Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Winners, Grades, Reaction and Highlights from October 26

The first WWE Raw—after Hell in a Cell prevailed as such a resounding hit—was an upset victory.

WWE was without Randy Orton, John Cena, Brock Lesnar and Undertaker. And Steve Austin only showed up for an instant to hawk WWE 2K16.

Still, after weeks of dragging narratives and hollow matches, Monday's Raw flourished.

Low on firepower in terms of megastars, the company instead opted for smart booking and a focus on the WWE title. Roman Reigns and the recently returned Alberto Del Rio were among the four men vying to become Seth Rollins' next challenger.

Like with Hell in a Cell itself, WWE did well to both generate excitement about the moments unfolding before us and the ones yet to come.

The following is a look into all the night's highs and lows. Even with the show's misfires, Monday's Raw earned far more fridge-worthy grades than recent shows.

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