You might think as WWE sneaks closer to a Money in the Bank event that is sure to be full of action, surprises and drama, the shows that take them home would have a hint of the same qualities. Not so much. The June 4, 2018, episode of Raw was lackluster at best, with only a bit of solid in-ring action to make the show watchable.
That there are going to be far more losers than winners in this week's list should come as no surprise. That's what happens when you don't offer anything resembling storyline advancement just two weeks away from a major pay-per-view.
It wasn't all bad as the standard set of high-caliber wrestlers like Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Kevin Owens did well.
Here are your winners and losers for Raw, June 4, 2018
Winner: Roman Reigns
The power of Seth Rollins as a babyface was on full display Monday night as the show opened with a segment that everyone knew would lead to Roman Reigns coming out and saving his bacon. And, it actually worked.
Reigns was not only not booed, but he was on the receiving end of a quite a loud ovation from the Texas crowd. If not for Rollins, that likely wouldn't have happened, but the combination of him teaming with his former Sheild-mate and taking on the much-hated Mahal might finally be the combination WWE needs to get people back on his side.
Loser: Curt Hawkins
We're not suggesting Hawkins is a loser here because he lost another match. No, that's the point and he now sits at 200 losses. But, what we can't understand is why he's now in matches with tacos surrounding the ring, facing off against enhancement talent like a kid named "James Harden" and why Baron Corbin has such an issue with Hawkins breaking his winless streak. But, that's what happened on Monday, even though most of it made little sense.
It wouldn't shock us if that was all leading to a moment of Hawkins beating Corbin the same way 1-2-3 Kid beat Razor Ramon. The only problem here is that Hawkins won't get some great benefit once he finally wins. He'll be forgotten. It's better for him if he keeps losing. Like, forever.
Loser: Nia Jax
One week she's the anti-bully taking on the little-but-mean Alexa Bliss. The next week she's challenging Ronda Rousey and acting the part of a tormentor looking to have her victim react. This week, she's back to being concerned for her fellow wrestler in Natalya? WWE needs to choose a role here for their Raw Women's Champion.
This segment that looked to protect Natalya's reputation, but also use her as a reason Jax and Rousey might take issue with one another was like taking a step backward. The entire segment felt odd as if it was shot out of order with things that came before it.
Loser: Bobby Roode
OK, so WWE is going to pit Money in the Bank competitors against each other for the next two weeks. Gotcha and with that mind, Braun Strowman vs. Bobby Roode would make sense in this scenario. But, are fans to know now that Roode stands absolutely no chance?
Strowman is awesome, but Roode was about as useless as a wooden frying-pan. He got almost no offense in, was running for his life most of the match, and ended up being an easy victim. Hopefully, this is not a sign of how other contenders in Money in the Bank will square off before the pay-per-view.
Winners: The B-Team
They win because they're now number one contenders for the Raw Tag Team Titles and WWE is giving them a mini-push. Fans will take it. No one knows how long this will last, but likely only as long as it takes for WWE to start giving Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre the wins they deserve.
Those two are the real winners here Long-term, they are the face of the tag team division.
Loser: Sami Zayn and Bobby Lashley Segment
There isn't much more to say that we haven't already covered in the past two weeks. This is awful, and Money in the Bank can't come soon enough.
It's going to be hard for fans to think back to a feud that was worse than this one has been and at this point, you just have to feel sorry for both competitors. WWE actually thought that "Quotes of the Day" for Bobby Lashley was a good idea. Let that sink in for a minute.
Winner: Balor vs. Owens
A solid main event with nothing really on the line meant fans were going to have to watch this simply for the solid wrestling. In that regard, it delivered. The only thing that didn't make sense was Owens' fear of jumping off the ladder.
He's been in tons of matches like this and not too long ago, he was on top of a Hell in the Cell with Shane-O-Mac. Heights is not exactly an issue for Owens. Let's hope this isn't what takes him out of the running for the briefcase. That would be stupid.