Date: July 10, 2017
Location: Houston, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, Booker T, and Corey Graves
- Although, Big Cass destroyed his former tag team partner at “Great Balls of Fire,” Enzo Amore needs to be continued to be featured on television. He is the best talker in the company, and you cannot throw him to the side. Maybe he should go to the cruiserweight division. With that being said, Big Cass needs to move on to feud with somebody new and should continue to be elevated.
- Against my better judgment, it appeared as though the WWE set up a double turn with Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman at “Great Balls of Fire.” Reigns committed ATTEMPTED MURDER after he lost a match against Strowman when he used an ambulance to hit a wall with the giant inside. Strowman looked like the toughest man on the roster by being able to walk away with a bloody body as the crowd cheered him on. How can I cheer Reigns going forward? I will not cheer for the sore loser.
- The WWE should drop the Shesaro/Hardy Boyz and Dean Ambrose/Miz rivalries, These two feuds have long past their expiration dates. Give them something fresh.
- Finn Balor needs to set up a big Summerslam match tonight. It is inexcusable for him to get overlooked.
- Samoa Joe should continue to be featured as a top player on Raw going forward. He will be fighting Roman Reigns tonight for a shot at Lesnar’s Universal Title in what I expect to be a good match.
- Big Cass cut a good promo, laughing about how he destroyed his former best friend, Enzo Amore. He had good heat before he even spoke. I like how Big Cass talked a big game by saying that one day he will become WWE Universal Champion, be a guest on The Tonight Show, and main event Wrestlemania while he looked directly in front of the camera with that smug look on his face. His bland entrance music needs to change though.
- The WWE also made a good decision by having the Big Show interrupt Big Cass, after Cass said that nobody can touch him because nobody can touch him. Big Cass left the ring like a scared heel should. This looks like a Summerslam match, where Big Show will do the right thing and lose to the up and comer.
Finn Balor Vs. Elias Samson
- Elias Samson got a good reaction, while he did his pre-match monologue, before Finn Balor interrupted him.
- Rating: C. Finn Balor beat Elias Samson, but “The Drifter” looked good in defeat. He worked on Balor’s shoulder for a good portion of the match but Balor won with the Coup de Grace.
- Post-match The Hardy Boyz congratulated Finn Balor for the victory before they went to the ring.
- Now give Finn Balor a meaningful feud for Summerslam!
Hardy Boyz Promo
- I loved this opening promo, mainly because The Hardy Boyz continually teased the return of the “Broken Universe” characters by saying the words obsolete and broken. The Hardys said that even though they lost against Sheamus and Cesaro in their tag team title match last night, they are not done.
- Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson interrupted the Hardy Boyz and saying that they are done and past their prime.
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson Vs. The Hardy Boyz
- Rating: D+. This was a standard Raw match, which wasn’t a bad thing. Hopefully, this loss for the Hardy Boyz will bring us one step closer to the crazy, BROKEN Hardys.
- Post-Match The Revival came out to destroy the Hardy Boyz. The matches that will follow will not be anything less than good
The Miz Promo
- The Miz hosted “The Mizzies,” and gave Bo Dallas, Curtis Axel, and his wife, Maryse awards for last night’s “Great Balls of Fire.” He also ran down Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. The two wrestlers confronted The Miz and beat him down. This was time filler, albeit entertaining at times.
- Afterwards, I like how Dean Ambrose does said that he does not trust Seth Rollins because of their history together.
Sasha Banks and Bayley Vs. Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss
Rating: C-. Bayley pinned Alexa Bliss to win the match. Bayley’s character has so been heavily downgraded because of her terrible feud with Alexa Bliss. I suppose that there will be a triple-threat or fatal four way match at Summerslam for the Women’s Championship. Otherwise, this outcome makes no sense.
R-Truth Vs. Goldust
Rating: C. I’m glad that Goldust has gone back to his classic character from the 90s. Goldust won in an acceptable match. That is a problem though; only acceptable. The build-up to this match has been going on for months, and the match is buried in an unimportant timeslot and nobody really cares.
In-Ring Promo Segment
- Angle says that Strowman might not come back, but the show must go on and introduces Brock Lesnar.
- Angle announced that Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe will fight each other next week to see who will be the number one contender to fight Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.
- Reigns was the only superstar that was not interesting in this segment. Although he said a few good lines, he delivered those lines like a robot. Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar showed a real fire and makes me excited to see them fight again. Nonetheless, I pick Reigns will beat Joe.
- Kurt Angle is upset about a text message that he received and tells Corey Graves that this will ruin him and will need to say goodbye. Graves says that everyone respects Angle and we will not want to see him go.
- I am really excited to see the payoff for this storyline, as long as the person behind the controversy is Stephanie McMahon. I recently heard a pretty interesting theory about whom the culprit my might be: Dixie Carter. The former TNA President will be featured in a documentary that will air after Raw tonight.
Cedric Alexander and Akira Tozawa Vs. Nevile and Noam Darr
Rating: C. Tozawa got revenge from Neville by kicking the rope, while Neville was crotched on the top rope. Tozawa then pinned Neville for the win after he hit the top rope Senton. This will lead to a rematch between Tozawa and Neville for the Cruiserweight Championship at Summerslam. I’m picking Alexander or Johnny Gargano to finally dethrone Neville.
Seth Rollins Vs. Bray Wyatt
- Rollins and Wyatt cut generic promos, relative to their character prior to the match
- Bray Wyatt beat Seth Rollins with his Sister Abigail move after a headbutt to the eye.
Rating: B-. I am glad to see that they are keeping Bray Wyatt strong by beating Seth Rollins. Wyatt has had a long history of losing big matches, but hopefully the WWE won’t book themselves into a corner this time.
Post-Match The Miztourage attacked Seth Rollins in Shield-like style until Ambrose made the save.
Backstage Angle is talking to an unknown person on his cell phone. He tells the mystery person that he love her and asks her to come to Raw next week to make an announcement. This has me intrigued to finally see the payoff to this good storyline. Who will the person be and what is this scandal?
Overall Rating: B. This episode of Raw was heavily story-driven and that is okay because I like the majority of the storyline progression from tonight. The wrestling itself was not important because outside of Wyatt and Rollins, the matches were not good. The Kurt Angle controversy, the tease of the Broken Hardys, Big Cass ascending the card, and the Universal Title scene are positives coming out of this show.