RAW this week had a lot to build up as the Crown Jewel is just 2 weeks away. Let us find out how it went.
Is Ambrose gone?
The night immediately addressed the erratic behavior of Dean Ambrose from last week. As expected, the Dogs of War took credit for breaking up the Shield.
This was a nice way to keep the tension going and keep teasing a heel turn for Ambrose. The Shield minus Ambrose coming out to assure everyone that the Shield was still together felt more like a desperate plea than anything else which is great for this feud.
It was also one of those rare instances where Roman Reigns wasn’t booed out of the building. Maybe the WWE Universe is warming up to him. Great way to start the show.
Rating: Thumbs Up
Rollins qualifies for the World Cup
Seth Rollins def. Drew McIntyre via Count-out: A few weeks back when Ambrose took on McIntyre, we mentioned how great the chemistry was between the two. It was the same tonight between Rollins and McIntyre. McIntyre has become such a great wrestler that he desperately needs to be in a program of his own.
This was a great match that was fast-paced with plenty of back and forth action and near falls. This also led to one of the biggest pops of the night as Ambrose finally made his appearance and showed that he was still very much a part of the Shield. The match also ended in a unique way when Rollins landed a Curb Stomp outside the ring on McIntyre and McIntyre got counted out.
Rollins qualifying for the world cup adds intrigue to that match-up while the finish was great courtesy of it being unexpected. It is great to see WWE switching things up a bit. It all seemed like Ambrose was on the same page as his Shield brethren and that WWE were copping out of turning him but the backstage segment that followed still showed that Ambrose feels like the third wheel and he does not like that.
Rating: Thumbs Up
A mini Battle-Royal for the women?
Nia Jax & Ember Moon def. Dana Brooke & Tamina: We understand the need for Battle Royals. It allows multiple mid carder and jobber talents to get on a show they wouldn’t normally be featured in. It can also be pretty exciting if built-up nicely.
However, when done poorly, it can feel like an afterthought and this segment was a prime example of that. We had four women in Tamina, Dana Brooke, Ember Moon and Nia Jax. These are all the women whose careers are stuck in a rut right now. They need something new and this wasn’t it. This is not the way to build excitement for something that fans don’t really want to see in the first place.
Rating: Thumbs Down