WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 19/12/2016

The heels brought life back to RAW with Neville and Braun Strowman, making an impact. The cruiserweight division made some progress too with an attempt to create compelling storylines. What happened last night? Let’s talk RAW!

Owens/Jericho/Foley

The Chris and Kevin bromance is strong again and I can’t say I’m complaining about it.

When Jericho got suspended in that cage I was asking myself what on earth I was watching. Can you imagine how ridiculous it will actually look when Jericho will have to hang there for the entire duration of a PPV main event? Ridiculous.

KO & Jericho vs. Rollins & Reigns isn’t something I want to keep seeing. This is just a way to fill in time without anything actually happening. Those tag team matches don’t help the Universal Title and most certainly not the US Title.

Rusev def. Big Cass /via DQ/

Again, Rusev was listed as the winner, although he got demolished by Big Cass. The point of this storyline seems to be to make Rusev look weak. It’s succeeding and I don’t like it.

This storyline is stupid. The WWE needs to wrap it up quickly before any permanent damage is done.

Sasha Banks/Nia Jax

Why would Nia attack Sasha? She literally has nothing to gain from that. Attacking Charlotte to make a statement – yes; but attacking the injured Sasha, who’s not a champ… The only thing Nia gains is looking evil. Well, reminding us she’s a villain is better than staying forgotten.

Since later on Charlotte gets busy with Bayley, it seems like Jax will be feuding with the Boss. It’s actually good for a change. At least, it’s not going to be Sasha vs. Charlotte again.

Cedirc Alexander def. Noam Dar

This match was too short for my liking but we had enough time to get a glimpse of Cedric’s greatness in the ring. For more wrestling, we have to wait for 205 Live.

Then again, we got to see Noam Dar as a terribly creepy, stalker-ish type of a guy, and that was disturbing and funny at the same time.

I’m not over the moon about a love triangle storyline but it’s better than nothing. At least we know what these guys are fighting for. Interesting angles are what the division needs so this is a start.

Sheamus, Cesaro & New Day def. Gallows, Anderson & The Shining Stars

The interaction between the old and the new champions was odd. The New Day are acting in a rather dignified way, taking the loss like champs. I didn’t expect such maturity from them.

As for Cesaro and Sheamus, since they are keeping the face & heel team roles, it gives them the unique opportunity to feud with both faces and heels. Depending on who’s the challenger, a different member of the team will want to fight them/cut a promo on them.

The match itself was nothing but a filler. Even before it started, it was clear that the new champs would pin the the Shining Stars. It’s simple hierarchy.

I’m curious to see if the division will step up their game with the new champs. There’s no way they are coming even near to the New Day’s record, so whoever takes them down, needs to at least be worthy.

By the way, the new championships give me mixed feelings. They do look better. However, with this red design, all titles on RAW look the same. I know it’s all about branding, but still –it’s a bit too much, don’t you think?

Neville/Swann/Kendrick/TJP

I love Neville’s new persona! He’s never looked that strong and that intimidating. Who knew that the all-around nice guy Neville would end up being such a good heel?! With that facial hair he reminds me of a smaller version of Wade Barrett.

Kendrick made me laugh. This guy is the true definition of an opportunist. He saw a chance to get a strong ally to hide behind and he took it. Love the guy! The cruiserweight heels are so good!

TJP and Swann got destroyed. Not only that, but Neville pretty much did it single-handedly. Suddenly, he looks so strong that I don’t know if anyone can stand up to him.

Sensitivity Training

Enzo’s misfortunate backstage segments continue. He was made to participate in an anonymous jobbers meeting, ahm, I mean, a sensitivity training.

Throughout these segments, Enzo clearly was on edge with Jinder Mahal. I was wondering where this was going until it was unveiled that Jinder and Rusev are partners now.

I do not like this at all. Associating himself with a loser like Mahal is not good for Rusev. I’m worried that this storyline will drag him too deep into the mud. Then again, the Bulgarian Brute survived the RuRu angle, I think he should make it out of this too.

