WWE RAW 7.2.18: The Three Key Stories w/Justin C

1. Finn Balor Deserves So Much Better

2018 has not been kind to Finn Balor. He was suppose to start the year by having a match with Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble. But then Vince McMahon in his senile old age decided that Balor was not over enough or something. I don’t know. He then had a nice little program with Seth Rollins leading into Wrestlemania for the Intercontinental Title. But since then he’s been stuck doing absolutely nothing. I think he might be the person hurt the most by the Universal Title not being around. Reigns and Lashley are feuding over the right to face Brock. Rollins is killing it with the IC Title. Braun is smashing things. And poor Finn is doing nothing with Constable Corbin. Balor is going down as the biggest wasted talent in the WWE at the moment and I don’t think it is even close.

2. Just As I Thought, The Sasha Banks/Bayley “Therapy” Segments Felt Way Too Forced

The only good thing about the two segments that aired tonight was the return of Dr. Shelby. I was hoping they would bring him back because he was great in the Team Hell No skits. But like everything that works once for the WWE, they tried to repeat the success and it didn’t work. And these skits appear to be going on for at least another week. The acting of Sasha and Bayley was bad even by WWE standards. It is going to kill the feud again after a great segment last week with Bayley attacking Sasha. Now we have to sit here and watch these two women get dragged down into these segments when they should just have an extreme rules match at the next PPV and beat the shit out of each other. These two making up makes no sense at all in the long run.

3. RAW Is Lazy Finishes

So in the three most hyped matches for tonight’s RAW we had 2 DQ finishes and one count out finish. Talk about lazy booking. Then we had Braun Strowman attack Kevin Owens in a porta potty. This was the definition of a throwaway RAW if I have ever seen one. I mean, heaven forbid the BIG DAWG takes a pinfall two weeks in a row. And man they are really killing the aura surrounding Braun aren’t they? I like the guy but man this is taking it to extreme levels of corniness tonight. It is like they book the same finishes on repeat every week and it is plain lazy booking. Cop out finishes like these in your top advertised matches make fans not care about what is going to happen.

Other Notes

-It is quite notable how slow Matt Hardy is moving in the ring nowadays. Maybe he needs to disappear into the Lake of Reincarnation for a bit.

-Man does the crowd always come alive for Seth Rollins or what? This guy needs the Universal Title immediately.

-I see Elias and Bobby Roode are in the “We Have Nothing For You” leading into the next PPV hole.

-Mojo really hates people dressed as food huh?

-Nia Jax getting a live mic every week continues to be one of the great mysteries in the world.

Until Next Time,

Justin C

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