Hey, kids. It’s the Botching One with yet another edition of the “Spot”. I know this took a while but I just couldn’t bring myself do to this one. I knew that in order to do it justice, I’d have to watch the show again and for as bad as this was, I had no desire to do it. For those that saw it, I’m sure that makes all the sense in the world. Okay, let’s wallow in the muck, shall we?
In-ring segment – Kurt Angle, Paul Heyman, Bobby Lashley, Drew McIntyre, Elias, Finn Bálor, & Roman Reigns
Brock’s issues are not Paul’s fault. We’ll start there. That we all want the title off of Brock is a Vince/Brock issue. Paul is simply here to try to fix the mess and weave it into a story. To that end, he has to come off as complete slime…and he does. He says that “Brock LOVES being in WWE…” and Kurt takes OUR position. “If he loves it, where is he?”. We’ve always disliked Brock but now we dislike Brock and we now, we dislike Paul too. They both did this EXTREMELY well. The word is that Paul is writing all this stuff and it really shows.
He’s also made Bobby Lashley worth watching. The nonsense he debuted with was some of the worst programming I’ve ever seen. The “sisters” angle was simply inexcusable for the reason that it just didn’t fly – despite Sami Zayn’s best efforts. Lashley can be quite convincing and we’re finally seeing it. Drew McIntyre did himself a lot of favors at Extreme Rules…but he’s not ready for this. This is too fast. I dearly love Elias but huh? The best thing that can be be said for Elias’ part in this is that we now know when his debut album is dropping (“next week, July 23rd!”). We also got Finn Bálor…like he’s really got a shot at winning the Universal Title.
The one who really makes no sense here is Roman Reigns. He’s lost to Brock numerous times and lost his match at Extreme Rules. Contrary to what Corey Graves says, he has ZERO legitimate claims to anything at this point. Of course, none of this is Roman’s fault. They’ve broken the character and seemingly are doing nothing to fix it. This won’t do it either.
Finn Bálor vs. Roman Reigns vs. Drew McIntyre
In this instance, there was no question who’d win. I just don’t get why they’re still feigning a push for Roman Reigns that they won’t fully commit to? That’s really the crux of why he gets booed like he does. Vince nearly goes for it and then won’t really pull the trigger. As for Drew, he’s game but they’re making many of the same mistakes they made with him the first time he was in WWE. They’re pushing him too hard. Why they won’t just let him rise organically is entirely beyond me. While Finn went over Corbin this past weekend, the glass ceiling is what it is and Finn is fast becoming the new Shelton Benjamin. When it doesn’t matter, they let him go over. When it does, no chance.
This was a good match. All three of them are more than capable so this was never going to be bad. Finn’s coup de grace almost made me eat my words but I knew I wouldn’t. I’d love to but I knew it wouldn’t happen. I am sick to death of Roman’s Superman Punch/Spear combination. He needs something else. Roman throws Superman Punch’s to the point that they have little impact on the audience – no matter how much Cole tries to put behind them on commentary. Of course, Roman took this but I have no idea why.
Backstage segment – Bayley & Kurt Angle
The Bayley/Sasha feud has been just awful for the most part. It had a bright spot when Bayley attacked Sasha but since then, it’s been just wretched. Worst of all has been Bayley’s “acting”. She can’t do it and every time she tries, it just come off badly. This wasn’t as bad as other things but it wasn’t great either.
In-ring segment – Dolph Ziggler & Bobby Roode
Dolph has always been aces on the mic and he was here too. He got very little reaction and I have no idea why. It wasn’t his fault at all.
Oh yeah, and Bobby Roode came out too. Zzzzzzzzz… The “Zzzzzzzz” isn’t his fault. Bobby is such a natural heel and his face run in WWE has been…well…Zzzzzzzzzzz…. He’s been in some sub-Ric Flair gimmick and no one cares. That gimmick works best when it’s heel. Bobby’s game but….Zzzzzzzzzzz…..
Dolph telling Roode that the match wasn’t for the title at the last possible second was great heeling. LOL! I really enjoyed that. The off-hand way Dolph conveyed that info was really good.
Again, the match was good. Both of these guys are well-seasoned so this wasn’t going to be bad. I just couldn’t get invested as I had nothing to care about. I knew Dolph would take it and he did. Next…
I love the need that “Raw” feels the need to fully recap things that happened only a short time earlier. Apparently, we have no attention span.
