The 6/5/2017 WWE Raw features my thoughts on Joe choking out Heyman, the use of Bray Wyatt, and the Enzo and Cass attacker storyline!
Wyatt is Furious
Bray Wyatt came out to start Monday Night Raw in quite a mood. He said he had a chance to slay the beast and save everyone from damnation. Instead of arming him with the sword, they stuck him with it. He makes a vow that one by one, the participants of the Fatal 5-Way Match at Extreme Rules must all be punished and it starts with Roman Reigns. I think this was a really good quick promo from Bray, it’s a bridge to foreshadow what he’s going to do over the next few weeks. This would bring out Reigns for an impromptu match.
Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt
I thought it was a weird thing for Bray Wyatt to come out claiming that he was going to serve judgment on everyone the 4 other guys from his match at Extreme Rules only to lose cleanly to Roman Reigns. I did feel like it was a good way to open Raw with a solid match, I just didn’t really see the value of it in the bigger pictures. Roman continues to win most of his matches while Wyatt is hit and miss. Some weeks Wyatt is booked as the biggest force on Raw, other weeks he’s beaten and cast aside like he’s nothing. I’d like to see more consistently in the booking of his character. I really think that lack of consistency is why I haven’t gotten behind him as much as other fans have.
Enzo: Back to Consciousness
Enzo Amore appeared conscious on Raw for the first time in a few weeks after the blindside attacks that he’s received from an unknown assailant. Both men say they have no idea who is responsible and Cass adds that it’s insulting for anyone to think that he had anything to do with them. He also said that he’d be watching Enzo’s back from now on including in their match tonight. I like that Cass addressed the suspicions about him, at least they’re not insulting our intelligence by tip-toeing around that.
Kurt Makes Alexa Defend The Title
Alexa Bliss comes in to talk to Kurt Angle saying that she’s done with Bayley and that she was going to do a “This is my Life” segment about her life tonight. Kurt shot that down burying the segment from last week and calling it one of the worst Raw segments of all-time. I love how they bury their own segment. I think Alexa could have done a better segment if she just completely ad-libbed the whole thing and didn’t rely on the other characters, but that’s not what happened. Anyways, Kurt tells Alexa that she’ll make good on her promise to Nia Jax and defend her title tonight on Raw. This is a good way of tying up a loose end.
Samson Hates Wilkes-Barre & Ambrose
Elias Samson has been cracking me up with his last few songs. I was never a big Samson fan in NXT, but the guy is certainly making a fan out of me now. He ran down Wilkes-Barre and Dean Ambrose in a new song on Raw before Ambrose came out to put a stop to it. Ambrose would attack Samson and then demand The Miz and a title rematch. Miz came up on the screen to say that he’d be holding a Championship Comeback Celebration for tonight and that he won’t be getting his rematch tonight. Samson then attacked Ambrose from behind. It’s interesting how these three guys have been intertwined and I wonder whether Samson will somehow fit into the Intercontinental Championship picture somehow. Ambrose would be sent home by Angle.
Samoa Joe Chokes Out Heyman
Samoa Joe did one of the best promos he’s performed in WWE on Raw last night. Joe talked about being the new #1 Contender and not fearing Brock Lesnar. He talked about being envious of what Lesnar has and wanting to take it from him -- most importantly the WWE Universal Championship. This brought out the advocate for The Beast, Paul Hayman.
Paul talks about being a worrier and that Brock assuages his concerns. His problem is that Joe is the worst-case scenario and he will take a piece of Brock with him after their fight at Great Balls of Fire. Despite all of this, he says that Joe’s got Lesnar. This wasn’t the end, though. Joe told Heyman he made a mistake not bringing his client. He then described in calculated detail what he was about to do before applying the Coquina Clutch to Heyman and telling him to tell Lesnar that this is what to expect.
Samoa Joe is always intense, that’s what’s so great about him. This was a whole new level. This is the Joe that I want to see against Lesnar and I think this match is going to be hotly anticipated. We’ve been waiting for a truly big match situation with Joe on the main roster and we finally have it. I don’t see him winning, but man, if he did he’d be a made man. I would love to see it happen. He even told Kurt that he would take out anyone who gets in the way of him and Lesnar before asking Kurt if he’s in his way. Rollins ends up meeting up with Joe backstage and the two are set to go one on one tonight.
Raw Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Sheamus vs. Rhyno & Heath Slater
Cesaro and Sheamus made quick work of Heath Slater and Rhyno with a Brogue Kick. My, those former champions have fallen far. Cesaro and Sheamus talked about being intelligent and that’s why they won the titles back at Extreme Rules. They ran down The Hardys a bit before leaving the ring. I’m still not too invested in the personality side of this team, but they’re so good as a team in the ring that I’m looking past it. Cesaro, in particular, seems to have a lot of trouble doing a promo that actually sounds genuine, but he’s getting there.
