Raw Recap: Let the McMahon Games begin

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With the WWE Draft coming up next week, there was still quite a bit that needed to be set in place as Monday Night Raw rolled into The Motor City.

For weeks we’ve had guest appearances from former GM characters such as Teddy Long, Corporate Glenn, John “People Power” Laurinaitis, Corporate Glenn again and Vickie Guerrero, but those were nothing more than comedic relief spots.

We all knew Shane and Stephanie would be running at least one of the shows, but the real question was, will someone ever figure out where Mewtwo is located? There has to be only one of him in the entire world right?

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Yes I had to squeeze a Pokemon Go joke in somewhere, why not it do it right off of the top?

Anyways, the real question was would someone else actually get the opportunity to step in an run the other show while the two McMahon kids bickered on the other?

Throughout the entire episode of Raw I was hoping that we would hear this:

Sadly “I’M BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER” didn’t play over the speaker system at the Joe Louis Arena, but we did hear an emphatic promo from Dean Ambrose after a funny Daily Show like segment hosted by Seth Rollins.

We saw the beginning of Darren Young becoming great (again?) and a new finisher from Kevin Owens.

We saw The New Day and the Wyatts copy the Hardys fight at the Wyatt’s compound, while The Club talked about practice.

And to close we saw a weak segment from Vince McMahon that gave us the answer we were looking for, but sadly we should have known the answer all along.

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The kids aren’t alright 

So Shane is getting the keys to the Corvette (Smackdown), while Stephanie is getting the keys to the Escalade (Raw).

Ugh

With ratings for Raw steadily declining, the WWE turned to the McMahons, specifically Vince, to pop the rating. I understood why Vince needed to come out and make the dreaded announcement, but it didn’t need to be a 15 minute closing segment without any surprises.

I was shocked that Mick Foley, Daniel Bryan, The Anonymous Raw GM or the ghost of Jack Tunney didn’t make an appearance during the final segment just to tease the possibility that Shane and Stephanie weren’t going to be running each show, but instead Vince made the announcement and then said he wanted to see legit competition between the brands before taking a cheap shot at Roman Reigns for cheating.

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So now that Shane and Stephanie are the “commissioner” of each show, Vince is making them each pick a GM to “run the day-to-day” operations. They’ll have to make their decision next week, which means there’s still time for surprises, including the return of HHH to television.

The power duo of Shane and Bischoff against Stephanie and HHH would be pretty sweet. You’d have the WCW link between Shane and Bischoff, while The Authority would be back in power on Raw.

This makes too much sense, which means it’s not going to happen.

New Day avoids deletion

Last week “The Final Deletion” match between Broken Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy became the talk of the internet due to its ridiculousness, but also due to its originality. Wrestling fans love when something new comes along that actually has some impact (pun intended) and that’s exactly what the Hardys delivered in their epic “final” encounter.

The New Day and Wyatts were reportedly huge fans of the Hardy’s creation and decided to create their own version. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so that Hardys should be thrilled at what they’ve created, because on Monday we were treated to one of the more intriguing Wyatt segments we’ve seen.

But that doesn’t mean it was anywhere near as good as the Final Deletion match. I wasn’t a fan of the filter that was used during the segment and the random cuts to the faces of the Wyatt’s took away from the action.

I was surprised to see that Bray didn’t “capture” Xavier and take him away from Big E and Kofi, but after the way the segment ended, it’s seems likely that Big E and Kofi will admit that Xavier was right about taking the Wyatt’s serious, which could lead to a more aggressive side of The New Day when the two teams square off at Battleground.

Ambrose gets real

The highlight, IMO, of Amrbose’s run as the champ has been this rambling promo that he’s busted out on commentary as he tries to fill the gaps in between the relentless questions from JBL and Cole. The Dude can really squeeze in quite a few words when he gets going and that’s exactly what he did on Monday night, but this time he had a microphone and said it in the middle of the ring.

After Rollins aired his hilarious “Rollins Report” video, Ambrose went off on an incredible tirade about why we shouldn’t expect him to drop the title any time soon.

It feels like we’re beginning to see the evolution of the Dean Ambrose character. His comedy level has subsided at the correct time because he was becoming staler than Apollo Crews and now he feels like a legit main event player.

And oh yeah! Next week we’re getting Ambrose vs. Rollins for the title and it could be the last time that Rollins and Ambrose face each other for a while because I think it seems likely that Rollins and Reigns will go to one show, while Ambrose heads to the other.

