All MITB participants clash. The New Day and John Cena address their issues with The Club and we see the WWE World Heavyweight Picture from two very different perspectives. Plus, Teddy Long makes an unexpected return! This and much more! Let’s talk RAW!
Kevin Owens took the reins from the very beginning and he didn’t let go. Each man had his little witty contribution to the argument and the conversation flowed but KO stood above all. He made the entire segment fall into place. Great mic work as always!
The verbal exchange was great but the visual aspect of this segment was rather bizarre. The more I watched, the more ridiculous it looked – a bunch of grown men in strange attire, sitting on ladders, having a chat. Then again, it’s wrestling!
Teddy Long’s return blew my mind. I thought we’d never see that again. Whether it’s permanent, or not, it was great to see Teddy again!
Cesaro def. Jericho
Cesaro didn’t get much mic time in the previous segment. Jericho cut him off before he could have cracked one of his famous jokes, which is a shame really. Awarding Cesaro the victory here was a bit of retribution to balance the scales.
However, not allowing Cesaro to talk much and selling him only as a wrestler, shows a disturbing lack of trust by the WWE. If they don’t see a talker in him, he’ll never be a top star.
Seth Rollins Promo
The WWE made an interesting decision to show us the Reigns vs. Rollins feud through the eyes of both men. Although Rollins in his promos is a heel, this video showed his point of view in a much more comprehensible way.
Also, I don’t think this promo is helping if the goal is to have the fans cheer for Roman at MITB.
Rusev def. Jack Swagger
The collision between Rusev and Swagger must have been felt at the announce table. And it was the only thing in the match of any interest.
Having Titus and Swagger gang up on Rusev is a curious decision. It makes me want to root for Rusev even more. In fact, I’d definitely want to see him defeat both of them at the same time.
John Cena/The Club/ New Day
It’s what I feared. John Cena won’t drop the AJ Styles issue and this will bury The Club. Once again, AJ’s promo was supposed to reflect the thoughts of the fans and somewhat reduce their trueness. However, we all know how this is going to end it doesn’t look good for AJ.
The Vaudevillains def. Enzo & Cass /DQ/
Aiden English tried to hurt Enzo and unleashed the beast in Big Cass. The storytelling in this little exchange was brilliant. Seeing how much Cass cares for Enzo and then Enzo’s own surprise over Cass’ strength, made me invest in the plot.
I wonder where the WWE’s going with this. They are giving Cass unlimited power, which normally would lead to a solo push but his might is directly connected to his loyalty to Enzo, so this makes them an even more entertaining duo.
Del Rio def. Sami Zayn
Sami was introduced as an underdog and he lost again. I can understand why the WWE is trying to make Del Rio relevant again but having an underdog fail repeatedly at beating the odds makes said underdog much harder to support. Things are not going well for Sami.
The reality is, it would be a huge surprise if either one of these men won the MITB match.
Roman Reigns Promo
We got Roman’s view of his story with Seth and it wasn’t nearly as exciting. Both “the guy” and the “stand alone” lines are overused and void of meaning. That’s why it doesn’t work. Roman never was alone. He has the Usos and Ambrose by his side any time he needs help. And if you have to tell people that you are the guy, than you’re not really a face. Roman’s character is built so poorly it’s disgraceful.
Dean Ambrose def. Kevin Owens
This is the most high profile duo in the MITB match. Both their matches and their promo exchanges are brilliant.
Having Ambrose win might be a sign of things to come. I can see him cashing in the same night in the Reigns vs. Rollins match.
Owens had to retaliate after the loss. It didn’t happen in either one of the two previous matches, involving MITB contenders but KO is different. He’s The Heel in the match and he couldn’t afford to lose momentum.
Charlotte/Dana Brooke/Natalya/ Becky Lynch
I don’t understand why we had to go through a Charlotte apology but I liked the segment because it demonstrated how important Dana Brooke is. I actually found myself caring about Dana’s actions and that’s the most a sidekick can ask for.
I do see Dana turning on Charlotte and stealing the title in the future, though. She has the character to pull it off.
R-Truth vs. Tyler Breeze
The point of this storyline was to hype the golden Truth but I ended up caring much more about Breezango and rooting for them.
The synchronized slide out of the ring by Tyler and Fandango was gorgeous.
It’s a shame Teddy Long isn’t staying longer. He’s so much fun. But at least, we got info on who’s taking control of SmakcDown.
It was obvious that the two McMahons would split the two brands but I thought Shane was to take SmackDown. This would have been SD’s only chance to not be a B show to RAW.
The Club def. The New Day
The fight before the match started proved why this should have been The New Day vs. The Club feud without John Cena. We haven’t seen Xavier Woods look that amazing in the ring in a while. He showed us that the New Day are ready to take on a group as legendary as the Bullet Club. These two stables are on a level playing field, which makes their clash that much more exciting.
I can see why the WWE would want to hold the New Day vs. The Club 3on3 fight for later. It would build up the anticipation. However, the reason might have been simply to allow John Cena to make a heroic entrance and that would put a sad spin on the story.
Cena’s involvement is killing what could be a great stable vs. stable feud.
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