Wrestling’s 4Rs: WWE Monday Night Raw Reviewed
Posted by Sean Garmer on 08.22.2014
Brock Lesnar received the new WWE World Heavyweight Title, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins went one-on-one in a Falls Count Anywhere Match and more! Wrestling's 4Rs breaks down the Right, the wRong & the Ridiculous of WWE Raw!
How the 4Rs of wRestling Work! Here is a quick explanation of the 4R's. The column will run TWO times a week. We will group our feelings on the shows in various categories: The Right, the wRong and the Ridiculous. The Right is stuff that worked very well: a great promo, a great match and so on. PuRgatoRy is a section between the right and wrong. It shows equal traits from both sides that cannot be ignored and need discussed. It is not a bad place per say, as things can get remedied or go the wrong way the very next week. The wRong is what it sounds like: bad matches, bad or boring promos and so on. The Ridiculous is stuff that had no right on TV: Stupid angles and so on. And there is always a possibility of a 5th R, which is as bad as they come. This column is supposed to be analytical, and at the right time very critical of the shows, it was the whole reason it was created. This is not a "mark" column, nor a "smark" column, our goal is to analyze the show from many different fronts, reward the good and call out the bad. We will not apologize for our opinions, they are as they are, whether positive or negative.
By: Sean Garmer
Raw 8.18.14: QUICK MATCH RESULTS:
Big Show and Mark Henry defeated Harper and Rowan @ 11:30 via pin
Falls Count Anywhere: Seth Rollins defeated Dean Ambrose @ 20:25 via curb stomp of death/doctor's stoppage
THE RIGHT: Ambrose & Rollins Steal the Show: I'll talk about their phenomenal match to close out RAW in just a second. First off, the interaction between these two is just great every time they are on screen together. Only Ambrose could pour ice water on someone and then go complete deadpan with "What? It's for charity." I about died laughing after he said that. I think I could watch these two have some tea and it would be entertaining.
Getting to the match, my God they went out there and tore the house down and then some. This is what their match at Summerslam should have been. How Ambrose is standing after that Powerbomb into the chairs is crazy, not to mention getting curb stomped into an unforgiving announce table and into some cinder blocks as well. This was a tremendous way to close out the show, it makes Rollins look so evil, and it writes off Ambrose to go film his movie. Mission accomplished and kudos to WWE for letting them go out there, do that match, and booking Mr. Money in the Bank strong for once. If you haven't seen this yet, GO WATCH IT NOW!!!
Everyone Welcome the Conqueror BROCK LESNAR: Other than Heyman going a little long in spots on his promo, everything else about this was great. The photo OP with the belt and "The Authority" was heelish, but even the crowd couldn't help cheer for Lesnar by the end of it. I absolutely loved Brock telling Heyman to say his name twice, it is somewhat endearing to see Brock look like he's having fun every once in a while. And then Heyman showed why he is the best in the business at promos. He not only continued to build up THE BEAST, he made John Cena look like he truly was the best ever to step foot in a WWE ring, thus proving why it was such a big deal that Lesnar defeated him in the manner that he did. I wish Heyman had time to go to NXT and give classes on the "art of the promo."
Tag Team Action: I like Henry & Big Show as a tag team. They are veterans that aren't doing anything and bring immediate credibility to the division by being in it. I don't like that The Wyatt Family are suffering at the expense of them being pushed, but at least Big Show and Henry are making Harper and Rowan look good in defeat. The Usos are alive and have a new team to dance with named Goldust & Stardust. I hate that the feud basically starts like every other damn feud WWE does, with some dumb roll-up finish, but it finally gives us a reason to care for all the crazy stuff the Dust Brothers do. Not to mention, the tag champions are on TV once again.
RyBack Rules: The six man tag match itself was fun and basically what you expect from six man tags in WWE. It furthered the Orton and Reigns feud, while also bringing up four guys that wrestled on Main Event the week prior for the Tag Titles. I'm guessing RVD and Sheamus are a tag team in their spare time? However, I was most impressed by the response RyBack received in his hometown. It really made me miss face RyBack. I could so get into the "Feed Me More" and "Ryback Rules" chants again if WWE ever decided to go that way with him. The best part had to be Orton breaking character and saying "You are going in Big Guy."
