It’s RAW Reunion night. Becky Lynch will be a Guest on A Moment of Bliss. Ricochet is out for revenge on The Club. Seth Rollins is getting worked up for SummerSlam. And there will be legends and blasts from the past galore. It’s one of those ‘anything could happen’ kind of nights.
I’m Amanda and this is the RAW review
The Usos def. The Revival
The Viking Raiders def. Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder
Roman Reigns def. Samoa Joe
Rey Mysterio def. Sami Zayn
Seth Rollins def. AJ Styles
Braun Strowman def. Randy Rowe
We’re keeping the review chronological today because it’s not a normal show.
♦ John Cena opened the show. He announced that Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, D-Generation X, and Stone Cold Steve Austin would be appearing. Then he talked about WWE being his home. He’s not around as much as he used to be, but this is his heart, the WWE Universe is his family, and he’s just as excited to be there as he was on day one.
The Usos came out said what the people want is for the Usos and Joh Cena to drop some rhymes. Cena said no and started to leave the ring, so The Usos told him the people want to see the doctor (of Thuganomics) and accused him of leaving WWE for the movie biz. Cena got a dig in about Jimmy and Jey getting arrested. Then they brought out Rikishi.
Cena tried to leave again but Rikishi called him back to dance with them. The Revival arrived before the dancing could begin, and they had D-Von Dudley with them.
♦ Jimmy Hart and Hulk Hogan were shown talking backstage as we went to the first ad break. Hogan was reeling off a list of the legends he could potentially beat up tonight.
♦ The Revival vs The Usos took place with Rikishi in his sons’ corner and D-Von Dudley with The Revival. Booker T joined commentary, the first of many guests. It was exactly the kind of match you’d expect from the two best tag teams in WWE. The break for the ads came because Jey Uso got shoved from the top turnbuckle into the barricade by Dash Wilder. That gave The Revival control, for a while at least, but there was no way The Usos were going to lose a match with their dad in their corner. D-Von and Rikishi got face to face when D-Von got too close to Jey Uso while he was laying on the outside. Scott Dawson started yelling at Rikishi, took a superkick from Jimmy Uso, and got pinned by Jey off a splash.
♦ The next backstage segment featured Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, Kaitlyn, Torrie Wilson, and Santino Marella. Drew McIntyre appeared and shook his head at them on his way to the ring.
♦ R-Truth and Carmella had a backstage interview with Charly Caruso. She showed some footage from Comicon, including him nearly getting pinned twice. Drake Maverick’s wife, Renee, turned up and shouted at R-Truth. Drake Maverick pinned him and then ran off while she was arguing with Carmella.
The Godfather arrived after they’d left.
♦ Drew McIntyre vs Cedric Alexander never got started. McIntyre just wanted an excuse to beat Alexander up, which he did. Cedric Alexander fought back hard, but an Alabama Slam into the apron left him laid out at ringside and ended the segment.
♦ In the locker room, Drake Maverick was scared by The Boogeyman, then was pinned by Pat Patterson.
♦ Christian joined commentary and Lillian Garcia guest announced for The Viking Raiders vs Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder. It’s a welcome step up, having The Viking Raiders face former tag champs instead of putting them against enhancement talent. For one thing, it gave us the chance to see a greater range from Erik and Ivar, including a suicide dive from Ivar. It finished the same way as the squash matches though, with a Viking Experience on Curt Hawkins.
♦ At the backstage party, Mike Kanellis got caught talking to Eve Torres and Eric Bischoff, by his wife. She yelled at him again. Ron Simmons borrowed Jimmy Hart’s megaphone to say DAMN!
♦ The Club had a backstage segment They will now be referred to as the OC because they are the original, official, and only club. They run Monday Night RAW. They’re planning to make a statement to show the world they are the most dominant group in WWE.
♦ Gerald Brisco won the 24/7 title from Pat Patterson, then almost immediately got pinned by Kelly Kelly, who becomes the first female 24/7 Champion.
♦ Samoa Joe said they are there to celebrate the RAW reunion, but they shouldn’t be celebrating because shows like RAW Reunion are a plague to the WWE. They allow us to put on our rose-coloured glasses and indulge our ridiculous addiction to nostalgia. We could have seen Samoa Joe in the ring doing what he does best, painting I brutality and sculpting in violence, but instead, we got The Usos and their daddy spitting limericks at John Cena. It’s embarrassing.
Roman Reigns came out then and told Joe if he had something to say about his family then say it. Samoa Joe said he didn’t have something to say, he already said something. Reigns said Joe is from the same island, so he knows what happens next. Joe said yes, but, and tried to catch Reigns off guard, but he was ready for him.
Samoa Joe got the upper hand by throwing Reigns shoulder into the ring post and delivered a beatdown from barricade to barricade, and back into the ring.
Reigns came back with a Superman punch and Joe knocked off the apron. Instead of getting back in he tried to make Reigns come to him. When he didn’t Samoa Joe asked if Reigns wanted to do this with him the right way and if he thought the people wanted to see it tonight. Then he told him he wasn’t doing anything for ‘these people’. When Joe walked off Roman Reigns apologised to the crowd and told them not all Samoans are cowards. That got him his match.
Samoa Joe vs Roman Reigns started after the next ads and it was good. A proper big lads match. Joe had the momentum for most of the match, including laying Reigns out with a suicide dive, but it was a Roman Reigns spear that secured the win. With neither of them currently in the title picture, I could get on board with them destroying each other for a few weeks.
♦ Seth Rollins was the guest on Miz TV. They went through the footage of Rollins losing the Universal Championship and Rollins laughed. When Miz asked him to explain Rollins talked up Lesnar’s attributes and said who wouldn’t want to be like that. He wouldn’t. He’s not a Brock Lesnar wannabe, Lesnar is a Seth Rollins wannabe.
