The bar is set quite high for the Raw to deliver a good show. Now that Smackdown has proven they can put forth a strong brand specific PPV, we’ll get to see if Raw can do the same. In fact, on paper this card looks stronger, but that’s not always the best way to measure a show.
Cesaro vs Sheamus
After a rough start, these two deserve all the credit in the world for making this series interesting. That’s something I never thought I’d say when Foley first announced this best of seven series. It’ll be interesting to see what path they take with this program. If Cesaro completes the reverse sweep, he’ll look like a million bucks, while Sheamus falls lower on the card. At the same time, can they do much with Sheamus if he wins? The fans have been vocal about his pushes in the past, so the WWE needs to be prepared if they’re planning another one.
As per this final match, I anticipate Cesaro emerging as the victor. Raw’s in serious need of a wrestler the fans want to get behind (as a babyface) and Cesaro fits that role perfectly.
TJ Perkins vs Brian Kendrick
It’s fair to assume these two competitors have a difficult task ahead of them. First of all, there’s absolutely no story for them to work with, so it must be created during the match. Secondly, there’s a good chance a lot of the fans in attendance may not know who TJ Perkins is. I’m surprised he wasn’t even brought out on Raw, because that would at least given the casual fan base an idea of who the champion is for this new division.
There’s no doubt in my mind that they can steal the show. Both of them are expectional in ring workers, and I believe they’ll find a way to get the fans invested. In terms of booking a winner, the only option here is Perkins. It would just be plain stupid for the title to change hands.
Winners: TJ Perkins
Chris Jericho vs Sami Zayn
The development of this feud has been decent, considering they haven’t spent much time building it throughout the weeks. A lot of this has to do with Jericho’s ability to play the perfect heel and Sami’s ability to be a loveable heel. Their characters are very well matched in terms of personality. Also, I’m sure they’ll have instant chemistry in the ring, because they’re just that good.
It only makes sense that Sami leaves as the winner. He’s been held back since the brand split, but this is a great time to put him back on the radar.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Roman Reigns vs Rusev
I’d honestly consider this to be the least unpredictable match on this card. Roman’s been too dominant on television, but it makes me wonder if he truly needs the US title. Essentially, none of this makes sense, because he beat the Universal Champion clean on Raw, so it would only be appropriate if he were in the main event.
For the sake of Rusev, the US title shouldn’t switch hands on this show. He’s been a strong heel, and he also gives the title a sense of legitimacy. The best way to handle this situation is by having Roman win through DQ. It’s not out of character for Rusev to attack him with a chair, or even count himself out. That way neither of their of them lose credibility.
Winner: Roman Reigns (DQ)
New Day vs The Club
For a feud that started out somewhat funny and entertaining, it surely is dying a painful death. After the “Old Day” segment there hasn’t been much to enjoy about this program. It’s also fair to assume that New Day have hit a point where they’re becoming a stale act. Maybe some time away from the tag titles could help them. With that being said, the best decision for this match is to have the Club win. The WWE brought them in to be a strong and fearful tag team, so it would only be a waste of they didn’t push them.
Winner: The Club
Charlotte vs Sasha Banks vs Bayley
I’m shocked they didn’t do their best to give this program more time throughout the past month. While Charlotte has had an active role in feuding with both of her opponents, the same can’t be said about the relationship between Sasha and Bayley. It hasn’t been terrible, but I feel like they could’ve created much more if they had timed everything better.
As of now, Bayley is too new to the main roster to win this match. It wouldn’t be beneficial for her to win the title this quickly. On the other hand, Sasha has become cold since her return, and there’s almost no reason to care about her. There’s no point in the title switching hands in this match. Charlotte has been a strong heel champion, and is clearly the highlight of that division(on Raw). I believe this reign has a bit more gas left in it, so why not keep it going?
Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins
From a wrestling perspective, expect these two to live up to the hype. It’s an extremely fresh match up, and it hasn’t been done in the WWE. Based on how creative each of them are, I don’t anticipate anything less than stellar. While there’s other matches that have the potential to steal this show, I’m confident this will be the one to do that.
Personally, I think it’s quite easy to predict how this match will end. There’s no chance KO wins clean, and he’ll need help to defeat Seth. This is where Triple H makes his return to screw over Rollins once again. I’m sure this is all an elaborate set up for Rollins vs Hunter at Survivor Series.
Winner: Kevin Owens
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