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Match Results

– Darren Young becomes the number one contender for the IC title by winning a 20-man battle royal. Apollo Crews and Baron Corbin eliminated each other, which allowed Young to pick up the win.

Sheamus pinned Zack Ryder clean in four minutes after hitting the Brogue Kick. WTH was this? After the match Rusev comes out, puts Ryder in The Accolade and accepts Broski’s challenge for the U.S. title at Battleground.

Breezango beat the Lucha Dragons CLEAN after TYLER BREEZE hit a package super kick–Hi Will Ospray– to Kalisto.

Kevin Owens pinned Cesaro clean in the middle after hitting a TKO like neckbreaker.

Quick rant alert: I LOVE that guys are getting multiple finishers now. AJ Styles has three, it looks like Owens now has two and Cesaro has the neutralizer and the swing/sharpshooter combo. In today’s WWE, everyone needs to have a couple of legit finishers over so matches can become a bit more unpredictable.

Titus O’Neil pins Heath Slater clean after hitting the Clash of the Titus.

Enzo and Cass defeat Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson by DQ after Styles interferes. The Club was about to beat up Enzo when John Cena surprisingly showed up and made the save.

Sasha Banks forced Dana Brooke to tap out to the Banks’ Statement. After the match Charlotte said if Sasha can beat Dana again on Smackdown, she’ll think about giving Banks a title match at Battleground.

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Time to “Go Home”

– Good job promoting Brock Lesnar’s victory over Mark Hunt….

– Seriously does anyone care about Lesnar vs. Orton at SummerSlam? It has the potential to be a very good match, but after Lesnar’s win over Hunt I don’t see any reason for Brock to come back to the WWE. He’s better off in the UFC at this stage of his career. There’s unfinished business there. Outside of a dream match against Samoa Joe, there isn’t much else left for Brock to do.

– Excellent job by creative in making us think that John Cena wasn’t going to show up. He got a HUGE cheer without any boos, which is a rarity.

– Cena is a nut. This guy flew from Los Angeles to Detroit just for a two minute run-in.

– Kudos to whoever made the “Not a good guy, not a bad guy…the suspended guy” graphic for Roman during the Rollins Report.

– The Club’s promo roll continues. Looks like they’ve been practicing.

– It was nice to see Anderson and Gallows actually control a match. They’ve been downgraded to AJ flunkies and they could be so much more than that. They need to feel like a dangerous threat to really get The Club over as a group.

– Detroit got lit af for Enzo and Cass, would be a mistake to break them up.

– Whoever made the “Pokemon Go brought me here” with a photo of Brock’s head attached to the body of Blastoise’s body wins the sign of the night award.

– Owens is such a good heel. Requests that Sami Zayn be removed from commentary from his match and then tells him to keep walking up the ramp as the referees escorted Zayn out of the ring.

– The first neckbreaker Owens hit on Cesaro should have been his new finisher.

– Very good job by the commentary trio tonight.

Wait…

What?

Yes I know I can be ruthless when it comes to Mike Cole, JBL and Coach II, but I really like how they discussed the draft tonight. Not only did they put it over as a game-changing moment for the immediate future of the company, but they discussed draft picks as though it were a legitimate sports draft.

JBL and Cole went back and forth about why John Cena might not be a good first overall pick because he has so much going on outside of the company. During the battle royal, JBL noted that there could be some gems in the ring that could be selected in the later rounds.

There was intelligent draft banter all night and thus I feel the need to give the commentary team this gif:

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How to watch WWE Crown Jewel 2022: Live stream online, start time, PLE schedule, match card

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The WWE Crown Jewel 2022 match card is set and it’s all happening this Saturday live on Peacock. Tune in to watch the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship match between social media star Logan Paul and the defending champion, The Tribal Chief Roman Reigns. We’ve got you covered on everything you need to know so you don’t miss a second of the action.

Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch WWE Crown Jewel live!

Where is WWE’s Crown Jewel event?

Crown Jewel is WWE’s main recurring event in Saudi Arabia and the 2022 event marks the fourth year in a ten-year partnership between the two sides. This year’s event will be held at Mrsool Park in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia. 

What time is WWE Crown Jewel 2022?

WWE’s Crown Jewel Kickoff show begins at 11 a.m. ET and the main card PLE event should start around 12 p.m. ET.

  • WWE’s The Bump will be available on-demand beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Peacock
  • Kickoff Show: 11 a.m. ET
  • Main card:  12 p.m. ET

How to watch WWE Crown Jewel this year

Crown Jewel will be available on Peacock for fans in the U.S. and WWE Network for viewers outside of the U.S.

