What you need to know
A controversially structured Monday night show started with Paul Heyman and John Cena teasing the arrival of WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar, and weaved a story involving Cena incarcerating Lesnar's advocate in a cell phone dead zone guarded by the Great Khali. The incarceration managed to work, the stretching of the story to combat Monday Night Football did not.
In between vignettes featuring Khali trying to use telecommunications equipment, Raw actually had quite a bit of actual wrestling on it. Chris Jericho got a surprisingly decent match out of Corporate Kane, allowing him to get the upperhand before he faces fellow Authority member Randy Orton this Sunday.
Jack Swagger made Bo Dallas tap out in a match where no one in the Lousiana crowd could decide who to cheer. Bray Wyatt decided to focus his crusade to fix the world on the Big Show. The World's Largest Athlete continued the crusade of WWE Creative to sap Wyatt of all his momentum by having Show win by disqualification when Luke Harper broke up a surefire pinfall. And then further made Harper and Erick Rowan look like chumps by double-chokeslamming the Family.
The Divas storylines have been diluted into one, and on Monday, they previewed Night of Champions by being squeezed into one match. Nikki Bella staked her claim to Paige's Divas title by interfering to prevent AJ Lee from getting the tag that would allow her sister to escape a pin, then hitting her finisher on Brie after the champ covered her. Paige was busy being annoyed by AJ mocking her as she mimmicked Lee.
Feud merging and strong matches continued with a six-man tag of The Usos & Sheamus vs. The Dusts & Cesaro. The team of the tag and United States champs won the bout following a wild finish, with the Swiss Superman taking the pin to keep up with Bray Wyatt in the baffling booking department.
Hustle, loyalty and respect dictated that Cena free Heyman, and resist the temptation to hit the smaller, older man when he asked for it. Both men had schemed against each other, but all the machinations ended when the Beast Incarnate hit the scene. After teasing "not fighting for free", the champ German Suplexed Cena yet again, but was shocked that the challenger still had enough fight in him to take down and lay into Lesnar. Security pulled him off, and Brock walked away looking shocked.
Cameron is horrible at pro wrestling, and the Intercontinental title feud got the Smackdown treatment on Raw, as Monday saw Dolph Ziggler and his "stunt double" R-Truth beat The Miz & Damien Sandow - just like they did the Friday night before.
Roman Reigns worked one of his better matches to date, which should come as no surprise since it was against Seth Rollins. What might be a surprise is that he beat him clean less than a week before WWE expects you to pay for the same match. But not as surprising as the fact that a Mark Henry vs. Rusev posturing segment closed the 'go home' episode of Raw.
What to look out for
WWE went to Biloxi, Mississippi on Tuesday, but hopefully they didn't get the blues. They did film an episode of the show once know as the blue brand, so if you like spoilers, we've got them for you here.
While we don't read spoilers, we have heard that the match they were hyping on Raw for tonight's show ain't happening. So, who knows? It's a safe bet that every angles except the WWE WHC match and probably Y2J/Orton will be built to with a match or in-ring segment. Probably with a tag match that mushes a couple of feuds together, and some squashes where the person the squash-er will be facing on Sunday is on commentary.
You know, a Smackdown go home show.
(Note: I know some folks have come looking for a more definitive match listing. We still don't want to risk spoiling anything, but as WWE.com releases more information on anything that's officially going to take place on tonight's show, I'll update it here)
What they should do
Since nothing of consequence will likely happen tonight, let's talk about something really important - the Bo Dallas/Jack Swagger feud.
Dallas will need something BIG to come back from tapping out on Raw. If he really wants to get under the Real American's skin, he should remind him that not only did he let his country down when he came up short against Rusev, but he also did it years before when he turned his back on a true U.S. icon.
Then trot out this fella...
And I don't mean that finger-pointing bully in the glasses.
What we're afraid they will do
Lots of stuff that doesn't involve Swagger's Soaring Eagle.
Only two days until Night of Champions...who's tuning in tonight?