This week’s Raw was the fallout episode from Sunday’s Survivor Series pay-per-view as well as the beginning of the buildup for Day 1 on January 1.
Team Raw ended up winning the battle of the brands with five out of seven wins on Sunday. The red brand won both elimination matches, RK-Bro beat The Usos, Becky Lynch triumphed over Charlotte, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated Damian Priest by DQ and Omos won the 25-man Battle Royal.
We also saw a handful of segments devoted to a large ornate egg. It was one of the McGuffins from The Rock’s most recent movie, Red Notice, so it was a bit of cross-promotion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his WWE debut. Unfortunately, The Great One did not attend the show.
Who stole the egg? How will the winners from Survivor Series capitalize on their momentum? Let’s take a look at everything from Monday’s Raw to find out.
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Raw opened with Vince McMahon talking to Sonya Deville and Adam Pearce about who might have stolen the egg last night. They had no clues other than some blurry surveillance tape.
We also saw Riddle and Randy Orton have a quick conversation backstage before The Bro took on Dolph Ziggler. It looks like Riddle is trying to be more like The Viper and dressed like him with a fake goatee.
They started off with a basic lockup and quickly upped the aggression. Ziggler eventually got the fake goatee off of Riddle’s face, but that just made The Bro angry. He grabbed Ziggler for a spinning gutwrench suplex with several revolutions.
He tried to slingshot over the top rope onto The Showoff but he ended up eating a superkick to the mouth on the way down. We returned from a break to see Riddle starting to build up a head of steam.
They traded punches as they got to their feet. Riddle blocked a superkick and hit a huge knee to the face. The Bro lined up and hit the RKO for the win.
If you like Riddle and his brand of humor, some of this stuff probably made you laugh. Unfortunately, the person doing these grades does not find him funny in the slightest.
However, not liking someone’s character will not stop this writer from acknowledging Riddle’s physical ability. When the bell rings, he can bring it. Against a guy like Ziggler, there was almost zero chance of this match being bad.
Ziggler is a top seller in WWE but we should also give Riddle credit for how he took the superkick he received after a slingshot out of the ring. This was a decent, energetic match to get the crowd hot for the rest of the show.
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Becky Lynch came out and gave a quick promo to reaffirm her role as a heel by saying the crowd may have cheered for her last night but nobody would care if she didn’t walk out of that ring unharmed. As usual, Big Time Becks delivered.
After a quick back and forth, Bianca Belair hit Tamina with a suplex to take control. Natalya watches as Belair hit a handspring moonsault for a quick two-count.
Tamina yanked her off the middle rope so she landed on her face. The powerhouse followed up with a Samoan drop for a near-fall.
Tamina hit the ring post when The EST avoided her and it allowed Belair to hit the KOD for the win.
Tamina is a powerhouse veteran and Belair is one of the most talented performers to break out in recent years, but a lack of time to do anything special led to this being a short, somewhat uneventful match.
The real story came after it was over when Doudrop attacked Belair to cement her heel turn and make this feud official. She hit her running crossbody to leave The EST laying in the ring.
A feud between Doudrop and Belair could yield some fun matches if booked right. It won’t take long before we see these two in the ring throwing hands.