WWE Main Event on July 27, 2017
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Verizon Center – Washington, District of Columbia
Tony Nese vs. Cedric Alexander***1/2
This was very fun; it kept picking up, and when I thought it was gonna hit great territory, it just kinda ended. Still, a very good sub-eight-minute match. Cedric & Nese did things they haven’t done on Raw, with Nese showing good vanity with his offense. I’m going crazy; very impressed with him working over Cedric in the corner while doing bicycle crunches. Cedric showed that great babyface fire that was hidden during the Dar feud that ended, & the strikes were loud, very loud, which is very crazy. I recommend this, especially if you want to know what Cedric & Nese can do. Main Event is the perfect version of 205 Live(I kid, I kid). Cedric Alexander wins
We get a recap of Raw’s opening, with Kurt Angle making a fatal four-way for SummerSlam: Brock Lesnar (c) vs Roman Reigns vs Samoa Joe vs BRAUUUUUUUN Strowman. Soon, the challengers start having a crazy brawl, with security and the roster coming out to pull it apart, but not before a poor security guard took a brutal bump to get Braun over. This got me hyped for the rest of Raw & for SummerSlam.
Roman vs BRAUUUUN vs Joe is mentioned for next week’s Raw.
RAW Women's Title #1 Contender's Match: Bayley vs. Sasha Banks***1/2
We join Bayley vs Sasha Banks from the last Raw in-progress. Winner becomes no. 1 contender for the Raw Women’s Title at SummerSlam. Alexa Bliss is on commentary.
This was joined in-progress, but I remember this from Raw, so I can give this a full star rating. Banks & Bayley have yet to have anything less than a good match when facing each other; this was damn good! Bayley felt like a sympathetic underdog, and Banks showed why she is the one of the best talents in the world today, with brutal strikes. Add a hot crowd and you get a compelling match. Both females both sold enough to make either look credible & I just could not tell who was going to win this. The highlight of Raw. Bayley wins, if you want to know what I think will happen, Bayley will defeat Bliss, leading to a Banks heel turn & feud with Bayley.
Apollo Crews vs. Kalisto***1/2
No Titus at ringside. These two had a good match at the Extreme Rules PPV pre-show, which Kalisto won.
As noted on commentary at the beginning of the match, the story of the match was that Kalisto tried to avoid Crews’ power moves and force Crews to out-fly him. The counters used to each other’s offense is all smart and logical, while still keeping a fun pace. Soon, Crews managed to out-power Kalisto to win, but not before Kalisto got to get a bunch of great offense in, to look credible in a great back & forth contest.
We get a recap of Kurt Angle revealing he has a illegitimate child, Jason Jordan (first reported by WWW before anyone else). Angle’s delivery was very well done, like a professional actor, and Jordan did a fine job.
Jason Jordan on Miz TV is mentioned for next week’s Raw.
The Miztourage (Curtis Axel, Bo Dallas & The Miz) vs. Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins***
We join The Miztourage (Axel, Bo & Miz) vs Dean Ambrose & Seth Rollins in-progress.
This was solid, more a plot device to drive the mending of the friendship of Seth & Dean, with both having to put up with each other to beat up a mutual nuisance. We join at the Miztourage working an OK heat segment on Rollins. Dean had a great hot tag, the crowd was hot for this, and Seth saving Dean from getting pinned was a smart way to continue the “forgiveness for Crossfit Jesus’ sins” story they have going. Their teamwork has me anticipating a potential tag match against Sheamus and Cesaro in the future. Seth & Dean win in a solid Raw main event with story development. A hug to celebrate between the two, only to have Dean ignore a fistbump attempt from Seth sent some mixed messages, though.
WWE MAIN EVENT ON JULY 28, 2017
Great - 8/10
With two great Main Event matches & only the good Raw segments recapped, this gets two thumbs up!