Only a few things I enjoyed about this week's RAW. The first Ladder Title Match on RAW in 13 years or whatever it was and it was a good one between Andrade/Misterio. Some nice spots here and just when you thought that Misterio was going to win, Zelina Vega is there to play her part as a valet manager. Sick finish to the match with Andrade retaining the US Title. And now he gets a new opponent to feud with right after the match. Decent match between Orton/McIntrye and it does seem like the company is ready to give him a push this year.
Becky/Sane was an okay match and I continue to like the build up for the Becky/Asuka feud. Was wondering when the Viking Raiders were going to drop the Tag Team Titles. Of course, the WWE likes to do this kind of stuff to further along current storylines so I'm sure this will be a short term change. I dont mind Buddy Murphy working with Seth Rollins. The rest was just meh for me. Richocet coming out to confront Lesnar was cool but since Lesnar doesn't do anything major on the show it felt like nothing to me. Mojo Rawley got one segment and it looks like his 24/7 Title reign wont be like R-Truth's reigns. That main event, yikes. They had a commercial break leaving the show with less than 10 minutes left so the match went down fast with nothing memorable. Rusev deserves better. Is this is the end of the feud? Lol. Or is it going to continue at the Royal Rumble? Lackluster main event. But its not as bad as Kane vs Big Show from 2017 I believe.
It's a sign of the times when people in here are reasonably pleased with that show. The bar is at an all-time low if that's what passes for entertainment.
Ladder Match was great to see, a few spots did look dodgy as hell and mis-timed, but overall Andrade can carry any match.
I have NO idea why you'd put tag titles on the non-tag team in the stable. It's a bit like having HHH and X-Pac hold them over The Outlaws back when, you know, this shit was actually good.
Ricochet, come on mate, try and improve. You're a decent spot monkey, but just try and actually get better at delivering a promo.
I was listening to Russo's interview on Jericho's podcast the other day, and it definitely doesn't help to watch WWE after listening to it. Like the guy or not he's bang on the money, for someone to be hooked on wrestling it has to be must-see. There's absolutely nothing must-see about constant 20 min matches (that goes for AEW too) and poorly crafted promos with no hooks or cliff-hangers attached. I'm sure the purists do thoroughly enjoy the art of the matches, but watch a 99 episode of Raw on the back of last night's and tell me you're happier with what you see now.
Beginning of Raw started out right. I love that they added Murphy into the Dicsiple. Which would give him shine as a talent as a whole and probably get into the upper mid carder status instead of a regular mid carder. Good promos by everyone and also I love Joe calling Seth Rollins an ass hat. Rarely we ever hear that on TV. The Viking Warriors getting involved was a solid idea. They weren't doing much on their own.
I love the match between Randy Orton vs Drew. Best part of this mini fight feud with these two is that they are two bad ass faces with a lot of edges. I do have to take a point off though since Drew looked dumb by falling for an RKO out of nowhere. The match stoppage because of The OC's interference didn't get a negative to me. That saved Orton and Drew from 50/50 booking this week.
I loved Becky's promo on Asuka on about last year's Royal Rumble. On how Asuka beat her and after that Asuka spend her time making soup on youtube which I thought was funny which is true in a way in storyline progress. Also saying that Asuka was scared of Becky because she can no longer beat Becky without sneak attacks and underhanded tactics. Good shit if you ask me. Makes her sound a little comedy but bad ass at the same token.
Kairi vs Becky Lynch felt meh a little. Not to blame both of them since we know what they really can do. However, I felt that Kairi still looked hurt out there. Didn't run the ropes hard. As well as not an ounce of intensity from her either. We seen it from Becky but not her. My favorite part was Asuka sitting on the top rope like Batman does lurking around the city at night. This whole thing gets a point for Raw. Just being nice here. I am looking forward to Asuka vs Becky at the Royal Rumble.
Charlotte's backstage segment felt boring to me because it is like what everyone says every year. It sounded cliche. The one thing that saved it was Becky being there with a smirk on her face. I love it though, since it shows history and storyline continuation between the both of them.
Brock low blowing Rico was fun to see and Rico should have stayed away from the ring in the first place. Especially in the mood that Brock Lesnar is in and Rico needs to stop getting mic time. It is not his best sport.
Aliester Black facing jobbers again gets a dud.
Eric Rowan vs Matt Hardy gets a dud.
Rusev/Liv vs Bobby Lashley/Lana gets the biggest dud of last night's Raw.
The Ladder match between Rey vs Andrade for the United States Championship was the best part of the night even though there was botches in this match.
I had to take a point from Rollins/Buddy vs The Viking Warriors for the Raw Tag Team Championships. This really didn't need to happen tonight and it should have happened at Royal Rumble. At least then you will give people a real reason to be excited about Royal Rumble.
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