WWE Raw Results: Highlights, Analysis, and Grades for May 29

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Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt vs. Samoa Joe

Result: Samoa Joe defeated Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor via pinfall

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Before the match, we got some mind games from Bray Wyatt directed at Samoa Joe. Yeah, sure, why not? Joe’s never been the target of those before, let’s make sure he knows what everyone else isn’t scared of. Bray says he’s the devil Joe doesn’t know, but I’m pretty sure Joe gets the basic idea.

When the match got under way, it was good. Less “one guy on the outside with two guys in the ring” than the usual WWE triple threat matches (but still a fair amount of it). The Tower of Doom spot was the first time in a while that I didn’t think it was useless to do it. With the “little guy” in the match taking the superplex part of it, it seemed appropriate.

Balor did some good work to try and take out his bigger opponents – the tope con giro right before the commercial was flawless. But being on the receiving end of a double team for much of the match meant Balor could only do so much. I tell you, seeing Joe and Wyatt working together – even temporarily – makes me wish they could get along for a more long term partnership.

But when Joe and Wyatt went head to head, it was just as good. There’s not much like a good hoss fight to make a match enjoyable. And bonus points to Joe for grabbing Bray by the beard to pull him up – things like that don’t happen enough.

I loved the finish, because unlike the opening match tonight, it actually built intrigue towards Sunday. With Joe literally stealing the victory here, it really hammers home that “every man for himself” aspect of a multiman match.

Seth Rollins

What Seth Rollins needs more than anyone else is an editor. He just needs a person to tell him, “Don’t say that part, you’re saying the same thing here.” He’d be the best promo in the business with some editing.