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  1. Interesting Raw. I enjoyed it overall, but there was lots I didn't like. Mixed bag. GOOD: Jericho is so freaking great. BAD: Though the crowd is responding to him well, I'm not quite digging babyface Rollins. It feels like WWE is making him incorporate Standard Issue WWE Babyface Protocol and for me, it's taking away what worked about him as a heel. GOOD: I'm liking the presentation of the Goldberg v. Lesnar feud. It feels like a big money fight. BAD: Paul Heyman seemed off tonight. He's so amazing 99% of the time that I wonder if he was off on purpose – to maybe subtly sell that Goldberg is making Team Lesnar nervous? GOOD: I really like Rich Swann. He's fun. And I liked the pre-match video package. BAD: TJ Perkins just isn't the guy to carry the mantle of the CW division. He's too bland. And his forced video game references ("you can't just hit reset") are killing me. GOOD: The Brian Kendrick is playing a pretty unique character, though tonight he drifted into Heath Slater "I need to feed my kids" territory. BAD: The CW division is getting one segment a night. Hardly the infusion of energy I expected. I was hoping for a more robust division. GOOD: The Enzo/Cass segment with the broken microphones was great. BAD: What the hell is up with WWE's use of Anderson and Gallows. They ALWAYS lose! They can't be effective heels if they never seem like a threat. GOOD: Sasha v. Charlotte feels like a big money fight. BAD: Arm wrestling segments are the worst. GOOD: Curtis Axel showed something in that promo. BAD: There's nothing with Bo Dallas. Why keep trying? At least Axel is likable. Try pushing him. Why did they have him cut that promo and bring up the hometown angle and invoke the name of his dad if they were just gonna job him out? GOOD: Sami Zayn has something to do. BAD: Stop trying to make Braun Strowman a thing.
  2. Yeah, that's true. Nobody likes leaving money on the table, and Jericho is money. What's most impressive is how he got it over so quickly. Like a week or two after he first said it, it's become this big thing. But I'm not surprised. This is the same guy that turned the word "it" into a catchphrase.
  3. I wonder what got him to change his tune on the no-merch-for-heels thing. Is it an impending face turn? Is it that he's more of a comedy heel right now than his previous, super serious No Country For Old Men heel?
  4. FWIW, Wade Keller says it will be a "good" thing, but that some people will be angry. PWInsider.com has a story up about something called FloSports which is expected to announce they'll be streaming Indy wrestling content. I wonder if that's it. EDIT: Apparently WWE is an investor in FloSports.
  5. I'm not sure if HBK ever actually started at the PC. Maybe. Anyways, HBK is old school and has always said he didn't want to un-retire. So I'll believe him coming back for one more match when I see it. And if he does, I could see it being some sort of "unsanctioned street fight" to kinda-sorta get around the retirement.
  6. I like the idea of traditional Survivor Series matches, but agree that they can't carry a PPV in the modern environment. So that's why we end up with these 3 mid-card SS matchups between brands with no real stakes except made-up brand pride. What I'd rather see is a hybrid Survivor Series/Battlebowl concept where the survivors from a certain number of Survivor Series matches get reallocated, or go into a Battle Royale, with the winner getting something tangible – a prime Rumble spot, a title match, etc.
  7. Shockingly, these guys were better off as Los Matadores. But honestly, they've been around for awhile. There's nothing there with them. Keep them as the "name" enhancement tag team every fed needs.
  8. Is the point of the Shining Stars that we're actively supposed to hate their existence and they'll make convenient jobbers? Because if not, it was such a poorly conceived gimmick. To have a nationalistic heel gimmick, your nationality should be 1) actually a nation, and 2) a perceived enemy of the United States or 3) inherently interesting. Puerto Rico is a United States territory that most fans know very little about. It's like they're trying to be two Kofi Kingstons, except heels, with boring offense and without fun faux-accents.
  9. He looked really good. He's a graybeard now, and he's leaner, but he's still built and looks to be in great shape. Cardio could be a question as he was sweating bullets and seemed to be breathing heavy, but I think he'll look the part. In one of his pre-Survivor Series appearances on Raw, I'd like to see him destroy somebody. I know he's not going to have a match – and he shouldn't – but they should play the "disrupt and disrespect" card while Goldberg's in the ring cutting a promo. The Shining Stars would be PERFECT for this. "Goldberg, you should be retired...and we've got the ideal place for you to retire: Puerto Rico, the Shining Star of the Car...." SPEAR. SPEAR. JACKHAMMER. JACKHAMMER. SNARL.
  10. I hate the 3 Hell in a Cell matches. No reason KO/Rollins needs to be in a Cell. I'd be fine with two Cell matches: Rusev/Reigns and Banks/Charlotte. Love that the women are main eventing, but worried that will add pressure to be dangerous and gory.
  11. Seriously? I thought his return came off great. The crowd ate it up and for a one-off match it should be fun. Goldberg/Lesnar at WMXX was bad, but Brock and Goldberg were both in bad places and on their way out. Lesnar's style is very different now. Goldberg's style will be necessarily very different now. I'm not expecting match of the year, but can they create a heavyweight spectacle for 15 minutes? I don't see why not. If the crowd boos the match, so be it. I'd hope they'd take it for what it is. A one-time-only attraction between the biggest star in the sport and a legend (like it or not) who seems to be coming back for the right reasons.
  12. It shouldn't matter at all, but I can't help but think less of the both of them for being together (and now engaged). I know nothing about their personalities, but I now find myself thinking Paige is immature and tempestuous, and Del Rio is a creep.
  13. Totally agree. Being that it's Toronto, I wonder if they tried for Trish.
  14. Glad to finally catch a glimpse of Mads Mikkelsen. He makes everything better.
  15. Down Mingsy. Down boy.