Last night’s episode of Raw was the go-home edition for this Saturday’s WWE Super Show-Down event, in Melbourne, Australia, and quite a lot happened.
Quite a lot happened, but not all of it was particularly good though, so in our weekly segment ‘Highs & Lows,’ we rundown the show and decide what were the best bits, and what were the worst.
Obviously, this is all down to personal opinion, so you’ll probably want to shout at me at some point. You can do that by joining our Discord server, or following us on Twitter. Please try not to be too mean.
High: Ambrose continues to tease Shield tension
Raw kicked off this week with an in-ring interview with Dean Ambrose.
Charly Caruso questioned Dean about what happened last week, and the ‘Lunatic’ teased that, maybe it’s because he doesn’t have a championship, maybe it’s because Rollins replaced him so quickly with Jason Jordan, but he has thought about leaving the Shield.
It was unclear whether Dean was being genuine with these comments, or just being himself, but the teasing didn’t stop there.
After Ambrose lost the opening match via DQ to Braun Strowman, following a Roman Reigns interference, Reigns was set for a match aganist Dolph Ziggler. Before that bout got underway, Ambrose and Rollins were hanging out backstage.
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Ambrose was clearly peeved that the ‘Big Dog’ cost him the match, and took his frustration out on Rollins, stating:
“You know what’s funny? I could be Intercontinental Champion right now.”
And he wasn’t done there, the absolute MENTALIST. He later said the same thing to Reigns:
“If I wasn’t such a nice guy, I MIGHT be Universal Champion right now.”
These were in reference to Ambrose opting not to fight either of his Shield brothers last night, which takes us nicely into our first Low…
Low: Completely backwards decision making
Before Ambrose’s match with Strowman that we just touched on, he was given three match options by Acting Raw GM Baron Corbin:
- vs. Seth Rollins for the IC Title
- vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Title
- vs. Braun Strowman
The first act of idiocy here was Ambrose asking for a match against Baron Corbin instead, despite the fact that there was more chance of Corbin turning into Phil Mitchell off EastEnders than accepting that match.
The former Constable then decided Ambrose would take on Strowman instead of either of his Shield brothers. That’s both kinda understandable – because Braun’s really big – and kinda not – because surely Corbin would want the Shield to implode?
Anyway, that all happened and Corbin made Roman vs. Ziggler and Rollins vs. McIntyre as everyone interfered. Which was fine but is one of those things that irritates a lot of people, in that there was clearly about 90 minutes of this show that had been left completely unplanned and empty prior to it starting.
Before Roman took on Ziggler, he declared that he wanted to put his Universal Championship on the line, which would have actually been really bloody cool. Corbin though, said he couldn’t. Why? Wouldn’t Corbin want Roman to lose the title? Wouldn’t Ziggler be a bit pissed that Corbin took the opportunity away?
There were just too many nonsensical things going on here, and it pretty much ruined the main narrative of the show, which was very unfortunate indeed.