HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT 6/3: Alt Perspective coverage of the live show including Lesnar’s MITB cash in, final Super Showdown hype, and more

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HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT
JUNE 3, 2019
AUSTIN, TX
AIRED ON USA NETWORK

Announcers: Michael Cole, Corey Graves, Renee Young

[HOUR ONE]

-The show opened with Roman Reigns getting his usual mixed reaction from the audience. Cole called him the big dog while Corey Graves thanked the wild card rule for his presence. As Reigns made his way to the ring, Cole plugged the Super Showdown event on Friday afternoon and hyped Reigns vs. Shane McMahon.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Roman got a mixed reaction, but the cheers were noticeable. At this point in the game, WWE has to be happy with that. 

As Roman continued his entrance, Michael Cole thoroughly recapped the events over the weekend concerning Brock Lesnar. Cole said that Lesnar would cash-in MITB on tonight’s show. They then showed Charly Caruso waiting backstage for Lesnar’s arrival.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Cole set the hook nicely. WWE needs to payoff this tease. Baiting and switching fans on something this big will severely damage trust and hurt WWE’s ability to draw a number moving forward. It’s hard enough for them as it is. They can win some goodwill back if they thread this storyline properly until the end of the show and make good on it. 

Back in the ring, Reigns stood tall before Shane McMahon walked out to the ramp. There, Shane got a ton of heat and said that he deserved a proper introduction. Rome did the honors as the audience continued to boo. From there, Shane addressed Roman and said that he couldn’t wait to shut Reigns up. He said he wasn’t just called the best in the world, but that he proved it in the ring. He called himself a fine wine before telling Reigns all of the different moves he would do to him at Super Showdown. He said he would make Reigns tap out for the first time ever in his career, but that even that wouldn’t satisfy him. Reigns then interrupted and said he would love to see Shane try to tap him out. He said he would lift his spoiled a** up and plant him deep into the mat. From there, Roman said that after he beats Shane at Super Showdown, he would beat his lackey, Drew McIntyre, at WWE Stomping Ground in two weeks.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Simple stuff, but that’s always been the sweet spot for Reigns. With that formula deployed here, it worked. Nothing fancy, but built some anticipation for the match on Friday against Shane and in two weeks against McIntyre.

McIntyre then hit the ring and said that the audience needed to respect him and Shane. Drew told Roman that Shane would beat him at Super Showdown. He then said that he himself would destroy and decimate Reigns at Stomping Ground. From there, McIntyre said that he didn’t need his partners to take out Reigns. He said he could do it himself and walked toward the ring. At that point, Dash and Dawson attacked Reigns from behind. This prompted the Usos to run out and make the save. The brawl ensued for a bit, but then was calmed down by the referee. With tensions quieted down, the bell rang, and the match began.

(1) THE USOS & ROMAN REIGNS vs. THE REVIVAL & DREW MCINTYRE

Out of the gate, the Usos and Reigns took control of the match. Their quick offense knocked both Dash and Dawson out of the ring. Seeing this, both Usos hit over the top rope suicide dives on them as the show went to break. (c)

Out of the break, Dash, Dawson, and McIntyre had control of the match. Jimmy Uso then tagged into the match and took momentum back. He hit a step up enziguri on Dash before being distracted by Dawson and Drew on the apron. Because of that, Dash attacked from behind and took control of the match once again. McIntyre proceeded to tag in and crushed Jimmy with various vicious stomps and submission holds. As this happened, the audience chanted “we want Roman.” With Jimmy down, the audience clapped for him and he rose to his feet. He was able to escaped the submission hold, but Drew followed with a release bell to belly suplex instead. From there, McIntyre went for the pin, but Reigns broke it up to a nice pop from the crowd. The beating on Jimmy continued with Drew, Dash, and Dawson cutting the ring in half and tagging in and out until Jimmy connected with a back suplex. From there, he crawled to his corner, but was stopped by Dawson. Dawson connected with a spine buster and then made a tag to Dash as the show went to break. (c)

Heydorn’s Analysis: Some tremendous selling by Jimmy Uso. The fans are behind his hope spots and his facial expressions are telling the story of a determined babyface. It’s working and rubbing off Reigns too. Well done. 

