RAW Talk (Aug. 29, 2016)

 

It’s Monday, which means another…. thrilling…. edition of WWE Monday Night Raw is being put out for our viewing… pleasure? Last week was not great and started on a very sad note with Finn Balor relinquishing the Universal Title with a stellar 18 hour title reign (Thanks Seth!) Now, 4 men face each other for the chance to be the second Universal Champion in as many weeks as the title’s been active on WWE programming. Will it be Seth Rollins, Big Cass, Roman Reigns, or Kevin Owens? More importantly, will it be Kevin Owens? And maybe even more important then that, will it not be Seth Rollins, Big Cass, or Roman Reigns? 

Ahem. Anyway let’s see what WWE wants us to focus on for tonight’s absolutely awesome 3 hour program.

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Who will claim the WWE Universal Title?

In the biggest Raw main event of the New Era, Roman Reigns, Big Cass, Seth Rollins and Kevin Owens will battle it out for the WWE Universal Championship, which was vacated by the injured Finn Bálor this past Monday night. Although analysts might give an edge to Reigns or Rollins, both of whom have held the WWE World Championship in the past, you can’t discount Big Cass, who has more than proven he can hang in Team Red’s main event scene in recent weeks. As for Owens, we have to imagine that his pal Chris Jericho will “have his back” during this bout. After all, Jericho is “The Best in the World at What He Does,” and that includes bending the rules.

Regardless, there will be a new WWE Universal Champion Monday night, and you won’t want to miss any of the action in this explosive four-man melee.

“Although analysts might give an edge to Reigns or Rollins, both of whom have held the WWE World Championship in the past, you can’t discount Big Cass, who has more than proven he can hang in Team Red’s main event scene in recent weeks. As for Owens, we have to imagine that his pal Chris Jericho will “have his back” during this bout.”

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What team will Gallows & Anderson target next?

After failing to diagnose any new cases of “ringpostitis” last week, “Doctors” Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson accepted new patients last week in The Dudley Boyz, spoiling the iconic tag team’s farewell address to the WWE Universe with a disrespectful attack that culminated in D-Von Dudley being driven through a table.

As much as it might have been an opportunity to spoil a feel-good moment — Gallows & Anderson are known to do that — it was also a poignant statement to the entire Team Red locker room that no one is safe. Will another tandem suffer the same fate as The Dudley Boyz this Monday night?

Can we not with “Team Red?”

Everyone thought Bubba Ray was turning on D-Von anyway so the only person who spoiled a moment was WWE Creative. I say Gallows and Anderson get right back to attacking New Day. Why not? As doctors, it’s an important thing to have check-ups with your patients and make sure they’re feeling better. Ringpostitis might be contagious! Maybe Kofi will get it next if he isn’t told the warning signs.

Is Bayley poised to wrap her arms around the WWE Women’s Championship?

Wacky, waving, inflatable, arm-flailing tube men in tow, Bayley made her official debut on Raw and, after sharing a hug with Raw General Manager Mick Foley, she earned a decisive victory over Dana Brooke as new WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte looked on.

Even though they share a bond as two members of “The Four Horsewomen,” Charlotte has made it abundantly clear that any past affiliations are null and void when it comes to Team Red and championship gold. Is a title match in the cards for these friends-turned-rivals?

HAHA good job WWE taking a line from FAMILY GUY. Bayley’s debut was wonderful last week and probably one of the only highlights of the show. To her credit, Charlotte’s been consistently better on the mic as of late. I’m not very familiar with Bayley from a promo perspective and you can tell that’s why I’m not the NXT guy here. I have a strong feeling this feud will start to get good this week. The wind was taken out of Brooklyn’s sail when Sasha lost the Women’s Title to Charlotte at SummerSlam but Bayley might just be the one to bring it back for everyone and avenge Sasha’s loss.

Can Braun Strowman be stopped?

From James Ellsworth to Johnny Knockout, local competitors have been lining up to face Braun Strowman in recent weeks, and the conclusion of each bout appears to be more painful than the last. As Strowman looks to continue his impressive winning streak, another journeyman grappler will likely stand across the ring from the juggernaut this Monday night. Will this hopeful grappler find success where others have failed, or will he be mangled like the rest?

No. No he can not be stopped.

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