Charlotte instantly became WWE’s biggest heel in The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night!
Welcome to Laser Time’s post-wrestling show article series that picks the best part of the biggest weekly wrestling program, WWE Monday Night Raw. With three hours to sort through, it can sometimes be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s where The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night (or TCTORLN) comes in. We find the best part(s) and tell you exactly why it’s so awesome.
SAMI ZAYN VS SHEAMUS
Sheamus matches can be hit or miss, but he hit bigtime with Sami Zayn. After his Dolph Ziggler’s feud last year hit its umpteenth match, Sheamus went quite a while without an in-ring partner with top-level bumping skills. Fortunately, Sami Zayn is another wrestler who looks just as great getting beat up as he does utilizing offense. Zayn-Sheamus was great and the two gingers going full-force at each other was pretty great, from Zayn clocking Sheamus with a brutal clothesline to Sheamus’ forearm to a springboarding Zayn’s face (shown in the video above). It looks like Sheamus might be moving onto a feud with Apollo Crews, but I hope WWE put a pin in this red battle.
AJ STYLES VS KEVIN OWENS
KO and AJ put on a pretty good show that (again) has me hoping for a future feud, but the big thing I noticed with this match is how KO has a mastery in heeldom that no other man can match. The pre-match chat between AJ Styles and The Club was fine, but a bit too stilted and underwhelming for a main-event angle. Meanwhile, Kevin Owens didn’t even need a microphone to showcase his verbal skill. Whether it’s overselling the power of his headlock or interrupting Michael Cole’s commentary WHILE STILL IN THE RING, the amazing chatter from Owens almost overshadowed a damned good match that seems to further indicate that the Money in the Bank briefcase is KO’s to lose.
THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
CHARLOTTE TELLS OFF RIC FLAIR
For the first time, a purely non-physical part of Raw captured my attention the most. Especially when compared to the flat ending of the Styles-Anderson-Gallows faction, Charlotte’s parental separation worked like gangbusters. After her face run tapered off, hitching Charlotte to the biggest heel in wrestling history helped establish her as the foil to faces like Sasha Banks and Natalya, but the last few weeks have been Ric Flair overload. Fortunately, Charlotte has finally forged her own path, and it was via a wonderfully emotional promo that’s catapulted her to the top of WWE’s heel ranks.
.While she’s far from the smoothest on the microphone, the sheer emotion on display from Charlotte really cemented her status as the big bad in WWE’s Women’s division. From her angered shut-down of the “What?” chants to almost breaking down in tears herself as she lashed out at her absentee father, Charlotte’s passion shone through the most. Ric Flair’s extremely emotional state definitely helped propel Charlotte’s promo, but Ms. Flair’s dismissal of the legend was pretty amazing (his tears were probably a mixture of pride for his daughter’s heel tactics and sadness about leaving her side on the road). It’s probably the only time that a WWE crowd didn’t latch onto a “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” singalong. The fact that you never know how many more appearances a man of Flair’s age can fit in made this familial firing all the more emotional.
THE COOLEST MOMENT FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT: