Roman Reigns SHOOTS On John Cena BURYING Talent! | WWE Raw, Sept. 18, 2017 Review

Roman Reigns SHOOTS On John Cena BURYING Talent! | WWE Raw, Sept. 18, 2017 Review

Bayley returns! Roman Reigns works a very
insider shoot. And the streak continues! No, sadly not Raw’s run of good episodes. Curt
Hawkins lost another match. I’m Oli Davis and this is 18th September, 2017 edition of
Monday Night Raw…in about 4 minutes. Intercontinental Championship No. 1 Contender
No Mercy’s go-home episode of Raw opened with The Miz demanding an Intercontinental
Championship match at the pay-per-view, which Kurt Angle solved with his new favourite solution
– put Jason Jordan in a match. Miz called Kurt a deadbeat dad – safe sex,
kids – which brought out Jordan to defend his pa’s honour…to very little reaction
from the crowd…and the No. 1 contenders match quickly became a Six Pack Challenge.
Jordan’s matches with Roman Reigns and John Cena over the last two weeks were starting
to get him over – proving himself in valiant losing efforts. WWE’s way of capitalising
on this? Forcefully push him on the fans again in a storyline that centres around the main
obstacle to him connecting with the crowd – the lame duck storyline that he’s Kurt’s
illegitimate son. Nia Jax beat Alexa Bliss
Next up was the PPV match WWE has been building for over half a year…given away on Raw with
just two minutes of TV time. Nia Jax easily beat Alexa Bliss.
The post-match was rather bizarre from a psychology standpoint – returning babyface Bayley big
returning angle was…ganging up on Jax. And then ganging up on Bliss.
Bayley was later added to their No Mercy match to make it a Fatal Five Way. Guys…you know
Emma’s in this match too? Sheamaro beat DeaTh & Galanderson
Sheamaro, Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose and Galanderson had the match of the night, with
an incredibly fun three-way tag. But after having the most intriguing storyline in WWE
last month, the tag team division has become repetitive and lacks emotion.
Apollo Crews beat Curt Hawkins Determined to stop his losing streak, Curt
Hawkins took on Apollo Crews and…lost. It’ll never get him over as anything more than an
undercard act, but at least it is an act. Braun Strowman & Brock Lesnar
Just like the Samoa Joe interview before Great Balls of Fire, Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman
appeared on a split screen – with Braun shot from a low angle to make him even more intimidating.
The interview was nowhere near as good as that Joe angle, though, with Braun’s comic
book appeal not as visceral as Joe’s far more believable threat of violence.
Despite being played as live, Brock reportedly wasn’t actually there and the interviews
were filmed last week. Because why would you want your biggest draw for an in-ring angle
heading into the pay-per-view you’re trying to sell?
Roman Reigns Promo No Mercy’s other big match also lacked presence,
with John Cena missing. Roman Reigns used this as material, though,
calling John a hypocrite for leaving WWE just like Cena once accused the Rock of doing.
If you follow WWE on Twitter, though, you’d know that doesn’t ring true. Cena was wrestling
in China for Smackdown. Reigns then cut the feud’s latest worked
shoot jab: “Sometimes he says stupid s***, like trying
to say I’m the next John Cena…do I look like a jacked up white guy with a giant head?
Nah. If I did, I wouldn’t have a career here. You don’t believe me? Ask Alex Riley.”
Back in 2011, Riley had serious potential as a breakout star. But something happened
between him and Cena backstage that stopped A-Ry’s push cold:
“I’ll put it this way. There was an incident and it certainly changed the path of my career.”
What that ‘incident’ was still hasn’t come out. It was a peculiar, very insider
reference to bring up, similar to Miz shooting on Enzo last week for getting thrown off the
WWE tour bus. That aside, this was a very good promo from Reigns.
Bray Wyatt beat Goldust Neither Goldust nor Dustin Rhodes can defeat
Bray Wyatt. But maybe Finn Balor in a TitanTron can.
Neville beat Gran Metalik Hey Neville, there’s only one word to describe
you S-W-A-F-T. BRRAAAAAAUN! That’s not right-OH MY GOD.
All of Enzo’s backstage heat physically manifested itself in the form of Braun Strowman,
who took out Amore mid-promo. It’s not the strongest message to send to Lesnar – beating
up a guy ⅛ your size – so it came off as just the latest way to publicly bury Enzo.
Neville attacked the scraps, and then beat Gran Metalik in a quick match afterwards.
Jason Jordan beat Matt Hardy, Jeff Hardy, Elias, Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
Usually I’d be a fan of an Intercontinental Championship No. 1 contenders match main eventing
Raw. It really helps elevate the title. But the Six Pack Challenge lacked star power,
and the whole angle came off like a rush job just six days out from the pay-per-view.
Miz stopped Jeff Hardy from winning, after which Jordan stole the pin. So that was this week’s Raw in about four
minutes. Here’s the usual ratings recap, from top to bottom – In Awe, Cor, AVRAWGE,
Poor and Bore. I’ll reveal my rating very shortly, but
first, vote in the poll above my head to give yours. I’ll announce the results in tomorrow’s
WrestleTalk News. The video packages across the board were great,
both those promoting No Mercy and the poignant segment devoted to Bobby Heenan’s recent
passing. And the six man tag was incredibly fun.
But everything else on Raw felt flat – yet another go-home show that makes me less excited
about the actual pay-per-view. This episode needed cliffhangers, drama, not housekeeping
for the Intercontinental title and Enzo getting destroyed by Strowman. Where are the go-home
angles that used to make you desperate for Sunday to come?
Still, this week’s Raw is Poor. Have WWE’s Hell in a Cell plans been leaked?
And what Major Wrestlemania 34 storyline has been scrapped by WWE? Click the videos to
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I’ve been Oli Davis and that was wrestling.

