What’s better than the just-suspended Roman Reigns’ last match for a month? Why, it’s The Boss making her Raw return 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 (and two more come Smackdown next month), 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.
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.
ROMAN REIGNS VS SETH ROLLINS
Okay, let’s get the insane news bit that Roman Reigns has been suspended for thirty days out of the way. It’s obviously a shock to the WWE too, because I refuse to believe they would have written themselves into this hole on purpose. I also want to think that the reasoning for humanizing Reigns (losing to Seth Rollins with only slight shenanigans, getting a draw with no shenanigans, and getting upstaged by Dean Ambrose all night on Monday) is not based on the fact that he got caught on the gas, but rather, making it slightly easier to sympathize with The Big Dog.
Oh, yeah, the match! Firstly, seeing Seth back in a Raw ring is a wonderful sight, and the Seth-Roman duo are great at exciting match endings (see: Money in the Bank 2016, WrestleMania 31). And while a double count-out is a pretty lame finish, I liked it on Raw just because it showed how evenly matched Seth and Roman are now while also keeping all three on track for a series of summer showdowns. And hey, now that the assumed Raw ending of a Battleground triple thread seems undoable, maybe they’ll save that showdown for Summerslam!
THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
PAIGE VS CHARLOTTE, WITH SASHA BANKS’ RETURN
Money in the Bank 2016 was a weird event with some pretty long stretches of non-PPV-worthy matches, and one of the saddest parts is that with a 10-match card, they only had time for one women’s match, and it was the shortest match on the main card (not including the cash-in). Fortunately, Raw pained a slightly more positive picture on the state of the Women’s division.
For one thing, we’re getting a rare second storyline among the women’s ranks, as Natalya’s betrayal of Becky Lynch was given more time on Raw while a Women’s Championship match just about stole the show. Paige has sadly fallen off the radar since the Charlotte-Becky-Sasha callup, and her match with Charlotte was more intense than we’ve seen either Paige or Charlotte in months. Aside from the wonky ending that was slightly botched by Dana Brooke, it flowed pretty well with some great offense. Plus, Charlotte really needs to rock the big-boot-Natural Selection combo more often, since it’s a great heel finisher.
HOWEVER, the best thing about the segment was the return of Sasha Banks, who has been languishing on Main Event and Superstars as of late (granted, that’s where you’ll see the longest and best WWE roster matches every week, but it’s hardly where stories are told). Even if her Paige-assisted beatdown of Charlotte and Dana seems to point towards another tag team showdown at Battleground to build up to a Summerslam match, it’s just nice to see Sasha take her rightful spot near the top of WWE’s Women’s division.
THE COOLEST MOMENT FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
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