WWE Raw Rundown: Brock Lesnar receives the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, Seth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose on concrete blocks, and The Bella Twins begin their feud


prowrestling.net
MEMBERSHIP INFO | LOG-IN | CONTACT US | SUBMIT NEWS | ABOUT US
Insider News • Live TV & PPV Coverage • Hitlists • Results • Blogs

HOME | WWE NEWS | TNA NEWS | MMA NEWS | ALL NEWS | TV & PPV | ARENA REPORTS | VIEWPOINTS | PRODUCT REVIEWS | AWARDS



Dot Net App
GOT AN IPHONE, IPAD, IPOD TOUCH, SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB, OR ANDROID PHONE?

THEN BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEW FREE APP
(or SEARCH "pro wrestling" in App Store or Android Marketplace)

Dot Net Podcast
CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO DOT NET FREE PODCAST IN ITUNES OR CLICK HERE FOR LISTING OF LATEST SHOWS

Former Staff Editorials


WWE Raw Rundown: Brock Lesnar receives the new WWE World Heavyweight Championship belt, Seth Rollins Curb Stomps Dean Ambrose on concrete blocks, and The Bella Twins begin their feud
2014-08-20 10:20:34


By Ryan Kester

Brock Lesnar

A lot is said on this site week after week about how great Heyman is on the mic, but the man keeps topping himself. His repeated return to Lesnar's new catch phrase coupled with a recap of what happened during the SummerSlam main event presented it as an event that was truly special. The booking of Brock Lesnar's appearances this year would make him look like a badass alone, but Heyman's promos are what push Lesnar over the top and provide his matches with that can't miss feel.

On a complete side note, it's good to finally see a single belt for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. With the authority figure situation how it is, it wouldn't have made sense for such a belt to have been presented to a babyface The Authority was feuding with, so delay was understandable. That being said, a single belt solidifies the merging of the two titles and it's good that that moment has finally arrived.

Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose

Much like Heyman with his promos, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose top themselves with every match they have. It was a sign of confidence for WWE to allow them to wrestle in the main event slot, and they more than delivered on the occasion. Hardcore spots will never be as brutal as they were in year's past, but Rollins and Ambrose proved that those matches can still feature creative spots.

Ultimately, it's good to see Ambrose take a spot that will keep him off of television. Time for Rollins and Ambrose to be away from each other will only prolong their feud and ensure that fans don't get burned out by seeing too many of their matches in too short of a time.

The Bella Twins

For my money, the feud between Stephanie McMahon and Brie Bella jumped the shark with the pseudo-Claire Lynch angle. It was a waste of several solid weeks of build, and what little excitement the feud had left was undone with Nikki Bella's turn.

WWE has a lot of work to do if they are wanting this feud to mean anything. Brie was given several strong moments heading into SummerSlam, but that was derailed the past week. Nikki, on the other hand, has served as such a background piece that she didn't have much of a babyface persona, which undermines the impact her turn could have. WWE could make up for some of the inherent weaknesses of this feud if they keep Stephanie McMahon involved and stirring up trouble, but if they choose to go that angle, they might as well have kept the feud between McMahon and Brie.

If there's anything positive to take away from what little advancement we saw on raw, it's that Nikki can play the flippant heel well enough. Both Nikki and Brie will still need work as their delivery is collectively rough, but with attention and shorter talking segments, it has the potential to be better than I am fretting it will be.

Overall Show

Overall, Raw wasn't a bad show, but it didn't capitalize off of the momentum coming out of SummerSlam in any meaningful way. It certainly isn't the end of the world, but WWE had a prime opportunity to keep people excited and instead chose to try to explain why SummerSlam was awesome rather than show viewers how the quality of SummerSlam would continue on the road to Night of Champions.

If you have any questions or comments or just wish to chat with a fellow wrestling fan about whatever, then feel free to email me at ryan.kester@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

RECOMMEND THIS ARTICLE:


READ OUR INSIDER NEWS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE! BECOME A MEMBER FOR JUST $7.50 A MONTH (or less with a year-long sub) - GET THE FIRST LOOK AT EXCLUSIVE INSIDER DOT NET NEWS, TONS OF EXCLUSIVE AUDIO CONTENT, MEMBER MESSAGE BOARD ACCESS, START YOUR OWN BLOG, AND VIEW THE SITE WITHOUT ANY ADVERTISING: SIGN ME UP (or MORE INFO)



RELATED ARTICLES FROM MGID AFFILIATE SITES...

