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Monday Night Raw Rants: The Club Reunites Edition

The Nerd Hub celebrates as The Club reunites this week with our WWE Monday Night Raw rants. We also celebrate the return of anything substantial actually happening on the show for the first time in weeks. Sure, Ricochet held off another challenge from AJ Styles in a repeat main event from last week. However, the big news emanating from American Airlines Center in Dallas involved Big Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson and Styles turning heel together.

 

HEADLINE NEWS: AJ TURNS HEEL, REUNITES THE CLUB

WWE threw all kinds of swerves at us in the United States Championship title match main event. First, Styles appeared to have won the belt in the early going. He socked Ricochet with the Phenomenal Forearm and pinned his shoulders for the three count. However, replay and official John Cone informed the other referee that the champ got his foot under the rope. Therefore, the title change got negated and the two wrestled on.

What ensued became a seesaw affair between Ricochet and Styles. Ultimately, Ricochet came out on top as the athleticism of both took center stage during the match.

Enter The Club.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came to ringside, where they gave mock applause to the defending champ. Styles positioned himself in between his old running buddies and The One and Only, seemingly in a protective stance. However, Styles then suckerpunched Ricochet out of nowhere and announced his heel turn. Gallows and Anderson joined in for good, old-fashioned beatdown from The Club.

Don’t look now, but perhaps WWE may actually book guys we like being heel to challenge their babyfaces. You know, NOT Shane McMahon. The Club can band together and put fear into Universal Champ Seth Rollins, WWE Champ Kofi Kingston, Roman Reigns, Ricochet or Intercontinental Champ Finn Balor. Literally, any champion (besides Drake Maverick) WWE chooses to throw these guys up against would create a story likely to engage viewers.

 

BEST OF THE REST: BRAUN STROWMAN DESTROYING THINGS

WWE finally decided to end the weird contests between two of its biggest monsters. It let them do what monsters do at the box office each summer – destroy things. Braun Strowman and Bobby Lashley ended the silly thread of arm wrestling and tug of war with a Falls Count Anywhere match.

The Almighty took it to The Monster Among Men a good portion of the match. Lashley whipped Strowman into the ring post before spearing him through the timekeeper’s area. Then, they took the action to the crowd. However, the assault on Braun continued as Bob smacked him liberally with a steel chair.

The babyface monster battled back with a huge running shoulder tackle. Then, he lobbed Bob onto the stage where he commenced to spearing him through a video board. It drew sparks from the board and an expletive from Corey Graves at the announce table. It also got a no-contest result as medics had to tend to both men.

You can tell Paul Heyman runs the show now on Monday Night Raw. This show smacked of Heyman if ever any show smacked of the “Paulrus” as The King calls him. Nobody knows how to cater to our inner big kid with violence and destruction more than Heyman.  The only criticism of this extension of the Strowman-Lashley feud I have is that it came out of left field. These guys went from tugging rope to blowing up sets in a week. However, that’s a huge improvement, so I’m not complaining.

 

BIG WINNER: MIKE & MARIA KANELLIS

When I previewed Stomping Grounds, I posited that WWE’s new contract extensions with Mike and Maria Kanellis likely meant an impending Cruiserweight Championship run. Little did I know, the couple would go from a near total non-factor on TV to a feud with the Universal Champ and Raw Women’s Champ.

Welcome back to the big leagues, Mike and Maria Kanellis. They set up a mixed tag match with Seth Rollins and Becky Lynch backstage. So, those of you cringing at WWE exploiting the relationship between Rollins and Lynch for entertainment purposes likely didn’t enjoy this. However, it certainly created an unexpected and entertaining twist to the storylines of the champs. They’ve both had unending rivalries with Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans lately.

However, the drama just began to unfold at the start of the match. When Becky Lynch tagged into the match, Maria dropped to the floor and grabbed a mic. She began berating her husband, Mike. She also claimed she couldn’t compete due to being pregnant. As Maria continued to lambaste her man, The Man made Mike tap out to the Dis-Arm-Her in the ring.

This led Maria to continue her rantings, saying that Becky Lynch represented the only man in the ring. Maria added that she’d ask Becky to impregnate her next time. Mike got left speechless as she walked off.

In addition to the Strowman-Lashley destruction content, this proved to me Heyman took charge this week. He’s stated in the past that Maria represents one of the most creative people with whom he’s ever worked. Apparently, he’s so confident in her abilities he didn’t care too much about pulling them from nowhere into this confrontation. Yet, many people tired of endless Lynch-Lacey Evans and Rollins-Baron Corbin content. So, this gave us something different for a change.

