Raw Review, 7/2

OPENING SEGMENT: ROMAN REIGNS

Bob.. Bob… Bob…. Bob… BOB…….. Lot’s of Bobs in this promo. Not nearly as good of a promo as last week. It’s always fun to see Rollins and Reigns in the ring together. I have a feeling that there will be a fourth partner for Reigns, Rollins, & Lashley against The Revival, Ziggler, & McIntyre. Will Ambrose return? That would rock. Or maybe they take them on 3-on-4. Or Braun joins them. Whoever they use, I think we have a seven- or eight-man tag main event.

Reigns Promo Rating: Three Bobby Lashleys

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Segment Rating: Two This Is Your Lifes

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Or Roman wrestles twice. Whatever, I can’t be right 186% of the time.

 

MATT HARDY VS. CURTIS AXEL

I am still a big fan over the B-Team’s parodies. The side effect on the apron was pretty cool. I’m really just not feeling this match. I really enjoy the character, but Woken Matt feels like a boring wrestler. I don’t think he and Axel have very good chemistry in the ring. Axel gets another win over Matt.

Match Rating: One Gold Medal

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BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: SETH ROLLINS, ROMAN REIGNS, & BOBBY LASHLEY

Lashley runs his mouth again on Roman. It wasn’t as bad as last week. If all of Roman’s promos were up against Lashley, he’d be the best talker in the business. Lashley ends it terribly.

Lashley Promo Rating: One Bobby Lashley

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Reigns Promo Rating: One Stone Cold

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Segment Rating: Three This Is Your Lifes

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DR. SHELBY IS BACK!

 

TITUS WORLDWIDE W/DANA BROOKE VS. THE AUTHORS OF PAIN

Being that they’re mostly jobbers at this point, it’s easy to forget how incredibly athletic Crews is and how powerful Titus is. Still, they get steamrolled by AOP. I feel bad for those guys because there’s no reason either of them should be used like this. It wasn’t a 100% squash match, but there was nothing to make anyone thing Titus & Apollo could win. A real squash would have been better for AOP. This one doesn’t feel like it accomplished much at all. Very boring matches so far.

Match Rating: Two Gold Medals

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ROMAN REIGNS & SETH ROLLINS VS. DOLPH ZIGGLER & DREW McINTYRE

I was reading that Reigns and McIntyre had great in-ring chemistry at live events over the weekend. That would be a really good feud. I also read constantly that Roman gets huge babyface reactions at live events. Roman and Drew do seem to click in the ring tonight. Hopefully something more comes of that somewhere down the line. I like the near-fall sequences between Ziggler and Rollins. Theirs in the money feud right now and I’m really looking forward to their iron man match at Extreme Rules. The crowd is totally seems about 60/40 in favor of Roman tonight. I was really impressed when McIntyre threw Ziggler ito the ring and made a tag to try to stop Rollins from tagging Reigns. Crowd was desperately anticipating the hot tag but The Revival came down and attacked. The first good match of the night.

Match Rating: Six Gold Medals

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IN-RING SEGMENT: STEPHANIE McMAHON’S PERSONALLY APPOINTED CONSTABLE BARON CORBIN & FINN BALOR

I’m glad this got physical because neither of them did anything for me on the mic. Both get a zero.

Segment Rating: Two Katie Vicks

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EMBER MOON VS. LIV MORGAN

Morgan’s tongue is blue, and she gave Ember a noogie. I dig it. Liv is very athletic and shows a lot of offense in the match but Ember wins it with the Eclipse, one of the best finishers in the business. Fun match.

Match Rating: Five Gold Medals

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Bayley and Sasha are not Daniel Bryan and Kane. LET THEM FUCKING FIGHT, GOD DAMMIT!

 

ROMAN REIGNS & BOBBY LASHLEY VS. THE REVIVAL

I like when they say that an authority figure is taking a certain match under consideration, since that means there’s a 150% chance it’s happening. They’re making a big deal of Roman being in his second match of the night, but he was barely in the first. I really like Roman but whenever they have him pull double duty, or take the example of the Royal Rumble where he entered #1, they protect the hell out of him. I doubt he needs it, but people take notice, and it’s another reason a large portion of the audience doesn’t respect him. I’m not sure what to make of Reigns not tagging in Lashley. It’s a feud I don’t really care to see, maybe that’s why I don’t have any feelings about it. The crowd is gonna shit all over their match. The match was decent, and the booking was good for the storyline, even if I don’t like the feud.

Match/Booking Rating: Six Dustys

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Kurt makes the Reigns vs. Lashley match official.

 

NO WAY JOSE VS. MOJO RAWLEY

Again. WHY?!? How is this a feud?? Mojo beats the shit out of Jose again, which is what needed to happen, but who cares? It’s really dumb to have this keep happening, and I know that it’s gonna end with Jose beating Mojo in a match. The segment was good, but this is bad booking.

Segment Rating: Five This Is Your Lifes

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Booking Rating: Six Kevin Sullivans

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NIA JAX W/NATALYA VS. MICKIE JAMES W/ALEXA BLISS

Ronda Rousey is gonna be in the front row for Alexa and Nia’s match at Extreme Rules. That’s awesome. It feels like multiple times in every Alexa-Nia feud, Mickie James wrestles Nia and gets smashed. Nia announces their title match is an extreme rules match. Which means Ronda can come out of the crowd, rip out Alexa’s uterus, and bounce it off her face repeatedly. They turn this into a pretty good and believable match with the veteran Mickie James smartly injuring Nia’s knee. Inevably though, Nia chews up Mickie and spits her out as Natalya takes out Alexa.

Match Rating: Seven Gold Medals

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KEVIN OWENS VS. BRAUNS STROWMAN

Owens ends this one quickly by running away. Strowman makes sure he wins before taking off after him like an angry charging bull. I love softly hearing the crowd chanting “port-o-potty” in the background while Strowman searches for him. Luckily and by complete coincidence, there just happens to be a roll of duct tape next to the shitter. The security guard doesn’t even blink an eye as she watches Braun drag the shit box through the backstage area. That was gold. Braun walks away, but probably just needed a running start. Or give Owens time to escape. “Holy shit” is right. Looks like Owens is the new Blue Meanie. The announcer than announces the winner of the match. Fucking perfect.

Match?/Segment Rating: Ten Gold Medals

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Shitty show, great ending.

Overal Show Rating: Three Gold Medals

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