Since this show was on a tape delay, I did my best to not look at spoilers. Well, I’m glad I didn’t, because there were some fun moments. It appears that Raw is slowly building the momentum they didn’t have in the past.
Damn, this arena was packed, and it looked like a great place to watch Raw. I hope every fan in attendance had a blast.
I absolutely loved how Stephanie over sold the feud between Raw and Smackdown. However, what else is she supposed to say? With the amount of Ls Seth Rollins has taken, it almost seemed like a terrible idea that Steph would choose for him to be on the team. I won’t pick at logic though, because Seth is still one of the top faces.
This particular promo didn’t exactly gain momentum until Owens and Jericho took over. I find that I’m saying that a lot more often when watching Raw.
Rich Swann & Sin Cara vs Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
Well I guess this week they decided to cut down the six man tag into a normal tag.
Going into this show, I had no clue they were going to have Noam Dar debut. I wasn’t looking forward to the match, but it was great to hear the loud reaction Dar received from his home country. In fact, his debut made this stale and pointless match more exciting. With that being said, I even approved of Kendrick eating the pin. That allowed for his character to berate Dar, which would eventually translate into the home town boy standing tall over the champ (to a standing ovation). In these types of situations, the champ looking bad isn’t the worst thing.
Enzo Amore & Big Cass, The Club vs Sheamus & Cesaro, The Golden Truth, & New Day Promo
Instead of watching Raw on a delay, I decided to start watching this show right before this segment started. Initially, I couldn’t care less, but some of these teams had decent chemistry on the mic. In fact, the funniest line from any of these gentleman was Luke Gallows calling Sheamus a nerd. It sounded natural and only someone like Gallows can pull off an insult like that.
In my opinion, it felt as if this promo became slow once the New Day took over. I don’t think that has anything to do with them as performers, but having them talk with minimal interaction with the others just wasn’t entertaining. However, them uniting forces with the other teams did change the tide.
The Club vs New Day
Based on how the Club has been booked, it’s difficult to believe they can win. I actually neglected the entire match assuming the champs would win, but that wasn’t the case. For the most part, this contest had a New Day win written all over it. It’s strange that Gallows & Anderson winning is such a shock, but it was great to see. They’re actually 2-0 in their last two tag matches, which is great for them because it’s important for the rest of the division.
Golden Truth vs Shining Stars
Why couldn’t this just be a qualifying match? Why would the Shining Stars even agree to wrestle the Golden Truth after receiving a spot on team Raw? The reasoning behind this match just felt stupid. I understand that the Golden Truth is a comedic team, but comedy shouldn’t be the main theme behind a big Survivor Series match. Also, for something that was treated as a joke, this went too long.
Team Raw (Women’s) Promo
Alicia Fox? Seriously? This would’ve been a great time to introduce Emmalina back into the women’s division. Charlotte calls Bayley the weak link in kayfabe, but in reality it’s definitely Fox.
The chants for Bayley were absolutely amazing. After a while it became a bit much, but it was awesome for Bayley, and her reaction was priceless. Moments like that will live in history. For those few minutes, she was the most over wrestler on Raw.
Charlotte, Dana Brooke, & Nia Jax vs Alicia Fox, Sasha Banks, & Bayley
In terms of in ring, this was the third consecutive tag match. The only difference between this one and the other two is that this one was a three on three. Originally, it appeared that the promo before hand would’ve benefited from a brawl, but this contest worked well.
I found that this did a lot for Nia more than anybody else. Seeing her look unstoppable against three other women allowed for her to come across as a real threat for the Survivor Series team. Along with that,Bayley going toe to toe with Charlotte worked well for their mini feud. Considering how over the hugger was, I didn’t mind her getting the pin over Flair.
Sami Zayn vs Rusev
The whole fun behind the IC title open challenge was that Ziggler’s opponent was supposed to be surprise. This match killed the surprise factor most fans were expecting. Even though the work rate was strong, it didn’t feel that exciting. On the other hand, it was great to see that Zayn was able to pick up the clean win. It shows the fans that the writers on Raw are serious about him.
Seth Rollins vs Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens vs Chris Jericho vs Braun Strowman
Once Seth brought out the kendo stick, I fell in love with the pacing of this match. Albeit, it’s stupid these five are wrestling, but they found a way to keep in entertaining. Also, this was the first time Strowman had went head to head with main eventers on Raw. We haven’t seen Braun take on workers of this level, and it gave him a chance to show us his selling ability.
The brawling within the rest of the match was a thing of beauty. The four main stay wrestlers have shown many times in the past that they have brilliant chemistry. I thought maybe this would seem to crowded, but at no point did they allow that to happen. Forget a Survivor Series match, I’d much rather see these five compete in an elimination chamber.
Another great aspect of this match was its unpredictability. Even when they came close to the finish, the performers did a good job at making us think otherwise. The finish they did go with was pretty clever. It didn’t allow for anybody to look stronger, but it created tension within the team.
After some thought, there were only four long and pointless matches on this show. For three hours, that’s not bad, considering Raw’s track record within the past few weeks. Apart from that, there was a good effort towards making the Survivor Series Raw vs Smackdown matches feel important. They may have over sold the brand feud, but at least it took priority on this episode. The low point was the Golden Truth vs the Shining Stars, while the high point was the main event. Overall, I give this show a 6.5/10.