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Roman Reigns (Almost) Turns Heel

 

Up to this point, the Roman Reigns / Braun Strowman feud has been a lot of Braun viciously attacking Roman, but the tables were turned in the ambulance match last Sunday. The actual match ended in typical fashion, Braun closed the ambulance doors with Roman inside, winning the contest; it was what happened after this that shocked the WWE Universe. Roman got back out, shoved Braun in the vehicle, shut the doors, and eventually backed it into a truck. An indifferent Roman Reigns walked away from the wreckage as a rescue team pried the ambulance open. WWE appeared to execute a double turn, with Roman coming away as the heel and Braun as the face; however, we have yet to see them seriously continue in this direction.



 

The Conquerer Nearly Conquered  

 

The entire feud between these two has been fantastic, so it’s no surprise they had an exciting brawl at the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view. Would it have been awesome to see Samoa Joe walk away with the Universal Championship? Absolutely. But if Brock had to win, this is how I would have done it. Joe may have lost the match, but he certainly didn’t go down without a fight. In fact, up until the final few seconds, Lesnar was getting a bit of a beat down. Brock Lesnar is still the champ, ready for the next contestant in the “I want Brock” line, but looking a little worse for wear, and Joe came away looking like a true destroyer, capable of taking down anyone who stands in his way.


 

DELETE, DELETE, DELETE

 

Due to legal reasons, The Hardys have not been able to bring their Broken Hardys gimmick to the WWE, but have always hinted at it, as it remains popular among professional wrestling fans. They may be close to resolving these issues because they did a little more than hint this week on Raw, putting emphasis on words like ‘obsolete’ and ‘proclamation’. I’m pretty sure the audience is going to collectively lose its mind when The Broken Hardys finally make an appearance on WWE TV.


 

Who Will Bring Down the Beast?

 

Everything Brock Lesnar and Samoa Joe touch continues to be fire, add in an arrogant Roman Reigns and some amusing comments and facial expressions from Paul Heyman and Raw GM, Kurt Angle, and you have an outstanding segment. By now, they should know that giving Brock a microphone means some not-so-PG things are going to be said, but Paul and Kurt still looked surprised. The five men argued over who should get to face Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam and it was finally decided that Joe and Reigns will have a match next week to decide. Samoa Joe could defeat Brock Lesnar once and for all at SummerSlam, but I have a feeling that isn’t the match we’re going to see.


 

Sexy Fashion Rangers

 

When the fashion police were first introduced, I was worried that Tyler Breeze wouldn’t get the attention he deserves (as I’ve said before, I think he is vastly underrated), but now it seems to be the best thing they could have done for him. The “fashion po-po” has developed into a regular comedic segment known as Fashion Files, complete with its own opening credits. Both Breeze and Fandango get much more screen time this way than they would if they were still mid-card singles wrestlers, not to mention the Fashion Files segments are always fun to watch. Their day one is definitely H.


 

The Scottish Supernova Quits Twice

 

This wasn’t the most groundbreaking feud by any means, but it did give Noam Dar and Cedrick Alexander, along with Alicia Fox, something to do, and this ‘I Quit’ match to put it to rest was entertaining. These two had a believable bout, both using cruel and unusual techniques in an attempt to make the other quit. Dar was booked well, making the audience cheer for him as he rid himself of the overly-dramatic Alicia Fox and then reversing it by making her cry taking it too far with a heel promo. Cedrick Alexander got the W and showed just enough ruthlessness to make us think he could be the one to topple The King of the Cruiserweights.


 

Black and Fish Do Battle

 

I said the other week that I wanted Aleister Black in more competitive action and that’s exactly what they gave us. This contest against new NXT superstar, Bobby Fish, continued the trend of Black moving away from squash matches. Aleister’s Black Mass is booked as the kiss of death, making him feel more lethal with every bout. The jobber matches were a good way to introduce Black to the brand, but he has proven that he is main event talent when put against guys like Kassius Ohno and Bobby Fish, who are actually on his level. Fish is highly skilled and comes with an impressive resume including success in ROH and NJPW, so he is sure to have a bright future with NXT.


 

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