Titus O’Neil vs. Sin Cara

Titus and Sin Cara didn’t get the chance to fight because they were manhandled by an enraged Braun Strowman.

The fact that Sami wasn’t there is making me wonder if this is going to be about him at all. All this angle is doing is making Strowman look like the monster he’s meant to be.

I think this is going to lead Braun to far bigger things than Zayn but where that leaves Sami is yet to be seen. Hopefully, the answer is SmackDown.

Bayley def. Charlotte

Here we go again with the four horsewomen angle. Whether it’s Becky, Sasha or Bayley, the WWE always feel the need to go back to it when Charlotte starts a feud.

And that wasn’t the only thing that was a copy/paste moment. The double pin with both shoulders on the mat was done recently and with Bayley, as well.

This feud should have been great but it’s taken too long to get to it. For the moment, it just seems boring and repetitive.

Rollins & Reigns vs. Owens & Jericho

This match didn’t have much of Reigns and Rollins working together. In fact, it was more a case of Reigns vs KO & Jericho in the first 2/3 of the fight and then Rollins in the same position at the end.

Then again, both Rollins and Reigns won from this setup. Under Seth’s cheerleading, Roman got to be cheered, which is something that rarely happens to him; and Seth got his chance to show off his fast face in-ring work as the hot tag.

I had forgotten about Braun Strowman altogether. However, the entrance he made was quite a memorable one. I’m telling you, this will take Braun far further than whatever this lame feud with Sami Zayn offers him.

 

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

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WWE RAW – Review, Highlights and Analysis From 12/12/2016

Just before Roadblock the New Day did not one, but two title defenses in Triple Threat matches. The thought of Eva Marie in exchange for Sami Zayn was entertained. What else? Let’s talk RAW!

New Day def. Gallows & Anderson and Sheamus & Cesaro

It was a good match with a beautifully executed ending sequence. The outcome was definitely expected. The New Day didn’t hold on to the titles for this long, only to fail miserably at breaking Demolition’s record.

Sheamus and Cesaro were great together. Accordign to the standard WWE logic, the New Day can lose the championships now and I’d give them exactly to Sheamus and Cesaro.

However, it’s also possible that the New Day could hold on to the belts till Mania. That would be great for them and it would give their lengthy reign a memorable finish. However, it could kill any remaining credibility the rest of the division has.

Braun Strowman def. Curtis Axel

Strowman squashed yet another guy and that’s nothing we haven’t seen. However, his promo was good. I like his confidence. He has more potential than it seemed in the beginning.

Lince Dorado vs. Ariya Daivari

The feud between Daivari and Gallagher is brilliant! It’s the first time I hear the RAW crowd pop like that for a cruiserweight. Gallagher is just one of a kind. Finally, the Cruiserweight Division is starting to pick up steam!

My only disappointment from this segment was the fact that we didn’t see that much of Lince Dorado. The guy is great in the ring and the short few minutes we saw were a treat. Jack could have waited a little longer to intervene.

The Rollins Report

Rollins/Reigns and Jericho/Owens are two teams that won’t last. It’s not the right time for the Shield and Rollins/Reigns are after the same title.  As for Chris and Kevin, I cannot wait for this feud!

Brian Kendrick def. TJ Perkins

TJP lost clean. That I didn’t expect, especially before a title match this Sunday. Either TJ is turning into a jobber, or he’s turning heel. I think he’d make a great heel, Miz-style.

Bayley def. Alicia Fox

This is one stupid storyline. Alicia is jealous over a hug and keeps losing to Bayley. Unless we see segments, involving actual talking from Cedric, this is utterly useless. It doesn’t match his personality at all. And yes, I am more concerned about Cedric Alexander than the women involved.

Rusev/Lana/Big Cass

Rusev and Lana produced a great promo together. They were equal in the delivery and seemed to thoroughly enjoy their time on stage.