Out of the break, Reigns was firmly in control of the match. Reigns attempted a Superman Punch, but McIntyre countered it. Soon after, Reigns clocked a distracted McIntyre with the Superman Punch and followed that with one to the Revival as well. In the end, Shane McMahon got involved in the match and pushed Jey Uso off of the top rope. After seeing this, Reigns rolled to the outside of the ring and threatened Shane. For his troubles, he received a Claymore from McIntyre. Right after, The Revival hit the Shatter Machine on Jimmy Uso before Drew hit another Claymore in the ring on Jey. He then covered for the 1,2,3 win.

WINNER: McIntyre and The Revival via pinfall

-After the match, Shane, Drew, and the Revival decimated Reigns in the ring. They gave Reigns the Shatter Machine before Shane demanded that Reigns be brought to his feet. From there, Shane hit Reigns with a spear and celebrated with his heel team. (c)

Heydorn’s Analysis: The show returned from the commercial break after the hot tag to Reigns? What a waste of great work on the part of Jimmy Uso. They set the table perfectly and that mistake is unacceptable giving the setting. As for the post-match angle, it worked. Shane got his heat and fans can now get behind Reigns on Friday.

-Out of the break, Lance Armstrong and Matthew Mcconaughey were shown ringside. From there, Miz made his entrance for Miz TV. As he walked to the ring, Cole plugged that Miz would be in the biggest Royal Rumble match in history on Friday at Super Showdown. In the ring, Miz paused for cheers and then started his promo with “alright, alright, alright.”

Heydorn’s Analysis: A nice touch there from Miz with Mcconaughey at ringside. Is it just me or could Miz have gotten a line like that over?

From there, Miz introduced Seth Rollins as his guest. Rollins got a nice pop and huge “burn it down” yell before walking down the ramp. Cole called him the beast slayer, but said he has been haunted by the beast since he won the Universal Championship at WrestleMania. Once Rollins got to the ring, he shook hands with Miz and then sat down. From there, Miz welcomed Rollins to Austin, TX. Rollins responded by saying “let’s get weird.” After, Miz hyped Rollins vs. Baron Corbin for Super Showdown, but then asked him what it felt like to be waiting around for Brock Lesnar to cash-in. Rollins said he was ready, but that he’d believe it if and when he sees it with his own eyes. He said that Paul Heyman has never told the truth and that he doesn’t trust that Lesnar would show up. From there, Rollins said that if Lesnar cashes in tonight, he’d be relieved. He said he’d be relieved because he would be able to stop worrying about what could be and worry about what is. He said that with Lesnar behind him, he could focus on being the champion he wants to be which includes taking on all challengers like Baron Corbin. He then said he would stomp Corbin’s head in the mat on Friday and stay Universal Champion.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Rollins wove quite a bit into that promo. Baron Corbin, Super Showdown, Heyman’s trustworthiness, Lesnar, MITB, and more. It wasn’t perfect, but enough of it wove together nice enough to present Rollins as the fighting babyface ready to move forward. With Lesnar in the building a little more fire from Rollins would have been nice. If there was ever a time to have him run backstage, this was it. I’m nitpicking though. Overall, it worked.

From there, Brock Lesnar was shown arriving to the arena on the big screen. Lesnar handed Heyman the briefcase and then walked toward the stage. Lesnar then stopped and went a different direction prompting the audience to boo. Cole proceeded to make it clear that Lesnar would cash in his contract tonight. In the ring, Rollins looked annoyed and frustrated as his music played and the show went to break. (c)

-Out of the break, the Lucha House Party walked to the ring. Cole called them the Lucha Avengers and then hyped their Super Showdown match against Lars Sullivan. Once they got to the ring, Sullivan made his entrance to confront them. Eventually, Sullivan stormed the ring and the brawl was on. Sullivan decimated Lince Dorado, Kalisto, and Gran Metalik until Kalisto connected with a dropkick. Each LHP member then hit dropkicks on him which sent him flying out of the ring. This got a nice pop from the audience as well as a lucha chant. Instead of going back in the ring, Lars backed off.

