WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights of Draft Night 2

The Doctor Chris Mueller@@BR_DoctorFeatured ColumnistOctober 4, 2021

WWE Raw Results: Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights of Draft Night 2

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    Credit: WWE.com

    Monday's episode of Raw also served as the second night of the annual draft between all WWE brands.

    The red brand picked up some big names Friday such as Big E, Bianca Belair, Edge and Keith Lee while SmackDown scored Charlotte Flair, Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre and The New Day.

    In addition to continuing the picks for both shows, Goldberg returned to Raw to address his ongoing feud with "The All Mighty" Bobby Lashley

    Let's take a look at which Superstars found new homes and everything else that happened on Raw. 

Damian Priest vs. Jeff Hardy (U.S. Title)

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    Raw opened with SmackDown women's champion, Lynch making her way to the ring to what seemed like a positive response from the crowd. She said she does what she wants and decided to spoil the fun for Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville by announcing herself as the first person drafted to Raw. 

    She was soon joined by the Raw women's champion, Charlotte. She talked a little trash before Bianca Belair made her presence known. Pearce and Deville came out after a few minutes to book Belair vs. Charlotte for tonight. The first round of draft picks for the night went as follows:

    • Lynch to Raw
    • The Usos stay on SmackDown
    • Bobby Lashley stays on Raw
    • Sasha Banks stays on SmackDown

    They also announced a U.S. title match will kick off the action between Jeff Hardy and Damian Priest, which started after the first commercial break. They locked up and Priest hit a shoulder tackle for the first takedown. 

    The Charismatic Enigma was knocked out of the ring and The Archer of Infamy hit a senton from the stairs to keep the pressure on. We returned from a break to see Hardy hit Whisper in the Wind for a two-count. He took Priest down with a Twist of Fate and climbed to the top rope for a Swanton. Priest rolled him over and stole the win with a crucifix pin. 

    Hardy was giving a post-match interview when Austin Theory interrupted him and asked if he could take a selfie with him. They took the pic and then Theory destroyed him with a clothesline and a knee to the face. 

    Grade: C+

                                

    Analysis

    Everybody knew Lynch would end up on Raw after Charlotte was drafted to SmackDown. With the other three picks in the first round staying with the same brand they were already on, there weren't any surprises. 

    The opening promo segment was decent but that should have led right into Belair vs. Charlotte. Following it with Priest vs. Hardy felt rushed.

    The actual match got very little screen time because of a pair of commercial breaks, so we didn't get to see much from these two. They have great chemistry but weren't given as much time to show it as in previous encounters. What we did see was good, though. 

Shayna Baszler vs. Dana Brooke

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    Dana Brooke made the mistake of accepting a match with Shayna Baszler this week after watching her take out two women in recent weeks with brutal attacks to their arms. Before it took place, the following draft picks were announced:

    • Seth Rollins moves to Raw.
    • Shinsuke Nakamura and Rick Boogs stay on SmackDown.
    • Priest stays on Raw.
    • Sheamus moves to SmackDown.

    The bell rang and Brooke managed to corner Baszler to deliver several strikes. The Queen of Spades recovered and took control. She tried an arm stomp but Brooke avoided it. She ended up putting Brooke in the Kirifuda Clutch for the win. 

    After the match was over, Baszler kept attacking Brooke. Doudrop came out to make the save. 

    Grade: C-

                                 

    Analysis 

    This match was too short to get a high grade, but from a booking standpoint, the way it was laid out was pretty perfect.

    This is how Baszler should have been booked since day one. She is legitimately one of the most dangerous women on the roster and her character should reflect that. 

    The way Doudrop shrugged off Baszler's hit and stared at her was a good tease for a feud between them in the future. The segment wasn't memorable but it did what it needed to do for each character involved. 

Mansoor and Mustafa Ali vs. Angel Garza and Humberto Carrillo

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    Mansoor and Humberto Carrillo started this match with an energetic exchange of takedowns and counters. Once Mansoor was able to break away, he made the tag to Mustafa Ali.

