By: Frank Hyden
RAW this week featured more buildup to Survivor Series. Let’s get to the rundown.
BAD- Miz TV and predictability
The Miz and John Morrison were set to interview The New Day when WWE Champion Randy Orton stormed to the ring and started yelling at Miz for trying to cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase against him last week. New Day came out and eventually Orton hit Kofi Kingston with the RKO while Miz and Morrison attacked Xavier Woods. Drew McIntyre ran out for the save but he got jumped too. The main event is New Day and McIntyre vs. Miz, Morrison, and Orton. Again, not every main event has to feature Orton and McIntyre. At least there’s some different guys involved as well but man, it’s the same thing week after week. And I like McIntyre.
GOOD- Matt Riddle beat Jeff Hardy and Elias to join Team RAW
These 3 had a fairly good match. Nothing great, but it was solid. Riddle won and joins A.J. Styles, Sheamus, Keith Lee, and Braun Strowman on Team RAW.
GOOD/BAD- Shayna Baszler beat Lana
I like Baszler so I liked seeing her win but it was also a total squash and they teased that stupid table spot again but Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke stopped that, so this was up and down.
GOOD- Matt Riddle and Keith Lee beat Sheamus and Braun Strowman
A.J. Styles was the guest ref as they had to reinforce that the team doesn’t like each other. The match was pretty good and had lots of them accidentally hitting Styles with moves before Riddle got the pin. Kind of a pointless segment but I’ll take a pointless match over a pointless promo or backstage shit any day.
BAD- Bobby Lashley beat Titus O’Neil
O’Neil complained about The Hurt Business attacking him a few weeks ago and wanted a U.S. Title shot. He quickly got squashed by Lashley. O’Neil is such a good guy in real life that I want to see him get treated better. He deserves better. Plus, Lashley beating him so quickly doesn’t really do much for him since O’Neil is almost never on TV and when he is, he loses everytime.
BAD- Asuka vs. Nia Jax
The match was good but short and never really got going. Shayna Baszler attacked Asuka to force the DQ and then the RAW Women’s Tag Team Champions cleared the ring except for Lana so they could do that goddamned table spot. At least they were tried to do something with it by having them yell at Lana to quit. Here’s the thing, they’re clearly trying to do a sympathy angle with Lana but there’s a couple problems.
One, have they even interviewed Lana about this once? No, they have not. They’ve done this table spot 8 frigging times and haven’t even had Lana talk once about how she’s not going to give up, no matter what.
Two, doing the exact same spot over and over desensitizes the crowd to it. The 8th time you’ve seen Lana put through the table is either going to make people roll their eyes or laugh. Neither of those builds sympathy for someone. The more you see something, the less impact it has. So why run the same spot over and over again? Why not have Jax attack Lana backstage and throw her into the wall? Or how about have Jax run and spear or splash Lana through the ringside barrier? Anything other than the exact same damn thing week after week?
WWE is clearly building towards something with Lana at Survivor Series but that’s pointless. She’s either going to turn on Team RAW and cost them the match or be the sole survivor and get the win for her team. Whoopty-do, who cares? What difference does that make? No one has even mentioned last year’s Survivor Series matches. Ok, NXT won last years women’s match and they’re not involved this year so I can understand not bringing that up, though Smackdown won the men’s match and that hasn’t been brought up either. But what about Survivor Series 2018? Who won that? For the record, RAW won both matches in 2018. Once these shows are over, the results are never brought up again, so who cares? They should bring it up, as that makes the results actually seem important but there’s a major problem with that. The rosters change all the time, with people switching brands a lot. Last year’s Smackdown team has 3 women now on RAW (Dana Brooke, Lacey Evans, and Nikki Cross) while 1 man moved from Smackdown to RAW (Ali) and 1 moved from RAW to Smackdown (Seth Rollins). Also, 2 men moved from NXT to RAW (Matt Riddle and Keith Lee) and 1 woman moved from NXT to Smackdown (Bianca Belair). Anyway, rant over, I’m just expecting too much from WWE, I guess.
UGLY- 24/7 bullshit
They had a 7-man match and it changed hands a hundred times in just a few minutes. Erik, Drew Gulak, Lince Dorado, Gran Metalik, Akira Tozawa, Tucker, and R-Truth were in the match. Let’s count the bullshit. Tucker turned heel on Otis and cost him the Money in the Bank contract. Nothing really has happened there. Drew Gulak used to be Daniel Bryan’s trainer, they can’t even have him show up on Smackdown upset about Bryan being hurt by Jey Uso? I thought there was major problems within Lucha House Party, what happened there? Ivar gets hurt and Erik (the better member of the team) gets shoved into this crap? And Tozawa and Truth both deserve better. Moving on…
GOOD- Ali beat Ricochet
This was a really good match. That won’t surprise anyone but what might surprise you is that they got enough time to have a good match. I won’t go into the play-by-play but I do want to point out this one move Ali did. He did a Backstabber to Ricochet off the top rope. Yeow, that looked like it hurt. This was a damn fine match. This was the highlight of RAW, no question.
GOOD/BAD- Drew McIntyre and The New Day beat The Miz, John Morrison, and Randy Orton
The reason for the BAD is that Miz and Morrison were once again treated like garbage and tossed around by McIntyre with ease. These guys are too good to be treated this way. Orton didn’t even tag in, which that’s cool, that’s a classic heel move. The problem is, Miz and Morrison got almost no offense at all and sold the whole time. The match was good enough, the guys involved all have talent, I just wish that talent was used better. It’s just more set-up to McIntyre vs. Orton.
Again, another up and down episode of RAW. More down than up, though, but hopefully that changes after Survivor Series.
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