Opening Segment B+
Somewhat slow opening segment when it came to talking. Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens, and Jericho have basically said everything they can possibly say to each other at this point. Business really picked up though once the ass kicking started. Roman, Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn all throwing down was definitely a good way to start Raw. Brock staring down Sami Zayn was a very positive sign for Zayn’s career even if he got suplexed almost immediately afterward.
Enzo and Cass b. Rusev and Jinder Mahal: B-
This match was a solid tag team match. Honestly, Enzo and Cass seem to be in a weird place. They’re not really in the tag team division, even though they might be the most over tag team right now. It’s like WWE wants to push Cass, but they know they can’t push him alone just yet. Jinder Mahal took the pin here, which is exactly why he’s even around right now. They want Rusev to lose without looking weak. Good to see Enzo get the win and some actual momentum.
Daivari b. Lince Dorado- C
Cruiserweights are the new Divas. They are short, don’t get much attention from creative, and could be great if given the proper attention. This match was fairly short and didn’t stand out to me. The good news is that the crowd was mildly interested. Slowly but surely the fans are starting to warm up to the Cruiserweight division. If the shackles were taken off I’m thinking the division would stand a much better chance.
Cesaro and Sheamus vs. The Club for the Tag Team Championships ends in DQ- B
This was a very strong match and showcased both teams very well. The Club is still lacking personality to me, but they’re getting better. They went the accidental screw job route with this one which was a nice twist. I legitimately thought they were going to pass the titles to The Club before the decision was reversed. Sheamus accidentally hitting the ref was a smooth move and I liked it. I can’t say I was all for this rivalry, but if they can put on great matches I’ll shut my mouth and watch.
Tony Nese vs. Rich Swann- C+
This match never officially starts. Neville attacks Swann and then Nese joins in on the attack. Honestly, I am really liking heel Neville but the Cruiserweight division just feels hollow. Like they are just going through the motions.
Big E b. Titus O’Neil- C
I’m not really sure where WWE is going with Titus O’Neil and the New Day but it has my attention. I have to say, though, it’s not making Titus look good. This match was meh, and I went to the bathroom in the middle because it didn’t do anything for me. I feel like WWE is debating breaking up New Day or turning them heel so they’re just biding their time for now.
Charlotte/Bayley In-Ring Segment- F-
To quote myself during Raw, this segment was so bad it felt like my soul was being sucked out through my eyeballs. Charlotte was absolutely awful here. She was monotoned, she was yelling, she made fun of Bayley for being a fan of WWE, and she tried to read some of the “poetry” off the monitor and couldn’t read it, then made fun of some guy in the front row for needing glasses to read it? Charlotte seemed almost lost out there. This segment was a nightmare. Bayley came out and did better than she usually does, but she still lacks the fire I’d like to see from her.
Cedric Alexander b. Brian Kendrick- C+
This match was pretty boring despite two absolutely incredibly performers being in the ring. The Alicia Fox love triangle thing is absolutely awful and needs to be done yesterday. There was a lot of Cruiserweight time this week on Raw and I have to say, I don’t think it was warranted. These guys are getting maybe half the reaction as the normal roster. Raw already drags on and these segments make it seem even longer.
Chris Jericho, Braun Strowman and Kevin Owens beat Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins, and Sami Zayn- B+
This match was decent for a multi-man tag match. The great thing about the Royal Rumble is getting to see multiple people who aren’t necessarily in a rivalry square off. This was the case with this match. Braun came out looking strong but not invincible. Sami taking the pin was probably inevitable and I don’t look at it as a bad thing. Sami losing to Braun doesn’t make him look worse, it just makes Braun look like the monster they are building him as. The post-match beatdown was nice, too. It’s good to see them finally letting Kevin Owens show a little more of his “Fight Owens Fight” side and less of his slimey “always run away and let Jericho take the beating” side.
Raw Overall Grade: C+