Thoughts on Raw for June 23rd, 2014

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Live from our nation’s capitol, Washington D.C., it’s Monday Night Raw! I’m your party captain as we go through this week’s event. Once again, I watch the Hulu version of Raw and it’s only 90 minutes. Stuff gets cut and I don’t always look up what I missed. So my review will cover the important stuff and maybe not all of the minor stuff. Let’s get to it.

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Vicki and Stephanie Open The Show

Due to Roman Reigns spiking Stephanie’s coffee last week, Vicki almost gets fired. She begs for her job back and that leads to Stephanie setting up a match between her and Vicki later in the show.  If Vicki loses then she gets fired.

There was a lot of Eddie Guerrero nostalgia in this promo and the crowd properly gave their respect. Stephanie is a good heel and when she told Vicki that she was riding her late husband’s coattails, she got a ton of heat because of it.

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Luke Harper (w/Erick Rowan) vs. Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso)
AND!!!!
Erick Rowan w/Luke Harper vs. Jey Uso w/Jimmy Uso

Luke Harper won the first match and Jey Uso won the second match. Both matches were short and the second match was impromptu. Lots of hard-hitting spots but this was just to get everyone excited about the Tag Team Championship match this Sunday. This feud is sort-of winning me over on the Usos, which I didn’t think was possible. I really like seeing those guys stand up to the crazy Wyatts. Also, I love the simple harmonica tune that Rowan and Harper are now using for themselves.

I won’t comment much on the Bray promo afterward other than that Bray is amazing. He talked about being proud of Rowan and Harper. He’s good at talking.

Alicia Fox vs. Naomi

I missed this one. Naomi won and goes on to face Paige this Sunday. There’s a meme going around of Jerry Lawler checking out Paige. Lawler always did love the ladies.

Sheamus and Reigns Promo

They’re both in the Money In The Bank Championship match as well as the main event for tonight. Just a little banter that served its purpose.

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Bo Dallas vs. Titus O’Neil

Bo Dallas defeats Titus with his Running Bodog. Afterwards, he calls Titus “buddy” and gets his mic slapped out of his hand. Bo picks it up and says that he had butterfingers. It’s really funny. Bo Dallas is the funniest thing on WWE right now. Hopefully he transitions his goofy character into a legitimate contender before he gets stale.

Triple H Reveals Who’s In The Second MITB

Hunter reveals that the traditional MITB match will include Kofi Kingston, Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Rob Van Dam, Bad News Barrett, along with the already announced Seth Rollins. Ambrose gets added later in the night. I don’t have an official pick in this one yet, but I’m pretty solid that it’ll be either Rollins, Ambrose, or Barrett. Ziggler is a long shot, even though I would love that. At least RVD and Kofi are in this match to do some sort of jumping bean maneuvers.

Rollins comes out to join HHH and then he’s interrupted by RVD. They do some surprisingly good insults on each other and a match is set up between the two. That match will happen…RIGHT NOW!

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Seth Rollins vs. RVD

This was a decent matchup. I’m normally bored by RVD these days, but he was doing good tonight. He hit a tornado DDT at one point that was impressive and he sold Rollin’s curb stomp like he got his head steamrolled. Rollins was looking like he had the match won, but Mr. Ambrose interfered at the end. Ambrose was able to grab a microphone after the brawl and talked about how he wanted in the lesser MITB match. He got to be his crazy self, of course. Dean should have a rivalry with Bray Wyatt in the next year just so the fans can be blessed with the promos that they’d deliver.

Triple H and Seth Rollins Talk Backstage

Seth Rollins wants Dean Ambrose in his MITB ladder match and Triple H agrees. Awesome. They should add a good dynamic to the match.

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Bad News Barrett vs. Dolph Ziggler (IC Title Match)

BNB told the Washington crowd that their team was racist and always lost. It was hilarious. The match was also great. The two had really good chemistry. The crowd was incredibly into it. Barrett’s Bull Hammer at the end to win it was sick. Ziggler can sell better than about anybody.

Stephanie McMahon vs. Vicki Guerrero

Stephanie had three of the girl fighters help her out in this. Stephanie ended up winning and Vicki got fired. In reality, Vicki has been looking to exit this company for a while. From what I’ve heard she’s been taking some sort of classes on the side in the medical field to prepare her for life after wrestling. This was the scripted end to her WWE-run.

Kofi Kingston vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter

Swagger won via submission. This was cut from Hulu and while I like both guys well enough, I’m behind on some stuff and won’t look this up. Neither guy will win their MITB match, I’ll bet money on it.

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Big E vs. Damien Sandow

Sandow was dressed as Abe Lincoln when this started out and just kind of rambled on. What a shame to his character devolve to this nonsense. Big E beat him no time at all. There was a Big E promo opposite Lana and Rusev after the match. I guess they’ll fight at the upcoming pay-per-view. Didn’t they fight last month? I really don’t care about Big E at this point.

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Randy Orton, Cesaro (w/Paul Heyman), Bray Wyatt & Alberto Del Rio vs. John Cena, Sheamus & Roman Reigns

This is the type of match you can expect before a pay-per-view like MITB, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a preview of the main event on Sunday. Lots of big moves at the end that kept the crowd energized. Sheamus won with a Brogue Kick and a pin on Cesaro.

Triple came out after the match was over and told everyone that he was adding another wrestler the championship match on Sunday…Kane. Kane then came out and chokeslammed anything that moved. Reigns finally stopped him with a spear. That’s the end of the show.

Mitch’s Final Thoughts:

I liked the show well enough this week. I’m really excited for the Pay-Per-View this Sunday and this show kept my interest in it. Both ladder matches should be a blast and I’m looking forward to that tag match as well. They did a nice job of laying the groundwork. They also did a nice job of giving Vicki a nice final appearance on WWE television. While the happening with her and Stephanie were pretty corny, there was enough Guerrero pride to give us wrestling fans a nice mushy feeling inside. Now for the awards that I feel like giving out…

Match of the Night: Barrett vs. Ziggler. Easy pic. This was a great match between two guys who should be farther up the company ladder.

Superstar of the Night: Vicki Guerrero. Have a good life, Vicki. We’ll miss you.

Promo of the Night: Bo Dallas. There were a few good ones, including Ambrose and his crazy self. But Bo Dallas continues to make me laugh and his “butterfingers” comment won me over.

Over grade: B+ There was some quality wrestler. Barrett/Ziggler was outstanding. The Usos/Wyatt Family stuff was short but sweet and the main event was loaded. The Vicki stuff was nice, too.

This is a little briefer than normal, but it’ll have to do. I’ll do a preview of Money in the Bank later in the week and my weekly Main Event review will be up on TJRWrestling.com by Wednesday. Keep on  keeping on, friends.

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