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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: Brock Party Edition

Welcome to The Nerd Hub and our ongoing autopsy of the slow death of WWE Monday Night RAW ratings. Many fans thought WWE would answer the challenge posed by AEW’s Double Or Nothing show this weekend. It did. However, the answer came in the form of a completely unmemorable Memorial Day show in Kansas City. Let’s look at the body together. The “Brock Party” episode pooped out quickly for loyal WWE viewers.

HEADLINE NEWS: THE BEAST CAN READ

WWE spent a good quarter of its show teasing a decision from Brock Lesnar that never came. I guess that counts for must-see TV on Memorial Day from WWE creative. Lesnar would hold a “Brock Party” to announce the champion he would challenge, presumably as soon as Super Showdown.

WWE Champion Kofi Kingston and Universal Champion Seth Rollins spent the opening segment begging Lesnar for a match. The Brock Party came out with Paul Heyman, but essentially blew them off. The only memorable part of this overly-long promo came with Lesnar embracing the memes, gifs and videos he inspired.  Brock Party rocked out to a Money in the Bank briefcase with speakers. This came after the WWE Universe spent all week on social media creating music videos with Lesnar bopping to the case last Monday.

The Memorial Day show opening shenanigans continued when Dolph Ziggler attacked Kingston again. He beat up Kingston to the point of getting medical treatment. Xavier Woods tried to make the save, but The Showoff beat him throughout the crowd. He trapped Woods’ head in a chair and tried to finish him. However, Kofi broke free from medical staff and made the save.

WWE teased a “Brock Party” later in the show to announce his decision. Lesnar even hammed it up with some dance moves. However, he blew off Rollins who came out to confront him. WWE creative wants us to believe Lesnar gained the ability to read on Memorial Day and just then discovered he can wait a year to cash in his briefcase. Apparently, the Brock Party celebrated newfound literacy as well.

Therefore, the decision WWE teased for a week resulted in a non-decision. Brock did not choose an opponent. I thought Seinfeld earned the motto of being the show about nothing. The Memorial Day Monday Night RAW came for that mantle.

BEST OF THE REST: BRAY WYATT BY DEFAULT

Apparently, the one guy left who can write for Monday Night RAW works on Firefly Fun House. Bray Wyatt explained that his fear mask persona, “The Fiend,” comes out to protect us. He said that when he’s alone or afraid he puts the mask on and he can “be anything he wants to be.” Abby the Witch attempted to bully Wyatt, but he called her out on it. Then, he responded to her use of the word “limbo” by spider-walking under a stick held up by two children. Yet again, Wyatt found a way to keep us entertained on an otherwise uneventful Memorial Day episode.

 

BIG WINNER: AEW?

AEW caused a big stir over the weekend. They concluded a fiery first show in which Cody Rhodes smashed a Triple H-inspired throne with a sledgehammer by debuting former WWE champion Dean Ambrose as Jon Moxley. Futhermore, Moxley’s cameo came after former WWE main eventer Chris Jericho defeated Kenny Omega in the main event. AEW displayed creative angles, lots of fresh, young talent and a competitive spirit.

WWE responded on Memorial Day with Cesaro and Ricochet putting on the best and only entertaining match of Monday Night RAW. As you’d expect, WWE’s notorious 50-50 booking rules applied. So, Cesaro gained no momentum from his victory last week against The One and Only. Both guys continued to tread water as Ricochet rolled up the Swiss Cyborg for the victory.

These two showcased incredible in-ring chemistry again. However, they both lack a build toward anything meaningful because they are trading wins. Therefore, we learned nothing new. We already knew both these guys exhibit some of the best in-ring athleticism and innovation in the company. Unfortunately, WWE fails to see how to use it.

BIGGEST LOSER: SHANE MCMAHON SEGMENT

WWE continues to give us an all-you-can-eat buffet of Shane McMahon content. They attempted to build heel heat for Shane ahead of his Super Showdown match with Roman Reigns.

How so?

They had Shane drop a long-winded, gas-baggish promo about The McMahons and their history with the Samoan dynasty. Then, he commenced to beat up Reigns’ cousin, Lance Anoi’a, like a tribal drum. He also needed his new lackey Drew McIntyre to accomplish this tremendous feat for some reason.

So, WWE opened the unmemorable

Memorial Day show with an incredibly long promo that accomplished nothing with a squash-match chaser for the first in-ring action. Eventually, Roman came out to drop McIntyre with a Superman Punch and chase the heels off.

