Unfortunately, the quality of RAW keeps dropping every week. Owens, Rollins and Jericho are trying really hard to keep the show afloat, but being the only act that works, it’s almost impossible. Dana & Bayley in an arm wrestling match, Brock’s appearance – wasted – the show was just not working. Let’s talk #RAW!
The Missing List of Jericho
Jericho was so distressed about his list that it almost made you really feel bad for him. When you think about it, Chris might have more of a face vibe than Rollins. After all, all he’s done wrong is picking the wrong friend.
Rollins’ list-styled promo on KO upped the tension for Hell in a Cell. It was in a different tone than the rest of the segment and the change felt necessary to make the rivalry feel serious.
Stephanie keeps getting involved. Although she does nothing at all, she keeps appearing and that might be a hint of things to come. The Authority might be more involved in what’s about to happen than they let out.
Enzo def. Karl Anderson
Anderson and Gallows cut Enzo and Big Cass’ mics and I don’t think anyone was against it. Enzo and Cass’ act is getting worn out. They say the same things every time and a single catchphrase can only take you so far.
The match was a joke. Whether you want to blame Enzo’s victory on Cass, or not, it doesn’t matter. The fact is that Anderson jobbed to this team for a second week in a row. How does the WWE expect the fans to take the Club seriously with this booking?! Actually, maybe they don’t want us to.
Because of the dumb booking of this feud, it’s lost its appeal. It could have been way more entertaining but the RAW Creative team ruined it.
Cesaro & Sheamus def. Kofi & Big E
This match was a slight improvement for the direction of the show. It was interesting to finally see Sheamus and Cesaro work together.
When Cesaro actually got the win, the crowd popped. It was exciting to watch and the fans actually wanted to see that happen.
I hope we’ll get the same outcome on Sunday. The New Day’s time is up.
Dana Brooke/ Bayley
What a colossal waste of talent! Bayley and Dana Brooke could have had an interesting rivalry, built on good matches. Instead, they got an arm wrestling segment.
No wonder the fans were chanting THIS IS STUPID! Way to go, WWE!
Bo Dallas def. Curtis Axel
Axel was in fact over. It was his home town crowd and you could tell. It was possibly his best, most passionate promo ever.
It was also a good way to generate heat for Bo, who’s the focus of this feud. However, it doesn’t change the fact that this rivalry is at the bottom of the midcard, hence it lacks credibility.
If Axel reaps some benefits from this feud and improves his gimmick, it will only be a bonus.
The Golden Truth def. The Shining Stars
Another useless feud. Are these guys still feuding over backstage pyramid schemes? If only anyone cared…
And what about Titus? In his new gimmick he loses even when he’s not in the ring. Great!
This was one boring segment. The promos were long and repetitive. Mick Foley was trying too hard to make the fans care but to no avail.
The match will be monumental. There’s a lot riding on it. However, this segment did it no justice.
Rich Swann def. Brian Kendrick
Now even Rich Swann beats Brian Kendrick? This is looked like one very strange decision.
Backstage Kednrick asked TJP to let him win at Hell in a Cell. It came out of the blue. However, it could be an interesting twist. TJ won’t let go of the title that easily but he’ll hesitate and it might as well cost him.
Braun Strowman/Sami Zayn
I don’t like what I sense here. It seems like Sami Zayn will be fed to Strowman for heel heat. It could be potentially good for Strowman but it will be painful to watch.
The problem is that Sami doesn’t have enough momentum to bounce off this type of squash easily.
What a waste of resources, once again! Even Paul Heyman wasn’t at his usual best and why pay Lesnar to be on Raw if he isn’t going to do anything though? It makes no sense. With what we got, we could easily have had just a pre-recorded Heyman clip again.
Rollins def. Jericho & Owens
This match also disappointed. There were a few sloppy moments and it shouldn’t happen with three guys of that quality.
Rollins’ victory was ridiculous. It made no sense and the way he got the pin was beyond unbelievable.
The beating after wards was unimpressive, as well. If you want a good brawl, check out Nakamura vs. Joe of last week and you’ll see how it’s done.
Overall, this was one below mediocre show and it didn’t do a good job of hyping Hell in a Cell. The RAW Creative Team need to get a grip soon!
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