By “Gorgeous” Garrett Smith
Surprise, surprise. Monday Night RAW began with a Roman Reigns promo in the center of the ring. It ended up leading into Braun Strowman confronting him about The Shield interfering on his behalf the previous week. To prevent this from happening in the future he decided to formally announce that he was cashing in his Money in the Bank contract at the upcoming Hell in a Cell ppv. The two shook hands on it, only to be interrupted by Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, which in turn led to the two pairings to team up for a tag team match against each other in the main event. This is where things got interesting. Braun ended up betraying Reigns in the match and seemingly turned heel in the process as he joined in Ziggler and McIntyre’s beatdown of the Universal champion, as well as his Shield brothers who came out to help. At first glance this seems like an odd move for one of the most over guys in the company, but Reigns is in fact a Vince McMahon guy. Here’s what I mean, Reigns is now the top guy with the top belt, and in order to not have the fans turn on him (too late), you have to get rid of all potential competition to his popularity. The people love Braun, and in the new vision he can’t be more over than the chosen champion. We will see how this plays out, but I imagine Reigns is going to have a lengthy title run here and people like Braun, Finn Balor, and Seth Rollins are not going to sniff that title for a long time.
Other RAW Highlights Include:
- Baron Corbin defeated Finn Balor.
- Sasha Banks defeated Dana Brooke.
- Kevin Owens answers Seth Rollins’ Intercontinental Title open challenge and is defeated in a near flawless match.
- KO tells the audience “I quit”, after his disappointing loss.
- The Revival defeated the B-Team in a non-title match.
- Trish Stratus interrupts a performance by Elias in her hometown of Toronto.
- Natalya defeated Alicia Fox.
- Bobby Lashley defeated The Ascension in a handicap match.
- Dean Ambrose defeated Jinder Mahal.
Becky Lynch is probably going to be the most beloved heel in the business by the time this feud is over. The crowd is white hot for her and her vendetta against her former best friend Charlotte Flair. Things came to a head this week after Charlotte successfully retained her Smackdown Women’s title against Carmella in her contractually obligated rematch clause. Becky attacked Flair after the match and hoisted the title over her head proclaiming that it once again will be hers (over a chorus of cheers) and ended the show with calling Flair a bitch. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this heel turn, but I’m on board now. She is the most justified heel I have seen in a long time and continues to speak truths that the crowd agrees with. It’s Becky’s time, give her the belt.
Other SDLive Highlights Include:
- King Booker surprises The New Day to congratulate them on becoming five time, FIVE TIME champs. This concluded in everyone doing a spinarooni.
- The Bar defeated The Colons and Gallows and Anderson to move towards becoming number one contenders.
- Jeff Hardy demanded that Randy Orton face him in a Hell in a Cell match.
- Billie Kay defeated Naomi.
- Daniel Bryan defeated Andrade Almas by DQ after interference by The Miz and Maryse.
- Samoa Joe continues to taunt AJ Styles.
205 Live Highlights Include:
- Akira Tozawa defeated The Brian Kendrick.
- Hideo Itami defeated a jobber and is confronted by a returning Mustafa Ali.
- Buddy Murphy delivers in the main event once again as he defeated Kalisto.
NXT Highlights Include:
- The Velveteen Dream confronts Johnny Gargano to set up a match for next week.
- William Regal interviews many members of the locker room to try to figure out who attacked Aleister Black.
- Dakota Kai defeated Aliyah.
- EC3 was scheduled to take one Raul Mendoza, but was taken out by a returning Lars Sullivan, who in turn took his place and squashed Mendoza.
- Keith Lee defeats a jobber.
- Undisputed Era defeated Ricochet and Pete Dunne.
- After the match, the War Raiders scare off Undisputed Era after they continued to beatdown their opponents.
“Gorgeous” Garrett is the Head Writer for Mark Set Go and a former SmackDown Predictions Champion. To stay up to date on thoughts on WWE and much more follow him on twitter @SmithGarrett91