100 thoughts on “Roman Reigns SHOOTS On John Cena BURYING Talent! | WWE Raw, Sept. 18, 2017 Review

  1. I went to last night raw …. i love wwe but after last nights raw i should of got my money back …. it was really nothing but promo videos and a couple promos of the same shit….

  2. Thank you WrestleTalk, putting 3 hours of shit into 4 more entertaining minutes of Oli Davis. Now who watching Sunday Night Raw this sunday?

  3. Raw will always suck aslong as they continue to give the little bitch reigns airtime, would rather see wyatt. Hell anyone who can actually wrestle and do actual power moves or fast high flying, bring back the 1 legged kid from years ago to beat up reigns.

  4. Loved the tribute to Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan. But the rest of the show was an utter bore. Especially Jason Jordan. That dude is soooo bland and gets no reaction from the WWE crowds. : /

  5. Roman Reigns has already buried more talent in four years than Cena has in 14 years. He is the most forced over pushed down your throat wrestler in history.

  6. I dont believe that shit with alex riley call me a john cena dick rider but ive heard the story and it seems like a fat load of shit much like reigns carrer so far

  7. Roman always makes himself look so stupid. Roman, you can't talk about saying "stupid shit" when you don't even know where Cena is wrestling that night.

  8. i was there live. the crowd was sooooo dead it pissed me off because i was chanting my voice off. i cant really blame the audience because the show was really bad

  9. Balor,Braun,Nakamura,Baley,Bliss,Banks,Becky,are the worst ppl to ever be associated with the words entertaining and talented 😷😷😷😩😩😩😩

  10. I think the Alex Riley-Cena problem is a skirt problem, I'm pretty sure is something similar like HHH breaking with Chyna for Stephanie McMahon, and WWE pays Alex Riley to keep his mouth shut, at the end of this day his not telling anyone what happen, so is not surprise for me WWE keeps paying Riley to not tell the story

  11. If Brock has a limited schedule, isn't this a great opportunity to unify the WWE and Universal titles and let the Champ defend his title across both brands AND NXT but ONLY on PPVs? Let it be THE most important title in WWE once again? Naw….probably not, it's too creative.

  12. Where are the drama and cliff hangers that left you waiting for Sunday to come you ask?! I hope you're not just noticing this about WWE, that aspect along with every other aspect that makes it even remotely watchable have been absent for 10 years. Wrestling being entertaining is over dude…

  13. Roman has been steadily showing improvement in his mic skills these last few weeks thanks to his verbal battles with Cena, that Alex Riley reference was totally unexpected. Hopefully he can keep it up after his feud with Cena runs it's course.

    I've enjoyed seeing Jason Jordan in action ever since American Alpha & he has all the in-ring ability to go very far in WWE but I definitely think that he shouldn't have won the opportunity to challenge The Miz for the IC Title & he instead should've stuck to his underdog thing from his last 2 matches with Roman & Cena respectively. I would've much preferred to have seen Elias Sampson get the win & the title shot as Elias has really kicked it up a notch since moving over from NXT!!!

  14. So we've all seen the promos between John Cena and Roman Reigns. Which obviously, unless I'm mistaken, would be an attempt by WWE to put Reigns over, which they have been unsuccessful with. I think they failed in trying to put him over, by beating and effectively retiring the Undertaker, most likely a decision by Calaway to work with a young guy and put him over. That's a fail.

    In the past, it's been said that Roman isn't great on the mic, and his promos lack. I watch ONE of the "dirt sheet" wrestling Youtube "shows" I won't tell you which one. In my opinion, they've failed with Reigns and are shoving him down our throats. "Come on Vince, I have a major "gag reflex".😄

    The promo on Raw this week ended okay, and he got a good amount of cheers. But he's not believable to me yet. And I don't hear a lot of conviction in his "This is my yard [now]
    He looks and sounds like a child. And he doesn't sound like he believes it himself.

    This is just my opinion….

  15. SmarkCuture Wrestling:

    Anytime a big, handsome, athletic guy gets a shot at a title, it is "Forcefully" pushing him down their throats.

    How about that Finn title contender match he "Earned" within weeks of being on RAW? Great huh? No rocket there…It was a long road….

  16. Crap gimmick:
    He walks to the ring with a iron board on his back and irons on each hand, he has the assistant named irony who is also his tag partner and the tag name is irony man his finisher is the wrinkler (it's the chokeslam but he holds onto their shirt instead) and in no dq matches and when the ref gets knocked irony hits the opponent over the head with iron mans irons and ironing board

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