Monday Night Raw emanated live from Everett, Washington last night and I found the show to be quite enjoyable. WWE is steadfast on the road to Summerslam and we found out a few more of the matches for the “Biggest Event Of The Summer”. Let’s get right into some of the highlights on the show.
The MVP Of The Night: Goes to Randy Orton! Orton not only competed in two different matches for over 30 minutes of the night but he was on absolute fire having the top two matches of the night. The guy is just so fluid in the ring and I don’t think it’s possible for him to have a bad match. Orton first competed in a number one contender triple threat match against both Cesaro and Kevin Owens. The three men pulled out all the stops until Orton pulled out the win laying out both men with an RKO in about 18 minutes. This led to Orton getting a title match later in the evening against Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship and those two had another great match. Orton and Rollins have undeniable in ring chemistry and go so fast in the ring, they may very well be the two best in ring performers in WWE today. There were so many near falls that I started to think that Orton was going to win the championship, especially after the impressive RKO out of nowhere. Sheamus costing Orton the championship win did a good job of presenting Sheamus as a despicable heel. That said, I then actually thought Sheamus was going to cash in and win the championship in his own right. A great non finish there and this continues the program between Orton and Sheamus heading into Summerslam. That said, with Orton and Sheamus both having the champion beat, you could theoretically have a believable three way in the works if John Cena can’t go at Summerslam. I expect Cena to be there, after all he is Big Match John, but it’s good to know there’s a believable back up match if he can’t go. Of course, if Cena can go, then there’s a great match in place for Orton and Sheamus with a ton of momentum behind them after last night. All around good stuff overall.
Miz TV- I absolutely loved the Miz TV segment last night in so many ways. Between his work on tough enough and his work in the ring, really since the Mizdow stuff, the miz has been on quite a roll. To me, he is getting closer to the level he was at in 2011, when he was in the main event of WrestleMania, then he’s been in quite some time. As for this particular segment, it was, first off, great to see Daniel Bryan get a chance to shine in front of his hometown crowd and good to see Bryan back on Raw in general. It’s amazing that, this day in age with books being so much less popular, that Bryan’s book is a New York Times bestseller and it’s good to see him getting the attention he deserves for this feat. I also felt Bryan did a good job in not backing down from the Miz but using what the Miz was doing, in putting him down, to focus that onto Miz’s current opponents for Summerslam. Lastly, Ryback’s return came off very well as he looked about ready to kill the Miz. After this segment, i not only wanted to see Daniel Bryan return to get revenge on the Miz for his remarks but also can’t wait to see the triple threat match at Summerslam for the intercontinental championship between the Miz, Ryback and The Big Show.
Celebrities Done Right- The third highlight this week, and it was tough as there was a lot I liked about this show, goes out to Stephen Amell. It’s a strange comparison but to me this reminded me of the way Lawrence Taylor was used prior to Wrestlemania 11 in that Amell was referenced a few times throughout the night as being a guest until being baited by a Stardust pie shove. In the end, I like that Amell knows getting into a WWE ring is going to be very tough but feels like he has no choice because he has to defend himself. Triple H was great in also looking at Amell like he had a death wish and demanding lawyers give him signed documents before agreeing to let Amell compete at Summerslam. There was also added intrigue by Triple H announcing Amell as Arrow, getting you to think Amell may appear at Summerslam in character. In the end, my favorite part of this is that WWE is using Amell’s appearance to help give a bit of spotlight (pun intended) to King Barrett, Stardust and Neville.
It’s not easy to have three hours go by so fast that you’re left wanting more but, for me, Raw did that this week. Aside from the highlights mentioned, I also really enjoyed the New Day segments, those guys continue to get the most of their new roles and they’ve been a joy to watch. The same thing can be said for the Divas who looked great again this week and had the crowd hooked their entire time out there. Lastly, I also liked that Undertaker and Brock Lesnar were both not on the show this week. Thier brawl was so good coming out of Battleground that it makes sense to hold both of them away from one another until their big showdown for the final Raw before Summerslam next week.
That’s going to do it for me this week but coming up later today I’ll have coverage of the Undertaker, Brock Lesnar special that aired on the WWE Network right after Raw last night. Until then, what were your thoughts on Raw? Did you are agree with my highlights of the show? Let me know in the comments section below and be sure to hit the subscribe button so you can get continued coverage of all of the reviews right here at thedailyspotlight.com