Backstage segment – Bobby Roode & Mojo Rawley
Tyler Breeze vs. Mojo Rawley
Poor Tyler. He’s an absolutely incredible worker and he’s now stuck jobbing. Mojo seems to be on the “come up” so that’s cool. He’s very sudden and impactful, plus he’s a big guy who’s been riding the bench for a long time so he deserves to get ahead. This wasn’t a bad match. Again, the issue was that we knew the outcome so clearly.
Bayley & Sasha Banks vs. Dana Brooke & Alicia Fox
This is not about the match. This is only about Bayley and Sasha. Dana has never been given a chance and Alicia seems to have been essentially been forgotten about since her return. Dana has been vocal on Twitter about wanting to wrestle so it’s nice she got to do that here finally. This ended in a double-countout.
Backstage segment – Bayley & Sasha Banks
Okay, now Sasha loves Bayley but just couldn’t express herself. What? This is just awful. These ladies deserve better than this – especially Sasha. This is all going nowhere and the writers don’t know what to do with it. The Bayley attack was perfection and it’s been way downhill since. I officially don’t care anymore.
Backstage segment – Braun Strowman
I have no clue what this feud between Braun and Kevin has been about. Dre and I are both lost in that regard. This was short and sweet.
The B-Team vs. The Ascension
Ooh, the suspense. Who’ll win? LOL! As always, I’m thrilled that Bo & Curtis have gotten this shot. They both richly deserve it and I couldn’t be happier for them. The Ascension has jobbed from the word “go” and that continues here.
Cinéma de Woken – Matt Hardy & Bray Wyatt
Who cares? Vince doesn’t get “Woken” Matt and Bray is caught up in it. So sad for both of them. This team could really be fun and while it’s had its moments, it’s been quite the letdown on the whole.
Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Ronda Rousey, & Baron Corbin
Alexa is always great on the mic and she was here too. Ronda showed up in the audience and Alexa & Mickie wanted none of it. I know I’m supposed to just love Ronda but I don’t. I don’t hate her or anything. I’m more non-plussed by her. I want her to be good but she’s really kinda not. They’ve got the wrong girl for this. Shayna Bazsler is SO much better.
Worse yet here was Kurt’s (read: Vince’s) inability to punish Ronda as he should. He’s just rewarding her for all intents and purposes. I’m sure this will play into a…no pun intended…angle later on down the line – hence the defying of logic here.
Backstage segment – Seth Rollins
Nice, short, and to the point. Done as well as it could be.
Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) vs. Titus Worldwide (Titus O’Neil & Apollo Crews)
Again with this? Who cares?
Backstage segment – The Riott Squad (Sarah Logan & Livv Morgan) & No Way Jose
Ember Moon vs. Sarah Logan
Poor Ember. We did this already so we already know she’ll win. Sarah & Livv without Ruby is pointless and boring. Hopefully, this’ll be the last time Ember has to tangle with Riott Squad…though I’m sure we’ll get another permutation of this next week. This rating isn’t a skull purely because of Ember. She deserves so much better than this.
Oh, apparently Sarah Logan is a viking. Just an FYI.
In-ring segment – Elias
This man is gold, I tell you, GOLD! The line in our title this week comes from him and he delivered it incredibly well. He very nearly corpsed on it too which made it even funnier. We now know the album title…”Walk With Elias”. After the nonsense we endured prior to this, this was a desperately-needed diversion.
Elias vs. Seth Rollins vs. Bobby Lashley
Yet again, good match for sure but the winner was never in doubt. The match really was full of good work from all of them. However, like many matches on “205 Live”, the outcome was a foregone conclusion so I couldn’t care. This, of course, isn’t their fault. They did all they could to make it look good.
Of course, the fallout is that we again get Roman Reigns vs. Bobby Lashley. You’ll know it as the match WE JUST GOT this past Sunday evening. Why? Just why?
I said it on the Imperial Pod cast Mitch and I just did late Monday night and I still feel that way. This is the very worst episode of “Raw” I’ve ever seen. What a drudgery. It’s gotta get better from here. Even if you don’t feel like sitting through “Raw”, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. Come join us in the “Dignified Discussion” each week. We have far more fun together than we’d ever have alone. Heck, the Discussion kept me tuned into a show I really wanted to turn off. It’d likely do the same for you.
See you all next week for another “Spot”.