This Week in WWE – Raw (10/24/2016)

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This week on Raw (10/24/2016), Mick Foley delivers a passionate promo about the women’s Hell in a Cell match and The List goes missing!

Jericho/Owens/Rollins

There hasn’t been a feud quite as comical lately as the feud over the WWE Universal Championship held by Kevin Owens. Chris Jericho came out and talked about how his list was missing and that he wasn’t leaving until he got his list back. Seth Rollins ended up having the list but left it in the locker room which sent Jericho on a hunt to find the list.

I’ve said it over and over, but Jericho has been better than ever during this latest run. He’s been entertaining in everything he’s done. Jericho ended up finding the list in the hands of Braun Strowman who made him say please to have it back. I feel like that was a missed opportunity with Strowman.

Rollins ended up double power bombing Jericho and Owens for the victory, but Owens got the last laugh by power bombing Rollins onto the ring apron. Owens stood tall to end the show. With how over Chris Jericho has been lately, I wouldn’t mind him becoming WWE Universal Champion, at least for a short time. I know he’s not even a factor in the championship match, but I definitely could see it down the line.

As for the actual match, I see Triple H finally coming back to screw Rollins yet again. We’ll see.

Anderson/Gallows & Cass/Enzo

Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows got Big Cass and Enzo’s microphones turned off before the match between Anderson and Enzo. Anderson went on to say it’s music to their ears to have their microphones turned off. Enzo then proceeded to mimic a microphone with his hand and have the crowd say his whole routine. I must say I don’t think I’ve ever heard a crowd go through that as enthusiastically as this audience did. It was pretty incredible!

Enzo and Cass stole the win after Cass booted Anderson in the head from outside with Enzo pinning him right after. It looks like this rivalry is getting pretty heated and nothing aids that more than a dirty win. It’s weird for the faces to be the ones doing that, but it works with Cass and Enzo’s gimmick. I like both of these teams and I feel like they both deserve to be in the title picture. This is another reason The New Day need to drop the tag team titles. There are too many talented tag teams to have a team hold the titles for nearly 500 days.

The New Day

The New Day talked about Sheamus and how his name is a play on “shame us” prior to their tag-team match with Cesaro and Sheamus. I find it weird that Sheamus is somehow getting made fun of by everyone in this situation. Instead of being the monstrous heel that he has been over the past year or so, he’s been comedic fodder. I don’t care for that so much. There are enough comedic characters, making Sheamus look by leading up to Sunday isn’t doing anyone any good.

I really don’t understand why you would book a non-title tag team match between the same two teams that will fight for the titles on Sunday at Hell in a Cell. To me, that makes very little sense. As much as I want to see The New Day finally drop the titles, I don’t think I want Cesaro and Sheamus to take them. I’m not really sure who to root for in that match. This isn’t a knock on any of these guys, I’d just rather see Cesaro and Sheamus as singles stars and for The New Day to take a back seat for a while.

Dana Brooke/Bayley

Everyone seems to hate Dana Brooke. It’s really rather ridiculous. I don’t even understand why she’s booed as often as she is. She’s actually been a very effective heel. Like it or not, Dana wasn’t rushed along and put in the main roster spotlight all at once. She was given a sidekick role with Charlotte for a few months while soaking in some of the best women’s matches you can see. She certainly benefitted from that.

This isn’t Dana’s first feud, she’s been around quite a while and I don’t see a lot of flaws in her body of work. I really felt like she was made to look a little weaker than she should have been when she was with Charlotte. Now that she’s feuding with Bayley, she’s been able to show a stronger side. No one can understand quite how important this feud is for Dana. It’s a chance for her to stand out and erase the stigma the fans have unfairly put on her.

On Raw, Dana and Bayley were about to have a rematch when Dana announced it would be an arm wrestling contest. Dana won the first round and almost lost the second round until she gave Bayley a cheap shot to the face. Bayley ended up giving her a Bayley to Belly. I hope these two women face off at Hell in a Cell. Bayley is helping Dana look like a legitimate strong heel as she should.

No, the arm wrestling segment was not as good as a match, but Dana Brooke has been quietly very good lately and she deserves a lot of the credit for that. Dana is becoming one of the more prominent female faces on Raw and she’s raising her stock each week with every dirty heel tactic. I’ve truly enjoyed watching her evolution and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for her future.

Curtis Axel/Bo Dallas

Just as I expected, Bo Dallas attacking Axel last week was one way of allowing Axel to tap into his genetics and have a very dominant match with Bo. Axel did end up losing after a roll-up, but hopefully, his renewed aggressiveness is a sign of things to come

Rusev/Reigns

I hope that the Hell in a Cell match for the United States Championship on Sunday is the end of this feud. I don’t feel like these two guys match up together as well as they should. I feel like Rusev should get a chance at the Universal Championship. I’ve really loved that he’s gotten a chance to talk more lately and to show his personality. Rusev is actually a really effective person on the microphone. Reigns, on the other hand, talked about the experience in the cell and underwhelmed me immensely.

It’s almost a certainty that Reigns keeps this title and Rusev moves on to something else.

Sasha Banks/Charlotte

The fact that fans chanted boring at points during the contract signing for the first Women’s Hell in a Cell match was an insult to wrestling. Charlotte and Sasha Banks have been embroiled in one of the most bitter, personal rivalries that we have seen in WWE and it all comes to a head this Sunday.

I don’t know if Charlotte has ever been better than she has been in the past two weeks. She has been on a whole other level and has been more confident than ever. That’s no slight to Sasha who has been equally up to the task. There are no two women who deserve this opportunity more. I can’t wait for what’s in store inside Hell in a Cell.

Mick Foley

I had to talk about Mick Foley just a little bit because he can literally breathe life into something and make you believe in it. Mick talked about how the cell changes you as a person and how it’s not something you can prepare for. He made not only Sasha and Charlotte the stars of the match, but the cell itself too.

The thing that Mick does so well is that he can tie in his personal feelings about everything to make his point. Mick doesn’t do promos, he speaks from the heart. He did that on Raw talking about meeting Charlotte for the first time in 1991. He also mentioned his kids giving Sasha one of Eddie Guerrero’s last autographed pictures.

While all those personal stories added so much to this whole feud, it was Foley’s warnings that were the most meaningful. Foley talked about all the pain that that cell has put him in in his daily life and how he has never been the same. Mick understands how tough this match type is better than anyone and listening to him talk about it brought back some bad memories.

Mick Foley may be the best person in the entire WWE on the microphone. He brings your entire soul into what he’s talking about and makes you look at things from a different perspective. It’s great to have Mick back on Raw in a weekly TV role for moments like he gave us last night.

Quick Notes

The Golden Truth w/ Mark Henry defeated The Shining Stars w/ Titus O’Neil in a battle of people who have nothing better to do. Honestly, having a variation of this same match with no story every week doesn’t do a whole lot for anyone involved.

Rich Swann gets a quick win over Brian Kendrick which has to give him some consideration for the Cruiserweight Championship. Kendrick is the number one contender after all. Kendrick even begged TJ Perkins to let him win the title saying his time is running out. Looks like things are getting interesting there.

Braun Strowman knocked down Sami Zayn and walked off again. I could see a clash between these two on the pre-show to HIAC.

Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman certainly couldn’t get any heat in Minnesota which caused the segment to end early. Don’t try and book a hometown guy to get heat, it rarely works.

Conclusion

This was one of the better Raw shows in recent memory. Every feud going into Hell in a Cell was hashed out nicely and there was some undercard fodder to give everyone a break between the many good promos on the show.

 

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