WWE Raw recap & reactions (Aug. 16, 2021): RK-Bro reunites

Versus all odds, the RK-Bro tale has been the very best issue about Monday Night time Raw for fairly a even though. That rang genuine through this week’s episode from San Antonio, where the two reunited after Randy Orton was made to comprehend the truth of the matter of his scenario and begrudgingly recognized his destiny.

He arrived to comprehend that two points are totally legitimate:

  1. Riddle is worthy of his respect following all, even though he’s the most bothersome tiny shit you’ll at any time locate
  2. He requires Riddle to defeat AJ Designs & Omos

Orton, who will work as a character for the reason that he’s so relentlessly himself, to the stage of mistreating the hell out of virtually all people around him, ran into the brick wall that is Omos and fell to the very same destiny as all all those in advance of him. It is really worth pointing out they did a fantastic position of developing the secondary tale listed here: can Orton RKO this tremendously massive guy?

He couldn’t below. That’s at the very least in section to Models obtaining included, even so, leaving the door open up to the probability that perhaps it could have took place if only the odds have been even. Reuniting with Riddle fixed that challenge. It functions an both an equalizer and a concession from Randy that getting so relentlessly Orton won’t equal victory in this instance.

At SummerSlam, it’s on.

And just imagine of how very good the moment could be if RK-Bro win the tag workforce titles and Riddle bends down to rejoice with his belt in excess of his shoulder and Orton finally stands powering him and rocks the pose to rejoice alongside with him. The set up is there. It is time to go residence.


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I essentially genuinely respect what they are undertaking acquiring Goldberg’s son concerned in this feud with Bobby Lashley. It’s a great attempt at offering him a bit more depth of character, and even though I’m not guaranteed if it is landing or not, it is also a way to make him considerably far more sympathetic. At the extremely the very least, he gets to be far more relatable.

Possessing stated that, there just isn’t a great deal meat on the bone in this article.

Goldberg is in this location simply by saying it, not by earning it. Lashley just form of went along with it. And while I do value what they are aiming for with the inclusion of Goldberg’s kiddo, there wasn’t a great deal additional to his having concerned than there was his father. He just form of showed up and suddenly was a element of points.

What I was largely reminded of with how they performed this phase out, even though, was just how much I skip acquiring a drive of character like Brock Lesnar in occasions like these. How considerably more potent would it have been to see Goldberg like this with his kid and Lesnar stepping up and declaring matters like “I never give a shit about your kids” a la how he dealt with Heath Slater?

In its place, we get Lashley stating points like “when you move into this ring, you action into the house of the All Mighty” and Goldberg, heading for the same degree of shock worth Brock did but without the need of any of the compound, only responding with “Lashley, which is BULLSHIT.”

Yeah. Absolutely. This entire matter is kinda bullshit, but at the very least it is above shortly.


All the relaxation

  • Charlotte Aptitude was terrific on commentary through Nikki A.S.H. vs. Rhea Ripley, building fun of how lame it is to call oneself “almost a superhero.” Why would you simply call oneself “almost” nearly anything, she questioned. “I basically am what I am, a queen.” Certainly. Nikki, in the meantime, is likely a hit with the younger audience and signifies the form of written content business WWE has come to be. It is not so significantly about telling good tales working with individuals who want to be the greatest wrestler, it is about building people they can sector across a number of platforms. Charlotte is nearer to the more traditional wrestler, and as a result I hope she continues to dominate the division.
  • Acquiring mentioned all that, the booking for the three girls included in the Raw women’s title match on this exhibit was atrocious. Ripley pinned Cross in a singles match early, Flair obtained beat up by both equally after, then Charlotte pinned Ripley in a tag match that also involved someone who has not been anyplace in the vicinity of any of this. No one arrived out of this night hunting any far better.
  • I’m awfully confused with what they’re striving to complete with this Drew McIntyre vs. Jinder Mahal software. At no point has Mahal seemed like a legit danger to McIntyre, and the only route he seemed to have to victory was that he had numbers, and then they took that absent with McIntyre beating the two Veer and Shanky to guarantee they’re barred from ringside. I guess the position is “hey, observe this match to see just how badly McIntyre is heading to damage his previous stablemate and also see if he possibly last but not least employs the sword you know he simply cannot actually use.” It’s not a lot of a promote for me.
  • Hey, Johnny Drip Drip is in fact a decent interviewer. He eased The Miz into their job interview on “Moist TV” with a cake dilemma — what is your favorite film? — that doubled as a set up due to the fact he knew particularly how Miz, who is extremely vain, would respond to. When he confirmed his favored movie is any movie he acted in, Morrison noted his appreciate for it and rapidly segued into asking if he was acting injured all this time. That’s rather good! Then he led Miz suitable into a match with Damian Priest, which he missing, of class. I really do not know in which this is going, but they designed some conflict amongst Miz and Morrison. They built up before the demonstrate was over, absolutely sure, but the seeds have been planted, at the very least.
  • Mustafa Ali may pretty very well be the complete king of producing the most of everything he’s supplied. He maximizes his minutes, as very good ol’ JR would say. This story with Mansoor is accomplishing effectively to get each of them above, as Ali passes along worthwhile lessons not just as a result of words but during real matches. That incorporated his dishonest to assist Mansoor conquer Mace, which we’re all going to accept mainly because, very seriously, to hell with Mace. But also because it’s heading to be fantastic to see the Ali vs. Mansoor match down the line to see just how substantially of this Mansoor puts to use.
  • I do not know about any political machinations at the rear of-the-scenes, but it is awesome to see at minimum some synergy in between models in the form of Karrion Kross unquestionably dump trucking Jeff Hardy. The bit in which he ran by means of him even though he was mid-job interview operating his mouth just prior to the match was a good contact built even nicer by his choking him out in brief purchase in the ring. That’s how you place a man more than.
  • I may well be the only one but I nevertheless like these 24/7 championship chase segments, specially now that Reggie is out there doing highly developed parkour to avoid the tough charging R-Real truth and Akira Tozawa.
  • It pains me how very little I have to say about what Eva Marie is carrying out. They have her tied up in a plan with Doudrop, a character I’m getting difficulties acquiring any sympathy for thinking about there did so very minimal to set across why she at any time puts up with nearly anything from Eva in the initially spot, and they’re seriously lacking in backstory for, and the pound-for-pound dumbest factor in WWE currently, Lilly. Alexa Bliss is also there, but she’s participating in second fiddle to the damn doll. Someway, the evil female with the maybe sentient and/or haunted doll is the babyface much too. It’s just dumb, and undesirable, and it feels like they’re wasting all the things Eva could be mainly because they’ve entirely gone away from what labored so perfectly with her ahead of.

This was not a undesirable display but as a go property episode to a key pay back-for each-view, it remaining me wanting.

Grade: C-

Your change.

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