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The 07/18/16 edition of WWE Monday Night Raw reviewed in about 4 minutes – including Raw and Smackdown’s new General Managers revealed, an old division being brought back to WWE, a huge WWE championship match and more…
The old ‘New Era’ ended with its most common trait – an opening promo segment with some McMahons.
They bantered about the draft, and Stephanie claimed to have better Lady Balls than Shane’s…man balls. Lady Balls was one of the rumoured names for Stephanie’s upcoming autobiography, so it looks like they’re turning that into a catchphrase. It’s a shame, as I much prefer “Filthy, Dirty, Disgusting, Skanky, Brutal, Bottom-feeding, Trash-bag ho”. Drink it in.
Stephanie announced Mick Foley as Raw’s new General Manager – he’s got a new reality show starting soon – and that the cruiserweight division will be returning off the back of the Network’s Cruiserweight Classic.
But coming soon to a Botchamania near you, Mick Foley forgot what to say. Steph can be heard feeding him his lines.
Then Shane announced what the crowd already knew – Daniel Bryan is Smackdown Live’s General Manager, and he got a tremendous reaction from the crowd.
12 MAN PROMO MATCH
Before the big 12 man tag match half way through the show, we got a big 12 man promo.
In the usual WWE way, act after act came out to interrupt the person talking in the ring. John Cena and Enzo and Cass, The Club, The New Day and The Wyatt Family – these are the best promo acts in the company today, and it all made for a fantastic character-led segment. Cena even made me genuinely laugh. I thought that only happened in supporting roles for Judd Apatow-produced romantic comedies.
The eventual match ended with Enzo accidentally clobbering Cena – who’s his Battleground teammate. It sets up the narrative of team disunity ahead of their match against The Club.
Here’s the other stuff that happened!
CESARO & SAMI ZAYN BEAT CHRIS JERICHO & KEVIN OWENS
Sami Zayn rolled up Chris Jericho to continue his momentum going into Battleground against Kevin Owens. Various combinations of these four men have made for most of the best matches on WWE over the last few months. Canada and Switzerland, we salute you.
DARREN YOUNG BEAT ALBERTO DEL RIO
The Miz tried to cost Darren Young the victory, but ended up helping him win. Miz’s current act with Maryse is the best he’s ever been. The same goes for Darren Young’s act with Bob Backlund…but that isn’t saying much.
BARON CORBIN BEAT SIN CARA
We were told that the Lucha Dragons announced before Raw that they’ll be going their separate ways from now on. It would’ve been nice to have that on the actual show, to get across how impactful the brand split is going to be on the actual performers and their relationships with each other.
Instead, Corbin beat Sin Cara quickly, and then beat up Kalisto afterwards. Presumably because they look exactly the same and he got confused.
SASHA BANKS & BECKY LYNCH BEAT CHARLOTTE & DANA BROOKE (VIA DQ)
Natalya took out Becky Lynch and Charlotte and Dana beat down Sasha Banks ahead of their Battleground matches – which probably means Sasha’s winning this Sunday.
RUSEV & SHEAMUS BEAT ZACK RYDER & DOLPH ZIGGLER
Sheamus was the WWE Champion 9 months ago. Let that sink in for a moment. Now he’s ’the guy in someone else’s feud’. Zack Ryder, on the other hand, was always ’the guy in someone else’s feud’, and now he might be winning his second title of the year. Strange times.
To hear about Raw’s big WWE Championship main event, and what Oli thought of the show overall, watch the video below…
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