Raw 8/8 Recap
Last week on Raw recap takes the place of SmackDown.
Jesus another 15 yrs in the making match.
Enzo and Cass receive their big pop to open the show. Makes me ask why they couldn't let the NXT talent keep what made them hot. The Descension should have been this over. Essentially last week was used to set up the face E&C off with Jericho and KO. Jericho and Owens bring enough heel comedy relief to make this feud interesting. I'm here for it.
Enzo vs. Jericho
Who's Line Is It still comes on? Owens worked the interference to bring Cass into the match causing the DQ. KO goes over the top with the celebration. We get the Summer Slam challenge that we've been waiting for along with KO covering Jericho's ears to avoid hearing how sawft they are.
Sasha gets an interesting stipulation for her concern surrounding Dana Brooke's possible involvement.
Strowman vs. Jobber
Strowman's massacre continues. This time it's the speechless Jorel Nelson. He even gets entrance music. Welcome to Raw, Mr. Nelson.
Puffy ain't shit for mentioning Lil Kim after Faith Evans. The segment got black as hell when the New Day rolled through. I'll take it.
Titus O'Neil vs. Darren Young
Eh, Titus and Darren are back in the ring again. Break time. I come back from break and Young has won. Don't even know what happened. Black Wrestlers Matter. After watching the replay, Darren got payback by holding the tights. Classy.
Rollins came to talk about Balor and the upcoming match. It started strong; maybe it was just me, but it seemed pretty long winded. It feels like someone gave Rollins a clock and told him to kill as much time as possible. I mean dude had a 15 minute monologue.
Sheamus vs. Cesaro
Sheamus makes his way to the ring to take on Cesaro to avenge his loss last week. These two commence to exchanging blows and power moves. I saw Cesaro slide under a Brogue kick. Dude is super athletic more so than Rusev. I also saw a standing drop kick delivered to Sheamus while he was sitting on the top turnbuckle, amazing. Cesaro gets the roll up pin for the win.
This Orton/Randy beef is being built better than the Cena/Styles one. Brock has the most filthy mouth ever.
Dudley Boys vs. Neville and Sin Cara
The Dudleys are back to face Neville and a a partner of his choosing, Sin Cara. I legit went to sleep on this match. SC comes down donning a new less colorful ensemble. Could this be his last chance with the cruiserweights coming up? The Red Arrow is truly an amazing move. Watching it in slow motion I realized this.
Rusev brings his new bride to the ring for a celebration and there are 3 cakes to be destroyed. Rusev is dressed in his wedding garb sans shirt. Thus continues the Get Roman Over experiment. The man comes to be the stand in best man and channels the Rock insulting the bride and groom. Lana gets the Anna Mae treatment with a full frontal of cake. Roman slides out quietly having ruined the event.
Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke
Sasha has her chance to ban Brooke from ringside with a victory. Charlotte attempted to help her protege win the match but it backfired. A swift double knee later, Sasha and Charlotte have a one on one match at Summer Slam.
The commercial break ends with a replay of Razor Ramon being upset by The Kid to help promo the Ben-Hur movie. Balor gets a zen-esque video promo refuting Seth's claims of his disrespect. It was a history lesson into his character and set up the beast at SS.
Anderson and Gallows cut a promo to explain Ringpostitis. Needless to say there were enough references to balls that makes one want to skip the segment.
Luke Gallows vs. Kofi Kingston
Out next are the New Day sans Big E for the one on one match between Gallows and Kingston. Anderson works the distraction to his advantage for a win. Post match, there was an attempt to line Kofi up for the same fate as Big E, but Xavier comes through with the chair to run them off.
D. Bryan accepts Foley's invite to chop it up about the superstars jumping shows. Mick puts the SmackDown GM on the spot for his comments on talking Smack. Rusev comes down to defend his GM and lay claim to him being the only champ Raw needs. Bryan plays the role of instigator when Cesaro comes to ask for his title shot which Mick grants.
Main Event: Cesaro vs. Rusev
Cesaro pulling double duty takes on the champ. Rusev works the shoulder early, but the challenger battles back displaying his strength. It looks like he may be able to pull off the victory until Sheamus interjects himself into the match. The combination of the Bulgarian brute and the Celtic warrior were too much for the King of Swing. Rusev celebrates his victory as the show closed. Not so fast my friend Roman lands a Spear on the champ making a statement to punctuated this show. It seems that someone is understanding how to get him over with the crowd.
By Tony A.