After that ill-thought out, half-assed brand split, I'm shocked that the end result was the best RAW episode in years.
George Michael weighed his options. Maeby had chastised him for not taking risks, and what would be a bigger risk than perpetuating a lie about software just to ignite the passions of a woman? Of course it would be a lie, and since Maeby wouldn't know it was a lie, he wouldn't appear to be taking a risk. Perhaps the bigger risk was to tell his father he was lying, that he came up with it because he wanted his father to leave so he could enjoy what remained of his senior year. After all, he wondered, wouldn't that be the course of action taken by an overtly sexual man, a man who owns a pair of matador pants? He had not responded now for 41 seconds according to his unfailing internal clock, and it was time to come clean.
Pretty decent show, still hate the new logo. Loved Sasha walking out with the red belt, especially with the whole "You'll NEVER beat me!" *taps out 10 seconds later* bit.
Not sure how I feel about the return of the squash match, but at least there were only two and they were brutally short.
Anyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title. (though I imagine Dr Unlikely will have a field day with his superhero booking around this one). I was impressed that Balor made it to the title match, but also feel it kinda telegraphed that it would be Rollins who walks out with the Universal belt. Balor literally just got called up; giving him the Raw version of the World Title seems a bit too hasty. We don't need an Irish Roman Reigns.
The brand split may turn out better than expected, if they keep up this level of quality.
Could easily allow Gallows & Anderson to help Balor. I've heard that Finn is a great heel and this would give us Balor Club plus the official face turn that seems to be Rollins' destiny. (Sidebar - he could really go ape against HHH if Balor got the best of him after Balor Club shenanigans.)
Regardless they need a good long-term plan to make certain that Balor isn't harmed in the eyes of the non-NXT watching portion of the fanbase.
I would say that was Sasha's best Bayley-less match and maybe Charlotte's best match ever. That whole thing was amazing... I know if it happened at SummerSlam it would have been a Bigger Deal but I guess we get the Rematch then, which Sasha wins as well... Simply outstanding.
And my wife & I marked out big-time for Finn's amazing birthday night. That finish with the Coup de Grace proved just how much Reigns needs to dump that armored vest...Finn stomped right on 2 inches of plastic protecting Roman.
A very good 'first' episode. Some great matches, a title change and entertaining almost throughout. Long may it continue.
Sasha and Big E really need to stop those through the rope dives they do though. I thought Sasha was going to be really hurt when she landed and was both pleased and surprised she got up so quickly. Reminded me of the Lita and Trish dive years ago.
I would have thought they would have gone with WWE Universe title rather than Universal. Not sure that is going to catch on.
OK, so was this actually a good show or was it good because everyone's favourite NXT wrestler and women's wrestler won? The WWE has been down this road before where they put on shows that are great in a vacuum, but lead to a bad place overall, yet we don't notice because OMG CM PUNK or OMG DANIEL BRYAN. They can't every week have Balor become the Number 1 contender or Banks win the WWE title. Plus, if this doesn't pop a big rating, we could see them fall back in to bad habits again (More McMahons!!!). Not trying to be negative, enjoyed the show, but have this uneasy feeling that I will hear the words "Special Guest Referee: Triple H" in two weeks...
Kevin Kelly: "Mr. Austin, would you like to comment on Wade Keller's Take that endorsing the XFL hurts your anti-authority character?"
Steve Austin: "Oh shit, he actually said that? I thought the boys in the back were ribbing me!"
Kelly: "No, he really said that. Did they tell you the part about you sitting in the stands, looking all skeptical?"
Austin: "AHAHAHAHAHAHA. Yeah... oh man that was too much."
Originally posted by MayhemNot really many fast forward moments here folks.
If I had a dime for every time I fast-forwarded through last night's RAW...I'd have one dime because I skipped past Enzo and Cass' match how you doin.
Originally posted by DirtyMikeSeaverOK, so was this actually a good show or was it good because everyone's favourite NXT wrestler and women's wrestler won?
I'm not into the whole star-rating thing, but I there were four different four-star (with maybe a little bit of rounding up) matches. It was the best start-to-finish RAW in a lot of years for that reason alone.
This was the way to do it. The small set changes was nice, and the presentation was a little different as far as announcers and Tom Phillips interviewing people at ringside. It was a nice change.
And the matches? Good, mostly!
I'm super happy for Sasha. I'm super happy for the women period. They had the hot opening match at the PPV, then the match on Raw, both of which the fans largely responded to. That's the most exciting thing, they're giving the fans a chance to see compelling women stories and the fans are loving it.
And I'm happy for Finn too, of course. If they can keep this kind of pace up semi-regularly, Raw might become that "must see" show again.
On the flip side, if champ Finn Balor is battling Triple H and his hired gun Big Show in a month, it is doomed.
I don't think they can do shows like this every week, but I don't care. Great show and I think it's proof that you can do a good 3-hour show if you actually make it entertaining.
Finn Balor is exactly the guy you give a megapush to on Night 1 and Rollins/Balor should be great.
I felt bad for Reigns at first, but I know he'll be back on top sooner or later. I'm cool with where he's at and I think he has a spot at the top of the card. Just not THE top. Doesn't look like they're turning him heel any time soon, though.
Originally posted by Blind_GuardianAnyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title. (though I imagine Dr Unlikely will have a field day with his superhero booking around this one). I was impressed that Balor made it to the title match, but also feel it kinda telegraphed that it would be Rollins who walks out with the Universal belt. Balor literally just got called up; giving him the Raw version of the World Title seems a bit too hasty. We don't need an Irish Roman Reigns.
I am all for the Universal Title if it opens the door for the champion to be challenged by wrestlers from alternate universes.
I thought it was a great show and they paced it really well. I generally dislike jobber matches, but I don't mind when they're used to establish new talent. I don't want to see Big Show or Kane squashing some jobber for no reason.
The to Fatal Fourways were excellent long matches, as well as the Women's Championship match. I enjoy longer matches that are quality instead of 2-3 minute short matches.
The New Day segment was longish, but the crowd seems to love everything they do for now.
Originally posted by SKLOKAZOIDGreat show and I think it's proof that you can do a good 3-hour show if you actually make it entertaining.
I don't think that was ever really in question. We used to call them "Pay-per-views" in the ancient tounge. The problem is that 3 hours of wrestling in a row every week (along with however much else you watch) gets exhausting, even when it is good. I was fading out during the main event, which was undeniable good, just because of how late into the evening it was.
Originally posted by Blind_Guardian Anyone else not digging the name 'Universal Title'? Sounds a bit too much like they're trying to one-up the World Title.
I would say that it sounds a lot like that's what they did. "Oh, Smackdown (LIVE!) won the World title? Well RAW's title is even bigger and greater and screw those guys!" I expect that tonight's Smackdown (LIVE!) will have a new themesong, just like RAW's, and it will be a 30-second loop of fart noises. Their commitment to building the Smackdown (LIVE!) brand is suspect at best.
When I saw the New Day vs Wyatt compound match I thought to myself "man, Braun Strowman kinda looks like the Mountain from Game of Thrones." I've heard Cole call Braun "The Mountain of a Man" on 2 occasions now. Lol