Ronda Rousey’s debut match on Raw! A new
Paul Heyman guy teased? And Roman Reigns officially
turns heel – how could he just ruin Crossfit
Breezus like that
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Reigns (seriously, he was all over this show)
…in about 4 minutes.
After Kurt Angle opened the show revealing
Paul Heyman is still employed, we got Roman
Reigns vs Baron Corbin in a decent match that
went through two commercial breaks. But when
Baron tried to walk away – just like how he
did from Lesnar last week – Finn Balor cut
him off to cost him the match. Because that
feud must continue!
A feud that must continue in a good way, however,
is Seth Rollins vs Drew McIntyre and Dolph
Ziggler. Kurt booked Seth in a tag match to
get revenge, but he’d have to find a partner
by the end of the night. Who could it be?
A returning from injury Jason Jordan? The
comeback of his Shield brother Dean Ambrose?
The Tyler Breeze ‘Crossfit Breezus’ tag
team you never knew you wanted?
Nope, it’s Roman again! Should have seen
Following on from their locker room brawl
last week, Bobby Roode beat Mojo Rawley in
a pretty dull match. I can’t wait for this
feud’s SummerSlam pre-show blow off!
Elias got some decent heel heat next trashing
[ENTER YOUR HOMETOWN HERE], but was interrupted
by Bobby Lashley, who thankfully to kick some
ass this time, and not just forget the words
to Rocking Robin again.
Because Apollo Crews beat Akkam last week,
it was Rezar’s turn to beat Titus O’Neil
here – a textbook example of WWE 50/50 filler
As soon as Kevin Owens debuted his newly built
Kevin Owens Show set next to the ramp, it
was pretty clear Braun Strowman was going
to somehow destroy it. Which he did several
minutes later by flipping the whole stage
from outta nowhere. For a 7 foot monster,
he’s pretty sneaky.
Mahal vs Braun was more wrestling angle than
wrestling match, though, with Owens stealing
Strowman’s briefcase, and Braun getting
DQ’d when it accidentally hit Jinder. This
comedy mid-card storyline is hardly the best
use of Owens and Strowman.
WWE rewrote history by recapping the epic,
always completely over, Roman was screwed
out of the title at Greatest Royal Rumble
feud between Reigns and Brock that started
at WrestleMania 31. Making you realise, this
really has been going on for three years.
But for a change, WWE didn’t use Roman in
the next segment. Baron pulled Reigns from
being Seth’s tag partner on Stephanie’s
orders to protect the SummerSlam main event,
so Rollins had to go it alone in a handicap
match. There’s a perfectly good Crossfit
Breezus standing right there, Seth!
Rollins was excellent as usual, valiantly
fighting against Drew and Dolph, but eventually
succumbing to a Ziggler superkick.
So the B Team’s new entrance music sure
is annoying. They had a bit of back and forth
with the Revival before the Deletors of Worlds
did their BLEUGH, replacing the tag partners
on the apron in a pretty cool spot. They beat
down both teams for the double DQ. We’re
getting a triple threat between all three
Then we got one of the best WWE segments of
the year: Renee Young interviewing a completely
despondent Paul Heyman, who’s heartbroken
by Lesnar breaking up with him last week.
His eyes were red, his face unshaven. He was
visibly scared, telling the crew off camera
that Brock wouldn’t like him doing this.
This wasn’t just good pro wrestling acting.
It was good acting period. Heyman is a master
of his craft.
But interestingly, Heyman never gave Renee
a clear answer on who could be his next client,
just saying how the whole situation is “inconceivable”
– yep, that is what that means – and asking
how could he, as if Brock is interchangeable.
Thing is, Paul, we’ve seen you choose other
clients against Brock before.
The masterstroke was bringing this all back
to what wrestling promos should do: make you
want to see a match. Heyman put over how he’s
never seen Brock this violent, and Roman doesn’t
stand a chance.
Sasha Banks and Bayley actually have great
chemistry as a tag team, but Ruby Riott’s
return from injury meant they lost the numbers
Raw finished not only with Ronda Rousey’s
debut match on WWE TV, it also had Alicia
Fox [CENSOR] main eventing Raw in 2018. And
she came out to Alexa Bliss’ music.
After the standard Bliss promo, Ronda vs Alicia
was an exhibition in how supremely badass
Rousey is. Judo Throw City, Fox. Ronda tapped
Alicia out, and then threw the microphone
at the ground so hard, it bounced back up
over her head.
This was an OK episode of Raw, which kept
the big feuds of Brock vs Roman and Ronda
vs Bliss going very effectively. Everything
else just plodded along though. And at three
hours a show, that’s a lot of plodding.
This week’s Raw is Poor.
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