Top Pop

The New Day Teams with Wale 

 

I am usually wary of celebrities making appearances on WWE TV. Half the time they don’t watch professional wrestling at all, let alone know anything about the product, they say irrelevant things, segments go awry, the audience is left wondering why WWE invited them in the first place. Thankfully, this was not the case when Wale came to the ring to host a rap battle between The Usos and The New Day this week on Raw. This was executed perfectly; neither team pulled any punches and the entire thing flirted heavily with the line between PG and PG-13. The verbal sparring eventually degenerated into a brawl, which was a predictable, but appropriate end to the segment, as both The New Day and The Usos were very personal with their insults.



 

The Demon King vs. The Swiss Superman

 

Two fan favorites who happen to be excellent workers pitted against each other in a match on Raw? How could it not be one of our favorite moments of the week? A singles bout between Finn Bálor and Cesaro was a dream matchup for fans, including myself, and they did not disappoint. The Hardys on commentary added to the excitement surrounding the match and although the screwy finish isn’t normally a top choice, the crowd didn’t seem to mind their involvement. It also set the scene for a sweet Finn dive and was a good way to continue Bálor and Cesaro’s respective feuds. Personally, I would much prefer to see Bálor in a singles feud with Cesaro over Samson, but I’ll take what I can get.


 

Bobby Roode Retains, Gains Heat

 

This segment made us genuinely dislike Bobby Roode – which is exactly how we should be feeling, as he is one of the top heels in NXT. First, we were given Roderick’s emotional backstory through minisodes leading up to the match, then, Strong’s wife and mother were front row for the bout, literally crying in adoration and cheering him on, THEN Roderick almost won and had a moment of heartfelt celebration with his family, and Roode still walked away victorious, indelibly cementing his position as a villain of the yellow brand. Although he did not win the title, Roderick Strong has proven himself to be a competitor worthy of the championship and I would not be surprised to see him with the belt around his waist in the not-so-distant future.


 

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