WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 23/05/2016

This was the official return of Seth Rollins on RAW. The fans were eager to welcome Seth back but he wasn’t so keen on accepting their appreciation. Another comeback the fans were longing for also came to be – the return of Enzo Amore. On the other hand, the Flairs and the Club decided to go their separate ways. That much more happened last night. Let’s talk RAW!

Seth Rollins

Seth Rollins is back aaand he’s a heel. I had my suspicions that this would happen. The moment Seth mentioned the Shield, I knew he was going to be booked as the heel again.

The crowd booed when Rollins spoke but I believe that they didn’t boo Rollins, they were booing the outrageously stupid decision to make Rollins a slimy heel, facing a babyface Roman Reigns.

The WWE missed a golden opportunity to elevate both Rollins and Reigns by making them respectively the top face and heel of the company. Now the fans will be angrier and more dissatisfied than before. Well done, Creative, you did it again!

Sami Zayn def. Sheamus

There was no way Sheamus was winning this match. Although he had the right attitude in the ring, he wouldn’t have contributed anything to the MITB match.

Sheamus won the MITB last year and even that was an underwhelming run with the briefcase. The WWE wouldn’t give it to him two years in a row, so someone else had to take his spot.

Having said that, I find it hard to believe that Sami could win the MITB match either. At least, his rivalry with KO will make the match a bit more exciting.

When Sheamus attacked Apollo Crews backstage, it reminded me of the first time Sheamsu arrived on RAW. His character was absolutely ruthless and it worked brilliantly. Maybe he could do that again.

New Day def. The Social Outcasts

When the Social Outcasts attacked the New Day before the match, a sudden hope surfaced in me. I thought that maybe the WWE were feeling frisky and they were going to give the Social Outcasts a sudden push.

However, the match itself lasted about two minutes and it was filled with stupidity on the part of the Social Outcasts. It very soon became apparent that their jobber status hadn’t changed.

I don’t understand the fascination with smashing cakes in people’s faces. It’s not funny and it’s a complete waste of a perfectly good cake.

Cesaro def. The Miz

After Cesaro practically beat the Miz at Extreme Rules but got completely screwed over, I was surprised that this was a MITB qualifying match. I expected the Swiss Superman to be chasing the IC title. He had full right to do so.

Cesaro winning was a rational move. Miz is already the IC champion and I definitely don’t see him, carrying both the IC and the WWE World heavyweight titles.

Stephanie/ Seth

Seth now has no Authority behind his back. How is this going to fit in his gutless, ass-kissing heel persona? I’m not sure even the Creative know that.

Jericho def. Apollo Crews

I’m surprised that Jericho didn’t deliver a long promo, complaining about the thumbtacks spot he had to suffer at Extreme Rules.

Also, I’m surprised that Jericho won. I guess that was done, so that the Ambrose/Jericho feud could carry onto MITB. However, with Zayn & Cesaro already in, I thought that Crews as a “new era guy” was going to qualify.

Ziggler/Corbin

I like Corbin’s “Because I can” catchphrase. It immediately makes me think of Batman and the “Because I’m Batman” joke, which puts a smile on my face every time Corbin says it.

I don’t know why this feud is still going on but it needs to end and Corbin must win it.

Big Cass def. Bubba Ray Dudley

Enzo’s back, at least on the mic. There’s nothing to say about his promo. It would be pointless. That’s just how good Enzo is.

The fact that it was only one-on-one match, instead of a tag team match suggests that Enzo still needs some time but he had a spot nevertheless, which was enough to feed the crowd’s need for some Enzo action.

It’s only a matter of time before Enzo and Cass get their hands on the WWE Tag Team Titles. Then whoever defeats them will be the most hated tag team on the roster.

Charlotte/Ric Flair

Charlotte decided to get rid of her dad. Although Ric Flair’s teary face was a bit over the top, this segment was Charlotte’s best mic work.

Charlotte’s character had gotten stale, so she needed this breakup to rejuvenate her gimmick. If she’s still the champion, the fans would benefit from that change too.

As for Dana Brooke, this is completely out of character. Her persona is too arrogant to be told that “there would be no Dana Brooke without Charlotte” and just accept it. Even when she was with Emma, Dana was treated as an equal.

Ambrose def. Ziggler

Ambrose and Ziggler have good chemistry in the ring. Their matches are always fun to watch. The only problem is the lack of a storyline.

I expected Ambrose to win, I actually expect him to get the MITB briefcase this year. However, I thought that Dolph was going to lose, due to a distraction from Baron Corbin. Their half-dead feud would have benefited from that.

AJ Styles/ Gallows & Anderson

This breakup was painful to watch. It was like seeing two high school kids split up. AJ practically told them: “ It’s not you, it’s me; I think we should go our separate ways but let’s stay  friends”

The WWE entirely miscalculated the Bullet Club situation and wasted a storyline with great potential.

Kevin Owens def. AJ Styles

The great wrestling in this match was no surprise. What I found strange was that Owens won clean.

I was convinced that Gallows and Anderson were going to cost Styles the match. By having AJ lose clean, the WWE’s verifying his ex-friends’ claims that without them, AJ wouldn’t be able to win anything and that’s a weird direction to go in.

Owens vs. Zayn will spill over into the MITB match. I’m not sure that the fans want this feud to be stretched any longer though. It’s a good story but we could do with something fresh.

 

What are your impressions from WWE RAW? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!

 

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