    As Ali somersaulted into the ring, Angel Garza took him down with a stiff right hand. Mansoor tried to help but ended up being taken out by Carrillo at ringside.

    While the ref had his back turned, Carrillo slammed Ali's head into the ring post so Garza could get the pin. 

    Grade: C-

                                      

    Analysis

    Like Baszler vs. Brooke, this bout was too short to do anything for the four men involved. Everybody looked good but limiting a bout to three minutes or less handcuffs the performers.

    Ending it with a dirty finish is somewhat of an explanation for why Ali was pinned so quickly. However, they could have benefitted from a couple more minutes. This is another case of everyone trying their best in a bad situation. 

Big E and Big D vs. Big Bob and Dolph Ziggler

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    Pearce and Deville made the following draft announcements:

    • Aj Styles and Omos stay on Raw.
    • Baszler moves to SmackDown. 
    • Kevin Owens moves to Raw. 
    • Xia Li moves to SmackDown.

    Big E was in the ring after the picks were revealed to talk about how Raw is his show now, but he was a little upset that The New Day was broken up again. He invited Drew McIntyre to come out and speak his mind. The Scottish Warrior said he is proud of Big E but also wants to challenge him for the title. 

    They were interrupted by Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode. The Showoff took credit for Big E's career because he brought him to the main roster as his bodyguard in 2013. Ziggler also touted his tag team success with McIntyre as the reason for the Scottish Warrior's accomplishments. 

    The new nicknames of Big Bob for Roode and Big D for McIntyre are now official and canon. This was turned into a tag team match during the break. McIntyre and Big E took control right away. Big Bob tagged in and ran into a back elbow from Big E. 

    Roode had the upper hand for a few moments, but McIntyre dominated as soon as he tagged back into the match. After a commercial, Big E was the one to get the hot tag. He survived the Zig Zag thanks to McIntyre. The Scottish Warrior tagged himself back in and hit the Claymore for the win. 

    Grade: C+

                           

    Analysis 

    The talking part of this segment went on way too long and got to the point of being boring before McIntyre called himself Big D. Then it was funny again. 

    Ziggler using his history with both men to facilitate this match was a nice bit of continuity that we usually don't get with WWE. Reminding us that he had alliances with both men also illustrated how Big E and McIntyre have gone on to great success without him. 

    The tag match was good if a little predictable. Building tension between Big E and McIntyre by having them one-up each other is the only effective way to tell this story with two babyfaces. Big E accepted the challenge for Crown Jewel. 

Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley vs. Natalya and Tamina (Women's Tag Titles)

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    After a quick segment with Owens hitting Akira Tozawa with a Stunner, Pearce and Deville announced the following picks:

    • The Stree Profits move to Raw.
    • The Viking Raiders stay on Raw.
    • Finn Balor moves to Raw. 
    • Ricochet moves to SmackDown. 

    Nikki ASH and Rhea Ripley put their women's tag titles on the line against the former champions, Natalya and Tamina. 

    Nattie kicked Nikki in the ribs and ran her from corner to corner to give herself an early advantage. The Almost Superhero tried to make a comeback until Tamina took her down with a boot to the face. 

    Ripley tagged in after a bit and went on a rampage against The Queen of Harts. She hit Tamina with the Riptide before Nikki got on her shoulders for a splash to get the win. 

    Grade: C

                            

    Analysis

    While this week's show featured a wide variety of Superstars, the matches were middle of the road. This is a perfect example of a fight that had stakes but no sense of danger or urgency.

    Nikki and Ripley have started to mesh into a real tag team recently. Their pre-match promo made it look like Ripley was trying hard not to laugh at Nikki's antics. 

    Part of the problem is that we have seen this match several times in recent weeks. WWE has been better about not booking as many rematches lately, so it was surprising to see Natalya and Tamina get another shot at the belts. 

