Raw airs for three hours every week, but fear not, we’ve watched the whole thing and picked the part you need to seek out. Read on to find out The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night!
Welcome to a new post-wrestling show article series that plucks out the best part of the weekly rasslin programs. With so many hours of content on TV each week (5 prime time WWE hours and one each for NXT and Lucha Underground), it can sometimes be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s where The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night (or CTORLN) comes in. We pluck out the best part and tell you exactly why it’s so awesome.
ROOKIE TAG TEAMS RULE
After an underwhelming WrestleMania, WWE is really pulling out the stops to make Payback fresh. We’re getting some great singles matches in the form of Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens, Cesaro vs The Miz, and Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose, but the most surprising revelation is that two new (to WWE) tag teams will fight for number one contendership on Pay-Per-View. Granted, something needs to be done to transfer Enzo & Cass’ nuclear heat to the apathy surrounding the Vaudevillans, but just seeing both teams on a big show is refreshing.
GREAT SINGLES MATCHES
As mentioned before, we’re getting some great match-ups at Payback and this Raw had a great build in that regard with Sami Zayn taking on Chris Jericho and the always-great tandem of Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens facing off. If anything, these great bouts couldn’t quite live up to the amazing singles matches of last week, so they kind of lost some luster. Also, Sami Zayn may have been NXT’s loveable loser, but he does need a few victories to avoid losing his heat.
THE BEST PART OF RAW LAST NIGHT:
ANDERSON AND GALLOWS ATTACK ROMAN REIGNS
It may have taken longer than expected, but WWE has finally started to book Roman Reigns right. His “I’m THE guy” ethos works better than John Cena’s incessant “some-a y’all hate me” schtick, but AJ Styles is proving more and more a great first opponent. Since Reigns has SOME fan support, it makes sense for Styles to paint in shades of gray too. Sure, he’s still an internet darling, and yes, certain fans will love him more for re-teaming with his former Bullet Club cronies, but the act of relying on a pair of big dudes for backup gives AJ a bit more depth than he’s had since his debut. The promo between the two set the table quite nicely, and the beat-down afterward pushed the point further. Here’s hoping this leads to more than just a win by Reigns in a few weeks.
THE SICKEST MOVE FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT: