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Monday Night RAW Review: Highlights, Matches, and Winners


Review from RAW: 4/24/2017

As we gear up to tune into Payback this Sunday, Monday Night RAW is certain to bring excitement and drama to the upcoming pay-per-view. The evening’s show was aired live in Kansas City, Missouri. Here’s a review if you missed out on the fun.

The Highlight Reel/Miz TV/Ambrose Asylum

RAW opens up with Chris Jericho’s Highlight Reel. He implies that this will be the last we see the Highlight Reel on RAW. He recovers quickly, saying the reason is because he’ll be taking the U.S. title from his opponent on Sunday, Kevin Owens. Jericho, ever the hilarious character, gives a fantastic promo about Kevin Owens calling himself the “Face of America,” instead changing the moniker to the “Hemorrhoid of America.”

The It Couple decides to make their grand entrance here. The Miz and his wife, Maryse, tell the viewers that the Highlight Reel has been cancelled. Instead, it will be replaced with Miz TV. There are words exchanged between the Miz and Jericho. Dean Ambrose interrupts shortly. He decides he is taking over the show, changing the set to the Ambrose Asylum.

Ambrose exclaims that his guest tonight is Chris Jericho, where he attempts to make amends for destroying his ridiculously expensive jacket. He gives Y2J a lovely gift, which is a lovely sportscoat with Christmas lights taped to it. Though it is nothing like the one our favorite Lunatic ripped apart, Jericho likes it and accepts it.

The Miz is furious. He says Ambrose is lazy and a bad champion. He also says that he deserves gifts from everyone in the locker room, which Ambrose answers with a very special present…Dirty Deeds straight to the mat.

The segment ends with Maryse making the “List of Jericho” for being married to a stupid idiot.

Sheamus (w/Cesaro) Vs. Matt Hardy (w/Jeff Hardy)

In a nice, fluid bout, we see what might come on Sunday’s show. There are a lot of back-and-forth maneuvers here, with plenty of great spots on the ring apron. Sheamus and Matt put on a short but believable performance. Matt Hardy pinned Sheamus, but the ending was a weird moment. Matt starts getting angry, but ultimately chooses to shake his opponent’s hand. On a side note, Matt Hardy’s hair seems a bit whiter than normal. Perhaps we will get to see the Broken Matt Hardy character soon.

Winner: Matt Hardy

Transitioning straight from the prior match, General Manager Kurt Angle confirms the rumored “dumpster match” between Kalisto and Braun Strowman. The Miz interrupts this segment, which ticks off the boss. Angle says Miz now has a match between both Ambrose and Jericho. It is up to the Miz to find his own partner. Alas, the opening segment finally makes sense.

TJ Perkins and Neville vs. Jack Gallagher and Austin Aries

Now, we switch to the Cruiserweights. TJP’s heel turn aligned him with Neville a few weeks ago, and they sure are a fun team to watch.  The heel team runs the table early on in the match. They appear to be on the same page, decimating Gentleman Jack with ease.

Then, Austin Aries tags in. Aries puts on a devastating show. He connects effortlessly and his momentum grows quickly. Aries nearly forces TJP to tap out, but his partner makes the save. Regardless, Neville gets held up outside the ring, and Aries throws a Discus Fivearm to pin Perkins. Austin Aries grins arrogantly at the current Cruiserweight champion. He is sending a clear message to Neville.

Could we see a new champion crowned this Sunday?

Winners: Jack Gallagher and Austin Aries

Braun Strowman vs. Kalisto (Dumpster Match)

In this strange stipulation match, to win, one wrestler needs to throw his opponent into a dumpster. Braun Strowman cuts a nice heel promo quickly, comparing the fans in Kansas City to trash. He is very heavily booed, as he ought to be. In fact, it seems during this segment, there are pro-Roman Reigns chants ringing around the crowd.

Kalisto makes his entrance, and the first thing we see is how ridiculous the guy looks next to Strowman. Still, Kalisto uses his lucha style to try to move the mountain. Unfortunately, his fancy flips and kicks don’t get him far. Braun doesn’t even flinch. Instead, he stands there intimidating the littler man.

