AJ Styles Attacking John Cena Was The Coolest Thing On Raw Last Night


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.


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.


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.


AJ Styles betrays John Cena with a forearm to the head
AJ Styles betrays John Cena with a forearm to the head

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3 thoughts on “AJ Styles Attacking John Cena Was The Coolest Thing On Raw Last Night

  1. After the Smackdown news last week I had thought up an idea of Finn Balor debuting, creating Balor Club and then attacking John Cena. So I’m a bit disappointed we won’t see that and I don’t see AJ ever getting a completely clean win over Cena.
    What do we think about the brewing Charlotte vs Stephanie feud? I’d love to see them have a match but I hope they’re smart enough to have Charlotte drop the belt first. Having Steph be the one to finally beat her would be worthless to the women’s division.

  2. Did you notice that AJ came out wearing Black and White and not his WWE standard issue Black and Blue? It seems like we should have seen that jump coming a mile away as he was wearing Club colors. The thing is when he kept running back to beat Cena more I could only think of the old school games with the run in mechanic in them, GET IN THERE AN GET HIM AJ!

  3. Steph dressing down Charlotte was idiotic, both as a plot beat and in the moment, though I suppose it is proof that Stephanie is very much her father’s daughter. I am hoping, if anything, it starts an angle where Charlotte is a heel even the Authority hates because she beats them. It’d be a good excuse for her to show off that power she was allowed to make use of in NXT as the division’s Lesnar.

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