As usual the show itself had some great segments but the overall flow of the show was hampered, largely by the over the top amount of advertisements we're forced to sit through every week. The three hour time slot could work against WWE and RAW when SmackDown goes live on July 19th. Many people (including myself) struggle to sit through three hours of RAW. Right now SmackDown is two hours, has a much more bearable commentary team and is arguably the more wrestling oriented show. When it moves to Tuesdays and the rosters become exclusive it's likely we'll see guys like John Cena, AJ Styles, and Kevin Owens on the blue brand. All in all, SmackDown could become the more interesting show and some people may just stop watching RAW completely. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, what were the biggest talking points from last night? [next]
This weeks episode of RAW came out of Oklahoma and interestingly enough it was one of the best examples of how RAW would benefit being cut from a three-hour show to two hours
AJ Styles and John Cena
And just when you thought it couldn't get any better, Styles makes a reference to Cena burying people. Wow. You could feel the internet just explode as soon as Styles uttered those words, even Cena himself looked shocked that Styles had made the reference. This has only been a rivalry for two weeks but already it's looking like one the best things in wrestling this year. Whatever opinion you have of Cena you have to give him his credit. He pulls it out during the big matches. That much is evident from the same PPV event five years ago vs CM Punk. While Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins animosity towards each other may be centered around the WWE Title, Styles and Cena are crafting a perfectly good (and better) rivalry without the title. Styles isn't going anywhere. [next]
Seth and Roman's video packages
The biggest issue I took from these videos was the baffling heel/face dynamic. Right now, Rollins is positioned as the cowardly heel while Roman is the all conquering babyface. All these videos did was reinfornce the majority of claims that the roles need to be reversed. The video package for Rollins invoked so much emotion. It made you symapthise with the man who was cruelly stripped of a title he'd spent his life trying to get. Roman's on the other hand wasn't the same. It was OK (apart from the embarassing piped in cheers) but it didn't make you emotional in the way that Seth's did. Even the way that Roman spoke didn't make you feel anything. The more WWE continue to book Roman in the way they do, the more that people will continue to be put off by the idea of him as the franchise star. A double turn is needed at Money In The Bank. [next]
THAT opening segment...
Other talking points
- The Tag Team titles will be defended at MITB in a fatal-4-way match. This makes it a good bet that New Day could drop the titles.
- Rusev could defend his title in a triple threat. Excellent. More people for him to Matchka.
- It's hard to believe that WWE are really invested in the Women's division. More than one segment a week would be nice.
- Somehow this Golden Truth thing is still happening.