0 out of 10
Braun Strowman changed the game to WWE Raw last week when he came in line with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, keeping and creating a stable stand that could compete with The Shield. This power struggle promises to define the red brand for months to come.
The September 3 edition of Monday Night Raw would continue that war, with Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose expecting to make an explicit statement. Elsewhere on the card Shawn Michaels had to appear and talk about two men who have defined his career: Triple H and The Undertaker.
The Bella Twins also officially returned to action in a tag-team match against The Riott Squad. In perhaps the most important game of the night, The Revival earned his second chance at The B-Team, a challenge for the Raw Tag Team Championships.
With Hell in a Cell fast approaching on September 16, this was just the start of a night that hopefully would reveal completely Raw's direction toward a dangerous and brutal WWE event on the horizon.
1 of 10
Strowman opened the show with Ziggler and McIntyre at his side, explaining that he chose to adapt to the heels to form his own backpack, to make sure his fight with Reigns was fair. While The Showoff bragged about the new dominance of the new trio, The Shield went to the ring.
The Raw dressing room was emptied to stabilize the situation, and the wrestlers slowed the fights enough to push the six to the backstage area where The Big Dog, The Architect and The Lunatic Fringe were arrested and expelled from the area.
Although a little stupid, there is nothing that sells heat like an unrestrained quarrel. These two teams immediately came out as hungry animals ready to destroy each other when they ended up in the same ring without interference. You would think that the six-man label was ready for hell in a cell with this tension already built.
Strowman who tried to talk to the crowd felt unnatural, but otherwise the promos had worked for the fight. This heel trio has been one of the biggest threats to The Shield in his entire run, hopefully leading to great games like The Hounds of Justice & wars with The Wyatt Family and Evolution.
2 out of 10
The Bella Twins needed some time to get started, where Brie Bella was caught by Sarah Logan during a suicide dive.
However, Nikki Bella got the hot tag and Brie managed to remove Ruby Riott and Logan from the equation, so Nikki could win the Rack Attack 2.0 on Liv Morgan.
Brie and Nikki def. Morgan and Logan by pinfall
This was not a bad tag-team match, but it was sloppy, especially Brie & # 39; s offense. While Nikki looked good after her free time, Brie did not look good and hesitated about two suicide dives that both went wrong.
WWE treats The Bellas clearly as big stars and has attractions in the ladies' division with their return, but they will have to be better than this to earn that place. Raw is already overcrowded with good performers. Brie must be better to free up time from more talented women.
3 of 10
Before they played for their match, Chad Gable and Bobby Roode were interviewed, where Gable said he wanted the infectious energy from Roode. The Ascension joked with his opponents and, when the bell rang, The Glorious One isolated.
When Gable got the hot tag, he was unstoppable. He ran easily through Konnor and then hit three on a rolling German suplex.
Roode and Gable def. Ascension by pinfall
It is difficult to say what to make of this new tag team. Roode and Gable are both individually talented stars that must be used regularly on Raw. If this is the only way they can get on TV, this has to happen, but it is an uneasy link to sell.
Roode and Gable can simply add energy and excitement to the Raw team team department, who needs quality candidates with new tag team champions to be crowned later in the night. The enthusiasm of Gable in this competition was contagious.
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Elias had a special song for Columbus, Ohio, which interrupted Alexa Bliss to hear up close, because she hated her birthplace.
Ronda Rousey and Natalya did not let The Drifter perform. They came forward to defeat The Goddess for the Queen of Harts match with the former champion.
Natalya dominated and fervently followed Bliss until Mickie James and Alicia Fox attacked her behind the referee's back. This allowed The Goddess to hit a DDT and lock an arm bar to get a tapout.
Afterwards Rousey came in with the help of her friend. While she had swept Fox, the former UFC star could not prevent Bliss from getting a few shots on her. The champion has recovered sufficiently to send Bliss to the driveway.
Bliss def. Natalya by submission
This was a solid general segment. Elias' involvement in the women's division is a bit strange, especially because it is derived from his second attempt at rivalry with Bobby Lashley, but he and Bliss worked well together.
The game was a bit too fast, but the heat between both wrestlers was clear. The post-match back and forth also sold that Bliss might get the best of Rousey, especially with Fox and Mickie in her corner.
5 out of 10
After claiming a championship match from Baron Corbin, Ziggler and McIntyre took The Revival backstage to "earn" their title shot. They took Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder's place in the Raw Tag Team Championships game, and they did not take Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel seriously.