TJP Gets His Shot
Raw did a great job of cleaning up some loose ends tonight as they also dealt with the ongoing story between Neville and TJP. Neville told TJP that he would talk to Angle about giving TJP a title match if he beats Mustafa Ali that night. He did just that by hitting the Detonation Kick for the 3-count. Neville would meet TJP on the ramp only to sucker-punch him and tell him that he has a shot on 205 Live as he held the title up. I think this will be one of those things where Neville quickly beats TJP and they don’t have to worry about that storyline anymore.
Goldust Back in the Director’s Chair
Goldust did another one of his vintage promos talking about seeing the bigger picture and saying that The Golden Age is back. I hope that Goldust has one last decent run, maybe culminating in a retirement match at next year’s WrestleMania. Dustin is in a great place in his life and I think he can hit creative highs if they completely let him do what he wants to do now. It was necessary to break up The Golden Truth.
Alexa Tries to Make Friends
Alexa saw that things were looking pretty bleak for her championship run by being made to face Nia Jax on Raw. She tried to gets Sasha Banks, Mickie James, and Dana Brooke to go against Nia by saying she skipped the pecking order to the championship. The women didn’t bite and Mickie and Dana said they’d be out there to watch. Obviously, something is going to go down there for Alexa to keep her title.
Angle Continues to Worry About Texts
Kurt Angle pulled Corey Graves aside while he was on commentary to talk more about the texts he’s been receiving. We’re still seeing very little direction to this, but I think it will lead to the return of Stephanie McMahon and/or Triple H as regular characters on Raw
Kalisto vs. Titus O’Neil w/ Apollo Crews
Kalisto had to deal with the Crews/O’Neil tandem again on Raw. Kalisto won a quick match using the tights in a nod to how Titus won the match a few weeks ago. I still don’t really know much about where things are going with this feud. I’m pretty bored with it at this point. There’s been no payoff and no inclination of what direction they’re going to go so it’s starting to lose me.
Big Cass Gets Laid Out
In a wrinkle to the story, Big Cass ended up laid out backstage. In a bigger wrinkle, he had Enzo’s chain in his hand when he came to. This story has the potential to be something big if they do it right, but I have little faith that they will. Enzo needs to find a new partner for his match tonight.
The Championship Comeback Celebration
Maryse held a championship celebration for the7th WWE Intercontinental Championship reign of The Miz. This included a bear that neither Miz nor Maryse purchased, Miz got paranoid and attacked him. It was a local celebrity according to Graves. Another present is brought to the ring that looks like it could be a person, it ends up being a grandfather clock. Of course, this was after The Miz destroyed that too. Maryse was furious and made her way to the back.
Ambrose did somehow make his way back in the form of a cameraman. He would attack The Miz and hit him with Dirty Deeds to get the last laugh. Maryse, Miz, and Ambrose were amazing in this segment and I really enjoyed this. I thought it was a different way of doing things and it wasn’t too over the top.
The Big Show & Enzo Amore vs. Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson
Enzo enlisted the help of The Big Show as his tag team partner for his match against Gallows and Anderson. Show put on a tough exterior before doing the whole Enzo and Cass skit with Enzo. The team made short work of Gallows and Anderson with a Chokeslam and Show throwing Enzo on Anderson for the pin.
After the match, Cass insinuated that Big Show was the one to attack him and that it’s convenient that he’s been gone for weeks and he’s suddenly available to be Enzo’s partner. Show says that he can’t really sneak around. The three seem to be on good terms as the segment ends, but I like that this planted more thoughts as to who could have been the attacker(s).
Awful. I don’t see why he even needs to respond. These videos are not necessary. Goldust is gonna get got. That is all.
Raw Women’s Championship Match: Alexa Bliss (C) vs. Nia Jax
Alexa Bliss defended her title against Nia Jax on Raw. Nia dominated the early part of the match until she found herself at the feet of Mickie James and Dana Brooke. Alexa would attack them and win by DQ after they attacked her back. She escaped relatively unscathed and with her title intact. What a perfect way to get her some heat and to make her public enemy number one to the dominant Nia. Time will tell whether this is the start of something or whether we’re just getting the Nia shot out of the way.
Seth Rollins vs. Samoa Joe
I love both of these guys, but how much more can we possibly see from them. This feud stops and starts more than any other feud in recent memory. I want to see something different that I haven’t seen and, if not, I want it to be a long drawn out feud that I can invest in. I hate seeing something every few weeks randomly. Joe got the win after Wyatt’s clip played and the lights went out. Joe locked in the Coquina Clutch for the win.
I loved this episode of Raw for how much they got out of it. It was one of the few Raw episodes that really didn’t have a boring segment. If it did have something that wasn’t that interesting, it was 2 minutes long and didn’t matter. This is the type of show I want to see every week with a few tweaks here and there.