Looking at the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Monday Night Raw (6.16.14)
Posted by Justin Watry on 06.16.2014
411's Justin Watry looks at the latest edition of WWE Monday Night Raw...
Hey, how are my Miami Heat doing? Oops, I was wrong about them winning the NBA Finals. Or my Denver Broncos? Yep, wrong there too. Hey, at least Big Brother selected me for the CBS cast this summer. Or not! Okay, no more blabbering about nothing. I think I wasted enough space. When finished with this, go read my new column already posted. For now, bring on WWE Raw using my classic Good/Bad/Ugly format to recap!
Seth Rollins VS. Dolph Ziggler - It was Seth Rollins and Dolph Ziggler battling with an energetic live crowd for 15 minutes. I will happily take it. Dean Ambrose crashed the party for the disqualification ending, but that fit with the story of him wanting to get his hands on Rollins. Nice segment(s) here.
Dean Ambrose VS. Bad News Barrett - Eh, I suppose this was okay. Nothing amazing or worth watching the next day, but the fans in Cleveland seemed to enjoy it. The Seth Rollins interference was clunky, but Barrett winning by count out is better than having the IC Champion lose all the time. Assuming the plan is for Rollins vs. Ambrose at Money in the Bank, WWE better give them more than 20 minutes to work with. Yes, I said MORE than 20 minutes! If their match turns out to be anything like their FCW classic from a few years ago, we are in for a treat.
WWE Raw Video - I had to find a way to include this. My favorite Raw theme with today's stars. So awesome!
Bray Wyatt VS. Sheamus - Solid promo from Bray Wyatt before the match. I have been leaning towards Cesaro winning at Money in the Bank, but now I am thinking Wyatt. Regardless, you have to figure a heel is winning the WWE World Title at the pay-per-view. Short yet effective promo from Sheamus before the match as well. These two actually got off to a rough start but following The Usos entrance (and commercial break), things improved big time. Yet another non-finish for the night was disappointing, but Bray was not going to lose. Nor should the United States Champion. Cool stuff with The Usos and Erick Rowan/Luke Harper afterwards though.
Rusev VS. Heath Slater - Rusev wins. Good. Lana appears. Good. The ONE man band Heath Slater returns to his roots as a solo act. Good. Somehow, all of this came together into an entertaining package.
Coffee-Gate - Yeah, this was juvenile. Yeah, this was ridiculous. Yeah, this was your standard silly wrestling nonsense. You know what else? Vickie Guerrero is excellent in segments like this and always gets a laugh out of me. Oh, it also got Roman Reigns into the big battle royal for a MITB qualifying spot by getting one over The Authority.. Means to an end I guess.
Battle Royal - Pretty chaotic scene. Lots of guys you could hear talking. Lots of missed spots. Lots of bodies flying everywhere. While that fits the theme of a battle royal, it fell flat. Luckily, the closing sequence (and whole match really) made Roman Reigns look like a beast heading into MITB for a shot at the WWE World Title. The WWE Universe is firmly behind him, so keep doing what you are doing WWE. It is working.
John Cena VS. Kane - I was lucky enough to attend Elimination Chamber 2012. Yes, lucky. The main event of that PPV was John Cena vs. Kane in an ambulance match. Thus, I knew what to expect from this battle. Not a classic by any means but two veterans who know how to get it done. With a title shot on the line, the outcome was really not in any doubt. Cena was going to win. That is fine. He is probably the LAST person of the bunch who I expect to win at Money in the Bank, so no harm, no foul.
Opening Segment - Well, Stephanie McMahon looked great. That is a plus. I liked the battle royal announcement. Even the stretcher match announcement was okay. What turned me off from this entire thing was just the whole setup with the roster standing on stage. Gave me flashbacks to last Fall with The Authority talking to everybody. Really felt like a repeat...a very outdated repeat at that.
Adam Rose Match - Okay, was that match a tag bout? Mixed tag? A single's bout? Whatever, it does not matter. Adam Rose still has a fun entrance but needs to stand out more during matches. Otherwise, you end up like Fandango in a few months...who took the pin fall loss.
Paige VS. Cameron - Come on now.
Wrestling Twice On The Same Show - Should not be happening, barring a rare exception.
Stardust - I get the story. I understand what the point was. I just no longer care. Get to the breakup already. It should have happened months ago...
Anything Kevin Hart Related...Ever - Not funny. Next!
Summary: Pretty good Raw for the first two hours. Like usual though, the third hour started to drag in a hurry. The PPV build did not get much, so that was a negative. In-ring action was solid. Drama and excitement was there for the most part, thanks to Cleveland. The main event WWE World Tittle match for MITB is intriguing, but more work is needed to fill out the card. Less than two weeks left...
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