I very much enjoyed RAW over SmackDown this week, which is weird considering Backlash is this Sunday. I guess it goes without saying that I'm not too excited for it. Are you? I'm sure it'll be okay as SmackDown usually always puts on a great show, but how bad do people want to see Randy Orton face Jinder Mahal in the main event? I don't think that bad. The United States Championship will be the match to watch.
This week, we were treated to a few fresh match ups, an exciting Intercontinental Championship match, and a heel turn to prove the old Shakespearean adage wrong - all that glitters IS gold. And it all mostly happened on Monday night. So without further ado, here are the five best and five worst moments this week in WWE.
Last weekend on Twitter, Randy Orton decided to bash indie wrestlers for their chaotic style of wrestling and then proceeded to brag about how many millions he makes wrestling for WWE. Not technically a moment on television, but it still gets a worst because nobody likes a jerk. Also, isn't it ironic to make fun of other people's wrestling when everyone wholeheartedly agrees Randy Orton had the worst match at Wrestlemania just last month? And you all already know my feelings on The House Of Horrors match.
Not everybody is lucky enough to be born into the business like Orton, which is probably the reason he hasn't been all that exciting for years. He doesn't have to be. WWE keeps rewarding him with accomplishment after accomplishment not because he's outstanding, but because he's Randy Orton. He isn't wrestling match of the year. He rarely wrestles match of the night. So if he can't remain humble, why is he representing WWE as their top Champion? I'm sure he pissed off a lot of former "indie" stars in the locker room and at this point, I'd love for Jinder Mahal to go over him at Backlash.
What this SHOULD lead to is AJ Styles coming after Orton in the coming months. The WWE Universe already knows Orton's an ass. WWE might as well use it for TV.
It's so refreshing to see WWE actually be funny when trying to be funny. Usually I sit stone faced, like last year for example when Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson talked about testicles for five minutes. Or when Gallows and Anderson thought it would be funny to hire elderly actors to play The New Day to be known as The Old Day. Or when Gallows and Anderson did ANYTHING to try and be funny. It just doesn't work.
The Law And Order inspired parody - The Fashion Files - is quite good. It's silly, but it works. And Fandango and Tyler Breeze are so right. Having wolves on your shirts isn't cool. Who is Barin Corbin anyway, a hipster circa mid 2010?
On RAW, the same four cruiserweights we've seen all month came together once again and wrestled a tag team match. We have so many cruiserweights, but WWE is only using four of them and I'm not sure why. It wasn't a bad match. Just very repetitive. I will say I'm much more interested in TJP lately. He's an annoying little brat and I like it.
Alexa Bliss stood in the ring to gloat as usual, when Bayley came out and was all like "I get a rematch and I want it to be at Extreme Rules!" And Alexa was like "Go back to the kiddie table and let the adults be adults, please." So Bayley pushed Alexa, and Alexa grabbed a kendo stick from under the ring and nailed Bayley in the back with it.
This reminded me of the olden days when elementary school girls got struck with a ruler for talking over their superior. And yes, Alexa Bliss is Bayley's superior.
After Sasha Banks' cheap victory over Alicia Fox last week, Fox was given a rematch and managed to defeat the former three-time Women's Champion in less than a few minutes. Well, well, well. Would you look at that? Alicia won something. I know I've said time and time again that Fox deserves a push, but is this the right way to do it? Fox hasn't won a singles match in... I don't know, do you? And she's beating Sasha Banks that easily?
This could have been better handled had the match gone a few moments longer, but it seems as if RAW has a problem giving its secondary women's feud more than five minutes.
Goldust and R-Truth have been saying for weeks they need to reinvent themselves, and after a failed attempt at winning the Tag Team Turmoil match last week, Goldust decided to turn on his best friend in what was one of the better surprises of the week. If Goldust wants to reinvent himself, getting rid of the dead weight is the way to do it. And even though he was beaten senseless, I think this is great news for R-Truth as well. Getting us to sympathize with him is a step in the right direction for his character.
Reigns was great on RAW this week. He was cocky, to the point, and vicious. Reigns and Balor had the best match of the night no doubt, but Roman shouldn't have won their match. We're to believe Roman Reigns has two cracked ribs and a separated shoulder, but Finn Balor can't defeat him? How are people going to beat him then when he's at 100%?
I get WWE is grooming Reigns to be the next big thing so he can be a formidable challenger to Brock Lesnar's Universal Championship down the line, but it's no fun if he's always this unbeatable. Now should be the time for Reigns to take a loss here and there, especially if they keep telling us over and over how hurt he is.
Yes, Roman Reigns won, but this was a great match and this was definitely the best Balor's looked since his return. If Roman Reigns and Finn Balor don't win the Fatal Five Way match at Extreme Rules, it would be smart to have these two feud a while. Who doesn't want to see these two wrestle again? Better yet, while Balor's in demon form.
Seth Rollins wrestled Bray Wyatt in the main event. It wasn't bad but it wasn't anything special and not nearly as electric as Roman Reigns and Fin Balor's match earlier that night. And of course, Samoa Joe predictably interfered to beat up Seth Rollins as he always does. Yaaawn. Had this match switched spots with Reigns and Balor's match, the show would have ended a lot stronger. Even if Fin Balor should have.
The prestigious Intercontinental Championship gained traction this week when Dean Ambrose battled The Miz. These two have better chemistry together than we originally thought as there wasn't a single weak spot in the match. It's also interesting to see The Miz gather more and more cheers each and every week from the fans. He's finally connecting with the audience more than ever before and it's well deserved. The Miz winning by disqualification inevitably sets them up for a rematch at Extreme Rules.
Until next week. Watch Backlash! If you want to...
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