Menu

Raw July 21st: Brock Lesnar is Plan C, Stephanie in the Lockup

Raw July 21st: Brock Lesnar is Plan C, Stephanie in the Lockup

Raw last night was probably one of the better episodes of Raw that we've had for a while, in fact, it was probably better than WWE Battleground in a lot of respects. Those of us that read too much about wrestling rumors on the internet and read every issue of the F4W and WON were anticipating this week’s Raw for one reason and one reason alone; the return of Brock Lesnar. There was also the fact that John Cena wasn’t going to be on the show as a plus. That was a plus.

As always, with anything WWE produces, there was some good, there was some bad and there was some stuff that made us embarrassed to be in front of the television as an adult. It’s always going to be that way, but instead, let’s focus on the good.

 

Dolph Ziggler Wins a Match

Incredible, you say? Beyond the realm of belief? No, this is reality. Dolph Ziggler has picked up a win on a major television show for WWE against one of their champions. The champion, of course, was Miz with the Intercontinental Championship. You could argue that winning the IC title means you are instantly a jobber, but they’ve been trying to at least make these titles mean something. Part of Dolph Ziggler’s appeal has always been that he’s a great, sympathetic face who bumps like a maniac. Fans still get behind him and there is always a sense that he’s gonna pull it off, then he doesn’t.

He won a match. Crazy.

Speaking of Improbable, Zach Ryder Won a Match

Layla, of course, kind of botched the finish of swatting Fandango’s foot off of the ropes, but who cares? Zach Ryder was brought into this absolutely awful Fandango angle of both his former valets teaming up against him and he was just there for the ride. The only thing could have have made this show better would be Heath Slater picking up a win, instead he got shoved by Flo Rida.

Stephanie McMahon, Still the Top Heel in WWE

Earlier on in the night Stephanie McMahon pit Nikki Bella against four Divas while Brie Bella watched from the crowd. Brie had, of course, famously slapped Stephanie a few weeks ago and quit. She was there as a “fan,” though, which led Stephanie to confront and slap her. Uh oh. Things got interesting after Stephanie was out to applaud the god awful Flo Rida performance and two “detectives” approached her and began reading Stephanie her miranda rights. David Otunga resisted at first, then saw that they had a real claim before Brie appeared and, well, Stephanie was whisked away to a Miami prison.

Things only get more hilarious when Triple H gets involved, yelling about calling “Jerry” (McDevitt, WWE’s longtime attorney) to get her out within five minutes. Many also noted that Stephanie’s cleavage became the parting of the red sea, although I predict it has something to do with some costume tape and how her arms are positioned. Triple H walking around with his arms outstretched and hands wide open with his shit-eating grin on telling the cops they are ruining their careers was a hilarious visual.

Dean Ambrose is the Best Dude

The whole “story” of this Raw was that Triple H was going to announce who would face John Cena at Summerslam. He claimed that everyone had a chance to impress him during Raw, with Cesaro claiming that he was done with Paul Heyman and that he’d do whatever Triple H wanted. Triple H told him to take care of their Dean Ambrose problem while Rollins protested, still not understanding that being a Triple H guy means you can chill until everything goes to hell, then you gotta do something terrible.

Cesaro faced Ambrose and Ambrose just went full, well, Ambrose. This was probably the best match of the night (duh) and it didn’t matter that it ended in a DQ.

Ambrose on the Raw Fallout show was even more funny and awesome. He’s really concerned with Stephanie McMahon, that’s for sure. He wanted to send Sneaky Pete and Fat Tony to help her out. What a swell guy.

Paige is a Heel Now. Rejoice.

Thank god. This probably needed to happen. Also, I miss Renee Young as the interviewer for all segments. Don’t you?

Brock Lesnar is Plan C. All Hail Plan C.

Like I said, we knew that Brock Lesnar was scheduled to appear on Raw last night. We also saw marketing material that pointed towards Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena at Summerslam. We knew this was happening, but it was still awesome. Right before Brock came out Triple H announced Randy Orton as the contender, only for Roman Reigns to run out and cause trouble. This brought out Heyman, who announced that Plan A didn’t work, that Plan B (Seth Rollins) was a great one, but that Dean Ambrose isn’t going to let that happen, so he introduced Plan C; Brock Lesnar.

This is able to wash away those feelings of unease, isn’t it?

Dave Walsh

Dave Walsh is a writer residing in Albuquerque, New Mexico who is best known for his work as a Kickboxing and Mixed Martial Arts journalist. His work has been featured on a number of publications, including BloodyElbow.com, MiddleEasy.com, CageSideSeats.com, Heavy.com as well as his own site, LiverKick.com.

His first novel, The Godslayer, is on sale now.

Twitter: @dvewlsh

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Anthony Johnson steals Alexander Gustafsson’s soul and says he could’ve ended his life

Well that escalated quickly. In a battle of Truth or Dare, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson tosses all protocol and handshake agreements aside and jumps right to the triple dog dare. In...

04-10-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

Anderson Silva asks for a rematch with Nick Diaz and then he tweets about Mariah Carey

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson's Silva's last few months has been anything but One Sweet Day. What once was a Fantasy of a MMA career has delved into a nightmare...

04-15-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

Beef Alert: Bec Rawlings, Lisa Ellis, & Angela Magana debate murder, panties, and hygiene in newest tirade

The Meta powers exploded in the lead up to an upcoming UFC strawweight bout between Bec Rawlings and Lisa Ellis. Thankfully for the MMA world none of the outward tension...

04-16-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

Clay Guida thinks MMA and wrestling is almost as important as Jesus Christ coming back from the dead and international US policy

I have a hard time taking the opinion of someone who doesn't have dreadlocks and won't cut their hair off for money seriously, but everyone has their opinions, and Clay...

04-05-2015 | Jerry Merril | No comments

This awesome video of a flying neck crank is Fedor tested, Fedor approved

Sometimes if you can actually do it you have to try it home. Even if the Greatest Of All Time Fedor Emelianenko tells you not to try it on your...

04-09-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

A Lesson in Street MMA: if you can't take a combo, don't fight

You shouldn't fight if someone who is standing across from you confident in their abilities. Just walk away. Especially if you know you can't take a punch, give a punch...

04-06-2015 | Jerry Merril | No comments

Benson Henderson wants to be your UFC 186 hero

Remember that time Rampage Jackson decided he no longer worked for a company he was under contract with? Yeah, that didn't work out well. As Rampage howled at the moon...

04-07-2015 | Jerry Merril | No comments

Somebody find our Game Boys. This Ronda Rousey Pokémon drawing is amazing

Please everyone update your personal Pokedexs accordingly. In a world where two sports stars like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders, and Tyrone Spong are placed on a pedestal UFC champion Ronda...

04-18-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

Feel stomach pains with us. The top ten worst MMA injuries of all time ranked

Someone once said injuries are a part of life. Moments later that same person took an awkward step and twisted his ankle while onlookers pointed and laughed out of fear....

04-17-2015 | Tommy Messano | No comments

Log In or Sign Up

Registrations are OPEN this week.

Log in with Facebook

Forgot your password? / Forgot your username?