Maybe the absence of both John Cena and Randy Orton is the best thing to happen to Monday Night Raw since the days of Edge being in the ring. After the second consecutive solid outing by WWE, it stands to reason the fact both veterans are out of action means the creative team has to work a little harder to get the results it wants. It’s nice to see the hamster working overtime on the wheel to give fans something to look forward to.
[adinserter block=”1″]And is there a coincidence that the absence of both Orton and Cena has turned the spotlight toward Roman Reigns, who has shined brightly in the final segment of the each other last two weeks? Maybe, but I would like to think not. There is something to be said for a star growing up before our eyes. But thinning the ranks a bit does have its merits and it looks as though Reigns is capitalizing on the chance to make Raw his own personal playground.
He did have some help as the Survivor Series teaser match, featuring spot-on work by The Usos, Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins helped a bit.
The New Day and Ryback were just there for window dressing.
There are seven Monday’s left in the calendar year and if all seven are filled with the same kind of electricity as the past two weeks, then that wave of momentum this company rides into 2016 may have been well worth the wait.
I’m still holding my breath on that one.
With the sudden return of Jimmy and Jey Uso, it is now almost assured the brothers will face The New Day at the pay-per-view in two weeks with the WWE World Tag Team Titles on the line. Any thought of the Dudley’s grabbing the hardware is all but forgotten now. It would also appear the veteran tag team was brought in to do nothing more than hold down the fort until the Usos were healthy again. That’s a shame. A run by Bubba Ray and Devon would have been epic, and just as poignant as the runs by the New Age Outlaws and Goldust and Cody Rhodes.
Too bad it’s all for not.
Here are some other general thoughts from Raw on Monday night…
THE WWE DIVAS DID IT AGAIN
I still think when it comes to watching women in the ring, TNA does a better job of promoting its Knockouts. Heck, I have been saying that for some time now. But the Fatal Four Way to determine who faces Charlotte at Survivor Series was better than I expected. And of course, there was no way Paige wasn’t going to win the match and face the current champion. All storylines have led to this confrontation.
I am still curious what WWE has planned for its other stars in waiting. How can Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks continue to slip to the second rung on the ladder? Both are excellent talents and are so worthy of carrying the banner for the company. Does Charlotte have the market cornered on success and a title run? Will Lynch follow in Paige’s footsteps and turn on her blonde friend?
KEVIN OWENS SHOULD FACE DEAN AMBROSE
I thought the idea of Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler would make one hell of a match and one hell of a feud. The only problem is WWE has its own plans for Ziggler with Tyler Breeze (and another storyline about a lover-scorned woman). Owens showed last night he is a solid main event talent. His performance in the 5-on-5 Survivor Series match proved it is only a matter of time before he is in the main event.
[adinserter block=”2″]The match also give me the impression that maybe Dean Ambrose is not meant to turn on Roman Reigns – which in fact he should challenge Owens for the Intercontinental Title.
There are plenty of possibilities for the four finalists in the match Monday night. Reigns will face Seth Rollins at the pay-per-view. Owens could face Ambrose. But what happens then?
Ambrose and Owens would tear the house down in a one-on-one match up. And eventually could an Ambrose win and title run lead to a head-to-head feud with Reigns naturally? I like that a lot better than stealing Reigns’ chance at glory.