WWE Monday Night RAW July 25, 2016
I felt that this week’s RAW and Smackdown are special and historic, the beginning of new eras, so let’s talk about RAW. Flame on. I am not joined by anybody this week, but I kept the format that I plan on using in the future with other people.
Do you enjoy Raw’s new theme song and opening video?
Here’s the video, but the song is slowed down, I assume for copyright purposes. I tried getting it from the WWE site, but you had to sit through a bunch of other intros.
You can also go to http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw and scroll past about 30 posts to find the video, but it’s a total pain in the ass.
Kent: Yeah, Shinedown is great. This is a great choice. Union Underground’s “Across the Nation” is this the best, then Marilyn Manson’s “Beautiful People” and then, please forgive me, Nickelback’s “Burn It To The Ground”, but I can see “Enemies” taking over third someday possibly. I prefer “Cut The Cord” and Also would have enjoyed Avenged Sevenfold’s “This Means War”, but this works. The video is fine.
What are your thoughts on Braun and Nia’s squash matches?
Kent: I dig Braun’s new song, it’s awesome after listening to it 3 times in a row, and I dig the new look. He needs a different finisher. Why not do the Torture Rack? He can do that to pretty much everybody on the roster with no issue and it would look absolutely devastating, plus submission wrestling is cool. I think he may emerge by year’s end as a main event player, probably undeservedly, but it could work. I would consider having Roman put Braun over before Roman snaps and goes heel. As for Nia, she is the least talented wrestler that I have seen in so many years. It’s not her fault that they are exposing her this early, but it’s stupid. Whoever is teaching her to hit a move and then walk away for 5 seconds then hit a move, rinse and repeat, they should be put in the torture rack via Braun for 5 minutes until they learn their lesson. Power wrestlers are capable of chaining moves together. Get her chaining moves, and if the match goes faster, that’s ok. It will improve her cardio, which she clearly needs based on some of her NXT matches with Bayley and Asuka. Squashes are smart moves at this time.
How do you feel about the state of the tag division after Monday?
Kent: What happened to Enzo and Cass? They said at Battleground that they would be meeting up with Anderson and Gallows the next night. Instead A&G beat up New Day and Zo and Cass fought the worst tag team in the Shining Stars. I thought for sure that Summerslam would be when Enzo and Cass finally got their big title win in Brooklyn. It appears that is going to go to G&A now. I don’t fully get it. New Day is due to drop the belts soon I think. Feels like a missed opportunity, but maybe that gets altered.
Let’s talk about the women’s division and the title match on RAW. Your thoughts?
Kent: It was a great match because Sasha brought out Charlotte’s best and Charlotte looked great. If she could bring that out in every match, she’s be phenomenal, but she simply doesn’t. I loved Sasha’s homage to Eddie. I definitely thought that they were waiting until Summerslam to switch the title, BUT this is the beginning of the new era, so a title change makes total sense. I love Sasha, but she can turn heel around November or December, that would be fabulous. She’s not a good face. I would like to see Paige more, just tossing that out there. This division should be good for months I feel and the sky is the limit, but they plan on keeping the belt on Sasha until Mania to drop it to Bayley, then a heel turn is a must to keep her fresh, in my opinion.
Do you feel that they handled the World Title situation well? Anything that you would have done differently?
Kent: I liked the opening promo because you didn’t see Steph the rest of the night. I liked the 2 four way matches as they were both excellent, but the first one was better. Rusev and KO worked so well together. I disagree with Finn winning. I know, I know, “but, but, you can’t have Finn lose on his first night” – Every member of the IWC. It’s simple really. In that opening match, I would have ended it with KO dragging Finn outside the ring and them brawling while Cesaro won the match. Now Finn has his first rival without losing a match, and it’s someone that he is comfortable with, let him work his way up the ladder. This gives Cesaro the opportunity that he deserves and needs more than any other wrestler on the roster. I’m fine with Roman winning his match, and put Cesaro over Reigns. Cesaro vs. Seth is such a better match than Finn vs. Seth. In case you don’t get it yet, Finn is all presentation, with average substance. If he didn’t have a great entrance and the paint, he’d be jobbing to Heathy Baby. Pushing Finn is a terrible mistake. He’s not a total package, he’s not great on the mic, serviceable. His move set is limited. I like Finn, but he is not this high of a caliber guy, no matter how much they hype him. This was a big mistake.
Overall, how do you feel about this new era on RAW? Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
Kent: Despite everything I said about Finn, I am glad that we have a new presence. I think it is absolute bullshit that he just leapfrogged Cesaro, KO, and Sami. It’s really a slap in the face to the veterans who have busted their ass. At least AJ was the total package immediately, and it was well known. Samoa Joe, Bobby Roode, Austin Aries, and Shinsuke are all total packages. This is setting a bad precedence, mark my words. I still really enjoyed the show. I think I would have main evented the women to really make a statement. Minor nitpicking? Perhaps, but it would have been more epic to close out the show with that moment. I like what Golden Truth are doing by the way. They know their roles and they pull it off most of the time.
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