Liam Hoofe with his weekly Raw rankings…
After last week’s brilliant show, Raw tried to maintain some momentum this week, as the WWE continues to prepare for its next big PPV, Hell in a Cell. With Evolution and Super Show-Down also on the horizon, the WWE has a lot to juggle at the moment. Let’s take a look at this week’s Raw and find out how they are coping.
Constable Corbin defeated Finn Balor (* 3/4)
Sasha Banks defeated Dana Brooke (* 1/2)
Seth Rollins defeated Kevin Owens (**** 1/4)
The Revival defeated The B-Team (**)
Natalya defeated Alicia Fox (* 1/2)
Bobby Lashley defeated The Ascension (Squash)
Dean Ambrose defeated Jinder Mahal (**)
Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns defeated Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler via DQ (** 1/4)
10: Kevin Owens
Kevin Owens may have come out on the losing end in his match with Seth Rollins, but he was still involved in his best match for the last 12 months. Owens and Rollins tore the house down, and it was a nice reminder of just how talented Owens is, given how badly he’s been booked in recent months.
The post-match angle, which saw Kevin Owens crying in the ring and quitting the WWE was a surprise, and it will be interesting to see how it pans out. Owens has been booked to look like an absolute joke in recent months, let’s hope this is the start of something interesting and fresh for the former Universal Champion.
9: Finn Balor
Talking of terrible booking, what the hell was the point in Balor losing to Corbin on this week’s Raw? Their feud should have had a line drawn underneath it at SummerSlam when Balor squashed Corbin dressed as the demon.
Instead, Balor was made to look weak once again this week, purely to put over Constable Corbin as the new heel authority figure character in the WWE.
Balor managed to impress everyone last week, putting on an excellent match with Roman Reigns, and this is how the company repays him.
8: The Revival
The Revival picked up a victory over the B-Team on this week’s Raw, and they will challenge the champions for the gold on next week’s Raw. The former NXT champions cut a promo about the B-Team making the tag-team division into a joke and talked about how they would change that if they win.
While it is about a year late, it’s nice to see The Revival potentially claiming gold in the WWE. The tag team division on Raw has been dire for far too long.
7: Bobby Lashley
Talking of tag-teams being badly booked, The Ascension were on the wrong end of a beating from Bobby Lashley on this week’s Raw. Lashley was placed in the match by acting GM, Baron Corbin, which means the two men could potentially be heading into a feud with each other.
Outside of a horrendous program with Sami Zayn, and a very brief feud with Roman Reigns, Lashley has lacked a sense of direction since his return to the WWE, and realistically, a feud with Corbin is not likely to change that.
6: Dolph Ziggler
Ziggler was in action in this week’s main event, partnering with Drew McIntyre to take on Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns. The match itself was fairly plodding, but the post-match angle sets up a nice six-man tag team match for the upcoming Australia show at the start of October.
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