I don't say this often but the last RAW was so bad I think it might just be the worst that have personally ever seen. I found myself not caring for anything on the entire show. I am a huge AJ Styles fan but even he could not save this show.
It is becoming harder and harder to do a Monday Night RAW each week, so I won't.
I will keep this short and sweet and straight to the point. WWE has no stars!
Seth Rollins is dead in the water. The only good thing about this entire show was Ric Flair coming to the ring and going on a drunken tirade.
Bobby Lashley continues to taunt Rusev after stealing his wife Lana. Lashley and Lana at some restaurant talking shit about Rusev setting the scene for Rusev to show up and beat the shit out of Lashley. However, Rusev did nothing when he showed up. Yes, he attacked Lashley but it was so weak and security broke the fight up before it could even get started.
The Street Profits finally had a match against the O.C and it was decent. Street Profits seemed to be over with the crowd so I will give them credit for that. It was the best match of the night as far as crowd reaction was concerned.
For years wrestling fans have complained about Vince McMahon force-feeding shitty lines to wrestlers. The most famous shitty line that comes to mind is Roman Reigns saying, "Suffering Succotash".
If that is not the most unnatural moment in the history of pro-wrestling, I don't know what is.
Things are changing however, with AEW putting the pressure on Vince and the WWE, yoy can see things are getting interesting again. It seems as if certain wrestlers are allowed to speak freely and just hit the bullet points in their promos.
Of course we will never see the day when Vince will allow wrestlers to just go completely off the script but honestly I dont think they should anyway.
What's important is the natural feel and believability. People want the wrestlers to come off as genuine even though we know wrestling is scripted.
Chris Jericho recently spoke with Mature Audiences Mayhem and said this about MJF:
"When you're a great heel, chances are you are entertaining. Unless you're a psycho heel, which is very hard to play," Jericho said.
MJF is the perfect example of why AEW is needed. If he were in WWE his character would not be able shine. He is so good on the mic that he makes me forget he is only 22 years old.
All this week have been hearing wrestling podcasters complaining about Bayleys heel turn. They keep saying she is not heel enough. First of all, what people need to understand is Bayley is not your typical heel. She is playing the role of a bad girl that does not know that she is a bad girl.
That's the point of all of this, she will never be a heel that insults the crowd. She will always justify her actions in a tongue in cheek like fashion.
Sasha Banks is playing the role as the real bad girl that is influencing Bayley to bad things, that's the story. I dont understand why these so-called smart fans are not catching on to this obvious storyline.
I just wish people would stop asking for her to change her theme music and act more arrogant and nasty just to prove that she is a real heel. It's not necessary. Sasha is there to make sure Bayley is depicted as a heel l, that's all you need.
Also it is important to note that WWE really does not do the heel vs face thing anymore, that era is pretty much over. Everybody is now a tweener.
For all its worth, we can all say it's about time. Bayley has been put in a situation that is very difficult for wrestlers to be in.
She has been a face for so long that it has run stale. Bayley became boring. She needed so badly to do something different and she finally did it.
After Sasha interfered with Becky Lynch and Bayley's tag-team match, taking out Becky with a backstabber and striking her with chair shots, Bayley grabbed the chair from Sasha as if she was trying to protect Lynch. But there a pause as Bayley stood there with the char in hand. The audience could sense something big was coming. Bayley looked at Sasha and then she looked at Becky. The audience began to stir. What followed was Bayley smiling as she attacked Becky with the chair as Sasha laid back in the corner smiling.
Bayley's heel turn was absolutely epic. I would have to say this is one of my favorite moments in this history of the women's division. WWE got something right for a change. I don't know if it was Vince or Heyman but I do know that it was done perfectly as Bayley and Sasha laughed while Becky laid there, helpless and beaten as RAW went off the air.
So Becky Lynch went to twitter and made fun of Sasha Banks for dropping a bad promo on RAW. However, if you actually break down her promo, Sasha gave us confirmation that she cried on the floor, didn't care about the Women's tag-team championships and best of all she admitted to taking her ball and going home.
All week, I have heard wrestling podcasts trashing Sasha Banks for her promo, calling it lame. What these people seem to not understand is Sasha Banks is a HEEL! This was a heel promo!!!!
I don't understand why people don't get it, the promo was lame because it was supposed to be. Sasha is not trying to make you feel good about her return. She is not pandering to you idiots on social media. Sasha Banks told the truth, that's it, that's all.
I have no idea why Stone Cold is appearing at MSG. More than likely it is to promote something. Even more likely it is to help boost ratings as WWE has tried everything in their power to bring the ratings back to respectable numbers. It seems like every time I turn around there is another legend or an old timer appearing on RAW. I guess desperate times calls for desperate measures. Either way, I guess it will be nice to have Austin out there again but I highly doubt he will be able to give anybody a stunner due to his neck injury. I'm sure the crowd will pop though.
I just want to staying RIP Angela Valdez.
Secondly, why the hell did they change the damn theme music? That shit absolutely sucks now. I don't like the new song at all!!!
Okay, the first thing that happens we find out Angela is dead. Immediately I'm pissed off because Angie was my favorite charter in the whole damn show. Then to make matters worse Ghost sneaks up on Tommy inside of his house and they have this weak ass fight that is eventually ceased by Tarik. I don't know how other people may feel but to me that fight scene with Ghost and Tommy was wack.
Tommy gets Keisha to toss the gun he used to kill Angela in the river. Keisha did not use gloves when she touched the gun so I'm sure we will be seeing her name in brought into the investigation concerning the murder of Angela Valdez.
Tasha lets Ghost know she wants a divorce. Who couldn't see that coming? The divorce should have happened like 3 seasons ago. Tasha also is still in search of Terry Silver. Tasha doesn't know that Ghost killed Terry so Tasha is calling him back to back trying to contact him. There are rumors that Terry might still be alive but I highly doubt it.
The main scene of the whole show was Ghost shooting up Tommy's car. Now I have to admit, as bad as this episode was for me, this scene was crazy AF!
As turns out Tommy's boss stole Tommy's keys and had one of his men driving the car so when Ghost sprayed it with bullets he killed someone else and not Tommy.
Tarik seems as if he is probably gonna end up helping Tommy kill Ghost but you never know with Tarik. We have seen Tarik fake like he is going against Ghost while siding with Kanan but then he turned Kanan.
Overall I give this episode POWER a letter grade of C. To be fair a lot of my disdain for this episode is due to the fact that I hate the new intro music and I'm mad that Anglea is dead. Angie was the centerpiece in this whole story, everything revolved around her. Now that she is gone the show feels empty.
We all know that the reason Vince McMahon is switching NXT over to USA is to combat AEW in when it goes to TNT in the fall. However, another reason for the switch to USA is Smack Down moving to FOX on Friday nights. NXT moving to USA is a way to keep WWE programing on the USA network and it is at best an attempt to replace Smack Down and to also keep USA happy.
The only concern I have is that NXT may become less of a Triple H product and more of a Vince McMahon product which cheapen NXT and make it just like the main roster which has its own issues.
To make matters worse, NXT will be going head to head against AEW which id on fire right now. If NXT does not pull in good ratings McMahon could decide to get involved and start to pull out whatever crazy antics he thinks will be necessary to boost ratings and to take away from AEW's audience.
The big risk has pretty much no reward. WWE may get embarrassed in this situation. I can see the NXT ratings be so low that NXT is forced to move back to the WWE network which will make WWE look weak and pathetic in the eyes of today's smart wrestling fans.