Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: WWE continues to build for Money in the Bank, Roman Reigns spikes some coffees, and Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose both get moments to shine
By Ryan Kester
Money in the Bank Main Event
This week, much like the one that preceded it, did a great job of putting over the importance of the Money in the Bank ladder match to determine the new WWE World Heavyweight Champion. WWE is giving each man a chance to display their desire to win the match and explain what procuring the title means to them. It's been a solid build.
Chief among that build was Bray Wyatt's speech. The talk of the championship being some sort of power was is a subject that doesn't make a lot of sense, but it was presented as an idea that was Wyatt's delusional need to recover and regroup after his loss to Cena at Payback. It's a fine line to walk between that and TNA's more than yearlong fallacy that title equates to some sort of power, but Wyatt managed to keep it on the side of believable last night.
As a brief aside, and I may be alone in this, but I am beginning to tire of Wyatt singing. It hasn't really caught on with the crowd and it tends to both last too long and detract from otherwise compelling verbal segments.
WWE took a strong step forward after a substantial backstage stumble with Reigns. For a guy that comes off as so cool during his promos and matches, the last thing Reigns needs to be involved in is a terrible vomit gag. It undermines his portrayal in the rest of the broadcast and echoes the issues many have with John Cena's good guy persona paired with jerk tendencies.
Luckily, much of that mess was forgotten when Reigns got in the ring and gave another memorable performance in a battle royal. Reigns getting paired with Rusev for the final two made for an unexpectedly hot moment, and reigns managed to eliminate Rusev before they gave away too much. WWE could easily go back to that pairing in the future for an unstoppable force/immoveable object showdown.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
This was another solid entry into the budding feud between the former Shield members. While WWE is still airing too far on the coward side of the hell spectrum for Rollins to benefit, there was less of that last night and Rollins looked great being paired with Dolph Ziggler.
Dean Ambrose has been a treat since the split. He got a great promo segment last week, and he had another one tonight. WWE is really allowing him some freedom to display his Joker-esque character, and it's making for one of the more compelling acts of the past few years.
This week's Raw was solid for the first two hours and a bit middling in the final hour. Outside of the vomit camp, there was nothing that stood out as terrible on the show, and it did a good job of building towards Money in the Bank.
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