WWE Monday Night Raw – Results and Review
August 15, 2016
We Write Wrestling – @WeWriteWrestlin
Raw came to you LIVEEEE from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. We are just a few days away from one of the most exciting weekends of the wrestling year, and WWE has really put together a stellar card for both TakeOver and Summerslam. They’d better live up to the hype….they are in New York after all. Let’s look at tonight’s go-home show.
Rusev promo with Lana, Mick Foley, Stephanie McMahon and Roman Reigns
Rusev is one of the most underrated talents in WWE today and Roman Reigns is the guy who just spent the last 2 1/2 years being shoved down our throats, yet this is one of the most uninteresting feuds on the card. Kind of sad really, considering Roman main-evented the last two WrestleMania’s.
Rusev and Lana kicked off the show (sort of….Seth was standing outside the arena yelling for Finn) and were soon joined by Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon and Roman Reigns, who looks VERY bred by all of this. A non-title match between the two of them is announced as the main-event.
Sheamus vs Sami Zayn
Sheamus has been delivering some fun, hard-fought matches lately against some of the industry’s brightest, and it’s good to see. He may still be an afterthought, but as least he’s an afterthought who’s trying to play safer then he was when he first came back. Sami Zayn got the win after a distraction from Cesaro allowed Zayn to hit Sheamus with the Helluva Kick.
Sheamus and Cesaro got into it backstage, and Mick Foley announced a “Best of 7” between the two. I wasn’t even watching wrestling when the last one of those happened so that’s quite exciting.
Winner: Sami Zayn
Nia Jax vs Rachel Levy
Kudos to this girl for showing some personality…I felt like she had more of an identity then any of the other girls Nia has faced so far. The match was, as usual, uneventful, and Nia won with a new finisher; a Side Powerslam kind of thing.
Winner: Nia Jax
Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar promo with Heath Slater
“I don’t give a shit about your kids”. If that statement doesn’t define Brock Lesnar as a character then I don’t know what does. Heath Slater continues to entertain and get massively over on both shows, while essentially doing nothing physical himself. Amazing.
I don’t think Dean Ambrose did himself any favors by shit-talking Brock on Stone Cold’s podcast and talking about Brock not wanting to do anything artistic in their WrestleMania match. Brock was more than likely in the middle of training for the Hunt fight at that point and probably thought “I beat Taker’s streak at 30 and main-evented 31. I don’t need to do anything for this shit”. He’s Brock Lesnar. He’s allowed to do this.
It doesn’t matter honestly because Brock has been having the same match over and over since he came back in 2012 and is still the most over person on whatever card he’s on. Again, him and Randy had almost no in-ring build up together but their match is one of the most anticipated throughout the entire weekend, so I won’t be surprised if Brock decides to put more into this one. He looked as badass as ever tonight.
Kevin Owens vs Big Cass
If you’ve been reading my reviews weekly, you know I’m not huge on Cass and tonight didn’t do him any favors. Kevin Owens looked like he was struggling a bit to keep making Cass look good, so I was sort of relieved when Jericho took out Enzo and then Cass, causing the DQ. They hit a Superkick and a Codebreaker on Cass respectively post-match, but that’s probably the best they’re gonna get. No way Enzo and Cass are losing in Brooklyn.
Winner: Cass (by DQ)
Prime Time Players vs Primo and Epico
A PTP reunion is great because I could give zero shits about Young’s singles push, but then they break them up again right away. I can’t even be mad about it though because even I could be less obvious when selling a finisher then Darren was when taking the Clash Of The Titus….dude literally jumped 5 feet in the air. Primo and Epico looked around for a minute, confused, before pinning Young. Guess we’re getting pre-show match after all.
Winners: Primo and Epico
Jinder Mahal vs Neville
Out of all the guys WWE could have brought back for the brand split, Jinder Mahal was never going to benefit from it. He’s a talented guy no doubt, but he’s back to his losing ways already and I don’t see him being anything more then a jobber for as long as he’s here.
Neville on the other hand, should not and hopefully will not be jobbing to anyone anytime soon. He did a Corkscrew from the top rope to the floor on an upright opponent and jumped right back to his feet: that is badass. Based off his in-ring and backstage persona lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a heel turn out of him soon.
Seth Rollins promo with Demon Balor
Mick Foley suggested going out to the ring if he wanted to find Demon Balor, and he was right. Balor eventually made his way out to the ring in a very Undertaker-like fashion (lights going out, smoke, etc). The fans, who were pretty dead for most of the show, lit up for this, chanting “This is awesome.” The two brawled, but didn’t give too much away, clearly saving everything they can for Sunday.
I was disappointed that I wouldn’t be seeing Finn at my first ever NXT show (TakeOver this weekend) but if WWE allows this match to live up to its potential, we are looking at a possible Dave Meltzer 5-star rating/match-of-the-year candidate. That is huge.
Anderson and Gallows vs Golden Truth
While this match did not include any Pokémon Go shenanigans, it was still rather quick, and Goldust did a majority of the in-ring work. He took the pin after a Magic Killer from Anderson and Gallows.
Winners: Anderson and Gallows
New Day attempted an attack similar to what Anderson and Gallows did to Big E two weeks ago, but were averted. This match is tame compared to the rest of the card at Summerslam.
Charlotte vs Alicia Fox
Alicia held her own here but would clearly not be getting anywhere near a victory over the former champion. Charlotte got the win with the Natural Selection, even though WWE neglected to show us the move, keeping the camera on Sasha Banks for a majority of the match. Slick.
Charlotte baited Sasha down to the ring, who was double teamed by her and Dana Brooke. I’m sure they’ll play off the injured knee scenario this Sunday, but it will still be an amazing match nonetheless.
Roman Reigns vs Rusev
Honestly, a really impressive match. They went for about a half hour and while that might not have been the best idea going into their title match six days from now, it was a strong end to a VERY lackluster show. Roman did win in the most predictable way of course (my eyes were rolling for the next five minutes) with one single spear after taking literally everything from Rusev’s moveset but you know, whatever it’s cool. Kill my vibe WWE.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Not entirely a lackluster show as we got some great matches in Zayn/Sheamus and Rusev/Reigns and of course the excellent Lesnar/Heyman segment, but still, being that it was a go-home show for a “big 4” show I’m not completely satisfied. Regardless of tonight’s show, Summerslam is going to be an excellent show so I’m not worried.
Like I said earlier, I’m excited for the whole weekend, but particularly NXT TakeOver. If you’re going to the show, hit me up on Twitter @njwade_ and I’d love to meet up with ya’ll. This is my first NXT show and it’s going to be ridiculous. I’ll be on my friend Graham “GSM” Matthews’ “WrestleRant” radio show sometime next week to discuss TakeOver itself so be on the lookout for that. You can find him on Twitter @WrestleRant and on NextEraWrestling.net.