From Around the Web


MEMBERSHIP INFO
Become a Dot Net Member right now for $7.50 a month or $66 a year ($5.50 a month avg.). Get exclusive audio, first-look insider news, Forum access, member blogs, more...

CLICK FOR SIGN-UP INFO


The Current Must-Read List
4/25 ROH TV Taping in Hopkins, Minnesota spoilers: Jay Lethal vs. Kyle O'Reilly for the ROH TV Title, The Briscoes vs. War Machine, ODB homecoming, Arik Cannon vs. Danny Duggan, Michael Elgin vs. Caprice Coleman, ACH vs. Adam Page, Ariya Daivari vs. Bobby Fish (spoilers)
4/24 TNA Impact TV Review: Taryn Terrell vs. Awesome Kong for the TNA Knockouts Championship, Gail Kim vs. Angelina Love vs. Brooke vs. Madison Rayne to become No. 1 contender to the Knockouts Title, Davey Richards vs. Manik
Mick Foley's one-man show taping for WWE Network review, Jim Ross performs
WWE News: Dana White won't let Ronda Rousey wrestle for WWE
04/24 "All Access" WWE Smackdown audio review – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper, Rusev vs. Ryback, final hype for Extreme Rules
Powell's WWE Smackdown Hit List: Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper, Rusev vs. Ryback, Neville and Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus and Bad News Barrett, Naomi vs. Natalya, Kofi Kingston vs. Cesaro
ESPN wins legal battle with former wrestler over classic footage
4/23 WWE NXT TV Taping SPOILERS: Next Takeover live special announced, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch, Finn Bálor, Tyler Breeze, Hideo Itami, Blake and Murphy, Enzo and Cass, plus new additions to the women's division
4/23 Moore's WWE Smackdown Review: Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper, Ryback vs. Rusev, Dolph Ziggler and Neville vs. Sheamus and Bad News Barrett, Naomi vs. Natalya
Gutteridge's WWE NXT Hit List: Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley, Bayley vs. Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch, and Hideo Itami vs. CJ Parker
ACCESS PREVIOUS MUST-READ ARTICLES

Vote In Our Latest Poll

WWE Extreme Rules: Rate your level of enthusiasm for the event
 
pollcode.com free polls
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS
VOTE IN OR SEE RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLLS

Dot Net Free Podcasts
04/24 "All Access" WWE Smackdown audio review – Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose vs. Seth Rollins and Luke Harper, Rusev vs. Ryback, final hype for Extreme Rules
04/23 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: NXT Champion Kevin Owens vs. Alex Riley, Bayley vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte in a No.1 Contender match, and more
04/16 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast - The Pretentious Pro Wrestling Podcast
04/10 Prowrestling.net All Access Interview: Danny Davis looks back on the early days of Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Randy Orton, Batista, and more, OVW fundraiser
04/02 Prowrestling.net All Access Podcast: WWE NXT audio review: Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze in a best of three falls match, Bayley vs. Emma, Sami Zayn speaks
03/30 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell and John Moore take your phone calls following Raw
03/29 Prowrestling.net Live audio show: WrestleMania Sunday Special Edition with Jason Powell and Jake Barnett taking your phone calls
03/27 Prowrestling.net Live audio show: The first of the WrestleMania Week Special Editions with Jason Powell and Zack Zimmerman taking your phone calls
03/26 Prowrestling.net Live audio show: The first of the WrestleMania Week Special Editions with Jason Powell and John Moore taking your phone calls
03/23 Prowrestling.net Live Podcast: Jason Powell and Corey Richman take your phone calls following Raw
CLICK FOR FULL LISTING OF ALL PODCASTS

Latest from Our Affiliate Site

_pwtorch.com_
CLICK HERE FOR MORE PWTORCH HEADLINES

© 2008-2012 LAST ROW MEDIA LLC • ALL RIGHTS RESERVED -- PRIVACY POLICY