Do not look now, but Monday Night Raw appears in the right direction after a long and strange trip that was the consequence of WrestleMania 34 through SummerSlam. Although it would be difficult for the WWE's iconic show to worsen the underlying reality that lasted for about six weeks, it's hard to deny the feeling of momentum in the air after an amazing Super Show-Down pay-per-view on Saturday. Tomorrow in Australia and a follow-up episode of Raw.
Monday's show was fast, fun and featured a handful of revelations that set the stage for a couple of PPV programs on the horizon, including the inaugural Women's Evolution program on October 28 and the WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia in November. . 2.
Triple H, Shawn Michaels Reform DeGeneration X
The legendary best friends opened the show by angrily reliving the post-match attack on Saturday by the Brothers of Destruction in the Super Show-Down after the four of them joined to immerse themselves in the adulation of the crowd. Triple H called Kane and The Undertaker out of disrespect and stared at HBK when he said: "Respect is when you keep your word even if everyone does not want you to do it."
Michaels recalled how long the return trip by plane from Australia lasted and how it went with only one question in mind. Triple H interrupted him, looked Michaels in the eyes and asked, "Are you ready?" Moments before taking off the shirts to reveal the versions of D-Generation X below, the duo challenged Kane and The Undertaker to a match at WWE Crown Jewel in November (which was officially announced later in the show).
There was an amazing pop pop out of the crowd for this ad that did nothing more than reveal the big problem in question. As much as WWE fans love nostalgia and will normally fall in love with the idea of Michaels returning to his word of retirement upon returning for another game, this is the stage away from the stage everyone had in mind. As much fun as Saturday's show has been, WWE's consecutive pay-per-view trips to Australia and Saudi Arabia over a 27-day period are almost painfully transparent for what they really are: earning money.
Seeing Michaels, a boy who is clear even at 53 years of age, can still go, not back against a current star like AJ Styles, Seth Rollins or Samoa Joe and, instead, repeating the story against two washed-up villains is a Little disappointing. Speaking of DX, at what age is it no longer acceptable to have "two words" for someone you do not like? Let's face it, that might not be the best trick to continue at twilight. Grade: C
Kurt Angle returns by surprise.
Weeks after WWE announced a one-night World Cup tournament in Saudi Arabia at Crown Jewel, the eight-man camp began to take shape. During a promotional video, John Cena was announced as the only competitor who would not need a qualifying match. Later, the acting general manager, Baron Corbin, revealed that tonight he was entering a real battle with the winner winning second place in the World Cup.
The Conqueror wins Global Battle Royal of eight men: The transparent movement of Corbin was designed to obtain an easy place in the tournament considering that the field was a comic collection of workers who supposedly represented different countries. The masked Conqueror elegantly emerged from the ring in the opening bell and hid himself by sitting on the ground while the remaining fighters surrounded Corbin until the agent threw them to each one at a time. The Conqueror then sneaked to hit a trio of German suplexes and what appeared to be an angle hit before taking out Corbin to win the match. A loking revealed that it was Kurt Angle and that all he would say during a behind-the-scenes interview was: "Technically, I'm still on vacation."
This was not just a fun segment, it was a smart reserve to add an intriguing story to the World Cup tournament that should probably escalate the Angle-Corbin dispute to Survivor Series. He gives credit to WWE for having fun with the different tricks of the workers inside the ring and Angle stayed true to his historically strong comic abilities by hiding his identity behind the mask with fun dances and gestures. Grade A-
Ronda Rousey gets double crusade
Ronda Rousey & The Bella Twins def. The Riott Squadron through submission: In a rematch of the exact same Saturday match in Australia, Brie Bella and Liv Morgan set the tone early with an intense fight that was meant to be a reminder that Bella had accidentally hurt Morgan weeks before. The exciting fight became a label that allowed Rousey to clean the house. Nikki and Brie then helped by preventing Morgan and Sarah Logan from interfering when Rousey applied the arm in Ruby Riott for a quick touch.
