Following that, we move into a series of segments that were a letdown after that Divas high. The Prime Time Players and Mark Henry (who is randomly face again) defeated the New Day. For some reason Henry got the pin. Then R-Truth beat King Barrett in another in their never ending series of matches. Time for the John Cena US Title Open Challenge, where things picked up. No promo from him, which is a welcome surprise. Rusev comes out to answer, but then Kevin Owens shows up and wants to win the title tonight, instead of Sunday. Cesaro interrupts him and I think we're getting a tag. Instead, we get a triple threat with the winner getting the shot. The Triple Threat makes three straight weeks with a fantastic Cesaro match. This got about 24 minutes and was excellent. Owens walked out midway through since he has a shot Sunday, leaving Cesaro and Rusev to kill it. Rusev was able to win this amazing match. Just all around great stuff from everyone involved.
Rusev is out of breath and nearly dying as his match with John Cena starts. Cena is in control throughout, until Rusev counters the AA into the Accolade. Before anything else could happen, Kevin Owens runs out to cause the disqualification. This was a good way to building Rusev back up, but it kind of made him seem face here. Stardust returned by cutting a backstage promo, even weaving some Dusty Rhodes lines into it. He faced Neville and we got the cool graphic to the left. Stardust won the match with a handful of tights. I like seeing Stardust win but remember when Neville was giving Cena, Seth and Sheamus runs for their money? Now he's kind of just there. He's literally just the guy with the cool finisher. He's Evan Bourne.
Our closing segment on this episode was of course, the Battleground contract signing. Paul Heyman said the same thing he always says to promote the match. Brock Lesnar flips the table over to reveal that Seth Rollins had a hidden axe handle under it. Seth quickly took it back so Brock threw the table at him. Brock went nuts and basically killed Kane in a good segment. Seth ran away to close the show as Brock stood tall with the WWE Title. This was a good way to build the Battleground main event. Overall, this was a step up for Raw from recent weeks. Granted, it had some bad, like the few segments that were pretty much just there, but there was a lot of good. The Triple Threat match, the closing segment and especially seeing the NXT girls on Raw were all highlights. 7.5/10.