We’re six days away from Payback, and the WWE had to figure out how to hook fans. I can’t say they accomplished that, but the fans were given an entertaining show.
Before the Miz interuppted him, Jericho cut a solid babyface promo. The crowd wanted to cheer him, and he gave them a reason to.
It’s been a while since Jericho and the Miz have interacted, so this confrontation felt quite fresh. Since both of them are great talkers, they showcased great chemistry. Along with that, Ambrose perfectly fit into the segment. I was a tad bit worried when he brought in the Ambrose Asylum set, because his humour could’ve went either way.
The best part about this promo was easily the interaction between Jericho and Ambrose. It was a perfect way of patching up their history, and making them friends. That type of detail is needed when explaining the different relationships.
Matt Hardy vs Sheamus
The great part about the Hardys returning is that they open the door to more match possibilities. Seeing Matt wrestle Sheamus is is new, and that alone made me want to watch their match.
With all that being said, this went longer than it should’ve. The commercial break also didn’t help the slow pacing. However, the finish was well done, and the post match antics really gave this feud another layer. It’ll be interesting to see how long these guys can go before they start hating each other.
Austin Aries & Jack Gallagher vs Neville & TJ Perkins
I love how this match started. It really showcased how annoyed the babyface team was.
This entire story they’re working has been incredibly entertaining, and it translated well into the match. Perkins’ involvement has made him worth watching again, and it’s also given another dimension to the cruiserweight title feud. Overall, this really made me want to tune in to 205 Live.
Braun Strowman vs Kalisto
The dumpster stipulation was rather interesting and comedic. I was under the impression this was the first time the stipulation has ever been used, but I was wrong.
Since neither man had to be pinned, it was wise to give the victory to Kalisto. The match itself still allowed for Braun to look strong, all while keeping Kalisto’s credibility in tact. The post match beat down also allowed for Strowman to look like an absolute monster before his match at Payback.
Bray Wyatt Promo
I can’t begin to explain how pointless and boring this was.
Dana Brooke vs Alicia Fox
To my surprise, this was better than expected. Also, they managed to include the Emma-Dana program, so it wasn’t pointless.
Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, & Big Cass vs Samoa Joe, Karl Anderson, & Luke Gallows
This match really felt like filler, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t fun. Seeing Finn Balor take Enzo’s spot was actually a pleasant surprise. I’m sure most fans know about his alliance with Gallows and Anderson, which made all of this more exciting. On top of that, he has a long history with Joe from their NXT days.
Story line wise, this didn’t progress a lot, but the match itself was good. The wrestling was fast paced, so there wasn’t a dull moment. This came across as a house show match that would send the crowd home happy.
Alexa Bliss/Bayley Promo
If us fans know something, its that the “WHAT?” chant can get annoying for wrestlers. Well, Alexa proved that it’s something she can easily overcome. It was clever, and made her look like the most confident female on the roster.
Bliss certainly came out on top after this promo. Her promo was well put together, and it had a point. On the other hand, Sasha and Bayley were just sloppy. They had nothing to combat Alexa’s words.
Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks
Once again the fans were given a fresh match up on this show. It wasn’t anything great, but it was just great to see Sasha and Alexa with someone new. Other than that, it was just an extension of the promo.
Apollo Crews vs Curr Hawkins
The best part about this match was Titus coming out to congratulate Apollo. This could be the story line Crews needs to build his overall character.
Dean Ambrose & Chris Jericho vs The Miz & Bray Wyatt
Quite honestly, the Miz’s show long story of finding a partner had me hooked. I genuinely had no idea who it could’ve been. Even though his partner didn’t immediately, I was on the edge of my seat.
Watching two babyfaces beat up the Miz wasn’t the most entertaining thing. It was funny for the first minute, but then it just became boring. If anything, that only allowed for the fans to sympathize with the Miz.
As terrible as Wyatt’s promo was, seeing him come out to help the Miz was pretty neat. He may not be feuding with any of the other competitors, but he looked like a legitimate threat. I especially liked how he took out the Miz as well.
This was a strange Raw. From start to finish, it was pretty entertaining, but nothing about it has me excited for Payback. In that case, it was a terrible go home show, but not terrible as an overall show. The timing for this wasn’t quite right.
The low point of this show was the Bray Wyatt promo, while the high point was the six man tag. Overall, I say this episode deserves an 8/10.