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Best and Worst of RAW - 10th September 2018

Not the most exciting episode of RAW, right before HIAC
Not the most exciting episode of RAW, right before HIAC
Riju Dasgupta

I daresay that I was a little disappointed by RAW this week. I expected a lot more action and excitement than what we were presented this time around. It felt like a lot of filler crammed into three long hours. Which is a shame because RAW has not been awful in the weeks leading up to this week.

I thought WWE could have done a lot more to get us invested in the action that will unfold at Hell in a Cell. The show felt uninspired and at times, lazily written. I wonder if we were so low on action this week, because WWE wanted to protect the talent before the PPV.

That said, I will perform my duty and bring you the best and worst of this week's show. I urge you folks to leave a comment and let me know what you thought of the action.

Here's my assessment of the events from this week!


#1 Best: The special guest referee

Somehow, Foley's inclusion into the match just makes it more interesting
Somehow, Mick Foley's inclusion into the match just makes it more interesting

Mick Foley made the Hell in a Cell match into the legendary structure we know it for today. Therefore, I think it's only fitting that twenty years since he took the tumble, he was brought back to be the special guest referee. This is big news and I couldn't be happier for him. It'll be interesting to see what role he plays during the match.

I have a feeling that Mr. Socko will come out at some point. Some of you who may have wanted a straight up wrestling match may be a little disappointed. For my part, I am not.

How good was the promo Mick Foley cut this week? If only the current roster can learn to deliver promos with as much passion as the legend did!

Maybe Foley can do a special class in the WWE Performance Center.

#1 Worst: Burying the entire RAW locker room

3 men with axe handles vs. the entire locker room
3 men with
axe
handles
vs. the entire locker room

I hated when the nWo used to do it in WCW, during their peak. I hate it now when The Shield did it on RAW, this week. How can three men with axe handles take on the whole heel locker room and win, quite easily? Especially when it includes powerhouses like the Authors of Pain, among them.

This just devalues the rest of the locker room and makes their own programs feel meaningless. From actual characters, they go to being mere bodies for The Shield to just steamroll through.

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#2 Best: Seeds of dissent sown

Get ready for Bobby Roode's imminent heel turn shortly!
Get ready for Bobby Roode's imminent heel turn shortly!

WWE made us scratch our heads by putting Bobby Roode and Chad Gable together. But then the rumour emerged about Bobby Roode possibly turning heel and it all made sense to me. The company's been doing little things to make me believe that Roode will turn on Gable very soon indeed.

Did you notice Gable interrupting Roode's 'glorious' promo last week? Did you notice Gable tagging Roode in this week, when he had the match won? The groundwork for a heel turn has been laid.

I like how WWE is trying to actually tell a story here. Moreover, we've all seen how good Roode is as a heel in NXT and you know it's going to be better, if he turns!

#2 Worst: Waste of time

This promo just felt like a waste of time
This promo just felt like a lot of nothing

Last week's segment with Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker made sense to me. Michaels' return to the ring was teased and how! I expected Triple H's promo to be a massive follow up to the events from last week.

Well, in a way it was. But somehow, whatever Triple H had to say did not really feel important. The whole deal about The Undertaker losing respect for himself, only to say that he plans to beat The DeadMan up seemed confused.

Maybe the two men will finally come face to face next week, then. Until that happens, I will not really be intrigued.

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#3 Best: Kevin Owens' explanation

His comeback actually does make sense now
His unexplained comeback actually does make sense now

For a change, a WWE storyline actually made sense. Kevin Owens quit and went away, but was summoned back almost immediately by Corbin. And he returned to lay the hurt on a man who hurt his best friend. Now, he does not give a 'you know what', and is out to seek retribution!

How far will this 'actions without consequences' storyline lead? The only thing that has not been explained is why Owens is helping out his nemesis, Braun Strowman, these days.

#3 Worst: Cheating to win against the B Team?

Ziggler and McIntyre looked really weak, this week
Ziggler and McIntyre looked really weak, this week

I honestly thought that Ziggler and McIntyre would bring relevancy back to the RAW Tag Team Division. However, Ziggler had to cheat to defeat the B Team, this week. How does WWE expect us to take them seriously against Ambrose and Rollins, when they can't even defeat the B Team without having to bend the rules? I was disappointed with the booking.

Also, this Tweet above just won the internet. It's actually far better than RAW was, this week!

#4 Best/worst: The commentary

Renee Young was great, but I cannot help but feel bad for Coach
Renee Young was absolutely great, but I cannot help but feel bad for The Coach

Nobody deserves the commentary spot more than Renee Young does. She's worked her way up the ranks and was actually quite competent on this week's show, I thought. But at the same time, it's never cool to see someone lose his spot, in my opinion. Especially when he bows out gracefully.

#4 Best/worst: The Authors of Pain's booking

I am confused right now
I am confused right now

Drake Maverick is a different sort of manager from Paul Ellering, for sure. I'm willing to give the alliance a chance before I pass my judgement. I like how they're being rebuilt with the jobbers. But I have one serious question for WWE.

Why are they getting beaten up by The Shield? That too, with such utmost ease. Are they jobbers or are they dominant monsters?

I do hope WWE makes up their mind. These two men could be money if booked right.

Maybe they should ask a Goddess for advice!

Exclusive interview with Alexa Bliss, coming soon!
Exclusive interview with Alexa Bliss, coming your way soon!
Edited by Nishant Jayaram

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