After the game, Rousey embraced the Bella Twins and raised his hands in victory. Nikki then attacked her from behind. After Rousey initially worked free and judo took them both out of the ring, their intensity was the best of it. While Rousey screamed in Nikki's face (and was censored by the censors in the process), Brie attacked from behind and sent Rousey for the first time to the ring post. Rousey was thrown to the rungs of the ring and to the wall of the barricade before both sisters posed Rousey inside the ring. Later, a bout for the Rousey-Nikki title was announced for Evolution.
Almost all aspects of this were handled perfectly. Not only was it fun to watch the game, the turn of the heel showed intensity and great timing. The Bella Twins have always been more valuable as heels and seeing Nikki doing the #L on her forehead felt like a nostalgic memory of better days. While next week will be important for the twins to correctly explain the reasoning behind their false friendship, it's hard not to be excited about the Evolution game considering the power of the stars involved. The only thing that kept this from a perfect score was the lack of an explanation of why Natalya did not run to save Rousey. Grade A
What else happened on Raw?
- Bobby Lashley def. Kevin Owens through pinfall: With Lio Rush working the microphone throughout the game from ringside as a kick drum, Lashley began to show a much more physical side. The long game of two segments ended with Owens pinching his knee and Lashley did not stop attacking him. After Lashley hit the Dominator for 1-2-3 and left the ring, he suddenly turned around in a movement that felt like a heel twist. Lashley hit KO with a block of chop and hit his knee against the corner post. Later he came back once more to aim both knees against the post. Rush and Lashley later interrupted a behind-the-scenes interview with Finn Balor and Bayley to insult them and further consolidate the spin.
- Finn Balor & Bayley def. Jinder Mahal and Alicia Fox through pinfall: In what was no more than a commercial for the Mixed Match Challenge, the rematch between these two teams caused Balor and Bayley to repeat their success last Tuesday. Bayley filled Sunil Singh's attempt to interfere by knocking him off the ring apron and Balor followed with a coup de grace in Mahal for the pin.
- Ember Moon def. Nia Jax through countout: The pair of good friends took intensity from one another. The action spilled out of the ring late after Moon's attempted suicide dive failed to bring down Jax. But Jax failed his follow-up splatter attempt and hit hard on the video plate on the apron. Moon dove under the bottom rope just in time to beat the 10. After the game, Jax hugged Moon and raised his arm in victory as he looked after his injured shoulder.
- Trish Stratus, Lita will join Evolution: After Stratus entered the ring to contest what was said in last week's "Moment of Bliss" promotion, Alexa Bliss and Mickie James came out to exchange words. Stratus' offer for an immediate match with Bliss was rejected by James, who suggested a team match. Lita left to recover the back of her former rival while the two fought against Bliss and James, with Bliss saving James from a lunar jump of Lita when he took her out of the ring. Shortly thereafter, WWE announced a tag team match involving the four in Evolution, on the spot or individual matches that were announced or rumored previously.
- Bobby Roode and Chad Gable def. The Ascension through pinfall: After two consecutive victories by Konnor, Roode and Gable came together to take revenge. Gable continued his excesses of zeal by labeling himself just as Roode was ready to hit his finisher. Gable landed a German suplex with a bridge in Viktor for the pin while Roode looked angrily. At that time, AOP pulled both with punches before joining a Super Collider to probably indicate the start of a new dispute.
- Paul Heyman exaggerated the triple threat match at Crown Jewel: Brock defender Lesnar registered with a brief promo delivered completely from the ramp and with the intention of reminding fans that "The Beast" still exists. Heyman was far from exciting or dynamic, as he criticized Reigns and Strowman for needing the help of his teammates, while predicting that Lesnar would defeat both of them in his triple threat universal championship match in Saudi Arabia.
- Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre def. The Shield through pinfall: Another rematch of Super Show-Down produced an exciting match with the intensity of pay per view. The previous segments did well to explain the current lack of harmony between the heels while Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler continued to argue over who is the team's weak link. The arguments only continued in the match, largely between McIntyre and Braun Strowman. In the second half of the game, multiple high places were registered and suicides were launched in tandem by Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which irritated the crowd. But the chaotic ending ended with four men lying on the ground and McIntyre hitting Ambrose with Claymore's kick for 1-2-3. While the heels were celebrating the ramp, Ambrose left his Shield brothers in the ring and left.