Who is the current WWE Universal Champion?

Roman Reigns, who last defeated Drew McIntyre at WWE Clash at the Castle. He will defend this title against Logan Paul in the main event on Saturday. This will mark Paul’s third official match inside a WWE ring, and he’s coming off defeating The Miz at Summerslam and knocking out Jey Uso at WWE Smackdown. Jake Paul, Logan’s brother, is fresh off his defeat of Anderson Silva last weekend and will be in Logan’s corner for support against the rest of The Bloodline.

WWE Crown Jewel 2022 match card

  • The Usos vs. The Brawling Brutes
  • Alexa Bliss and Asuka vs. Damage Control
  • Bianca Belair vs. Bayley
  • Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kross (with Scarlett)
  • Braun Strowman vs. Omos (with MVP)
  • The O.C. vs The Judgment Day
  • Brock Lesnar vs Bobby Lashley
  • Roman Reigns vs Logan Paul

“At WWE Crown Jewel, the WWE Universe will once again go down the rabbit hole as Bray Wyatt is scheduled to appear.”

Are there any WWE events after Crown Jewel?

After Crown Jewel, WWE will wrap up the 2022 schedule with Survivor Series in Boston on November 26 and NXT Deadline on December 10.

How to watch and stream WWE live on Peacock:

Peacock is now the exclusive streaming home of WWE. With an upgrade to Peacock Premium, you will have access to all WWE Premium Live Events like WWE Crown Jewel, as well as original series, groundbreaking documentaries, and your favorite shows from the WWE Archives.

Select a Premium Plan to create a new account or to upgrade. You can also upgrade or change your existing plan at any time. Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a recurring charge, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

Crown Jewel will be available on Premium Live Events (PLE) or via Peacock for fans in the U.S.

WWE Extreme Rules: How to watch, start time, PLE schedule, live stream

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The WWE returns to Philadelphia to host Extreme Rules for the first time in October.

The Wells Fargo Center, which housed the event in 2019, will be the center of the wrestling world when Ronda Rousey looks to avenge her controversial loss at SummerSlam in a no holds barred match against Liv Morgan for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Also on the card are Seth “Freaking” Rollins and Matt Riddle continuing their grudge match inside the fight pit with special guest referee and UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier.

Click here to sign up for Peacock and watch WWE Extreme Rules!

What time is WWE Extreme Rules?

  • Date: Saturday, October 8
  • WWE’s The Bump: 3 p.m. ET
  • Kickoff Show: 7 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 8 p.m. ET

What channel is showing WWE Extreme Rules?

What to know about WWE Extreme Rules

Ronda Rousey is on a rampage to reclaim the SmackDown Women’s Championship, dominating a Fatal 5-Way Elimination Match for the opportunity to get champion, Liv Morgan, in a match, with no rules, no disqualifications and no mercy.

Matt Riddle continues his ongoing feud against Seth “Freakin” Rollins inside the fight pit, where a steel cage will hold these two brawlers in what is looking to be a brutal match.

Don’t forget: the day kicks off at 3 p.m. ET with WWE Extreme Rules edition of WWE’s The Bump, with Kayla Braxton, Matt Camp and Ryan Pappolla preparing for the night’s action and chatting with special guests ahead of the showdowns to come.

WWE Extreme Rules matches

  • SmackDown Women’s Championship Extreme Rules Match – Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey
  • Raw Women’s Championship Ladder Match – Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley
  • Inside the Fight Pit (Guest referee UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier) – Matt Riddle vs. Seth “Freaking” Rollins
  • Strap Match – Drew McIntyre vs. Karrion Kros
  • “I Quit” Match – Edge vs. Finn Balor
  • Six-Man Tag Team Good Old Fashioned Donnybrook Match – The Brawling Brutes vs. Imperium

How to watch and stream WWE live on Peacock:

Peacock is now the exclusive streaming home of WWE. With an upgrade to Peacock Premium, you will have access to all WWE Premium Live Events like WWE Extreme Rules, as well as original series, groundbreaking documentaries, and your favorite shows from the WWE Archives.

Select a Premium Plan to create a new account or to upgrade. You can also upgrade or change your existing plan at any time. Please note that selection of a Premium plan will result in a recurring charge, depending on your plan. You can cancel your Premium plan at any time in your Account.

Extreme Rules will be available on Premium Live Events (PLE) or via Peacock for fans in the U.S.