A chaotic start to RAW
Remember the good old days when the Universal Champion would only show up very occasionally and defend it even more rarely? We are back to those days.
Instead of the new champion opening the show, it was Baron Corbin who did so to massive boos. There was nothing wrong with that but this brought back all the negative memories of not seeing the most prestigious title of the show for months.
Things quickly moved on as we got several announcements regarding Survivor Series. Alexa Bliss captaining the women’s team was somewhat expected and the right decision. The idea of either Angle or Corbin captaining the men’s team isn’t very appetizing. We already got Angle last year and Corbin just isn’t polarizing enough despite what he did at Crown Jewel.
The last part of this segment was fun though. Braun Strowman beating people up left and right never gets old and that makes us madder as he would have made such a better Universal Champion. Brock Lesnar as champion simply sucks.
Rating: Thumbs Down
Riott Squad try to get heat but fail while Apollo Crews gains another inconsequential win
Sasha Banks, Bayley & Natalya vs. The Riott Squad ended in a No Contest: WWE has done this time and again where they use the recent passing of someone to generate cheap heat. It never works and it didn’t today.
Natalya decided to come out wearing her late father’s glasses. The match was actually going very well with the crowd really hooked into it but it all came crashing down to earth when Riott broke the glass into pieces and just walked away with her posse while Bayley and Banks tried to console Natalya getting counted out in the process.
Where is WWE going with all this? Please put a legitimate storyline and these women can work wonders. So much talent being wasted.
Apollo Crews def. Jinder Mahal: Apollo beat Jinder Mahal in a matter of minutes and while it felt good to see him pick up yet another win, there seems nothing long term is in place and it is only a matter of time before he jobs to someone bigger and we already have plenty of that going on in WWE.
Rating: Thumbs Down
RAW gets new Tag Team Champions
AOP def. Seth Rollins: One thing we never got an answer to at Crown Jewel was what was going to happen to the RAW tag championship after Ambrose turned on Rollins. That was answered tonight.
Rollins gave a passionate promo slicing and dicing through everything that is wrong with WWE right now. He addressed the Brock Lesnar situation which was bold of WWE and fills us with more hatred that WWE is aware of how much this hurts their product and they are still persisting with it. What followed was mercifully short.
Rollins was put in a handicap match with the AOP for the tag championship and while he did his very best and came really close to beating the AOP single-handedly, the AOP proved to be too strong in the end and won their first title on the main roster.
While this did not feel as momentous as it should have, it does put the tag titles back in the hands of a proper tag team and that was highly necessary considering the current state of the tag division on RAW.
Rating: Thumbs Up