WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 10/10/2016

Last night’s RAW dropped a few bombshells, as nothing could beat announcing the first ever women’s match in a Hell in a Cell and Goldberg vs. Brock Lesnar. Also, a mixed tag team match took place, followed by another test to Team Chris & Kevin. That and much more! Let’s talk RAW!

Sasha Banks/ Charlotte/ Rusev/ Roman Reigns

Sasha’s inspirational promos about the Women’s Revolution are getting tiresome. She repeats herself and it drags for too long. She needs to change the tune.

At first, having Rusev interrupt the ladies was kinda fun. After all, he’s supposed to be a ridiculously misogynistic dude, who respects one woman only and that’s his wife. However, a huge man of Rusev’s size, getting manhandled by two women was just too much.

The whole segment felt like it was meant to give some moral to the story but really, it felt forced and over the top.

Kofi Kingston def. Cesaro

The WWE is trying hard to make us believe that Cesaro and Shamus most definitely don’t stand a chance.  That way, when they eventually win the titles from the New Day, it will be a surprise.

Sheamus cost Cesaro the match but it wasn’t intentional. He wasn’t trying to help either thou. The whole issue in the team is the clash of egos. It’s going to be interesting to see how the WWE plans to solve that one.

Bayley def. ????

I was wondering why Bayley was in one of those pointless matches against local jobbers when Dana Brooke showed up.

It might seem to be the battle of the sidekicks but it’s a good thing for Bayley and Dana. At least, they are getting an actual feud, detached from Sasha and Charlotte’s.

Dana Brooke needs this more than Bayley. She’s fallen too low, playing Charlotte’s servant and now she needs a lot of rebuilding to get credibility on her own.

Lince Dorado & Sin Cara def. Drew Gulak & Tony Nese

The most interesting thing about this match was the fact that Sin Cara joined the Cruiserweight Division. It was about time he found his place on the roster! The action with the rest of the CW will definitely suite his style and allow him to showcase his skills.

It’s still hard to gather who’s playing what in this division. I can only imagine Gulak and Nese are heel, while the luchadors are face. However, the cruiserweights definitely needs some character development soon.

Mick Foley/ Stephanie

The first female Hell in a Cell match got an official approval and that was the first sensational decision, regarding Hell in a Cell that night. When Paige asked for it a year ago, she was denied. This shows how far things have progressed in the WWE.

The possibility for a triple threat between Owens, Rollins and Jericho would open up the newly discovered cracks in the KO/Jericho friendship. A Jericho/Owens feud is bound to happen somewhere along the way.

Bo & Axel vs. Enzo  & Cass

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson didn’t allow the match to take place, attacking Enzo and Cass. They say the games are over and I say it’s well overdue. The reality is that all those comedy skits killed the Club’s credibility and a few random attacks are only the beginning of a long process to redemption.

What made the segment unrealistic was the bad timing. Cass was waiting to get hit, so he had zero reactions when Enzo was getting attacked. Fail.

Neville & Zayn def. Bo & Axel

Two questions pop up out of this match. The first one is whether Bo and Axel will feud or Axel will eventually manage to turn Bo around. It’s more likely that they’ll have a rivalry but I’m not particularly excited about that.

The second question here is whether Neville and Sami Zayn are now a permanent team. I hope the answer is no. Neville should join the cruiserweights and Zayn should be in the midcard title picture, at least.

R-Truth def. Titus

What was this match even about? The whole story about fighting over sponsorship was almost as ridiculous as Titus’ new gimmick. And Truth needs to stop dabbing! The only person who could get away with the dab in moderate doses is TJP.

What is Titus’ new gimmick anyway? Trying to build a winner gimmick by having a losing streak? Titus is such a joke! It’s sad that he never seems to manage to find his place in the WWE because he actually seems to be a passionate worker.

Braun Strowman def. The Splash Brothers

Braun Strowman upgraded from squashing one jobber to squashing two jobbers at a time. This is not much of an improvement. He needs a storyline.

Sasha Banks & Roman Reigns def. Charlotte & Rusev

This match was good wrestling-wise but terrible booking-wise. Charlotte and Rusev were a far worse team than Cesaro and Sheamus. They had all the disagreements without the fun part.

The booking was terribly one-sided. The heels looked weak and were turned into a laughing stock. Especially Rusev who received a royal burial in this episode of RAW.

In my opinion, the way this match went made it the lowest point of the show, which is a shame because the return of the mixed matches should have been something better.

Paul Heyman

Paul Heyman dropped bombshell number 2. Godlberg vs. Brock Lesnar is a dream match that the fans have been longing for.  The pull this fight alone has probably justifies Brock’s hefty paycheck.

TJP def. Ariya Daivari

Daivari’s introduction was weird. We barely see any character in the CW Division and presented with the opportunity to give a 15 sec promo, Daivari opts for speaking a foreign language nobody understands. I know it’s part of his heel gimmick and yet, when you have so little time it’s better to say something people would remember you by.

The match was good but it was far less important that the TJP/ Brian Kendrick storyline. The dynamic between the two backstage was just awesome. TJ appealing to the good in Kendrick and Brian showing how low he’s fallen – it was very well played-out!

This is the sole feud this division has and it’s great but the CWs need to start investing more in plot development as a whole.

Rollins def. Jericho

All shenanigans aside, this was one amazing match. I thought the fight was about to end much earlier than it did. There were a few occasions where it seemed unbelievable that either man managed to kick out. This is the level of wrestling we want to see in the main event.

KO’s selfishness will create a glorious rapture between himself and Jericho, producing a brilliant feud after that. How long can Owens throw dust in Jericho’s eyes?  Rollins, being the Architect, is the perfect man to play the pieces and exposes KO’s lies. It would both make Seth look smart and would make Owens look like a more deceiving heel.

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


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