Thoughts From Raw:
Sheamus wins the United States Championship in a battle royal. It’s nice to see Sheamus get a big win, as he’s better than people seem to give him credit for. His big comeback against Ryback and Curtis Axel was great. I’m not sure how he’s going to fare as a babyface in the near future, but a heel turn might be a nice change of pace for him. And given what we saw with he and The Shield, that may be just what we’re in store for.
WWE may be touting Dean Ambrose’s 351 day reign as champion, but lets be honest here: He wasn’t much of a champion. I don’t say that to slam Ambrose, as he’s one of my favorites. But he was just too busy in Shield angles to really give the title the attention it deserves. It has been nice to see that title getting some attention these past few weeks.
I was actually rooting for Fandango to take the title home. He’s got the potential to be a great bad guy, and is extremely underrated, in my opinion.
By the way…Dolph Ziggler gets eliminated by Santino and the goddamn Cobra? Gimmie a break.
Kane goes through a flaming table at Extreme Rules, seeks retribution on Raw. I was really surprised to see Kane take a flaming table bump at Extreme Rules. Considering how much of Kane’s back and arms were exposed, he took a hell of a risk. To say the least, that provided a memorable finish to a title match that, with due respect to he and Daniel Bryan, might have been less than main event-worthy.
As it seems WWE is going to tack another month on to this program, I’d like to see Daniel Bryan try to appeal to Kane on a personal level, as an old friend from their Team Hell No days. As a former ally, Bryan can try to convince Kane that he’s being maniulated by The Authority. Why not? So long as they don’t go too corny with it, it could be compelling to try and dive into the psychological aspects of the Kane character.
And while we’re on the subject of character, Brie Bella still can’t act. That fake wailing she was doing during Kane’s attack on Bryan was the single worst part of the show. Seriously, cut her out of the story and just let it be about Bryan and Kane. She doesn’t have the performance chops to be involved in a high drama storyline.
Amid rumors of Batista’s departure, Evolution decimates The Shield. Rumor has it Batista wasn’t keen on losing to Daniel Bryan at Payback before taking time away to promote Guardians of the Galaxy. I can’t say I blame him, considering he tapped out in the main event of Wrestlemania XXX, and then took the fall at Extreme Rules. So I imagine Batista will wind up on the winning end of whatever happens between Evolution and The Shield at Payback. I can only hope we’ll see Batista vs. Daniel Bryan at some point in the future…
Bad News Barret def. Big E. Really explosive Intercontinental Title match between these two this week, thanks largely to the athleticism of Big E. Here’s hoping he doesn’t get lost in the shuffle now that he’s without the belt. As for Barrett, I wouldn’t be surprised if, like a lot of the midcard heels in WWE these days, a babyface turn was on the way for him. The fans are into his “Bad News” promos, as was evidenced by the chants he received this week.
Adam Rose makes his first Raw appearance. I haven’t seen any of Adam Rose’s work in the ring. But I’m liking the character so far. He’s quirky. I only wish we’d heard him say more than one line. Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger certainly complimented him well. But is he going to need 25 people for his entrance each week?
Cesaro hits Rob Van Dam with a triple gut wrench, in his take on the “Three Amigos.” It’s pretty damn hard to boo somebody who can pull that off, even if he’s standing next to Paul Heyman. But on the other hand, Cesaro showed us he’s willing to be an old school rule-breaking heel, as he defied the referee’s five count and got disqualified. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a singles match between RVD and Cesaro at Payback.
Daniel Bryan def. Alberto Del Rio. I rag on Alberto Del Rio a lot for having a one-dimensional character that has never really evolved at all. But let’s give credit where credit is due. He had a really good match with Daniel Bryan on Raw. He and Bryan were incredibly smooth, and their timing was fantastic. Well done, gentlemen. Well done.
Alexander Rusev def. Kofi Kingston. So wait, is he just Rusev now? Kind of like Antonio Cesaro became just Cesaro? Either way, I still don’t buy him. The best part of his segments are Lana’s introductions. Still, that big stomp he gave to Kofi’s back before applying the camel clutch was a nice touch.
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