Hi I’m Paul and here is a look at Monday night Raw
Last Raw before TLC on Sunday lets see what we have installed
We open the show with Kurt Angle bigging up TLC and the SHIELD, they enter the arena, in Shield GEAR and through the audience! and call out there opponents for this Sunday. They come but Kurt stops it and big ups the matches for tonight, Raw Tag team title match with Ambrose and Rollins vs the bar and Reigns vs Stroman in a cage match.
ELIAS AND THE CLUB VS TITUS, CREWS AND JASON JORDAN
Before the match a very funny segment, the normal Elias segment but with the club joining in on the singing, gets good heat and is quite funny showing all 3 men mic work. Even Anderson singing the Honkey Tonk Man theme gave me a smile.
The match is textbook, a lot of the faces getting beat down in the match until the hot tag to the star there trying to build up in Jason Jordan, Crews gets the pinfall for the 3 count
Winners- Titus, Crews and Jason Jordan.
This match was very short and felt rused, Everyone got a turn to show a little and typical heels beatdown to hot tag finish crews getting the pin was a bit odd but maybe trying not to think there shoving Jordan down our throats. Yet again i dont see where we go from here at all, very rushed and just not enough time to tell a story or anything, poor start to the show.
Quick backstage interview with Emma saying she wants more attention and more of the woman’s revolution stuff, Bliss appears and agrees and talks about having a tag team match with Mickie later with Emma, she agrees and both exits together.
Promo showing the feud between Cedric Alexander vs Brian Kendrick and Gentleman Jack
Gentleman Jack w Brian Kendrick vs Cedric Alexander w Rich Swann
Cedric is a house on fire, hitting all the big moves early, Brian Kendrick distracts and helps Jack out and he takes over, very slow beat down control.
Cedric gets control over the match, hits the Lumbar Check for the 3 count
Winner- Cedrick Alexander
Same as the first match, very short again, seemed very quick show off what both men can do, Both men do come off well showcasing why there very highly regarded in the WWE but this match is not going to do much good, yes it carries on the feud for Sunday but not much else, two short throw away matches to start raw.
MIZ TV segment
As normal The miz tv segment is very well put together, the Miz is the best talker on raw at the minute and is a great asset to the show, his guest is Braun Stroman and they all talk about the destruction of the shield, The miz mentions the fact Dean Ambrose keeps saying they want to take on the world so he wants to make the TLC match a 5-3 handicap match. Kurt Angle comes out and refuses this, after some talking Kurt says if Stroman wins they can have 5 but if Reigns wins they loose Stroman at TLC.
Sasha Banks Vs Alecia Fox
Playing on the fact last week Fox tapped out and this is why the match is going ahead, Banks goes for a bank statement early and fails. The rest of the match is Fox beating down on Banks until another Bank statement and tap out victory.
Winner- Sasha Banks
This match was prime example of no idea what to do with these women so trying to get a little feud together and see what happens, playing on the old Fox is crazy angle, Very simple match again, Little to no sequences and over quick. Three throw away matches now, very slow start on the go home show.
Enzo and Kalisto cut a promo against each other in the ring. Enzo talks alot and i don’t really get what he is saying im just guessing its bad against Kalisto, Kalisto when he speaks is not coming across very good, After a while of talking from behind Tony Neese, Drew Gulak, Noam dar and Davari attack and a massive beat down takes place on the cruiser weight champion. Mustsfa ali comes to the rescue but its shortly lived as the numbers game takes over.
RAW TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH
SETH ROLLINS AND DEAN AMBROSE (C) VS THE BAR
Both teams are going at each other hard and fast. Seth rollins takes a lot of the beat downs in this match, The bar working well together in the double team front. Hot tag to dean for a big clean up and the pace is so quick, theirs a great spot with a double suicide dive out other sides of the ring.
The finish of the match is Rollins spinning Knee strike into the dirty deads for the pin fall
Winners- Rollins and Ambrose to retain
This match was the wake up call raw needed, fast action, great spots and double team moves to die for. These two teams work absolutely work really well together. Moves things on nicely for TLC gives the Bar incentive to go all out and keeps the Shield reunion strong.
There is a tiny segment with Axel saying to the Bar they cant make mistakes at TLC etc, Stroman enters and then coaches Stroman for his cage match and says they need him. Axel makes statement bout he would fight reigns himself, stroman demands he does, Axel leaves.
Balor enter the ring and says he thinks Wyatt has unleashed a monster, but he has a demon to slay the monster. There was a moment of Balors face close up and cutting to recorded footage of his face painted as the demon. Very odd and weird for 2017.
MICKIE JAMES AND BAYLEY VS EMMA AND ALEXIA BLISS
Standard start to the match Bayley and Emma show off there mat work, Emma gets out wrestled by the face till the heels get advantage for the most part of the match
Hot tag Mickie at the end for a Mick Kick on the champ and a 3 count.
Winners- James and Bayley
I will admit i wasn’t looking forward to this match, the gave this match alot more time and they could show off the story much better then if it was shorter, Bayley is a great worker and the pin fall sets up doubt for bliss going into TLC.
Cuts backstage to carry on the Axel segment, He finds the Shield and goes runnning towards them before a quick ad break. Come back from the ad break we see the Miz talking to the bar and Stroman and asks where he is, Stroman says he gone to beat up Reigns, Miz looks worried and runs off to find him.
Quick interview with Mickie James saying yes she is upset by Bliss and the Age bullying but she will show why she is a great superstar and proud what she achieved.
The miz finds Axel beat up and hanging up by his ankles, very funny and nice moment. Rene asks bout Axel and being the 5th man, He says he wasn’t the 5th Man.
Braun Stroman vs Roman Reigns Steel Cage Match
This match showcases what we have seen from there last few matches, Reigns fighting with his speed but the monster over powering till Reigns gets the advantage, very back and forth, Reigns attempts a escape and the bat stop him followed very quickly by Rollins and Ambrose, they brawl out to the crowd.
There is a great spot when Stroman superplexs Reigns off the top of the cage back in, more back and forth then the bar and Shield fight back up the ramp and back stage, The match cuts to there brawl, until the Miz locks all 4 men in the car park.
The closing of the match sees reigns hits Stroman with a superman punch for a close 2 count. He goes for a spear in the corner then BOOM!
KANES MUSIC HITS! Reigns being distracted fails the spear and Kane comes up from the ring. The big red machine hits 2 chokeslams, the two big men assault Reigns with tombstones and finally a power slam for the pin fall
Winner- Braun Stroman
A great main event, these two have shown there great working together, didn’t like how the match cut away near the end, also Kane being revealed being the 5th man added to the match is really odd, yes another monster but with TLC this Sunday we wont get a chance to hear why. The spots were brutal and shown both men can take bumps as they give them out.
This show was all about the Shield, every chance was the Shield, no matter how long they stay together they will milk this lol!
The show got better as it went along as it should but the throw away matches were really throw away. Glad there was a big theme match finish adds to the go home show feel. Kudos to the Miz and his mic work and a shout out to Mickie James showing maybe not as over as she should be but a great worker passing on knowledge as she goes. Plus a surprise return is possible the best way for a pop but i was so confused why Kane. Also the Balor wyatt thing in 2017 is not really working with the crowd, monsters fighting demons is very late 80’s early 90’S however maybe Balors skill will shine through like in the past.
What did you think? let us know
Im Paul and thats your Raw Review