Tuesday Raw Roundtable: Sting, Dudleys, Seth Rollins Clashes with Stephanie, Divas Beat The Clock

WWE had another new Raw on Monday, what did the Pulse Wrestling crew think of the show?

Darren Paltrowitz

Sting is in excellent shape for a guy in his 50s, but I have even less interest in watching him wrestle or cut a promo than The Undertaker. Those were courtesy cheers from the crowd. Seth Rollins is selling the feud well, though.

The fact that the crowd chanted “Let’s go Lana” during the match between Dolph Ziggler and Rise says it all. Summer Rae, I’m sure is a wonderful person, but…I’ll leave it at that.

Becky Lynch’s match with Alicia Fox was okay.

The Intercontinental Title picture still needs a reboot.

Charlotte’s match with Brie Bella was okay.

Cesaro and Kevin Owens have excellent chemistry. They both deserve to be higher on the card.

Brown Strongman (a better name) is strong, we get it. It’s a shame that someone like Dean Ambrose has to waste their talent on him. It makes zero sense when a wrestler doesn’t sell a chair shot. The crowd was too bored to boo.

Sasha Banks is arguably the most over Diva with the recent live crowds and she was rushed through a “Beat The Clock” match, which doesn’t make sense.

The New Day remain the most consistently entertaining segment of Raw every week. Their ode to the table was excellent. Their feud with The Dudley Boyz is exactly how a veteran act should help male younger talent look like stars. A+.

Not sure yet if I will be watching Night Of Champions…

Brittney Soban

Sting Opens the Show: I think this may be the longest we’ve heard Sting talk since he came to WWE. Seeing Sting credit Triple H and then see Stephanie, in not so many words, agree that Rollins isn’t as good as Triple H will set up the rumored fall from grace for Seth Rollins.

Dolph Ziggler v. Rusev: A DQ win due to Summer Rae getting involved ended this match in an anti-climatic way but the match itself was good, giving each man to show his strength (Rusev) and speed (Ziggler). The bit after the match with Summer sneaking into Dolph’s locker room will help set up the story line further.

Becky Lynch v. Alicia Fox, Beat the Clock Challenge: This was a great match and allowed the women to take part in the first Diva’s beat the clock match. Becky finished her match at 3 minutes, 21 seconds which was pretty impressive as well. Because of the type of match it was a little rushed and sloppy but not terrible.

Ryback v. Big Show for the IC Title: Probably one of the better matches in this pairing’s history there were big moves, near falls and, even those Miz caused the distraction, a win for Ryback didn’t hurt Big Show’s angle of being overlooked, under appreciated and cheated out of his chances.

Charlotte v. Brie Bella, Beat the Clock Challenge: Brie running away from Charlotte was an insult to both Divas. While I’m much more of a fan of Charlotte than Brie’s in ring ability to see Brie literally run away from the challenge was insulting and annoying. Charlotte beating Becky’s time at 1 minute 40 seconds was impressive.

Cesaro v. Kevin Owens: One of the better matches of the night that ended with Cesaro bashing his ribs into the announce table and being defeated by Owens meant that not only did we see Owens win but that we saw a believable win after Cesaro was injured. Cesaro had been on top most of the match but with that bad spill to the outside we knew the end was near.

Dean Ambrose v. Braun Strowman: Okay, we know that the best booking, especially for power/strength guys is to make them look unbeatable. Then, to have someone beat them (i.e. see Rusev’s year of undefeated streaks) is a great way to make a story. It was a good match with Ambrose giving it his all. When provoked Reigns got involved and tried to save his friend but it ended like it has since Strowman’s arrival, with Reigns and Ambrose struggling to stand after being torn to pieces.

Paige v. Sasha Banks, Beat the Clock Challenge: Beating the time of 1 minute 40 seconds would be difficult but I hoped for a great Paige moment i.e. the night she won the title in her debut. Instead, we saw a rushed, sloppy showing and Sasha pulled to safety by her friends in a clear, frustrating cop out. I like Charlotte as the contender but, simply put, Paige was screwed.

The Dudley Boyz v. The New Day: Okay, the Dudleys are clearly one of the best tag teams in history. If you don’t see it then I don’t know what you’ve been watching for years. Moving on from that the forced humor/ stupidity and annoying habits of the New Day members made me happier than ever to see someone get the 3-D. Seeing the Dudleys win felt good, seeing New Day punished felt better but could we let the New Day be blind heels (what I mean is super positive people that don’t see they’re heels) rather than these annoying, hyperactive, goofy heels? I’d be okay with turning down the goofy levels a bit.

Seth Rollins Calls Out Sting: Rollins played his role perfectly. Slimy, whiny and pompous works for him. Seeing Stephanie look pissed off and hearing that tone in her voice you could tell Rollins was on thin ice. Stephanie agreeing with Cena, that Rollins would need to defend his US title and the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions was perfect. Closing out with Cena and Sting looking smug, Stephanie with a glare in her eyes and “best for business” smile on was great to. Rollins throwing a tantrum fit right in as well.

JT

To be honest I watched most of this episode at 30x speed, and only slowed down to 6x for the Divas, Dudleys and to see what Braun Strowman could do…

Beat the clock challenge is a better way to showcase the Divas talents than yet another tag match

The Dudleys are the most decorated tag team in the history of the WWE… Really?

Owens vs Cesaro was watched in real time, because these two are awesome. Another hard hitting match between Steen and Castagnoli, with subtle touches showing how they’ve both learnt from previous encounters.

Braun Strowman looks like a fat Eli Cottonwood, is incredibly limited in the ring, but probably isn’t a bad addition to the Wyatt family to put them over as a dominant stable.

Dudleys vs New Day was fun, with both Bubba and D-Von moving well in the ring despite their advancing years.

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