Thursday, August 6, 2015
Quick Raw Review: August 3, 2015
I'm sitting here watching SmackDown and it reminds me that I never got a chance to discuss Raw in any way, shape, or form the other day. This isn't going to be the fully leaded Raw Review, but a real quick look at the show.
The opener was a heck of a lot of fun with Neville playing the underdog to Seth Rollins. Neville looked like a bona fide star in there with the WWE Champion. Even as poorly as Rollins has been booked I was pretty surprised by some of those nearfalls and how they were played up as if Neville may have actually won. My wife and I both thought it looked like that Pedigree spiked Neville pretty badly, but I guess he was fine. Great way to kick of the show.
Now maybe I'm just a mark for this six-man tags, but I also really enjoyed the main event. Everyone, especially Roman Reigns, seemed to be fired up and it made for a fun match. Even the typical finish with everyone hitting their finishers came off well IMHO. Sheamus showing up during the Wyatt promo was a nice touch as was the mutual admiration society deal they had Bray do with him.
The Piper tribute stuff was excellent. I read some complaints about the lack of pre-WWE footage and even the choice of music, but I loved it. This was a really classy tribute to Hot Rod.
Paul Heyman cut one of the best promos that I recall him cutting. Billing Taker/Lesnar as "The Match Too Big for WrestleMania" was perfect and he brought the passion throughout.
The Divas Revolution stuff is fine, but I must admit that it feels like they talk about it more than you actually see it. In other words, it doesn't so much feel like a real revolution so much as they are just insisting that it is. It all feels a bit manufactured I guess is my point.
This was an excellent episode of Raw in my estimation. If they were all like that I think the show would be in pretty good shape.