Tonight’s RAW featured a big development in the Intercontinental title picture, a Women’s Championship match, and a very interesting contract signing between two of the most polarizing superstars in WWE today, John Cena and Roman Reigns. Here’s this week’s RAW recap:
JEFF HARDY EARNS INTERCONTINENTAL TITLE SHOT
MizTV kicks off the show, only to get immediately interrupted by RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Kurt informs Miz that there will be an Intercontinental Title match at No Mercy. Kurt says he understands Miz’s complaints about the lack of respect for the title, so he’s set up a Battle Royal for the opportunity at Miz’s title. The winner gets a title match next week.
In the final stages of the Battle Royal match, we are left with Elias, the Miztourage, Jason Jordan, Jeff Hardy and Finn Balor. Finn and Jeff are going at it, when Bray Wyatt’s creepy video hits. He appears and eliminates Balor.
This opens the door for Jason Jordan to take control. He gives everybody a suplex and eliminates Elias and the Miztourage, then Jeff immediately pushes him from behind and shoves him over the top rope to win the match.
REACTION: You can’t go wrong with some Jeff singles action, and Jason Jordan just isn’t developed enough character-wise to get a title shot just yet. Plus, Jeff’s singles run may allow Matt to also do his own thing, and who knows, he might become #BROKEN, or at least #WOKEN in the process.
After the commercial break, Alexa Bliss reminds everybody in a backstage interview that Sasha has never successfully defended her title, and the goddess that is Alexa Bliss will reign supreme.
ENZO’S CRUISERWEIGHT DEBUT
Enzo Amore’s music hits, which is a cue to WWE fans that a 5-minute promo is about to take place. He rambles about Big Cass, his cruiserweight division debut, and other nonsensical things . He introduces his opponent, Noam Dar, while doing some weird hip dance.
Enzo defeats Dar after a solid 7-ish minute bout.
Backstage after the match, Neville states that he will remain Cruiserweight Champion forever.
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman make their entrance. Heyman takes a few minutes to sell everybody on Braun Strowman and his monstrosity. He then reminds everybody that Brock Lesnar fears no monster and will defeat Braun Strowman. Brock interrupts Paul and takes the mic.
“What he’s trying to say is: “Suplex City b***h.”
REACTION: Brock Lesnar is a baaaaaaad, bad man. No Mercy will be a must-watch show. Braun and Brock are going to tear the house down.
SETH ROLLINS VS. CESARO; DEAN AMBROSE VS. SHEAMUS
“BURN IT DOWWWWNNN!” Here comes the RAW Tag Team champs, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose. Rollins will be facing Cesaro in singles action.
Before the match starts, we are told that John Cena and Roman Reigns will be making their No Mercy match official via contract signing later tonight.
The bell rings, and we’re off. Cesaro and Seth go at it for about 12 minutes, then Sheamus attempts to get involved. He and Ambrose get into a brawl outside of the ring, which distracts Seth. Cesaro catches Seth with a massive uppercut to get the pinfall victory.
Sheamus grabs the mic after the match, and challenges Dean Ambrose to a match right now. Of course Dean accepts, and here we go.
After a good 10 minutes, Cesaro tries to get involved. He hops on the apron, only to get pulled off by Seth. Seth runs into the ring, and Cesaro attempts to follow, but gets held up by the ref. While the referee is distracted by Cesaro trying to get in the ring, Seth hops off the top rope and hits Sheamus with a knee, then bounces off the ropes and hits Cesaro with a …dive outside the ring. Dean capitalizes on the chaos and hits Sheamus with a Dirty Deeds to get the 1-2-3.
REACTION: This is somewhat irrelevant, but a Seth Rollins/Cesaro PPV match with a proper build-up could be a lot of fun. I guess this will hold me over for now. Anyway, this part of the show wasn’t bad. Despite being 25 minutes of essentially meaningless wrestling, it was a lot of fun.
MICKIE JAMES VS. EMMA
Backstage, we oversee a conversation between Mickie James and Emma. Emma reminds everybody yet again that she started the women’s revolution. Mickie is tired of hearing it, and challenges her to a match. The catch is, that if Mickie wins, Emma can’t say she “started the women’s revolution” ever again.
After a commercial break, the two women make their entrances and the match begins. After just a couple minutes, Emma catches Mickie in a surprise pinfall to get the victory. Afterwards, she grabs the microphone to let everybody know multiple times that she, indeed, started the women’s revolution.
REACTION: eh. But hey, I’m glad Emma picked up a win. She deserves better. After all, she started the women’s revolution.
CENA/REIGNS CONTRACT SIGNING
After the commercial break, we’re greeted with Kurt Angle standing in front of a contract signing setup in the ring. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and predict that this contract signing ends with a table being flipped.
John puts over the upcoming “WrestleMania-worthy” match and then states that he knows Roman doesn’t want to fight him. He signs the contact.
Here comes The Big Dog, Roman Reigns, the owner of The Yard. Reigns looks around, picks up a mic, and tells John that he’s “not as big of a dude” as he thinks he is. He reminds everybody that he retired the Undertaker at WrestleMania, to a chorus of boos from the RAW crowd.
