Rob Van Dam and Sheamus vs. Cesaro and Bad News Barrett
Van Dam, Sheamus, Cesaro and Barrett have been intertwined since the weeks immediately following WrestleMania. On Monday night, they came together to deliver a great tag match that kicked Raw off on a high note.
It was a tough bout that featured the babyfaces going over after Cesaro walked out on Bad News Barrett.
Barrett is so over as a heel that there is an argument for a babyface turn that can be made. Could Cesaro walking out on the Intercontinental champion, costing him a match against two very popular stars in Van Dam and Sheamus, be the emphasis for that turn and result in a great feud between two extremely hard-hitting competitors?
That remains to be seen, but it is difficult to imagine that Barrett will let Cesaro's cowardice go without any sort of retribution.
The Usos vs. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
Jimmy and Jey Uso have been two of the MVPs of WWE in 2014 from an in-ring standpoint, and they once again proved it Monday night with a stellar match against top tag team contenders Harper and Rowan.
The action was fast and frantic, especially near the end, and Rowan was put over strongly for the first time in his WWE career, scoring the pinfall victory off a sidewalk slam.
The win instantly catapults Rowan and Harper into title contention and makes them the favorites to dethrone the second-generation champions.
The chemistry between the teams is incredibly strong, and both are very over with the audience. Expect a quality feud that elevates the tag titles in the eyes of the fans, thanks to great performances from Superstars whom fans care about.
John Cena and Stephanie McMahon
Including these two in the Awesome section is sure to catch heat, but their exchange showcased a chemistry between Cena and Stephanie as performers that has never really been explored before. They were witty, played off one another well and delivered the meat of the promo when the time came.
Cena stood up for Bryan, described what it is like to fight through an injury and even was able to relay the emotion that comes with having to give up a title due to said injury. Stephanie counteracted by reminding Cena that he did do the right thing by giving up the championship and allowing the fans to have a fighting champion.
They went back and forth, each making valid points and leaving the fans to decide which side of the argument they fell on.
The line of the night went to Stephanie who, after Cena pointed out the one big surgery she had (breast enlargements), shot back with, "That put me in action." That line was a fun callback to the reputation that the Billion Dollar Princess once had.
Stephanie ended by saying, "Payback is a b---h, John, but then again, so am I."
It was a great exclamation point on a segment that showed a shift in Stephanie's philosophy. She spent months being the disingenuous authority figure but is now embracing the fact that she is not a nice person. She will do whatever is necessary to get what she wants and get revenge on anyone who crosses her.
That fans were also given an idea of what the top of the Money in the Bank card will look like, which put the promo over the top in terms of success.
An awesome segment, regardless of the opinions some have of those involved.