Sean Raw Sapp (9/25): WWE Raw Match Ratings, Analysis, More

Miz TV

  • Miz tells Maryse to keep the champagne on ice at home. I hope Maryse isn't drinking champagne while pregnant.
  • Reigns is out, says he respects Cena, calls it his biggest win ever.
  • Reigns tells the Miztourage to get him a beverage. It's hilarious that Miz felt the need to tell them to not really do it. 
  • Some good back and forth, Reigns stumbles on occasion, but it happens.
  • Reigns as a guy willing to fight anywhere, anytime would be fun. Miz doesn't want to. 
  • Too bad, because Kurt Angle comes out and books Jason Jordan and Matt Hardy against the Miztourage
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Matt Hardy & Jason Jordan (w/ Jeff Hardy) defeated Miztourage (w/ Miz)

  • Jeff Hardy is selling his shoulder injury during the entrance. It's smart of them to blame the injury on the Tower of Doom. 
  • LOL at Jordan and Hardy almost having matching gear. 
  • This is a fine match, it's just tough to be asked to care about Miztourage. 
  • WWE understandably has zero idea for any direction for Matt Hardy.

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

  • These two had a turdy match with no heat last run it back.
  • Fortunately, this one got Apollo over a little bit. The crowd was chanting for him. 
  • Crews got to utilized some more athletic offense but got beat.
  • Elias kicked Titus in the knee. It was pretty funny. 
  • Titus beats Elias' ass after the match.

Backstage crappenings

  • Finn Balor says he's going after the Universal title.
  • Enzo Amore wants a championship celebration, and finally gets one. Angle wants to give Enzo advice, but Enzo says "NAH." I may have laughed harder at that Enzo line than anything on wrestling this year.
  • Goldust knocks the shit out of Finn Balor backstage.
  • Sasha and Bayley tease dissension backstage.

Curt Hawkins kind of dies

  • Hawkins makes an open challenge.
  • Oh no. It's Braun
  • Chokeslam through a table after Braun CHASED Curt. 
  • Curt goes through the damn video boards. He gone.
  • Dean Ambrose answers Braun Strowman's challenge, and hliariously grimaces at Hawkins

Braun Strowman vs. Dean Ambrose

  • It feels kind of weird to see Braun wrestling a normal sized guy after facing Reigns and Lesnar all year. 
  • Ambrose's selling is good for this match. 
  • Ambrose lands some offense, the right amount early on with some chokes and such. 
  • Strowman takes his sweet bump outside.
  • The Ambrose tornado DDT was one of the coolest spots Strowman has done in my opinion. 
  • Strowman vs. Ambrose was better than Strowman vs. Lesnar. 
  • Seth Rollins tells Ambrose backstage that he's going to ask for a match against Strowman next week. 

Alexa and a relic?

  • Alexa Bliss cuts a promo, and is interrutped by Mickie James, who Alexa shaded last night.
  • They traded some burns about age and small boobs and stuff. It's pretty good.
  • Alexa thinking Mickie James is too old is a good point of the feud, with Mickie's only claim being "well she didn't exist last night."

Seth Rollins defeated Sheamus (w/ Cesaro)

  • Sheamus catches Rollins in a nice Irish Curse off of a springboard.
  • I like the addition of an elbow pad to Rollins. Little visual additions can make a big change. 
  • They went through all their signature spots in the short amount of time they had. This was enjoyable, but short. 

Roman Reigns defeated The Miz (w/ Miztourage)

  • The early going of this match is really uneventful. Reigns is selling the back he mentioned was sore earlier. 
  • Maybe just have Reigns not do those corner clotheslines anymore instead of having to overproduce them every time.
  • Elias will never finish a song, and Miz will never finish his YES Kicks.
  • Reigns beats up the Miztourage. Spear. Win. A good reaction for an underwhelming match.
  • The Miztourage beat the brakes off of Reigns after this. I mean kick him up real proper. They're teasing the Shield making the save, but milking it. 

Finn Balor defeated Goldust

  • Is this a man-to-not-man match? Goldust has paint on.
  • This is a fun watch, we just all know it doesn't mean anything.
  • Goldust keeps getting better in the ring. It's unbelievable.
  • Finn Balor has had some good matches lately, too.
  • I guess this Wyatt stuff is continuing. We hear "He's got the whole world in his hands." Ok.
  • Finn Balor needs to get an EPO on Bray Wyatt

Sasha Banks & Bayley defeated Nia Jax & Emma

  • Nia looks kind of dopey teasing Bayley about her injury. 
  • Not a lot happens until a standing legdrop to Bayley's arm. That's a nice one.
  • These women's matches feature a lot of telegraphing of strikes. Outside of that, it's a good time.
  • Nia catches Bayley midair, but Sasha makes a save outside and they post Nia. 
  • Babyfaces get the win. This is good stuff. The sequence to finish the match played out well.

Enzo celebration

  • Enzo runs his mouth A LOT. He got a promise from Kurt Angle that any cruiserweights that touch him forfeit their title shot. 
  • All the cruisers are out and Enzo makes fun of some.
  • Neville cuts a promo, a bad ass one. Then beats up Enzo real bad.
  • Clever way to get Neville out of his re-match
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