High Spots: "The enemies of my enemies are my friends." Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens must have heard that fire quotable and said to themselves "ay, that's facts!" Once MVP stopped gushing over Bobby Lashley's previous accomplishments (side note - Bobby's Blade-inspired drip was extra clean, I must say!) and Big E finished his verbal cutdown of "The Almighty," MVP got a chance to back up all that tough talk he's been spewing lately. Before the cane-wielding manager could get a good hit on the WWE Champion, Rollins and Owens slid through to give the champ and his new challenger a vicious beatdown. But their assault didn't last long, however - Big E and Lashley ultimately turned the tide in their favor. That hot opening segment played into the closing match of the evening, which was your usual solid WWE TV matchup featuring the brand's biggest stars. Lashley scored the winning pinfall, but Rollins and Owens ended up as the ones standing tall as Raw went off the air. I got a good pop out of both those sniveling heels shaking hands, teasing that they were gonna jump each other while their backs were turned, and proceeding to power walk towards each other and...hug it out! AEW's Best Friends had to be smiling somewhere watching that warm embrace take place.
So the final confrontation between Bianca Belair and Piper Niven took place here and it delivered the biggest crowd-popping moment of the entire show. After two weeks of teasing it, the "EST of WWE" finally found it in herself to hoist Niven up into the air and plant her with the KOD for the win! That was a nice payoff to this mini-feud between Raw's top two women's wrestlers. The fact that this match was actually worth a damn made that hype ending all the more newsworthy. Another match on this episode of Raw that left me pleased was the clash between Austin Theory and Finn Bálor. Those two young lads injected a ton of energy into their matchup and made everything they did look extremely crisp. I know y'all peeped that Spanish Fly off the top rope from Theory that was a clear shoutout to his trainer AR Fox! Theory screwed the pooch when he looked to take a quick selfie, though - that rookie mistake led to Bálor gaining the advantage and finishing Theory off for the big W. That was some damn good stuff right there.
Now was I super intrigued by that whole MizTV segment and the tag team match loss that led to the breakup of AJ Styles and Omos? Not really. But the final result I've been waiting for God knows how long finally came to pass! I couldn't have cared any less about those two going head to head with The Mysterios - all I cared about was what happened after Rey rolled up AJ for the win. Omos did his boy AJ dirty by ignoring his plea for a tag-in and decided to brutalize him instead. So I guess they're gonna settle their differences on Day 1, which is perfectly fine by me. I'm just happy AJ's a solo superstar once again who can go on to bigger and better things once he wraps things up with his former giant ally. Second side note - Omos uttering the words "trash ass..." as he left the ring was way funnier than it had any right being!
Chad Gable really had Randy Orton stressed during their brief encounter. He outwrestled him for the majority of their contest and proved his superiority as a grappling machine once again. Gable's supreme wrestling efforts were all for naught in the end, sadly. All it takes is one RKO to send anyone & everyone to Never Never Land and that's exactly what happened to good old Gable. Based on what happened after Orton's quick victory, Otis has his eyes set on taking down "The Viper" next. And as you've already guessed, your's truly is here for it.