Title This: WWE Raw “Week 1 On The Road To SummerSlam Starts Hot”

Josh Isenberg

Roman Reigns defeated Kane and Randy Orton

wwe raw reactionA handicap match between these three guys offered some hard hitting action. Kane works on Reigns with multiple clotheslines and a boot to the face. Reigns blocks a suplex and hits one of his own. Reigns throws Kane into the steps and a commercial break is upon us. We get back from break with Orton and Kane exchanging tags to wear down Roman. Reigns gets going with a huge boot to the face of Kane. He sets up a Superman Punch, but winds up getting a boot from Kane. Kane goes to tag in Orton, but Orton moves his hand away. Kane chokes Orton and then hits a Superman Punch and a Spear for the win.

Reigns does not get a clean win, but he needed a victory like this to really further his feud with Randy Orton. I would rather see Reigns vs. Triple H, but it looks like they might hold that off. Orton and Kane are obviously splitting apart and that is necessary. I am not sure if either should be a face. Both can try and impress Triple H, but the split has me a bit confused to what they want long term. Can Kane be added into Orton/Reigns if it happens?

 

WZZ 6.5

The feud of Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella

Stephanie McMahon slaps Brie in the face and calls her pathetic. She calls her a quitter and a loser. Nikki Bella gets beaten up by four Divas. Later in the night, Stephanie McMahon is confronted by gentlemen in suits. McMahon ends up getting arrested and the crowd goes crazy. The best part about this is that the announcers remained quiet and let it play out. They cuff Stephanie and haul her to the back. She yells that she is scared to death and does not want to go to jail. She blames Brie and they take her away. 

This was really good. I have been critical of this feud because it has taken way too long to develop. Sometimes, they need to jump on decisions sooner. The arrest felt real and felt really intense. The dramatic elements were there and it felt more personal as time went on. My question is this: Do you have Daniel Bryan and Triple H in the corners of their respected significant others at SummerSlam? Wouldn’t that be a great idea? I give plenty of credit to Stephanie and Brie for making this a great scene and one that will stick in my mind for a while. 

WZ 8

Bo Dallas defeated Damien Sandow ( dressed as Miami LeBron James)

Well, I will tell you this: WWE needs to book Bo Dallas as a face. They have way too many heels where he would easily get lost in the shuffle. It is so hard to be a face and be young. Dallas has that and his cheesy personality is actually clicking with the audience. It is so easy to cheer for a guy like him due to his ability to make anyone laugh. I would love to see him in longer matches, though. These short matches are waning on me. 

WZ 5

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