Sheamus vs. Bad News Barrett
The night's opening match was a Money in the Bank Qualifier between United States champion Sheamus and Intercontinental champion Bad News Barrett.
Two Superstars with impeccable chemistry tore the house down early in the broadcast with a match that ranks as one of their best to date. The action was every bit as hard-hitting as fans would have expected, and the sequencing, especially late in the match, was stellar.
The finish, one used previously in a match between Sheamus and Titus O'Neil, worked to perfection. Bad News Barrett, frustrated after signature moves Wasteland and Winds of Change failed to put the United States champion down for the count, unleashed on him in the corner.
The referee backed Barrett out of the corner in an attempt to prevent a disqualification. When Barrett turned his attention back to Sheamus, he ate a Brogue Kick and had his shoulders pinned to the mat for three.
Many will complain about Barrett being beaten again, but the Money in the Bank Ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship in a major pay-per-view main event needs star power to help it, especially since it will be the selling point of the show.
Sheamus is one of the top babyfaces in the sport and a great worker. He has excelled in past Ladder matches and should do so again come June 29.
The Shield Destroys 3MB; Dean Ambrose's Promo
After being outsmarted and left for dead at the end of last week's Raw, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose needed a strong statement to prove that they would not fold following the departure of "the Architect" Seth Rollins.
They delivered just that, wiping out 3MB in impressive fashion before turning their attention to their former teammate.
Ambrose vowed to disfigure, maim and otherwise dismantle Rollins while Reigns targeted all three members of Evolution. It was the former who really stood out, getting animated and delivering strong facial expressions as he spoke about his plans to deliver an epic beating on Rollins.
The promos from both men were short, sweet, intense and to the point.
Exactly as they should have been.
John Cena and The Shield vs. The Wyatt Family
If there is one thing WWE can do right at this point, it is a Six-Man Tag Team match, and Monday night, John Cena, The Shield and the Wyatt Family proved it once again with a great main event to close out an otherwise average episode of Raw.
Ambrose really stood out as the ferocious pitbull-like competitor, taking the fight to all of his opponents and withstanding a brutal onslaught by Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt. When he made the hot tag to Cena, the crowd came alive. It proved to be a fake-out, however, as Cena found himself isolated from his teammates.
The heat segment on Cena killed the crowd a bit, but the fans were picked right back up with the hot tag to Roman Reigns and the pinfall victory for the babyfaces.
For the sake of The Shield's coolness factor, the Reigns and Ambrose need to stay far away from John Cena. For one night, the pairing worked, and Michael Cole did a fine job playing up the surprise of Cena standing side by side with two men who had left him lying on countless occasions in the past.
Triple H and Seth Rollins watching from backstage as Ambrose and Reigns proved that they were not easily extinguishable made for a strong way to close out this week's broadcast. Now fans will tune in next week to see what Evolution does to try to bring an end to the Hounds of Justice.