Jeremy: Have you woken up from Raw yet? Horrid shit again. Horridly underwhelming and boring.
Kevin: I was just trying to get through it. I started watching really late so maybe I buzzed through some of the boring moments. I did love the ending.
Jeremy: The brawl was what the match should have been, You build it up as a last encounter, settle the score, whatever and then it ends in a double count out? Seriously?
Kevin: Look, I was with the “weak ending part” until they made it clear that the feud wasn’t ending, which it shouldn’t on a Raw after months of build in mostly tag team form.
Jeremy: I was expecting Ambrose to screw up and cost hi the match. One positive. Bray was on target with the promo. This is how the feud should have been all along.
Kevin: I’m glad that didn’t happen. The Ambrose/Reigns feud needs to not piggy back off another feud. Wyatt was on point for a change. I’m not sure why all of his feuds get off point.
Jeremy: Unless he loses interest knowing he will never win one. Other than beating the Shield twice Wyatt almost always loses. Although I suppose he won the Ambrose feud.
Kevin: And Jericho. Wyatt has won more feuds than lost but they get buried in the weirdness of his message and how long his feuds get strung out.
Jeremy: The Jericho one is usually lost on me. But yet, wehn Jericho showed up I remembered the feud.
Kevin: Hahaha. I finally looked back over the Almost Live review, other than the end, the beginning was good. Everything else was just filler. I’m glad Big E gave Stunt Granny a new slogan, Hustle, Loyalty & Booty.
Jeremy: The Booty stuff always cracks me up. They lead off with New Day and it is downhill after they leave. Kevin Owens used to matter. He is just another face now. Even Paul Heyman was flat last night.
Kevin: Hard to blame Heyman on that one. He’s trying to pump up someone that most of the fans think should retire and has been irrelevant for five years, give or take.
Jeremy: But he beat Mark Henry. They did a video package.
Kevin: He beat Cesaro too. I just enjoy the fact that the WWE poops on Cesaro left and right and somehow Big Show beating him is supposed to mean he’s prepared to face Brock Lesnar.
Jeremy: Who’s Cesaro? The bald dude on Superstars? I vaguely remember him. he had some matches with Kevin Owens recently and now is relegated to the WWE Network show. The guy who consistently loses matches in the hope that the angle was he would finally win a big won. Wait, yup, I remember him.
Kevin: That’s what made the angle so laughable. Cesaro also wasn’t on Raw after correcting the review. I just continue to feel bad for the guy. After looking back over the Owens segment, it looks like one the WWE was going to spend more time on but they cut it short because they don’t know how to use time on a 3 hour show properly.
Jeremy: I disagree, the Kane evaluation was perfectly times at 206 minutes. I know there was a need for a hold over opponent for Seth but blowing through what could have been a fun gimmick is really lazy. It worked for a lesser talented worker in TNA so it would have worked out well.
Kevin: I could actually see dragging the official change out for a week or two longer but nothing more than that. It’s a campy, fun story just because Kane as usual is playing a great character. I wasn’t that upset by that story as much as the length of time spent on it. We’ve got gold in these segments with Ashley!
Jeremy: Ashley was a saving grace as she stood there waiting to say her lines. JBL blowing up the angle almost immediately was actually funny. ” How did he know it was an email?” Total deadpan and the two morons next to him said nothing.
Kevin: I’m not even sure why the Rollins sending an email part needed to be in there. Both Steph & HHH expressed concern over Kane’s behavior last week. Rollins was already being painted as the jack ass of the situation before and after it too.
Jeremy: It was as if Vince got in his headset and had given up on the angle and told JBL to say it. What kind of HR department does an evaluation in one day by the way?
Kevin: My experience with HR departments begins and ends with Office Space.
Jeremy: Well that was a pretty spot on interpretation of an actual HR department.
Kevin: It wasn’t even a one day evaluation. Ashley shows up 30 minutes into the show and gives her evaluation 1:30 later. So if Office Space was correct, she was woefully short in her evaluation. Would it have been so hard to show that segment as “earlier today” just to give her more time to evaluate?
Jeremy: I was sort of hoping for another anger management type thing.
Kevin: Rollins & Kane have a fairly good rapport. It wasn’t on Bryan/Kane levels yet but they could have gone that direction. But then if we drag this out, who do you use as the stop gap for Rollins at HIAC?
Jeremy: No idea on that one. just one of those things I suppose. When is HIAC anyway? I really don’t know.
Kevin: 25th of October. Wow, that might be difficult to review.
Jeremy: Ok so there was plenty of time for something. It wouldn’t even be the main event.
Kevin: Yes, there was more time to drag this thing out and it honestly was more believable than when they had Randy Orton rejoin the Authority before Wrestlemania to fight Rollins.
Jeremy: I think a hamster joining the Authority would have been more believable. We have the opportunity to sit back and react to these poor mistakes but how, how does this make TV? just once would love to have a video or something of these decisions being made. “And int eh end….it was the butler who did it.” GENIUS! Take it to format.
Kevin: Now I have it stuck in my head that the WWE is going to produce something like South Park’s 6 Days to Air. Wow, that’d be awesome to know who to blame for these decisions. I’d watch that in a heart beat.
Jeremy: Great idea but they would never allow the failure angles to air.
Kevin: I didn’t even think about that. Drats. It would be a smart move on their part.
Jeremy: There will never be an honest depiction of a WWE creative meeting. I totally get why but just once man. Now we have to back up because Ashley from HR is actually a WWE HR employee named Ashley. So that does explain her awfulness.
Kevin: Just like when the WWE used to trot out the robot known as Linda McMahon.
Jeremy: Wonder if she got some extra pay for it?
Kevin: She gets a producer credit on the next WWE Studio movie for this cameo.
Jeremy: That’s not how it works but then it is WWE so makes sense.
Kevin: Was that a rumor that Vince gets a producer credit for all of Rock’s movies? That’s what I was riffing off of.
Jeremy: I think he used to. I haven’t watched a Rock movie since Furious 7 and I was too blown away to read. Oh an to back up a bit the woman Ashley was nto the actual Ashley in WWE HR. I guess they just used her name.
Kevin: Glad they’re paying attention to the important parts of writing a wrestling show for 3 hours.
Jeremy: Right? I mean it fooled us for a few minutes.