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Since: 25.4.02
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.64
HEY, Raw was good.

There will be a new "Universal Title" with the first champion to be crowned at SummerSlam. It would be Seth Rollins facing the winner of the night's main event.

Finn Balor won a four-corner match with Rusev/Cesaro/Owens by pinning Rusev.

Nia Jax(who, I understand, is NOT like most girls) squashed Britt Baker.

Reigns won a four-corner match with Zayn/Sheamus/Jericho by spearing Jericho.

Neville beat Axel.

Sasha beat Charlotte for the Women's Title in a great match. Super-emotional post-match promo...very cool.

Braun Strowman done kilt James Elsworth.

Enzo & Cass beat the Shining Stars thanks to Golden Truth playing Pokemon Go. No, really.

Balor beat Reigns clean as a sheet and will face Rollins for the new championship at 'Slam. Wow, Roman's dropped more clean falls in the past two months than, well, ever.



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Since: 26.3.03
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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.65
Triple H's boy beat Vince's boy in the main event of Raw. They're at least giving the illusion early on that it really is a new era.

I marked out BAD for Sasha's win.

Corey Graves forever.



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Since: 4.1.02
From: Dorchester, Ontario

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.80
After that ill-thought out, half-assed brand split, I'm shocked that the end result was the best RAW episode in years.



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.19
Pretty decent show, still hate the new logo. Loved Sasha walking out with the red belt, especially with the whole "You'll NEVER beat me!" *taps out 10 seconds later* bit.

Not sure how I feel about the return of the squash match, but at least there were only two and they were brutally short.

Anyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title. (though I imagine Dr Unlikely will have a field day with his superhero booking around this one). I was impressed that Balor made it to the title match, but also feel it kinda telegraphed that it would be Rollins who walks out with the Universal belt. Balor literally just got called up; giving him the Raw version of the World Title seems a bit too hasty. We don't need an Irish Roman Reigns.

The brand split may turn out better than expected, if they keep up this level of quality.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.14
    Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
    We don't need an Irish Roman Reigns.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.28
Could easily allow Gallows & Anderson to help Balor. I've heard that Finn is a great heel and this would give us Balor Club plus the official face turn that seems to be Rollins' destiny. (Sidebar - he could really go ape against HHH if Balor got the best of him after Balor Club shenanigans.)

Regardless they need a good long-term plan to make certain that Balor isn't harmed in the eyes of the non-NXT watching portion of the fanbase.





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Since: 2.1.02
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.36
I would say that was Sasha's best Bayley-less match and maybe Charlotte's best match ever. That whole thing was amazing... I know if it happened at SummerSlam it would have been a Bigger Deal but I guess we get the Rematch then, which Sasha wins as well... Simply outstanding.

And my wife & I marked out big-time for Finn's amazing birthday night. That finish with the Coup de Grace proved just how much Reigns needs to dump that armored vest...Finn stomped right on 2 inches of plastic protecting Roman.
lotjx
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Since: 5.9.08

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.41
Stunned. Stunned in a good way. Sasha is champ. We have a great main event for SummerSlam. The Bullet Club looks strong. Good luck Smackdown.



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Since: 2.1.02
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.88
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Since: 28.3.11
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.44
A very good 'first' episode. Some great matches, a title change and entertaining almost throughout. Long may it continue.

Sasha and Big E really need to stop those through the rope dives they do though. I thought Sasha was going to be really hurt when she landed and was both pleased and surprised she got up so quickly. Reminded me of the Lita and Trish dive years ago.

I would have thought they would have gone with WWE Universe title rather than Universal. Not sure that is going to catch on.
DirtyMikeSeaver
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Since: 19.5.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.27
OK, so was this actually a good show or was it good because everyone's favourite NXT wrestler and women's wrestler won? The WWE has been down this road before where they put on shows that are great in a vacuum, but lead to a bad place overall, yet we don't notice because OMG CM PUNK or OMG DANIEL BRYAN. They can't every week have Balor become the Number 1 contender or Banks win the WWE title. Plus, if this doesn't pop a big rating, we could see them fall back in to bad habits again (More McMahons!!!). Not trying to be negative, enjoyed the show, but have this uneasy feeling that I will hear the words "Special Guest Referee: Triple H" in two weeks...



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Since: 25.4.03
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.05

I realize that every RAW won't be at this pace, but this was outstanding. Not really many fast forward moments here folks.

I really liked the return of the squash matches. But speaking of, if they're going to have Strowman be on his own, he really needs a fresh look (aside from the "new haircut").

