Tuesday, September 2, 2014

RAW Review: #GrowingUpBella

RAW was absolutely average last night, but as always there are a few things worth discussing.  Let's get to it.

So...it's been fairly well established that Nikki and Brie Bella aren't great at delivering promos or believable performances on the mic.  Last night, I'm not sure that this fact did not work in their favor.  The #GrowingUpBella bits were absolutely hilarious.  I mean they weren't intended to be hilarious and that's counter-productive and all, but still.  The fact that WWE has announced they are bringing in Jerry Springer to next week's RAW is doubly-hilarious.  It's odd because I didn't ask for and don't care about a Bella Twins feud and most Internet Fans seem to share that sentiment, but live crowds seem to be eating it up.  What's up with that?  I don't know, but if it's getting a reaction then go for it, I guess. 

The Highlight Reel was predictable enough and probably overstayed it's welcome, but was worth it for Triple H's, "It's violet nimrod." retort to Jericho when they were sharing fashion advice.  The main event was fun and I liked Reigns getting the moment to shine at the end.  What I didn't care for about that execution was it seemed like big brother John Cena being gracious enough to let his little bro take the last shot or something.  That could just be my intense dislike of John Cena talking though.  Speaking of John Cena talking, his threatening to sue Triple H at the beginning of the show was pathetic and especially so for the top face.  I mean, it really seemed out of character for Cena and the first place and Trips actually came out looking better in that scenario really.  I do have to wonder aloud if they are setting the stage for a three-way match at Night of Champions so someone other than John Cena can take the fall against the Beast Incarnate, BROCK LESNAR.  You could make worse decisions than that if you're WWE Creative.

Mark Henry as per usual kind of stole his little piece of the show.  I love him standing up to Rusev.  I love the dynamic between Big Show and Henry, but I certainly hope it isn't leading to a Big Show turn on the World's Strongest Man.

Speaking of heel turns I liked the continued aggression out of Goldust/Stardust.  It worked really well last week when they attacked the Usos and that continued last night.  Love the attitude that team is showing.

I also liked the pop Zeb Colter got.  I think pairing Swagger with Bo Dallas should help continue to build Swagger as a tough-guy face.

This may put me in the minority, but Damien Sandow as Miz's stunt double is hilarious.  I love the way those two interact and it's a nice payoff to Sandow's recent gimmick.  As an aside, does anyone know who Miz's stylist is?

Like I said, a firmly average effort out of RAW last night, but there were some things I liked.  Unfortunately, it does feel like we are in that SummerSlam to Royal Rumble lull.  Not sure if WWE can really shake that, but hopefully a better effort in general next week when it's not a holiday edition of RAW.