Heydorn’s Analysis: I’m not on board with an act like the Lucha House Party being the first babyface act to get the one up on Sullivan. That should be a major moment and it’s not as impactful with a team of defined low carders being the ones to accomplish it. 

-Backstage, the IIconics called Nikki Cross a sad puppy before making fun of her. Alexa Bliss then defended Cross and asked Kay and Royce if they had a Bloomin Onion to eat. From there, Cross told Bliss they were friends even if she was also friends with Becky Lynch. Bliss was happy to hear that and said she would be in her corner for her match later against Peyton Royce. They then walked off together. From there, Michael Cole hyped an arm wrestling match later in the show between Bobby Lashley and Braun Strowman.

Heydorn’s Analysis: What a way to build momentum off of a wild brawl last week huh? It seems as if we’re in the midst of a long term story arch between Bliss, Cross, and Lynch. I smell a big match between Lynch and Cross later in the summer with Cross in the middle. 

-Becky Lynch made her entrance to a big pop from the Austin audience. As she posed in the ring, Cole said she was no longer Becky two belts and cued up highlights from Money In The Bank where she lost her SmackDown Women’s Championship because of Lacey Evans. The show then went to break. (c)

-Out of the break, Lynch addressed the audience and said that she had been doing some thinking. She said she wanted to make some changes and said it was the first time in 63 days since she’s been home. From there, Lynch ran down all that she has done within those 63 days and paused after as the audience chanted “you deserve it.” Lynch thanked the audience and said that she’s never been more content in her life. She then said that being content is the worst thing that could happen to her. She said content fighters get beaten and that when Lacey cost her the SmackDown Women’s Championship something woke up inside her. From there, Lynch talked about what woke her up and said she would deal with people like Lacey Evans who wronged her.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Good delivery and I liked the part about content fighters getting beat. She came off as a sports fighter and not a sports entertainer. In that presentation she felt authentic. 

Lacey Evans then walked out and said that Becky Lynch was like a dog chasing a car. She said she did everyone a favor at MITB and said that Becky Lynch shouldn’t be the one to represent the women of WWE. Evans said that she wasn’t like Charlotte Flair and that Lynch was not in her head. She said she shouldn’t be messed with and that when she gets Becky again, she would be Becky no belts. Evans then said she would be the next Raw Women’s Champion. As she finished the word “champion” Charlotte Flair hit the ring as part of the wild card rule.

[HOUR TWO]

As she walked to the ring, Charlotte addressed Becky and asked her to stop making excuses. She said she beat her and became the nine time women’s champion. In response, Becky asked where her title was? Evans then chimed in and called Charlotte a Daddy’s girl that needed attention. Charlotte then said she struts the way she does because she is more than halfway to beating her Dad’s championship record. She said that all she has seen Evans do since she arrived was make tea. Evans said that Charlotte had nine championships, but that today she has zero championships. Evans called herself the face of WWE and told Charlotte to go back to SmackDown unless she wants to be educated with the Woman’s Right. From there, Evans clocked Charlotte with a punch before removing her ring gear. Charlotte looked stunned and then got to her feet before taking her robe off.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Once again, Evans held her own with two of WWE’s biggest stars. She looked comfortable on the mic and wove her character into the words she spoke. That said, getting to the match itself was a little clunky. Bigger than that though is the reasoning for Evans and Charlotte going head to head so early in Lacey’s development. This is a big money match and it’s literally happening now without a proper build and worse than that, a clunky one. Further, neither one can truly own heel heat as the audience is forced to decide to cheer for someone if they want to stay invested. This is WWE simply being too cute with their booking. 

At that point, the bell rang, and a match between the two began with Lynch at ringside.

