With the 25th Anniversary of Raw days away, we didn’t have any reason to believe much of anything would happen this week. We were wrong. Monday Night Raw delivered one of its best episodes in a long time, while SmackDown Live sharply decided to put an emphasis on wrestling rather than the childish drama between Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan.
With way more right than wrong this week, here are six things WWE got right this week and four things they got wrong.
10. RIGHT – Bobby Roode Wins USA Championship
WWE decided to finish of the United States Championship Tournament a bit earlier than expected, concluding the series this week instead of next Sunday at The Royal Rumble. Seeing how the Rumble card’s already stacked, it was the right decision.
During the first hour of SmackDown, Jinder Mahal and Bobby Roode would win their semi-final matches, advancing themselves into the finals of the tournament and into the main event of the evening. Bobby Roode would pick up the victory, capturing himself his very first title in WWE. Although it wasn’t the most exciting of matches (sorry, but which Jinder Mahal matches are?), Roode winning the gold was well deserved.
9. WRONG – Cedric Alexander
Cedric Alexander’s match on Raw with Tony Nese was fine. His matches are always fine as he’s a tremendous athlete. However, despite us wanting to see Enzo Amore lose that Cruiserweight title, do we really want to see Alexander do the honors? WWE hasn’t given us a reason to care about him. To us, he seems like a generic babyface.
8. RIGHT – The Revival
After a fast squash victory against a couple of jobbers (one of which was Bayley’s husband), Charly Caruso would interview them, asking if they are excited to be a part of the 25th Anniversary of Raw next week. They scoffed, saying that the Superstars of the Attitude Era are what made wrestling a joke. They are far from being “entertainers”; they’re wrestlers through and through and 2018 will be the year The Revival proves themselves to be the most dominant tag team in professional wrestling period.
7. WRONG – Fashion Files
The Fashion Files have been neglected as of late, their segments having to be watched on YouTube rather than the actual broadcast of SmackDown. Of all of WWE’s attempts at comedy, Fandango and Breeze succeed with flying colors. Bring it back to TV.
6. RIGHT – Asuka vs. Nia Jax
Two of the most dominant women on the Raw roster battled it out one-on-one for the first time since NXT. The referee would call for the bell after Nia hurt her ankle after getting caught in the stairs. Asuka’s undefeated streak is still intact, but Nia never was pinned either, which will make the rematch between these two powerhouses even more thrilling.
5. WRONG – Roman Reigns vs. Axel and Dallas
We’re kind of confused why these Handicap matches are happening so frequently. Why is Kurt Angle booking his babyface champion Roman Reigns against two guys anyway? It’s a jerk move. And second, why couldn’t Axel and Dallas have won? They look even more useless now that we know they can’t even win a Handicap match in their favor.
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4. RIGHT – A Break From Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
This week, there was no Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, and better yet, no bickering from Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. This storyline has been stuck in a loop for too long, so it was a refreshing to catch a break from it all. Even if it’s just for one week.
3. RIGHT – Braun Strowman!
Braun Strowman has to be the best thing WWE has going right now. When Kurt Angle fired him at the start of Raw for being a destructive individual, Strowman reacted exactly how we assumed he would. By being a destructive individual.
In multiple segments, Strowman viciously beat up a team of security guards, tipped over a truck with his bare hands, ate a piece of chocolate cake, and our personal favorite, threw Michael Cole off the stage just because he was in the way. Why’s it our personal favorite? Because if anybody deserves to be thrown off the stage, it’s Michael Cole.
2. WRONG – No Police Though?
As amazing as it was to see Braun Strowman wreck everyone in his path after being fired, this all took place in the period of an hour. How was it that nobody called the police? Someone who no longer works for the company is flat out assaulting people and destroying thousands of dollars of equipment and nothing?
1. RIGHT – Curb Stomp!
Whoa. In the main event of Raw, Seth Rollins took on Finn Balor in a great match which ended in Rollins’ old finisher, the curb stomp, which up until now had been banned by WWE. We’re not quite sure why the ban has been lifted, but we’re glad because it’s one of the sickest looking finishers in the WWE, past, present, and probably future.
Until next week!
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