Apparently, Naomi isn’t getting paid by the hour this week. She put away one of the tag team champions by scoring a quick victory over Billie Kay.
We didn’t have to wait long for Cedric Alexander to make his Raw debut, but we will wait a little longer for that win. Cedric’s been on a cooling streak as of late putting other guys over. Let’s just hope he’s not going to continue without a storyline, too.
There was a return to action for Alicia Fox in an effort to set the tone for Becky Lynch and Lacey Evans. I don’t recall much ring rust for Foxy either. She did the job to allow the challenger to clock the champ before the bell finished ringing.
This was the first in many weeks where Ricochet made an appearance in a singles match. He would be the first to square off with the new Robert Roode. Keeping with the new looks, Ric was the one with his shoulders to the mat by the end of the contest.
As if the rosters didn’t get convoluted enough, everyone involved in the segment featuring R-Truth is new to the roster. Other than Lars Sullivan, this was the first time learning of Jinder Mahal and Chad Gable being assigned to the show. Truth brought the drama to Sullivan and was laid out for payment too.
The celebration of Kofi Kingston has now become the monthly watching of him defend the title. It only took a week for Kevin Owens to do what so many were saying Big E would do and stab the New Day in the face. Although, much like with Seth Rollins, they have announced the next challenger for the title early enough to build a story before Money in the Bank.
Vanessa Borne and Aalyiah are doing the work to foil upstart face tag teams. They’re not running through anyone, but they are working to stun Candice LeRae and Kacy Catanzaro.
Good gracious, the Street Profits came out aggressively against the War Raiders. Even Montez Ford displayed some power offense in the quest to unseat the champs in a non-title contest. Hanson and Rowe were still a newly promoted main roster team so they had to get this victory. The Profits finally got a noteworthy performance, though.
The Crocket Cup
I don’t recall the team, but two brothers competed in the opening wild-card battle royal. They were eliminated so quickly, though, that it really didn’t matter that they were there.
The NWA North American Championship was defended and lost by Willie Mack in a match with Colt Cabana. Colt was a pretty good pairing for Mack because both men are a lot more agile than they look. The closing pin was even a feat that would not be attempted by many.
Color me satisfied with the progress of the feud between the Rascalz and Moose; sprinkle in The North to give a six-man match that served more than its purpose. I’m still glad Dezmond Xavier is involved in a character program because the moves have been there. Moose scoring the victory gives room to see more from this story.
The climax to Rich Swann’s conflict with Sami Callahan came in the form of a no disqualification match. There was everything from barricades to cookie sheets to a box of Legos introduced throughout this brutal title match. The Legos caused Rich his title before the night was done.