An explosive opening segment
For weeks we had been ranting about WWE going all lukewarm from the very start and especially on RAW but WWE finally seems to have heeded to our wants. This was as explosive a start we were ever going to get on RAW especially with Lesnar as the champ.
The only downside is that this was done at the cost of demeaning the tag division but for once we can give it a pass as it was meant to bolster the main talking points of Survivor Series.
Strowman for now has agreed to stand down but how long this truce will last can only be answered by time which makes this all very exciting. Rousey again delivered a promo that was not up to the mark but was much better than many of her recent attempts. Stephanie McMahon was unbearable as usual which kinda is okay considering she is a heel.
This was both a great way to start the show as well as add some spice to the Survivor Series proceedings. Strowman getting another title shot is also great but we don’t think he is in it to win this time around which is slightly sad.
Rating: Thumbs Up
The Tamina and Nia Jax weirdness continues
Tamina def. Ember Moon: This was supposed to show that Nia Jax and Tamina are a thing but it all felt like an unnecessary breather right after the opening segment. Tamina does not have the charisma or the charm to make this work and seriously needs a gimmick change.
Nia Jax too feels watered down which is a crime but the biggest atrocity is the treatment of Ember Moon in all this. She is clearly being used as a tool to build up and push the team of Jax and Tamina which is a baseless premise to begin with. Overall, one of the least imaginative ways to use great talent.
Rating: Thumbs Down
Ambrose finally offers an explanation, sort of
This did piss us off at first because the US title was almost played down like it was nothing. However, it is understandable that Seth Rollins has bigger things on his mind right now and he demanded an explanation from Ambrose as usual.
Ambrose did give his reasons this time around and they were that the Shield and Roman Reigns made him weak. The visual of Ambrose burning his Shield garb after using Rollins’ catchphrase – “burn it down” was great.
This could become the biggest feud on RAW and we are very much excited with that. We also have the feeling that Ambrose will play a big role in the outcome of the Intercontinental champ vs US champ match at Survivor Series.
Rating: Thumbs Up