With excitement building for the draft at tomorrow’s first SmackDown Live, this RAW had an important feeling to it. It was a decent show highlighted by a very good WWE Title match.
The big reveal of the Commissioners wasn’t surprising, and it had one of my least favorite segments in recent memory, but this RAW did have some really fun moments.
A fine, average Superstars with two fine, average matches.
The 4th of July brought a lot of America, a great match between Rollins and Ziggler, another former SmackDown manager, and more America. Not a bad show.
Neville takes on Viktor and Summer Rae battles Natalya in an okay but not terribly note-worthy episode of Superstars.
An okay show with a very good main event between Zack Ryder and Stardust.
This week’s RAW set up a number of matches for Wrestlemania and had a few very memorable moments including the return of Shane McMahon!
Zack Ryder looked for retribution against Stardust from last week, and Damien Sandow teamed up with Fandango to take on the Ascension in a couple of good matches for Superstars this week.
By keeping the match count low, this show was able to have some very nice wrestling. Chris Jericho wrestled AJ Styles in their rematch from the RAW after the Royal Rumble, and Sasha Banks took on Naomi in a very competitive match. Plus, the Dudley Boyz and the Wyatt Family both had some very important words for the WWE Universe (though some words were more cryptic than others).
This week’s Superstars was an okay show. The matches were fine, but they’re anything worth going too far out of your way to watch.
As usual, Main Event this week had two good matches and on okay one, but the main event match this week stood out as an important character-building match. Definitely worth a watch.
This week’s Main Event had a surprisingly good match between Rusev and Ryback and a match that most people would expect to be good, Swagger versus Owens.
Predictions are made and a fatal four way tag team match is held to determine two of the spots in the Royal Rumble match.
This week Main Event is bookended by two decent tag matches with a very nice, aggressive, quick match between Neville and Breeze in the middle.
As the last RAW before the Royal Rumble, this show felt a little like treading water, but one segment in particular made for an interesting lead-in to one of the most fun events of the year.
Tyler Breeze and Jack Swagger make up for their not-so-great match last week with a much better rematch.
The first Full Sail NXT of 2016 set up some possible new directions for its singles title holders, but the show itself got NXT off to a slow start for the year.
Main Event this week had some nice matches and made a good case for a tag team that could have some potential for a move to the main shows.
This week’s RAW featured more of the same for the most part, but there were a few highlights spread throughout the show.
Witness the birth of a new tag team, the Golden Truth!