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WWE Raw Recap & Reaction (July 18, 2022): Ball Story

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Welcome boys and girls! Raw it’s not TV 14 yet, but they get around that line with a few moments on this week’s episode. Wrote a lot about it. Like to read?

Here it is.

And don’t forget to read Claire’s blog for more details, because she’s the best in the business.

Let’s talk Raw!


I’m sorry

I promise not to turn this into a long diatribe. Well, I promise to try. The WWE is rolling out Titus O’Neal in front of the crowd in his hometown to talk about “goodwill”, “smiles” and oh-oh-oh-oh, all the good work that WWE is doing around the world has been absolute bullshit. As Nas and AZ once said back in 1996, this move was more counterfeit than the large $100 bill that was in circulation in those days. Titus is often the WWE’s shield when the heat from the outside world gets too much for Vince and his friends. The number of times they suck at Chitus’ reputation in the hope that only a fraction of it will fall on the company is too many. Vince using Titus as a smokescreen because of the suspicions being raised against him is disgusting.

AND WE DO NOT TALK ABOUT POLITICS OR RELIGION? INDEED?

The same company that positioned Sgt. Carnage as a treacherous soldier during the Gulf War? The same company that once hired a Bill Clinton impersonator during a PPV out of Washington DC during a government shutdown and asked him about the shutdown? The same company that created the Domination Nation as a split in the Nation of Islam? THE SAME company where Jack Swagger and Zen Colter walked for at least a year with an American flag screaming “We the people!” in the midst of the tea party movement? THE SAME COMPANY that represented Barack Obama against Hillary Clinton in a wrestling match?

And, yes, the same company where the owner and his son fought Shawn Michaels and… checked the records… oh, right, GOD. God partnered with Sean because Vince wanted to prove he was better than God. There was even this passage:

Yes, of course, this company does not talk about politics or religion.

I love wrestling. That’s why I love this job and everything that comes with it. But at times like this it’s really hard to even think about covering Raw. Not even because of lies, but because of the fact that we, the audience, are considered idiots. And it’s insulting.


Ain’t 2 proud 2 begging

The crowd – at least the one in Tampa – does not feel Logan Paul. At least not in the way I’m sure he or the WWE wants. He received a mixed reception on Miz TV. It wasn’t weird at all, because yes. Logan is a natural heel. Even preening in front of a crowd seemed unnatural for a guy who had made a name for himself as the antagonist of life.

Miz’s mic work here was fantastic. He sat Logan down, read the list of his accomplishments, reminding everyone that he wasn’t at the Miz’s level when it came to wrestling. A tag match is one thing, but a singles match against a guy with 18 years of experience is a horse of five different colors.

And he’s right. This makes for a great story from The Miz’s point of view. Logan, on the other hand, is used to hearing things he can’t do. The Miz is just another person doubting him, so he wants to do something about it. But The Miz, for his own reasons, declined Logan’s challenge. The Miz sounded like a guy who really cares about Logan and doesn’t want to embarrass him. Almost like an older brother turning down a younger brother just to save him from himself.

All that maturity evaporated as soon as Logan started talking about Miz’s balloons. The Miz showed off his latest t-shirt featuring the size of said balloons and accepted the challenge. Remember how Marty McFly reacted when someone called him a chicken? Now it’s The Miz. The Miz accepted the match on behalf of these marbles, and Logan thought he made it. Ciampa then came out, as he is the Miz’s muscle, and the two of them tried to knock Paul down. I say tried because they failed. Paul fled, his music was playing, and WWE reminded us that Paul will be coming to Madison Square Garden next week to host his Miz TV version.

Logan Paul isn’t quite there when it comes to the conversational part of this business of ours. But I’m sure he’ll get there. Working with The Miz is a great lesson for everyone at the moment, so hopefully Logan will take notice. Still thinking he’s a face is an idea at best, but for now, that’s what it is.


extracurricular activities

do it again

The Big Time is finally getting their next shot at the title. While it was frustrating to immediately jump into a war of words and match after the first leg of the WWE Apology Tour featuring Titus O’Neal, the women pulled through. Carmella and Bianca were, unsurprisingly, very good. They showed the storytelling insight they showed last week, and Mella showed she deserved a lot more than a speed bump between Miss Belair and Becky Lynch. Bianca wants redemption in Summer Slam for what happened the last time these two danced the tango at the biggest party of the summer. Becky, on the other hand, thinks it’s her comeback story on tour.

Quoting the great movie hero, let them fight.

Don’t judge…

Damian Priest and Rey Mysterio made a very spectacular match. Damian showed off his strength by grounding and forcing Rey into near submission. Ray, true to himself, never gave up. He avoided defeat several times, handled Finn Bálor’s distraction, and fought the way we expect any father to fight for his son. You see, before the match, Damian promised us that Dominic’s entry into Judgment Day would happen. On the Raw. This week. Strong words from a strong man, but he, the Priest, says a lot of things.

