Raw aired on the USA Network last night on tape delay and hopefully you stayed away from the spoilers, because it is that time of the year. The European Tour Injury Festival.
Sometimes it’s the dorky guys that need it the most. The Golden Truth got a nice little push this week on Raw, playing off the return of The Hardyz and their backstage reunion segment at Payback a couple of weeks ago. Now, I know R-Truth has been a comedy act for several years now and Goldust has been the WWE’s utility man for over a decade, but this was a nice change of pace. They actually made me believe they were going to get a No. 1 contender opportunity against The Hardyz. Was that potential match going to blow the doors off? Probably not, but the fact that the WWE served up a changeup when it’s always a steady diet of fastballs and 50/50 booking gives me hope for things to come. It’s the small things people.
What’s the big picture?
This is building up the new, full-heel Sheamus and Cesaro into a potential pay-per-view “Match of the Night” type match with The Hardyz. Whether that be at Extreme Rules or at a Monday Night Raw before June 4 remains to be seen. This match has to be the vehicle that takes The Hardyz, especially Matt, over the “Broken” edge per se, and create the WWE’s version of the “Broken Universe.” It just has to.
It is a compounded Bad Book this week with the news of Braun Strowman’s injury that will keep him sidelined up to at least Great Balls of Fire.
Now to what happened to Big Bad Braun this week on Raw. Can the man have anything? Can he? Can he look like the strongest man in the WWE for a week. Evidently that is not the case. After Payback we saw the sneaky booking that was originally just a kayfabe injury to square up the Roman vs. Braun saga, but it still seemed that Braun was getting the nose ahead. That isn’t happening anymore. Much like Stephanie McMahon has a tendency of emasculating babyface talent, Roman Reigns has a tendency to emasculate superstars that are seen as “destroyers.” Need an example; remember that dopey 2-on-1 handicap match several weeks back with the at-the-time tag team champs, Gallows and Anderson taking on Roman, and losing decisively. Need I say more?
How bad will it get?
As I have said before, I am not anti-Roman to the point that he will never be in my good graces, but it is stuff like this that kills that opportunity for open-minded skeptics. Roman needed this feud for all the good reasons. Looking somewhat weak, needing to overcome almost insurmountable odds, and having to struggle. That last word, struggle has been the antithesis of Roman Reigns since his main event push and until he has that moment or string of them, the same results will happen. A divided audience and fewer opportunities to win those folks back.