Hello and welcome to the Basement... and the RAW VIEW...
We got a few topics to talk about before going over this week's episode of RAW...
Adam Rose was granted his release, though I expected that he would've been let go in the near future anyway considering the melt down he had following his suspension and the domestic dispute he had recently. I don't see him returning to the WWE anytime soon, but he could go to TNA and reinvent himself there the way Derrick Batman did as Ethan Carter III... I don't see him landing in Ring of Honor... they don't treat guys who know what they are doing well, just ask Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin after Jim Cornette left...
There are reports that there may be a Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match at the Money in the Bank event next month… and… I’m kind of for it. To the best of my knowledge there has never been a Women’s ladder match in the WWE, and this would be a first. For those of you who may not know (which is probably a couple of folks), a Money in the Bank ladder match has about 6 competitors trying to climb a ladder to retrieve a briefcase which contains a contract allowing them to have a title match any time and any place they choose (most often when the reigning champion is at a disadvantage), they are proverbial car-wreck matches, with a lot of high risk spots or stunts done to wow the crowd. It would certainly raise the bar, and if Sasha Banks is healthy, she would seem like a logical person to win.
POP TV President Bradley Schwartz (why is it nearly every TV executive is named Schwartz?) ended speculation about TNA’s future for the time being, saying the show will still be on their network come the fall. He is also quoted as saying that Dixie Carter knows wrestling, which is an out right lie. The real question is will TNA even be around come September with all its financial problems. And to top it off… more people watched a two-hour replay of last week’s RAW last Friday on SyFy than watched Impact.
George the Animal Steele has apparently fallen ill, I had the pleasure of meeting the Hall of Famer several years back, and he’s one of the kindest folks one could meet. Hopefully he gets well.
On this day in wrestling history, Owen Hart was victimized by Vince Russo who at the last minute put in a spot for him to descend from the rafters at the 1999 Over the Edge Pay-Per-View. Basically, it was this day that wrestling went to far with the hot-shoting, because it cost someone their life. That pay-per-view was actually the first I paid for (out of my own allowance) and that was something you don’t forget. So to Vince Russo, screw you pal.
As far as Owen himself goes, I can’t say that I was a fan of his, he was good, there’s no question about it, but I never really bought him of being at the same level as his brother Bret. He did have several memorable spots with the WWE and while he was never the ‘guy’, he certainly could work with ‘the guy’ to have quality performances, regardless of who it maybe. He had a role and did his job well. Which is something that guys today need to realize. Amazing how it comes back to that.
And finally… tonight’s episode of RAW, first the positives. I was disappointed they went with Seth Rollins being a heel considering the reactions he got, but we did get it confirm that he’ll face Roman Reigns and we got a number of qualifying matches to set up things at the Money in the Bank event next month. Those involved with the match include Sami Zayn, Cesaro, Chris Jericho, Dean Ambrose, Kevin Owens, I just love that Bob Backlund just buries Darren Young week in week out with the Make Him Great segments. Also Enzo Amore was back with Big Cass this week, addressing his concussion and joining the revived feud with the Dudleys, with Big Cass getting a win over Bubba. And Charlotte’s ‘state of Women’s Championship’ segment was decent as it continued to get her over as a heel, establishing Dana as her ‘Double A’ an her FINALLY kicking Ric Flair to the curb. Plus the Baron Corbin / Dolph Ziggler story will continue thanks to the backstage segment, while on SmackDown Cesaro will get a shot at Miz’s Intercontinental title thanks to his victory tonight over him.
Couple of things that that did tick me off was Apollo Crews no-selling an attack my Sheamus which was clearly to set up a story between the two. The now Adam Rose’less Social Outcasts ambushed the New Day while they were wasting time, but the attack was pointless as the New Day just ate them up in a six-man tag where the Social Outcasts got NO offense in. And then there was AJ Styles being forced to say Roman Reigns is ‘The Man’, and one of the better men he has been in the ring with… well that’s a real indictment of guys like Jeff Jarrett, Kurt Angle and Christian… and the rather pointless dissolving of the Club… and the facy that Rusev, despite being the new US Champion wasn’t on RAW tonight. But he will be defending the title
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