(2) CHARLOTTE FLAIR vs. LACEY EVANS

Out of the gate, both women brawled until Charlotte tossed Evans out of the ring. Evans got back in the ring and the brawl continued. As the fight progressed, the audience chanted “we want Becky.” In the ring, Charlotte took control of the match and slammed Evans into the ring apron as the show went to break. (c)

Out of the break, Evans and Charlotte exchanged chops until Lacey took Charlotte to the mat with a headlock. Charlotte broke the hold with a two count roll-up, but Evans kicked out at two. From there, Evans got some brief momentum, but it was squashed after Charlotte connected with a back breaker. After, Charlotte went for the figure eight, but Evans countered by kicking Charlotte into the ring post. Both women then collided in mid-air with double cross body moves. While both women sold on the mat, the audience chanted “we want Becky.”

Heydorn’s Analysis: If this was designed and put together for Becky to get cheered, its working. Charlotte and Evans are not clicking. The match is messy and neither looks good. 

Once Charlotte got to her feet, Lynch got involved and pulled Charlotte out of the ring. Lynch then hit the ring and nailed Evans with the Manhandle Slam. The announcers said that she just couldn’t take anymore and had to get at Evans. After the slam, Lynch posed in the ring and mocked Evans as the show went to break. (c)

WINNER: No contest

Heydorn’s Analysis: Well, that was abrupt. Lynch’s involvement got a good reaction, but didn’t make sense. What prompted her to react that way at that time? She’s been out there for the entire match. 

-Out of the break, Rey Mysterio hit the ring. As he did, Cole cued up clips of him beating Samoa Joe for the United States Championship at MITB. After the highlights, Mysterio addressed the audience and said that he’s been in the WWE for a very long time. He said that it’s in his blood and that its in his family’s blood too. From there, Rey said that his son Dominic was training to carve his own past in the business. From there, Rey said he needed to do the right thing, set a good example, and be a good champion. As he was about to continue, Samoa Joe hit the ring. He said that he heard the word champion and thought it was his cue. From there, Joe said he had an addendum to Rey’s speech. He said that Rey isn’t giving up the title because of his injury, but because he knows that he didn’t pin him to the mat. In response, Rey told Samoa Joe to give him a moment. Rey then officially gave up the US title to Samoa Joe because of his shoulder injury. After saying the words, Rey laid the belt down as Corey Graves called him an honorable champion. From there, Rey told Joe he’d be back and tried to leave the ring. Seeing this, Joe attacked Rey from behind and choked him out in the middle of the ring. Joe then grabbed the championship and held it above his head before rolling out of the ring. On the ramp he yelled “I told you, Rey” before holding up the title again and walking away.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Well done. Both Rey and Joe played their roles well and were believable. Pro wrestling 101. Joe has a ton of heat because of this angle and feud. The hope now is a strong enough babyface is ready to take him on. Miz perhaps?

-Backstage, Brock Lesnar was shown putting his fighting gloves on. Graves said he couldn’t wait for the cash-in as the shot went back to the ringside area. There, Braun Strowman walked out and received a nice reaction from the audience. As Strowman got into the ring, the show went to break. (c)

-Out of the break, a selfie promo from Cesaro aired. He called Ricochet a great talent, but called him naive if he believes that he can beat him again. After, a selfie promo aired from Ricochet. In it, he said that he beat Cesaro before and he would prove tonight that he could do it again.

-When the promos finished, Bobby Lashley walked out to the ring for his arm wrestling match against Braun Strowman.

(3) BRAUN STROWMAN vs. BOBBY LASHLEY – Arm wrestling match

Once Lashley got into the ring, the audience chanted “get these hands.” From there, Strowman and Lashley stared each other down before locking hands in the arm wrestling contraption. As Lashley almost finished the lock, Lashley pulled away. In response, Strowman pushed the table over. From there, Lashley taunted Strowman and posed in front of him. They then officially locked hands for the contest. After a quick struggle, Lashley slipped out of the hold. This caused each man to chalk up before locking hands again. The action went back and forth until Strowman won handily. The audience popped for the victory and Strowman roared as they cheered.

WINNER: Strowman

-After the match, Lashley threw the chalk in Strowman’s face and attacked him. He connected with Strowman’s power slam and then left the ring. Cole called that attack an emphatic statement.

