WWE Recap: Raw and SmackDown Pops and Botches 7/1 - 7/2

It was reported last week that Paul Haymen and Eric Biscoff would be more in control of the creative direction of both Raw and Smackdown. Boy oh boy was that made very apparent in this week’s episodes.

Although everything wasn’t a slam dunk, the shows were far more entertaining than in past months. Their highs were high this week, but the lows were so spectacularly low that they ended up being great as well.

Pops 

The Club Reunites (RAW)

For the past few weeks they have been showing more and more interaction between AJ Styles and The Good Brothers (Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows) and now they are finally back together as The Club. The main event of Raw was a rematch between Styles and the United States Champion “Ricochet” for the title.

The original match ended with AJ winning, but Ricochet got his foot under the ropes to cause a break, the match then restarted. Ricochet ended up winning the next match and retaining. In a fit of rage, Styles started attacking him and with the help of Gallows and Anderson, an all out beat down commenced. I loved this, AJ has been a babyface for the better part of 3 years now and it was time for a change. The Club being back together is great for the future of the show because they allow you to bring an edgier element you didn’t have before. I can’t wait to see where this goes in the upcoming weeks. 

Botches 

Mixed Tag Match (RAW)

The onscreen chemistry between Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins is like watching paint dry. Who would guess that a real life couple would be so bad at acting like a couple. But this match they had between Maria and Mike Kanellis was one of the more embarrassing things I have ever seen by human beings.

It turns out Mike and Maria just recently re-signed with the WWE on a 5 year deal, and this is how the company treats them. Mike wasn’t allowed a single move in the entire match, even if it did only last 3 minutes. It was just terrible to watch because not only did they just waste 3 minutes of my time, but they also ruined any chance Mike Kanellis ever had of getting over with the crowd. I understand you need your champions to look strong but you don’t need to make your other wrestlers to look like complete jokes. It just seems unnecessary to me and I don’t see how it helps the company at all. 

Kofi and Samoa Joe Promo

You will never hear me saying anything bad about Samoa Joe. He is easily the best promo on the roster and he really should be WWE champion for the rest of time. But what they did here with Kofi Kingston I thought was desperate.

After a back and forth for a few minutes it basically ended with Samoa Joe telling Kofi that if he shakes his hand he won’t hurt his friends and family. Then instead of shaking his hand, Kofi gives him the middle finger. It is just nowhere in his character for him to do something like that which made it seem stupid and worthless. If it was someone like Kevin Owens or The Miz doing something like that, I would be behind it. But having your uber babyface champion flip off his opponent just seems like they are trying to get fans to think they are edgy again. Big bust in my opinion and they need to keep Kofi away from stunts like this.

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