WWE Raw and Smackdown Live Thoughts – Sept 6 & 7, 2016
This week, I’m back to my regular career, so I probably won’t be able to post as much as I was in August. When Raw may not click with me and I don’t have much to say, I’ll blend both Raw & Smackdown Live thoughts like I’ve done once before already. Add the first Smackdown exclusive PPV of this new era (Backlash), I’ll be doing a prediction/preview for that show as well.
Raw started off with Mick Foley and Stephanie McMahon arguing about who knew what and who believed who was telling the truth when it came to Triple H’s interference last week. From there, we went to the ring for a celebration in Kevin Owen’s honour for becoming the new WWE Universal Champion. Owens berated the fans, which was great until Seth Rollins came out super pissed. This is where everything kinda deflated for me.
The backstage segment had some passion and good delivery, Owens had great spite for the audience jumping on his bandwagon, and Rollins was passionate and irate for getting screwed over. Then we got…an announcement for a match between Owens and Rollins in three weeks at Night of Champions after Foley quickly overturned Rollins’ suspension from Stephanie where then the focus went back on turmoil between the authority figures again.
I watched until the end of the show to see if we’d know more and see where Triple H fit into any of it and we didn’t see it. What we got was Reigns being booed at the end of the show for showing up to stare down Owens and a promise that if Reigns beat Owens next week, the championship match at Night of Champions would be turned into a triple threat. Oh, hell no. Hopefully Rusev shows back up and prevents this. It was just so unsatisfying.
Other short thoughts on Raw:
Please tell me who thinks The Club/Retirement Home/New Day segment was funny. It was absolutely atrocious. I’ve said my piece on this crappy comedy being the focus instead of the titles and The Club being a threat, so I’m not wasting my time.
I’m surprised Bayley got the win over Charlotte so soon. I wanted to see Baylay rise in wins and overcome odds – not beat the champ right away, but I guess that’s how they try and get someone over fast.
I didn’t like Sasha Bank’s promo and retirement fake-out. I can see they wanted to make her look more human and not as rough or mean spirited, but the punk-out came fast as soon as you saw Dana Brooke come out and get put in the Bank Statement.
- I really hate the squash matches.
- I don’t understand how Enzo & Cass can be put into a feud with whatever those guys are called now and lose.
- I don’t understand why we’re watching anything to do with Titus O’Neil and Darren Young on Raw.
- I don’t understand how they’re re-branding Bo Dallas as the same Bo Dallas (except with a new sign).
- I don’t understand how we just had “the last match” between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens a few months ago only to see one thrown up on Raw with no build and no elevation of Zayn.
- I just couldn’t have cared less about the show after the first hour and by the end, although Owens/Zayn & Jericho/Rollins had decent matches.
The women yelling at each other didn’t do anything for me to start the show, but their three on three match was good. Carmella getting the submission win on Nikki Bella really elevated her.
The Usos’ heel turn was good, but writing out American Alpha of the tag team tournament was really weird. I’ll go into my thoughts about this whole thing in the Backlash prediction piece that I’ll have up by Friday night at the latest.
The Miz and Apollo Crews had a damn good TV match. Some preppy looking Dolph Ziggler, who can’t seem to stick to one look lately, played up The Miz and Crews well on commentary. I’m actually looking forward to their match on Sunday, although the build-up has been almost nil.
Speaking of build-ups, the build up to the Ambrose/Ziggler match at Summerslam was done really, really well. This one between Ambrose and Styles hasn’t and I don’t want the comedy. The promo between the two also made me want to see this match a bit more, too, although I want to see it solely for the purpose of AJ Styles winning. I’ll also go into this more in the Backlash predictions piece.
I thought Smackdown was the better show this week and most stuff made sense. That’s my brief look at both shows for this week!