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    Thursday, June 13, 2019

    The Smark Henry RAW Review (6/10/19): Reviving The Revival

    Caught between the recently concluded WWE Super ShowDown and the upcoming WWE Stomping Grounds, this week's RAW had a lot on its plate. The question is, though, whether what's on that plate is even palatable enough for all this hullabaloo. I'm going to be honest with you, this schedule is wack and I'm still not sure I'm looking forward to anything on the next PPV. Spoiler alert: This was a somewhat exhausting episode, and I'm not quite sure why.

    Yes, ladies and gentlemen, finally, The Revival are RAW Tag Team Champions again! Sure, the celebration started early, and by that, I'm referring to Shane's celebration that should've been for The Revival if time travel was a thing—is Lucha Underground still a thing?—but I digress. Sure, The Revival had to steal the pin to win—wait, The Usos weren't the champions?—but a win's a win. Here's hoping the new champions are going to have a lengthy title reign and that— They're going to lose the titles to The Usos next week, aren't they? Damn it, WWE.

    With the amount of talent involved in the Triple Threat Tag Team Championship match, you'd think we'd get an instant classic that would've made the title win more surprising and maybe more special. Unfortunately, these three talented tag teams didn't really get a lot of time because Shane needed his stupid and boring celebration segment. Oh, god, what did that even accomplish? Get Shane more heat? Is Shane trying to out-Baron-Corbin Baron Cobin?

    When it was announced that United States Champion Samoa Joe was going to be the guest of this week's Miz TV, I immediately jumped to the idea that this was going to set up a feud between Joe and The Miz for the United States Championship. For some reason, and no offense Miz, I wasn't into that, so I was relieved when Ricochet's music hit. Yes, Braun Strowman came out first but my reaction to that was complete and utter concern for Joe's reign just because Braun has nothing else going for him at the moment. Cesaro coming out to immediately punch Ricochet in the face, though, made me laugh out loud. I didn't roll on the floor laughing out loud, though, because no one actually does that. 

    I get The Miz's argument against Joe's actions last week, but to be fair, Rey Mysterio was being a douche for not acknowledging how he won the title from Joe. Spoiler alert: Joe's shoulders weren't even down on the mat when Rey "pinned" him. It's a bit of annoying character logic because why would Rey relinquish the title specifically to Joe instead of, I don't know, just leaving it in the ring so Management can come up with something like a tournament to crown the next United States Champion? Joe beat him up, attacked him every chance he got, and even bullied his kid, so unless he was guilty about winning the title in a screwy way, then relinquishing the title specifically to Joe was him just being a huge douche.

    The six-man tag team match—holla holla playah!—that pitted Joe, Cesaro, and Bobby Lashley versus Miz, Ricochet, and Braun was pretty good, mostly because of both Ricochet and Cesaro. These two just have the best chemistry at the moment, and they're easily providing the in-ring highlight reel of almost every RAW ever. That 630 on Cesaro's knee looked pretty painful, though. I sincerely hope the Swiss Superman is okay. Joe getting the hell out of there was also pretty good, mostly because it was very logical. Why was Joe going to stay and help out future contenders to his title, anyway? He didn't really need this match from the start. 

    Universal Champion Seth Rollins opening the show with a steel chair to emphasize how he foiled Brock Lesnar's Money in the Bank cash-in at WWE Super ShowDown was more tweener than babyface, but boy did I like that image, and I liked it a lot. Seth: 2, Brock: 0. What I did not like, though, was Baron Corbin still existing. God, I hate you so much, Baron Corbin. Seth already beat him at Super ShowDown but for some reason, he's still challenging for the title at Stomping Grounds. God, I hate you so much, Baron Corbin.

    Should Sami Zayn become the special referee for that title match, though, things could become quite interesting. Zayn would make the second title match between Seth and Corbin somewhat more tolerable because of how he'll play into the match, which would be against Seth but in his annoying but fun heel way, sort of like what happened in this week's main event between everyone's best friend Kevin Owens, who appeared on RAW this week via Wild Card Rule, to face Seth in a guaranteed fun main event match. In the end, Corbin tried to attack Seth but failed and Sami ate chair shots because Seth is now into chair shots.

    RAW REVIEW: As per usual, Bray Wyatt's Firefly Funhouse segment was one of the two highlights of this week's RAW, with the other highlight being the six-man tag team match involving the United States Champion and his possible contenders. The rest of the show couldn't keep up and were honestly forgettable. I'm giving this week's RAW a D for "Dean Ambrose is dead."  

    Quick Hitters:

    • Lars Sullivan continued to destroy the Lucha House Party because he's big and this trio of luchadores aren't even getting any big wins on 205 Live. Wouldn't this have been better at Super ShowDown than LHP getting DQed to give Lars the win anyway? Odd.
    • The 24/7 Championship "trapped in an elevator" running gag was hilarious. Drake Maverick managing EC3 should be a thing. While I have nothing against R-Truth being the greatest 24/7 Champion of all time, at some point, the title needs to have bigger stakes. At some later point, I suppose.
    • Becky One Belt and Lacey Evans did a split-screen interview. I honestly hate these things, mostly because I used to work for television studios, and even if I didn't, I'd still know how to fake unnecessary things like this. The only cool thing about this was seeing Seth sort of coaching Becky before the interview, which is a pretty cool reference to their out-of-the-ring dating life. Oooh, scandalous!
    • Alexa Bliss might believe that she's mind-controlling Nikki Cross but I personally believe that that can't be a thing since Nikki doesn't even have a mind to begin with. Wait, no, that sounds cruel. All I'm saying is that don't forget that Nikki was part of a group called SAnitY, which was all about causing chaos, so this whole thing will no doubt backfire on Alexa.
    • It's weird that SmackDown Women's Champion Bayley ate the pin during that tag team match with her joining forces with RAW Women's Champion Becky Lynch against Alexa Bliss and Lacey Evans, right? Oh, wait, this was in her hometown? Ah, that explains it. I guess the hometown hero only wins when their hometown pays a ton of blood money.
    • Paul Heyman tried his best to explain why Brock Lesnar didn't just cash in when he could've and then said they now won't tell anyone when Brock is cashing in, which is basically the whole point of the briefcase. Sigh. While I do enjoy Paul Heyman on the mic, this was honestly unnecessary and stupid, serving only to remind us that Brock still has the briefcase, which everyone else already does.
    • WWE Women's Tag Team Champions The IIconics won another tag team match! Yay! Oh, wait, no, this was against two "local wrestlers." Wow. The 24/7 Championship is getting more spotlight than the WWE Women's Tag Team Championship. Why even do women's tag titles if you're not going to put some effort into hyping them up? With or without the titles, The IIconics continued to play their annoying heel characters really well. It's such a shame, really. WWE seems to really suck with handling tag teams.
    • Shane McMahon celebrated his win over Roman Reigns at Super ShowDown like a McMahon. I would've skipped this but then I remembered Drew McIntyre was in this. Dear god, Drew, what are they doing to you?! The bagpipes were pretty dang cool, though, but everything else? The crowd had the perfect adjective for that. Shane is getting overexposed by appearing on both shows, and that's a really bad thing.
    • Bray Wyatt's Firefly Fun House is still the best thing on RAW. Wyatt bashing Rambling Rabbit's brains in for trying to expose him was classic Bray Wyatt. That fake red nose made the whole thing creepier. If that was even possible.       
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    Jofer Serapio (@ShawarmaJoereviews WWE RAW for Smark Henry. He has been an avid professional wrestling fan since grade school. These reviews are as close to professional wrestling as he can get. Kevin Owens is still my best friend.
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