samson via DQ 

  • WWE should have someone interrupt an Elias Samson song. That'd be a cool new thing to do
  • Samson scored a nice reversal into a sitdown powerbomb.
  • Samson cracked Balor with a guitar! I love a good guitar shot.
  • This was thoroughly entertaining.
  • Ah. Bray stuff. I'm completely over him as a character.

Daivari defeated Akira Tozawa (w/ Titus O'Neil) via ref stoppage

  • This was a fine match, and furthered the storyline, and got more guys on TV. Plus Titus, cool.
  • Tozawa was pissed off. He didn't want the match stopped. Titus is looking out for him, though.


  • Kurt has a kid. He plugs his WWE 24.
  • It's Jason Jordan, and I'm stoked. He's "gold blooded."
  • Hey we were cool with some little ginger being the storyline dad of a seven foot tall dude 13 years younger than him so whatevs.
  • Ryan Satin had a great idea that Chad Gable should go on a partner search and settle for Shelton Benjamin. Fantastic idea.
  • Fun Fact: Jason Jordan hasn't lost a televised WWE/NXT singles match in over three years. 

The Revival defeated The Hardy Boyz

  • I have really missed seeing the Revival in the ring.
  • The Angle angle got the crowd cooking.
  • Outstanding match, fundamentally sound and a huge win for the Revival.
  • What more can you say about these two teams? A protoypical heel and prototypical face team.

Top Contender Match
Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe

  • These are two of the keys in the revival of the Sirloin Beef Sunsabitches division.
  • They perform accordingly.
  • I don't know if anyone is a better "hoss" wrestler than Samoa Joe, but Roman Reigns is doing everything he can to take that crown.
  • Crowd is wild. They care. They're on their feet. 
  • Braun is here! Reigns vs. Strowman is one of my favorite WWE feuds of all-time at this point.
  • Strowman throws Reigns from the floor in between the second and top rope. 
  • Joe almost chokes Strowman out, but a Superman punch to Strowman breaks it up.
  • Strowman stands tall after beating down everyone.
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