WWE is powering towards Extreme Rules: The Horror Show later this month, and Raw continues to roll with another quality show.
A weekly three-hour programme would be a tall task for any team but in fairness to the red brand, they have been putting out consistently entertaining television for a while now.
Last night’s broadcast kicked off in the best way, as the hyped double contract signing had already descended into a brawl as Asuka had to deal with Bayley and Sasha Banks.
In the ring, Dolph Ziggler introduced WWE Champion Drew McIntyre as the pair traded verbal jibes before signing on the dotted line.
In an interesting move, McIntyre is letting his former tag team partner choose the stipulation for their match, which could be a good way to keep things competitive and interesting despite the predictable outcome.
Ziggler got interrupted by Asuka, as the Raw Women’s Champion came down to sign her contract – and the brawl continued once Banks signed her name too.
Fast forward to the main event, the four top superstars collided in a mixed tag team match.
In a nice move, the Showoff struggled to cope with the power of the champ, meaning the Boss had to keep making the save to keep them in the bout.
It was a thoroughly entertaining clash between four of the best, and Banks looked like a bona fide star as she reversed the Asuka Lock into a pin to get the win for her team.
This set things up nicely for the coming weeks, and it will be interesting to see what stipulation Ziggler chooses for his title match.
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After Angel Garza unsuccessfully tried to seduce referee Jessika Carr before his and Andrade’s bout with The Viking Raiders.
The pair were interrupted by The Big Show, who went to the ring to call out Randy Orton before he ended up surrounded by Zelina Vega’s men as Ric Flair appeared and encouraged them to do some damage.
The Viking Raiders made the save, but they weren’t able to get the win in their tag team bout as Garza hit the Wing Clipper.
Later in the night, WWE’s questionable decision making reared its head as Andrade and Garza – fresh off a big win in the tag division – lost to Big Show in a handicap match.
Yes, the loss came as Garza walked out on his partner, but it feels too soon to break this team up, even after weeks of issues between them.
Elsewhere, R-Truth overcame Akira Tozawa and his ninjas to reclaim the 24/7 Championship in a nothing segment which summed up most of the title’s run once Drake Maverick moved on.
Seth Rollins also hit the ring on Monday as he asked Rey Mysterio to forgive him for the things he would have to do to him, but the Master of the 619 interrupted via satellite and asked his own son for forgiveness for the same thing.
Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo came out to attack the Monday Night Messiah and his disciple Murphy, setting up an impromptu tag team match.
Topping off a fantastic bit of television – and continuing a glorious storyline with quality work from all involved – the heels got the win.
Although Black saved Carrillo from losing an eye, Rollins still hit the latter with a stomp on the steps.
Backstage, the IIconics mocked poor Ruby Riott as she tried to get hold of Liv Morgan, leading to a match between Riott and Peyton Royce.
It was short but sweet, and the latter looked better than ever as she secured the victory with a brilliant spinning brainbuster.
Later in the show, MVP and Apollo Crews again clashed in the ring, with the United States Champion insisting he didn’t want a manager.
In the end, the subsequent match saw Bobby Lashley’s distraction lead to a big win for MVP, and Crews got beat down after the bell until Ricochet and Cedric Alexander made the save.
Ricochet and Lashley then had a really fun match, which ended with the All Mighty locking in the Full Nelson for the win, and then putting Alexander in the same hold.
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