John then proceeds to rip Roman a new one. He calls Roman Reigns a “cheap-a**, corporately-created, John Cena bootleg.”
John says he’s at his prime, unlike the Undertaker was. John Cena again implies that Roman is scared to fight him.
Roman responds by saying John Cena sucks. Roman then stares off into the distance, seemingly forgetting his line.
John Cena says “it’s called a promo, kid. If you wanna be the big dog. You gotta learn how to do it.”
“See ya, fourth wall.”
How can anyone boo this man?
Roman then calls Cena a “phony yes-man” who is a “fake b***h”. He adds on to that statement, calling him a “part-timing, fake-a** b***h.”
It appears the PG rating has been thrown out the window.
Roman then claims Cena buries all the young talent in WWE, but he can’t bury him.
Roman says he has no desire to be the “next John Cena”, when he can be the one and only Roman Reigns.
John calls Roman a fool and says it took him five years to cut a decent promo. He disputes the claims that he has the “magical keys” to WWE and that he buries everybody. John claims that he isn’t holding any young talent back; he hasn’t main evented WrestleMania in five years. He claims to have put over superstars such as AJ Styles and Kevin Owens, while Roman treated the United States Championship like a demotion last year.
Cena then says he’s still in WWE because Roman can’t do his job. He says Roman can’t keep up with him. John then states that he “can do it better part-time than you can do it full-time.”
He then drops the mic.
Roman signs the contract, and flips the table.
Anderson & Gallows’ music hits, and they both claim that these two guys are ego-maniacs.
Gallows calls them nerds.
Kurt then sets up a match between Gallows & Anderson and Reigns & Cena.
REACTION: This was absolute MAGIC. Say what you will about these two, but at the end of the day, they are as entertaining as it gets. All the lines have been blurred and I love it. No Mercy is a must-watch event.
CENA & REIGNS DEF. GALLOWS & ANDERSON
Cena and Gallows go at it for a bit, then Anderson is tagged in. Anderson continues to wear down Cena before tagging Gallows back in.
Gallows continues to hit Cena with a few strikes, but after a Gallows mishap, Cena is able to capitalize and hit Roman with the hot tag. Anderson tags in, only to run into a clothesline.
Roman sets up for the Superman Punch, but Gallows is able to distract Roman. Anderson tries to roll-up Reigns, but Reigns kicks out. He then hits both Gallows and Anderson with Superman Punches. Cena picks up Gallows, and Roman sets up for a Spear on Anderson. They hit their finishers in sync, and Roman picks up the pinfall victory for the team.
REACTION: Well, I’m invested in this storyline, to say the least.
It’s time for Elias to debut a new song, according to Michael Cole.
Elias compares himself to Elvis, then proceeds to sing insults to the city of Memphis.
Memphis native Jerry Lawler stands up from the announce table and grabs a microphone. He claims Elias doesn’t know how to relate to his audience.
He’s gonna bring out someone from Southpaw Regional Wrestling (!) who knows how to relate to Memphis.
Elias beats up Pelvis once he gets to the ring and the segment ends.
REACTION: PELVIS WESLEY MADE AN APPEARANCE ON ACTUAL WWE TV! Absolutely amazing. Elias just became the biggest heel in my book for ruining that moment for me.
Backstage before the upcoming main event, Sasha Banks claims that Alexa is all talk and that she will successfully defend her title. She intends to make Alexa tap out yet again.
ALEXA BLISS REGAINS THE RAW WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP
The bell rings and it’s main event time in Memphis.
Sasha takes control early with a series of arm holds. She delivers a few strikes, which prompts Alexa to exit the ring for a breather. Sasha catches Bliss with double knees from the apron and we’re sent into commercials.
After commercials, we see Alexa has turned things around and has claimed control of the match. She proceeds to stomp Sasha’s face into the mat and the ropes, then transitions into a submission move targeting Banks’ back.
Sasha turns things around with a kick, then gives Bliss some offense of her own. The two engage in pinfall attempts on each other before Bliss delivers a massive forearm to Banks.
The two go back-and-forth for a while before Bliss delivers a superplex. Bliss goes for the pinfall, but Sasha catches her in the Bank Statement submission! Alexa is able to escape and delivers a DDT.
Bliss is the new RAW Women’s Champion.
NIA JAX TURNS ON BLISS
Post-match, Nia Jax walks out, applauding Alexa’s performance. She raises Bliss’ hand, then attacks Sasha. She lifts Alexa up on her shoulders in seemingly celebratory spirits, but drops Alexa to the mat. Jax stares at the belt, and stares down Bliss to end the show.
REACTION: Not a horrible match, and I’m glad it got the main event spot on the card. Alexa is the new Women’s Champion, and it seems we’re getting Bliss vs. Jax for the strap at No Mercy.
OVERALL REACTION: I’d say this was
a pretty good episode of Monday Night RAW. That Cena/Reigns promo was phenomenal, to say the least. No Mercy is going to be fun in a few weeks.
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