Seth Rollins and his newly won Universal Championship kicked off Monday Night Raw. Rollins still appeared to still be feeling the effects of his brutal match with Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam.
Rollins talked about how he wasn’t 100 percent confident in his ability to knock off Lesnar, but he was able to dig down deep and find a way to slay the beast.
However, Rollins’ speech was cut short by the AJ Styles and the Orginal Club. The current United States Champion would lay down a challenge to Seth. After some thinking, Rollins accepted the challenge. Styles even teased that he buddies, the OC, could get involved.
Want to know what took place during the rest of Monday Night Raw? Below is what took place on the show, ranked best to worst.
The Next Chapter:
Drew McIntyre and Cedric Alexander have been at each other’s necks for the past few weeks. This match was pretty solid, but the crowd was dead for the first half of the match.
Alexander had the upper hand for much of the match, even hitting an incredible-looking Spanish Fly. But McIntyre his a ridiculous claymore kick to put Cedric away.
By the end of the match, the crowd was on the edge of their seats. Props to these guys for making the crowd believe.
It’s Boss Time:
Natalya still isn’t taking back anything she said about Becky. However, Nattie informed everyone it’s been one year since her dad passed away and a hush fell over the arena.
However, a familiar tune played throughout the arena, and it was a returning Sasha Banks!
Banks embraced Nattie at first but then attacked her from behind. Sasha was also sporting new blue hair.
But before Sasha could do further damage, The Man came in for the save. But Banks would end up beating Becky down with the help of a steel chair.
The seeds for a feud between Lynch and Banks have been planted before, now it looks like we’re finally getting that feud. This is precisely what the Raw Women’s Division needs.
Andrade’s hot streak continues:
After their excellent match last week on Raw, these two luchadores faced off once again. However, this time, the match was a 2-out-of-3 falls match.
Andrade quickly won the first fall with a little help from Zelina Vega. The second fall was a much different story, as these two connected on more high flying moves.
But Andrade survived a ‘619’ from Mysterio and spiked Mysterio into the mat for the 2-0 clean sweep.
This decisive win should propel Andrade into a bigger feud because frankly, it’s long overdue.
Sami Zayn goes “night, night.”
Backstage the NXT Tag Team Champions, the Street Profits were interrupted by Sami Zayn. As usual, Zayn was spewing his Anti-WWE propaganda. However, during the rant, Zayn called out Samoa Joe and said he was soft.
Joe being the badass he is challenged Sami to come out to the ring and then called him nothing more than Kevin Owens water boy (great line!).
After the break, Joe put Sami to sleep in no time. However, Joe did hop on the microphone and say seemingly shut down the idea of him being a good guy now. He still holds a grudge for being accused of going after Roman.
If we’re getting a badass Joe run here where he just tears through people, sign me up.
Ziggler Bad Luck Continues:
Last week’s Raw ended with Dolph Ziggler signing a contract to face The Miz at SummerSlam, to find out his opponent was really Goldberg.
Well, Ziggler took a trio of hellacious spears from Goldberg on Sunday and told Miz he’s not medically able to compete tonight.
However, once Miz turned his back, Ziggler magically was okay and attacked Miz. This would lead to their regularly scheduled match. While it was a pretty standard match, Miz would end up tapping out Dolph and then hit him with the Skull Crushing Finale after being called a coward.
The burial of Dolph Ziggler continues.
The main Event Breaks Down into a Brawl:
As expected, Rollins and Styles had quite a wrestling match. But just as Seth was gaining momentum, Gallows and Anderson jumped into the ring to force the DQ.
A 3-on-1 beatdown would ensue, but Richochet would try to help even the odds. When he was unsuccessful, Styles went for the middle rope Styles clash.
However, Braun Strowman was there to save the day, and the babyfaces stood tall to close out Raw.
Another Elias Song Interrupted:
Will Elias ever get to finish a song? Not on this night as Richochet was the one to cut off Elias. The two had a brief back and forth, setting up an impromptu match.
The match was so-so, and there was a pretty lousy botch midway through. In the end, Elias tried to bring his guitar into play, but Ricochet was able to get the win (Upon further review Elias’s shoulders were off the mat)
Ricochet needed a win here after losing twice to AJ Styles in the last few weeks.
Women’s Tag Titles:
Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross have already defended their tag titles nearly as much as the IIconics did in their 4+ month reign.
Cross & Bliss took on the team of the Kabuki Warriors, and these four women had quite the match. The crowd sounded invested throughout this match, and in the end, Cross and Bliss retained.
24/7 Title Chaos:
R-Truth’s music hit during a tag match between The Revival and Lucha House Party. The Revival attacked Truth, and both pinned him to become co-24/7 champions.
However, with the help of Carmella, R-Truth was able to win the belt back and escape to the backstage area. But all was not safe as Elias would blast Truth with his guitar and became the new 24/7 champion.
A Glorious Win:
Robert Roode made quick work of No Way José, planting him with a Glorious DDT in under two minutes.
However, the camera quickly cut backstage, where Paul Heyman was at a loss for words, his client Brock Lesnar gets no rematch for the Universal Championship (YAY!)
Viking Raiders dominate again:
The Raiders made quick work of two local jobbers in no time. I’ve seen enough of this. Time to put them in a real feud.
Granted it was cool to see Steve Austin on TV, but this was nothing more than a promo segment for his new TV show on the USA network.
Also, WWE is bringing back their King of the Ring tournament. This tournament made stars such as Stone Cold, and Triple H.
Hopefully, WWE uses this to build a new star.
Overall I thought this was a very solid post-SummerSlam episode of Raw. There was quality wrestling throughout the show and the marquee return of “The Boss” Sasha Banks. There were a few flat spots, but mostly good content.
Raw seems to be stepping up their game now, as they are putting on consistently entertaining shows every week.
My rating: 3.75 out 5