Welcome to the Raw Reaction, where I offer my take on this week’s show in Miami. As always, you can check out John’s full in-depth review here.
We kick things off with Saturday Night Main Event style promos from the participants in the Tag Team Turmoil match tonight before going live to the ring with RK-Bro. RK-Bro sells the Tag Team Turmoil match, only to be interrupted by Bobby Lashley and MVP. Lashley called Orton a coward for what he did last week and challenged Orton one-on-one. Orton accepted only if Lashley put the title on the line at Extreme Rules. Lashley accepts the challenge and declares that he and MVP were going to enter Tag Team Turmoil, because of course.
The New Day come out to kick off the match facing the Viking Raiders first. We get a good opening match with great back and forth action. New Day eliminate the Viking Raiders and up next is Jinder Mahal and Veer with Shanky on the outside. I’m guessing they realize Shanky really sucks in the ring so he’s the manager now. Anyway, they don’t last long and New Day advances. Lucha House Party is up next and the face quickens. We get a nice little match from the two teams and New Day advances yet again. Mace and T-Bar are the next team up. The big men use their power on New Day to wear them down some more. In the end, T-Bar succumbs to the deadly ROLLUP OF DEATH~! to allow New Day to continue on. As Mansoor and Mustafa Ali make their way down to the ring, Mace and T-Bar destroy New Day. Mansoor tries to help out New Day so Mace and T-Bar destroy him and Ali. Where was this booking a year ago? This is how Mace and T-Bar should have been presented from the get go. Officials finally break things up and Sonya Deville announces that the Tag Team Turmoil match will continue later tonight to its conclusion. That was a different way to book a break in the match. We’ll see if it works or not.
Drew McIntyre and Sheamus square off next to determine who will face off against Damien Priest at Extreme Rules. We get another really good match from these two as one who expect. They have had slightly better matches in the past but this one is still really good. Sheamus picked up the win this time to advance to the US Title match at Extreme Rules. I expect Priest to retain.
Nikki A.S.H. and Rhea Ripley are up next to take on Natalya and Tamina in tag team action. Nikki tried to get the team name of Super Brutality over and I’m not sure its going to stick. The match was good and made the new team look like legitimate contenders. Ripley picked up the win for her team and have we already forgotten about the three wins Nox and Shotzi have over Natalya and Tamina?
Moist TV is up next with a pretape of John Morrison and Karrion Kross. Kross gives Morrison a nice eulogy before destroying him in the ring. Isn’t the whole idea of turning a guy face is he stops jobbing? Maybe Vince is still holding the Batista/Melina thing over Morrison’s head.
Charlotte Flair is up next to defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Nia Jax. Let’s hope this is better than last week’s train wreck. The match goes better this time and Shayna Baszler caused a distraction that cost Jax the match. We really cannot have Jax lose clean now, can we? After the match, Alexa Bliss and Lilly showed up to challenge Charlotte for the title, likely at Extreme Rules.
Reggie flipped around and somehow defended the 24/7 title this week. Oh look, Drake Maverick is back. Did he get promoted or demoted?
Main event time has us bringing tag team turmoil to a close. New Day picked up where they left off, starting against Mansoor and Ali. The match was good, selling the student/teacher story for Mansoor/Ali. The New Day triumphs yet again to face off against AJ Styles and Omos. The New Day fought hard, but they were finally eliminated from the match after Styles beat Kingston with the Styles Clash. This brings out the last team, MVP and Bobby Lashley. Lashley goes at it alone and the crowd popped for the hoss fight between Lashley and Omos. Lashley took out Styles to win Tag Team Turmoil for his team and a Raw Tag Team Title shot next week. After the match, Omos took out Lashley and Orton planted him with another RKO to close the show.
Let’s look at tonight’s highs and lows.
The Tag Team Turmoil match was really good overall. The winners were obvious, but it did a good job of presenting some additional challengers for the tag titles. I would assume that RK-Bro retain next week and send Orton to be defeated at Extreme Rules. I would guess Mace and T-Bar would be next if they keep destroying tag teams.
The Drew McIntyre/Sheamus match was pretty good as you would expect. McIntyre is likely Smackdown bound next month, so why not put a few guys over along the way. Sheamus will not be successful at Extreme Rules.
Why does the Charlotte Flair/Alexa Bliss feud feel like Lilly is going to win the Raw Women’s Championship? Do we really need to see that?
That’s all I’ve got, until next time.