Extreme Rules was pretty eventful. We had a Match of the Year candidate for the Intercontinental title, AJ Styles and Roman Reigns went to war and Seth Rollins made his long and anticipated return to a WWE ring after suffering an injury last year. With Money In The Bank on the horizon, this episode of RAW was going to be about establishing new rivalries and setting the tone for the Money In The Bank ladder match. So what were the biggest talking points? [next]
After a hectic night of entertainment at Extreme Rules in New Jersey, what did RAW have in store for us a night after in Baltimore?
Seth Rollins is back! Seth Rollins is a heel...
Look, on some level I get it. Rollins was a heel when he left and it makes sense for him to be a heel now that he's back. There is one problem with this equation though it it's called Roman Reigns. As good as Rollins is at playing the heel, and he is REALLY good, fans cheering for him against Reigns is as inevitable as the sun rising in the morning. WWE are insisting on pushing Reigns as the top babyface and it just isn't going to work. It doesn't help that they come up with new and fun ways for fans to dislike Reigns, like the way he was booked to kick out of back to back Styles clashes last night. The fact is that fans find Seth Rollins character of a rude and arrogant villian only out for himself much more appealing and interesting that Roman's bland one dimensional babyface character. Add to that the fact that Rollins is up there with the greatest in ring workers in the world right now and the answer you have is that the reaction Reigns got against AJ Styles could be dwarfed by the one he receives when he faces Seth Rollins at Money In The Bank. [next]
Charlotte and Ric finally part ways, but the timing is all wrong
Finally on Monday that came to an end but the problem is the timing was wrong. Just three weeks ago, Charlotte and Ric looked as close as they had ever been. For this angle to work they need to go with the slow burner. It would've been much more impactful if it happened on PPV with Ric almost costing his daughter her title and that being the final straw for her. Having Charlotte randomly do it on an episode of RAW was strange. Add to that the fact that we got no answers as to why Dana Brooke got involved in the title match at Extreme Rules and overall this angle has just been executed poorly. [next]
The Money in the Bank match already looks to be one of the best
The outcome of the MITB match will be an interesting one but for me there's only one winner and that is Kevin Owens. He has become the first man to compete on every PPV match in his debut year and he has been the most consistent and arguably the most standout performer on RAW since he debuted last year. Owens would be a perfect MITB holder, especially if WWE continues with a babyface Reigns. Fans will have that buffer of knowing that eventually Kevin Owens will be champion and lets face it, his music is just perfect for a cash in. [next]
The Club breaks up! Nobody really cares...
Other talking points
- Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin's rivalry continues. Why? Just why?
- Looks like Sheamus and Apollo Crews will work a program. Gives both men something to do but neither will come out of it any better than when they went in.
- Enzo is back! Hopefully this rivalry with the Dudleyz will end here. Cass has beaten them so many times it's irrelevant at this point.
- The Miz continues to be WWE's best pure heel in 2016.
- I am mystified as to how AJ Styles body hasn't given up on him after Extreme Rules and his match against Kevin Owens on RAW.
- Roman Reigns is the poster boy for MITB 2016. Will we see a cash in from Roman Reigns on Roman Reigns himself? Who knows!