WWE RAW 1.29.18: The Three Key Stories w/Justin C

1. The Setup For Roman Reigns Winning The Elimination Chamber Is So Obvious

Roman Reigns once again lost to the Miz in his rematch for the Intercontinental Title. It was pretty much the same match from the week before. And it is my problem with a lot of main roster matches. It is one big move, pinfall, big move, pinfall etc. But that’s another story for another time. But the Miztourage helped somewhat in this victory. And it is so obvious that they are setting up Roman to lose two in a row, then be the “underdog” in the Elimination Chamber match only for him to pull out a win. It isn’t going to get the crowd to cheer for him. Hell, Miz supported Tom Brady before the match tonight in Philly and Roman was still booed. There’s room for Roman at the top, but not the way the WWE is doing it.

2. Asuka vs Sasha Banks Was Good, But Done At The Wrong Time

They gave this match a 90 minute build. It really is a match that could have been saved down the line. But with the rumors that Asuka is going to challenge Charlotte for the Title at Wrestlemania, I guess they wanted to get this match done now before she leaves. Sasha nearly killed herself on a suicide dive to the outside. That poor woman is going to seriously injure herself one day in the ring. Cole shoved the match down our throats as being historic. It was a good match but the ones Charlotte and Sasha had last year were better. The crowd also did not get into it at all. Maybe a better crowd takes the match up a notch. But it was a good match done at the wrong time.

3. John Cena Wins? Then Why Did The Match Play Out Like It Did?

So the entire John Cena/Finn Balor match, Cena is playing to the crowd that he is upset with them booing him. He keeps looking at the crowd with disappointment and saying he is just trying to go to Wrestlemania. Then he beats Finn Balor and it is like nothing happened. I don’t get it. The announcers kept playing it up and then Cena wins like it is nothing. This was really hard for me to understand. Finn Balor gets jobbed out again and now you wonder what the hell the plan is for him at Wrestlemania. You can’t find a spot for him on the card right now and that is extremely disappointing.

Quick Hits

-More laughing in the Bray Wyatt/Matt Hardy feud. I don’t know how much more of this shit I can take.

-I hope while in the Elimination Chamber pod, Elias plays his guitar the whole time.

-No Ronda Rousey follow up was STUPID. I know she’s shooting a movie. But you probably had people tune in just to see her and they gave us nothing whatsoever.

-I liked the new match graphics they used. Seemed like they are changing up some of the presentation stuff.

-Apollo Crews got some standout time during the tag title match. I hope it leads to something for him this year.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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