Sean Raw Sapp (9/18/17)- Match Ratings, Analysis For WWE Raw And The No Mercy Go Home Show

Opening segment

  • Miz interrupts Kurt Angle and goes off on him for being a deadbeat.
  • Angle announces a fatal four way for contendership for the IC title.
  • Jordan comes out and calls his dad "Kurt." He wants and gets the Miztourage in the top contender match.
  • Jordan is in a much better place than he was heading into Summerslam.
  • I hope the six-pack challenge is the field trying to prevent Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel from letting each other get the pin.
  • Backstage, Kurt gives Jason Jordan a talking to about flying off the handle about people saying things he doesn't like. Jordan is still really wooden.
Swerve Strickland Returning To HOG At HOG High Intensity

Nia Jax defeated Alexa Bliss
5.25/10

  • This is really old school style begging off. Alexa tries to explain and tries to run instead.
  • Sasha Banks stops her. Why would Alexa run from Sasha instead of Nia? She gets RUNNED OVER by Nia.
  • We come back from a break and Nia wins with a Samoan Drop. This was solid stuff
  • Nia continues an attack and Bayley returns! Alexa tries to buddy up, but gets her ass kicked too. Alexa Bliss is so good at the little things.
  • We later find out Bayley is added to the No Mercy match, and Emma tweets about it. I'm really digging the integration of Emma's gimmick.

Sheamus & Cesaro defeated Good Brothers and Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins
5.5/10

  • Cesaro and Sheamus cut a promo, but it just drones on.
  • A lot of tag teams need comedy to stay relevant, but Rollins and Ambrose aren't one of them. Ambrose's line was okay, though.
  • One of the teams that would benefit from comedy, a face turn, Finn Balor or AJ Styles are the Good Brothers. 
  • The match breaks out, and not much of note happens until the Cesaro Swing into the barricade on Ambrose.
  • The Good Brothers came real close to winning with their finish, but a well produced Ambrose save keeps it from happening.
  • There's really nothing bad about this match. It's just six days before a PPV and you could tell it doesn't really mean anything unless Good Brothers win an add themselves to the title match, or lay claim to a future title shot. Instead, it was easy to tell they were there to eat the pin. 
  • Sheamus and Cesaro get the win.....over the Good Brothers. They stole one. 
  • That didn't need a 36 minute segment and an 18 minute match.

 

Backstage crappenings

  • Bo Dallas gives match motivational speaking advice, which is fantastic. Miztourage both bring up their pedigrees, which is a nice touch.
  • We get video packages to promote Cena/Reigns and Lesnar/Braun.
  • Braun Strowman isn't a sit down interview guy. He gets over by tearing shit up. He is fed the instruction to re-ask the question posed to him. Lesnar interrups Heyman and cuts a good, succinct promo about being backed into a corner.
  • They write really shitty stuff for the Hardy Boyz.
  • Asuka teasers. There's no reason for only one women's program on Raw with her, Jax, Sasha, Alexa, Bayley, Emma and possibly Paige. If Paige comes back, I hope that she's moved to SD.

Apollo Crews (w/ Titus O'Neil) defeated Curt Hawkins
4.5/10

  • Curt Hawkins says that his star factory is over, and he's ending his losing streak. This is a fun promo.
  • Apollo beats him.
  • Sixth televised singles match between Crews and Hawkins in the past year. 

Roman Reigns

  • Reigns drops a SHIT bomb on air
  • He says he doesn't look like Cena, and if he did he'd be fired like Alex Riley.
  • Roman throws to a clip of Cena criticizing The Rock for being a part-timer. 
  • Get Roman Reigns a new fucking shirt. That thing is lame. Don't give me the "appealing to kids" excuse, when he's cursing up a storm.

Bray Wyatt defeated Dustin Rhodes
 

  • Earlier, an unpainted Dustin Rhodes went to Kurt Angle and asked for a shot.
  • I believe "Dustin Rhodes'" last televised match was at TNA Lockdown in 2005. Also, I don't believe he's wrestled as "Dustin Rhodes" in WWF/E since January 1991, as some of his 98 appearances were as Dustin Runnels.
  • Rhodes is better as a worker in 2017 than he was in 1995. 
  • After a brief ass kicking from Dustin, Wyatt hits Sister Abigail for the win.
  • Now it's Finn Balor on the Titan Tron telling bad stories. Just what this needed

 

BRAUUUUUUUUUUUUUN

  • Braun beats up Enzo. The crowd chants "Thank you Strowman." He BULLDOZED Enzo.
  • Enzo's facial expression was great. Say what you want about Enzo outside of his on-screen stuff, but he does his job damn well.
  • In one motion, Braun picks up and chokeslams Enzo. Corey Graves' legit fear was fascinating.
  • What to do when you need to stay over and run out of shit to tear up? Beat up Enzo. Good call.
  • Neville comes out and hits a Red Arrow and laughs. I would have preferred a more stoic laugh per usual, but it was still funny.
  • Backstage, Enzo sells his beating well in the trainer's room, puts over Braun and sells his No Mercy match in about 30 seconds. Well done.

Neville defeated Gran Metalik
5.5/10

  • We haven't seen much Metalik on Raw, so it's a nice change of pace.
  • Neville rips at Metalik's mask, which is a nice heel tactic.
  • Metalik gets some great offense, and sells a boot on a moonsault as well as anyone. He's submitted shortly after. 

Top IC Title Contender match
Jason Jordan defeated Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, and Elias
5.75/10

  • Elias has a song interrupted. Original. Why just one name? The Drifter was a cool nickname.
  • Jordan trips going up the stairs. oof. 
  • A commercial break at 10:53 Eastern. Jeff Hardy tried to roll up Matt before the commercial. 
  • Elias jumps from the mat to the top rope. Didn't see that coming at all. 
  • Tower of Doom spot. We ALL saw that one coming. 
  • Jeff Hardy almost kills Axel with a Swanton. Jordan pins Axel with his finish.
  • Jordan beats up Miz, but the Miztourage attack. Miz says that after Sunday, Jordan will still be a bastard. JEEZ.
  • Solid stuff here. 
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