Welcome back to “The Best Moment of RAW,” where I, Mr. X, take an entire episode of WWE’s flagship television show, Monday Night Raw, and boil it down to the very best that it had to offer. This week was the #RawAfterMania. It has become one of the most important shows of the year. It’s the beginning of WWE’s television season, so they do all they can to make it worthwhile.
This one kicked off with Vince McMahon coming out to gloat about Shane McMahon’s loss to The Undertaker at WrestleMania 32. Before too long, Shane’s music hit, and out he came to say goodbye.
The crowd immediately showered him with cheers and chants, raising Vince’s ire, since nobody out-stages the boss. With that in mind, Vincent Kennedy McMahon said to hell with it, and decided to let his son run Monday Night Raw (on a temporary basis).
After that, The New Day took to the ring and successfully defended their WWE Tag Team Championships against The League of Nations.
After the match, The League of Nations kicked out Barrett (as his way out of the company, similar to the treatment that The Bullet Club gave to AJ Styles), only to end up getting beat down by The Wyatt Family.
The first big surprise of the night came when Apollo Crews maybe his WWE debut in a match against Tyler Breeze. I don’t know about any of you guys, but I did not expect to see him get called up. On top of that, Baron Corbin seems to be main roster now, and The Vaudevillains are making their WWE debut on the upcoming edition of SmackDown!
Onto a moment that upset a lot of fans: Zack Ryder lost his Intercontinental Championship to The Miz, thanks to some help from Miz’s wife Maryse. It was some great heel work from the couple, but it’s a pretty big bummer for Ryder. At least he got a dope WrestleMania moment.
We’ll get to the main event in a moment. First, it’s time to bask in this glorious moment:
Can’t wait to see those teams have an actual match.
Finally, we’ve reached the main event of the evening. It began when Roman Reigns hit the ring and announced that he is going to be a fighting WWE World Heavyweight Champion. The ring quickly flooded with four challengers: Chris Jericho, AJ Styles, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn.
The solution was a Fatal Four Way match. The winner becomes number one contender for Roman’s title. Of course, before the match could begin, KO attacked Sami Zayn, which caused him to be removed due to injury (only storyline). That didn’t change anything, though, and everyone was wondering who the fourth guy would be. Could Seth Rollins come back this soon? What about Cesaro?
Could it be?
Cesaro’s return wasn’t even the best part, either. It’s awesome, don’t get me wrong, but AJ Styles won the 4-Way! It’s going to be AJ vs. Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at the next WWE PPV, Payback.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.