Bayley and Sasha were the real start for Raw as the show really started with their presence in the ring.
Bayley said that they change the game show after show because they never sleep and if you are a talent that only exists once in a generation, everyone comes after you. They will take over WWE if they win all the titles. Asuka came out and laughed when Sasha called herself Two Belt Banks and said Bayley wasn’t ready for Asuka. Bayley said Sasha would humiliate her and she was ready for anything and everything, so she asks what Asuka has for her? Asuka releases Kairi Sane!
Sasha and Bayley have further proven why they are the workhorses of this company. Once again, Bayley put Sasha in a difficult position. Okay, yes, Sasha did Bayley last week, but by then it had been incredibly one-sided.
Sasha and Kairi started a clinic, and when Sasha had the potential to lose when Kairi had her in a Boston crab, Bayley got involved and caused a DQ. Asuka attacked her and went outside, and Kairi dived from the turnbuckle and took out the role models.
Later Asuka and Bayley had their own match and it was just as good! Nikki Cross commented and was an absolute joy. But when Sasha and Bayley upset her, security got her out of the ring. Bayley was in control and choked Asuka on the ropes. Asuka returned with an ongoing hip attack that sent Bayley to the ground. Bayley was able to get back in and took a bottle of water and threw it into Asuka’s face. Nikki suddenly appeared behind the plexiglass and distracted Bayley and Sasha. Asuka pulled Bayley back and locked the Asuka lock. Sasha tried to interfere, but Kairi speared her and Asuka won.
Talk more, Claymore
Dolph started the show and wanted to know what the condition Dolph chose for Extreme Rules. Dolph came out and said his destiny … was a secret! Drew has experience leaving people behind and Heath Slater comes out! Heath shared their story together, saying that when Drew was released in 2014, Heath called him and had dinner with him all the time, but he hadn’t heard from Drew in months. He wants what he owes and that’s a match. Drew said he didn’t want to fight him, but Heath hit him and he got his match.
If anyone thought this segment made Drew McIntyre a heel, you’re very wrong. What it actually did was to remind many of us of a person we had left behind at some point in our lives. This person was left high and dry after supporting us. It wasn’t done with bad intentions either.
I felt that. When they came back from the break it got weird. I don’t understand what a match at Heath was all about. He lost in less than 20 seconds and then Drew had to help him when Dolph stepped into the ring to scold him for his defeat. Why did Dolph care? He should have been happy that Heath lost, because if he won, it would be his turn for a title shot – you know, the real WWE way.
All of this was so we came to Heath and Drew to do a little 3MB reunion and hug it.
So the question arises why the whole thing is booked at all. A more creative way of doing things would have been for Heath to do the same great promotion for Drew, Drew, to hug and apologize. Heath doesn’t accept that and leaves, but then attacks Drew with Dolph. Heath is geared towards Dolph and at Extreme Rules he is in Dolph’s corner. Suddenly, just as Dolph was about to win, Heath turned the coats and it turned out that he was always on Drew’s side and they made a plan to fool Dolph. Dolph loses and we get this 3MB reunion to close the pay-per-view. This way, nobody looks stupid and Heath is not humiliated.
Dead easy! Now I’m still not excited about Drew and Dolph on Sunday and they had to humiliate Heath.
eye to eye
During the knockout show, Owens Seth offered a gift to commemorate their epic Wrestlemania match – Owens’ shirt from WWE Shop, which he wore in the match. Seth didn’t care and wanted to speak to Rey Mysterio. He will challenge Rey to a match at Extreme Rules. He told Owens that he should choose to fight with him because he had been fighting so long and hard, he must be tired and maybe he needs a purpose. Rey and Dominick came out and Rey said he would accept the challenge and Owens said that he would fight instead of Aleister tonight. The winning team should choose the condition for their game, and Seth agreed.
