High Spots: Now y’all know I’m not checking for any more back and forth promos between Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair. But after tonight’s opening match between the two, I couldn’t help but applaud their worthwhile in-ring efforts. Bianca made sure she emptied out her full arsenal clip against “The Man,” while the champ played into her heel persona and still managed to come off like a proper fighting champion. The ending did a good job of giving Bianca even more reason to request a rematch since Becky had to use an exposed turnbuckle to lay out her challenger and leave her susceptible to a tights-assisted roll-up pin. I can’t see Bianca getting that rematch any time soon, however. All in all, though, Raw started off on a strong note thanks to the top two ladies on Raw. I guess when you ask, you shall receive! WWE answered my prayers by booking Austin Theory against Rey Mysterio. And wouldn’t you have it, they had a good match. Rey hasn’t lost a step as he kept up with the youngster from start to finish. The DQ ending wasn’t ideal as it played into the tired-ass storyline friction between Rey and Dominik Mysterio, sadly. JUST TURN ALREADY, DOMINIK!
After seeing what Finn Bálor and Chad Gable managed to pull off in just five minutes and some change, I’m gonna need them to throw another five minutes on top of that performance in a rematch. ‘Cause they did some amazing grappling, landed some high-impact maneuvers, and produced a finish that leaves the door wide open for an equally amazing part two. Finn is clearly the one who’s being prepped as one of Raw’s top-tier talents. But I hope this performance gives Chad a chance to mix it up with more of Raw’s bigger stars just so it can raise his stock a bit. That RK-Bro theme remix is...inoffensive at best. That’s the only compliment I can afford, honestly. It debuted as the duo came out to watch The Dirty Dawgs come to blows with The Street Profits. The match itself was solid enough, but the distraction finish from Omos kinda took away from it. Omos going on a tear as he destroyed Angelo Dawkins, Montez Ford, and Riddle while Randy Orton looked on was a pretty cool sight, though. This new unhinged version of Damian Priest is definitely a vibe! He made sure to tap into his vicious side again during his No DQ match against T-BAR, which was as good as I expected it to be. That chokeslam into the table on the outside was damn good, plus the way T-BAR sold Damian’s The Final Reckoning was extra brutal. The post-match tease of a feud between Apollo Crews and Damien over the United States Championship excites me, too!
Big E and Seth Rollins sounded like they were on the verge of having a WWE Championship main event here, but of course, Seth pleaded to him about not being 100% for such a major match after what he endured during the previous week’s ladder match. A fired-up Kevin Owens hit the ring to disrupt their heated conversation to set up a match between him and the WWE Champion instead. For the very first time, Raw’s resident big boys fought each other and put on an admirable performance. Seth just had to come out and stick his nose into their business and play right into the finish, though! Seth laid out the champ with a punch, which forced Kevin to take his sweet time debating if he should capitalize on that disgusting act or not. He finally decided to pin Big E, but his indecisiveness screwed him in the end as Big E recovered just in time to pin Kevin for the win. Kevin tried his best to apologize for his unsportsmanlike actions and even fronted like he didn’t see Seth punch Big E’s daylights out beforehand. But Big E didn’t bite and made sure to plant Kevin with a Big Ending for his continued frontin’. YOU JUST LOVE TO SEE IT! Don’t be surprised if we get Kevin’s 50th heel turn from this whole development is all I’m sayin’.