The go-home RAW before Fastlane was lackluster, at best. Teases for all of the matches and shoddy pacing made for a clustered and flustered show that had no central point. Add in a weak card and not enough promo and there’s absolutely no reason to get excited for Fastlane, away from the possibility of an AJ Styles match.
With such an engaging triple threat match set for Fastlane, why did the Wyatt Family main event this week’s RAW? That’s the type of match you’d expect to see at the end of the first hour of RAW. With no Triple H on the show either, there was no sense of urgency either. Nothing seemed to matter and as a result, there were few memorable moments.
Fatal Five Way: Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Stardust: Every competitor had a shot to win. The two commercial breaks hurt the flow of the match, but overall, it was a solid opener. Things got spicy after a few near-falls and after Ziggler nailed Ambrose (while Ambrose hit Stardust with the Dirty Deeds) with the Zig-Zag, Owens was able to break up the pin-fall and hit Breeze with the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win.
WWE Tag Team Champion The New Day: Big E. Langston w/Xavier Woods Kofi Kingston vs. Mark Henry: A weird one as Langston hit a few Splashes and apparently hurt Henry so he didn’t perform the Big Ending.
AJ Styles vs. The Miz; A good back and forth, although Styles continues to win matches without many of his signature maneuvers. After he kicked out of the Skull-Crushing Finale, Style got the win with the Calf Killer.
Summer Rae vs. Paige: A waste of time with an interesting finish, as Rae got the win with a Rollup counter of the PTO.
Zack Ryder vs. Heath Slater w/Curtis Axel, Adam Rose and Bo Dallas: Ryder nearly got the win with the Broski Boot, but he spent too much time taking out the rest of the Outcasts. After a distraction from Dallas, Slater hit the Spinning Side Kick and the Big Vito DDT variation for the win.
Adrian Neville, United States Champion Kalisto and Sin Cara vs. Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and Rusev w/Wade Barrett: Del Rio got the win with his Double Stomp on Cara, who was hanging from the ropes in the middle of the ring.
Becky Lynch vs. Naomi w/Tamina Snuka: Lynch got the win with the Disarmer, but Snuka beat on Lynch before Banks made the save.
The Big Show vs. Braun Strowman w/Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan: Just when Show started cooking, the Family beat on him to get the match thrown out. Ryback then hit the ring to make the save, but he, too was beaten on. Soon enough, Kane came from under the ring and helped Show and Ryback clean house.