It was the go-home show for Raw as it headed into No Mercy on Sunday. With two matches already set that are arguably WrestleMania caliber, the WWE didn't have to do much to get people interested in the pay-per-view. It was more about making sure the undercard got significant time and the entire No Mercy show was worth watching.
Raw didn't ignore the main guys either, and that was a good sign. Not everything was a home run, but there were some excellent moments and the show was better than it has been in weeks.
The company also paid tribute to the best manager and one of the best personalities in WWE history in Bobby "The Brain" Heenan who passed away.
Here are the 5 Winners and 5 Losers From Raw – September 18, 2017.
5. Loser - Enzo
Monday night officially signaled the moment when Enzo Amore started to lose the WWE audience. Despite his antics and rumors that he was not well liked backstage, he always had the WWE Universe on his side. If the crowd reaction to his segment on Raw was any indication, Amore could be on an island sooner than later.
The crowd cheered heavily when he got destroyed by Braun Strowman, which included chants of "thank you Strowman". Then when Neville took advantage of a prone Amore, the crowd cheered. That's not a good sign for the guy who is supposed to be beloved by the fans.
5. Winner - Strowman/Lesnar/Heyman Promo
Even though they didn't have to work hard to make this match a must-see, the two participants and the advocate of "The Beast" made this not just must-see, but an absolutely can't miss attraction with their satellite promo. , but
Strowman was cocky but believable. Heyman was at his best, and Lesnar waited until the last moment to make everyone realize, this match was going to see more suplexes than perhaps all of Lesnar's other matches combined.
This segment was pure gold and probably more effective done in this "satellite" setting than in the ring. It was a smart choice.
4. Loser - Emma
Talk about a wrestler who is getting shafted by the WWE. Not only is she in the Fatal 5-Way match at No Mercy and no one cares, but the WWE didn't even have the respect to bring her out to the ring to participate in the build-up to that match.
It's clear Emma is completely irrelevant heading into the bout for the Women's Championship and adding Bayley just cemented the fact that Emma will probably take the pin too. Emma immediately had to take to Twitter and try to explain why she wasn't there, pretending as though anyone would believe it.
4. Winner - Curt Hawkins
It's hard to be sure, but did the WWE just start a push for Curt Hawkins? It might seem weird to suggest that considering Apollo Crews beat him handily, but the idea appears to be that the company is going to keep track of all of Hawkins losses, letting the WWE Universe rally behind him. If this is true, their plan must be to make him the biggest underdog in the company's history and set up a moment where he gets an unsuspecting win.
Whether this idea pays off and the audience goes nuts when he finally wins is uncertain, but at least the WWE is trying something with his character.
3. Loser - Goldust
We called it last week when we suggested that Bray Wyatt wiping the face paint off Goldust was a sign of things to come and the potential ending of the Goldust push. Monday night's broadcast proved it as a mashup of Dustin Rhodes and Goldust took on Wyatt and lost.
It was confusing that Rhodes would play a mixed bag of his characters and his loss proved that whatever time the WWE was giving him with those vignettes was a waste. In a matter of two weeks, the WWE made the Goldust character completely irrelevant. He's on the backside of his career for sure, but he's too good of an in-ring competitor to be dropped that quickly.
You might be surprised to see Anderson and Gallows on the winner list because, as usual, they were used to put over a different team. Here's the thing about these guys though. Even though we don't really know what they are (heels or faces), they have a way of getting the WWE audience behind them when they get to be themselves a little.
They are growing in popularity despite getting the short end of the stick week in and week out and one day, these two are going to be over huge. It only takes one person to give these guys a small window and our guess is, they'll make the most of it.
2. Loser - Alexa Bliss
Is there any way that Bliss comes out of the Fatal 5-Way match still the champ? Our answer is yes, but the WWE sure doesn't want the WWE Universe to think so. Having Nia Jax defeat Bliss with ease, then adding Bayley to the match at No Mercy is setting up one of the biggest obstacles in Bliss' career and the odds are not in her favor.
The silver lining here is, the more people get added to this match, the more it can get away from everyone and Bliss can sneak in and steal a victory. The show focused on Jax and Bayley while Bliss took a backseat as the champ.
2. Winner - Finn Balor
This feud between Balor and Wyatt is somewhat confusing. Each match and each dispute solves nothing, and the WWE already brought out the Demon in Balor. Now, it appears the WWE is set to put Balor over as the man and not the alter-ego of the man.
For Bray Wyatt, it doesn't feel like a positive ending despite Wyatt holding a defeat over Balor without the paint already, and when Wyatt loses, it should push Balor into a more prominent position on the main event scene and potentially provide a future shot at the title.
1. Loser - Jason Jordan
You can't win when you win for Jordan, and you can't win when you lose. It's that kind of a situation for him right now and it's all because the WWE chose to give him a storyline that was doomed to fail until he turns on Kurt Angle.
The announce team tried to foreshadow what might be coming in terms of a more evil Jordan, but for now, he won the Six-Pack Challenge (which everyone knew he would and no one cared), and he'll lose to The Miz who is chasing Intercontinental records. This is the most difficult type of character push to get right, and the WWE is going to be constantly battling to make the best decisions so they don't ruin the career of a very talented up and coming wrestler.
1. Winner - Roman Reigns
It must have been a nice treat for Roman Reigns to be able to deliver a promo without worrying about John Cena coming back and cutting the legs out from under him. Cena wasn't in attendance on Monday and Reigns took full advantage.
In a promo that was definitely not PG, Reigns took advantage of a seven-second time delay and dropped a few nuggets leading up to their match at No Mercy. He also showed a video demonstrating how Cena is a hypocrite when it comes to proving he's all about the WWE and would never leave. To give Reigns the final word was wise and the outcome of this match is now very much up in the air.
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