Goldberg and Bobby Lashley Make It Official

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    The following picks were announced for the fifth round of the draft on Raw:

    • Karrion Kross stays on Raw.
    • Carrillo and Garza move to SmackDown.
    • Alexa Bliss stays on Raw.
    • Cesaro stays on SmackDown. 

    Goldberg made his way out after those announcements to talk about Lashley and how he choked out his son, Gage. It took The All Mighty less than a minute to join him from the stage. 

    Lashley agreed to have a match under the condition that it be No Holds Barred. Goldberg thanked him and said that stipulation gives him a license to kill. 

    Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin tried to attack Goldberg from behind but he easily took them out. 

    Grade: C-

                               

    Analysis

    It was just a matter of time before this match was officially booked for Crown Jewel. At least WWE did it in a way that makes sense, but the segment fell a bit flat without MVP there to do the talking.

    Alexander and Benjamin are right back to taking bumps for Lashley, so they may end up regretting putting The Hurt Business back together. 

    Honestly, this could have been a lot worse. Goldberg kept it short and sweet. The only thing that would have made things better would have been an appearance from Gage. 

The New Day vs. Hurt Business

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    Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods were out after the break to face Benjamin and Alexander. Despite having just been decimated by Goldberg, The Hurt Business took control of Kingston right away. 

    Woods tagged in and had a brief misstep on the apron, but he recovered quickly and hit an elbow drop from the top rope for the pin. 

    The Street Profits came out and congratulated New Day on the win and their new movie with The Undertaker on Netflix. They all hugged and shared a solo cup of something that made Kingston dance. 

    Grade: C

                               

    Analysis 

    Another short match, another performance where the talents didn't have enough time to get out of second gear. Why WWE booked so many short contests for this week is a mystery. It gets a lot of people on screen but none of them gained anything. 

    The Hurt Business and The New Day did the best they could with what they had to work with, but it just wasn't enough to be memorable. 

Bianca Belair vs. Charlotte Flair

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    Riddle and Randy Orton came out to get an answer to The Viper's challenge for Omos. The big man and AJ Styles came out and ended up getting into a fight with the Raw tag team champions. It ended with Orton nailing Styles with an RKO. The match never happened. 

    The final round of the second night of the draft included the following picks:

    • Carmella moves to Raw.
    • Ridge Holland moves to SmackDown.
    • Gable Stevenson moves to Raw.
    • Sami Zayn stays on SmackDown. 

    The main event of the evening was the match between Belair and Charlotte that was booked during the opening segment of the show. This marks only their second singles match after meeting in NXT back in February of last year. Lynch joined the commentary team to watch the action up close. 

    They started with a competitive exchange that ended with The Queen standing and The EST down in the corner. Charlotte took a second to talk trash before Belair recovered and taunted her from the middle rope. She backflipped over Charlotte and took her off her feet. 

    The Raw women's champion dropped Belair on the apron and sent her flying into the timekeeper's area as the show cut to a commercial. We returned to see The EST hit a delayed vertical suplex for a near-fall. Flair made a comeback and hit an impressive slam for a close two-count. 

    She came close to winning again after cutting Belair in half with a huge Spear. She hit Andrade's moonsault before Belair hit the Kiss of Death. Lynch pulled her out of the ring to cause a DQ and sent her into the ring steps. Sasha Banks came from the crowd to attack both women. 

    Grade: B

                                     

    Analysis

    While a DQ finish is not ideal, Belair and Charlotte still had the best match of the night. There were a couple of sloppy moments but they recovered from them nicely.

    Having Belair come close to winning only to have Lynch interfere is supposed to protect Belair, but having her get beaten down after the match negated it a little bit. 

    Overall, this week's show was fine if a bit forgettable. Most of the matches were lackluster or too short and the only surprising draft pick was Stevenson, who has yet to even make his official debut.

    The draft doesn't take effect until after Crown Jewel, so we may see people pulling double duty on both shows for a few weeks. 

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