WWE Raw aired another episode this Monday with its new roster. With WWE Payback coming up in a few weeks, superstars looked to build some momentum heading into the pay-per-view. Here are the highlights from the evening –
Samoa Joe beats Jericho; puts Rollins on notice
Destroyer Samoa Joe went 1-on-1 against Chris Jericho to continue their program. Y2J tried and succeeded to keep Joe grounded in the early going and knocked Joe off the apron with a springboard kick. But Joe came back with a vengeance and hit a powerslam. Jericho nailed the Lionsault for a two count. Ultimately, Joe locked him in the Coquina Clutch and after fighting it for a minute forcing Jericho to finally tap out.
Ambrose runs roughshod on MIZ TV
Old rivals met once again when Dean Ambrose came out to confront the Miz. Miz was not impressed and dismissed the Lunatic’s cavalier attitude, and mocked him for his own formal attire and body language; Maryse joined in and called Ambrose a ‘dirty rat’. Ambrose asked Miz to hold his title and proceeded to attack Miz and soon drove him out of the ring. Expect this rivalry to continue at full-steam from here on out.
Alexa Bliss becomes the #1 contender for the Women’s Championship
After making the switch from Smackdown last week, former two-time Smackdown champion Alexa Bliss won a fatal four match also involving Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Nia Jax. The match was a fast-paced affair, with all four ladies holding nothing back in order to win and earn the right to face off with Raw Women’s champion Bayley. Nia Jax had a particularly good outing, with long periods of momentum during the match courtesy her explosive offence. But in the end, it was Bliss who hit a dropkick on Jax after the latter had dropped Banks with the Samoan Drop. Bliss stole the pin and the win.
Two giants meet in the ring in the main event
Big Show and Braun Strowman met in the main event. The two monsters inside the ring made it a fight to witness. Strowman was put in the match after putting Reigns out of commission last week. But he was ready for the Big Show. During the course of the match, Strowman ducked the knockout punch and successfully reversed the chokeslam to avoid disaster. A common feature of the contest was Strowman lifting Show on his shoulders with ease more than once for his signature running powerslam. The end came when Strowman hit a superplex on the Big Show. Strowman got up while officials checked on Show as the credits rolled.