WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 07/11/2016

RAW seems to be picking up steam, as the Red Bran delivers another promising episode. The RAW Survivor Series Teams assemble in front of the very vocal Scottish crowd. This and much more! Let’s talk RAW!

Team RAW Male Superstars

There was a lot of Shield talk in this segment. The obvious separation was between the extremely vocal heel team of Chris and Kevin vs. the not-so-willing-to-team-but-still-not-actively-refusing-to Rollins and Reigns. It was a good choice to keep Strowman neutral.

This segment did more for Braun Strowman than anything he’s ever done in the WWE. Unlike when he was in the Wyatt Family, Strowman had a mind of his own and that made him a force to be reckoned with. That and his size obviously.

There will be some sort of a face collaboration on the side between Ambrose, Reigns and Rollins, despite being on different teams, I’d imagine. Braun Strowman will be the biggest issue for SD but he’ll fall to the numbers game.

Rich Swann & Sin Cara def. Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar

This was probably the best cruiserweight match since the division debuted on RAW. The crowd helped a lot. Also, there was no better time and place to debut Noam Dar.

Rich Swann is getting a solid push. I didn’t expect him to get thrown into the title picture before Cedric Alexander but I guess the WWE is supporting their own before anyone else.

At first, I wondered why Noam Dar is a heel when he could be a great face opposition to Kendrick. The post match segment sorted that out.

The cruiserweights might finally be getting some character development. I hope this new serge of energy only grows, instead of dying out.

Tag Team RAW

The tag teams had the most entertaining segment. The New Day and their Braveheart costumes were killing it. Sheamus singlehandedly handled the heel side of this conversation with a few minor throw-ins from the Club. The Celtic Warrior did a brilliant job, it has to be said.

Gallows and Anderson were the only ones to hold on to their heel position and I loved the way they honestly told everyone in the face that they’d betray them at the first possible chance.

Gallows & Anderson def. The New Day

I almost died laughing, looking at Xavier Woods in the background, desperately trying and miserably failing to make the bagpipe produce some noise.

I also wondered how Kofi managed to pull off his usual agile in-ring work, dressing in this heavy, long attire.

Gallows and Anderson won but it really does very little to increase their credibility. Everyone knows that they lose 90% of the time and especially when it matters, so this was a wasted effort, but good thought nonetheless.

The Shining Stars def. The Golden Truth

Truth traded their spot in Survivor Series for one of the Shining Stars’ scam holidays. In this keyfabe world Truth seems to be the only person Primo and Epico make any profit of.

Adding the Shining Stars into the mix makes no difference. They do add another heel team to the group but they are not in conflict with anybody, so whether it’s them or the Golden Truth is just the same.

Team RAW Women

People had probably even forgotten about the short feud between Nia and Foxy, so I was amazed to see Alicia as a RAW Team Member, instead of Dana Brooke, who’s been much more active lately. It would have made more sense to have Foxy on the side, as an opposition to Natlaya on SD.

Nia Jax obviously is the Braun Strowman of this team but she doesn’t give off the same menacing vibe. The WWE needs to work more on her mean streak. She’s too easily persuaded to aid the heels in a team effort.

Bayley, Sasha Banks & Alicia Fox def. Charlotte, Nia Jax & Dana Brooke

It was a mediocre match, clumsy at times. It all led to the main feud in the division – Bayley vs. Charlotte. It seems like RAW is building the Hugger to be the next champ soon.

I just wonder why Charlotte had to replace Sasha once again. Why didn’t the Boss get a decent reign? There’s something WWE’s logic that I’m missing.

Sami Zayn def. Rusev

This was one refreshing match. This is a combo we’re not used to seeing in the ring, so it was interesting to explore the opportunities. Regardless of the outcome at Survivor Series, Rusev would still have valid reasons to start a rivalry with Zayn after that.

Dolph vs. Sami will be a great match. Far better than Ziggler vs. Rusev. It’s also a great opportunity for Sami to finally do something in the WWE. He’s been terribly neglected in the company.

It’s a bit unfair that Ziggler is putting the IC title on the line and the US title is protected because Roman’s on the main team. It would have been more interesting if both titles were to be defended, even if it meant Reigns pulling a double duty.

Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Chris Jericho & Braun Strowman

It was a god main event. The relationships between the 5 members of Team RAW made the in-ring storytelling quite interesting.

It was worth noting that Reigns and Rollins actively avoided clashing with each other. Yet, it was their combined effort that put the victory in KO’s hands.

It might look like Reigns and Rollins screwed up by gifting Jericho to Owens but it actually gives Seth another card to play in his attempts to drive a wedge between Kevin and Chris.

This main event made Team RAW look much more exciting than it was last week. Great work!

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

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