WWE RAW 9.19.16: Five Thoughts w/Justin C

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1. Does Stephanie McMahon Not Talk To Her Husband?

-Every week since Kevin Owens won the Universal Championship, we continue to wait for Triple H to say why he did what he did. Why did Triple H screw over Seth Rollins and help Kevin Owens? No one knows for sure. And the WWE appears set on stretching this out as long as possible.

But for some reason it really bothers me when Stephanie says she has no idea why Triple H did what he did. At this point everyone knows that she is married to Triple H. Does she not talk to her husband about it at her house? What about at the office? That is why I’m glad Seth Rollins and Co. keep calling her out about it. It just makes no sense from a storyline perspective.

2. Cesaro vs Sheamus Should End With A “Loser Leaves RAW” Stipulation

-At least they finally mentioned the Title shot stipulation on RAW this week. Even though Michael Cole hesitated in saying it, which makes me think it might not actually happen. But in actuality, the loser of this series should be forced to leave RAW. It would be one of those situations where the stakes seem to be really high. Obviously the loser would go to Smackdown. But in the back of the loser’s head, he might think that Smackdown wouldn’t want someone who just lost a Best of 7 series. Plus, Smackdown could use an extra talent or two to make their roster fully complete.

3. The WWE Needs To Abandon Steel Cage Matches

-In today’s wrestling world, well specifically the WWE’s, this needs to happen. In the PG Era cage matches just seem weak. You can’t have any blood. You don’t need blood in every match, but it gets over the brutality of steel cage matches when you have it. Not only that, but there is interference in pretty much every cage match nowadays. So the whole point of cage matches goes completely out the window. Plus, the WWE has watered down all gimmick matches to the point where they don’t feel special anymore. I’ve always been a fan of taking the door off the cage to prevent interference so easily. But unless the WWE drastically changes them, they should stop doing steel cage matches for the foreseeable futures.

4. Solid First Showing From The Cruiserweights

-THE Brian Kendrick, Rich Swann, Cedric Alexander and Gran Metalik all had a good showing in their debut match on RAW. As the match went on, the crowd became more and more into it. And essentially, that is what you wanted from this match. While I assume anyone who reads this saw the Cruiserweight Classic, the majority of people at RAW probably didn’t. As the weeks go on, I expect people to identify with their favorites and pick who they side with. Kendrick winning here was the smart move, as he is probably the person the majority of the WWE audience knows.

5. RAW Doesn’t Make Me Care About Their Top Stars

-On Smackdown, it is the complete opposite. I’m invested in what happens with the likes of Dean Ambrose, AJ Styles and John Cena. I’m even interested in Miz and Randy Orton again. And Smackdown got me to care about Heath Slater. On RAW? I’m interested in what happens with Kevin Owens. But I’m losing interest in a good amount of the other stuff. Roman Reigns vs Rusev was built poorly. Seth Rollins needs a major breakout moment in this face turn and he hasn’t gotten it yet. And the mid-card and tag title scenes are just meh. And WWE wonders why RAW is going to continuously struggle against Monday Night Football. RAW needs a good show this Sunday to get people talking on Monday.

MATCH RESULTS

Seth Rollins vs Rusev went to a Double Countout

Braun Strowman defeated Sin Cara- This match had the line of the night from Michael Cole: “WHAT ATHLETICISM FROM BRAUN STROWMAN!”

Charlotte and Dana Brooke defeated Sasha Banks and Bayley

Bo Dallas defeated a Jobber

Cesaro defeated Sheamus to make their Best of 7 series 3-3

Enzo and Cass, New Day and Sami Zayn defeated The Club, The Shining Stars and Chris Jericho

THE Brian Kendrick defeated Gran Metalik, Cedric Alexander and Rich Swann to become the #1 Contender for the Cruiserweight Championship

Roman Reigns defeated Kevin Owens (escape) in a Steel Cage Match- After the match Rusev and Owens attacked Reigns. Seth Rollins came out and hit a crossbody off the top of the cage on the heels to end the show.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

Follow Me On Twitter @JCWonka

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