Each week, former WWE inventive author Kevin Eck runs down his ideas from “RAW,” “SmackDown” and previews the week forward in skilled wrestling.

‘RAW’ ideas

Am I the one one who …

… thought WWE did an excellent job of reserving Roman Reigns on this episode?

The Brooklyn crowd couldn’t wait to boo Reigns out of the constructing, however they couldn’t assist however cheer when he introduced that he wished to place his newly received Common Title on the road that evening towards crowd favourite and deserving challenger Finn Balor. The followers additionally cheered when Reigns put heel authority determine Baron Corbin in his place after he tried to name off the match.

Then, after Reigns efficiently defended his title towards Balor, Braun Strowman was about to money in his Cash within the Financial institution contract, and the gang was salivating for it. Nonetheless, as soon as the acquainted phrases, “Sierra, Resort, India, Echo, Lima, Delta” performed over the PA and Reigns’ Defend brethren Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins got here out of their trademark black Kevlar vests, the gang was torn.

As a lot as they dislike Reigns and love Strowman, the followers additionally suppose The Defend is fairly rattling cool, so when The Defend triple-powerbombed Strowman by a desk, there was a combined response.

… thinks Braun Strowman cashing in his Cash within the Financial institution contract after the champion has simply gone by a grueling match isn’t as noble as he and the announcers are making it out to be?

If Strowman actually was a stand-up man and the badass he claims to be, he’d say that his cash-in will happen in a straigh-up match on the subsequent pay-per-view the best way Rob Van Dam and John Cena did years in the past.

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… thought Triple H’s promo didn’t make sense?

Triple H’s supply was good however I didn’t comply with his logic as he talked about his motivation for agreeing to wrestle The Undertaker at WWE’s huge present in Australia in October. He mentioned after his “Finish of an Period” match towards Undertaker at WrestleMania 28 six years in the past, he traded in his wrestling gear for a swimsuit and “it was throughout,” however now he has the itch once more.

I assume we’re all alleged to neglect that Triple H and Undertaker have been on the cardboard at each WrestleMania since their final assembly. Hell, Triple H defeated Brock Lesnar the very subsequent yr and main-evented WrestleMania three years after that because the WWE Champion. He additionally began sporting the swimsuit as an on-air authority determine previous to the “Finish of An Period” match.

As for the prospect of one other match between the 49-year-old Triple H and 53-year-old Undertaker, I’ve as a lot curiosity in that as I’d in watching a “Better of Terra Ryzing” DVD.

By the best way, am I the one one who remembers when WWE made enjoyable of WCW for having “old-timers” Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper face one another in a metal cage match on a 1997 pay-per-view? On the time, Hogan was 44 and Piper was 43.

… thinks it’s a disconnect when Triple H cuts a babyface promo on the identical present wherein his spouse, Stephanie McMahon, is in full heel mode?

So on this episode, Triple H was the lovable veteran and proud papa of NXT fairly than an overbearing authority determine, however Stephanie was an overbearing authority determine fairly than a champion for ladies’s rights and architect of the ladies’s evolution. Acquired it.

… wonders why Stephanie McMahon didn’t simply strip Ronda Rousey of the “RAW” Ladies’s Title after Rousey attacked her?

As an alternative of disciplining Rousey, Stephanie blamed the assault on normal supervisor Kurt Angle and despatched the unhappy sack Corridor of Famer dwelling.

… was pleasantly stunned the babyface ladies didn’t mark out for Stephanie McMahon when she got here out to the ring?

For as soon as the babyfaces greeted the self-aggrandizing Stephanie with indifference fairly than smiles and hugs.

… thinks WWE has gone to the effectively too usually with Alexa Bliss’ double-jointed routine for it to imply something?

Bliss’ arm appeared grotesquely out of whack after being locked in Ronda Rousey’s armbar at SummerSlam, and that might’ve been surprising and actually put over Rousey’s submission finisher if we hadn’t already seen it — twice.

Bliss first pulled the arm trick throughout an episode of “SmackDown Stay” in 2016 in a match towards Becky Lynch. Then she did it once more at “Nice Balls of Fireplace” final yr towards Sasha Banks. That point, nonetheless, Bliss popped her arm again in place and revealed that it was a ruse to distract Banks.