Heydorn’s Analysis: This got a reaction, but was a weak follow-up to the brawl from last week. It’s as if the storyline is progressing backwards. 

-Michael Cole cued up highlights from social media yesterday in which R-Truth lost and then regained the 24-7 Championship on a golf course. When the highlights were over, Drake Maverick and EC3 were shown following Carmella backstage. They said that if they followed Carmella, they would be led to Truth.

Heydorn’s Analysis: If WWE is going to have this championship, this type of title change is what will keep it afloat. The shelf life isn’t long, but longer, if the title is presented and shot in this fashion. It’s low card, but can work and be comedically entertaining in this context. 

-When the show returned to the ring, Nikki Cross made her entrance as the show went to break. (c)

(4) PEYTON ROYCE vs. NIKKI CROSS

After the break, the bell rang, and the match began. Royce owned much of the match and kept Cross grounded. Eventually, a stagehand brought Alexa Bliss a cup of coffee. Royce and Kay knocked the coffee out of her hands and caused her to slip in it. From there, Cross hit her spinning top rope neck breaker on Royce and covered for the 1,2,3 win.

WINNER: Cross via pinfall

-After the match, Bliss looked fed up and then attacked Royce and Kay. Cross stopped the attack and then celebrated with her.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Not much there as far as a match goes. Was this a babyface turn for Bliss? Too early to tell. She still seems disingenuous and fake with her mannerisms. 

-Brock Lesnar was shown preparing for his cash-in and Seth Rollins was shown walking backstage as the show went to commercial break. (c)

-Out of the break, Seth Rollins was shown in the ring. He said that when he won the Universal Championship he knew that everyone would be gunning for him. He said he wanted that, but that was not what was happening with Brock Lesnar. Lesnar’s music hit and Graves said “the time has come.” Eventually, the music stopped playing without Lesnar coming out. In response, Rollins said that Lesnar was playing games and that everyone was sick of it. Rollins then addressed Lesnar and said that he used to be the most feared man in the game. He then dared Lesnar to come out and cash-in the MITB briefcase. Instead, Baron Corbin hit the ring and said that Seth should be worried about him. Rollins said that the only way he would lose that title was if he pried it from his cold, dead, hands. Corbin said he didn’t have a problem with that and reminded Seth that he retired Kurt Angle. From there, Corbin said that he’d retire him too. This caused Rollins to attack Corbin. They battled briefly with Rollins getting the upper hand after a suicide dive.

[HOUR THREE]

Seth then climbed back into the ring and Lesnar’s music hit again. Rollins reacted and was distracted by the music. This allowed for Corbin to attack him again from behind. He hit Rollins with the End Of Days which left him laying in the middle of the ring. At that point, Lesnar’s music hit again. When he got to the ring, Lesnar hit Seth with a low blow and then beat him down with a flurry of steel chair shots. Lesnar then hit Rollins with a German suplex and followed that with an F-5 on the outside of the ring. After the F-5, Lesnar rolled Rollins into the ring and continued to beat on him with the chair. Paul Heyman pleaded with Lesnar to cash-in officially but instead he gave Rollins a second German suplex. After, Lesnar yelled “Friday” at Heyman before leaving the ring. As he did, Cole explained that “Friday” was Super Showdown. At that point, Paul Heyman pleaded once again with Lesnar to cash-in right then. In response, Lesnar took the briefcase and beat Rollins with it. He then picked up the chair again and crushed Seth with it. Lesnar then smirked at the audience before leaving the ring and walking up the ramp with Heyman. After Lesnar left, Rollins was loaded onto a stretcher as the audience clapped for him. The show then went to break. (c)

Heydorn’s Analysis: A lot right and a lot wrong with that segment. The beat down itself was effective. Lesnar looked like a monster and Rollins drummed up sympathy for himself in being a victim in this unfair attack. That said, why would Lesnar wait until Friday? You can’t get a better scenario to cash-in than the one he had in front of him. To go this route, the commentary team needed to tell the story of Lesnar waiting for Friday in order to get a bigger payday. Something to connect those dots. Leaving them disconnected make Lesnar look foolish. Finally, another WWE bait and switch. They could’ve easily worked this exact angle without advertising a cash-in. They are purposefully misleading fans. And the fans know it. 

