Once again, Monday Night RAW was a pre-taped show, this time from the United Kingdom.
This episode of RAW continued the build to Survivor Series. On the last Sunday in November, for the first time ever, it will be RAW vs. Smackdown vs. NXT.
The show kicked off with the women’s tag team titles on the line. Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch took on champions Asuka and Kairi Sane.
Also, on the show, we got the latest in the love triangle, and Team RAW was announced. Here are three things I liked about RAW and one thing I did not like.
1. Lynch and Flair Did Not Win The Belts
Throughout the entire match, I was so nervous that Becky and Charlotte were going to win the belts. I really thought the WWE was going to pull the trigger and give two of the four horsewomen the belts. But thank goodness Shayna Baszler was there to cause the DQ and save the day.
Anyone that has followed this website knows I am over Becky Lynch. I would have had her drop the title months ago, so even the thought of her getting a second belt (again) was hard to stomach. Asuka and Sane have not been the best champions, Lynch, and Flair would have been unbearable and overkill. So I am glad Asuka and Sane still have the belts.
2. Lana’s Promo
The contents and what she said was not very good, but I thought Lana’s delivery was good. The crowd tried to take over the segment with chants of “Rusev Day,” but she stayed in there and did very well. She even had a good heel moment, insulting the crowd. It turns out, Lana faked a pregnancy, and this was just another segment to get Bobby Lashley to attack Rusev. So the segment was not great, but I thought Lana did an excellent job with what she was given.
3. Randy Orton vs. Ricochet Brewing
After a win, Orton told Ricochet, “I do what I want when I want, whenever I want.” Orton, Ricochet, and Humberto Carrillo teamed up and took on The OC in the main event.
The match itself was not too exciting, it was built around the on-going tension between Orton and Ricochet. Orton has clearly gotten inside Ricochet’s head and has him petrified that an RKO could be coming at any time.
Orton looked like he was going to RKO Ricochet but instead turned around and gave AJ Styles the RKO. Orton then tagged in Carrillo, who got the pin and his first win on the main roster. Again, this was not one of the better main events, but Orton made it enjoyable.
One thing I didn’t like: Most of the Show
I struggled to try to choose three things I enjoyed. This was mainly a filler episode with several filler segments. This show was taped several days in advance, so, understandably, there were several filler segments.
The crowd was not into most of the show, the NXT UK guys lost twice on their main roster debut in their home country, and nothing really stood out. Team RAW, although exciting, was just announced and not done in a cool way. It was just blah.
Lynch and Flair not winning the belts, saved this show from receiving by far the worst grade I have ever given out. But again, there was nothing memorable about this episode.
I give this week’s RAW and two out of five.