Thoughts From Raw:
Raw is recorded in the UK. Thus, pre-recorded show airs in the states. Weeks like this really make it clear just how important it is that Raw is a live show. They broadcast from the UK this week, and because of the time difference, the results were made available to us in the states before the show actually hit the air. Practically speaking, there’s really no difference between a live show and a taped show if you’re not part of the internet wrestling community. But for die-hard fans like yours truly, it’s a vital element to that “anything can happen on Raw” mentality that was created back in the late ’90s. As all taped editions of Raw do, this week’s show felt really watered down.
Stephanie McMahon encourages Daniel Bryan to “do the right thing” next week. So it seems WWE don’t be stripping Daniel Bryan of the WWE Championship…yet. They announced him for Raw next week, and teased him “doing the right thing.” Ultimately, this could mean anything. Either way, I suspect WWE didn’t want to resolve this issue without Bryan being there for drama’s sake. Also, giving us the big answer on a taped show would have been a big no-no.
Bray Wyatt prompts more singing and cheers. Over on The Ross Report at PodcastOne.com, Jim Ross has said that Bray Wyatt’s presentation has been rather confusing in terms of whether we should be booing or cheering him. At the risk of being a bandwagon jumper, it’s tough not to agree with him. I’ve reached the point where I no longer classify Bray Wyatt as a bad guy. If The Wyatt Family are supposed to be bad guys, then why does Bray keep prompting the fans to sing along with him? I don’t fault the fans for doing it. But as a performer, he’s eliciting that reaction.
Batista def. Seth Rollins. Was it just me, or is Batista ready to be done? When he was on his way to the ring, he just looked like he was tired and out of it. Maybe that’s just how it is on those overseas tours sometimes…
By the by, WWE.com did a story last week, asking different WWE stars who their favorite wrestlers of all time were, and Seth Rollins actually picked Necro Butcher. There’s a name I never thought I’d see mentioned on a WWE web site. He also put over Samoa Joe in the process.
Summer Rae makes her return. I’m a little confused about Summer Rae stomping down to the ring in a fury, only to lay a big wet one of Fandango, before getting into an old fashioned catfight with Layla. You’d think Summer would want to get her revenge on the man who dumped her via Twitter. So is this going to be a thing where they’re competing for Fandango’s affection? That could work for a short time, I suppose. But in the end, Summer will have to turn on Fandango. Otherwise she looks pretty damn weak. And considering they gave her a Total Divas spotlight, they cast her in The Marine 4, and she even has her own theme music now, I’m pretty sure weakness isn’t what they’re going for.
Alicia Fox def. Paige, continues to act bizarre. Supposedly Triple H has become high on Alicia Fox, thus her getting the spotlight these past two weeks, and after this week, I can only assume she’s got a title shot coming at Payback. It’s been a long time since I actually sat down and studied an Alicia Fox match. But I did this week. She’s still not the greatest actress in the world. But she’s got some nice intensity. It’s always cool to see wrestlers get rewarded after putting a lot of work in, and Fox has been with the company since 2006. I don’t know if she’ll win the title, but it’s cool to see her get a push.
Bo Dallas to debut on Smackdown this week. I’m actually anxious to see what all these “Bolieve” vignettes have been leading up to on Smackdown this Friday. Bo popped up on Raw awhile back and got a win over Wade Barrett (oddly enough, he was the IC Champ then too), but was clearly too white meat to have any real star power, at least as a babyface. Now let’s see what he can bring to the table with a little more experience under his belt.
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