Thank You Roman And Raw Recap

Last night on Raw was a whirlwind of emotions. First off, thank you, Roman Reigns. He announced that he has been battling Leukemia since he was 22 years old. Currently 33, Reigns announced that it has resurfaced, which caused him to give up the Universal Championship. Reigns had grown to be one of my favorite wrestlers. His dedication and strength are unmatched. In his speech, he became human again. His big push to get the Title was based on his ability to defend it, his ability to be on weekly and wear it proud. In his speech, he said “but that was a lie. My real name is Joe, and I’ve been living with leukemia for 11 years, and unfortunately, it’s back. And because the leukemia is back, I cannot fulfill my that role. I can’t be that fighting champion. And I’m going to have to relinquish the Universal Championship.” Roman continued to thank the WWE for giving him a chance after his last stint with Leukemia. He called the WWE his home and claimed that he will return to kick ass after he kicks Leukemia’s ass, once again. WWE released a video backstage of all the talent coming up to him and hugging him, including Braun Strowman, Paul Heyman, Jason Jordan, and many more. Braun included an Instagram post saying how much he admires and respects Roman. “One of my biggest competitors inside the ring, but behind the scenes he’s one of my best friends. “I’m heartbroken and obviously all of our staff at Soft 7 Sports are praying for you, Roman.

So, what happens with the Universal Title? We got a glimpse last night. WWE announced at Crown Jewel that Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman will face off for the vacant title. Presumably, Braun will win. I say that because it makes the most sense and Braun turned face last night. During the Tag Team Match between Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler vs Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins, Braun came out and chased McIntyre leading to a Shield victory. We got the glimpse that Braun and Drew will feud for the Title, which I don’t hate, just wish it was Roman and Drew.

Another thing we saw last night was Dean finally turning on Seth. This is something that has been teased for a while, but last night, nobody saw it coming. After Roman’s heartfelt speech, Dean and Seth came out, Seth crying, to comfort Roman and they did their typical Shield fist bump, then after Dean and Seth won the Tag Team Titles, Dean hit Seth and then just abused him. This shocked everyone, because no one thought it’d happen on the night Roman had to step away, but Vince said fuck everyone, let’s do it. 2 things come from that: 1) We’ll presumably get a Dean Ambrose vs Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Title, which sucks because this feud should get the main title. 2) They still are the Tag Team Champions. What happens with that? Do they relinquish it or does Corbin make them fight?

And finally, from Barstool Sports, there is a report that Daniel Bryan and John Cena have both pulled out of the WWE Crown Jewel due to the situation that occurred last week. If that is true, I expect WWE to pull out completely due to Bryan being in a Title Match and Cena presumably winning the World Cup. This is an interesting situation developing and could put WWE’s multi-hundred-million-dollar deal with Saudi on hold.

Roman Reigns Deserves A Long Title Run

Roman Reigns is the hardest working man in WWE and gets zero respect due to Vince McMahon’s management. Roman, a valued member of the beloved Shield (a trio including Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins), finally knocked off Brock Lesnar in a Championship match at SummerSlam. He won his championship after a year-long struggle of the company complying with the worst champion of all time, Brock Lesnar.

Brock gained his title after beating Goldberg at Wrestlemania 33 and has held it ever since. He defended it 13 times. 13 times in a year in a half. Since Roman defeated Brock, he has defended it against Finn Balor right after Summerslam. And he defended it against Braun Strowman at Hell in a Cell. So that is twice in a month. If he holds it for a year in a half, that’s 36 times, triple the amount of Lesnar. Roman defeated Lesnar, but he also has defeated a plethora of other legends.

Roman defeated Triple H, to regain his title, in quite possibly one of the greatest Wrestlemania matches at Wrestlemania 32. Roman also feuded with the greatest wrestler of all time, John Cena at WWE No Mercy 2017. In what was an interesting feud, Cena claimed he couldn’t walk away and pursue the career he so desperately wants in Hollywood due to Reigns’ inability to cut a promo and hold a crowd. Reigns ultimately won Cena’s respect and Cena left the scene for the time being. But the best match he has ever fought was against the Undertaker at Wrestlemania 33.

The Undertaker is arguably the most adored, respected wrestler in history. You can’t find one person who hates him. Roman Reigns defeated the Undertaker, giving him his second ever loss at Wrestlemania and “retiring” him there in the ring. All these legends have one thing in common: they’ve lost to Roman Reigns. Roman also puts his body through so much, every single week. There isn’t a match in which he ends without blood on him. He got handcuffed, then got the shit beat out of him by Brock Lesnar, leaving millions of marks on his hand and blood everywhere. He slams opponents through structures and he gets slam through them as well. He gets abused week in and week out and gets booed for it, which I don’t understand. Now, Roman is about to face Braun and Brock in a Triple Threat Match in Saudi Arabia. If Roman does not win that, then I may be done with the WWE.

