By: Frank Hyden
RAW this week was a weak show coming off the PPV. Let’s get to the rundown.
GOOD/BAD- Charlotte Flair and Asuka promo, interrupted by lots of people
Flair came out first and cut a generic promo, then Asuka rambled a bit about being a double champion. It’s so painfully obvious that Flair is going to turn on Asuka and cost them the tag titles. Flair is smiling at her, hugging her, all that jazz. Then Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax came out. Then Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose. This led to…
GOOD- Shayna Baszler and Nia Jax beat Dana Brooke and Mandy Rose
This match was okay. It was just kind of there. At least Baszler got the win with the Kirifuda Clutch instead of Jax getting the pin.
GOOD/BAD- Angel Garza beat Drew Gulak
Finally Garza reappears. Gulak took some time away from that 24/7 Title BS he’s been involved in to do the job here. Garza needs a new finisher. The Wing-Clipper is a dumb move. It doesn’t even look like it would hurt all that much, he can only do it to smaller guys, and it takes way too much obvious cooperation by his opponent. Get rid of it and get something else.
GOOD- Miz TV with AJ Styles
Miz apologized to Styles for cashing in and muddying the waters of his match with Drew McIntyre. He gave an impassioned speech about how this was supposed to be his time and he screwed it up. Great stuff, Miz always does an excellent job with his believability and passion. At the end, he figured out that John Morrison cashed it in, which isn’t allowed, so Miz should be getting the contract back. At least that’s what seems to be the deal. Ok, sounds good to me.
GOOD/BAD- T-Bar beat Ricochet
Look, it’s a Ricochet match, it’s going to be pretty good. He always delivers. It wasn’t very long but it was fine.
GOOD- Bobby Lashley and MVP beat Jeff Hardy and Matt Riddle
There was a segment with the VIP Lounge which was interrupted by Hardy and Riddle, who went through a tortured promo about good vibes and all that junk. That wasn’t good, but their match later was. They all got to shine a bit before Lashley slapped on The Hurt Lock for the win.
BAD- Jaxson Ryker beat Gran Metalik
Elias sat on the top turnbuckle playing his guitar during this match, for some unknown reason. Ryker won but what the hell was this match supposed to be? Nothing other than a time-filler, I guess.
UGLY/GOOD- Randy Orton and Alexa Bliss promo
Orton slowly came out to the ring. And I mean slowly. This was as slow as The Undertaker would make his entrances. This was painful to watch. I even said to the TV at one point “Hurry the fuck up and get to it.” Then he finally took the mic and delivered another of his patented slo-mo promos. He rambled some bullshit until the lights went down and when they came back up, Bliss was in the ring on a swingset. She made some jokes about barbecue and burning and all that. After that horseshit from Orton, I would have took any promo but I like Bliss and this was pretty good.
GOOD- Asuka and Charlotte Flair beat Peyton Royce and Lacey Evans
Boy, I’m sure glad they broke up the IIconics so that Royce could get a singles push…Anyway, this match was fine. They keep having Evans and Royce argue amongst themselves until Flair came in and got the win with the Figure-Eight.
BAD/GOOD- Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, and Keith Lee beat AJ Styles, The Miz, and John Morrison
The action was pretty good but why the hell was this the main event? It’s a generic 6-man tag. Damn, one of the biggest problems on RAW and Smackdown is that every frigging main event has to have the champion involved in some way. McIntyre has to be in the main event of RAW and Roman Reigns has to be in the main event on Smackdown. Every damn week is like that, and it leads to stuff like this. Again, the action was pretty good but why couldn’t the tag belts (either set) be defended here? Or the Women’s Title? Or the U.S. Title? Or how about a grudge match? There’s countless possibilities of what they could do.
I like Drew McIntyre but he doesn’t have to be in every main event. Same with Reigns, except I don’t really care for him because he can’t wrestle all that well. I just really think WWE would be better off doing different things in the main event sometimes. The whole point of this seemed to be to have tension between Sheamus and Keith Lee, as Sheamus kicked Lee after the match as the show went off the air.
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