We saw the entire arena chant eagerly for Lana/Rusev porn. The WWE Universe makes me lose faith in humanity sometimes.

Rusev retreated supposedly but he was doing quite well against Big Cass. I’d actually love to see Rusev win this feud. In my eyes, he’s been the face all along.

Sami Zayn def. Jinder Mahal

Jinder was still there? I had forgotten. Anyway, Sami won and it was a well-deserved victory.

Haahhaha Eva Marie for Sami Zayn? I’m sure Daniel Bryan would sign that right away! But it must have hurt Eva to be used like that. I can already see her whine about it on Total Divas.

It turns out Foley actually believed in Sami and it’s great but I’m still not convinced it’s better than simply giving Sami to SmackDown where he could shine.

The 10 minutes match is a simple idea. The time elapses, nobody wins. Sami looks good for surviving and Braun looks good because he’s a monster – easy enough.

New Day def. Rollins & Reigns and KO & Jericho

This match was amazing. The crowd loved every single bit of it. As great as that is, it’s concerning that the Triple Threat, involving actual tag teams didn’t get half the reaction. The Tag Team Division needs some help.

Owens/Jericho finally fell out for good. I want to see this feud and if Chris gets to be the Universal Champ and get one more reign, why not?

Xavier Woods was a trooper! The New Day seemingly carried a double duty but in reality, Woods carried the entire second title defence on his shoulders. Great work!

Reigns looked great with the two titles. It would be a great picture to post. However, I’m not convinced it would work with the fans in real life.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 05/12/2016

Second week in a row RAW is hitting us hard with backstage segments and the fans love it! Storytelling has been going up in the last few episodes. RAW is simply getting better. Let’s see what went down last night! Let’s talk RAW!

Seth Rollins/Kevin Owens

The opening segment brought the focus to where it always had to be – Seth Rollins vs. Triple H. This is the big clash everyone’s been waiting for. I only hope that after this Seth won’t be using the Pedigree anymore. This never was a good finisher for him.

Reigns vs. Owens is setting us up for Reigns ruling RAW. I won’t be surprised if he replicates Seth’s double champion accomplishment. Jericho will play a part in this too, undoubtedly. Then it will go to Jericho vs. Owens. The sad part is that Y2J deserves to get a reign out of this but he won’t.

Big Show vs. Seth Rollins

Damn, Big Show looks good! I haven’t seen Show look that fit in years. He won’t be a main player anymore, he’s too old for this. Yet, if he wants to keep in shape and be a face – why not? It gives him the same role Kane has on SmackDown at the moment.

Jack Gallagher def. Ariya Daivari

This was a little replay of the 205 Live debut of Jack Gallagher. Sadly, the RAW crowd didn’t appreciate it as much.

I don’t know why the audience’s response is so different on the different shows. It seems implausible that the majority of the people who watch the main product are too snobbish to see that a guy they don’t know delivers in the ring and deserves a reaction.

Kevin Owens def. Sami Zayn

This match was sad. It was a great show, don’t get me wrong. Sami Zayn and KO leave it all in the ring and it’s always a pleasure to watch them wrestle. However, this kind of amazing wrestling demonstrates how underused Zayn is.

Had this been the start of a championship feud with Sami, getting the gold in the end, it would have been fine but it wasn’t. This is just Sami, being destroyed by KO again, just after having been decimated by Strowman. This is not a good look and Sami deserves better.

Sasha Banks

Sash is great in the ring but she sucks at doing promos, especially as a face. Being a heel came more naturally to her. This mic work here was so obviously pre-written that it looked disappointingly fake.

Another Iron Woman match sounds awesome but they’ve dragged Ric Flair into this again, haven’t they?

Rich Swann def. TJ Perkins

This was a rollercoaster of a match. The action was lightning quick and it was a spectacle to watch. Too bad the crowd was dead silent. Again, why?

