After a lukewarm Supers Show Down, what does the landscape of WWE RAW look like? Tiffany checks in with Tiffany’s Takes!
Universal Championship: Okay, I will admit it, WWE swerved me with the Special Guest Referee thing. I was CERTAIN that Corbin was going to name Mr. Money in the Bank (Lesnar), but it looks like Brocky went straight home from Saudi Arabia and good riddance to him.
I am a little intrigued by the trio of Corbin, Owens, and Zayn. Owens and Zayn are definitely more interesting as heels to work off of Rollins than Corbin, so we’ll see what happens.
I’m VERY happy WWE is FINALLY going to let Rollins be a fighting champion! People have been wanting to blame Rollins for the tanking RAW ratings when the biggest problem has been that Rollins wasn’t being used as the center of RAW. He had maybe two TV matches, but was basically just there to talk, which is a criminal misuse of him considering that he does such great matches. HOPEFULLY, WWE is seeing the light on this and will let him be a fighting champ for his sake and RAW’s.
Now THAT’S how you use someone like Rollins as champion! That was such a great match! Rollins definitely had the odds stacked against him, but he survived and reminded us that just because he’s a babyface doesn’t mean he’s afraid to throw down and play dirty with the heels. Plus, he’s got quite a swing with a steel chair. Great main event for RAW!
United States Championship: Good heavens, can Strowman not ever get rid of Lashley? The guy clings to him like a barnacle. However, it looks like the US Title picture is finally heating up after getting lukewarm after WrestleMania. I was really intrigued by the prospect of Miz vs Samoa Joe, especially after Joe brought up Miz’s family, which you’d think Joe would’ve learned by now that doing that is a REALLY bad idea.
The six-man tag was actually really good and definitely establishes Ricochet as a worthy contender, but by my count, there’ five guys gunning for that US Title and Joe wasn’t pinned in the victory, so who gets the first crack at him?
RAW Women’s Division: One of these days, Emmie Slattery (Evans) is going to learn to keep her mouth shut and learn how REAL ladies behave. I’m really over this feud between Evans and Lynch but since the RAW Women’s Division is a little short on title match talent, it is what it is.
I love the friendship between Bliss and Cross, but I have a feeling that all is not how it appears. Bliss could easily be manipulating Cross into doing her dirty work for her, but we’ll have to see.
The tag match was pretty good, I wasn’t a fan of the end since Evans’ finisher is a joke, but they need to make the heels look like threats going into Stomping Grounds. However, I’m puzzled that Bliss didn’t seem to really care that the win over Bayley was stolen from her by Evans. I guess we’ll see what the fallout is later.
Time to pick up a new Chairshot shirt!
RAW Tag Team Championship: Usos vs Revival will FINALLY be for the titles! That was such a good match and Revival stealing the title win from the Usos will finally give this feud the gravitas it needs for such great teams!
Women’s Tag Team Division: Am I the only one that finds it sad that the only teams the IIconics are remotely successful against are job teams? I don’t think they’ve beaten any WWE women’s tag teams in weeks.
Roman Reigns vs Shane McMahon: Hey, WWE, if I wanted to watch two losers blow smoke up each other’s ass and drink, I could go to a bar and probably have a lot more fun than that segment. Seriously, every RAW seems to have at least one clunker segment and that was the one for this week, especially since Reigns didn’t come out and interrupt. Bleh.
24/7 Championship: I’m still unsure about how long this 24/7 thing will last, but it’s funny as hell to watch, though the thought of being stuck in an elevator for three hours with six other people makes my skin crawl. Also, how strong is Carmella? She managed to drag a 200lb+ man into an elevator with one arm!
Lars Sullivan vs Lucha House Party…Again: That was a waste of five minutes. No amount of dominance is going to fix everything that’s wrong with Sullivan and having him beat Lucha House Party, AGAIN, only emphasizes that.
Mr. Money in the Bank: I’m not going to waste my fingers on Mr. Money in the Bank’s yap machine, it’s basically the same promo every week. So Lesnar and Heyman are mad that Rollins kept Lesnar from cashing in and gave him a taste of his own medicine. Boo. Hoo.
Firefly Fun House: Okay, he gets points for ‘The Divine Comedy: Inferno’ Easter Egg. The rest of it is just fucked up.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was WWE RAW? That was really good. Don’t get me wrong, there were some clunkers, but WWE is moving full steam ahead into building up Stomping Grounds with very little time to do so. The Shane/McIntyre segment was just ugh and the Firefly Fun House thing was fucked up, but overall, the matches and segments were good and had a purpose, which is what RAW has been struggling with for months.
I’m so happy WWE is letting Rollins be a fighting champion! He’s not a champion that should be just standing around, holding the belt and waiting for his next opponent, he needs to be defending that belt because he’s so good. Keep doing that!
That’s it for Tiffany’s WWE RAW Takes! Tune in tomorrow for SmackDown and 205!