-After the break, Rollins was shown getting loaded into an ambulance. The announcers said what Brock did was brutal and that he was simply enjoying torturing Rollins with the briefcase. From there, Cole cued up another episode of the Firefly Funhouse.

Heydorn’s Analysis: A Vince McMahon puppet with devil horns?

-When the Funhouse ended, Triple H was shown walking to the ring backstage. The show then went to break. (c)

-Out of the break, highlights of earlier events between Shane McMahon and Roman Reigns aired. After, Triple H’s music hit to a tempered initial reaction from the audience. When he appeared, the pop came. Triple H slowly walked down to the ring and as he did, Michael Cole discussed the Triple H vs. Randy Orton rivalry throughout the years. Once Triple H got to the ring, the audience chanted “NXT.” Triple H soaked it in, but then said “Ok, but I’m here to address Randy Orton.” At that point, Randy walked out to a nice reaction as well. After Randy got to the ring, he posed on the turnbuckle, and then grabbed a microphone. From there, the audience chanted “RKO” as both men stared each other down in the ring. Triple H spoke and said it had been a while since they’ve been face to face. He said that they each know what these types of interactions are for. He said in this instance, nothing said hasn’t been said before. With that, Triple H told Orton to not let the suit fool him and that he is going to SAUDI ARABIA to kick his ass. Orton responded by saying that he was not Batista and that he is the legend killer as Triple H well knows. From there, Orton said he would beat him on Friday and put another notch on his belt. In response, Triple H referenced their history and put over Randy in saying that he is one of the best ever to step foot in the ring. He then said that a lot of people have tried to put him down. He said that they are all gone, but that he was still there. Triple H then told Orton that he was not the one. From there, Triple H left the ring, but Orton told him to hold up. Orton asked Triple H to promise him something. He asked Triple H to promise him that he would retrieve his balls from Stephanie’s purse. The crowd popped big and in response, Triple H called his balls big and that it was hard to carry them around on his own.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Triple H has now gone on and on about everything possible. His balls? Good grief. For one thing, its an insult that has been overplayed already. Second, it felt like it was said for shock factor only. No substance.

Triple H said that Orton wouldn’t know anything about that because Randy has never had any. He then said that he would see Orton in SAUDI ARABIA before walking off.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Not much behind this build is there. The attitude between both guys worked, but the big line and focal point of the promo felt forced. Orton smiling in selling it hurt its effectiveness as well.

-After the encounter, Baron Corbin was interviewed backstage. He said that Brock Lesnar did Corbin a great favor and that Seth Rollins doesn’t stand a chance against him at Super Showdown because of the multiple broken ribs that he has. Corbin laughed and said that he would be the next Universal Champion.

-When the interview ended, Ricochet made his way to the ring. As he posed in the ring, the show went to break. (c)

(5) CESARO vs. RICOCHET

When commercials ended, Cesaro made his entrance. When he got to the ring, the bell rang, and the match began. The action was fast-paced and crisp to start off. Early on, Ricochet connected with a hurricanrana off of the guardrail and followed that with a second rope moonsault. After, the show went to break. (c)

Out of the break, Cesaro hit Ricochet with a massive European uppercut. After, he deadlifted Ricochet from outside of the ring and into it with a vertical suplex. From there, Ricochet battled back and rolled to the outside. He then used Cesaro to bounce back into the ring.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Great spot. Tremendous athleticism from both men. 

After, Cesaro hit Ricochet with the Cesaro Swing and followed that with a thunderous uppercut. He then covered, but only got a two count. Out of the pin, Ricochet connected with a knee strike and followed that with a springboard cross body. Cesaro rolled through for the cover, but only got a two count. In the end, Ricochet rolled Cesaro up for the quick 1,2,3 win.

