As we approach another Monday Night Raw one can only hope the current direction will get better; as the most recent shows have been built around “The Shield” vs “War Dogs” and on paper that seems interesting enough; with big names such as Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Braun, and Drew; this should be a very hot story-line. However it’s not and the majority of that blames falls all on Roman Reigns; now this may come across unfair and this is nothing personal to man playing the character, but WWE is currently is dumping a tone of valuable resources into getting Roman over with a large majority of their fans; the same fans who have been rejected this man since 2015, were going on almost 4 years when will the madness end? It’s one thing to dedicate an endless amount of TV time to Roman, but now it’s taken hostages; just in the last 6 months Brock Lesnar, Braun Strowman, Baron Corbin, Bobby Lashley, Seth Rollins, and Dean Ambrose have all lost momentum because of their association with The Big Dog. So now because the top of the card is so damaged it just seeps all the way down the card which has made Monday nights a very tough 3 hours to sit through.
The Great, The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
This week in WWE just like many was a mixed bag from; great in ring competition all the way to the illogical booking decisions made buy Vince and his brain trust. Going forward I will do a weekly blog going over the majority of important outcomes of that various week. While WWE is the #1 company on the entire planet, however due too the up incoming Independent wrestling scene plus growing frustration WWE booking, the amount of people watching wrestling live has diminished. So no matter how much WWE will pretended that they do no wrong but a decline in ratings and attendance would strongly beg to differ with that narrative and this blog will hopefully point out just a few of the current many flaws that are infiltrating WWE.
In my opinion the best segment all week was The Undertaker/Shawn Micheal's promo was tremendous but also very sad that In 2018 still these guys have the ability to do what very few do; and that was their ability to hold the crowd in the palm of their hands. Most interestingly this was literately the 1st true signs that HBK actually might come out of retirement for at least one more match. Maybe I am looking to deeply into WWE scripting but their was a ton to look into and keep an eye out for.
Smackdown Live continues to be a far superior show than its counter point on Mondays night, and their are quite a few reasons for that. First and foremost its only 2 hours long and doesn't feel the need to place every "Superstar" on every show; which allows the fans not to get burned out on any 1 particular wrestler. Second no Roman Reigns; while that statement seems silly on its face; Raw substantial problem is that the guy they have choose to be their flag barre is consistently getting rejected buy their paying customer base. When the top of the mountain isn't clean dirt will fall, and has just left a harrowing feel on the entire Raw product.
KEVIN Owens quits last week; which lead to all kinds of speculation that Ownes could be turning face and getting a fresh look, but no he was just brought back with no mention of last week; just to be another guy. While this isn't the worst they have done to Kevin over the last year so its not shocking at all.
MOST OF MONDAY NIGHT RAW
- The New Day joined the Five-Timers Club with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T(This was silly and pretty pointless; however the live audience seemed to enjoy the foolishness; but Im glad WWE took time to point out That New Day are 5x champs; that a pretty big deal and should be treated like it.)
- The Bar def. Gallows & Anderson and The Colons(This was a fine match; but The Bar are barely on TV these days so it was just a tad bit difficult to get into the match, but was made easier due to the fact that the other 2 teams are jobbers)
- Jeff Hardy challenged Randy Orton to a Hell in a Cell Match at WWE Hell in a Cell(This program went from interesting to confusing now back to basic wrestling 101; and along with that just less interesting)
- Billie Kay def. Naomi(UH)
- Daniel Bryan def. Andrade “Cien” Almas by disqualification(Good match while it lasted; the post match angle was just there; two heels beating on the babyface just to get basic heat; solid segment)
- Samoa Joe crossed the line… again(What is there to say; Joe continues to be the best heel in WWE right now; hes believable, intense, and unchanging in his demeanor)
- SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair def. Carmella( The main event was OK at best; but the huge issue is casting; Charlotte Flair is a dreadful babyface she comes across too arrogant plus entitled and someone I could not root for. Becky on the other hand is literally the exact opposite and yet WWE has this completely backwards.
- Braun Strowman agreed to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at WWE Hell in a Cell(This was a very good start to the show; Roman cut a better than average promo and Braun who at the beggining of the night; who was still a babyface challenges The champ to a one on one match; Very Good segment)
- Acting General Manager Baron Corbin def. Finn Bálor(This was just awful; just like the majority of these segments that involve Corbin; and Balor continues to fall into mid card irrelevancy)
- Sasha Banks def. Dana Brooke(Good match I guess Baylee and Sasha are really ok and there was nothing to see before)
- Intercontinental Champion Seth Rollins def. Kevin Owens; Owens quit in frustration( I want to wait and see where this is going to go..On its face it was kinda a bummer to see one of my personal favorite fall so low; but one can only hope that this is the beginning of a refresh look at Kevin Owens.)
- Trish Stratus confronted Elias( I have no idea why Trish is returning for a match in October; however who really cares because the women division needs all the help it can get.)
- Natalya def. Alicia Fox; The Bella Twins revealed they will be back in action next week( Just like I previously stated the Womens division needs some serious help, and for all the downsides that come along with it; The Bella Twins are stars)
- Bobby Lashley def. The Ascension (1-on-2 Handicap Match)(This to me is just proof that WWE just signed all the talent they could; because there was clearly no plan for Bobby Lashley as he just has no purpose on the show.)
- Universal Champion Roman Reigns & Braun Strowman def. Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre via Disqualification(Ok the big story here is Braun clearly turned heel and I have no idea why? So lets double check this in the last 10 days WWE has turned two of their top babyfaces for reasons only known to Vince.)
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