It was good while it lasted right? Ever since WWE finished their calender year with an overall lacklustre Wrestlemania card they have managed to provide us with some intriguing programming. To our disappointment however, WWE weren't able to continue that this week, which is a shame because this is the final RAW before a much anticipated WWE Payback event. The entire show wasn't bad, but there were many things that felt disjointed and the pace of the show felt a little off. Combine that with the fact that the crowd sounded quieter than a Church Sermon and the atmosphere just felt wrong. So what happened this week?
Back to the Status Quo?
AJ Styles can work well with anyone
The Tag Team division continues to intrigue
A Strange debut
Rusev and Zayn work well together
Who is Apollo Crews?
Women struggle for air-time again
Roman can look strong without beating people up you know...
The simple fact of the matter is that Roman is not ready for the main event. He is where he is because he fits the look of Vince McMahon. It's fine to have Roman in the main event if you're going to put him in interesting story lines but they aren't doing that. WWE Creative can't come up with any original story lines right now so the emphasis is on ability in the ring. That is why the likes of Styles, Owens and Zayn are so popular. They are accomplished in-ring competitors. Reigns on the other hand has a less diverse move-set than John Cena which is a very worrying as John Cena's move-set has been christened 'the five moves of doom'. WWE, and Vince McMahon need to realise that their audience is evolving constantly. People no longer particularly care for big guys with great physiques. People love guys like AJ Styles, Seth Rollins, Kevin Owens, Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn because they are excellent in the ring. The reason that companies such as Ring of Honor and New Japan Pro Wrestling continue to grow is because they have fantastic workers that consistently put on entertaining matches. Roman seems incapable of doing that right now.
Personally I think WWE need to take a step back with Roman. Give him a run with a secondary title. A lot of the animosity he gets is because he was promoted straight to the main event before even holding a secondary title. Look at other guys. Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock both held the Intercontinental title before making it to the main event. Even John Cena had an entertaining run as US Champion. If WWE were to move Roman towards the US title it would make sense. He will still have his loyal fans and it would help him gain credibility. To sum it up simply. Roman needs something, anything to help him grow.
— Cesaro's James Bond style entrance was excellent. His character (the one flaw McMahon seems to find with him) continues to grow. Good things are on the horizon for Cesaro.
— Zack Ryder hasn't been seen for a while now. Shame. Ryder is one the most miss used talents WWE have had in a long time.
— Seriously, I think Primo and Epico's new gimmick is already dead in the water and they haven't even competed on RAW yet.
— Sami Zayn appeared to give Lana the bird last night. He was actually holding up three fingers.
— Locking someone in a submission move on the announce table apparently makes it hurt more. And who said Kayfabe was dead.