The Big Takeaway: Titus O’Neil & Heath Slater notched up a win against Mojo Rawley & Eric Young that was largely terrible. Cesaro then stood out like a sore thumb as he won against Zack Ryder.
Mickie James (who has been out of action since tearing her ACL in June) and Dio Maddin joined Vic Joseph on the commentary team this week. The soundtrack to the show was very clunky at times, but Joseph is certainly preferable to Byron Saxton as the lead announcer.
Starting on Monday, Joseph, Maddin & Jerry "The King" Lawler will be the announce team for Raw.
Titus O’Neil & Heath Slater defeated Mojo Rawley & Eric Young (2:53)
Well, this was one to forget for a number of reasons.
For one, the announcing was random. Mickie James called Rawley “Mojo Riley” and Vic Joseph noted that Heath Slater could “throw hands with the best of them.” They discussed "dad bods" and Dio Maddin said that Rawley had been a “real success” as a singles star.
The match was about as good as you’d expect: sub-three minutes of heels beating down Slater and then O’Neil getting some slovenly shine.
The finish, though, was incredibly sloppy. Young came off the top rope and landed on his feet. O’Neil tried to make it look like he had caught him in mid-air and then they both fell down as if he’d hit the Clash of the Titus. This was virtually blooper-reel stuff at the end.
Cesaro defeated Zack Ryder (w/ Curt Hawkins) (6:48)
Life after The Bar has largely been difficult for Cesaro. He has a new entrance with new music, neither of which make him look like a star. For a guy who has such little wasted movement in the ring, he’s being absolutely underutilized.
Cesaro played the heel here, showing off how he is arguably pound-for-pound the strongest performer on the Raw roster. He did some faux-sportsmanship, shaking Ryder’s hand and then kicking him in the midriff at the second time of asking.
There were far too many choral “ooh”s from the three on commentary with every other strike. Given the number of European uppercuts and forearm smashes, it became irritating to say the least.
In the end, the match was fine. Ryder hit the Broski Boot -- but Cesaro kicked out and rolled under the ropes. They brawled outside and then went back inside for a series of near falls before Cesaro used the Neutralizer for the win.