Liam Hoofe rounds up all of the action from the week in WWE…
Jericho Vs Owens
Whilst it would be nice to one day see Raw open with a match up, this week’s Raw began with a highlight reel segment that established a number of future scenarios.
First of all Reigns came out to a chorus of boos and challenged Owens to a match later in the night to earn himself the right to be the number one contender. Whilst Reigns is a divisive character to say the least, this is the Reigns I don’t mind watching. He cut straight to the point and told Owens he was sick of him being a little girl, and that he wanted to see the old Kevin Owens back in the ring. Reigns works when he is being intense, when he doesn’t work is when he trying overly hard to be a babyface, which he wasn’t here at all.
Secondly this sowed the seeds further for the inevitable Jericho Vs Owens match. The two turned on each other in this segment brilliantly and their later arguments in the night were great. I can’t wait to see these guys verbally sparring with each other in the months to come.
Zayn vs… Foley?
Sami Zayn has floated between random matches ever since his feud with Kevin Owens ended a few months back. Last month it looked as though he was set to enter a programme with Braun Strowman but that kind of disappeared before Survivor Series. The feud has been resurrected a little the last two weeks on Raw but it looks as though Zayn is now going to be feuding, well as much as possible, with Mick Foley.
The exchange between them this week following Braun destroying Zayn was great and it showed us a side to Sami we’ve not seen so far in his WWE run. Hopefully this is going somewhere and isn’t just forgotten about like every other feud Zayn has had in the last couple of months.
This week’s Raw felt like a retro edition of the show at times. We saw a backstage beat down in the parking lot, which was awesome. A crazy promo that took place in a pub between Sheamus and Cesaro, which was an hilarious way to further establish these guys as a team. Last but by no means least, Mark Henry showed up! And it looks as though he is going to be set into a feud with Titus O Neil because of an altercation that took place in a movie, which personally I think is brilliant, I miss the days when WWE would start silly mid card feuds because someone spilled coffee on someone or something daft like that.
Brutal Main Event
The women got to main event the show once again this week on Raw and boy did they deliver. Charlotte and Sasha’s feud has been great and this week’s no DQ match was a brutal showcase from both of the women.
The match had a bit of everything, seeing Sasha use the kendo stick was a great moment and Charlotte hitting the moonsault outside was one of the night’s best moments.
The finish of the match was a nice surprise as well, not Sasha winning, but the fact that it ended in the crowd with quite an innovative finish as well. Ric Flair’s endorsement of Sasha at the end was a nice touch and added salt to Charlotte’s wounds. Whilst hot potatoing the title all the time is not the best idea, these two are so talented that it kind of makes some sort of sense that they would continuously keep one upping each other.
Heyman admits Lesnar Screwed Up
This week we saw Paul Heyman being interviewed by Michael Cole, discussing Brock Lesnar’s surprising loss to Goldberg at Survivor Series. What was surprisingly refreshing to hear was Heyman just admitting that he and Brock screwed up.
The segment made perfect sense from a story telling perspective and helped cushion Brock’s defeat to Goldberg by making it look like a misjudgment on their part, and it was totally believable. We also got the announcement that Brock is going to compete in the Rumble, which will add to the event, considering most of us just expected him to show up and screw Goldberg unannounced.
Reigns is Number One Contender, and what about the US Title?
Whilst Reigns was on fairly good form this Monday night, the fact that he is number one contender again feels tired and shows the lack of depth in the Raw main event scene. It’s not Reigns’ fault that he is in the position he is in, and outside of Jericho and Rollins there is really no-one else established enough for Owens to feud with right now. So whilst I’m saying it’s bad, it more what it exposes than the fact that it is Reigns who is number one contender.
My biggest issue though is how devalued the US title has become since Reigns has owned it. He is yet to have any sort of feud concerning it, and he never even mentions the fact that he is US champion. He just carries the belt around like it’s an accessory. I suspect that he may be moving into a feud with Braun Strowman when he’s done with KO and perhaps the title will be on the line there, but for now it is so wasted on his shoulder.
If there is one thing you can guarantee that will happen in WWE right now, it’s that the hometown hero will lose. This week not only did Charlotte lose in the main event, but Cedric Alexander also lost to Tony Nese for no real reason other than for the latter to gain some cheap heat.
This decision was especially baffling considering how much the Cruiserweight division is struggling to find its feet since it arrived on the main roster.
Match of the Week: Sasha Banks Vs Charlotte
Superstar of the Week: Sasha Banks
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