Monday Night Raw-Columbus, Ohio
Tensions are rising as Hell in a Cell is now only two weeks away but more notably, we had the lovely Renee Young at commentary for Raw once again, and she’s making a claim for herself to become a regular at the announcers table. The show opened up with Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre after their attack on the Shield last week. Strowman said that their attack was “justice” and like Roman Reigns, he has a pack of his own. Ziggler then added that they were going to be the most dominant faction of all-time. The Shield then came through the crowd to attack the trio and had to be separated by the entire locker room. The segment ended with the Shield being arrested and taken out of the arena.
The Riott Squad vs. The Bella Twins
It’s been three years since the Bella Twins teamed up and although Brie did botch a suicide dive, they looked great. Not to mention that Liv Morgan started the match with John Cena’s patented “You Can’t See Me” hand gesture to Nikki Bella.
Match Result: The Bella Twins defeated The Riott Squad by pinfall.
Bobby Roode & Chad Gable vs. The Ascension
Gable and Roode are an odd tag team but watching them compete is entertaining. It’s enaging to see them in a match and not just in the background.
Match Result: Bobby Roode & Chad Gable defeated The Ascension by pinfall.
Elias came out to bash the city of Columbus, Ohio, but was interrupted by hometown girl Alexa Bliss. The goddess pretended to defend her hometown, before calling them mindless zombies. The two were then broken up by Ronda Rousey and Natalya.
The B-Team vs. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre for the Raw Tag Team Championship
This match was originally going to be against the Revival, but Ziggler & McIntyre attached the duo and replaced them in the match. The match was ok, but the outcome was fantastic. The B-Team has finally gone, gone, gone.
Match Result: Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre defeated The B-Team by pinfall to become the new Raw Tag Team Champions.
The Authors of Pain came out with a new manager, and 205 Live general manager, Drake Maverick and destroyed two local jobbers. The Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels came to the ring to give his hot take on Triple H vs. The Undertaker at the Super Show-Down. Michaels said he was surprised at how many people chose the Undertaker to win because “the streak” is over. He said that he believes Triple H is still the cerebral assassin and has more in the tank than the Undertaker does.
Suddenly the arena went dark and the Undertaker’s gong hit, and the deadman made his way to the ring. Taker said Michaels decision is based only on the fact that he retired him and a personal vendetta. Michaels then told Taker that if he wanted to, he would have come out of retirement, but he didn’t out of respect for the business and mainly for the Undertaker. Taker then questioned whether that was out of respect or out of fear that he would put him down again and then said he would do the same to Triple H in Australia.
This entire segment was why these two are some of the greatest to ever step into the squared circle. They did not have to touch each other to captivate the crowd. From start to finish they had the audience in the palm of their hands. Something tells me HBK will be more involved in this match than anticipated.
Bobby Lashley and Jinder Mahal had a meditation session that was mandated by acting general manager Baron Corbin. Shortly after they started, Kevin Owens attacked Lashley and power-bombed him on the apron. I’ve lost count of how many ridiculous segments Lashley has been forced to be a part of. This man is a main event caliber superstar and needs to be treated like such. What a shame, but hey, KO didn’t really quit.
Finn Balor vs. Braun Strowman
Balor did all he could, but the Monster Among Men is just too much. To his credit, Balor did hold his own.
Match Result: Braun Strowman defeated Finn Balor by pinfall.
After the match Strowman, Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre continued to attack Balor. They attempted to give Balor a triple powerbomb onto the steel steps but were interrupted by the Shield. However, before they made it to the ring they were attacked by the entire locker room of heels. The Shield were battered around the arena and left laying lifeless for a second straight week.
Skip ’Em Matches
Natalya vs. Alexa Bliss
Match Result: Alexa Bliss defeated Natalya by submission.
Sasha Banks & Bayley vs. Dana Brooke & Ember Moon
Match Result: Sasha Banks & Bayley defeated Dana Brooke & Ember Moon by pinfall.
Monday Night Raw Rating: 3.25 out of 5 Stars
Smackdown Live-Detroit, Michigan
Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella kicked off the show and addressed the ambush by Miz and Maryse last week, only to be interrupted by Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega once again. Almas challenged Bryan to another match, or at least tried to. His heavy accent might be what holds him back from main event status.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Daniel Bryan
I said last week these two needed another match, and not only did we get it, but it was nothing short of amazing. It sounds redundant saying this, but they need to do this on a grander stage. Almas is the future, accent or not.
Match Result: Daniel Bryan defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas by pinfall.
Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch had an interview with Tom Phillips and it was made official that at Hell in a Cell they would face each other for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Samoa Joe came out to the ring to address AJ Styles and his family once again. He said that he did Styles’ family a favor because he’s home on a Tuesday night and making him care for his family. Styles then appeared on the screen and said Joe crossed the line before appearing on the entrance ramp. Styles didn’t wait long to attack Joe and seemed to lose his cool like he did at SummerSlam, until general manager Paige talked him to the back.
The Usos vs. Rusev & Aiden English vs. Sanity
Another triple threat tag team match and another great outing. I said it last week and I’ll say it again, the tag team division on Smackdown is stacked. Next week should be just as good with Rusev & English facing Cesaro & Sheamus for the #1 contender ship.
Match Result: Rusev & Aiden English defeated The Usos & Sanity.
The Miz with Maryse vs. R-Truth with Carmella
I can’t remember the last time Truth was in a match on Smackdown, let alone the main event. Yet both Miz and him made the match entertaining and fun.
Match Result: R-Truth defeated The Miz by pinfall.
After the match Daniel Bryan and Brie Bella attacked Miz and Maryse but were ambushed by Andrade “Cien” Almas and Zelina Vega. Unfortunate for them, Bryan and Brie managed to turn the tables on them and put them both in the Yes-Lock.
Skip ‘Em Matches
Naomi vs. Peyton Royce
Match Result: Naomi defeated Peyton Royce by pinfall.
Smackdown Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Monday Night Raw was too star powered this week for Smackdown to overcome.
Winner: Monday Night Raw