Monday Night RAW
Drew Stands Tall
The Dogs of War alliance seemingly fell apart after another loss to The Shield. Interestingly, it was Drew McIntyre that stood tall after delivering his Claymore to Braun Strowman. McIntyre siding with Dolph over Strowman sets him up for a feud with the monster among men. McIntyre standing tall to end the segment has me hopeful that the WWE is setting him up as a major player.
Becky Lynch sharing a ring with Edge was always going to end well but they produced gold. Edge playing the veteran who has been there and done that but ultimately couldn’t get through to the cocky young hotshot is a role he was born to play. His facial emoting in the segment and delivery of the lines were great. For her part, Becky more than held her own and at times reduced Edge to a background player.
“…Except beat me”
Evolutions reunion was going so well. Triple H’s poor attempt at being the Four Horsemen got the chance to backpat themselves and talk themselves up and everything was going to plan. And then Batista dropped this line and Trips wasn’t happy. Dropping in this reminder that in his storied career Triple H has never beaten Batista has to be sewing seeds for a Mania match and five-year-old me is here for it.
Setting the Table
The premiere of NXT UK was a good table setter for the show. As someone that has kept up with all the tapings, the show will follow a similar format to this throughout and storylines/alliances will start taking shape quickly over the next few weeks. Pete Dunne as the ace of a weekly show is never a bad thing either.
The whodunnit can finally come to an end now that Aleister Black is back. His return was well done and his interactions with Nikki Cross were interesting. Now that Aleister seemingly knows who attacked him will we find out soon?
Mae Young Classic
Can we call this TV Show of the Year already?
Another episode of the Mae Young Classic that was top to bottom quality and delivered 3 good to great matches. The Tegan Nox incident was admittedly tough to watch but much respect has to go to Rhea Rhipley who altered her game plan on the fly and never broke character. Meiko and Io looked strong while Storm overcame a huge challenge from Mia Yim. An amazing addition to this years MYC which has already blown last year’s out of the water.