 

BIG LOSER: THE UNDERTAKER

Consider it part of my Shane McMahon fatigue. The Undertaker delivered a promo along with Shane-O-Mac and Drew McIntyre. The Dead Man vowed Shane and the Scottish Psychopath would rest in peace at Extreme Rules. In addition, Undertaker brought up their WrestleMania 32 tussle and claimed “The Best in the World” amounts to nothing but another lost soul among many.

Don’t get me wrong. The Undertaker is what he is at this point. He’s a nostalgia act trotted out to grab attention every now and again. However, this promo represents a cut-and-paste of any Undertaker promo you’ve seen for decades. It gets the job done, but it’s hardly unexpected or exciting.

 

HIGH FIVE

Street Profits – The NXT Tag Team Champs appeared on Raw in a meeting with Heyman. As always, Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins gave an energetic hype job of their impending main roster debut. These guys bring an electricity and energy to matches in a way that’s kind of lacking in the tag division right now. They will instantly help either show they appear on.

24/7 Championship Race – Drake Maverick outsmarted R-Truth to win his coveted title back as he also tries to save his storyline marriage. The champ came out as part of No Way Jose’s Conga Line. Truth couldn’t resist rubbing it in while Maverick sat ringside with his wife who told him he’d have to choose between her or the title. However, the 205 Live GM got the last laugh by smashing Truth with a briefcase and pinning him during some of the last moments of Raw.

Carmella – The former SmackDown Women’s Champion rarely gets to wrestle on the Blue Brand these days. However, she successfully defeated SmackDown Women’s title contender Alexa Bliss on Raw. Mella did wind up losing to Nikki Cross in an ensuing match. Yet, the Staten Island Princess had to get excited about being involved in something other than being R-Truth’s sidekick.

The Viking Raiders – Erik and Ivar teamed up with Samoa Joe to hand The New Day a beating. Don’t look now, but the former NXT Champs just keep winning. So, they can  make a big impact on Raw going forward. They just need the time and commitment from the WWE creative team to do it.

Cesaro – The Swiss Cyborg ruthlessly beat WWE sparring dummy No Way Jose to a no contest. The character reboot continues for the former member of The Bar. He’s a no-nonsense, physical villain out to smack the teeth out of any babyface. It’s the type of role he’s perfectly suited to pull off. He could easily work into any feuds involving faces the WWE wants to help get over.

 

LOW FIVE

Lacey Evans/Baron Corbin – The Lady of the WWE needed to play the numbers game to beat Natalya. Yes, the same Natalya who has virtually gone into the WWE Superstar Protection Program since Ronda Rousey jetted. Kudos for getting Evans involved with someone other than Lynch. However, she lacks teeth as a credible championship contender. This booking doesn’t exactly convince anyone she’s got the goods to take down The Man.

The Miz – The A-Lister defeated Elias in a Best-of-3 Falls match. He took advantage of The Walking Truth smashing his knee into the ring post with a decisive Figure Four. However, this feud just represents two guys whose career have stalled recently in the wake of Shane McMahon’s heel push. These guys turned in some of the best content for their shows in 2018. Now, they’re involved in a pedestrian, mid-card beef.

Nikki Cross – The WWE seemed to skip ahead in their to-this-point, well-paced storyline with Cross and Bliss. Carmella calling out just how reliant The Goddess is on Cross and then beating her gave us something fantastic. However, they should’ve cut the show for these three there. Instead, they gave us a rushed match to create doubt as to whether it should be Bliss or Cross facing Bayley at Extreme Rules. Sure, we knew we were headed there. However, this seemed like fast-tracking the story a bit too much.

Bray Wyatt – The Firefly Fun House segments grew to become one of the best things on Raw the past few months. So, we notice when Bray or The Fiend goes silent. Hopefully, this carries no significance in the plans for him.

The Revival/The Usos – Extreme Rules sits only a few weeks away, but the champs and their big rivals provided nothing further. Maybe WWE just wanted to give Street Profits time on the mic by themselves. However, their appearance possibly could’ve hit another level with involvement from either of these teams. In my opinion, even a staring match as they walk past each other could’ve generated some excitement.

