This Week in WWE – Raw (10/17/2016)

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This week on Raw (10/17/2016), Goldberg makes his WWE return after 12 years! Charlotte also delivers a can’t miss interview with Lita! All that and more inside!

Chris Jericho/Kevin Owens/Seth Rollins

Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho are supposed to be heels, but it’s hard for them to be when they’re so entertaining. Chris even had Kevin on his podcast recently and both agreed that they’d rather hear a chorus of cheers and boos than straight up boos or cheers. I like this way of thinking and not many stars have the ability to pull it off. Only the very best seem to be able to actually capture the entire crowd in a good and bad way all at the same time.

Owens and Jericho kicked off the show last night and really got the crowd into the show. One of my favourite things was Jericho starting to say, “quiet” with Owens exclaiming, “Yeah! Do that thing where you tell them to be quiet!”. These two went on to blame everyone from Mick Foley to referee Rod Zapata for Jericho’s loss last week. Yes, Zapata made “The List”.

Further along in the promo, Seth Rollins joined in and proceeded to call Jericho “Sparklecrotch” due to his rhinestone tights. You really can’t make this stuff up. Seth managed to pit the two against each other for a second until Owens figured out what he was trying to do which set up a rematch between Rollins and Jericho.

Jericho and Rollins had another stand-out match on Raw. It’s amazing how great Jericho has been for so long. The flow of a Jericho match is always so seamless and everything looks so polished. Rollins pulled out a victory despite a distraction from Kevin Owens.

Charlotte

Charlotte’s sit-down interview with Lita was, in my opinion, the best promo she’s ever done. She didn’t make any excuses when challenged about taking advantage of a less than 100% Sasha Banks. She talked about being durable and said a win is a win. Charlotte had confident demeanor throughout the whole interview and said she didn’t need the fans and that everyone knows she is THE woman.

I really think that Charlotte has been one of the best things to happen to the Women’s Division in years. It’s not hard to see how she’s Ric Flair’s daughter, she does everything well. Charlotte’s legacy will undoubtedly be cemented inside Hell in a Cell no matter the outcome. I hung on to every word in her promo, she showed a whole new type of focus. It instantly made this feud feel like a true fight and that’s something the Women’s Division hasn’t seen in years.

The most important thing is that Charlotte is finally starting to stand on her own.

Bo Dallas

Bo Dallas showed his mean streak again this week by defeating Neville. What was even more strange was his beatdown on his former friend Curtis Axel after the match. It looks like Bo is completely fine on his own, thankfully. This Bo-lieve 2.0 gimmick could help get both those guys back on track if this somehow turns into a feud between the two.

Dana Brooke/Bayley

I have a lot of confidence that both of these women will be huge contributors to the Women’s Division on Raw. As I’ve stated before, I believe that Dana can benefit a lot from working with Bayley. Bayley is a great seller and can make someone look extremely strong. Just look at her matches with Asuka if you don’t know what I mean.

Last night, Dana beat Bayley with a clean three-count after dominating most of the match. This was a logical step in the evolution of Dana Brooke. Dana had been made to be weak over the last few months with Charlotte, she needed an opportunity to get back on track and she’s doing just that. The crowd was shocked and there was a brief silence followed by some boos.

I think we’ll see a pay-per-view match between these two down the line with Bayley ultimately prevailing. Regardless of who wins, Dana looked 10 times better after her match on Raw. I would ultimately like Dana to make a face turn down the line as I think she could win over the crowd better that way, but I’m hoping she makes the most of this opportunity to feud with the ultra-popular Bayley.

Braun Strowman

Strowman took out 3 mean on Raw, but the most interesting development was a show-down with Sami Zayn. Strowman shoved The Underdog from the Underground and walked off. I think this feud could be something truly special for both men. Braun is ready to take on someone a bit more skilled than your everyday jobber and Sami needs something to revitalize him. I’m intrigued.

Goldberg

Bill Goldberg made his triumphant return to Raw on Monday and accepted Lesnar’s challenge. It was great to see Goldberg back in the ring and almost surreal. It’s been 12 years since we last saw him and I really didn’t think that we’d ever see him in the ring again. If only for one match, Goldberg is back! It’s always great when someone can come in and cut a great promo despite being gone for so long and he did just that. This match will be one for the ages and will hopefully erase the negative stigma from Wrestlemania 20.

Quick Notes

Rusev introduced us to his family on Monday night. It was a cool side to an otherwise brooding character.

Big Cass beat Karl Anderson fairly quickly. Great way to make Enzo and Cass look strong.

The heel Cruiserweights beat the faces. Enough said. Everything revolves around TJ Perkins vs. Brian Kendrick and that rematch will certainly happen sooner than later.

Sasha’s interview with Lita was equally as confident as Charlotte’s but it still didn’t feel quite as meaningful. That being said, I love Sasha and I’m sure she’ll bring her A-game on October 30th.

Emma is still transforming into Emmalina…for some reason.

Great to see Mark Henry tonight. His in-ring days are coming to an end, but it’s always cool to see him take someone out with The World’s Strongest Slam.

Big E vs. Sheamus was meh. I’m souring a little on The New Day lately, I’ll admit that. Those titles really need to change hands desperately.

Conclusion

Raw was packed with good things tonight from the shocking victory by Dana Brooke to the return of Goldberg to the amazing promo from Charlotte. Hell in a Cell is starting to feel like a must-see event and Raw is steadily getting better by the week. I will say the undercard needs some work, though.

 

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