WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 01/08/2016

A mixed gender match, Brock Lesnar and a number of totally inappropriate, hardly PG jokes – that was last night’s RAW. The new format of the show is so much better and the quality keeps rising. Let’s talk RAW!

Charlotte & Chris Jericho def. Sasha Banks & Enzo Amore

The women of RAW opened the show and the exchange was hot. That lengthy reign made Charlotte a million times better on the mic. So much so that I’m willing to say her deliver was better than Sasha’s.

Enzo and Sasha’s flirting was on the edge between awesome and disturbing. The one night stand joke was harsh but acceptable. The erectile dysfunction one, however, was totally unexpected. The WWE is pushing the boundaries of PG a lot these days.

Starting the show with a mixed gender match was cool. We haven’t had good mixed gender matches in the WWE in years. Finally, the booking’s getting a bit more diverse.

The ending was also smart. Charlotte needed the victory, even if she had to use all the help she can get. As for Jericho, at first I questioned the decision to put him up against a team until KO joined his side backstage. This duo will be hilarious.

Braun Strowman def. ???

It’s back to basics with Braun Strowman – a huge man, having a series of squash matches against local jobbers to build an unstoppable gimmick.

Although I’m not certain whether Strowman can have long-term success in the WWE, I think breaking him up from the rest of the Wyatts was a good decision. He had the least character out of all four members.

The Shining Stars def. Golden Truth

I’m so glad Breezango are not feuding with Golden Truth any more. No one, dealing with Truth and Goldy can be taken seriously.

I wonder how long the Golden Truth will stay together, knowing how dysfunctional their partnership is.

Then again, looking at this Pokemon GO angle, I admire the WWE ‘s immediate response when it comes to trendjacking.

Finn Balor/Seth Rollins

This segment was charged! Those are two of the greatest NXT champions, standing against each other in the ring. The crowd was justifiably excited.

Although Finn is right and Seth did get the opportunity handed to him, the crowd still gives Rollins a good response because he’s proven himself in the ring plenty of times.

The match Balor vs. Rollins will be both brilliant and unpredictable.

Rusev def. Mark Henry

It was nice of the WWE to give Mark Henry a match even if he was bound to lose it. He doesn’t have much time left, so any time in the ring must be welcomed. Also, the WWE had to promote their involvement with the Olympics.

Rusev vs. Roman Regins. I don’t know how to feel about this feud. The crowd actually gave Roman a very mixed response. They didn’t boo him out of the building.

Having Roman start from the midcard up is smart move. That way he can rebuild his connection with the fans, without having to turn heel.

However, it’s still a shame for Rusev. He had regained so much credibility.

Titus O’Neil def. Darren Young

These two again? They are like Taylor Swift relationship – on and off all the time. They are either feuding or tagging but always together. It’s just ridiculous. And also, Titus is heel again?

I find it cool how Darren Young explodes out of the blue when someone threatens Bob Backlund. This aggression could be used better though. The problem is the WWE doesn’t seem to want to push Young.

Nia Jax def. ????

Nia also got another squash match. The crowd is getting used to her. After Charlotte loses her rematch to Sasha, Nia could start a feud with the Boss.

Nia is getting better as a heel. Solo and with more space to develop, she could do very well in the future.

New Day def. Anderson & Gallows

New Day’s visual penis joke made me feel uncomfortable, knowing the amount of children watching this. Worst part is, children would actually laugh at it too.

The New Day might have won but they have never looked so vulnerable in their entire WWE run. The numbers are of no use in this case and it makes Gallows and Anderson finally look credible.

It might be time for the WWE to get some new tag team champions. A heel duo with the gold would open the door for Enzo and Cass to strike.

Cesaro def. Sheamus

Cesaro and Sheamus do feel like outsiders. They are there, people know what they can do but it seems unlikely that they’ll ever get ahead of the queue for anything big.

However, their exchange backstage, the match and the brawl after were all well-performed. It will be a good rivalry, only that it won’t feel important.

Heath Slater/Jinder Mahal

I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Heath Slater brought 2MB to RAW, only to see none other than Jinder Mahal get signed before him. That’s one huge slap in the face.

I only hope that once this angle is done and dusted, Slater will get some sort of a benefit out of this. He deserves a midcard title.

Seth Rollins def. Sami Zayn

What a great match! Rollins vs. Zayn is a guaranteed for outstanding wrestling. However, it couldn’t have been expected to see Sami win. Rollins is way up high on the ladder. It killed the suspense but it could not have been helped.

As a side note, the Blue Thunder Bomb is amazing but if it’s to have any real significance in a match, Sami needs to be allowed to win with it a few times.

Brock Lesnar

The crowd was dead. Brock didn’t get half the pop he used to get, despite Paul Heyman’s best efforts. Lesnar’s value might have gone down.

The real pop came when Randy hit the RKO. That really came out of nowhere and was brilliant. I truly hope Orton will beat the Beast, although I doubt it.


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


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