Men’s Five-on-Five Elimination Match
Result: Team Raw wins in a clean sweep
Grade: D, I…I don’t have any explanation for what I saw. A clean sweep? Looks more like Vince McMahon trying to make Raw look like the “Flagship Show” than anything else.
Wow. Yeah, that just happened.
It was a jarring way to kick off the show, no doubt, but the match actually started off promising instead of quizzical. AJ Styles and Jey Uso had some awesome exchanges, including a wonderful quick transition into the Samoan Drop.
But it all went downhill when Seth Rollins tagged himself in. He demanded to face Sheamus, telling Kevin Owens to let him tag in. After deliberating, Owens listened. Rollins then got down on his knees and sacrificed himself to Sheamus’ Brogue Kick, stating he was doing it for the “Greater Good”. And Team SmackDown stood in disbelief at what Rollins did.
They never recovered. Owens seemed to have given SmackDown hope with a flurry of Stunners, but they never amounted to a pinfall for SmackDown. Instead, he ended up getting eliminated via the Phenomenal Forearm.
By the end of the match, it was Jey Uso vs. all five members of Team Raw, as Paul Heyman nervously watched from behind a screen backstage, knowing that SmackDown’s sure-fire loss meant a sure-fire beatdown for Uso.
While Jey, as always, fought admirably and put in another great performance, but it was all for naught. He never saw Keith Lee tag in and ended up getting Spirit Bombed.
A clean sweep for Raw. Who saw that coming? And what’s next not only for Jey, but for Seth after his “sacrifice”?