The cruiserweights are not getting over as they should be. Maybe it’s a better idea to give them 205 Live and keep them there. Develop the show as its own brand and make cruiserweight only PPVs. There would be people watching this.

Bayley def. Alicia Fox

Bayley did such a quick work of Alicia that the fans barely had the time to warm up and start chanting properly before it was all over.

Where did this feud even come from? Bayley was involved with Charlotte, Sasha and Dana until now. Foxy was swooning over Apollo Crews. Suddenly, the commentators make it sound as if Bayley and Alicia had been in a rivalry all along. Did I miss something?

Mark Henry def. Titus O’Neil

Then again, Alicia was booked to look amazing compared to Titus O’Neil. Mark Henry came in, slammed him and that was it. What kind of a never-ending punishment is this Titus Brand?

Reigns def. Jericho

This was the best match of the night. The fans were into it and the atmosphere was great. The LET’S GO ROMAN/Y2J chants were deafening.

I had some desperate hopes that Jericho was somehow going to win this, freeing Roman from the US title and allowing him to run freely after the Universal Championship. It would have been better for the US title, which is only a decoration at the moment. Yet, Reigns prevailed again.

The WWE opted for KO vs. Jericho. This feud is coming, that’s for sure but Jericho could have gotten a run with the gold from the whole story, at least.

Rusev/Lana/Enzo

Throughout the show, Enzo and Lana had been flirting furiously and at some point I was thinking that it was going to be yet another stupid love triangle with the brute Rusev and the slutty Lana. Thank God it wasn’t!

It all culminated in a backstage segment where Lana seduced Enzo, only to serve him to Rusev on a silver platter. The beating in the hotel room looked realistic. The WWE did so well this time!

Rusev kept yelling “I’m going to wreck you!” and “This is for my wife” while Lana kept screaming “More! MORE!” in Russian. When you think about it, Rusev is the face here. Too bad we won’t see that angle on a WWE show.

Backstage segments like this one and the one with Sheamus and Cesaro last week are exactly what the fans want to see. RAW’s onto something good here!

Gallows & Anderson vs. Cesaro & Sheamus

Sheamus and Cesaro were impressive last night. Individually, they pulled off such impeccable offense that their team looked incredibly strong in the end.

The New Day are going to drop the belts next week. I suppose it will be the same thing that happened to Nikki Bella. The record will be broken and within seconds the title will be lost.

I cannot wait for the Sheamus/ Cesaro pairing as champs. This will be one awesome reign!

Charlotte/Ric Flair

Man, Charlotte has become such a brilliant heel! She can use her dad in storylines without breaking character and getting emotional about it. She played her role to perfection.

What worries me about this angle is that Ric’s involvement might not stop here. He might start interfering with matches again and that would be a mistake. Charlotte finally escaped his presence. He needs to stay away from the Women’s Division.

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 28/11/2016

RAW keeps stepping up the game. New #1 contender for the Universal Championship and a new Women’s champion were made last night. What happened on Monday night? Let’s talk RAW!

Highlight Reel

Somehow the Architect wasn’t able to drive a wedge between Jericho and Owens but Roman Reigns did. The Big Dog did the impossible and with a couple of sentences broke Team Chris & Kevin. How that worked out is a mystery.

It was about time KO and Jericho split. Otherwise Owens would never lose the championship.

Strowman def. R Truth

Strowman squashed R Truth, Goldust and Sami Zayn, all in about 2-3 min.

The real value of this segment came when Sami Zayn and Mick Foley clashed on the mic. That was one of the best and most intense verbal exchanges I’ve seen Sami in. I loved it!

Tony Nese def. Cedric Alexander

Tony Nese, with an important involvement from Drew Gulack, defeated Cedric Alexander.