 

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Monday Night Raw Rants: Seth Rollins Edition

Welcome to The Nerd Hub and our breakdown of Monday Night Raw’s Super ShowDown fallout episode. Though not quite Fyre Festival, Super ShowDown earned the nickname the “Disaster in the Desert” from many online fans. That left Monday’s show at the SAP Center in San Jose to pick up the pieces. So, let’s see how WWE began to set up Stomping Grounds which is right around on the corner on June 23. We started off the show with Universal Champion Seth Rollins and…

HEADLINE NEWS: ZAYN-KO TEAM UP SLAYS BEASTSLAYER

WWE opened and closed the show with Universal Champion Seth Rollins. They recapped his successful title defense at Super ShowDown against Baron Corbin. Then, they rolled out their standard, boring setup of the main event with a show-opening promo. Corbin reminded Rollins that he’ll get a rematch in a few weeks at the pay per view in Tacoma, Washington. Corbin added that he’ll get a special referee for that match as well. That’s when Sami Zayn came out to get consideration for the job.

As a result, Seth Rollins lobbed a few threats Zayn’s way. So, Kevin Owens came out to defend his best buddy. Finally, we arrived at the roundabout way of naming Owens against Rollins as the main event.

As for the match, Zayn and Owens reverted back to their old pre-injury antics. Zayn came out in a referee uniform and distracted the actual referee several times. The Underdog from the Underground even kept John Cone from making a three count. So, Seth Rollins started taking his aggression out on Zayn. As a result, Seth Rollins drew the disqualification, giving the victory to Owens.

The match had little actual wrestling involved. It highlighted the shrinking credibility Owens and Zayn contain as serious heels. WWE went back to their friend schtick and it’s hurting the relevance of both. Furthermore, Corbin will not come across as a serious threat as long as Brock Lesnar looms with the briefcase. Meanwhile, Seth Rollins gets credit for drawing fan interest. However, he’s hurt by mediocre booking, like almost every one of the WWE Superstars these days.

BEST OF THE REST: NEW TAG TEAM CHAMPS

The RAW Tag Champion Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder refused to accept an underdog story role in a pre-match promo. However, their reign failed to survive a triple-threat match with The Usos and The Revival. The Usos dominated much of the in-ring action at SAP Center.

Following a number of superkicks, Jey Uso all but sealed the deal for the high-flying Samoans. Yet, Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder became the ultimate opportunists with some late-match heel tactics. Dawson hit a splash and Wilder held back Jey from breaking up the pinfall. As a result, The Revival once again reign as Raw Tag Team Champions.

Give Ryder and Hawkins credit. Few took them seriously as contenders when they won the belts in their home state of New York at WrestleMania. However, they delivered when called up in the limited opportunities granted them the past few months. Yet, The Revival regaining the title belts makes all the sense in the world. Their feud with The Usos needs to become a central part of Raw going forward. Therefore, it makes more sense to involve the championship to put more at stake in their matches going forward.

BIG WINNER: LACEY EVANS & ALEXA BLISS

Lacey Evans took a lot of criticism last week after a botch-filled match with Charlotte  Flair. However, the Lady of WWE bounced back in a big way this week. Evans took a starring role in a well-executed match also involving Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and Bayley. Evans and Bliss scored the victory over the two champions when Evans KO’d The Hugger with a Woman’s Right.

During the closing sequence, Evans shoved Nikki Cross, who came out with Bliss, into Raw Women’s Champ Lynch. The Lady then socked Lynch with a Woman’s Right. Then, Evans hit the SmackDown Women’s Champ with another Woman’s Right to set up a Twisted Bliss. Bayley protected herself with her knees against Bliss, but fell victim to another Woman’s Right in the loss. Once again, Bayley gets hung with a loss in her hometown of San Jose. She notably lost her Raw Women’s title in 2017 to Alexa Bliss at the SAP Center at Payback.

Evans answered a lot of questions about her in-ring ability for a night with this performance. She jumped to the forefront in this match and propelled most of the action. Frankly, Evans needed an effort like this to come across as a legitimate contender in her rematch with Lynch at Stomping Grounds.

Meanwhile, WWE kept the Bliss-Cross storyline going as a subplot. Ahead of the match, Bliss convinced Cross that Bayley deceives people into believing she’s lovable and bubbly when she’s really not. These two clearly took a backseat to Evans this week, but The Lady needed a bit more of a boost than they did. She looks like she’s a big threat in the Raw Women’s Championship picture once again.

