Raw Thoughts: June 6, 2016
I’ll start this article by saying that this show was better than last week’s train wreck. There still wasn’t a lot of progression in most storylines, with some championships and big names left off TV entirely, but the main segment featuring AJ Styles and John Cena was furthered the new rivalry and was the hit of the night for me.
The back and forth banter between Cena and Styles was great except for some stupid line from Cena commenting on AJ’s old “jokes” when he wasn’t even joking about anything. It seemed like each time one of them took the mic, the passion and fuel for the fire kept growing. I thought Style’s line about how Cena buries talent after they lose to him was the line of the night.
What I didn’t think was necessary was Cena pointing out that since AJ has been in WWE, he hasn’t really won anything. He didn’t win the Royal Rumble, he lost to Jericho at Wrestlemania and he has lost to Roman Reins twice. With that out there in the open, why would the crowd think AJ has any chance of winning? Cena even alluded that he was better that Reigns – as in Styles couldn’t be Reigns so why on earth would he think he could beat Cena?
Even with all that and more said, I think the promo, and the beat downs at the end of the show, has made this the must watch match of the PPV. It’s great to hear the announcers call this a “Wrestlemania” caliber match and a dream match. Good hyping.
I like that WWE tried to start Raw off a little different with all the participants of the Money in the Bank match on ladders, but besides Kevin Owens talking, the segment did little for me. Wasn’t there also supposed to be another competitor in this match?! It looks like they’re now sticking to just six competitors.
I’m happy to see The Club hand The New Day their asses. I have a feeling we may have new Tag champs at Money in the Bank as they NEED to establish Anderson and Gallows as ruthless. (Quick edit: I just read that there will be a fatal four-way match now at the PPV featuring Gallows and Anderson vs. The New Day vs. Enzo and Cass vs. The Vaudevillains. Why the Usos got left out makes no sense to me as they were such a pivotal part of TV with Reigns over the past two months).
I was also happy to hear Jack Swagger getting some love from the fans and see that the US Title means something to him and Titus O’Neil. Could we see a three way for the belt at Money in the Bank? Yes, we’ve seen Swagger and Rusev many times before and Rusev always won, but Rusev isn’t the monster he used to be anymore due to WWE Creative and, cough, him being buried by Cena last year.
The two segments for the Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins match did not need to be as painfully long as they were. WWE replay stuff so much during a broadcast AND during PPVs that it was all unnecessary. Unless you just started watching Raw, you know what’s happened over the last year. I’d be pissed if I paid money to see live wrestlers and this is what I got. These segments did nothing for the feud, especially off of last week’s boring tease of Rollins hitting the ring.
Where the hell is The Miz and why isn’t there any story or feud over the Intercontinental Championship? There are enough people on the roster to set something up! Can’t WWE creative write something? You have all the Money in the Bank participants in useless matches until the PPV, so give someone else a chance and create a new feud – The Miz deserves it after all the great work he’s done this year.
We’re subjected to more Natalya and Charlotte stuff? Sigh…I’m sure we’ll be seeing a tag match between Charlotte and Dana Brooke vs. Natalya and Becky Lynch for the PPV. Why they can’t just have the next contender step up to challenge for the Woman’s championship makes me shake my head – you have talented women on the roster. Use them!
It was great to see Teddy Long back on WWE TV. I hope this wasn’t just a one-off. I always liked him in the General Manager role.
I’ll end this by saying that The Golden Truth stuff with Fandango and Tyler Breeze needs to go away. It all needs to end.
Look at that! I got through a reflection on last night’s Raw and there was some positive stuff and I didn’t swear!