Raw came to us from Oklahoma City and I’m a little late in getting the best moments of the night published, so here it is without further delay…
5. Breezango Is Aerogigantic
I’m completely on board with Tyler Breeze & Fandango getting routine Zoolander-style segments. Prior to the Tyler Breeze vs. R-Truth match, the two were shown backstage partaking in some grooming fun. Tyler was shaving his partner’s back, because if you’ve already blended your entrance music then this is the next logical step.
When Fandango explained to Tyler that the lack of hair made him more “aerogigantic,” I died laughing. I learned a new word while watching Raw because aerogigantic apparently is when you “cut through the air like a giant arrow.” Fandango is brilliant.
Also, did Golden Truth already lose their Goldust-head karaoke intro? They’re getting the short end of the stick on this feud.
4. Those Roman/Rollins Videos
It’s baffling why WWE doesn’t do videos like these all the time because their documentary-style pieces are always so great. In the case of Roman, it’s one of the best ways to present him. He feels far more natural in these sit-down pre-recorded interviews – which might be the result of him not having to deal with a usually contentious crowd.
Another major positive from these videos is the fact that Seth and Roman got to save an in-ring interaction with each other. No physical encounters were necessary and nobody needed to get an upperhand on the other guy. This was truly a win-win for both wrestlers.
3. The Breakdown Of The Main Event
This is the one entry that I wrote on Tuesday and not after the show on Monday, so I needed help reminding myself why I liked it so much. Looking back at John Canton’s Raw Deal, I noticed that there was a Pele Kick by Styles to Big E followed by a boot from Gallows, Kofi hit an SOS on AJ, and Styles finished the match with his Phenomenal Forearm against Kingston. Oh yeah, those were a lot of fun moves back to back. The match itself was only about 6 minutes long but it felt longer to me when I watched it live. At least, it didn’t feel as short as it apparently was.
There was more battling post-match and Cena came out to aid New Day in their battle. I like the heel side of Styles, which he’s fully embraced in WWE as of a week ago. Gallows & Anderson come across as much more of a real threat when they’re aligned with their Club leader, too. Cena vs. Styles has so much potential for the next couple of months and this was a fine step in the story.
2. Big Cass Snapped
I was initially at a crossroads at picking which moment in the closing of the Enzo & Cass vs. Vaudevillains was truly the standout of the segment, but I knew I liked it all. I really was digging the ruthlessness of Aiden English when he went for the exact same throw into the ropes on Enzo Amore that gave him a concussion in the first place. However, as great as his barbarism was here, it was Colin Cassady’s revenge that was the eye opener.
Big Cass showed a bit of a mean streak, wailing away at Aiden for what he tried to do to his buddy. The ref stopped the match, which makes the seven footer so much cooler. Cass then gave a monstrous boot to Simon Gotch. There wasn’t much of a match at all here but it was a solid way to showcase the big guy.
1. “Guys Like You Bury Guys Like Me”
There’s something about a promo that feels like it’s touching on so many ‘real’ issues – and that’s what John Cena & AJ Styles did here. AJ seemed to have the best lines, like when he took jabs at Cena’s movie career, talking about how great only his cameos are (and not his starring roles). He also told John that his two buddies were there to help him out because he knows what happens to guys who face John Cena and lose. It was at that point that he dropped the burial remark, which was a fantastic line.
There would’ve been a fight afterward but New Day came out to make the save. I’ve got to say, I like John’s backup better than Roman Reign’s. Money in the Bank is less than 2 weeks away and this matchup is quickly garnering more and more of that big fight feel.
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