So let’s be realistic, Cageside: all this nonsense of the “punch fight” was stupid from the moment it was named that way for some strange reason. Upon entering this episode, I was convinced that the only way I would buy this fight is if all the boys appeared in boxing gloves and had Michael Buffer here telling us to prepare to rumble.
Unfortunately, no boxing gloves were found. But instead … could you be interested in any Character progression?
It’s true, and it was amazing! Buddy Murphy, Raw’s resident coach, had a third and final game announced in this program against Aleister Black. And like the previous two games, it was very hard and really made both seem important. The problem, however, was what WWE should do with them after the dispute.
Well, Murphy lost again. A clean and violently brutal sweep for Black. And the question after such a decisive loss to any fighter is quite simple: how does this help them as a character?
As a community, we are so obsessed with “going” and seeing ourselves strong and all that sometimes. Instead, it is important for these characters as forces that act with each other. It remains to be seen how Murphy has impacted Black’s story, but now we know that Black has dramatically influenced Murphy.
After his loss, Murphy sat down against the barricade, looking at nothing. He sat there throughout Erick Rowan’s pumpkin, remained essentially unanswered when Charly Caruso tried to interview him, and sat there in the middle of the fist fight. Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe dragged the AOP to the top of the ramp, where Owens hit a fantastic cannonball where he ran down the “ramp” of the tron. Joe followed him with a senton, and it looked like they were going to win. Show had isolated Rollins near the ring, which made Rollins ask Murphy for help.
Murphy finally got out of his reverie and decided to help heels. A low blow to Show helped Rollins secure the victory, and Murphy received a hug from the Messiah for his problems.
First, what a great addition to the group. Murphy Rocks; It has been incredible throughout the black feud, and this gives it a prominent place to remain incredible. It also makes Black look amazing for causing such a change in another character. Hell, that’s what makes Wyatt so amazing right now: it’s changing people.
That is what you want from any story. Stagnant characters are not funny. In fact, I’m really excited about this stable now.
Lynch finds balance
The best thing about this Becky Lynch / Asuka fight has been Lynch’s vulnerability. She has openly doubted herself and praised Asuka’s abilities. They finally made their Royal Rumble match official on this show, and it was the first time Lynch finally put aside doubts and looked like her. It is ironic that someone had to take a cheap shot for that to happen.
Lynch was quite calm when she entered the ring, and really did not attack Asuka or Kairi Sane when they arrived. Asuka was screaming in Japanese, and Sane spun her umbrella in Lynch’s face; Apart from snatching the umbrella and throwing it out of the ring, Lynch was still trying to give Asuka the respect she feels she owes her challenger.
From there, it was quite quiet until the contract was signed. In fact, Asuka even looked bored. But as soon as the contract was signed and Lynch offered luck to his rival, Asuka spat the green mist on Lynch’s face and left, laughing.
That moment finally angered Lynch. He picked up the microphone to admit that he had been fighting to get angry and hungry enough to defeat someone like Asuka, but that moment finally made it. Asuka had aroused an “evil” within her that she needed for this fight.
Overall, I thought this was good! These two have been consistently excellent for the game. It feels unique, too.
That said, the fact is that they are still rewriting history a bit. Hiding Asuka? No, they forgot about it or had no real plans. You can’t treat someone differently for a year and then, suddenly, bill him again as a monster. On top of that, I think this one needs bigger bets than it currently has. Lynch is basically implying that his self-image is at stake here. So how does that work if you lose, WWE? My guess is that she would remain the same person, even if she lost. They have a cash cow in that person of “The Man”, after all.
At least try to make it look like that is in danger.
Drew McIntyre def. AJ Styles and Randy Orton – This was good! It’s really important to add underlying stories to the Rumble. Styles / Orton will be a good one. As for McIntyre, he won a really important victory against some big names, a big problem for his babyface push.
Ricochet def. Mojo Rawley – Not much for this. Ric hasn’t had much time on television lately, and this was a quick victory.
Charlotte def. Sarah Logan – Another quick victory for a bigger name in the program. It seems that Charlotte and Logan’s mini fight concluded, at least until the Rumble.
R-Truth is a global treasure that must be protected at all costs – This man tried to cut a promotion by throwing Paul Heyman from the Royal Rumble. What boss You’re right, right; Heyman speaks a LOT.
Mojo Rawley wins the Championship 24/7 – Collecting Lesnar’s leftovers. Boooooooo
Bobby Lashley def. Rusev – Okay, look – is it too much to ask Babyface to win this damn enmity? More of this in the form of a mixed label next week. At least Lashley and Lana are having problems, I guess.
The Viking Raiders def. Singh brothers – I mean sure, I guess. However, the problem with open challenges, WWE, is that people always want me to be someone important. And when it isn’t, they are disappointed.
Erick Rowan def. Local talent – See you rocking that Eluveitie shirt, Rowan. He tried to take his pet out of the cage and cut his hand very badly. This story is always good for 5 minutes of fun, even if I am skeptical of the real reward.
Andrade and Rey Mysterio fight next week – I really feel that promotions in Spanish would be more serious if used less frequently.
I enjoyed the show this week. I think Raw is a better product than SmackDown right now.
What did you think, Cageside?