There’s a lot of things on tonight’s Raw that I’m not going to speak about. There’s a plain opening shred involving Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar, Kane, and Seth Rollins, where Heyman manages to stimulate a intone of “Baby Brother” during Kane. There’s a King Barrett vs. R-Truth match, where Truth looks good yet is fundamentally a compare we’ve seen over and over again for a final few weeks. Ryback and Randy Orton face off opposite Sheamus and Big Show, and nobody wants to speak about that. Roman Reigns kick adult Bray Wyatt, that was flattering good actually, yet felt flattering insignificant compared to a rest of a evening. Instead of articulate about any of that stuff, we need to speak about dual segments: The shakeup of a Divas Division and what I’m job a extended John Cena U.S. Open Challenge.
Battleground is entrance adult on Sunday, yet there’s unequivocally no such things as a go-home uncover anymore. Considering how most TV WWE fills and a superiority of a WWE Network, a go-home show, that is typically meant to really sell a arriving PPV, isn’t required anymore. That’s been a problem lately, a final uncover before a PPV feeling like usually any other part of Raw. Tonight’s part suggests a new approach brazen though, a new approach to do episodes before a PPV. Rather than usually strike a same beats of a feuds you’ve been peddling, given not totally blow things out? Why not qualification 3 hours of radio that uncover off your product? Forget a tedious promos and a purposeless compare run-ins, usually let your talent uncover what they can do in a simplest approach possible.
Tonight’s Raw, and privately those dual segments we mentioned, is all about display that WWE, notwithstanding a flaws, boasts a best wrestling talent in a world. Tonight’s Raw is justification of WWE focusing on a future, and that starts with an extraordinary shred that introduces a handful of NXT talent to a categorical roster. It’s a shred that’s iconic not usually given it brings in Sasha Banks, Charlotte, and Becky Lynch, yet also shows that WWE is committed to changing a approach they book women’s wrestling. There’s no pledge that WWE will now give a Divas some-more time and give them tangible storylines and correct face/heel alignments, yet it’s a HUGE step in a right direction. Stephanie McMahon fundamentally states that this is a new normal; that a Bella twins, as good as they’ve been, can design to see some genuine foe now.
The whole shred devolves into pleasing chaos, with a new NXT women combative with a Bellas, Alicia Fox, Paige, Naomi, and (unfortunately) Tamina. Everyone gets some offense in, yet a shred ends with Becky, Charlotte, and Sasha locking in their signature acquiescence moves during a same time. Wrestling is visible (ie: colors, physiques, pierce sets), and a picture of a NXT women holding over a categorical register is truly stunning. Who knows how WWE books a Divas multiplication from here on out, yet for now this shred offers a ton of promise. Not usually does it advise that WWE is prepared to truly give a Divas a chance, yet there’s now a really low categorical register in a Divas division.
Similarly, a John Cena U.S. Open Challenge has also been about constrained a destiny of a WWE for months now. Be it Sami Zayn, Cesaro, or Kevin Owens, a plea has been highlighting talent we don’t see as often, display that WWE has a splendid destiny in terms of immature talent and proof that John Cena is one of a best WWE superstars of all time. It takes dual people to make a good match, and Cena has been concerned in some-more than a few classics in a final few weeks, proof to a haters that he’s some-more than usually a WWE marketer’s dream.
Tonight’s Open Challenge also devolves into chaos, with Cesaro, Rusev, and Owens all claiming that they should be a one to combat Cena for a pretension on Raw. Such a argument is good writing; logically, if Cena is charity adult an open plea each singular week, there’s firm to be tragedy between superstars who wish to quarrel for a title. Thus, we get a triple hazard compare between Rusev, Cesaro, and Owens, with a leader fighting Cena for a pretension in a subsequent match. The pretension compare doesn’t matter. What matters is a initial match, a subordinate one. It’s a conspicuous match, a long, exciting, constrained shred that shows usually how gifted those 3 guys are. It’s heartening to see Cesaro being used properly, as an unstoppable strongman with a good pierce set who’s legitimately over with a crowd. It’s good to see Rusev behind in action. He’s secretly been one of WWE’s best talents in a past year or so. He’s good on a mic (those insults towards Owens!) and his in-ring work is versatile and scary. Then there’s Owens, who can’t do anything wrong. Put these 3 guys in a ring and good things happen, it’s as elementary as that. It might not strike a heights of Cena-Owens we or II, or even Cena-Cesaro II, yet it’s maybe improved in terms of a intensity durability impact. This compare cements Owens, Cesaro, and Rusev as top-level talents, as guys who could practically kick Cena and pierce from a U.S. Championship to a WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
The destiny is now, and for a initial time given (approximately) Wrestlemania, it’s severely bright.
- Results: Ryback and Randy Orton degraded Big Show and Sheamus; Prime Time Players and Mark Henry degraded New Day; R-Truth degraded King Barrett; Rusev degraded Cesaro and Kevin Owens; Rusev degraded John Cena (c) (by DQ, pleasantness of Owens interference).
- I’ve pronounced it before, yet I’ll contend it again. Reigns looks so most improved now that we don’t see him constantly.
- “I can take we to Suplex City tonight, bitch.”
- New Day now how to get their heat, and it’s pleasing to watch each week. Smart engagement carrying them come out after that glow Divas segment.
- That Cesaro flip-over powerbomb (or whatever we call it) that took out Owens and Rusev was amazing.
- In fact, Cesaro looked good all match. That springboard uppercut is a thing of beauty. And are we teasing me with that three-man suplex?!?
- I got goosebumps when a throng started chanting “This is awesome” during a Divas segment. Pay courtesy to that, WWE!
- Not to be forgotten: Seth Rollins is doing good work in his argument with Lesnar. The guys was bearing into a spotlight during Werstlemania and he’s been murdering it ever since.
- I don’t accurately know how to parse out all my thoughts on this, yet a plain cube of Raw was dedicated to pulling a women’s multiplication and was afterwards followed adult by a good compare with 6 black wrestlers. That feels significant.
- Low-key prominence of a night: Miz revelation Michael Cole, “you’re not a tough guy, you’re mouth.”
- Rusev is usually next-level, folks. The approach he wrestles that initial compare so dominantly, and afterwards sells all by a second match? Great stuff.