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WWE Raw: Analysing and grading each segment (December 19th)

Braun Strowman decimated Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins.

Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble was announced, with the stipulation of Chris Jericho to be suspended in a shark cage above the ring

After a mediocre showing from the Roadblock: End of the Line PPV on Sunday, Raw looked to bounce back by dealing with the aftermath of the show, as well as laying the groundworks for feuds heading into the Royal Rumble on January 29th.

Nia Jax interrupted and assaulted a wounded Sasha Banks after her loss to Charlotte on Sunday. The tag teams of Raw clashed in an eight-man tag team match after a brawl broke out. Neville explained his actions from Roadblock to the WWE Universe.

Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens clashed with Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns in the main event, and Strowman made his feelings known by assaulting Reigns and Rollins to close the show. Although some segments were entertaining, this week’s Raw was a poor show, and it did little to entice fans after a weak PPV on Sunday.

So, which segments entertained, and which contributed to another poor showing from the red brand? Let’s find out, as I analyse and grade each segment from the December 19th edition of WWE Raw.

Cesaro, Sheamus and the New Day vs. the Shining Stars and The Club/ Possible plans for New Day

This was a fun eight-man tag match, but largely insignificant

Grade: 6.5/10

The promo before this bout from New Day was solid, but it would’ve been nice to see them angry rather than goofing around with Cesaro, who just beat them for the titles. The new Raw Tag Team Titles are decent, but the old bronze design was better than the new red and silver that has been introduced.

The continuing tension between Cesaro and Sheamus is great, as their issues should never fail to arise on TV. In regards to the actual matchup, it was a fun, fast-paced eight-man tag match, although the winners were incredibly predictable. The Shining Stars and the Club have no momentum to speak of, and they were simply here to lose.

Another New Day and Cesaro and Sheamus clash looks set to occur, but hopefully, the Revival can be called up soon to freshen up the tag division on Raw. Till then, some more New Day vs. Cesaro and Sheamus matches are fine. Overall, a solid pre-match promo and eight-man tag match, but a predictable and insignificant bout nonetheless.

New Day could be heading towards a split, with a possible heel turn to freshen things up also being rumored. Whatever may be the case, the former WWE RAW Tag Team Champions do have a bright future. 

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