The Fall of Jack Swagger: I don't know why people say Swagger can't handle himself on the mic, I thought he did just fine in his backstage promo explaining what "We The People" means and that he is going to keep on trucking just like America does. The match with Cesaro was fine, and hell, Cesaro WON! What a miracle. Bo Dallas is the perfect opponent for Swagger right now. Bo making him feel sorry for letting down America and then telling him to BO-lieve was priceless. On a sidenote, I know the fans love to chant anything nowadays, case in point, $9.99 has become a running joke on WWE TV thanks majorly to the fans chanting it in arenas. But when the crowd chants a wrestler's catchphrase before he even says it, it means you have something there. Vince you are a fool if you give up on Bo Dallas. Who cares about what his body looks like, the guy is getting over.
Racist Rusev is back again: I guess Vince realized this idea of Rusev being racist was catching on, so they put Jack Swagger in-between Big E and Mark Henry to keep casual fans away from that thought. All joking aside, this made a lot of sense for Mark Henry to be Rusev's next opponent. It continues the "fight for America" theme and whenever Rusev beats Henry, it will be another feather in his cap. Mark Henry calling Lana and Rusev jackasses was a nice touch too.
puRgatoRy: Stephanie and The Bellas: This didn't come off well to the live crowd at all. They gave Nikki the "What?" treatment and Stephanie was basically feeding Nikki lines by asking her questions. Can we please stop bringing Total Divas storylines on WWE TV? No one cares about whether Brie beat Nikki to the altar or not. Especially since we can never mention that John Cena is her boyfriend. I watch Total Divas, but most of the crowd and people watching at home don't. The reason I put this in purgatory though is because the basis of Nikki's turn was fine. The interaction between Brie and Nikki sold it for me. I think if we make this a little more personal, drop the total divas marriage crap, and never bring up the cheating storyline again, this could work. Plus Stephanie gets to keep being evil and stacking the odds against Brie, which I'm totally fine with because Stephanie has been gold in this feud.
IC Title Rematch: I thought this could have been handled differently. The count-out finish felt lazy to me. I would have liked Dolph winning decisively and killing off Miz's rematch for good. Then Miz could have made himself a nuisance in Dolph's matches going forward, thus allowing him to keep being an A-hole. Then Dolph just gets annoyed and gives Miz another title-shot because he's tired of Miz. Dolph looks strong after his big surprise win at Summerslam and even though Miz isn't protected here, Miz can get his comeuppance on Dolph later.
THE WRONG: NOTHING
THE RIDICULOUS: PLEASE STOP with the F***ing DISTRACTION ROLL-UP FINISHES: The before-match and after-match stuff with AJ and Paige was great and furthered the feud in a concise manner. But for God sakes, how many weeks are they going to further this feud with someone losing via DISTRACTION Roll-up. It is getting beyond ridiculous at this point. People cannot get invested in this feud if you don't give them enough time to care, or come up with something besides the skipping around and each Diva losing matches. It also makes everyone involved look stupid, just stop with the distraction roll-up already.
Most of this show was pretty good, though it started off with something that maybe should have been in the middle of the show instead. The rest of RAW flowed nicely and was capped off with a terrific match between Rollins and Ambrose. Throw-in some good wrestling here and there, with storyline progression for everyone. Plus you have Heyman advocating like never before for his client Brock Lesnar, and you have an episode of RAW that was fun and noteworthy.
Show Rating: 7.5
As a reminder, I will be going by the 411 scale…
0 - 0.9: Torture 1 - 1.9: Extremely Horrendous 2 - 2.9: Very Bad 3 - 3.9: Bad 4 - 4.9: Poor 5 - 5.9: Not So Good 6 - 6.9: Average 7 - 7.9: Good 8 - 8.9:Very Good 9 - 9.9: Amazing 10: Virtually Perfect
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