Raw starts off hot with Goldberg coming out to a hyped Hartford crowd. Before he could get a word out Paul Heyman makes his way to ringside to let us know that Brock Lesnar is also in the house. Lesnar’s music hits but no one comes out. This was just Heyman screwing with the Raw crowd and the audience at home. However you know who does come out? Rusev. The Bulgarian Brute says that Goldberg doesn’t have the explosiveness, strength, or heart that made him a dominant force in WCW. Rusev hits Goldberg with a right hand that had no affect on him. He goes for another but Goldberg blocks it. He hoists Rusev up and drops him with a Jackhammer. In a flash he slams Heyman with a Spear! That’s one way to start the show.
Enzo Amore vs. Luke Gallows in a Trick or Street Fight
If you’ve ever watched a WWE program on any holiday you know exactly how these things go. Exploding pumpkins, pie to the face, the whole gamut. Of course Big Cass gets involved to help Enzo pick up the win with the top rope DDT.
Brian Kendrick (c) vs. TJ Perkins for the Cruiserweight Championship
Nothing noteworthy for this one aside for the ending. The action spilled outside of the ring but both men were able to break the referee’s ten count. Or were they? Kendrick had more then enough time to get back in the ring but decided to get counted out because, as you know, a title cannot change hands via countout. A pissed off Perkins attacks Kendrick and locks in the Kneebar on the outside.
Mick Foley voiced his displeasure with Universal Champion Kevin Owens and his best friend Chris Jericho for essentially making last night’s Hell in a Cell match a two on one handicap match. He swallows his pride however because he needs these two in the Survivor Series match. He also needs them to work with someone else on the team and that someone happens to be Roman Reigns. Jericho tells Reigns even though hates everything about America he’s sure he’d make a better US Champion than Roman. So obviously Foley does the next best thing and schedules a US Championship match between Roman and Jericho tonight.
A battle royale took place with the winner earning a spot on the Survivor Series RAW team. This was a really fun battle royale which almost saw the predicted winner actually get eliminated by a smaller foe. Unfortunately the valiant effort displayed by Sami Zayn wasn’t enough to stop Braun Strowman who basically bulldozed everyone to earn a spot on the RAW Survivor Series team. The team as of now is Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, and Braun Strowman. What. A. Team.
Rich Swann, Lince Dorado, and Cedric Alexander vs. Drew Gulak, Ariya Daivari, and Tony Nese
Basically a carbon copy of the Hell in a Cell Kickoff match from last night but you’re not going to get a complaint out of me. I could watch these six wrestle all night. Swann pins Nese after a spinning back kick.
Charlotte came down to the ring to not only gloat about her historic victory last night at Hell in a Cell but throw fire at the women of SmackDown Live. Charlotte called out all the women on the SmackDown to let them know they have no chance against the Queen’s Team. She goes on to say there is a weak link on the team in Bayley who she summoned to ringside. She belittles the good nature of Bayley saying she looks more like a fan in a Halloween costume than a WWE Superstar. Bayley doesn’t back down from Charlotte but Charlotte isn’t her problem at the moment. Her problem right now is Nia Jax.
Nia Jax vs. Bayley
I wouldn’t say this was a squash match because Bayley did have moments where she looked like she had things in hand but the power and size difference was just too much for Bayley to overcome. Jax wins with a Samoan Drop.
Sheamus and Cesaro vs. The Shining Stars
Fun match that really showed of the tag team expertise of Primo and Epico. When are we going to move away from the idea that Sheamus and Cesaro can’t be a formidable team because Sheamus can’t set aside his ego? Sheamus gets Epico to tap to his Cloverleaf. Primo tried breaking it up coming off the top rope but he got caught with an uppercut from Cesaro. Again I get it, these two can’t get along. When they do they could be a great team so make it happen already.
Goldust and R-Truth in a haunted house. Amazing.
Roman Reigns (c) vs. Chris Jericho for the United States Championship
Really good match to close out tonight’s Raw. The story during the match was Roman not being 100% after a grueling match against Rusev the night before. Much of the offense came from Jericho with Owens there at ringside to lend his hand when the referee wasn’t looking. The match did a good job keeping the focus of the crowd with various near falls. It took Roman three tries to finally connect with a Superman Punch. Roman goes to put away Jericho with a Spear but Kevin Owens intervenes causing the referee to call for the bell and a disqualification. Jericho and Owens beat on Roman when suddenly a pissed off Seth Rollins comes sprinting to the ring! Rollins takes out Owens and goes right for Jericho. He attempts to hit Jericho with a Pedigree but Owens is able to get his best friend out of harms way. The show closes with Rollins and Reigns staring each other down. Very intriguing way to end the show with two former Shield brothers in the ring with common enemies in Jericho and Owens. I like where this is going, let’s hope it stays on the right track.
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