AJ Styles finds new direction in a big way on The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night!
Welcome to Laser Time’s Tuesday morning quarterback 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 what sucks and what rules. That’s where The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night (or TCTORLN) comes in. We find the cool part(s) and tell you exactly why it’s so awesome.
ENZO AMORE RETURNS TO THE RING
Well, it was bound to happen sometime. I’ve been doing this feature for weeks, and have been #blessed with some good-to-great episodes of Raw with a wealth of great moments. This week? Not so much. An overly scripted opening that revealed nothing new about the brand extension while wasting a New Day appearance, a Roman-Seth confrontation that took FOREVER and accomplished nothing, multiple DQs, multiple short squash matches, and a main event that was straight out of a house show made this week’s Raw a little stale. It’s like they knew that folks would tune in for John Cena’s return and just improvised for the rest of the night.
However, even if the match itself was just decent, I couldn’t hate Enzo Amore’s return to the ring this week. It was great to see him back on the mic last week and this time around, Enzo showed that he can still be a firecracker in the ring. I’m also glad that since The Club (or at least the tag team version of The Club) is aiming for the WWE Tag Team Championship and since The Dudleyz were sent packing in short order here, we can actually see Enzo direct his wonderful promos and Cass point his seven-foot frame at The Vaudevillains. You only have so much time to capitalize on an injury angle, and I hope the WWE strikes when the iron is hot.
THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
AJ STYLES CONFRONTS JOHN CENA
Color me suprised that John Cena didn’t immediately jump into another Rusev-squashing feud upon his return. Instead, I’m thinking we may see Cena’s annual “put a new guy over” feud, and it couldn’t be for a more deserving wrestler. Even though AJ Styles has been at main-event level (or near it) for his entire tenure this year, he hasn’t exactly had a sterling record at big shows, especially when you consider he was performing as a face. Besides beating Chris Jericho at Fastlane (aka “skip this show, WrestleMania’s right around the corner”), he’s lost every Pay-Per-View match he’s had this year, and even though he confronted the guy who never loses a feud, I’m actually confident this angle will do good things for Styles.
Firstly; I’m glad the WWE finally has a direction for The Club and AJ Styles. After months of wishy washy teaming and talking, they’ve reunited to take out the top names in the singles and tag team realms. Secondly, this is a post-injury Cena, so the WWE can use ring rust as an excuse for Cena losing more than one match. Even though Kevin Owens lost one too many matches against Big Match John, that initial victory still did wonders for KO, so I hope it can do the same for The Phenomenal One (though it would be nice if there was less interference than we saw when Cena buried the Wyatt family in 2014). Also props for keeping this promo relatively tight in comparison to the Roman Reigns-Seth Rollins promo in which Seth made three round trips up and down the ramp without saying a word or throwing a punch.
THE COOLEST MOMENT FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
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