Three times an hour, WWE made someone look stupid. Can’t we get where we want to go more creatively? First it was Dolph and Heath, now KO. What was the point of a knockout show for a silly joke promo by Owens and made him a tag partner for Mysterio? Let Seth come out and play preacher, Rey and Dom come out as they did, then a surprise comes up Owens and sees what happened in the background and wants to punish Seth and Murphy. Sometimes it’s too easy! How do I get this stuff and the people you get paid for aren’t?
The match was fine and actually had a very decent end. Aleister came out and Seth asked him to hit him so he could win and choose the condition. While Seth and the referee were distracted, Dom scratched to pay back Seth for having raked his eyes earlier, Murphy’s eyes, and allowing Rey to pin Murphy and meet the condition. This determination? An… eye for eye match? I can’t say I disagree with Rey’s reasoning, but why do you risk taking your other eye out? There are a dozen provisions you can choose to ensure that you are doing serious harm to your opponent. I don’t see this ending well for Rey unless there is a massive amount of interference.
New red, white and blue – Well well well. MVP and Lashley came out after saying they would discuss the future of the US title. MVP said the Apollo Crews light was bright but it was burned out. He is full of youthful exuberance and thought he was invincible, but nobody is invincible when it comes to Bobby Lashley’s Full Nelson. After beating Apollo, he thought he was the new US champion and unveiled a brand new US title!
Ricochet and Cedric came out saying Apollo will be back soon and it’s time to end the MVPs’ US title fantasy. That of course means tag team match! Ricochet was thrown around as usual and sold his ass as usual. When Cedric entered, he pulled Lashley out to target MVP and almost won it with a tornado DDT, but Lashley got the day and sped Cedric to victory. Lashley was jailed for Cedric’s problems, courtesy of Full Nelson, and Ricochet saved.
I’m digging RicoRic to defend Apollo Crews. Not often, people shown on television as friends help each other or defend their friends’ honor during games, and it’s great to see WWE have given them the spot on television in recent weeks. Lose … not a big fan of it. I am excited to see what will happen between MVP and Apollo on Sunday. I hope to see RicoRic in Apollo’s corner to maintain continuity. You can’t leave anyone alone when Lashley chases the ring.
RKO, Andrade and Angel Garza def. Big Show and the Viking Raiders – Behind the scenes was a silly crap between their faces where Big Show had to heap up the Raiders with weak hoes. Randy said he respects Garza and Andrade as 3rd generation wrestlers. Orton was really cool in the match with Garza. Garza and Andrade argued again, and Orton had none of it. While Andrade was the legal man, Orton grabbed Garza’s neck and told him to pull his head out of his ass. Very leadership. Show got the hot day and wanted to suffocate Andrade and Orton tried an RKO, but Show entered, Erik and Orton came in and while Andrade blocked the Viking experience, Orton hit Erik with an RKO to win.
Really cool match between the six men. Orton is doing his damn best job right now, and the way he approached Andrade and Garza and respected them as 3rd generation like themselves really made me want to see Legacy 2.0 between them for a while. I didn’t care about the faces in this match because I don’t care about the show, and the Viking Raiders have been reduced to nothing after this ridiculous feud with street profits. I mean, road profits weren’t reduced to anything, so … whatever.
Billie Kay def. Ruby Riott – This match literally did nothing for Ruby in the defeat. In fact, nothing that WWE has done to her recently is to her advantage. A former member of the Riott team is fired and the other two are poorly managed. What do you need to take Ruby and Liv seriously? If you want to know who the better singles wrestler between IIconics is, look no further. It is Peyton. Sorry Billie.
Raw had its ups and downs, but most of the games were delivered. The weakest points were some of the segments between games. Dolph has ruined the opening segment and suits me, just an absolute idiot. I really would have loved to see more serious Heath Slater in the WWE. Dealing with Ruby and the lack of Liv is very frustrating. The tag scene is pretty much missing from Raw. Apart from that, Orton, Garza and Andrade were a fun pairing I want more of, and I’m really interested to see how MVP and Apollo and the role models in Extreme Rules for the Raw behave.
Note: C +
What were your thoughts, Cagesiders?