There are two more opportunities remaining on RAW for the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match. Will Roman Reigns retaliate against Jinder Mahal? Seth Rollins defends the Intercontinental Title against Kevin Owens. Read the detailed WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Review below.
Date: May 14th 2018
Location: The O2 Arena, London, England
The Big (Whining) Dog
There were just so many things wrong with this opening segment.
First, Roman Reigns continued down the SJW path as he kept on accusing management of “screwing him over”. To us, this was a poor attempt at breaking the fourth wall. Breaking the fourth wall should only be used in very important, high-profile feuds. And when it is used, it should add a sense of realism to the storyline. We don’t know about you, but Roman Reigns, who main evented the last four WrestleMania, complaining about higher-ups trying to play games (no pun intended) with him, surely did not sound realistic.
Second, Kurt Angle seemed to have taken on this McMahon-Helmsley attitude towards the wrestlers. He downright denied Reigns of another MITB qualifier, and while the decision may have appeared logical, remember he was the one who gave Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens, two Smackdown Lie defectors, an opportunity at serving for the red show. Inconsistency does not help towards building a plot, and Kurt Angle might have just outstayed his welcome as a General Manager.
Third, JINDER MAHAL VS ROMAN REIGNS IS ACTUALLY A THING NOW.
Seth Rollins on a Tear
(Intercontinental Championship Match: Seth Rollins (c) def. Kevin Owens)
Rollins vs Owens stole the show. Period. Once again, not only did the in-ring aptitude shine through, but the always-hot London crowd also helped make the match so exciting to watch. They ate into everything Seth and Kevin had to offer, and they were well-justified. Reversals, painful moves, top rope suplexes, near-falls, and an unexpected finish – collectively, they explained for the high quality match-up tonight.
Let us hope Seth Rollins will keep being on a tear – but not an ACL one.
A Small Redemption
(Men’s MITB Qualifying Match: Bobby Roode def. No Way Jose and Baron Corbin)
This was a logical progression of the 3-man feud; and this time, they fought for something that actually mattered. They redeemed themselves wrestling-wise, too – they put up a decent affair tonight. Not anything fancy, but better than their usual offerings. Not much to talk about this qualifier, except that it led to the addition of another star into the dream MITB line-up.
(Ember Moon, Sasha Banks, and Natalya def. The Riott Squad)
3-on-3 women tag match with no concrete reason. Bleh. Although we will admit, this match was quite fun to watch. But that was it.
Apparently, having vertigo drastically improves a wrestler’s promo-cutting ability (Call Kayfabe News on that one lol).
Sami Zayn is, by no means, horrible on the mic. In fact, he has been one of the top talkers in the company ever since he arrived at NXT. However, tonight was a different level from The Underdog from the Underground. His promo suited his goofy personality, it had the obligatory regional references, but on top of everything, it kinda made sense. It was one of those heel promos that absorbed you into his logic and made you rethink your allegiances and everything you had ever believed. Great work, Sami.