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The Smark Henry RAW Review (9/5/16): The Kevin Owens Show



RAW this week carries over from a chaotic ending, which saw the involvement of Triple H as he handed a Universal Championship win to Kevin Owens. Many questions needed to be answered, as this episode now gained a must-see element to it as much as it did after SummerSlam's own raucous ending.

However, WWE chose not to address the elephant in the room right away then, and it didn't do that now either. Instead, a celebration kicked off the show. Balloons, confetti and a jolly fat man in a suit were what fans were greeted to at the start of the show. However, this was no ordinary average Joe all dressed up for the occasion—he was the new Universal Champion, and the star of The Kevin Owens Show. Due to winning it under dubious circumstances, an irate Seth Rollins interrupted the celebration of the new champ.

Screwed out of the title and played like a fiddle, he showed intensity not seen before with his verbal work. While it's normally expected for newly-christened good guys to be all smiles and cheesy jokes, The Architect, however, was all business and did not lose a step with his arrogance and sense of self-entitlement. If there was ever any doubt that Rollins would make a great face, consider that doubt squashed thanks to this opening segment.

Throw in a forced and utterly random Roman Reigns cameo to get him into the title picture again, and you get all the makings of a very messy RAW, amazing in some parts, yet parts that were few and far between. This is a contrast to SmackDown’s recent affairs, wherein the writing has been solid with only little room for duds. We do not get a Triple H sighting or an explanation for his actions this week, but let's give WWE the benefit of the doubt that this'll all end up a slow burn and would pay off in the long run. Maybe as slow a burn as it was to get through all the filler this episode had to offer. Would that be a good or a bad thing? Here’s to hoping it’ll actually pay off to see where things are headed.




With this, RAW started off red-hot. However, it didn't last that way for the rest of the night.

Gallows and Anderson continued their shtick as retirement specialists, and as talented as they are in the ring, are completely devoid of charisma to make segments like these work. Not even an appearance by The New Day themselves could save this segment. For all the stellar in-ring work these two teams have done when against each other, it all becomes a footnote to the bad jokes, unnecessary Jon Stewart appearances, and dancing old men.

Darren Young and Titus O'Neil had another scuffle. Braun Strowman knocked off Sin Cara, while Nia Jax took care of another no-name. Well, technically she did have a name and was also a friend of Alicia Fox's, but these were (and still are) the segments that Raw continues to pepper itself with. It's no wonder why crowds do the wave and throw beach balls at each other, let alone start silly chants.

Thus, with segments like these, it is up to the true shining stars of the roster to collectively lift the show on their backs. No, I'm not referring to the Shining Stars who picked up a bemoaned upset over the highly-entertaining duo of Enzo and Big Cass. The real shining stars of Raw came in the form of the new Universal Champ and his lifelong enemy Sami Zayn, as well as Rollins and Chris, bestowing upon the gift of Jericho. These four men picked things up and resuscitated a dead crowd thanks to their fantastic matches. At this rate, they might as well be erected as the Mt. RAW-shmore of The New Era.


Rollins sent an emphatic Pedigree after an enthralling bout, as a message to the man who screwed him out of the title. Though it looks like he has a lot on his plate at the moment, the Universal title and its new champion may end up an afterthought in the grander scheme of things the more Rollins focuses on The Game. The worst fear that the future could bring is that Triple H is once again front and center overshadowing the show’s main championship, not unlike his World Heavyweight Championship title reign earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Owens won his match against Zayn, making a statement that he's the better man. For all the bad and mishandled segments the viewers at home and crowds in attendance are forced to sit through on a three-hour stretch, matches or promos that would be considered show-enhancers instead become bonafide show-stealers. But then again, it could just be a walk in the park for them as there isn't much of a show to steal in the first place.

Both Rollins and Owens were on fire figuratively this week. Though booking a rematch between the two of them at the next event doesn’t look like the sensible thing to do, even though it is the most logical. Rollins was furious, demanding answers from Stephanie McMahon and not so much a rematch. It’s obvious that even though he failed to win the title, he showed no such interest in reclaiming it as of the moment. It’d be a pain to see Kevin Owens be the third wheel, so it would have been better to have The Architect go straight for The Game instead of making the champ a detour for the inevitable.

With the way the Triple Threat match between the former Shield members was done at Battleground instead of a bigger event and thus getting rid of all that waiting, proper timing could also have been sacrificed in the form of an immediate kick-start to the feud between Rollins and Triple H, leading to a main event match at Clash of Champions.


Throw in a forced and utterly random Roman Reigns cameo to get him into the title picture again, and you get all the makings of a very messy RAW, amazing in some parts, yet parts that were few and far between. This is a contrast to SmackDown’s recent affairs, wherein the writing has been solid with only little room for duds. We do not get a Triple H sighting or an explanation for his actions this week, but let's give WWE the benefit of the doubt that this'll all end up a slow burn and would pay off in the long run. Maybe as slow a burn as it was to get through all the filler this episode had to offer. Would that be a good or a bad thing? Here’s to hoping it’ll actually pay off to see where things are headed.

*****


Miguel Asistio (@MTGMAis also known as the best writer in the world—at least according to his CM Punk-inspired delusions of grandeur. In the real world, he's been a proud fan of the WWE since its Ruthless Aggression days. He also enjoys reading comic books and playing fighting games when not trying to make hi

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