WWE RAW: GRADED (23 Sep) | The Fiend Bray Wyatt Attacks Braun Strowman

WWE RAW: GRADED (23 Sep) | The Fiend Bray Wyatt Attacks Braun Strowman


[Music] hey everyone its Jack from Carlile calm and it’s time for the season finale of Monday Night Raw of course it is of course it is yes if you weren’t aware Raw is actually split into several distinct seasons like The Simpsons or the wire or the office or any other regular television show except this one solve isn’t is it sort business playing anyway that’s not the point the point is how good was Raw this week and what happened there’s only one way to find out and that is by looking at each individual segment and assigning each one a lovely individual grade that’s right it’s time for Monday Night Raw graded [Music] we offer the show with a Seth Rollins probe well no actually we opened the show with some spooky Bray Wyatt malfunctions on the the opening package I’m the opening video package which is really nice to see but we open the proper show like live in the arena with the Seth Rollins promo set basically says but the point of this promo or the early stages of this promo at least is that he’s scared of the thenar per se but he says he’s also brave like a good little baby face and that he’ll you know overcome the fiend when he comes to face him at Hell in a Cell just like you overcame Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and just like you overcame braun strowman at clash of Champions and that brings braun strowman to the ring strowman hits the ring and says look Seth have you got anything to say say to my face bro and I don’t really think strowman has a good point here because Seth did be in fair and square a clash of Champions so why is he annoyed that he said he did strowman finishes talking and then Seth starts to talk and then strowman goes I wasn’t finished talking even though he definitely definitely was finished talking wasn’t the biggest fan of Braun in this segment to be honest not Bronzeville just the script was a little bit stupid for him Rollins says look I’ve really got a lot on my plate right now but the way you’re acting Braun makes me want to fight you again tonight and strowman goes challenge accepted and they self a match for later on in the evening I’m gonna give this opening segment a-b – I thought you know both guys performed it reasonably well in fact strohman promo ability I think has noticeably improved in recent times the only problem is it’s set up a match that I’m really not enthusiastic to see at all because it’s so soon since we saw it last at clash of Champions next up the first match of the show The OC – sweet ski broski’s versus pro skis not Zack Ryder it’s it’s gallows and understand versus the Viking Xperia’s the Viking raiders as much as a pretty standard opening until AJ Styles is a lurking on the outside and grubs I think it was Eva’s leg on the apron allowing gallows to just clock him off the apron with a sick roundhouse kick dudes why am I so weird to them luckily the referee spots this and ejects AJ from the arena we all love a big referee ejection in professional wrestling don’t we the crowd will pop for it and as AJ is heading up the run protesting he gets jumped by Cedric Alexander who chases him to the back quite relieved to see that actually to be honest because I did think that Cedric was booked quite weak on clash of champions or on the pre-show and then on the following roar as well so it’s nice to see this feud continue it the rest of the March picks up the pace down the stretch and the Viking raiders eventually pick up the victory hitting Anderson with the Viking experience like the actual move the Viking experience and then Eric flies outside of the ring cutting off gallows with a nice suicide dive and allowing Eva to pick up the pinfall kind of like Flash mogul Webster actually and Mark Andrews at NXT takeover UK Cardiff so that’s so much that they’re obviously setting up for the future I’m joking but I really want to see the biking experience versus mandrews and Webster actually they’ll be really really good much overall this much gets a B it was a nice exciting match to start the show no major complaints and I’m glad again to see the Cedric and AJ for you to continue next up Michael Cole has headed to the back Y to have a sit-down interview with the man and the raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch Cole starts off with a really weird question in my opinion because he says Becky are you quite sure about your decision to have the Hell in a Cell stipulation for your home match against Sasha banks and Becky says yes I am confident and I’m like yeah of course she is because we just saw Becky decimate Sasha in a brawl a clash of Champions so yeah that doesn’t make any sense Michael Becky says she left the Smackdown women’s division the strongest it had ever been and then she came to Raw and saw it in ruin after Ronda Rousey and cut through everybody and she wants to restore it to its former glory that’s why she always calls out people out their best and that’s why she wants Sasha banks in Hell in a Cell at the event now that’s a really good point and it does make sense but then Becky goes on to accuse Sasha of being cowardly saying that you know during that brawl a clash of Champions she was running for the hills she was looking for the exit vintage Sasha banks she says because she was with Michael Cole ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha wasn’t that funny it was all right this interview segment gets a B I thought it had slightly mixed messages in there yeah like Becky wanting Sasha at her best but Becky also Sam and Sasha’s a coward or you know Cole asked him Becky about Sasha being on this hot streak and choosing this dangerous stipulation when we did just see Becky get the best get sold out brawl Sasha a clash of champions but it does get be great because it was performed excellently it was delivered excellently as always by Becky Lynch one of the best promos in WWE right now next up the clash we’ve all been waiting for that’s right it’s rusev versus EC three mmm this is basically a squash match like easy three jump drew severed the bell there was a bit of maybe a miscommunication it was a bit sloppy for a few seconds but they got it back on track Andrew said one really really quickly with the market kick and the accolade forcing ec3 to tap out and that’s the match there you go okay there are two major problems here I won the continued burial of ec3 but we’re used to that by now I suppose it’s just hard to see secondly as well I don’t understand why there was zero follow-up from last week when rusev was revealed as supposedly the father of Maria Kanellis baby what on earth what’s going on there commentary mentioned there but it didn’t play into the match at all we didn’t see Maria or Michael anyone involved with that story line last week apart from rusev so what was that just a one-off seems like quite an important thing to be a worn off really this gets a degrade I wasn’t a fan of it neither the squash itself nor the storyline implications or lack thereof mixed up Sasha banks accompanied by Bayley versus Nicky cross accompanied by her fellow women’s tag-team champion Alexa bliss this was quite a long match it got about quarter of an hour which was good at times but at other times you could sense the crowds enthusiasm starting to wane it was a bit up and down and I think that might have been because it didn’t really hit the different gears it just seemed to be one consistent pace all the way through the match but that might just be my takeaway from the March I’m not sure what you thought but yeah I can understand why the crowd kind of dipped and rose as this much went on at one stage Nikki here a really nice swinging neckbreaker on Sasha banks so nice in fact that Bailey was worried that Sasha was gonna lose she hopped up on the apron to distract the referee but then Alexa bliss came tearing around the ring to deal out some justice on Bailey clocking her in the face and whipping her into the timekeepers area Nikki then continued asserting herself in the March headed to the top rope left off with a crossbody but Sasha and nimbly reversed it quite nicely actually into a bank statement and forced Nikki cross to tap out mm not sure about that but it wasn’t over there as sasha banks being such a dirty heel continued the assault on Nikki cross listening to Alexa get involved to try and save her partner but Sasha quickly neutralized her with a backstabber and a bank statement which Alexa didn’t top for which has just I I don’t necessarily believe the whole rumors of like Sasha and Alexa who to the backstage but I did set off like little alarms in my head like oh there’s legit heat there and there’s no way of actually telling unless you’re a part of the divi divi locker room but she seemed a bit seemed a bit strange that’s all she didn’t hop out let’s get to be – it was a good effort by both wrestlers but at the same time I’m really not certain about the decision to have Nikki cross tap out I understand that this this is main roster Nikki cross not NXT Nikki cross but still there has to be some character consistency in there and Nikki crosses character really to me doesn’t match up with the idea of topping out I think she’d sooner pass out than top out and I know that’s reserved for bigger and more dramatic moments and matches so why not have Sasha pee her maybe by pinfall maybe via Bayley or something I don’t know there were other ways they could have done this and I don’t think you had to have Nikki top out then of course there was the Alexa be done which I understand from one point of view is in you’ve got to make sure she looks strong she’s got a big match coming up against Becky Lynch but on the other hand you want to kind of keep your women’s tile chumps looking strong too and they’ve effectively been both taken down and basically dominated by one wrestler but you know it is what it is next up lacy Evans she’s got your number versus ever moon I really have no idea what the lyrics are to that song this was a fairly short match but a nicely competitive one very back and forth there are a lot of unique spots as well such as ember moonstone err from the apron like when she caught herself with their toes on the bottom rope and then managed to turn it into a stunner and lacy on the outside this was decent you know they tried some new stuff and it was interesting to watch but in the end despite all of embers innovation it wasn’t quite enough as Lacey Evans hit the women’s right knocking amber off the top rope and then clamping on another sharpshooter again another shot fired a Natalya for the submission victory this also gets a B – yes it was like ten minutes shorter than the previous match but I do think it was still kind of good in its own right the drawbacks for me were that I just hate seeing amber moon being used to build up someone else when really in my opinion she should be the one being build up by other people at the