Something strange is happening in the WWE. For pretty much the first time since the RAW after Mania, Monday Night RAW is surprisingly fantastic. After hitting a new low in the ratings a few weeks ago, WWE has had no choice but to superkick things into gear. And despite having one of the worst titles in Pay-Per-View history - Great Balls Of Fire - WWE has managed to string together a pretty great card for the show this Sunday.
Here are five things WWE got right this week and five they got wrong.
10. WRONG - More Alicia Fox Drama
Even though we thought this was over weeks ago, Noam Dar and Cedric Alexander are still wrestling one another because of Alicia Fox. This has to be one of the most uneventful love triangles in WWE history. Scratch that. In all of television history. We're really starting to think Noam Dar's the one with the crush on Cedric Alexander. Leave the man alone, will ya?
9. RIGHT - Cesaro vs. Finn Balor
Cesaro and Finn Balor have to be two of the best wrestlers on the roster, and that's exactly why it was so refreshing to see them grapple one another this week. Although it wasn't a true one-on-one match, what with the interference by Sheamus, The Hardy Boys, and Elias Samson (who is quickly becoming a new fav, by the way), it was a nice preview for what these two can do if given a real program together down the line.
8. WRONG - Goldust and R-Truth
There's nothing particularly wrong with the feud between these former best friends, but there's nothing particularly good about it either. Goldust and R-Truth are definitely giving it their all, but the story is progressing way too slow than it should be. Here's hoping it gains traction fast.
7. RIGHT - Rap Battle
What we learned this week is to not judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, don't assume a WWE Rap Battle is going to be horrible.
New Day and The Usos had a battle of words this week and insulted each other through glorious rhyme. And the one jab the entire Universe is talking about is when The Usos told Big E to "keep it PG. Don't get all Rated R like ya boy Xavier Woods." Damn. That's an ouchie. Do you think the comment was a little controversial? WWE apparently thinks so. The line has since been from WWE's Youtube channel. #Draaaaama
PREVIOUSLY: WWE EDITS OUT REFERENCES TO SEX TAPE
6. WRONG - Bray Wyatt
There's not much to say about Bray Wyatt. We don't know why WWE always has to have him talk and talk and talk. The change of scenery from dark boiler room to bright desert sun was sort of cool but not cool enough to make anybody care. Why is Seth Rollins being given the squash matches against Curt Hawkins? We know Rollins is a badass. Have Wyatt do the squash matches instead. He needs it much more than Rollins does.
5. RIGHT - Enzo Amore
Enzo Amore tried to forgive Big Cass last week but it didn't work out so well for him. So this week, Amore said "f*** it" (paraphrasing here) and finally was the one to get the upper hand. After calling Cass nothing but a seven foot catchphrase, that Enzo wrote... He later sneak attacked the catchphrase backstage. That's what happens when you piss off an Italian. Their match at Great Testicles Of Fire should be loads of fun!
4. WRONG - Bayley
It seems WWE is having Bayley lose all the time now in order to try and get us to root for her again like we did last year. However, it doesn't seem likely that's going to happen any time soon. We're kind of over it, aren't we? Bayley has fallen into complete obscurity and I can't help but feel bad for her. Now that she's accomplished her dream of walking out of Wrestlemania with the Women's Champion - less than a year into her debut - what more is there for Bayley (this supposed underdog) to do?
PREVIOUSLY: BAYLEY WANTS TO TURN HEEL
3. RIGHT - Braun Strowman Makes Stars Of The Titus Brand
Braun Strowman demanded competition this week and Titus O'Neal accepted the challenge on the behalf of Apollo Crews. And yup, you guessed it. Crews got his ass handed to him. Regardless, this might have been the best reaction Crews has got in his entire career on the main roster. When Strowman reversed Crews' moonsault and launched him like a rocket onto his neck? That was some scary/breathtaking/scary s***.
Strowman may have won in the end, but Crews benefited from the beat down more than some other Superstars have.
2. WRONG - USA Vs. Russia
This is really weird timing for WWE to revert back to a good old fashioned USA vs. Russia storyline. Or USA vs. Bulgaria. Wherever Rusev claims to be from these days. Especially after GLOW's release, it just seems a little odd. Also, did Rusev's big return have to be with John Cena? We all know he's probably going to lose, which is no fun.
1. RIGHT - Samoa Joe and Brock Lesnar
This Sunday, Samoa Joe should win the Universal Championship. We all want it to happen, so WWE should just let it happen. Brock Lesnar is displaying the same nonchalant attitude with Joe as he did Goldberg last year. Lesnar still isn't taking him seriously (or he's pretending like he isn't), and it brought a whole new intensity to Joe this week. If Joe just loses after everything that's happened, it would be a shame and a waste.
Of course, WWE probably won't strip Lesnar of the title this fast. So if Samoa Joe's going to lose, at least have Heyman cheat him. Or something. Anything. This feud is the best thing WWE has going right now. Lets keep it going a little while longer, shall we?
Until next week!
Which match are you looking forward to most come Great Nads Of Fire?