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The 05/23/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including AJ Styles reuniting with The Club and turning heel, John Cena’s return, Stephanie and Shane McMahon announcing the WWE brand split, and much more…
The show opened with a lengthy video package on Memorial Day. Being an Englishman, however, all I heard was the opening riff to Team America: World Police’s ‘America, F*** Yeah!’
On a more serious note, why was The Miz used as one of the talking heads? In the show, he’s a heel. Couldn’t they have just gotten another babyface? Inconsistencies like that are really annoying.
THE STEPH AND SHANE CONNECTION
But not as annoying as the McMahon siblings. Shane and Stephanie introduced the show proper by announcing that Smackdown’s going live and that the brand split will be returning.
This act they’ve got going on at the moment makes them come off as the most awkward of embarrassing parents. Luckily The New Day made sure this segment wasn’t entirely booty.
NEW DAY BEAT VAUDEVILLE VILLAINS (DQ)
They transitioned into their match with the Vaudeville Vaudevillains. Michael Cole kept saying it was ‘very important’ without any real context, so when Galanderson cost them the match by taking out New Day for the DQ, the Vaudeville Vaudevillians should’ve been a bit annoyed. But they weren’t.
Galanderson cut a promo after laying out The New Day telling everyone they’ve arrived! …two months after they actually arrived.
Here’s the other stuff that happened!
USOS BEAT FABREEZE
The Usos beat Fabreeze in a quick match. Fabreeze went for the Golden Truth on commentary afterwards, but R-Truth and Goldust laid them out with a smooth scoop slam combo.
ROMAN REIGNS/SETH ROLLINS PROMO
Seth Rollins kept teasing running to the ring to confront Roman Reigns, but kept stopping just short – i.e. he Jericho’d us.
RUSEV BEAT ZACK RYDER
Rusev cut an anti-American promo after beating Ryder in a quick match – to be interrupted by Titus O’Neil! It looks like Titus is getting a bit of a push…wait, no Titus! Not that kind of push!
BIG CASS & ENZO AMORE BEAT DUDLEY BOYS
Which Dudley Boy will Big Cass face this week? Both of them!
DANA BROOKE BEAT NATALYA
Dana Brooke beat Natalya in a pre-Divas Revolution duration of a match. It went about two minutes.
DOLPH ZIGGLER VS BARON CORBIN
Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin’s technical wrestling match actually ended up being Ziggler kicking Corbin in the balls.
I know how you feel, Baron. That’s exactly how my balls felt when I realised you’d be having yet another match with Dolph Ziggler.
DEAN AMBROSE, SAMI ZAYN & CESARO BEAT KEVIN OWENS, CHRIS JERICHO & ALBERTO DEL RIO
And Raw’s main event was a fun six man tag between the Money in the Bank match competitors. However, it was overshadowed by two things: Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho bickering back and forth in a backstage promo before the match – they need to become an act together – and what should’ve been the real main event…
Watch the video below to find out Oli’s thoughts on AJ Styles turning heel and John Cena’s return…
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