This week’s episode of Monday Night RAW wasn’t as hot as the previous weeks’ episodes were. In fact, “satisfactory” would be the best possible way to describe it. But since RAW is WWE’s flagship show (and brand), “satisfactory” wouldn’t cut it at all. That said, here’s how everything turned out on Monday, August 8, 2016, edition of RAW.

Tag team tensions teased twice on the same show

Despite the general letdown, RAW was for a lot of viewers, given the strength of the last few weeks’ shows, this week’s edition got off to a strong start. Enzo Amore and Big Cass continued their feud with Chris Jericho, with an interesting verbal back-and-forth that also included Kevin Owens as Jericho’s new ally for the feud.

Owens referred to Amore as the “dead weight” on the Enzo and Cass tag team, and when the “Certified G” hit the ring against Jericho in singles action, it was Big Cass’ illegal big boot on “Y2J” that gave him the win via disqualification. Enzo and Cass would challenge the Owens/Jericho tag team for a match at SummerSlam, and given persistent rumors that WWE wants to push Big Cass as a singles star due to his size and build, one shouldn’t be surprised if the tag team heads closer to a breakup after SummerSlam is over.

There have also been rumors that WWE wants to break up The Dudley Boyz, and they may have been firing up again as Neville and Sin Cara picked up a win over the veterans, due to D-Von knocking his partner/storyline brother Bubba Ray out with an errant clothesline.

This allowed Neville to score the win with a Red Arrow on the fallen Bubba Ray, though this was mostly a meaningless tag team win for the “Man That Gravity Forgot,” who’s been floundering around in the mid-card despite debuting in WWE last year with such great promise.

Roman Reigns, wedding crasher: Been there, seen that

Aside from the matches mentioned above, we also saw the awkward reboot of 2014’s Titus O’Neil and Darren Young feud continue, another local jobber domination from Braun Strowman, and a solid match from Cesaro and Sheamus that still could have been better, considering their history.

We also heard Seth Rollins cut an intense promo at his fellow Universal Championship contender, Finn Balor.These matches and segments were all followed by Rusev and Lana’s wedding celebration, which was promptly crushed by Rusev’s SummerSlam opponent for the United States title, Roman Reigns.

To be fair to the segment, it continued the trend of Reigns getting more cheers than boos, after over a year of being the WWE Universe’s least-liked babyface. But it still smacked of something out of the Attitude Era, what with Lana falling face-first into the wedding cake, and screaming hysterically at Reigns as he walked away from the ring, all in a day’s work from the man who’s not a good guy, not a bad guy, but THE guy.

Lead-in segment to the main event was confusing

The Cesaro vs. Sheamus rematch was announced ahead of RAW by Commissioner Mick Foley, and speaking of Foley, it was his “summit” with SmackDown Live GM Daniel Bryan that the announcers were talking up the most on RAW.

While both on-air executives are beloved performers, their interaction seemed forced and awkward, and Bryan is coaxing Foley into scheduling an impromptu U.S. title match between Rusev and Cesaro didn’t make much sense at the end of the day. Rusev, after all, is scheduled to defend against Roman Reigns at SummerSlam, with their feud among RAW’s hottest, so a win for him would have been a foregone conclusion.

Quick results:

Chris Jericho d.

Enzo Amore via DQ

Braun Strowman d. Jorel Nelson (local enhancement)

Darren Young d. Titus O’Neil

Cesaro d. Sheamus

Neville and Sin Cara d. The Dudley Boyz

Sasha Banks d. Dana Brooke (With loss, Brooke is banned from ringside at Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam)

Luke Gallows d. Kofi Kingston

Rusev d. Cesaro (Retains United States Championship)

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