This allowed the champions to make impressive shots, only for the heels to always get control again. Axel got the hot tag and hit the Perfect plex on Ziggler, but McIntyre broke the pinfall. The Scottish psychopath took out Dallas and then the two beat the Zig Zag / Claymore for the win.
Ziggler and McIntyre def. Axel and Dallas by pinfall to become the new Raw-tag team champions
The Raw-tag team division has been the weakest link in both brands for months and this was the perfect move to cheer up the whole scene. Main event stars steamrolled The B-Team, where The Revival is also eliminated.
The whole division has been turned upside down and now there is real excitement around it. Although it is possible that Ambrose and Rollins quickly pull out the titles, it would be even more exciting if the entire division had to step up its battle to defeat Ziggler and McIntyre.
6 out of 10
Drake Maverick announced for the match The Authors of Pain that he would now manage the tag team. They quickly made work of their local competition and hit the Super Collider for victory.
Akam and Rezar def. local competitors by pinfall
This was a pure squash, so it was not that interesting and fairly unnecessary. Linking AOP with Maverick is a smart idea, however, even if it could have been carried out more smoothly. The duo needs a manager and the 205 Live General Manager can play that role perfectly.
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Michaels laughed at the idea that Triple H would lose at Super Show-Down at The Undertaker.
He made it clear: "Taker had lost his magic with his WrestleMania streak and this brought The Deadman forward.
Undertaker called HBK a coward who lost a piece of soul for him and never recovered.
What has this segment achieved? Although it was great to have Taker and Michaels back on the microphone in a row, this entire segment said almost nothing about Triple H, which is the one that The Deadman is really fighting.
It was a nice nostalgic moment, but unless The Showstopper starts fighting against Undertaker again (which he should not do), this did not do anything for the current product.
8 out of 10
In a competition organized by Titus O & # 39; Neil through general manager Corbin, Dana Brooke worked with Ember Moon against Sasha Banks and Bayley.
Moon held her own face against both faces until she got the hot tag for Dana, which was diverted by Titus Worldwide at the first rank and was rolled up by Banks for three.
An angry Dana shouted at both men and told them she was done with them.
Banks and Bayley def. Moon and Dana by pinfall
This was more a segment than a race and raced to the finish. No one really got the chance to do anything beyond the development of Dana's conflict with Titus and Apollo Crews. It seems that she is dismantling the barn, which does not mean much unless she is used more.
9 out of 10
Corbin required Lashley to meet Jinder Mahal in the ring for a special meeting where The Modern Day Maharaja tried to help him find his inner peace.
After The Destroyer scoffed at Mahal and Sunil Singh, he was attacked from behind by Kevin Owens.
KO stamped on Lashley and then sent him hard on the platform with a powerbomb.
This was a mixed bag of a segment. Lashley is not that great on the microphone, but his interaction with Mahal was somewhat funny. It just staggered long enough to give Owens' attack a big boost. It felt like the old knockout, and he eliminated his competition with a powerbomb for an apron.
Owens made it clear last week that Sami Zayn's injury was the reason he did not win the Universal Championship, so it makes sense that he would focus on Lashley. This, however, ensures that KO last week is less impactful and rather a cheap stunt than a real story.
10 out of 10
Finn Balor showed an impressive game plan early in this contest, where sleepers and suicide dives were used to defeat The Monster Among Men.
However, after The Extraordinary Man was locked up in a triangle, Strowman effortlessly lifted him up for a powerbomb and then powerslam for victory.
Ziggler and McIntyre wanted to do more damage to Balor, but The Shield returned to a police vehicle.
Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose marched to the ring to be attacked by the heel side of the Raw dressing room, which she put down and left them bloodied and battered while Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre stood tall.
Strowman def. Balor by pinfall
Strowman and Balor have a great chemistry, but this was far too short. Their last match together was a more complete, competitive showcase. This time it felt like the Irishman was not really a party to The Monster and as an underdog who just did his best.
Yet it was a strong main event followed by a great segment. Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose seemed to be unstoppable with reforms as champions, but now it seems as though Raw has turned against them. Until CEO Kurt Angle returns to restore order, they can be enormously in the minority.
It is fair to ask why the other faces on Raw can not handle this injustice, but it is a better story for Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose to fight alone.