Two things stood out in this match – Cedric’s popularity and his new storyline. It seems like Foxy has her sights set on young Cedric but I don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. She can’t even be his manager since her gimmick is she’s crazy and he’s a likable face on his own. We’ll have to see where this goes, if anywhere. It won’t be the first time the WWE introduced a love storyline and then killed it off.

Regardless of what happens to the Alicia storyline, Cedric needs a push. Did you hear the crowd? The fans love this guy.

Seth Rollins/Jericho

Rollins jumped Jericho in the parking lot. It was a cool backstage segment and the fans were happy to see Rollins on RAW. However, it  seems like Rollins is moving to a feud with Jericho, leaving the Universal Title open for Reigns and I’m not sure I like that.

By the way, it is ironic that Jericho got punished after he finally decided to break up with KO.

Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks

The way the match started, it quickly became apparent that the girls were in a hurry. The segment couldn’t last long with that starting pace.

Charlotte caused a double contout and I wouldn’t have been surprised if it had all ended like this but Mick Foley got involved and rebooked the match for later that night. What I don’t understand is why not restart the match there and then? That’s what normally happens.

Enzo Amore def. Rusev /via DQ/

I’m sorry but Enzo is the heel in this. Any man is justified in wanting to give a beating to an obnoxious douche who explicitly offends his wife.  Yet, the WWE somehow still tries to make Rusev the heel here.

I honestly want to see Rusev destroy both Enzo and Cass at the end of this feud and get cheered for it. It would be awesome and deserved!

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar

It was all Noam Dar but Rich Swann won in the end. Not sure how deserved that victory was. The way the division is booked, Dar would easily claim #1 contedership after Swann.

Brian Kendrick on commentary was gold. He kept me listening attentively the whole time. I might have been paying more attention to him than the match though.

I find Rich Swann’s character extremely annoying. He’s the unfunny version of the New Day. Unfortunately, not many other cruiserweights have a character at all at the moment.

Roman Reign def. Kevin Owens

What is going on here? Roman Reigns beats Owens clean and gets to be the #1 contender for the Universal title while simultaneously holding the US title?

What was the point of giving Reigns the US title at all? He didn’t defend it at Survivor Series, he won’t defend it at Roadbloack. He’s just using it as a trophy to boost his ranking. Sad.

Owens has been reduced to being a weak champion, who’s useless without lackeys. That’s even sadder.

Paul Heyman

That was one good promo. You know something good is coming when Heyman looks like hell and starts a PG promo by swearing.

Brock and Goldberg will take each other out at the Royal Rumble, setting up for another one-on-one match after that. This will allow someone else to get the title shot.

New Day def. Gallows & Anderson

I don’t even know why we are watching these matches at all. It’s obvious that the New Day won’t drop the titles before they beat Demolition and I’m ok with that but I don’t need to see matches that want to make me pretends there are stakes when there are none.

I wonder who will be the next champions. My money’s on Sheamus and Cesaro because there’s no point in having them in a team if they don’t get the gold. Especially after that beyond awesome segment!

I like the New Day and they had a good run but I cannot wait for Cesaro & Sheamus as champs!

Sasha Banks def. Charlotte

This was a great way of ending the show. Charlotte and Sasha destroyed each other and the crowd appreciated it.

That Bank Statement in the end was so inescapable that Charlotte really had no other choice but to tap. That made the ending realistic.

However, I’d have been much more excited about Sasha’s victory if we hadn’t seen her win and lose the belt next possible match more than once already. Third time champion? Really? Sasha’s reigns were almost nonexistent.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 21/11/2016

With two title matches on the show and a big announcement from Goldberg, RAW followed Survivor Series on a high note. What else happened last night? Let’s talk RAW!

Goldberg

Goldberg’s shocking victory at Survivor Series left everyone wondering what to expect because there’s no way Lesnar was sacrificed for a one off appearance. The answer we got is Royal Rumble.

The problem is with Godlberg in the Rumble, I don’t see how anyone else would win. The only thing that could mess up his chances is Lesnar, entering as a surprise and costing both of them the title opportunity.