BIG LOSER: THE IICONICS

At this point, it seems like WWE uses The IIconics just to troll Sasha Banks. They continue to trot out Billie Kay and Peyton Royce as “the longest reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champs” while they never actually defend the belts. This week, they defeated “local competitors” Aleyah Mia and Lisa Lace, or as Triple H would call them “Guardians of the Independent Scene.”

Essentially, WWE tells us the women’s tag team division exists as one big joke. That flies in the face of what Banks and Bayley set out to do. Are we really just months removed from most of the women’s division fighting to get into the Elimination Chamber for these belts? Now, WWE creative invests zero time into the women’s tag team division. They appeared to start to build up The Kabuki Warriors, Kairi Sane and Asuka, as credible threats only to ghost them on TV recently. Nobody else even seems interested in contending for them at this point.

HIGH FIVE

Bray Wyatt – Consider it a sign of the times that the best part of a weekly wrestling show isn’t wrestling. Firefly Fun House segments consistently deliver and this week served us another delightfully menacing episode. Ramblin’ Rabbit escaped being eaten again by Mercy the Buzzard only to seal his own doom. He threatened to reveal the true nature of the Firefly Fun House. As a result, Bray retaliated and showed us it’s okay to eat your friends with a jar of consumables made from said rabbit.

Ricochet – The One and Only teamed up with Miz and Braun Strowman in a surprise six-man tag match this week. The babyfaces defeated United States Champ Samoa Joe, Cesaro and Bobby Lashley. Miz set up Ricochet’s 630 Splash for the win by hitting a Skull Crushing Finale on Cesaro. WWE emphasized Strowman posing a scary threat to Joe during the match. That seems like the long-term story. However, Ricochet may emerge as the first man up to get a shot at the US Champ.

The Usos – They got the upper hand on The Revival with a Super Show Down victory and dominated the title match Monday. However, a victory for Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder also serves as a win for Jimmy and Jey. These four guys can finally start giving us some meaningful content and put aside the sophomoric locker room humor that few found funny.

Samoa Joe – The fun of the six-man tag match showcased the true depth of midcard challengers with which Joe can make magic. Though I’m no fan of Lashley, the Samoan Submission Machine would likely find a way to make even that feud interesting. He needs to hit one out of the park with his next run because the story with Rey Mysterio fell flat for the most part until the ending.

Seth Rollins – The fans remain invested in the newer, more aggressive version of the Universal Champ. However, WWE creative continues to serve as the biggest rival to Seth Rollins. The Beastslayer needs to firm up the storyline with Lesnar because no story told until that one ends will carry much weight. We know it will come down to Rollins and Lesnar at some point. WWE would benefit from making that sooner rather than dragging this out. The Lesnar briefcase cash-in story for the past few weeks seems more about conning people out of money for attendance at shows than actual entertainment angles.

LOW FIVE

Lars Sullivan-Lucha House Party – Two of my least favorite acts in the company just keep giving us terrible content. Inexplicably, Lucha House Party stood tall by taking out Sullivan at Super ShowDown. Therefore, WWE had to get payback for its latest flop of a monster. Sullivan dismantled Kalisto, Gran Metalik and Lince Dorado in a 3-on-1 elimination handicap match as enjoyable as a visit to the dentist.

Shane McMahon Celebration – Tripling down on terrible booking, WWE put over Shane O’Mac in a third straight pay-per-view against an actual wrestler. This time, Roman Reigns had to take it on the chin at Super ShowDown to keep gifting us with more Shane on TV. Chasing Lars taking out Lucha House Party with Shane and Drew McIntyre gloating feels like following up that dentist visit with a trip to see a proctologist.

Paul Heyman Promo – The Beast Incarnate’s advocate delivered a rambling promo that went nowhere. Essentially, Heyman announced Lesnar will take a break from WWE TV again. Vince McMahon likely enjoyed teasing live audiences with meaningful Lesnar appearances only to disappoint them each week. Now, Heyman said because of Rollins’ deplorable actions, which essentially amounted to defending himself from interference from Lesnar at Super ShowDown, Lesnar will no longer announce when he will cash in. This seems to defy logic after weeks of shows in which he didn’t announce his cash in.

Baron Corbin – I thought Corbin and Rollins turned in one of the few good matches at Jeddah. However, the announcement of the special referee stipulation for Corbin’s match at Stomping Grounds seems like it’s more important to the match than Corbin himself. That’s never a good thing for a guy trying to prove he deserves all of the main event matches that he gets.

Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder – Though The Revival winning the belts means great things for the fans, The Revival, The Usos and Raw, it’s awful for these guys. It’s fair to wonder whether Hawkins and Ryder get many televised appearances in the future. Ryder spent almost an entire year off TV. Meanwhile, Hawkins served as the company’s ultimate sad sack for a few years. I legitimately feel awful if that happens because these guys turned in solid, entertaining performances every time they got a chance to work.

 

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Monday Night RAW Rants: Becky 2 Fists Edition

Welcome to The Nerd Hub’s weekly breakdown of Monday Night RAW. This week, we’re icing our hands after watching RAW and SmackDown Women’s Champ Becky Lynch throw fists with Lacey Evans at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.

HEADLINE NEWS: LACEY EVANS GETS MAN-HANDLED

A day after lighting up dopes on Twitter, Becky Lynch decided to have a throw-down showdown with the biggest thorn in her side since WrestleMania. The Man called out Lacey Evans. The Lady of WWE has sucker-punched Lynch repeatedly in sneak attacks for the past three weeks. “Becky 2 Belts” then commenced doing what she does best, brawling with top contenders for the belts.

As a result, this rivalry seemed to get a bit personal for the first time. The heat between the two needed few words. Yet, fortunately for us, it resulted in a whole lot of punches, kicks, hair pulls and chubby referees getting tossed out of the way. The men need to take a page from this fracas. The fighting told the story without saddling either Lynch or Evans with long or boring dialogue.

It’s fair to wonder whether Evans has the in-ring chops to hold down a prominent role in the RAW women’s division. However, she’s killed the appearances she’s had so far. Furthermore, this feud continues to become one of the most heated heading into Money in the Bank on May 19 at the XL Center in Hartford. Evans may just become one of the breakout stars of 2019 with work like this.

Meanwhile, Lynch seemed to signal to fans Sunday that she’s back to business as usual. She called out Alexa Bliss on Twitter for appearing to confirm she was Ryan Satin’s source for the Bayley-Sasha Banks WrestleMania temper tantrum report. Lynch also teased the women’s division over their social media selfies. In addition, she promoted her upcoming match Tuesday with Bayley on SmackDown Live.

BEST OF THE REST – ZAYN ZINGS US AGAIN

Sami Zayn knows how to hurt us just right. As a result, he puts a new spin on telling us to go the hell while entertaining us just enough to hang on his every word. Sami scolded us this week for telling him on social media to quit WWE. Though he’d love to take us up on that, he’s having too much fun holding us accountable for our psychological entitlement. Who knew we’d use words such as “psychological entitlement” in a wrestling review?

That’s Sami’s superpower. He tells us each week how terrible we are as people, and we love him for it. This is easily his best work with WWE on the main roster. He’s gaining the sort of heel traction that “The New” Daniel Bryan did after claiming the WWE Championship from AJ Styles. Now, we must cross our fingers and hope WWE creative doesn’t turn down the thermostat on his heel heat by booking him to lose all the time in the ring.

BIG WINNER: AJ STYLES

The Phenomenal One kept his Red Brand roll going by laying out the Universal Champ in the main event segment. Styles punctuated his Universal Championship title match contract signing by putting Seth Rollins through a table with a Phenomenal Forearm. The two got surprisingly aggressive in the first week of their build toward Money in the Bank.

The dialogue featured in the segment only measured as borderline. We got what you would expect. Styles hyped his accomplishments from two years of SmackDown Live work. Rollins fired back that RAW is his brand and he’s keeping it that way. The Beastslayer added that he’s the one that beat Brock Lesnar at his best, and that proves he’ll beat Styles, too. However, we know neither one of these guys makes their money on the mic.

Where does that leave us? WWE creative needs to make this feud more than two of the best athletes on the roster thrown into a match. Styles made a little dig about The Shield breaking up, but we need more beef to this beef than Rollins trying to prove himself. He played that card against Lesnar.

BIG LOSER: THE REVIVAL

The run of terrible storylines continues for Scott Dawson and Dash Wilder. First, we got the confusing and flat-out dumb Lucha House Party Rules angle. Dawson and Wilder repeatedly got cheated out of matches by the ever-changing rules. Then, we got the screwed-by-bad-referee-calls angle against Chad Gable & Bobby Roode. Next, we got the “Top Guys” of the RAW Tag Team division booked to lose to laughingstocks Zack Ryder and Curt Hawkins at WrestleMania 35. Now, we get a legitimate rival for The Revival in The Usos and what does WWE give us?

