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Looking back at WWE Raw and a look ahead to Money in the Bank.

The Raw before the Money in the Bank PPV emanated from New Orleans last night.

[adinserter block=”1″]Before I get into the show, when will the WWE universe smarten up and just buy the network? Why are you still paying a ridiculous amount of money for each PPV, when for the price of 2 PPV’s you can have the entire Network all year long? I’d love to hear an explanation for that from any fan.

Raw opened with John Cena’s music, which was a nice switch from the predictable Authority starting the show. You have to love this feud between Kevin Owens and John Cena. Cena, sporting a cut up nose, in his usual amped self, gave us a promo saying how he will prevail in the rematch.

In the crowd, arguably the greatest sign ever: “Stephanie McMahon looks like Caitlyn Jenner.”

Kevin Owens came out and entertained the idea of an NXT open challenge on Raw. Cena accepted but Owens declined. Then Owens stated how it’ll be up to the next WWE superstar who walks down the ramp to decide which title will be defended on Raw.

On cue, the music hits of former NXT champion, Neville, who quickly let it be known he wants Owens’ title based on the disrespect he’s shown since arriving in NXT, and that Owens isn’t worthy of being champion.

By the way, has anyone noticed the ears on Neville? He looks like Santa’s elves in Rudolph the red nosed Reindeer.

After a quality match, Owens defeated Neville with the pop up powerbomb.

Will WWE have Cena win the rematch? Owens’ character is hot right now, so it’ll be challenging for WWE to come up with a creative finish if they plan to give Cena the win.

Kudos to Triple H for making this all happen. No doubt in my mind he’s pulling the strings here.

At the moment the NXT title has more prestige than the IC title. Crazy, right?

What is WWE doing with the Bella twins? Are they face or heels? They work face against Naomi, then once that feud ends, they’re back to heels against Paige. It makes no sense. And Naomi got a raw deal if you ask me. It was her time to be champion.

WWE accidentally struck GOLD with the New Day. All three guys are great and have turned nothing into something. The fans chanting “New… Day… sucks” just makes the trio that much more entertaining. They are the closest combination we may ever see to the legendary Freebirds.

Randy Orton took on Sheamus in a rematch from Smackdown. It was a very entertaining contest, which resulted in the match being thrown out after both brawled on the outside. Of course you had the obligatory spot involving the announcer’s table. Isn’t that being overused?

I know Ziggler was distracted due to Rusev and Lana, but how about the rare, dare I say shocking win for Kane? Kane wins about three matches a year.

Ryback delivering the shellshock on the Big Show was an impressive feat of strength. It’s pretty obvious that The Big Show is there just to put Ryback over.

Luke Harper and Erik Rowan are back together again. WWE dropped the ball by breaking them up in the first place. Breaking up the Wyatt family for no reason made zero sense. They pick up the easy win over Los Matadores courtesy a Dudley death drop. I bet you didn’t think you’d see the day that another team used that move as a finisher.

With the help of the other New Day members, Big E defeated Titus O’Neil.

Roman Reigns defeated Kofi Kingston via superman punch.

What a crazy and fun Main Event between Seth Rollins and J&J Security. You almost forget how good Noble and Mercury were and you actually saw some quality “wrestling.” Shocking finish as Dean Ambrose threw the WWE World Heavyweight championship into the ring, which resulted in Mercury beating Rollins like a school boy.

It must be a challenging decision for WWE on what to do with Dean Ambrose. Will they shake things up with a title change? Ambrose is on fire right now so it’s a really tough call.

The Money in the Bank ladder match will feature 7 participants: Roman Reigns, Randy Orton, Sheamus, Kofi Kingston, Neville, Dolph Ziggler and Kane.

[adinserter block=”2″]Who do you think is winning the contract?

Roman Reigns makes the most sense based on the likelihood of him cashing in and beating Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight championship. Some have even speculated that Reigns may even cash in on the same night.

Regardless who wins you can expect pandemonium personified. Expect the unexpected. The Money in the Bank ladder match is as exciting as it gets.

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Matt Zaffina
Matt is a writer and data fanatic for Rukkus. To catch more of his thoughts about wrestling and Bruce Willis you can follow him - @mattzaffina


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