New Day def. Sheamus & Cesaro

It was a good match and the New Day won it thanks to Xavier Woods and Francesca. However, it seems to me more and more like the New Day are slowly turning into the heels of this feud.

The fans actually like Cesaro and Sheamus, so the New Day’s dirty tricks might not go unnoticed this time. Yet, the New Day will hold on to the championships for a little longer. That record has to be beaten.

I wonder why the New Day’s early elimination at survivor Series didn’t get attention. I thought it would have been a good talking point.

Cedric Alexander def. Daivari

Finally, Cedric’s back on TV, winning matches. It was short but it was sweet. This guy has a lot of charisma and he’ll easily be over the moment he gets some spotlight.

Daivari at least made an attempt to get some heel heat. A short promo before a match, even if it’s only to diss the crowd a little bit is better than nothing.

The Highlight Reel

It seemed like KO and Jericho were about to argue but knowing these two, I was expecting them to turn it all against Rollins somehow. Their pairing is so funny, I’m not even mad at all their cheating.

It was strange to see Reings get booed even when he was coming to Rollins’aid. Usually, mentioning the Shield gets the fans to hold back the boos.

Reigns and Jericho are banned from ringside but if watching WWE taught me anything ,it’s that a ban like that rarely works.

Rusev def. Enzo

The premises for this match were ridiculous. Enzo was walking around naked for some reason, bumped into Lana and Rusev got pissed off. Why was Enzo strolling butt-naked in the first place? I know Cass hid his clothes but Enzo was more than happy to wave his junk around instead of sitting somewhere quietly, or looking for something to cover up with. Sometimes the WWE logic defeats all other.

I don’t know about you, guys, but I personally thought Rusev was the face here. Enzo was disrespectful to his wife and deserved the beat-down. It was satisfactory to see Rusev punish Enzo.

Then again, why Rusev is starting a feud with a tag team is another question. It never works out well when one guy picks on two.

Gallows & Anderson def. The Golden Truth

The Golden Truth had more time in the ring and looked far better than Breezango, the Shining Stars and the Hype Bros at Survivor Series put together.

Even so, they lost. And yet an occasional victory for Gallows and Anderson here and there doesn’t make their situation look any better.

Braun Strowman def. Sami Zayn

This was quite unfair. Sami Zayn got punished for losing to the Miz, although the Miz cheated. Stephanie coming up with this would have been normal, but Mick Foley agreeing to it is what surprised me.

I don’t know what Sami could gain from being fed to Strowman. It will lead to a feud, that much is clear but would the WWE allow Sami to go over Strowman when they’ve just built him up to look unbeatable? I doubt it.

Sasha Banks & Bayley def. Charlotte & Nia Jax

Nia wasn’t as impressive as at Survivor Series. The truth is that Bayley alone has beaten Nia Jax, one-on-one and this already makes Nia look less intimidating.

Another Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks match. This is why the fans complain about RAW. It’s repetitive and the same top superstars fight for the same things over and over again.

Rich Swann def. Noam Dar & TJ Perkins

This match was too short for my liking. It was so great that I wanted to see more and more of it. The cruiserweights might be better off having their own show because just being squeezed in between the rest of the RAW card isn’t doing them justice.

The WWE has been prepping Swann to be the #1 contender for weeks now. I personally find his over the top character annoying but at least he has a character, so I don’t mind seeing that feud.

Kevin Owens def. Seth Rollins

This was one good title match. It had everything you could ask for in a no DQ fight. The high spot from the seating area got me worried. The fence looked wobbly; I had horrible visions of what could happen if it didn’t hold out.

Jericho got involved and he was at ringside. Where was the referee? The victory should have gone to Rollins straight away. This would have led to a Jericho/Owens feud.  Jericho would have compared the situation to the Survivor Series List situation and it would have infuriated KO even more.

Still, Jericho’s involvement will open the door for another Owens/Rollins fight at a PPV.

