Between the return of the Dudley Boys, Sting, a new member of The Wyatt Family in Braun Stowman and a rare Ric Flair appearance, this week’s Monday Night RAW was actually more entertaining than Summerslam.
It all started with a bang as Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar were still pissed. Simply put, they have all right to be after The Undertaker tapped out, hit “The Beast” with a blatant low blow and still managed to win at Summerslam. Destroying Bo Dallas won’t calm him down either. For Lesnar to get redemption, he needs another shot against Taker. Although he didn’t get one on Monday, it’s only a matter of time.
Seth Rollins, on the other hand, isn’t about to give a shot to anybody. Now the United States Champion and WWE World Heavyweight Champion, Rollins got his statue and appeared ready to carve his legacy. John Cena, who hit John Stewart with the Attitude Adjustment earlier in the night, had other things in mind, though, but so did The Authority.
And so did Sting.
With so many surprises and a balanced card, the road to Night of Champions is much more interesting than anyone expected. Can the WWE keep it up or will the often less important NOC PPV end up as mediocre as ever?
WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day: Big E. Langston and Kofi Kingston w/Xavier Woods vs. The Lucha Dragons: Sin Cara and Kalisto: Langston and Kingston overtook the high-flying antics of the Dragons and got the win with the assisted Big Ending. After the match, however, The Dudley Boys returned and hit the Wassup and a 3D through a table on Woods. After that, they made sure the Primetime Players, who were ringside, knew exactly who they were.
Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper vs. Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns: Ambrose and Reigns were cooking in the early going, hitting strikes both inside and outside of the ring. Harper got his team back in the match of a bit, but an Ambrose Tornado DDT evened things out. Reigns added a Samoan Drop, a pair of Cradle Belly-to-Back Suplexes and strikes and appeared ready to hit the Superman Punch, but after interference from Harper, Wyatt hit the Urinage and Ambrose and Harper began to tango. Reigns nearly won with a Jackhammer, but Harper nailed Reigns with the Super Kick. However after help from Ambrose, Reigns hit the Superman Punch and Ambrose took out Harper on the outside. Reigns then went for the Superman Punch, but a new Wyatt Family member, NXT hand Braun Stowman, destroyed both of them, choking out Reigns with a vicious sleeper variation and a version of Chris Sabin’s Belly-to-Back Buster before choking out Ambrose.
Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Paige vs. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella, Brie Bella and Alicia Fox: A solid back and forth encounter that saw Paige and Nikki do most of the heavy lifting. Charlotte showed off some of her athletic prowess with a dive to the outside that took out both Bellas, but Nikki got right back in the match and Fox continued the beatdown with a Muffler Stretch. Once Paige got tagged in, though, the former Divas Champion hit Fox with a few Clotheslines and a Knee in the corner, but Fox fought back with a Big Boot. Paige was again back in control with a Backflip on Fox on the outside and after she took out both Bellas, she wrapped Foxx up in the PTO. Brie then broke up the maneuver, taking out Lynch, while Nikki nailed Paige with the Forearm, allowing Fox to hit the Axe Kick for the win.
Wade Barrett and Stardust vs. Adrian Neville: This was supposed to be a tag team match, but Stardust hit the Queen’s Crossbow on Barrett before Neville made the save and sent Stardust back up the ramp.
Eight-Man Tag Intercontinental Champion Ryback, Randy Orton, Cesaro and Dolph Ziggler w/Lana vs. Kevin Owens, Rusev w/Summer Rae, Sheamus and The Big Show: This was essentially the match where everyone got to shine a bit. Orton eventually got the win after HSow accidentally hit Sheamus with the Knockout Punch, allowing Orton to finish off The Celtic Warrior with the RKO. After the match, Owens hit Show with the Cannonball in the corner. With Show down, Ziggler hit the Super Kick and Cesaro and Ryback Gorilla Pressed him into an Orton RKO.