The last Monday Night Raw ahead of WWE’s "Clash of Champions" pay-per-view was not the “go-home” show people were hoping for. Promos were awkward, separate storylines were blended in with each other, and more things didn’t seem to make sense to the average wrestling fan. Fortunately, the Cruiserweight Division was formally launched on last night’s show,and it was the lone match in the division that saved the day for RAW.

Brian Kendrick to face TJ Perkins at Clash of Champions for Cruiserweight title

Although newly-crowned WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins wasn’t booked to fight on last night’s RAW, four other recent signees to the Cruiserweight Division showed off their skills in a four-way match to determine who would face Perkins for the title at Clash of Champions.

The returning Brian Kendrick made his first appearance on WWE’s main roster since 2009, and outlasted Gran Metalik, Rich Swann, and Cedric Alexander by making Alexander tap out to his submission move, the Captain’s Hook. Itwas a good move giving Kendrick the win, given his name recall from his previous tenure with WWE, and all four men in the match were able to show off their impressive offense.

Not even the Gift of Jericho could save his Highlight Reel debacle

Ahead of "Monday Night RAW,"Chris Jericho was promoting his upcoming episode of his talk show segment "The Highlight Reel" as the best one ever. What it turned out to be, however, was a rant against "RAW" general manager Mick Foley, a list of grievances against the GM that was quite entertaining at first.

But as Enzo Amore and Big Cass, The Shining Stars, The New Day, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, and finally Sami Zayn headed out to interrupt the proceedings, the segment devolved into a crude, stilted setup for a ten-man tag team match. All told, it wasseveral feuds mashed up into one – Jericho vs.

Zayn, Enzo and Cass vs. Shining Stars, New Day vs. Gallows and Anderson. The babyface team of Zayn, Enzo and Cass, and The New Day won the match, but when it was all over, none of the feuds seemed to move forward.

Main event action also unsatisfying for the most part

The main event Steel Cage Match between WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns had some good action, but the result arguably wasn’t a good one.

Owens continued the trend of WWE making champions lose matches ahead of a pay-per-view event, and the fact that he lost the match due to interference from Seth Rollins didn’t help his cause. Reigns relying on the save from Owens didn’t make him look any stronger, but if it was any consolation, Foley did book Reigns for a rematch against Rusev for the United States Championship at "Clash of Champions" in the first segment of the show.

Aside from booking Rusev vs. Reigns at Sunday’s "Clash of Champions" PPV and Reigns vs. Owens for Monday Night RAW’s main event, Foley also booked a match between Rollins and Rusev for earlier in the evening. That match ended up in a double count-out, though the fact that it was essentially a draw meant neither man looked weak in preparation for "Clash of Champions." Rollins is scheduled to challenge Owens for the Universal Championship at the event, and he continued to establish himself as an anti-heroic, freshly-turned babyface on last night’s RAW.

The rest of the show

In other highlights,Dana Brooke confusingly appeared to remain allied with "RAW" Women’s Champion Charlotte, despite turning on her on last week’s episode. It was her shenanigans that helped her and Charlotte defeat Bayley and Sasha Banks in a tag team match, and it appears she'll remain in her increasingly abusive mentor’s corner as she defends her Women’s title against Bayley and Banks at "Clash of Champions."

"RAW" also saw more squash matches – Bo Dallas beating a local talent as fans sarcastically cheered “Let’s go, jobber!” and Braun Strowman again making quick work out of Sin Cara. Cesaro, on the other hand, provided solid action as he defeated Sheamus to tie their best-of-7 series at 3-all.

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