Priest dominated this match and looked great. And, in the end, won a major victory. Defeating Rey is a big deal for The Judgment Day, a band that needs belt markings.

But then confusion came. So, after the match, Damian and Finn threatened Ray with a concert. The only thing standing between Rey and the concussion was Dom. If Dom joins the group, Rey will be spared. Dom eventually comes to his father’s aid and says that he has fallen. Damian and Finn say no, tell the young man that this won’t do, and throw him out of the ring.

The priest and Balor say that the House has failed the test. He didn’t have to save his father. He should have destroyed it like they did with Edge. And next week at MSG, when WWE celebrates the 20th anniversary of 619, they finish what they started and destroy Mysterio. I like it. I like all this very much.

But Edge will be back next week, right? Doomsday can’t go through a single segment without his name in their languages, and these mysterious vignettes are getting clearer and clearer…

Stomp

Let’s turn around a bit. Kevin Owens is back – thankfully – for another edition of the KO Show. He offered his guest, Riddle, an olive branch. RK-Bro was cool, but Bro-KO? This is the new heat. Riddle not only named K.O. a liar, but also said that he could not trust this man. K.O. talking nonsense about Randy Orton and Riddle didn’t feel it. As soon as Riddle started to leave, Seth Rollins showed his face. Two steps later, and Riddle is laid out. Later, Ezekiel expresses his displeasure that Set is bullying whoever he wants. Seth talked about Zeke’s “family” and those were battle words. So, of course, the match was in their future.

Once again, Seth and Zeke put up a good match. The story here was all about stomping. Zeke parried him twice. Once by simply moving and rolling Seth, then the second time by catching him and demonstrating his strength. The highlight was Zeke kneeling Seth mid-flight as he jumped off the top rope. It was beautiful and something that makes me want more of these two in the ring. But alas, all good things must do what good things do.

Zeke’s third punch didn’t come when Seth started stomping. 1, 2, 3, ding-ding. Seth gets a W and it’s official: Seth vs. Riddle in Summer Slam.

Extinction level event

Remember last week when Omos pinned Angelo Dawkins? Don’t worry if you don’t, it happened. As a result, Omos, well, MVP, challenged Dawkins to a match. Big man versus a man who wants to smoke. The Usos liked the sound of it all, so they took their seats in the front row.

But since both Montez Ford and MVP interfered in the match at different points, it was only a matter of time before the referee caught one of them. MVP disqualified his client, Adam Pierce played a match between Profits and MVP & Omos,

The best moment before The Usos’ telegraphic intervention leading to another The disqualification was Montez’s reaction to the fact that Omos knocked one of them out of his frog splash. Tez looked like he saw 50 ghosts. The man even slapped himself to get back into the game and focus. He climbed the rope one more time when the Usos intervened.

True Indeed

I like the nice guy Dolph Ziggler. He sat ringside while AJ Styles and Teori fought each other in a match that seemed pretty normal to me. Maybe it was a change of pace from everything before. Raw, but this was not enough. They had a more methodical duel, which, judging by the ending, probably got more time than needed. While AJ and Theory definitely have disagreements, things with Dolph are more interesting at the moment because we still don’t have the answers.

Theory caught himself busy with Dolph a couple of times during the match when Dolph looked as innocent as a baby. It ended the minute the referee turned his back on her.

Theory stood outside the ring, recovering from AJ’s attack. AJ, not ready to let Theory live, rushed at Mr. Money in the bank. Theory catches AJ nearly throws it at Dolph, but throws it on the comment table instead. Dolph watches, checking to see if his hands are clean. Theory throws AJ back into the ring, and while the referee looks after AJ, Dolph sends Theory to the next month.

Theory can’t win on a count of 10 and AJ wins on the count. This ending makes sense since neither man needs an L, but like I said, maybe a slightly shorter match would help with this ending.

Scenario

“Of all the things I’ve seen, this was definitely the latest.” When it comes to the “six women match” between Asuka, Alexa Bliss and Dana Brooke vs. Nikki ASH, Tamina and Doodrop, Graves said it best.

To be honest, I was looking forward to the real match. What we got was a 24/7 scam where the title changed hands at least five times. And even Alexa Bliss is now a former 24/7 champion.

I was not entertained with sports, which is what I wanted.

I RETURNED

Just to note that Veer came back this week. It’s all.


It’s all Raw suitable for printing. And you know what? I liked the show this week the most. The third hour is still dragging on, especially this week when Miz TV’s main event and ongoing match is mostly a joke. But once we got over that terrible start with Titus, the show was pretty cool for two hours. And assembly for them Summer Slam Matches are getting better every week.

Grade: B

This is my assessment and I stick to it. Your turn.

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