Holiday Raws can be a little hard to watch sometimes, and Monday’s Labor Day edition was unfortunately no different. With an Intercontinental Title match and the main event inside a steel cage locked in, it promised so much but just didn’t deliver. In defense of the show and WWE, however, it wasn’t all bad, but when a show is over three hours long you would hope that there are at least a few things that were worth tuning in for. Well, by our count there were at least five of those things, and we watched the whole show and picked them out so that you don’t have to.
5. Enzo Amore In 205 Live Is Still Weird But Also Amazing
Enzo Amore isn’t exactly like the rest of the roster in the cruiserweight division. That’s what makes his addition to the 205 Live locker room so interesting. Last week Muscles Marinara made his debut on the Tuesday night show in a six man tag match and used the ropes as leverage to earn the win for his team. This week on Raw, there was a rematch and Amore’s team won because Amore cheated again. This time, it was a thumb to the eye of Drew Gulak before Smacktalker Skywalker rolled him up for the 1-2-3. On 205 Live, this week Amore, Cedric Alexander, and Gran Metalik will go from friends to foes, however, when they compete in a Fatal Five Way with two other Superstars to decide a number one contender to the Cruiserweight Championship.
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4. The Miz Is Still Intercontinental Champion
— WWE (@WWE) September 5, 2017
Last week Jeff Hardy earned the opportunity battle royal to take on The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship. Hardy is already a four time IC Champion, but it has been ten years since he last won the belt. Well, unfortunately, his wait to have it once again will go on a little while longer as he did not succeed in his quest on Monday night. As expected, the champion’s Miztourage attempted to get involved in the bout, but luckily Jeff’s brother Matt was on hand to run interference. The referee was having none of it though and sent all three men to the back. Miz still had his wife Maryse to lend a helping hand, however, and after she roused him in time for her hubby to avoid a Swanton Bomb the champ managed to hit a Skull Crushing Finale on Jeff and pick up the win.
3. Emma And Nia Jax Added To Title Match
— WWE (@WWE) September 5, 2017
Before Raw began on Monday night, WWE announced that Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks would clash once again at No Mercy for the Raw Women’s Championship, but by the end of the evening, it wasn’t that straightforward. The bitter enemies Bliss and Banks had to team up on Raw and take on the team of Nia Jax and Emma. The latter pair had been afforded an opportunity by General Manager Kurt Angle, win and you’re in. Seemingly a tall order for both teams since none of the women get along. Jax and Emma coexisted for long enough to get the job done though. After Jax landed a leg drop Emma tagged herself in for the pin, making the No Mercy match a Fatal Four Way.
2. Cena And Reigns Clash In A Promo Battle Once Again
Shock horror! Monday Night Raw actually opened with a match. No promos. No talking. Just John Cena up against his opponent for the evening, Jason Jordan. WWE attempted to give the match the same feel as Cena’s own debut against Kurt Angle fifteen years prior. Naturally, it didn’t live up to that hype, but it was a solid match nonetheless with Cena picking up the win of course. It’s what happened afterward that people wanted to see. Roman Reigns made his way to the ring to continue his and Cena’s heated conversation from the week before. It went much the same way, albeit toned down somewhat, but this time The Big Dog ended proceedings by daring Cena to “beat some common sense” into him. The sixteen-time champ held back as Reigns informed him that’s exactly why he doesn’t have his respect before taking his leave.
1. Big Show And Braun Strowman Break More Things
The match Big Show and Braun Strowman put on back in April came as a pleasant surprise to most, and their rematch inside a cage this past Monday was no different. For two men of their size, they work really well together. We were treated to another Superplex, although apparently this time the ring was double reinforced so it did not implode, and Show even ventured to the top rope for a diving elbow. It was Strowman who ended up winning the bout via one of his signature power slams, but he wasn’t done there. After grabbing a mic and sending a message to his No Mercy opponent Brock Lesnar, he picked up a limp Big Show and slammed him through the side of the steel cage. Something was inevitably going to get broken before these two left the ring, and this time it was the cage wall.
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