High Spots: Kevin Owens has snapped...AGAIN! And that’s just how I like the big French-Canadian. Owens gave Big E a piece of his mind and let it be known that his return to heeldom is all Big E’s fault. That change to his character is infinitely more interesting than his previous babyface persona, plus it gives Big E the perfect killer heel to feud with besides Seth Rollins. If Owens is truly booking it to AEW once his WWE contract comes up in January of next year, then I can totally see him doing some of the best work of his career as Raw’s resident menace until then. The Street Profits and Alpha Academy have wrestled each other a thousand and one times on Smackdown already, but I never get tired of it. They had yet another matchup here and it ended up being another highlight of this show (no shock there). I would have preferred seeing Chad Gable and Otis getting the win, but I get that Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins had to get the W as it looks like they’re next in line for a shot against RK-Bro. Otis’ continued growth as a terrifying brute is fascinating to me - I hope he gets a big singles push in the future to truly capitalize on his new and improved character.
Owens got to show out with the homie Finn Bálor in an unsurprisingly delightful matchup. Finn definitely went above and beyond to incapacitate Owens with a stiff running dropkick that sent him right into the ringside barrier. But Owens fought off all the punishment done to him and eventually took his foe out of the game with a nasty Stunner. Those two men just don’t have it in ‘em to have a bad match, especially when it’s against each other. That was some damn good stuff there! We got yet another change to the Survivor Series Men’s lineup and this time it resulted in a far more sensible addition to the Raw side. Bobby Lashley and Rey Mysterio had a pretty good main event that saw the Lucha Libre pioneer look great against his larger opposition. There were some sloppy moments here and there, but they weren’t bad enough to fully take me out of the match. Lashley’s Full Nelson destruction of Rey-Rey forced Adam Pierce’s hand as he replaced him with Austin Theory. You’ll get no complaints from me there!