… nonetheless can’t imagine we suffered by all these months of the Sasha Banks-Bayley frenemies saga simply to wind up proper again the place we began?

The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection? Even their crew title sucks.

‘SmackDown Stay’ ideas

Am I the one one who …

… thought Becky Lynch wanted to go tougher on the followers in her promo?

I wrote final week that Lynch actually wanted to come back off as a bitter, sore loser and put her failure to regain the “SmackDown” Ladies’s Title on the followers. Whereas her supply was actually good and she or he did take some pictures on the followers, she didn’t go practically far sufficient. The followers nonetheless need to cheer her, so she has to offer them no motive in anyway to take action.

For Lynch to have any shot of producing heel warmth, she has to change into really despicable. There may be no grey space. Lynch ought to make it clear that she by no means wanted the followers’ help and now not needs it. She may say she’s disgusted by them residing vicariously by her as a result of they’ve such pathetic lives.

Because the followers aren’t sympathizing with Lynch’s former pal and present enemy Charlotte Aptitude proper now, I’d have Lynch go after folks the followers discover do discover sympathetic. For example, Lynch additionally may blame her loss on “SmackDown Stay” normal supervisor Paige for giving Aptitude the chance to make the match at SummerSlam a triple risk. I may additionally see Lynch taking offense to a tricky however truthful query from interviewer Renee Younger and continuing to bodily intimidate her and even assault her.

If the followers nonetheless cheered Lynch in any case that, I’d convey within the huge gun: Aptitude’s father, the beloved “Nature Boy,” Ric Aptitude. If Lynch lower a scathing promo on Ric, who’s now 69 and had a serious well being scare a yr in the past, and went as far as to slap him or spit in his face, I can not think about even the president of Lynch’s fan membership not booing her.

… isn’t excited by one other tag crew title reign for New Day?

Because of Erick Rowan struggling a torn biceps at SummerSlam, The Bludgeon Brothers needed to drop the “SmackDown” Tag Workforce Title to New Day on this episode, however I’m hoping New Day’s title reign is a brief one. New Day as tag champs has a been there, completed that really feel. In addition to, they’re already over with out the titles. The issue is that there aren’t any contemporary groups to place the belts on apart from SAnitY — and Eric Younger and Co. don’t actually excite me both.

… thought Kofi Kingston kicking out after a double-slam by The Bludgeon Brothers onto a ladder was foolish?

Come on, it’s Kofi Kingston not Roman Reigns.

Trying forward

Am I the one one who …

… is wanting ahead to seeing what occurs subsequent with The Defend and Braun Strowman?

Does The Defend’s 3-on-1 assault on Strowman final week imply they’re heels now? It actually was a heelish act to gang up on Strowman and stop him from cashing in his Cash within the Financial institution contract, however I doubt that Vince McMahon — who has been extremely cussed about turning Roman Reigns heel — sees it that approach.

As a compromise, I’d like to see The Defend be booked as rogue “tweeners” who go after babyfaces and heels alike. Usually, I’m a proponent of getting clearly established babyfaces and heels, however The Defend as an anomaly can be compelling.

Talking of compelling, how cool would it not be if Strowman reunited with former Wyatt Household associates Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper to even the chances? The Defend vs. Strowman, Wyatt and Harper inside Hell in a Cell on the “Hell in a Cell” pay-per-view on Sept. 16. can be must-see.

… hopes WWE doesn’t abort the Becky Lynch heel flip?

As beforehand acknowledged, the followers haven’t accepted Lynch as a heel to this point, however I don’t suppose WWE ought to abruptly reverse course and make Charlotte Aptitude the heel on this feud. Lynch as a villain is contemporary and I feel a heel run will really make her an even bigger star.

Nonetheless, the truth that WWE edited out Lynch’s pictures on the followers from her promo when it was posted on WWE.com, mixed with tweets like this and this from Lynch, makes me marvel if there’s going to be a double activate “SmackDown Stay” tomorrow evening.

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