Y2J adds a pretty big feather into the cap of the Swiss Superman in the 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 LIVE 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.
THE VAUDEVILLANS VS ENZO AND CASS
I was a little worried when I saw that The Realest Guys took on The Vaudevillans on WWE Main Event last week, taking the biggest injury angle WWE’s had in ages and relegating it to the second-lowest show on WWE’s totem pole. Fortunately, it looks like this rivalry has a bit more of a story to tell. I loved seeing English and Gotch play off of Enzo’s previous injury with some trash-talking and spot-repeating. And big ups to Enzo Amore for taking the same bump that put him on the shelf for a month. Even if he saw it coming this time, it’s commendable to face a traumatic event head-on (literally).
LADDER PROMO THEATER
Granted, a lot of Raw’s intro seemed like it came from the pen of backstage writers and not the brains of the wrestlers, but a few things worked in its favor. For one thing, it was a visually striking exception to the norm of an authority figure standing alone in the ring for 10 minutes. Plus, I did chuckle at Kevin Owens’ continued shade-throwing and Chris Jericho getting caught in a lie about his Money in the Bank prowess. After last week’s dissapointing six-man tag, I was worried about Teddy “Tag Team Match Playa” Long repeating that main event, but instead three good-to-great singles matches were spawned as a result! Including…
THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
CESARO VS CHRIS JERICHO
Forget about the “stepping under the ladder” superstition; the true way to jinx your chances in a Money in the Bank match is by plucking the briefcase before the match happens. Neville did it last year, and this year Cesaro preemptively grabbed the prize. Still, I have the utmost confidence that WWE is going to finally bring Cesaro to the main-event level, and his match against Chris Jericho went a long way to do that.
Even though Jericho hardly has the winningest record this decade, he still has the ability to boost the star power of his opponents. His program with AJ Styles prepared The Phenomenal One for a main event run, and he gave Cesaro a similar rub on Raw. The match itself was great stuff (and the least predictable amongst the trio of MITB face-offs on Raw), but the submission victory was a star-making moment that you can expect to see on Cesaro highlight reels in the future. Plus, it really established the sharpshooter as a reliable submission finisher that the Swiss Superman can use in the future (and hopefully in main events).
THE COOLEST MOMENT FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
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