same time though it was a decent encounter and I do think as well this might just be a nice little run of form but I do think that lacy has been improving in recent weeks next up it’s the Firefly funhouse we’re really glad that he’s our friend and this is a it’s never gonna end Bray is sin phrase hanging up photos pictures picture frames in his little Firefly funhouse den of people that he’s beaten up as the fiend basically he adds Cain to the collection and then he looks down and rambling rubber and Huskers the pig listen to me man listen to what we’ve all become we just know these characters now we know these children’s puppet characters rumbling rabbit and Husker sapega fighting over a Seth Rollins action figure why then gives a lecture on the importance of sharing and then so they can share it he snaps the action finger into a hall aldea this gets a B+ not the first five five funhouse we’ve seen but still a strong work from Bray Wyatt as always and honestly I just want the match already just give us the match already I really am looking forward to this one as long as Bray wins if Seth wins I’m not sure I’ll feel about that next up 24/7 championship shenanigans time t earth c st acronyms are fun ah truth runs out followed by carmelo there get in the ring and then the undercard follow them there’s a mojo Rowley sayin there is a mojo Rowley signing he’s okay he’s alive he’s alright call off the call off the bloody search but carmella stops them from gaining the ring she grabs a microphone and she pleads with them she’s like look guys I can’t live like this anymore and she says the truth I can’t do this anymore I’m really sorry I can’t I can’t rest for one second of the day I can’t eat I can’t sleep this is horrible and I just can’t do it anymore truth seems to understand they hug it out and then carmella rolls him up and becomes the new 24/7 champion it’s finally finally happened then Renee young hits the line of the Nike saying grace you can finally consummate the 24/7 tile and grave says how it’s too late for that and I was just like all right guys contact and then basically our truth forgives carmella and celebrates with her kid he’s a nice guy and I would have liked you’ve seen r-truth for your heart broken and this to start a big for you between the two but at the same time it was a very odd true thing to do I guess for us for such an inconsistent and nonsensical characters r-truth it was shockingly consistent with his prior behavior so truth and carmella is celebrating the the rest of the 24/7 division just don’t know what to do and then here come several members of the women’s locker room to chase carmella away truth helps her out and it looks like the whole thing’s gonna start again but with carmella as champion instead of truth this get to be the big swerve happened it was then taining I’m excited to see where it goes which is why I gets as high grade as a bee but generally it was okay the reason that I’m excited is because does this mean that Renae frame Arvixe wife is finally gonna win the belt and then you know her and Dracon yeah no that’s just why I think my iftar if Renee pins Carmela the pot will be absolutely unreal and I really want that to happen so badly next up a rematch from the King of the Ring final Baron Corbin King Corbin excuse me versus the man he defeated in the final Chad Gable and you know what right Corbin’s got his robe and his crown and his sceptre and he’s got new ones because gay will trash the gear last week and they’re all black and I honestly Corbin looks really cool all right I don’t know what you thought I saw some people suggest any look silly I thought you looked really really cool I feel a bad ass Corbin cuts a heal promo before the March saying oh this match is gonna be really short because Chuck Gables short and he’s tall and then in just in case we didn’t get that joke even though it was very obvious he then says after the after I win this match I won’t be facing anyone under five foot five and I was I did you often from the choke hold like that emphatically I got it the first time around thanks Baron my leash this match isn’t quite as good as the first one but at the same time it follows a similar pattern with the crowd really not being interested at the star and then gain fully onboard with Chad Gables comebacks he really does have a great deal of just natural baby face fire he’s got it and needs to be used more in the future this is an encouraging star but I don’t want like his push to just disappear once this field is Corbin’s ended I wanted to continue and I want to see him rise up the cart Corbin is able to kick out of a gorgeous moonsault from chad gable but then gave a locks on the ankle lock and instead of like giving up and submitting Corbin grabs the sceptre because it’s just in reach and blasts gable with it and then just continues to beat him up with it after the March mmm unsatisfying ending but I can see why they did it to avoid the whole 50/50 bucket this gets a B there were flashes of a great match in here little moments that would fare in a great match but overall it wasn’t quite as good as the king of the ring final from last week and I can see Baron Corbin actually using that scepter as a weapon to screw his way out of matches for a long time coming next up a fatal five way elimination match to determine the number one contender for Seth Rollins is universal title on next week’s season premiere of Monday Night Raw season whatever the next season of Monday Night Raw it’s