This week, WWE finally kicks off the King of The Ring tournament, starting with Samoa Joe vs Cesaro and Cedric Alexander vs Sami Zayn. The matches were both solid with zero drama, leaving Joe and Alexander to move on to the next round. Joe vs Cesaro was especially gruelling, to the surprise of no one. I mean, any match involving them is guaranteed to be a very physical fight and they didn’t disappoint.
The women’s match between tag champs Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross and the team of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville wasn’t too bad either, with Cross picking up the win for her team in the end. I’m really enjoying Cross’ run so far as she brings something different and refreshing to the women’s division alongside Bliss.
The other matches on the card were alright, though one didn’t do much for me. And that’s the main event which saw Seth Rollins and his rival Braun Strowman walk out the new Raw Tag Team Champions. Whatever reason WWE has to give them the titles instead of an actual tag team is lost on me. The O.C. should have retained their titles or just face other tag teams on the roster. I’ll definitely keep my eye on how this will develop next week.
Despite the lows, this week’s Raw still have great moments which I think played out very well. Read on below to find out what they are.
“The Fiend” has become a much bigger threat to WWE
We haven’t seen “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt for a while now but this week, he made another surprise appearance. This time, his target was Jerry “The King” Lawler while he was about to interview Sasha Banks. King is the third WWE Hall of Famer to fall victim to The Fiend’s Mandible Claw, despite trying to escape.
I’m really glad to see WWE keeping The Fiend’s TV appearances sporadic so as to maintain the character’s mystery and overall dark creepy vibe. But that begs the question: why is he attacking WWE Hall of Famers? What does The Fiend have planned? Whatever the answers are, I’m here for it all.
There’s a reason why The Fiend is getting all the attention, even being featured in the first WWE 2K20 Originals pack called “Bump in the Night”.
Watch the vicious attack by “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt:
Becky Lynch: “Sasha Banks is the greatest woman on the roster to NEVER be great.”
Becky Lynch can really talk on the mic but this promo right here? It might just be her best yet. No elaborate setup or interviewer, just her sitting on a chair with the Raw Women’s Championship on her shoulder and the camera. The simplicity of it amplifies the effects of her fired-up speech about how Sasha Banks has done nothing for the past few months unlike her.
Becky even nailed the body language in the presentation of this promo. Notice how she kept her nose turned up for most of the first part? Then as she finds her rhythm, she leans closer to the camera like she’s right there in Sasha’s face. Now, that’s power. And Becky did all that while sitting on a chair and giving us the best oh-snap line ever when she said, “Sasha Banks is the greatest woman on the roster to NEVER be great.”
Sasha also went on camera later that night to explain her actions during her WWE return but it didn’t leave much impact, not like how Becky did with hers.
While it’s not official that we’ll see Becky vs Sasha for the Raw Women’s title, it certainly looks like things are heading in that direction. So, only time will tell.
Watch the full Becky Lynch promo:
Rey Mysterio’s emotional interview
My suspicion about Rey Mysterio from last week came true when he talked about retirement during a very emotional backstage interview. After losing to Andrade’s cheating ways, Rey believed that his time may be up because he felt that his body could no longer keep up in the ring.
Thankfully, his son Dominick interrupted the interview to give words of support and encouragement for his father to continue wrestling. There’s even a tease about a possible future father-son tag team which is super exciting. 21-year-old Dominick has reportedly been trained by former WWE wrestler Lance Storm so this may be likely.
Watch the full interview:
Randy Orton forcing Kofi Kingston to watch Xavier Woods get hurt
This really shouldn’t have come as a surprise, but it still did for me. After hearing The Revival claim that The New Day are too fun-loving to represent the tag team division and the fact that Randy Orton still wants the WWE championship from Kofi Kingston, Orton’s interference and new alliance with The Revival gave this feud an exciting development.
The best part was when Orton made Kofi watch Dash Wilder hit a flying foot stomp on Xavier’s leg. That was cold, which is very Orton. In fact, I can’t help but think about the good old Legacy days with Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase Jr. Whether or not this alliance will be Legacy 2.0, this feud just got a lot more exciting and I can’t wait for the final showdown between the two sides.
Watch the brutal post-match segment: