We jump straight into the action when Bobby Lashley and his Injustice League companions, Barron Corbin and Drew McIntyre, revisit old feuds they've had with Finn Balor, Kurt Angle, and Braun Strowman. For the payoff it received, this match went on for far too long. The IL gained the upper hand when Strowman took himself and Lio Rush through the barricade (poor Lio). The three men would continue to send their message by destroying Angle and Balor even after the bell. Their new group name is the Stairmasters due to their penchant for using the ring steps in attacks. They'd return later in the show to further let us know that they will challenge the Shield at Fastlane.
Boss time was cut short by Tamina. Sasha Banks took the loss in her singles match against one of the women who would challenge for the tag teams championships. Nia Jax lived up to her irresistible force moniker causing all kinds of a ruckus at ringside; so much so that Banks ended up working both sides of the ropes much to her demise. It seems not much is happening with the way Nia's character was going just after the rumble; too bad too.
After two weeks of double duty, Ricochet and Aleister Black were given a shot at the Raw Tag Team Titles, even though they are also in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. We didn't have to wait long for the shenanigans either. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable decided to come to take a closer look at the team getting a shot at the titles they just lost. The former champs forced the DQ and caused a bit of a skirmish with Ricochet and Black leading to a standoff as the champs left the scene.
R-Truth must have favor in high places because he defended the US Championship open challenge style. For the second week, he would have multiple challengers as Samoa Joe was added to the fray. Truth mixed it up to keep it interesting, but when the time came to crown the new champion, he was not involved in the decision leaving him to drop the title and seemingly unblemished.
Sheesh, how much longer does Naomi have to put Mandy Rose over? This squash served as an exhibition for Rose's bid to become the next SmackDown Live Women's Champion.
The Bar represented another set of vets who are not with Ricochet and Aleister Black getting the immediate push fresh off the NXT roster. Ricochet and Black continued to rise through in-ring success. The two would be the two standing after the post-match melee.
If it's a Cedric Alexander match, then there's about to be something worth seeing. He and Akira Tozawa exchanged big offensive moves for nearly 30 minutes, and Alexander sold like the pro that he is. He pulled off an amazing lumbar check just when I thought Tozawa was about to pull out the win.
The Ricochet - Aleister Black train continued in the Dusty Rhodes tourney to no surprise. I tried to suspend my disbelief to consider the ways in which the Europen Union could be put over, and it seemed as though Ricochet would be the way. Again, it was a Black Mask that sealed the deal and sent the duo to the next round.
The Street Profits continue to pay tribute to Harlem Heat with their ring attire, but that meant nothing when they fell short to Mustache Mountain in a bid to move on in the DRC.
The proverbial opener, Rich Swann, took down Ethan Page before being confronted by oVe and Sami Callahan again. It was time for Swann to answer Callahan's constant badgering, and apparently, Ohio is over everything including Maryland.
Rosemary returned to action so that she could reclaim Kiera Hogan's friend, Allie. Hogan would be joined by Jordynne Grace in a six-woman tag match. Hogan was there to be a support system in the exorcism of Dark Allie, and it was their team that would claim Allie through Rosemary's pinning of the Undead Bridesmaid.
Give it up to the Rascalz for earning a main event appearance against the Impact! Tag champions. Dez and Wentz took it to Fenix and Pentagon with some flair. Dez hit a vaulted dive over the turnbuckle from the floor that made me sit up in my chair. The moment would belong to the Lucha Brothers, but it's more clear that the Rascalz may be getting a bit of the spotlight this year.
Big E and Xavier Woods put on for their New Day brother in what seemed to be a meaningless tag contest versus Rusev and Shinsuke Nakamura. The call back came when Vince McMahon booke Kofi Kingston in a handicap match against the bar and his partners were cut off by Rusev and Nak.
R-Truth's bid to regain the US Championship would fall flat, but he did avoid being pinned or submitted again.
Ricochet and Aleister Black's bid to become Raw Tag Team Champions was cut short when they were pushed out of the lime light of the triple threat tag match.
Given the fact that Sasha Banks and Bayley were having their first title defense, I figured they'd win clean to remain champions. I did not expect to Nia Jax and Tamina run through Beth Phoenix and Natalya like that though.
Bobby Lashley was there for the Shield's last run. Being that it was a spot to see them on top, it would have been great to relive that Shield / Evolution moment, but you know why we couldn't get that.