RAW Dialogue 10/28: Reigns rises! Tyler Breeze sips a comically large martini! Sheamus carries a briefcase around!
Another opening segment with the Authority (Triple H and Stephanie McMahon) giving mega props to Seth Rollins.
The Authority has never been more stale. It’s the same thing every week, the faction is a shell of its former self and it’s lame.
Roman Reigns got a solid reaction when he hit the ring, but thankfully, they kept his time on the mic to a minimum. I love how he handles the “what” chants, but he still has a lot of room to improve.
Roman Reigns vs. Kofi Kingston (qualifying match for Fatal 4 Way)
I forgot how much I liked Kofi Kingston until I saw him in the ring alone.
Kingston could be so much more than what he is, and he almost was until a certain someone put a halt to that thanks to backstage politics.
Still, Kingston looked great in the ring, and he made Reigns look great too. The two put on a fairly run-of-the-mill match, but they kicked the night off well.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro (qualifying match for Fatal 4 Way)
Owens and Cesaro put on one of the best matches of the night. I can’t understand why Cesaro is not in the main event.
The man is freakishly strong, has incredible variety with his moves and his intensity makes everything look incredibly real. The powers that be seem to come this close to pushing him only to pull back entirely, and it’s a real shame.
The WWE does not understand what they have with Cesaro. If I were booking things, he would have Roman Reigns’ spot.
Winner: Kevin Owens
Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Paige vs. Team Bella
All the buildup came to a head on RAW as Paige attacked Charlotte after their loss to Team Bella. Becky Lynch’s longest televised time in a WWE ring ended with her getting pinned, which is OK since both should look good going into their feud, but hopefully Becky isn’t the odd person out in the Diva’s Revolution.
Winners: Team Bella
Alberto del Rio vs. Neville (qualifying match for Fatal 4 Way)
Alberto Del Rio’s return at Hell in a Cell was a shocker. Even more shocking was his partnership with the xenophobic Zeb Colter. Now-United States Champion Del Rio and Neville had a great bout in the ring, but WWE is having a really hard time explaining Del Rio’s new angle to fans.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
The Dudley Boyz and Ryback vs. Rusev, King Barrett and Sheamus
Winners: Rusev, King Barrett and Sheamus
Wyatt Family Story Time
Bray explained The Wyatts attack on The Undertaker at Hell in a Cell and convinced me the confusing run-in ending to the pay-per-view was worth it. He sat Roman Reigns on the back burner and turned his sights on The Deadman, which put him in Kane’s line of fire. It makes sense considering Kane and The Undertaker’s history, and the Wyatt family dispatched of Kane in similar fashion. This needs to have a big payoff.
Big E vs. Dolph Ziggler (qualifying match for Fatal 4 Way)
This match was not booty. Tag Team Champion Big E was given a chance to show what he can do in a singles bout, and he couldn’t have asked for a better coworker. We all knew Big E was doomed to lose here, but the entertaining action coupled with Tyler Breeze’s antics at ringside made for one of RAW’s best segments. Big E has held the NXT and Intercontinental titles as a singles wrestler and his charismatic improvements could signal a bright future for him post-New Day.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Roman Reigns vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Kevin Owens vs. Dolph Ziggler (Winner is the No. 1 contender)
One of the best main events I have seen in quite some time.
Alberto Del Rio looked sharp on his first RAW return, and the match overall had a lot of great spots and a great ending that made Reigns look strong.
This match was very predictable, and I was secretly hoping that Dean Ambrose would finally turn on Reigns and really make things interesting.
There’s still time for that.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Travis’ thoughts: It finally feels like business is picking up with the WWE. After months of stagnant stories and questionable booking decisions, things seem to be heading in a better direction. I hope the writers do something great with the Bray Wyatt/Undertaker feud, and don’t mess up Reigns’ push for a second time.
Gene’s thoughts: I know our slogan is “we watch RAW so you don’t have to,” but honestly, you should have watched RAW this week. There were a ton of story revelations and, after a lackluster PPV, WWE seems to be moving in the right direction. Fans have endured years of great buildup with lackluster payoffs and that’s bad writing in any medium, television or otherwise. Here’s hoping they continue what they’ve started, especially with Wrestlemania season right around the corner.