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Since: 9.1.02
From: Monmouth County, NJ

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.03
    Originally posted by Mayhem
    Not really many fast forward moments here folks.

If I had a dime for every time I fast-forwarded through last night's RAW...I'd have one dime because I skipped past Enzo and Cass' match how you doin.

    Originally posted by DirtyMikeSeaver
    OK, so was this actually a good show or was it good because everyone's favourite NXT wrestler and women's wrestler won?

I'm not into the whole star-rating thing, but I there were four different four-star (with maybe a little bit of rounding up) matches. It was the best start-to-finish RAW in a lot of years for that reason alone.



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andy1278
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Since: 11.1.02
From: Brunswick, GA

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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.63
This was the way to do it. The small set changes was nice, and the presentation was a little different as far as announcers and Tom Phillips interviewing people at ringside. It was a nice change.

And the matches? Good, mostly!

I'm super happy for Sasha. I'm super happy for the women period. They had the hot opening match at the PPV, then the match on Raw, both of which the fans largely responded to. That's the most exciting thing, they're giving the fans a chance to see compelling women stories and the fans are loving it.

And I'm happy for Finn too, of course. If they can keep this kind of pace up semi-regularly, Raw might become that "must see" show again.

On the flip side, if champ Finn Balor is battling Triple H and his hired gun Big Show in a month, it is doomed.
Greymarch
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Since: 24.2.03
From: Toronto, Canada

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.91
    Originally posted by andy1278

    On the flip side, if champ Finn Balor is battling Triple H and his hired gun Big Show in a month, it is doomed.


Wasn't Big Show drafted to Smackdown?
SKLOKAZOID
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Since: 20.3.02
From: California

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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.66
I don't think they can do shows like this every week, but I don't care. Great show and I think it's proof that you can do a good 3-hour show if you actually make it entertaining.

Finn Balor is exactly the guy you give a megapush to on Night 1 and Rollins/Balor should be great.

I felt bad for Reigns at first, but I know he'll be back on top sooner or later. I'm cool with where he's at and I think he has a spot at the top of the card. Just not THE top. Doesn't look like they're turning him heel any time soon, though.

    Originally posted by Blind_Guardian
    Anyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title. (though I imagine Dr Unlikely will have a field day with his superhero booking around this one). I was impressed that Balor made it to the title match, but also feel it kinda telegraphed that it would be Rollins who walks out with the Universal belt. Balor literally just got called up; giving him the Raw version of the World Title seems a bit too hasty. We don't need an Irish Roman Reigns.

I am all for the Universal Title if it opens the door for the champion to be challenged by wrestlers from alternate universes.

The Goon
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Since: 2.1.02
From: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.13
The interview with the guy who fought Braun Strowman and the match itself was comedy gold. Plus that face-first chokeslam! I loved that weirdness in the midst of a really good show.
Ecks
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Since: 18.7.02
From: Canada

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.96
I thought it was a great show and they paced it really well. I generally dislike jobber matches, but I don't mind when they're used to establish new talent. I don't want to see Big Show or Kane squashing some jobber for no reason.

The to Fatal Fourways were excellent long matches, as well as the Women's Championship match. I enjoy longer matches that are quality instead of 2-3 minute short matches.

The New Day segment was longish, but the crowd seems to love everything they do for now.
Tenken347
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Since: 27.2.03
From: Parts Unknown

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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.44
    Originally posted by SKLOKAZOID
    Great show and I think it's proof that you can do a good 3-hour show if you actually make it entertaining.


I don't think that was ever really in question. We used to call them "Pay-per-views" in the ancient tounge. The problem is that 3 hours of wrestling in a row every week (along with however much else you watch) gets exhausting, even when it is good. I was fading out during the main event, which was undeniable good, just because of how late into the evening it was.


    Originally posted by Blind_Guardian

    Anyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title.


I would say that it sounds a lot like that's what they did. "Oh, Smackdown (LIVE!) won the World title? Well RAW's title is even bigger and greater and screw those guys!" I expect that tonight's Smackdown (LIVE!) will have a new themesong, just like RAW's, and it will be a 30-second loop of fart noises. Their commitment to building the Smackdown (LIVE!) brand is suspect at best.

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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.04
When I saw the New Day vs Wyatt compound match I thought to myself "man, Braun Strowman kinda looks like the Mountain from Game of Thrones." I've heard Cole call Braun "The Mountain of a Man" on 2 occasions now. Lol
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