Roman Reigns is a champion, a champion that we deserve. He has done so much for the company and now it’s his time to collect his worth. He deserves a lengthy title run and the respect of everyone within the industry.

I will preview Evolution within the next few days.

2018 Hell In A Cell Review

First off, this PPV was, in my opinion, a little underwhelming. They changed the cell to red, which made it damn near impossible to see through it when the camera was outside the ring, and the matches inside of it, were a B- at best. But let’s not jump ahead, we’ll start with the Pre-Card.

New Day (c) vs Rusev Day

This match was extremely boring. Why would Vince put the New Day against some low tier tag team such as Rusev Day? The New Day and the Usos had the best Hell in a Cell Match in 2017, so why not rerun it or at least let the Bar compete in it? Sure, Rusev is one of the most popular entertainers right now, and his Rusev Day ploy is widely loved, but then they put on a 10-minute match and lose via pinfall? Makes no sense whatsoever. Grade: C-.

Hell in a Cell: Jeff Hardy vs Randy Orton

I’ll be honest, behind Braun and Roman this was my most anticipated matchup and it was mediocre. Hardy hit the offensive early, with attempting to hit a suplex on Orton in between an upside-down ladder, but Orton countered and threw Hardy into it. This got my blood pumping, this is what I wanted. Then Orton got angry, smashed Hardy with a chair, then with a belt, and even put his head between a chair and stomped on it repeatedly. Then it got eerie; they did the one thing possible to turn me off this match. Orton took a screwdriver and put it through Hardy’s gauge on his ear. He twisted it and I was turned away. I hate this gimmick, especially from Orton who was my favorite wrestler until the whole Jinder debacle. I attached a video of this at the end. Hardy countered, beat Orton with a belt which drew blood. He then countered an RKO with a Twist of Fate and hit Orton with a Swanton Bomb, which led to a 2 count. He then set a table and placed a smaller ladder next to a larger one. He landed another Swanton and Orton was on the table, helpless. Hardy then did what everyone kind of expected, he climbed on top of the taller ladder, grabbed the cell and began swinging from it and he jumped. Not surprising, Orton moved, Hardy took a horrible spot and smashed through the table. This was unreal. Hardy looked hurt, which WWE said later he suffered abdominal pain and internal bleeding. Orton, much to the dismay of the ref and the crowd, covered Hardy for the 3-count and it was over. I see this spot that Hardy took as a way for him to step away, maybe for good. His brother just retired, he’s getting old, so I would not be shocked. So, thank you Jeff Hardy. Grade: B-.

Smackdown Women’s Championship

Charlotte Flair (c) vs Becky Lynch

This match had a ton of build and I was really excited for it. I hated it. Charlotte is a natural, selling everything. She has had my favorite match of the year against Asuka, hell, Charlotte even made Carmella look good. Becky is usually good, but I was underwhelmed big time. Everything just seemed rushed and it did not look good to me. Becky won, which I expected, and then she continued her heel turn afterwards by refusing to shake Charlotte’s hand. Grade: C.

Raw Tag Team Championship

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose vs Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre

Easily the match of the night, which has become the PPV expectation for any Seth Rollins match. He delivered big time, yet again. Rollins and Ziggler started it, which Rollins took early advantage, then McIntyre called out Ambrose and the two “enforcers” went at it. These two work so well together. The back and forth, the spots, everything they do looks so natural. Ziggler tags back in and so does Rollins and they explodes. Rollins was working Ziggler and Ziggler tagged in McIntyre and it became clear that their plan was to tire Rollins and not allow Ambrose to enter again, which in a way, worked. At least for a while. Rollins tagged Dean at one point, but the ref was distracted so he didn’t see it. A blockbuster then cleared the way for Rollins to tag Ambrose. Ambrose then proceeded to beat the shit out of McIntyre and Ziggler but couldn’t get the count. Rollins then tried his suicidal, which was caught by Ziggler and McIntyre so Ambrose did it and finished the maneuver. Rollin’s landed a Falcon’s Arrow on Ziggler and Ziggler rolled out of the count at 2.9999 seconds. Rollins then lines up the Curb Stomp but it’s avoided. It continues back and forth until the Shield tries a double superplex which failed then a few blind tags were made so Rollins and Ziggler were the legal wrestlers. McIntyre knocked out Dean and then hit a Claymore on Rollins as he was lifting Ziggler which knocks then both out, Ziggler had a hand over Rollins, got the count and retained the titles. McIntyre then carried Ziggler out of the arena. This isjust the beginning of many fights between the two, and I am so excited for it. Grade: A.

