Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella
Stephanie has been the best heel in WWE for quite a while now, but Brie has really come into her own in this storyline with the McMahons these past few months. She's finally getting over as a babyface and is eliciting strong responses from crowds.
Her confrontation with Stephanie at the end of Raw this week was red-hot, and the fans in attendance were anxious to see them go at it. Their brief brawl served as a nice preview of what we can expect come SummerSlam.
AJ Lee and Paige
Stephanie and Brie weren't the only women who highlighted Raw. AJ and Paige had a solid talking segment that furthered their feud.
Paige acting disingenuous might not help her garner heat, but the dynamic these two have on the mic and in the ring is strong. They'd follow it up in an awesome angle on SmackDown, where Paige pushed AJ off the stage. When was the last time you saw that in the Divas division? Great work by both ladies this week.
Chris Jericho vs. Seth Rollins
With this match marking the first time these two have faced off in singles competition, it felt fresh, and the two delivered a great bout. They held back a bit, but I'm glad they did, as they can save it for a future feud down the line.
The non-finish was logical in that The Wyatt Family's predictable interference built toward Bray's match with Jericho at SummerSlam. Bonus points to Jericho for engaging in an entertaining segment with The Authority earlier on in the night as well.
When was the last time Orton truly looked this vicious? I was as happy as anyone when he finally turned heel last summer, but he's been poorly booked ever since due to being portrayed as The Authority's lapdog.
He showed a mean streak on Raw that we haven't seen from him in a long time, and his attack on Roman Reigns was brutal. He cut a good promo on SmackDown that did more to get me excited for their SummerSlam match than anything else they did before this week.
Dolph Ziggler and The Usos vs. The Miz and Rybaxel
This was a fast-paced six-man tag team match filled with enjoyable action and fun chemistry between all six competitors. The Miz's Hollywood antics were hilarious, The Usos and Ziggler were their usual great selves, and Rybaxel held its own against the fan favorites. It was also a good length, which is rare for midcard matches.
Chris Jericho vs. Erick Rowan
Rowan isn't a terrible worker, but he certainly isn't as strong in the ring as his stablemates Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. With that said, he had an impressive outing against Jericho in the main event of this week's SmackDown.
The two contested a very solid matchup, with both guys coming out of it looking good. The stipulation of Rowan being banned from ringside during the Wyatt vs. Jericho match at SummerSlam was interesting and should have been advertised in advance.