The Big Easy was the place to be for this week’s highly anticipated Money In The Bank Go-Home edition of Monday Night RAW. There were still plenty of questions on the table before we head to Vegas for the PPV. Who should be the duo to dethrone The New Day, or should the trio retain? Will Cena and Styles deliver a Wrestlemania caliber performance this Sunday? Who has the best shot at grabbing the briefcase, and for the love of all things good and Holy…where the hell is Bray Wyatt?!?!
All that and more needed to be addressed in the Crescent City last night. Let’s dive into the results.
●OPENING SEGMENT: Tag Team Showdown
It wasn’t your normal opening to RAW. However, it did deliver some good comedic relief at times. Enzo and The New Day bounced wit off of one another seemingly flawless. It appeared as if they were truly having a lot of fun during the bit.
●The Club/Vaudevillains def. New Day/Enzo & Cass
Pretty solid match. I really thought Aiden English came through and had a much better showing than he typically does. I’m curious to see who leaves with the tag titles this Sunday.
●Rusev Attacks Titus O’Neil
Good way to really advance this feud and put some steam behind it. Unfortunately, I just can’t see Titus defeating Rusev. I really hope I’m wrong, the guy is worthy of a title run.
●Ambrose Asylum featuring Shield Reunion
Absolutely brilliant storytelling all the way around. Suddenly, the title could easily land around the waist of any of the three. Great segment.
This was silly. Paige isn’t even in the women’s title picture. This would’ve been a better suited spot for Nattie, if they want people to believe she has a chance at taking the strap. It’s certainly time for a title change in that division.
●Sheamus def. Zack Ryder
Yet another lazy piece of creative work right here. At least they had the post-match run-in by Apollo.
●Sami Zayn def. Cesaro
●CONTRACT SIGNING: John Cena & AJ Styles
These two have successfully put together a very good, highly anticipated storyline, in a matter of no time. Both have done well up to this point and I have a feeling they will deliver a big time performance this Sunday.
●Kevin Owens/Alberto Del Rio def. Lucha Dragons
Good match. The best part is how well they highlighted the dissension between Owens and Del Rio. I’ll be interested to see how this plays into the ladder match.
●Dean Ambrose def. Chris Jericho
I wasn’t at all impressed with this, as a main event. Maybe as a mid-show time filler, but definitely not a show ending main event. Nevertheless, I honestly believe the ladder match will be highly entertaining!
OVERALL SHOW GRADE: C+
I know I’m not the only one bummed by not having Bray Wyatt on the show. I was really banking on that return. Oh well, this just means he takes over Money In The Bank, right?
Overall, everyone involved has done a good job preparing themselves and the fans for what should be a good event this Sunday in Las Vegas. I’m still anxious for a Wyatt return.
All in all, this was an underwhelming RAW. Not nearly as good as the previous few weeks. Hopefully this Sunday picks up that slack.