WINNER: Ricochet via pinfall

-After the match, Cesaro attacked Ricochet from behind as the audience booed. After striking him, Cesaro left the ring and pulled a ladder out from under the ring. From there, he pulled out a table and R-Truth was lying on it. Cesaro and R-Truth locked eyes which allowed Ricochet the time to hit Cesaro with a dropkick. From there, the rest of the locker room emptied out in order to try and pin Truth. Cedric Alexander hit a top rope move on that group which left Truth alone in the ring. Drake Maverick approached from behind, but was super-kicked by Carmella. From there, she ran off with Truth as the others chased him through the crowd. The show then went to break. (c)

Heydorn’s Analysis: Another good match between Ricochet and Cesaro. Would have liked to have seen them up the ante in their rivalry by expanding on that post-match attack. Seemed only to exist to further the 24-7 title story. There is more to be had between Ricochet and Cesaro. Tell that story, WWE. 

-After the break, the bell tolled, and the Undertaker made his entrance to a big reaction from the audience. They roared when he appeared on stage and began to make his slow walk to the ring. Cole said that the Undertaker entrance never gets old and called it awe inspiring. Once he got to the ring, the audience continued to cheer and chant as Undertaker looked on. Eventually, Undertaker spoke and spoke about not wanting the family man side of Goldberg at Super Showdown. He said he wanted the unstoppable icon. He said that if Goldberg was unwilling or didn’t bring that, he’d unleash a fury of pain the likes Goldberg has never seen before. He then told Goldberg “your next” as the show abruptly cut off and ended at 11EST.

Heydorn’s Analysis: Surely, there was a “rest … in … peace” written into that promo somewhere right? Outside of the timing issue, which is a significant one, this was a solid promo from Undertaker. He looked comfortable and in his element. That said, if you didn’t care about seeing this match, nothing in this would change your mind. So, successful? Not really. Entertaining? Sure. 


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5 Comments on HEYDORN’S WWE RAW REPORT 6/3: Alt Perspective coverage of the live show including Lesnar’s MITB cash in, final Super Showdown hype, and more

  1. It’s bad enough to make Brock look dumb to not cash in on a wounded Seth, so why would he want to cash it in on Friday? I wish they would make Brock look totally dumb and say Seth isn’t medically cleared to wrestle Friday. If you are trying to make people think Brock is dumb, go all the way.

  2. “That said, why would Lesnar wait until Friday? You can’t get a better scenario to cash-in than the one he had in front of him.”

    The implication is that simply holding the title is not his main goal and he wants to destroy and humiliate Seth further along the way. Fair enough for a character who already held the title so long. The whole story doesn’t need to be explained at once.

    “Leaving them disconnected make Lesnar look foolish.”

    No.

    “Finally, another WWE bait and switch. They could’ve easily worked this exact angle without advertising a cash-in. They are purposefully misleading fans. And the fans know it. ”

    Fans do know it, though. I think Brock not turning up at all would be a bait and switch, but you’d have to be new to watching WWE to think the actual cash-in was guaranteed. Brock showed up and he and Seth did a huge angle, I don’t feel like I’m cheated because he didn’t cash in. I’m happy that the MITB cash-in stays on the table that little bit longer (and hope that it is still on the table after Super Getpaid ‘cos I don’t want to watch that show just for the title change).

  3. “That said, why would Lesnar wait until Friday? You can’t get a better scenario to cash-in than the one he had in front of him.”

    The implication is that simply holding the title is not his main goal and he wants to destroy and humiliate Seth further along the way. This is stupid, as the number one goal of any fighter should ultimately be the World Championship, regardless of whether or not they’ve held the title previously (for any length of time.)

    “Leaving them disconnected make Lesnar look foolish.”
    No. It makes him look downright stupid.

    “Finally, another WWE bait and switch. They could’ve easily worked this exact angle without advertising a cash-in. They are purposefully misleading fans. And the fans know it. ”

    Fans do know it and are realizing that there are fewer reasons to tune in. If the current trend of WWE intentionally not delivering on their promises continues, they’ll tune out. This only benefits WWE’s competition.

  4. “Orton smiling in selling it hurt its effectiveness as well.”

    Yet Becky Lynch does it all the time and no one ever says a word.

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