Ryan's Raw Cut (11/20/17)

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Welcome everyone back to WNW. With the eventful weekend of Survivor Series, how well did Raw do with the Fallout? Shall we find out?

HITS

Paige Returns: The crowd loved the return of Paige as did I. She has had a rough year with everything that has happened with her injury, along with a suspension and controversy. The only part that confused me was Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville joining her. It’s odd in the sense of it seems like the trio are heels, but the crowd desperately wants to cheer Paige. We will see how things go from here. As for now, it’s a hit.

Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Kurt Angle, Jason Jordan and Braun Strowman: Since the McMahons are back, it’s safe to say they’re going to be opening Raw for the next little while. However, this worked well for me because it seems like WWE could go multiple routes with all of it. Triple H took out Jordan and Angle on two separate occasions, causing both men wanting to face off with Hunter. Braun Strowman stands face to face with Triple H, foreshadowing a match down the line between the two. If rumors are to be correct, I expect an Angle vs HHH feud at the Royal Rumble followed by Strowman vs HHH at Mania.

Samoa Joe vs Finn Balor: A nice, clean win for Joe. Hopefully, this leads to more for him as it seems as Finn is stuck in the mid-card purgatory for now. I will be annoyed if this continues as 50/50 booking because both men deserve much more. Nonetheless, good battle between the two as usual.

Braun Strowman vs Jason Jordan: This is getting a hit towards the story-line perspective. I assume Jordan is going to turn heel sooner rather than later. He tried to escape the match with Strowman because he claimed to still be injured, but just last week he was begging to stay on the SS tag team for Raw. The character is trying to use his ways to maneuver around because he is the son of Kurt Angle. Keep this up, WWE. He’s being booed as well so I think it’s time to turn him.

Alexa Bliss, Mickie James, Bayley, Sasha Banks, and Alicia Fox Segment: I was on the fence with this, to give it an up or down. I wanted to give it a hit because I enjoy Alexa Bliss. The promo quality was good because of her last night. I wanted to give the miss to the other women in the mix because their promos came off as campy and very much scripted. This all led to a Paige return, so it gets an up.

Asuka vs Dana Brooke: NOBODY IS READY FOR ASUKA! Another week of an Asuka squash but this time around it was a main roster enhancement talent. She had a lovely showcase at SS as the final member of the RAW Women’s team and now it’s back to her squashing. I don’t mind this because she doesn’t need to jump straight to the title picture. I say give it a couple more months before that scenario takes place. I want to see her feud with the likes of Sasha, Mickie, Nia Jax, and Bayley.

MISSES

Roman Reigns Wins the Intercontinental Championship: I’m sure I will probably get hate from this but... why? Miz has brought so much prestige to the IC title and they take it away from him. Why does Roman need it? If he’s going to go on to face Brock at Mania then why? Miss.

Cruiserweight Division: I honestly don’t have anything to say about these guys at this point - no direction for the division. Until something drastic occurs, I don’t see myself caring much about the Cruiserweights.

Dean Ambrose vs Sheamus: Have we not seen this formula before? Shall I guess next week’s matchup? Rollins vs Cesaro?

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