Ray Mysterio versus ricochet versus Robert Roode vs AJ Styles versus schinsky Nakamura now on paper that match is unreal it’s like a marquee message boards three March in 2013 or something but it does find all of these guys in varying states of momentum on the card it starts off with ricochet and rey mysterio just taking our bad guys left right and center like it’s a kung fu movie so they let their Power Rangers and they’re not quite on the same team but they’re taking out people you were trying to ambush them and they’re sort of fighting back to back and it’s really exciting to watch then the heels start to take control and AJ Styles just starts to shine because he’s awesome but eventually it all falls down once again – ray versus ricochet and this time they fight and it’s great they’re both are really good match up with each other obviously and it’s really exciting to see that’s why it’s really surprising to see ricochet eliminated first actually he hits the recoil on Robert Roode who sells it wonderfully like the rocks are in a stunner or something but then ricochet is blindsided by a big kinshasa from Nakamura and that’s enough to eliminate him from the match a little bit later on Rey is setting up Nakamura he hits him with the six one nine it looks like he has him dead to rights but then AJ Styles hops up on the apron and just drops Rey Mysterio with a sick praying Buster right on the apron that was really nasty but in a good way then Stiles hits a lovely phenomenal forearm right onto Nakamura over Robert Roode in the process and that’s enough for Stiles to eliminate his old foe from New Japan but then immediately Roode blindside Styles hits him with the glorious DDT and went down it’s a Rey Mysterio versus Robert Roode and I think it’s kind of obvious where this is going given the fact that we had Rollins versus Roode last week but that doesn’t make it any less of an impressive ending to the match after a lovely little back-and-forth with various attempts at either man’s finisher Rey is able to reverse the glorious DDT by kind of slide in between Rudes legs and hoisting him backwards into the six one nine position he hits the six one nine and then a lovely frog splash to pick up at the victory and in what was an excellent much I loved it from start to finish this gets an a I’m really excited for Rollins versus Rey next week but to be honest this was an excellent March I enjoyed the March even more than the prospect of that future March it was maybe oh yeah it was all of my favorite TV matches of the earth so far nothing like out-of-this-world five-star unbelievable but really sensibly booked really made sense all the way through and everybody Shawn everyone got a little chance to shine even Sami Zayn the outside as Nakamura’s manager no complaints at all easy watching like really easy we’ll just stick this much on and watch it another good time a is the grade best thing on the show by a mile and finally the main event Seth Rollins versus braun strowman and it’s good you know it’s good but there are two things working against it one it just came off the back of that really really fun much beforehand and two we’ve seen it really recently a clash of Champions in this one interestingly strowman looks to have the better of set at various stages but when he skies out for the running power slam the lights gradually shut off one by one and we do get the appearance of the fiend why it or the fiend attack strowman and it does I really like this little touch it takes to mandible claws to put strowman down Rollins doesn’t help at all he’s just chillin in the corner well he’s not chillin he’s really terrified but yeah he doesn’t help at all what bad friend I guess him and strowman old friends to be fair let’s get to be it’s the second week in a row we’ve ended raw in a very similar fashion of this but it was still effective I like the fact that it’s a two Mundell applause to put strowman down and I’m just very looking forward to that much as I mentioned earlier in this video I’m really looking forward about Helena so much hopefully it does itself justice and hopefully Bray Wyatt picks up the big win in fact I’d like to see Wyatt win and then progress into a feud with braun strowman because they’ve got so much history together but I’m getting way too ahead of myself let’s get on with the overall grade overall this raw gets a B grade I actually thought it was a row of two Hobbs I wasn’t too impressed with the first half of raw I thought it was a bit lackluster in places but things really picked up in the second half of the show especially with that fatal five way elimination match that was excellent and you know the fiend and Ron’s I’m really hyped for that too what season it’s been I cannot wait for the next season for the season premiere next week next week we’ve gotta wait a week as we always do I don’t understand this season thing at all but thanks very much for watching and let me know what you thought down below oh I say that in the outro anyway why ever why I said it now thanks very much for watching and let us know what you think in the comments section down below you can follow collar holic on twitter article the holic and on facebook at facebook.com/ forward slash Coulter holic if you enjoy what we do then please do check out our patreon patreon comm forward slash culled aholic where you can pledge and don’t forget of course most importantly of all to hit subscribe and to join us


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