Yowie Wowie!

There’s nothing like cooling off the company’s biggest babyface and one of its biggest Monday heels with a pointless feud against a McMahon.

I wonder why those ratings continue to plummet.

HIGH FIVE

Nikki Cross – You know we’re reaching when we include someone who couldn’t crack TV a few weeks ago. However, Cross teamed with RAW Women’s Champ Becky Lynch to defeat the women’s tag team champion IIconics. Yet, Lynch continued to work all the in-ring magic, obliterating Peyton Royce after the hot tag. Lynch hit her new finisher, The Manhandle Slam, a move she’s actually used previously but not as a finisher. Cross gets a bump in attention from working with Lynch, but like everything with WWE lately it’s hard to see where this is going.

Baron Corbin – Much to the fans’ angst, The Lone Wolf continues to howl at their online hate. WWE had the former RAW General Manager win a Fatal 4-Way match against Braun Strowman, Bobby Lashley and The Miz on the Memorial Day show. In addition, the victory gives Corbin a shot at Rollins for the Universal Championship at Super Showdown. At least if they are going to go to Saudi Arabia again against the wishes of both fans and Superstars alike, WWE will punish the Saudis with that crap. As a side note, WWE kept up the theme of ripping off the fans in attendance by announcing the biggest name in the match – AJ Styles – wouldn’t compete due to health reasons.

Dolph Ziggler – The Showoff only got thrown into a feud because Kingston’s recent opponents – Daniel Bryan and Kevin Owens – both refused to go to Saudi Arabia. However, Ziggler continues to make the most of his time on camera. Yet, this likely heads toward a one-off loss against Kofi that we can all see coming from a mile away.

Lacey Evans – The Lady of WWE came out after Lynch and Cross won their match. Though she didn’t appear for long, she kept her heat with Lynch going with a mocking wave. Sure, it brought back terrible flashbacks to the runway-only treatment of Evans we got for four months. However, it worked in this case to remind us that she lurks as a threat to the RAW Women’s Champ.

Brock Lesnar – The boombox-toting Beast actually entertained us with a little comedy. Don’t blame him for the lame writing. He and Heyman gave people a reason to show up and WWE got a lot of mileage out of nothing. One of the least memorable Monday Night RAW shows in recent memory got a few moments of dancing from Lesnar. Unfortunately for us, Brock’s dancing provided one of the few watchable segments of the Memorial Day show.

LOW FIVE

Vince McMahon – We know the main roster creative buck stops with The Chairman. The show he put on for Memorial Day smacks of the conceited egomaniac he portrays on TV. McMahon made a statement by not addressing AEW or Double Or Nothing on Monday. He’s basically saying they are no threat. We’ll see, Vince.

Sami Zayn – The entirely unmemorable Memorial Day show closed with Zayn answering fan questions from “The Electric Chair.” This awkward and inane segment led to fan-favorite Rollins coming out for a match. The logic made no sense. Meanwhile, Zayn served to put over a champion for the second consecutive show after getting destroyed twice Money in the Bank week. Furthermore, WWE turned to Rollins’ perpetually-injured knee to prolong his fight with Zayn. Tired tropes aside, the main event lacked any buzz from the crowd because the show flat-out sucked.

Rey Mysterio – We received news we expected that the controversial new United States Champ would vacate his title. In continuing with the show theme, nothing happened this week, though. Mysterio will lay it down next week. Samoa Joe cut a promo that he’d happily accept the belt again. Given his shoulders never touched the mat at Money in the Bank, it seems like the right thing to do. So, expect WWE to come up with some convoluted mess to resolve the belt fiasco.

R-Truth – We got another stampede of mid-carders and catering veterans chasing our 24-7 Champion this week. The chase spilled into the ring before Truth put Carmella over his shoulder and ran for cover. Later in the show, Truth kicked out of rollups from Karl Anderson and Kalisto during The Usos’ Memorial Day celebration. This concept sucked from the start and continues to stink like Lashley.

The IIconics – Billie Kay and Peyton Royce continue their reign as champs, mainly because they’ve not defended their belt in a meaningful match since WrestleMania. Furthermore, these two get booked to serve as clowns who get beat like a drum every show. Sure, Bayley currently reigns as SmackDown Women’s Champion. However, it’s fair for everyone to wonder at this point why WWE took the belts off Bayley and Sasha Banks. The only thing that’s happened since is they’ve ticked off one of their biggest women’s division draws in the company. That worked so well with Dean Ambrose, right?

 

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