WWE RAW Coverage: The Calm Before the Clash

This week’s episode of RAW was about throwing as many superstars on the show as possible and seeing what stuck. The sad part was away from the debut of the Cruiserweights, many of the moments just didn’t work.

Clash of the Champions will be good, make no mistake. From Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho to the WWE Universal and WWE Tag Team feuds, the in-ring action will be mega enjoyable. There just one decent storyline on the entire show right now.

Matches:

United States Champion Rusev w/ Lana vs. Seth Rollins: Rusev was in control throughout, but couldn’t hit that big move to segway into The Accolade. With that, Rollins fought back and hit his Top Rope Knee Lift and a pair of Suicide Dives that put him in control. However, with the action on the outside, the two combatants put on one another to get the match thrown out. With the action spilling to the ramp, Rollins jumped off the top of the announce table and took out Rusev with a Diving Cross Body.

Sin Cara vs. Braun Strowman: A waste of time as Strowman won with a Powerslam.

Bailey and Sasha Banks vs. WWE RAW Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Dana Brooke: Banks got her rear handed to her for most of this match as Brooke and Flair utilized quick tags. Once Bayley got tagged in she took out both Flair and Brooke with signature maneuvers. After a Springboard Elbow, Bayley went for the Belly-to-Bayley, but interference from Brooke allowed Flair to escape and hit the Yakuza Kick for the win.

Gary Graham vs. Bo Dallas: Although Graham nearly stole the match early with a Rollup, Dallas earned another win with the Roll of the Dice.

Best of Seven Series: Match Six: Cesaro (2-3) vs. Sheamus (3-2): Although Sheamus worked on Cesaro’s back throughout the encounter, Cesaro got the win with the Neutralizer in a decent match that forces a Match Seven at Clash of Champions.

Sami Zayn, Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady and WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day: Kofi Kingston and Big E. Langston w/ Xavier Woods vs. Chris Jericho, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and Primo and Epico: A few interesting spots, but Amore got the win with the Badda Boom Shakka Lakka.

Fatal Four Way: Brian Kendrick vs. Gran Metalik vs. Cedric Alexander vs. Rich Swann: Lots of spots and strikes in a fun match. After Swann and Alexander hit their finishers, Kendrick was able to steal the win with the Bully Choke.

Steel Cage: Roman Reigns vs. WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens: Lots of back and forth in an evenly-contested encounter. Things got spicy when Reigns countered a Pop-Up Powerbomb into a Superman Punch. Owens fought back and scored a near-fall with the Pop-Up Powerbomb. Owens then went to escape the cage, but Reigns pulled him back down as the two traded punches on the top rope. While Owens looked to have the advantage, Reigns hit a Superman Punch on the top to even things up again. Soon enough, the race was on, as Owens tried to escape the ring, but Reigns climbed out first to earn the victory. After the match, Reigns beat on Rusev on the outside before Owens kicked the steel cage door right into Reigns’ face. As Rusev and Owens beat on Reigns, Rollins made the save, hitting a Cross Body from the top of the cage to end the show.

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