Next, Strowman literally throws Kalisto around the ring like a rag doll. However, Kalisto has a small moment of hope: When Strowman tries to dump him over the top rope, he manages to hang on tightly. Again, Kalisto doesn’t have the strength to topple over the giant. Strowman goes right back to pounding on him.

In a nonsense change of events, Strowman uses the top rope as a weapon. He jumps off the edge of the apron and…straight into the dumpster. Thought to be impossible, Strowman lost to Kalisto. The look in Strowman’s eyes following was pure evil. Braun goes back to throwing the former Lucha Dragon around the ring until he is too weak to stand. Then, he throws Kalisto’s limp body into the dumpster, pushing it up the stage. He locks the dumpster, and tosses the entire thing over the edge.

Winner: Kalisto

Dana Brooke vs. Alicia Fox

Alicia Fox and Dana Brooke square off following an eerie Bray Wyatt promo, talking about his upcoming House of Horrors match..This match is short and is an attempt to make Dana Brooke look strong, though she is working very stiff. There is little crowd reaction here. Luckily, Emma (sans the -lina) makes her way down the ramp, offering her support for her former partner and sidekick. Brooke ignores her former friend’s presence, winning with ease.

Then, Emma joins Dana Brooke in the ring. Emma tries to hug her. Perhaps seeds are being planted here. Looks like Dana Brooke is going to completely turn on Emma.

Winner: Dana Brooke

Seth Rollins, Enzo, and Cass vs. Samoa Joe, Gallows, and Anderson

The prologue to this match is a well-delivered threat. Samoa Joe promises to destroy all of Seth Rollins’ limbs on Sunday’s show. The Club backs up the former NXT champion, and the three of them verbally destroy the face team.

The Club takes out Enzo completely before the beginning of the match. The officials deem the smack-talker unable to compete. Kurt Angle saves the day. He introduces a third partner once again: Finn Balor.

Seth Rollins takes the victory for his team in this fast-paced and ferocious fight. Samoa Joe is knocked out of the ring, and Rollins debuts a crazy new finishing move. Despite this excitement, however, the last clip of this match is Joe’s very angry face.

Winners: Rollins, Cass, and Balor

Alexa Bliss vs. Sasha Banks

Again, this match is made after another strange promo. First, Alexa Bliss comes out to remind the viewers that she’s got a championship match on Sunday against Bayley. She gives a short speech about how when she says she’s going to do something, she’s going to do it. Then, Bayley comes down to the ring to respond. Instead, she walks straight into Bliss’s mean-girl attitude. Bliss makes fun of her for living in Candyland, for the probability that she’ll lose in her hometown, and for never kissing a boy. Sasha Banks comes to the aid of her best friend, going toe-to-toe with Bliss.

Their exchange gets heated, and the crowd is treated to a match between the two women. Bayley sits on commentary. However, Sasha Banks goes to smash Alexa in the face, who cuts the match short. Bliss intentionally leaves, allowing herself to be counted out for the loss.

Winner via count-out: Sasha Banks

Chris Jericho and Dean Ambrose vs. The Miz (w/Maryse) and ?

Jericho and Ambrose seem to be getting along quite well tonight. Jericho also considered taking the Lunatic Fringe off the list, if even for a moment. Unfortunately, the Miz was apparently not so lucky in finding himself a partner. The Miz claims that he does have one, though, but nobody comes to his side.

He tries to excuse himself from the match. However, Angle comes out to let the Miz know that if he couldn’t find his own partner, he’d just have to fight in a handicap match until his alleged partner showed up.

The Miz takes a lot of heavy hits and gains very little offense. This main event looks to be a “squash” match. Of course, the Miz uses Maryse as a human shield to try to change the course. Unfortunately, that doesn’t work well for him.

Because of Miz’s ongoing cowardice, the other two men take him all the way up to the announce table. The pair is ready to smash the actor right through it. Instead, the room goes dark. Bray Wyatt takes place of the Miz, standing tall on the table. Dean Ambrose looks like he’s just seen a ghost.

Bray Wyatt wraps up RAW this evening. He begins annihilating his apparent opponents, smashing their faces into the titantron with his Sister Abigail maneuver.

Winner: Draw

Thus, another RAW is in the books. Bray Wyatt closes the show, standing tall. Hopefully, this strength carries into the match against Orton this Sunday.

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