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Hits & Botches: Raw 9/28

I tried to watch Raw, but it came off more like a house show without a purpose. We were given matches that didn’t matter see Randall vs Bo Dallas and matches that we’ve seen before and before that. I wanted to go to sleep just as hour one ended but dedication and an Amp Energy Zero Blueberry White Grape kept me in it.

You would have thought that a Raw that started off with New Day vs Cena over a drawn out segment with the Authority would have been an indicator that Raw was going to be amazing, but alas it suffered from no real direction. I’m not sure what went wrong tonight but much like the Chicago Bears the WWE needs a shakeup.

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WWE United States Title Match: Xavier Woods vs. John Cena: Hit
I’m going to look on the bright side of tonight…since it’s pretty easy to be all gloom and doom tonight. Cena vs Woods started off with all the potential in the world and turned into the Teddy Long Tag Team Invitational.

We got plenty of trombone, including Cena’s theme, a corny but hilarious Xavier Woods joke about John Cena getting lost in the woods, and that’s about it. At no fault of either man this really was the worst US Open Championship match that we’ve seen yet. It really didn’t have the chance to go anywhere so why not make it a 6-man tag!

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John Cena and The Dudley Boyz vs. The New Day: Why not just call it a hit
There was literally nothing wrong with this match, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into it. I’ve noticed that happening a lot as of late. I’m not sure if it has to do with the way WWE has been cutting to commercials or if it’s just the repetitive nature of Raw as of late.
Big E’s spear to the outside was the highlight of the match.

Backstage Segment: Hit
Right off the bat you knew Ashley from H.R was going to call Seth Rollins a nut job and say Kane was fit for duty, but I was ready for the ride since Seth Rollins has been holding Raw together but the skin of his teeth.

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Big Show vs. Mark Henry: Botch
You ever stub your toe in the middle of the night….that’s what watching this was like.

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Miz TV: Botch
Honestly we really didn’t need Miz TV tonight. They could have simply had Charlotte and Becky Lynch come to the ring say what they needed to say, call out Paige and continue the segment from there. Miz is just a victim of not having anything to do and needing to stay on TV due to all of his outside the ring projects with the company. The segment was dull till Paige dropped the boyfriend line on the Bellas.

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Team PCB vs. Team Bella: Botch
I’m throwing in the towel officially. I’ve been trying to push for this Diva’s Revolution to be something worth wild, but why have Paige team up with Charlotte & Becky one week removed from her turn on them? I get its for her to leave them on the apron, but you just did that on Smackdown with Kevin Owens…so please stop repeating yourself so much.

Paige has something going for her right now so run with that. Focus on a set of divas and have minor feuds in the backdrop, just like you do with the men. Honestly all 9 … (10 now with Natalya joining in) of them don’t need to be a part of the bigger picture at once.

Backstage Segment: Hit
This version of Kane has been a breath of fresh air for not only himself, but for Seth Rollins title run. It’s been no secret that Rollins has been nothing short of gold as the champ, but he hasn’t been given anything as far as feuds. This Kane feud is hopefully the start to more. I just hope before all is said and done we are able to see Seth Rollins given a five star feud, because he has literally turned shit into gold for the better part of the year. The tribute to Se7en in this way perfect.

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The Prime Time Players vs. Luke Harper and Braun Strowman: Hit
One of the few “filler” matches tonight that actually made sense. I want a slow build to the tag team titles for Harper & Strowman and it seems like we might be getting that. On the other hand it sucks that this is where the Prime Time Players have already fallen to.

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Stardust vs. Neville: Hit
This is starting to become Sheamus & Randy Orton levels of repetitive….I felt like at one point I was the only one pushing for this feud to happen and now I’m finding my disappointment in it growing. They never really sell the evil villain aspect of Stardust like they should, instead they just treat him like a comedy character.

Neville has all the traits to become the Hero, but falls short each time. The best/worst part of the match was the return of Wade Barrett. I’m happy to see Barrett back in action…hopefully this time they don’t toss him around like last time. The worst part is when he grabbed the mic he didn’t utter the words “I’m afraid I’ve got some bad news for you.” But those two Bull Hammers made up for it….at least for tonight.

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Seth Rollins/Kane Final Segment: Hit
We knew what was going to happen here…somewhat. What we could guess was going to happen was Rollins was going to come out and freak the freak out about Kane being a lunatic. Which Ashley from H.R would answer back with the conclusion that Kane was fit for duty and Rollins was in fact the lunatic.

Well we got all that, followed by a Triple H level attack on Kane from Seth Rollins, minus that terrible pedigree. The EMS came out and took Kane into the back and this is where I thought the segment would end….I was wrong.

What followed was single handedly the most cartoonish moment in recent memory. The back of the ambulance turns red….the doors open and smoke starts to pour out from the back and out emerges the demon Kane…what?

Kane starts to limp his way towards the ring before stomping his leg on the ground and all of a sudden he can walk fine…what?
This is so bad that it’s amazing and I honestly can’t wait for whatever they do at Hell in a Cell with these two, hopefully it’s as over the top as the last two weeks between them has been.

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Bo Dallas vs. Randy Orton: Why?
I want to pretend that this didn’t happen, but it did. Bo Dallas looks more out of shape that he has ever before and that’s all I noticed from this. Well that and the Buffalo Bills going crazy in the front row.

Kevin Owens vs. Rusev: Hit
I’m guessing if it hasn’t been announced yet that we are going to see Owens & Rusev vs Ryback & Ziggler at the MSG show. Which is fine, but aside from that nothing else really came out of this match.

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Paul Heyman Promo: Botch
This is the first time ever that a Paul Heyman promo didn’t sell me on an event. Maybe it’s the fact that Lesnar is facing Big Show and I could care less about it or maybe Heyman just finally phoned it in…my guess is it’s just a dash of both mixed in with the fact my eyes fighting to stay closed.

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Roman Reigns vs. Bray Wyatt: HIT
I’m so happy that the last match of the night got me into Raw…

Honestly this might have been the best showing between these two in a while and was certainly the best match of the night. Tonight lacked several different things, but this match made up for 50% of that. The ending finally got the crowd into the show and Wyatt tossing the worker into Reigns was pure genius.

Even with this match Raw tonight was abysmal and with the MSG event this Saturday you have to wonder if WWE had their eyes set on Saturday instead of tonight.

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