Paul Heyman appeared on the other side of the entrance and said he was Seth Rollins dose of reality. Funnily enough, he disagreed with Rollins assessment. Heyman came to the stage and Rollins told him if he wanted to talk the talk of Brock Lesnar, he had to be prepared to walk the walk of Brock Lesnar, so he had five seconds before Rollins walked up to the ramp and Stomped his head into the stage. Heyman ran away when Rollins counted but Rollins didn’t even get out of the ring.
Rollins said that for twenty years Heyman has been building Lesnar as a beast, but he’s not a beast he’s a man. And any man can lose. At SummerSlam Brock Lesnar will lose. Then he talked about facing AJ Styles tonight because he doesn’t get ready for the biggest match of his life by resting, he does it by facing the best of the best.
♦ Back at the backstage party, Charly Caruso tried to talk to legends but Sami Zayn hijacked her with his own agenda. He referred to the reunion as like watching the Attitude ERA through the Faceapp and said they should be told to go home and stay home. Rey Mysterio told him to show some respect for the people who paved the way. Kurt Angle arrived and said that when he was general manager they settled things in the ring.
♦ Candice Michelle, Melina, and Naomi were chatting backstage when Kelly Kelly arrived with her new 24/7 title. Melina took off her jacket to reveal a ref’s shirt, and Candice Michelle pinned her.
Candice Michelle was grabbed around the throat from behind by Alundra Blayze and tapped out. Blayze left saying she wasn’t going to be champion for long.
♦ Coach joined commentary for Sami Zayn vs Rey Mysterio. Zayn was having fun until Mysterio went for the 619, then he got out of the ring and tried to leave. He was stopped by Rob Van Dam, Sgt Slaughter, The Hurricane, and Kurt Angle. Zayn got back in the rig, took a 619 and got pined with a Five Star Frogsplash as Mysterio paid tribute to RVD.
♦ Street Profits were backstage again. Angelo Dawkins had been ‘chilling’ with RVD and some of the legends. Montez Ford was very upset he wasn’t invited, and even more so when Dawkins left him to take a call from The Godfather.
♦ Alundra Blayze was going to throw the 24/7 title in a trashcan until The Million Dollar Man, Ted DiBiase, came out and bought it from her. That apparently counts as a title change.
♦ Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler joined commentary for Seth Rollins vs AJ Styles, which is one way to ruin a good match. They talked about Brock Lesnar and they talked about what was going on backstage, and now and again they mentioned the match happening in the ring. I don’t need to say it was good. It was Seth Rollins versus AJ Styles. Rollins was thrown from the ring by Styles and the OC advanced on him as a group. Before they could attack D-Generation X came to Rollins aid and we went for an ad break.
D-Generation X hung around after the break to be in Rollins corner for the restart. We still didn’t get a proper finish though. Gallows and Anderson invaded the ring after Gallows grabbed Rollins’ leg, and got Styles disqualified. Triple H and Shawn Michaels came in too. The OC offered the Too Sweet to D-Generation X, saying ‘we’re just like you two’ and got a crotch chop in response. A quick brawl later, The OC got out of the ring, grabbed chairs, and surrounded the ring.
Road Dogg came out with X-Pac Kevin Nash and Scott Hall and pointed out, with a little wonky maths, that the odds were no longer in the OC’s favour. The OC retreated and DX & Road Dogg let Seth Rollins utter the immortal send-off.
♦ Mark Henry and Mick Foley were shown talking backstage
♦ Drake Maverick won the 24/7 title back from DiBiase inside his limo.
♦ Mick Foley’s segment was interrupted twice. First by the 24/7 champion and the chasing pack, then by Bray Wyatt’s Fiend. The Fiend choked Foley out with his own mandible claw hold.
♦ Nikki Cross helped Alexa Bliss host A Moment of Bliss, she was even allowed to announce their guest, Becky Lynch. They didn’t get to ask Lynch any questions though because Natalya invited herself to the party. Bliss asked her why she was there, and Natalya said that if Lynch has anything to say she could say it to her face.
They showed the footage from last week of Becky Lynch owning Natalya on the promos. Natalya brought up the fact they met fourteen years ago, wrestling in Japan. Lynch reminded Natalya she helped train Ronda Rousey to try to beat her. It broke down into a brawl and Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross backed away while officials separated Lynch and Natalya.
♦ Drake Maverick lost the title again, back to R-Truth while Maverick and his wife were getting in their limo. R-Truth sped off in the limo, with Renee Michell still in the back. Maverick was left wailing about his title until he realised he had a very unimpressed Carmella with him, then he started wailing about his wife as well.
♦ Braun Strowman was given a pointless squash. Before he started he told the crowd not to blink because it wasn’t going to last long. He was right, it didn’t.
♦ Ric Flair led all the legends of the evening out for a toast to RAW. Hulk Hogan came out after everyone was on the stage. Hogan said how great it was to be there and talked about his greatest memories, did his ‘What you gonna do…’ schtick and that was his bit done.
Michael Cole started to wrap things up, then Stone Cold Steve Austin’s music hit and Stone Cold made his way to the ring. He drank some beer, got a few ‘Hell Yeah’s’ from the crowd then started to talk.
Stone Cold told us we’re all part of the WWE family and talked about how great it had been spending time with Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair and the rest of the legends. There was a lot of drinking involved by the sounds of it. He invited everyone to the ring and there was more drinking and toasting while commentary shilled Stone Cold’s new beer.
The show ended with a ring full of legends and beer, Stone Cold’s music, and Stone Cold himself rambling away on the mic.
I’m not entirely sure how to sum that up. It was quite good fun, very self-congratulatory, and a little over the top. Very WWE. Back to business as usual next week.