Raw on Monday night wrapped up with one of the best “free television” matches we’ve seen in some time.
The Miz, Finn Balor and Seth Rollins squaring off in a triple threat number one contender match for the Intercontinental title lived up to expectations and much much more.
The three men put on a killer show. I was literally on the edge of my seat as the match climbed to the finish in which we saw The Miz pin Balor thanks to some outside interference.
The finish sets up three feuds: Balor and Bray Wyatt (who hit Balor with the Sister Abigail), Rollins and Somoa Joe ( who took out Rollins ringside), and then Miz and Dean Ambrose.
It was an excellent finish but besides Balor and Wyatt, we are now recycling feuds.
I’m okay with Rollins and Joe going at it for a couple more weeks. Both men are great performers and by continuing their program — it will help Joe build up as a top heel by feuding with one of the top baby faces.
Balor and Wyatt will be interesting. As a huge Balor fan, I want to see him built to the top, ready to compete for the Universal Championship. Wyatt, coming off a WWE title reign where he lost the belt to Randy Orton, is in need of a big time win to get him back on the right track. With both men at a key point now in their careers, this will hopefully fuel a great story and even better matches.
Now, is it just me, or did we just watch Miz and Ambrose. It feels like those two have been going at it since the brand split. I’m a fan of both, and I know they are capable of keeping the momentum going, but I would’ve liked to see something fresh. I do think it’s time for Miz to reclaim the IC title. He is hotter then ever. I have been hoping for a big Miz push that would land him a World Title shot but with Brock Lesnar holding the Universal Championship hostage, it appears this is the next best thing, considering the IC title is going to be the only singles belt on the show (besides Cruiserweight) likely until Wrestlemania 34.
The Best of the Rest:
Cesaro and Sheamus are killing it together. They cut a great heel promo targeting the Hardy’s. They appear to be the team to take the belts next, possibly “breaking” the Hardy’s. Who would’ve thought they would be able to build such great chemistry?
It might be tough for fans to boo Cesaro because of his smooth style so the Swiss superman definitely has his work cut out for him but Sheamus should be able to help out.
Speaking of tag teams — The Golden Truth is getting a chance to be relevant. Similar to what the blue brand did, the Golden Truth will have a chance to prove they belong in the championship picture. While it’s not likely they do much, it is exciting to see some of the guys who are rarely on TV these days get a shot at something big.
Alexa Bliss is proving she is one of the best heels in the business right now. She knows how to take heat and is not bothered by the crowd.
In an eight-woman tag, Bliss got the clean pin on Bayley again for the second night in a row. I can’t see Bliss losing the Raw Women’s Championship anytime soon. A feud against Sasha Banks or Nia Jax could be a lot of fun.