Ring of Honor
The show kicked off with Kung Fu Kenny King in all his greatness. King tagged up with Dalton Castle to face Jonathan Gresham and Jeff Cross. The contest was a preview to a future four corner survival match. The big story came when Gresham, for the second time, used nefarious means (a shoe and held tights) to pin Kenny King. Much later in the show, Jay Lethal admonished Gresham for his tactics. Gresham nailed it in his response by reminding that it was he who defeated King and not Lethal.
The Soldiers of Savagery made their in-ring debut, yet it was a smash and dash with some unnamed talent.
The greatest 24/7 Champ of all time, R-Truth, overcame Drake Maverick in an opening mosh pit mixed tag match. The challenge, however, came after the bell when the mosh pit of wrestlers rushed the ring and pinned Truth. Mike Kanellis made off with the title leaving everyone else high and dry.
Automatic rematches being a thing of the past; it seemed perfectly fine to set up a guantlet match to determine AJ Styles’ opponent. That doesn’t make it seem too terrible that Ricochet seemingly earned a rematch for the title he lost last month.
The team of Johnny James and Cole Carter were the latest to catch the bright lights of Raw while being tossed around by the Viking Raiders.
It was properly set up a few weeks ago to have Cedric Alexander square off with Drew McIntyre so when the melee broke out to close the show, he was right in the mix. Joining him were Roman Reigns and the Usos to brawl Drew, Samoa Joe, and the OC members.
Bless the booking of Ember Moon to continuously pair up with Bayley under some friend/foe vibe. Moon did the work on Nikki Cross, yet it was Alexa Bliss and her cunning nature that would be the victor today. If you didn’t think that Bayley would get her pay back from last week, you’d be dead wrong.
AJ Styles and the Club hold the US and Raw Tag Titles and were sent over to main event with the New Day. Well it was more a singles match between Styles and Kofi Kingston. There wasn’t much action from the outside competitors, and then it was announced that this wasn’t the main event of the show per se.