It’s fair to say that Sunday night’s Stomping Grounds pay-per-view exceeded a lot of people’s expectations.
Admittedly, these expectations were low to begin with, but nonetheless, it was a fairly enjoyable event. This included a backstage segment between AJ Styles, flanked by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and newly-crowned United States Champion, Ricochet.
WWE’s Twitter account later announced a non-title match between Styles and Ricochet for this week’s Raw. However, this would appear to be the only fresh, new feud set-up on Sunday’s Stomping Grounds show.
The only other matches revealed prior to Raw were Roman Reigns vs. Shane McMahon and Drew McIntyre in a 2-on-1 handicap match, as well as Kofi Kingston vs. Sami Zayn. The ending of Sunday’s show suggested that Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins are set to continue their respective feuds with Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin.
But after one of the least anticipated WWE PPVs in recent memory, the only way was up…right?
It’s now time to analyse this week’s Raw by allocating each individual segment a grade and look at how WWE is shaping up heading into next month’s Extreme Rules.
Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch opened the show and it wasn't long until they were interrupted by a sneak attack from Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin.
Lynch and Rollins quickly overcame their adversaries and Corbin & Evans escaped to ringside and grabbed a microphone. After some trash talk, they challenged the champions to a mixed tag team match at Extreme Rules.
This challenge was accepted but both parties had conditions they wanted met. Lynch and Rollins wanted the Extreme Rules match to be the last time they have to face Evans and Corbin, whereas the ‘Lone Wolf’ and ‘Sassy Southern Belle’ demanded that both the Universal Championship and the Raw Women’s Championship be on the line in a ‘Winners-Take-All’ match.
This announcement was met with apathy from the fans, who would much rather see the Champions move on to face fresh challengers. The best thing I can say about this segment is that it was short.
Grade: DSee WWE RAW Results, Highlights of event, & more on WWE RAW Results page