With Ryan Satin
FOX Sports WWE Analyst
This week on WWE Raw, Bayley is back on the show with a new crew that intends to make an impact.
First, the match results:
– AJ Styles defeated Mustafa Ali and The Miz via pinfall to earn a spot in a number one contender’s match later for the United States Title
– Seth Rollins defeated Montez Ford via pinfall
– Alexa Bliss and Asuka wrestled to a no contest due to interference from Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY
– Ciampa defeated Chad Gable and Dolph Ziggler to earn the other spot in a No. 1 match for the United States Title
– Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair and IYO SKY fought to a no contest due to interference from multiple athletes
– Ciampa beat AJ Styles to win a US title next week
– The Usos defeated The Judgment Day via pinfall to retain the Undisputed Tag Team Championship
Night time: The man comes again
Becky Lynch appeared at the top of the show for a promo revealing that she suffered a separated shoulder during the Raw Women’s title match at SummerSlam.
Becky Lynch thanks Bianca Belair and begins her comeback story at SummerSlam
Becky Lynch kicked off Monday Night Raw following her SummerSlam Showdown with The EST of WWE, Bianca Belair, sharing an emotional moment with the Raw Women’s Champion.
What made this segment the moment of the night, though, was Becky explaining how she’d lost her way this past year as Big Time Becks — and that now she was basically going to be “The Man” again.
This was a smart, creative decision by Triple H.
Lynch is one of the most beloved members of the roster and battling against him over the last year, as entertaining as Becky was, never made much sense.
Fans want to cheer for one of their favorites. Now they can.
Hopefully he can make it back in time to win the Rumble next year.
Match of the Night: AJ Styles vs. Mustafa Ali vs. The Miz
Mustafa Ali getting a chance to remind everyone of his immense skill in the ring made me happy. Let’s hope Ricochet gets the same treatment on SmackDown this week.
Plus, AJ Styles got fired up. The guy was destroying an innovative offense that was nobody’s business.
These are the kinds of games people want to watch on Monday.
The first Raw as a faction of Bayley, Dakota Kai and IYO SKY was done to perfection.
They looked strong at the top of the show attacking Becky Lynch backstage, coming off as confident villains backstage. IYO’s first match showed her offense as well as her protection, and Dakota gave Triple H a subtle nod.
This was a very positive start for the team.
Montez Ford was an absolute superstar in his match with Rollins, despite the loss, and Ciampa walked off Raw with a title match.
It’s important to make the midcard feel special. That’s how people develop a fan base and move up the card.
More of that please, Triple H.
For an episode-by-episode breakdown of the show, listen to the RAW Roundup podcast in the Out of Character stream on Apple Podcasts or Spotify.
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Ryan Satin is a WWE analyst for FOX Sports. Satin previously appeared on FS1’s “WWE Backstage” and founded the Pro Wrestling Sheet, where he broke countless news stories as editor-in-chief.
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