WWE Monday Night RAW Results & Review: April 16th 2018 – Hartford, CT

Another Grand Slam Champion

(Jeff Hardy def. Jinder Mahal for the United States Championship)

Congratulations Jeff Hardy. You are now the most over man in WWE.

Winning the United States Championship from a much-hated Jinder Mahal was a great way to start Jeff’s official push as a singles star. The coalition last week with Finn Balor and Seth Rollins gave Jeff the exposure and the hype, and this week’s show-opening championship win had given The Enigmatic One some gold to substantiate that hype.

Two possibilities can come out of the decision to put the strap on Brother Nero. One, Jeff could be heading to Smackdown Live. Two, Seth Rollins will bring the Intercontinental Championship to Tuesday nights, and his Monday Night Rollins merch will have to be burnt down. Either way, the playing field for Smackdown Live’s mid- to upper-midcard division looks bright – Jeff Hardy vs Rusev or Seth Rollins vs Tye Dillinger both sound appealing.

Poor Jinder Mahal, though.

 

Best Friends Came to a Head

We like how WWE gave us Bayley vs Sasha Banks on live television but did not actually let the match have a decisive winner. With such a deeply personal and layered rivalry between the two, Bayley vs Sasha Banks should not have a conclusive winner on an episode of Monday Night RAW, even if it was the Superstar Shake-up.

Speaking of Shake-ups, The Riott Squad was drafted to RAW and was actually the reason for the aforementioned winnerless affair. A smart booking choice that was consistent to the theme of the night – could not have asked more for that. Riott Squad can keep Bayley and Banks busy (and probably united) for a while before the latter’s big blow-off bout at maybe Summerslam or Survivor Series. And let us hope that Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan, and Sarah Logan can stay clear of the aimless path they had tread on Smackdown Live, although it is easier said than done.