“July 10, 2017” · WWE Monday Evening Uncooked · TV Evaluation After a strong PPV, Uncooked delivers a compelling present from prime to backside · TV Membership · The A.V. Membership

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  • Outcomes: Finn Balor defeated Elias Samson; Gallows and Anderson defeated The Hardys; Bayley and Sasha Banks defeated Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax; Goldust defeated R-Fact; Akira Tozawa and Cedric Alexander defeated Neville and Noam Dar; Bray Wyatt defeated Seth Rollins.
  • After a largely strong PPV, Uncooked kicks off this week with, of all issues, a promo from Massive Cass. No Roman Reigns, no replace on Strowman, no renewed anger from Samoa Joe. Not one of the large hitters are on the market. Relatively, it’s Massive Cass doing his finest to place Enzo Amore in his rearview mirror and get some warmth within the course of. There are basically two elements of this promo value mentioning. First, it’s clear that Massive Cass has some warmth. The boos rain down as quickly as he’s launched, and all through the whole thing of his surprisingly prolonged promo. That’s a superb factor for somebody recent off a heel flip. However right here’s the opposite factor: how a lot of that warmth is simply borne out of the gang’s affection for Enzo? In different phrases, can Cass go on a dominant heel run and nonetheless get the gang to boo him? Positive, the presence of the Massive Present helps with the face-heel dynamics on this phase, however whereas I definitely received’t write off Cass simply but, I wouldn’t be stunned if the hatred for Cass ultimately morphs into indifference. In any case, that was a little bit of a tough promo from Cass; the cadence and quantity was there, however it was missing a sure conviction, and even Cass appeared uncertain of himself.
  • I’m just a little confused about the place Finn Balor is headed on Uncooked. Each time he’s on the present he’s handled like the subsequent large factor. He was the man hotshotted to turn out to be the primary Common Champion, and is persistently touted as one of many all time nice NXT Champions. Clearly WWE thinks the world of him, and there have been moments since his return from harm the place he’s shined, significantly within the Deadly Fiveway match from Excessive Guidelines. However now, following an absence from the primary ever Nice Balls Of Hearth PPV, he’s wrestling Elias Samson and having his celebration on the ramp lower quick by a neon nostalgia act. Summerslam takes place just a little over a month from now and he’s obtained no actual storyline growing, which is stunning and disappointing. I don’t want him combating Brock simply but, however it’s bizarre that he’s not within the combine there someplace.
  • Gallows and Anderson obtained a win! It actually occurred.
  • Additionally, The Revival got here again just like the badasses that they’re and lay a beating on the Hardys after they’d already misplaced to Gallows and Anderson. It’s not fairly “pushing over New Day’s ice cream bicycle” ranges of heel work, however it’s fairly rattling good. This is also the second the place the Hardys begin to get extra “damaged.” They’re definitely teasing it rather more prominently.
  • I believed The Mizzies was sort of a uninteresting phase, however there have been a couple of moments, and one little bit of aftermath, that stood out. First, there’s the gang chanting “YOU DESERVE IT” when Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel win a Mizzie for Greatest Supporting Actor. Then, there’s a lovely storytelling second after Ambrose will get jumped and Rollins comes out to assist. Once they’re backstage Ambrose confronts Rollins and tells him that he doesn’t belief him, and that he doesn’t want him utilizing his feud with the Miz as a chance to repeatedly clear up his picture. “There’s not going to be a Protect reunion” he says with actual distaste in his mouth, and it’s every little thing I’ve ever needed from them. WWE likes to ignore its previous, however typically that’s a mistake as a result of historical past can add depth to storytelling. That’s true right here, as Ambrose and Rollins definitely haven’t resolved all of their previous points, although Ambrose popping out later does diminish the second a bit.
  • Sasha Banks and Bayley have one other match with Nia Jax and Alexa Bliss. Banks obtained the pin on Bliss final week, so this week Bayley will get her flip. I actually don’t know what else to say. Can we simply cease doing non-builds to essentially nice PPV matches that finish with blasé reserving?
  • Goldust and R-Fact really get a match this week, and it’s fairly good for what it’s. The gang appears largely uninterested, apart from waking up for the same old spots of participation, however I’m nonetheless invested in the place that is going. Truly, “invested” could also be too robust a phrase. “Curious” may be extra acceptable.
  • Angle and Graves as soon as once more get a textual content that appears to incriminate Angle in one thing. He says that he has to go public with it subsequent week, however that it might price him his job. I do know it’s the identical factor they did with Enzo and Cass beforehand, however I’m down with Uncooked doing something exterior the norm. Regularly interweaving Angle and Graves is a superb selection. They’re good talkers, and it suggests some form of connection between the oldsters that maintain this present operating. Coupled with the ultimate scene of the evening, the place Angle is seen calling somebody and telling them to point out up subsequent week, it’s a great way to maintain people watching and intrigued about what’s going to occur subsequent. Easy, however efficient.
  • Maintain the telephones…the Cruiserweights even have a terrific match this week, capped off by Tozawa selecting up the pinfall on Neville in a tag group match. It’s a fast-paced, energetic match, which is precisely what the Cruiserweights must be doing each time they’re within the ring. That’s what occurs once you let three of essentially the most gifted Cruiserweights within the division, and Noam Dar, do their factor.
  • So the principle occasion is Bray Wyatt vs. Seth Rollins, and whereas it’s cool to see Rollins pivoting towards a possible Intercontinental Championship feud after an assault from the Miztourage—fellow A.V. Membership author and The Story Of Wrestling podcast co-host Alasdair Wilkins principally booked this on final week’s present as a result of he’s scarily prescient—the true primary occasion sees Brock Lesnar, Paul Heyman, Kurt Angle, Roman Reigns, and Samoa Joe all within the ring collectively. Mainly, Joe and Reigns are there to say that they deserve a title shot at Summerslam, and Lesnar is there to snort at them and inform them that they “don’t deserve shit,” PG TV bleeping and all. Angle reprimands Reigns for principally making an attempt to homicide Braun Strowman, and whereas his response invoking the Angle Period is fairly uninspired, he does get one good shot in when he says Angle couldn’t deal with Strowman earlier than turning to Lesnar and saying, “and also you’re by no means round to.” If solely he’d dropped the mic. In any case, the phase is unbelievably heated and full of what seems like unscripted moments, with Brock getting in Joe’s face and Joe stating that Heyman is clearly making an attempt to maintain his shopper away from him. Subsequent week Reigns and Joe could have a match to find out who faces Brock Lesnar at Summerslam for the Common Championship, and if Braun Strowman doesn’t present up and destroy everybody, I don’t know the way I’ll really feel.

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