We get a borderline homophobic joke about Wilder shaving Dawson’s back hair in the showers. The Revival officially got welcomed to The Uso Penitentiary, but they’ve had worse. Jail probably seems kind after the Hell WWE creative keeps putting them through with this garbage.

As the story continued, Dawson and Wilder remained so upset from The Usos’ prank that they lost their match against Ryder and Hawkins. I know RAW lasts three hours and that makes for a lot of time to fill, but this wasted our time and the time of the wrestlers involved.

High Five

Drew McIntyre – The Scottish Psychopath must win the Money in the Bank ladder match if it’s won by a RAW Brand competitor. He and Ricochet, Baron Corbin and Braun Strowman got announced as part of the field during the opening segment of RAW. McIntyre makes the most sense to win from RAW and perhaps for both brands.

Bray Wyatt – Episode Two of the Firefly Fun House reboot of The Eater of Worlds featured a painting, a new puppet, and more creepiness. So, Wyatt performed at his best. Wyatt painting a picture of a burning house, introducing us to Rambling Rabbit and making “sociopath” a word of the day works in ways it probably shouldn’t. It underscores the fact that WWE creative can turn out new and interesting stuff when challenged.

The Good Brothers – The Superstar Shake-Up hit week 3. Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows explained to us in a pre-taped promo that they were now on RAW. Like much of 2018, they remained off of TV all month, so we got no previous announcement of a brand switch for them prior to Monday. However, Abs and Big Luke commenced to giving Jimmy and Jey Uso an entertaining match in the mid-card segment of the show. The Usos won, but the match served as a reminder that Gallows and Anderson should be factored in the RAW tag team scene going forward.

The Miz – The A-Lister worked double-duty this week and managed to showcase how big of a load he can carry. That load being Bobby Lashley. The Almighty Bore remained without personality or ability to excite on the mic or in the ring this week, but Miz made the most of two segments with him. The A-Lister managed to make Miz TV a decent promo for a match by brawling with Lashley over trash talk about his dad. Then, Miz faced interference and an ambush from Shane McMahon. Though he lost to Lashley in dirty fashion, Miz then announced a steel cage match against Shane at Money in the Bank.

The Viking Raiders – Erik and Ivar squashed Lucha House Party for the second straight week. Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik tried to sneak attack, but our NXT Champions proved too powerful. This segment served its purpose by building up the newcomers to the main roster. However, the Lucha House Party gets booked so poorly that it’s hard for fans to get too excited for whoever beats them.

LOW FIVE

Women’s MITB Ladder Match – Alexa Bliss announced herself, Naomi, Natalya, and Dana Brooke as the RAW portion of the pay-per-view match. Conspiracy theorists believe Brooke may get jumped or otherwise replaced by Sasha Banks. I understand this if that’s the case. They did it with Lana to get Becky Lynch in the Royal Rumble. If Brooke competes, I am ticked off. Ruby Riott needs to be a part of this match and should be one of the favorites. Sarah Logan deserves a shot as well.

United States Champion Samoa Joe vs. Rey Mysterio – WWE played the 50-50 booking rule. These guys worked a tremendous match with AJ Styles last week. They turned in a sloppy snoozefest this week. Most importantly, WWE needs Samoa Joe to be a monster for headline matches. Thus, they took a creative dump with booking him to lose to Mysterio which slams the brakes on his momentum.

Alexa Bliss – Miss Bliss makes the list twice. WWE doubled up on her this week. She announced a questionable women’s MITB field and then got goaded into a confusing match with Naomi. Bliss gets booked to be smarter than her opponents, but this time she accepted a match without proper ring gear. The Goddess ends up eating a Rear View because her shoes repeatedly come untied.

Bobby Lashley – He brought absolutely nothing to the table with his appearance on Miz TV. Furthermore, his answer to The Miz saying that many call him an underachiever predictably underwhelmed. Lashley threw out he’s a two-time Intercontinental Champion. The fact that that’s the best thing he can say for his first year back in WWE speaks for itself.

The Lucha House Party – Several great tag teams wind up not making TV every week. Why do these guys appear on RAW all the time? They provide a staunch reminder that the show labors through three hours. WWE fails to know what to do with all that time. Ratings continue to sag for RAW. So, they just turned in an episode with no title matches of consequence. Paying customers at Rupp Arena in Lexington can feel justified if they felt ripped off. This episode featured three great segments and a lot of mediocre to bad ones.

 

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