 

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

WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 14/11/2016

This was the best RAW in a long time and it was partially because the SmackDown roster took part in it. The show did a great job of hyping Survivor Series and delivered the quality we want to see every week. Let’s talk RAW!

Owens & Reigns def. Cesaro & Sheamus

It’s no surprise that the teams were put down in favour of the singles competitors. This was a persistent, reoccurring trend throughout the night. The goal was to make the main Team RAW look more credible because SD already is the fan favourite.

Reigns was made out to look the strongest. That also was a reoccurring theme last night. The fans didn’t appreciate it that much.

Sami Zayn def. Bo Dallas

Well, I guess that’s it for the pseudo push of Bo Dallas. He got squashed by Sami so quickly I almost missed the match.

I don’t know if this helped Zayn as much as it was intended. Bo never had any credibility, so beating him easily is not the most valuable accomplishment to put under your belt. Then again it shows that the WWE wants to make some sort of an effort to make Sami look like he has a chance.

On that note, Sami should win if in exchange Kalisto beats Kendrick.

Jericho, Rollins & Strowman def. The New Day

Jericho made the formation of this trio incredibly funny in a backstage segment. In the ring, he was also the one to tell the story. Y2J is a legend!

Strowman was made to look like a beast. He’s never been that dominant in his entire career. However, it might have been a bit of an overkill. After all, the New Day ARE the champions and the team captains of the Tag Team RAW. What does this say about the team?

The only silver lining for the tag teams is that at least both the champs and the number one contenders looked bad. At least, the balance is still there…I guess.

Brian Kendrick def. Sin Cara

There was no way the champ was losing to Sin Cara. Kendrick lost too many matches and his victories were too dubious to allow for another.

The entire division is against Kendrick. They actually seem to want him to lose at Survivor Series and the WWE Universe agrees. SmackDown will make things better for the cruiserweights, I have no doubt about it.

Goldberg/Lesnar

The segment was disappointing because it didn’t end with a fight but realistically, it was a smart move. The WWE could not afford to blow the first physical exchange between Lesnar and Godlberg so close to the PPV.

As much as the fans root for Goldberg, he most probably will lose. Lesnar is viewed as the main money-bringer and this match seems to be one big marketing move for the WWE’s latest game.

Sasha Banks & Charlotte def. Nia Jax & Alicia Fox

Nia Jax fails to make the same effort as Braun Strowman. I keep making parallels between the two because they have the same role in their respective divisions. There’s something she’s lacking although she gets the same treatment as him and I can’t put my finger on it.

Sasha and Charlotte worked well together and that’s not that surprising. They used to be in a stable once. Really, even as things stand right now, their team might be more functional than the SD Women’s Team.

Gallows, Anderson, Enzo & Cass def. The Golden Truth & The Shining Stars

Why did Primo trick his way into the ring if it was only to get squashed in seconds? It was ridiculous.

Then, Gallows and Anderson teased Ezno and it was meant to make them look more annoying and hateable. However, I have the feeling that by this point, no one cares about Enzo and Cass or the Club anymore, so it all flopped.

Looking at this, I can’t picture the tag teams of RAW going over SD’s teams.

Team RAW/Team SmackDown

This segment made the whole show worth watching. Although on the WWE’s YouTube channel, the full segment isn’t featured, all the promos were fun to listen to.

With all the other commotion, I had completely missed how cool the clash between Bray Wyatt and Braun Strowman can be. It adds more flair to the match, for certain. Also, Randy Orton suddenly made Strowman look less big and less intimidating. The Viper has some superpowers.

The Shield combo at the end was designed to deflect the boos that Roman Reigns was getting for looking indestructible again. The WWE knows that the fans will always cheer for the Shield.

Team SD left with their tale between their legs but it all happened on RAW, so it’s understandable. Yet, I still think Team SD should win at Survivor Series.

 

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

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!

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