The special Independence Day episode of Raw took place tonight with an emphasis on patriotism. WWE built the show around a special Team USA vs. Team World sixteen-man tag team match. Big Show, Kane, Apollo Crews, Zack Ryder, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry and The Dudleyz represented Team USA. The world saw the squad of Chris Jericho, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio and the Lucha Dragons. One match featuring such a large percentage of the roster will make for an interesting show. The draft is a few weeks away and WWE is slowly getting there with a couple of noteworthy feuds.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose trying to carry a story for their triple threat match with Roman Reigns despite Reigns being on the sidelines due to his thirty-day suspension. A.J. Styles is still picking on John Cena with his friends in The Club. There’s the very confusing yet promising New Day vs. Wyatt Family war of factions. Battleground is the final show before the brand split and that makes it pivotal to start adding more momentum as we inch closer. We’ll take a look at this week’s episode of Raw and find out what worked and what didn’t. These are the top five takeaways from the special Independence Day event.
5. Food fight set the tone
Raw opened with one of the more peculiar choices of the year. The majority of the roster had a big dinner backstage before the show to celebrate the holiday. As always with WWE superstars having a meal together, a mess was made in the form of a food fight. The comedic segment set the tone for tonight’s show not being very important to the overall product but more of a fun holiday theme.
A few standout moments provided entertainment during the food fight to prevent it from being a complete waste of time. Kevin Owens hid under a table eating a bag of chips while everyone engaged in ruining each other’s outfits. The tables were turned on Owens as he was nailed with a pie to end the segment. Bo Dallas may have been the star of the segment trying to dump a bowl of punch on Enzo Amore but Big Cass grabbing it and blinding Bo with the same bowl. The food fight was harmless fun but delivered more negatives as seen in the following takeaway.
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