I’m starting to consider that WWE has no thought how to do a go-home uncover anymore. I’d have to dive into a WWE Network to unequivocally map this out yet for utterly some time a Raw before a PPV has boasted a identical structure, one with a frustrating bent towards usually throwing superstars into matches with no concentration on storytelling. That’s not to contend there can’t be McMahon’s hated “wrestling for wrestling’s sake,” yet rather that WWE ceaselessly blows out, or during slightest slows a momentum, of their feuds heading into a PPV by giving usually about any and each wrestler on a PPV a compare opposite their arriving opponent.
This means that a contestants in a Money In The Bank ladder compare all have singles matches tonight. There’s Randy Orton contra Sheamus, also famous as “hey, that compare was on Raw final week, right?”. There’s Dolph Ziggler contra Kane, that is not usually ridiculously delayed moving–and Kane can’t sell Ziggler’s DDT or Famouser if his life depended on it–but ends with a reticent daze finish. Seriously, does Kane ever win with a singular chokeslam anymore?
The sole ladder compare standout is Neville, who’s partial of a usually engaging shred tonight. John Cena opens a uncover and says some things about fighting for everybody and amatory wrestling and such. Thankfully, he’s interrupted by Kevin Owens, who comes out and cuts an honest promo, that is accurately what creates Owens so compelling. He manages to find a smashing change between those who intone “Fight Owens Fight” and those who intone “Let’s Go Cena.” He can get a incomparable WWE throng to disapprove him by being a jerk who doesn’t caring about things like hustle, loyalty, and honour while also creation current points for all a intelligent outlines out there. When he tells Cena people are ill of saying him open Raw, he’s right. It’s pleasing stuff. That extends to his in-ring work to, where he plays a villainous heel to soundness until he positively unloads on his competition and shows how many of a force he is.
Owens, after shutting down Cena’s open plea and suggesting that a subsequent chairman to come down a ramp should confirm that pretension they wish to quarrel for, faces off opposite Neville. The rest of a uncover aside, it’s conspicuous to see Raw open with Cena, Neville, and Owens in a same ring. The compare is predictably great, with Owens stability to uncover off new offense while Neville still looks like a dangerous man with a lot of guts. It helps that Cena indeed contributes on commentary, putting over a new talent in a suggestive way–if usually Adam Rose was so lucky. He talks about how tough Neville is, how Owens astounded him during Elimination Chamber and is apparently talented, and talks about how these dual guys infer that WWE’s destiny is bright. It not usually creates a ongoing compare seem some-more important, yet also builds adult a Cena-Owens quarrel on Sunday while offered NXT.
That form of efficient storytelling doesn’t extend to a rest of a episode. The rest of Raw is a disaster of lifeless matches and uncanny face-heel alignments. For instance, we speculation a Bellas are strictly heels again, generally after a twin sorcery of final week? They were just babyfaces, yet hey, this is a Divas, so who’s even profitable attention, right? Sigh. The categorical throughline of a part has a same problem. The overarching account this week is that Seth Rollins is ill of a Authority (other than Triple H and Steph). He’s out to infer he can do things on his own.
That’s excellent in theory, yet a problem with a execution is that a Authority treats him like a fun for a whole episode. JJ lash out during him (and pin him), Kane laughs during his chances of violence Ambrose on Sunday, and Triple H and Steph provide him like a marred teen that they’re ill of traffic with. The outcome is a uncanny conditions where a Authority are radically babyfaces. They’re ripping down their possess champion, their possess destiny and face of a company. It doesn’t make a whole lot of clarity in terms of storytelling, and it leaves a infancy of a uncover feeling conflicted and rudderless, generally given Ambrose spends many of a part usually appearing in photos (that are, admittedly, flattering great).
That’s standard for a march though, as storytelling is absent from so many of a matches and segments tonight. Nikki Bella squashes Summer Rae and proves what? Ryback talks a lot afterwards Shell Shock’s Big Show, spoiling a usually impulse to demeanour brazen to during their compare on Sunday. There’s so small proclivity to these matches that it’s tough to get wrapped adult in them. At slightest Roman Reigns contra Kofi Kingston was a uninformed matchup (and physical), that dreaming from a miss of storytelling and motivation.
WWE usually had dual weeks to build to Money In The Bank. You could review that as an forgive for a muted booking, yet it unequivocally shouldn’t be. If anything, a shorter build should concede for some variance, for a change of gait from unchanging WWE programming. Instead, it’s some-more of a same. There’s no fad heading into Sunday, that is a shame, since Money In The Bank is a consistently good PPV.
- RESULTS: Kevin Owens (c) degraded Neville (NXT Championship); Nikki Bella degraded Summer Rae; Shemaus degraded Randy Orton (DQ); Kane degraded Dolph Ziggler; Harper and Rowan degraded Los Matadores; Big E degraded Titus O’Neil; Roman Reigns degraded Kofi Kingston; JJ Security degraded Seth Rollins.
- LaToya is sanctimonious WWE doesn’t exist this week, so you’re removing a double sip of me. I’ll be reviewing NXT on Wednesday as well.
- As has been a box lately, a New Day injects Raw with some many indispensable life. They’ve been stellar yet are usually removing improved each week.
- R-Truth delivered a sole giggle of a night and a initial legitimately humorous impulse in we don’t even know how long.
- If dual pleasing group hurling childish insults during their elders is your thing afterwards stay tuned, since we’ve got a Reigns-Ziggler-Kane shred you’re going to love!
- Joey Mercury talked!
- I exclude to accept any of this Ziggler-Lana-Rusev stuff. Rusev and Lana are a energy integrate that are meant to be together. Their attribute is dedicated and inspiring. Fact.
- What does my partner consider of [insert Raw thing here]: What does she consider of Lana, Ziggler, and Rusev? “Why are they doing this to Lana and Rusev? It’s violation my heart.”
- “Who’s Mr. Ed?” Byron Saxton with a wily age disproportion joke; we know, when he could indeed get a word in.