Raw came to us from Columbus this week, and it’s fair to say the WWE are trying to make up for lost time with Raw, as this show had a bit of everything.
New champions, legends returning, pull-apart brawls; you name it, this show probably had it.
With just two weeks to go until Hell in a Cell, Raw really went into another gear.
Here, we recap five things you missed if you didn’t see this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw.
The dead have risen
Last week, a number of WWE legends appeared on Raw to promote the upcoming match between Triple H and the Undertaker at Super Showdown. It was advertised that this week, Shawn Michaels, who was special guest referee at the ‘end of an era’ match between ‘Taker and Triple H at WrestleMania 28, would be appearing on the show.
And that he did, but he was not the only legend to make a return. Michaels discussed the upcoming match, clearly favouring his friend and former DX partner Triple H. He explained that Trips will cerebrally assassinate the deadman, when suddenly.
The Undertaker is back. On entering the ring, he begins a war of words with Michaels, accusing Shawn of being a coward for retiring and never returning. Michaels on the other hand says that his choice to retire and keep to his word should be why he is respected. Undertaker promises Shawn that at Super Showdown, he would be taking Triple H down one last time, which, from ‘Taker, is a threat that should probably be taken seriously.
Triple H will be appearing on Raw once again next week.
New tag champs
Last week, the Revival earned a match against the Raw Tag Tea Champions, the B-Team, but in a shock twist, it was not them who walked out of Raw with the belts this week.
Instead, it was Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler, who convinced temporary General Manager that they would be better opponents for Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. To ensure that the Revival wouldn’t be able to compete, McIntyre and Ziggler attacked Dawson and Wilder, leaving them free to take their spot in the title match.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, particularly as they now have a very powerful ally in Braun Strowman, Drew and Dolph dominated proceedings, picking up the win to become the new tag team champions with relative ease. If this is the start of a new faction on Raw, with Strowman leading McIntyre and Ziggler, it’s fair to say the rest of the roster will need to watch their backs.
Earlier in the night, the Shield attacked Braun, Drew and Dolph and a classic pull-apart brawl ensured. This is all setting up a six-man tag at Super Showdown, but it’s definitely worth enjoying while it lasts.
Kevin Owens returns already
Well, that didn’t take very long, did it?
Last week, an emotional Kevin Owens took to the ring after his loss against Seth Rollins to announce that he was quitting. Everyone knew this was a work, but the company even went as far as putting him on their alumni page, and Owens took all mentions of WWE off of his Twitter account.
But alas, it was not to last, as he’s already back, attacking Bobby Lashley brutally while Bobby was in an entirely forgettable segment with Jinder Mahal. If this is the start of some fire in the Owens character, then I’m all for it, but it does feel like this is just him being set up for another loss against the bigger Lashley. Owens is far too good to be treated like a punchbag for bigger men, so hopefully this is the start of something new.
Bellas are back
Ever since SummerSlam, fans will have noticed that both Nikki and Brie Bella have been lurking at ringside, without any real explanation as to why they’re there. It was widely believed that the sisters had given up in-ring action to focus on other pursuits, but alas, they’re back, and they had their first match since Nikki teamed with former fiance John Cena to take on Miz and Maryse at WrestleMania 34.
They won, if you can believe that. Taking on the team of the Riott Squad’s Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan, the Bellas dominated from bell to bell, winning after Nikki hit a Rack Attack 2.0 on Morgan.
Throughout the match, the commentators advertised that the two would be teaming with Raw Women’s Champion Rona Rousey at the Super Showdown on October 6 in Melbourne, Australia. Brie will also be in action at Hell in a Cell in two weeks, when she teams with her husband, Daniel Bryan, to take on Miz and Maryse in a mixed tag match,
Women’s tag belts coming?
If you’ve watched Raw in any capacity of late, you will have noticed that a large percentage of the women’s matches are tag matches. Whether it’s the Riott Squad, Bayley and Sasha, or even the Bellas, there’s an abundance of women’s tag teams.
There has been speculation for some time, and some stars like Becky Lynch have outwardly given their support for a women’s tag division, and it’s easy to see why. Both Raw and SmackDown Live have several women’s tag teams, and so you’d have thought tag belts are a logical next step. On this week’s Raw, Bayley and Sasha beat a team of Ember Moon and Dana Brooke, and there was the aforementioned match between the Bellas and the Riott Squad.
It certainly feels as though WWE are gearing up towards having a new women’s tag division, particularly as they are obsessed with ‘firsts’ when it comes to the women’s division. The first Hell in a Cell match, the first Royal Rumble, the first Money in the Bank match…so why not the first women’s tag divisions?