Monday Night RAW, July 25th

This was meant to be big, but it wasn’t.

Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon Address the Raw Roster

RAW being forced to create a new belt kind of means that the WWE Heavyweight is higher?

Besides that, a few great matches were announced for the rest of the night. My worry? Too many big talents on those fatal-4 ways leaving the rest for filler.

Finn Balor vs. Cesaro vs. Kevin Owens vs. Rusev

Solid match and impressive debut for Balor, specially for those who didn’t have a clue who he is.

8/10

Nia Jax Debuts

Good for her, but this does little to help her IMO, specially after the other Women’s matches. Squashes don’t work for me. It got a bit higher score than the usual 3/10 I give squash matches, because it was a way to introduce her to the audience.

5/10

Roman Reigns vs. Sami Zayn vs. Chris Jericho vs. Sheamus

It was just too obvious who would win. The first one looked more even. Still was a good match.

7/10

The New Day Celebration

I guess we have new contenders, but will the Wyatts be ignored?

Neville vs. Curtis Axel

Was great to see Neville back, although being i none of the fatal-4 ways would have a bigger impact, even if he didn’t win.

5/10

Women’s Championship Match: Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte

This was an awesome match, specially for Charlotte. The first time she has really impressed m so far. I’m used to this level of performances from Sasha, but for Charlotte was a first on the main roster.

9/10

Braun Strowman vs. James Ellsworth

Sigh…

3/10

Enzo Amore and Big Cass vs. The Shining Stars

… Sigh. They are wasting The Shining Stars’ talent. I do agree the gimmick sucks and that’s a big statement from a fellow Puertorrican.

3/10

Finn Balor vs. Roman Reigns

Solid match.

9/10

Conclusion

Besides a few great matches, the show was filled with squashes and fillers. That was my concern on after the draft and RAW keeping the three hours. When I saw those 2 fatal-4 way announced I knew we were set up for filler mania and that’s what we got.

Still believe that as a show they did pretty good, but what we got in the ring was weak on average. Fatal-4 ways, Women’s title match and main event were solid gold, the rest not even close.

Have a feeling that Smackdown could do better today.

7/10

 

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