Posted by Jeffery Baker
As reported on Wrestling News World HERE, this week’s RAW script was written by David Kreizman and not tampered with very much. Regardless of the motives for why they left the script as is, I felt like not a lot was happening on Raw this week … and it was breath of fresh air. It’s been said time and time again that WWE TV runs though storylines at a rapid pace nowadays, but this week seemed to slow things down a bit. We got to see great matches that weren’t so inherently hurrying things to the next PPV. Sometimes, I feel like that’s really important. It was almost like for one night, WWE was comfortable with letting the wrestling provide the entertainment. There were a few things that particularly stood out to me.
I think we’ve all been waiting (and guessing) to see where this string of matches ended up; to see who was going to be pushed as the heel and who was going to be pushed as the face. It would have been almost too easy for either of these guys to take the dirty way out of the match and claim the heel spot. Or even more so, to end the show with a “swerve” and shock the WWE Universe with some unsportsmanlike conduct. However, we got none of that. What we got was an awesome match, not just for RAW, and not just for Randy Orton, but just plain awesome. I hope the WWE Universe really appreciates how rare a 4 – 5 star match between two face characters in the main event of RAW with no stipulation or reward on the line really is.
It may seem like a lot happened during this segment, but it really didn’t advance the Punk / Lesnar storyline much further. They did a great job of making me believe that Heyman is on Punk’s side. I also liked the threat from Punk to Lesnar, but that was all that they gave us. Now we’re excited to see how punk is coming for Lesnar, I actually want to know where this goes from here. It wasn’t just a “Hey!, Meet me at Money in the Bank!” and I’m grateful for that. I also like the possibilities of a Punk v. Axel tag team. Even if it isn’t permanent, I think the two of them vs. Rollins & Reigns would be a great match. If they don’t even last that long, just the prospect of them vs. the Prime Time Players, and having PTP go over would be good enough. I’ve been dying to see the Players get a push, and this could be that opportunity w/o burying Punk or Axel. They can just blame it on their inability to work as a team.
I feel like these segments took a backseat this week as well. They were peppered in in appropriate places, but nothing really progressed. They were just there to remind us that there was dissension amongst the McMahons.
I’m so thankful that this got some TV time this week! At first I legitimately thought that Kaitlyn’s music playing mid-match was a screw up. Let’s face it, would it really be that surprising? But when I saw AJ come out dressed as Kaitlyn, I lost it. I can’t tell you the last time I saw this much effort being put into a Diva’s program. Maybe the “Piggy James” angle? I’m not sure. Regardless I really do appreciate ANY sort of build in the Diva’s division. The point is, this was yet another segment that drew interest to an existing feud without giving away when the “match” will happen, which shows that WWE is taking their time.
V. What Was Missing?
I’m hoping to see some of these people on Main Event or SmackDown, but RAW didn’t really suffer without them this week.
A few people and storylines that were absent on RAW (but I hope to see later in the week on WWE TV):
Antonio Cesaro / Zeb Colter
The Shield (Other than to stare down the Usos)
Development of the U.S. or Intercontinental Title Picture
I have my fingers crossed that this is a sneak peek of the future direction of WWE writing. But, I realize it’s highly unlikely, especially in light of Kreizman’s resignation. Who knows though, maybe that was a wake up call for Vince. Only time will tell.
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