WWE Championship

AJ Styles (c) vs Samoa Joe

To be honest, this sucked. Samoa Joe sucks, this AJ Styles is so boring to watch. I had no interest in this. There was a ton of action, and we have to watch it again because it ended in controversy with Styles retaining on a rollup even though Joe claims Styles tapped out to the Coquina Clutch (which he did) so Joe ran like a baby to Paige and it looks like we’re getting a No DQ match between the two, probably in Australia. I still won’t care. AJ Styles has not had a good feud since John Cena and the 2017 Royal Rumble. I just hate this feud and the whole Samoa Joe calling out AJ’s wife and kid. I have no interest. Let’s just fast forward this to AJ losing to the Miz and then we get The Miz vs Daniel Bryan at Mania. Grade: D.

But he did tap out?

Mix Tag Team Match

Bri Bella and Daniel Bryan vs The Miz and Maryse

To be honest, I was excited for this match only because it was another chance to see the Miz vs Daniel Bryan. I knew Bri and Maryse wouldn’t do much due to Maryse having a kid recently, and that held true. Miz and Bryan essentially had a replicated SummerSlam match with a few actions from Bri beating up the Miz. It was okay, it was a silly match and a silly ending with Bri attempting to roll up Maryse but she flipped it and the Miz and Maryse won via pinfall. This keeps the rivalry alive between Miz and Bryan, as they fight again in Australia. So, in typical WWE fashion, they’ll ruin a good feud that everyone wanted to see. Grade: C.

Raw Women’s Championship

Ronda Rousey (c) vs Alexa Bliss

This match was a lot better than I anticipated. Alexa brought out Mickie James and Alicia Fox out with her, while Rousey brought Natalya. It could’ve been over very soon when Rousey attempted an early armbar, but James pulled Alexa away, countering the move. Alexa actually put up a really good fight, considering being killed at SummerSlam. She attacked Rousey’s injured ribs a ton, attempted a dive which Rousey caught and caused Alexa to take out her team ringside. Alexa kept going at the ribs and Rousey attempted to reverse it but failed the first time and then counter a superplex and Alexa hit a dropkick. Alexa then wrapped Rousey around the ring, further injuring the ribs. Bliss started taunted Rousey and damn she should not have. Rousey went full ‘roid rage and landing tons of combinations on Alexa, making her weak and eventually led to anarmbar for Rousey as she retained the championship. A much better fight than the Smackdown, which shocked me. Grade: A-.

Raw Universal Championship

Roman Reigns (c) vs Braun Strowman

Special Referee: Mick Foley

This was a huge clusterfuck. The match was subpar at best. Braun chose his cash in at a PPV but set it up weeks in advance, so he had a healthy, prepared Reigns which made no sense. It was your typical Braun is so big and strong match followed by a few holy shit how is Roman alive and landing Superman punches. Honestly, Braun won this match twice but Mick Foley claims he didn’t get Reigns for the full 3 seconds. After the second “2.9” count, Braun sets up a table and Roman spears him through it (very predictable) then all hell breaks loose. For some reason McIntyre and Ziggler come storming down trying to get into the Cell, which of course is followed by Rollins and Ambrose right behind them. They fight forever and for some reason climb to the top of the cell and fight up there (which was awesome, I’ll admit that). Ambrose brings a stick and beats the shit out of Ziggler and McIntyre grabs it, which causes Ambrose and him to fight continuously. Then Rollins and Ziggler climb down, hit each off the Cell and they take out the announcer tables. Then out of nowhere, Brock Lesnar decides to show up. He kicks in the Hell in the Cell door and explodes in there, knocking out both Reigns and Strowman causing the match to end in a no contest. This match was crazy, because of the run-ins. I, for one, am pumped about the future Shield vs Braun/Ziggler/McIntyre matches and storyline. But what the hell is Brock doing? Hopefully we’ll get some answers on Raw tonight. Grade: C+ (would’ve been a D without the Run-ins).

Overall Score: C+/B-. The PPV was not bad, I may be more critical than most. I just hate the current Smackdown title situations, I feel as if they are misusing everyone. Why wouldn’t the Bar or the Usos face the New Day? It would’ve been the match of the night. Becky and Charlotte was boring, and AJ needs to lose the title. They butchered the whole Nakaura feud and they’re ruining Samoa Joe as well. Hopefully things change, see you for the WWE Super Show-Down October 6th.