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The Smark Henry RAW Report (7/8/17): Comeback Is Real


Last week, I gave the worst grade to an episode of RAW thus far. It was plain boring—I can’t even remember what happened on that episode exactly and it shows you just how forgettable it was. I’m not sure if this week’s episode felt amazing because it followed a failure, or simply because they knocked every bit out of the park.

Walang tapon! Segment after segment and match after match was exactly what it should’ve been and I wouldn’t have changed anything.



We opened with a MizTV, which I wasn’t too excited for at all, until they surprised us all with Brock Lesnar. Gosh, that roleplay promo by Paul Heyman saying everybody should pretend Miz and his Miztourage are the three contenders of the Universal Championship match—and then have Lesnar destroy them—was just so on point and so smart. I loved it! Lesnar hasn’t really been interacting directly with his opponents in the last couple of weeks, but still managed to remind us all of how capable he is of retaining at SummerSlam.



The show ended with the same storyline and an awesome main event. The whole night, I was wondering where the heck Samoa Joe was, and there he was! It was a nice—and very brutal—main event that was interesting to watch despite the feud being so overexposed. We’ve seen Reigns and Strowman destroy each other so much that it should be annoying by now, but since it’s Roman Reigns, it’s okay. You go hurt him as much as you want, Braun. It will never be not entertaining.

If I were in their shoes, though, I’d be pissed to have the general manager put my body in jeopardy with these crazy stipulations right before a very important match, especially when the champion doesn’t get to do shit. But then again, Roman Reigns claims to be a brave martyr, and Braun Strowman always demands for people to kill every show. So, I guess that’s why they don’t mind as much...

Nevertheless, this main event shed so much light on the three contenders for the Universal Championship and helped hype the match at SummerSlam. Joe got his revenge on Reigns and it makes the odds all the more unpredictable. It’s missing some direct action from Lesnar, but I hope they’re just saving that for the go-home show.



Let’s talk about the best storyline on RAW right now: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins. Goodness! When this whole Shield reunion tease was starting, I’ll admit I wasn’t too into it. I didn’t really know where they’d be heading with it; people were predicting it was Rollins inserting himself into the Intercontinental Championship picture. Man, were we wrong. This ended up being the most nail-biting storyline that effectively sets you up for a roller-coaster of emotions.

Ambrose didn’t help Rollins when the latter was being attacked; but au contraire, Rollins went to help when the situation reversed. You’d think this entire storyline is only based around Rollins begging for forgiveness and him willing to do anything for him and Ambrose to be friends again, right? So when Ambrose FINALLY stuck his fist out for a Shield pose, and then Rollins refused, that’s it! I was screaming behind my pillow and I paused my stream—and I then proceeded to devour an entire pint of ice cream in attempt to numb my feelings of despair. That was way too good. The segment, not the ice cream. Although, yes, the ice cream was really good, too.

And it doesn’t even end there. They found a way to elongate the storyline and still make it super interesting by giving it twists. Of course Rollins would now be mad at Ambrose: why would you put yourself at risk for somebody who wouldn’t put themselves at risk for you? Masakit ‘yon, bes. We’ve all been there. And that’s exactly why it works—it’s super simple and logical drama that is so real and relatable. Keep this up, WWE. I wanna watch next week’s episode now just for this. And next week, I’ll make sure to have the ice cream during the show so it hurts less when they decide to twist my heart into a pretzel again.



We had a lot of women on this episode, too! We were blessed with two Triple Threat matches as the first round of the mini-tournament to determine the #1 Contender for the RAW Women’s Championship after Bayley had to bow out of SummerSlam due to a shoulder injury. However, the matches weren’t anything special at all, with results beyond predictable. Can you guess who faces who next week for the slot at SummerSlam? Just take a wild one.

The Canadian crowd was rather rowdy tonight, too, and was very vocal about who they wanted to see and who they didn’t. It’s like they were every smarks’ voice that night. Everyone’s interest in Bayley has steeply plummeted lately and this week’s crowd did not hold back in expressing just that. I think they booed Izzy to tears.

You’re probably on some dangerous drugs if you think Sasha Banks wasn’t going to win the first match against Emma and Alicia Fox, but this crowd proceeded to chant loudly for Emma anyway because it’s who we all low-key want to witness succeed. This is good for when Emma “begs for more opportunities.”

If we were in a phase of a match using the standard formula, we’d be right at the comeback getting closer to finish that is SummerSlam. Hurray! I give this show an A!


Quick Hitters:
  • Jason Jordan is getting booed, and that match of his was very, very sloppy. ‘Di masyado nagmana sa tatay in this department, eh? But looking back, his huge jobber opponent didn’t seem like he was able to take any of Jordan’s moves properly which made the whole thing a little catastrophic.
  • Finn B├ílor and Bray Wyatt continue to do absolutely nothing to make me want to watch their match at SummerSlam. It’s a good thing Finn has a mesmerizing set of abs.
  • I’m legitimately lost with the Enzo/Cass/Big Show storyline. I can’t figure out what’s next for any of them. It’s like their story is on loop at the moment.
  • I want to say that the office chair shot in the main event is everything.
  • Scott Dawson is injured and now the three-way feud with the Hardys and The Club is now up in the air. Shame.
  • Did you finally guess the finalists for the #1 Contendership for the RAW Women’s Championship? That’s right, it’s Nia Jax vs. Sasha Banks next week! Who freaking knew?!

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