Two of WWE’s biggest brawlers beat the crap out of each other for good reason with The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night!
Welcome to The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night, Laser Time’s Tuesday morning (slash-early afternoon) quarterback article series that picks the best part of the biggest weekly LIVE wrestling program, WWE Monday Night Raw. With three live hours to sort through (and two more now that Smackdown LIVE is around), 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!
MARK HENRY VS RUSEV
If told me before Raw that Mark Henry would be tapping out yet again to Rusev this week, I would have slated that time for a bathroom break, since it’s been done numerous times during Rusev’s two years on the WWE roster. Speaking of break, Mark Henry’s tenure during that same stretch has been heartbreaking. After his faux retirement angle with John Cena, Henry’s hardly had any noteworthy matches, and his PPV work in 2016 has consisted of lasting less than a minute in the Royal Rumble and farting around for most of the battle royal at WrestleMania in his home state.
That’s why I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Henry’s showing against Rusev on Raw. The impromptu title shot gave me a glimmer of hope that Henry would send Rusev on his honeymoon with one less carry on item, and Henry himself had a pep in his step I haven’t seen in years. From his impassioned request for a shot to some new moves (including an Alberto Del Rio-esque legdrop through the ropes), I believed in the Hall of Pain for the first time in awhile. I was even fine with Roman Reigns and Rusev facing off afterwards. After all, if Reigns is going to be out of the main event picture for awhile, why not have him bring up the stature of the US Title a la John Cena?
THE COOLEST THING FROM RAW LAST NIGHT:
CESARO VS SHEAMUS
I’ll tell you what, I was worried about Cesaro’s stature on Raw for the last few weeks. He seemed to speak his mind about his poor draft positioning on the WWE Network a few weeks back and was rewarded with… another chance to grouse on the WWE Network before NOT wrestling on Battleground. Perhaps the WWE saw the groundswell that came with Dolph’s number one contendership win and has decided that Cesaro can be the same “fan’s choice” on Raw, as he won some sort of nebulous title opportunity by beating Sheamus. I also appreciated the context for Cesaro’s late pick, as Mick Foley ingeniously tied Cesaro’s shoulder tape with the exact kind of injury talk that would push back a draft pick in a real sports draft!
The match itself was pretty great, too, as both Cesaro and Sheamus work best when they have another big dude to match up against. Sheamus’ hard hits look best when they have a big target, and Cesaro’s feats of strength look great when he’s picking up giants. After a few weeks of futility and complaining, Cesaro looks boss again. It wasn’t a great Raw last night, but these unexpected opportunities raised its stock somewhat.
THE COOLEST MOMENT FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
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