Jay's Ways - WWE Raw After Backlash Review
Submitted by Justin Watry on 05/08/2018 at 05:41 PM

I have been reading your stuff on 411mania and for the longest time now and I have never felt inclined to email in. The general consensus of you not being most popular is harsh at times but also can be well-founded too. But I still read your stuff because I do enjoy your articles and find your perspective interesting most of the time.

That said, your article about your friend Megan and trip to Wrestlemania was the greatest thing you have ever wrote. Forget about the predictions you brag about getting right. This is your crowning piece. Maybe it is because I can relate as going to Wrestlemania is my ultimate dream and it will be happening next year. But I genuinely loved your article.

Thank you for the great stuff.

- Jay's Ways reader

411mania Plug

Lots of columns on right now by yours truly. That includes my WWE Backlash 2018 review, which should be up soon. Go read it.

WWE RAW Review

- Kurt Angle out to start. Nothing major. Just setting the stage for WWE Money in the Bank next month. Plenty of time to breathe now as wrestling fans. Six weeks before getting another pay-per-view. That is a good thing. This was first of many times I expected Jason Jordan to return last night...

- Braun Strowman beats Kevin Owens quickly to qualify for the MITB ladder match. Has to be the early favorite. He is not MY favorite, but I understand how this works. He will be hyped as the man to best but ultimately won't win.

- Roman Reigns interview to finally end his Samoa Joe feud. He wants Brock Lesnar and the Universal Title. No real surprise - those two STILL have unfinished business. If it isn't through the MITB briefcase gimmick, who knows what happens next with them?

- Baron Corbin and The Revival beat No Way Jose and Titus Worldslide. Whatever. Time filler to highlight Corbin.

- Ember Moon over Sasha Banks and Ruby Riott to qualify for the Womens MITB ladder match. Makes sense. Moon had nothing going on, while the other two did. Bayley tried to help Sasha out but failed. Same with The Riott Squad. Moon is a star, big fan of hers.

- Interesting look at Bobby Lashley's career and his life growing up. The sit down interview made him seem more like a heel than anything. However, it may just be his awkward mic skills. I know folks say he has vastly improved since leaving WWE a decade ago; I just don't know about that. He has shown flashes of it no doubt. We'll see what story WWE is telling here. Brings me back to the Jason Jordan/Kurt Angle reveal where there were VERY early signs that Jordan would end up being a heel and hated by fans. This felt like that. I'm just glad the company is doing SOMETHING with Lashley. He has been back for over a month now with little backstory or letting his intentions known. My guess is a heel turn on Braun Strowman and Summerslam clash.

- Trouble between Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens? Again? Oh joy.

- Jinder Mahal over Chad Gable. Figured. Mahal has things to do on Raw. Losing to Gable is not one of those. Like before, I was waiting for Jason Jordan to appear post-match. Never happened.

- Alexa Bliss comments on Money in the Bank. As does The Ascension. And Goldust. And Zack Ryder. What is going on here?

- Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno. Fine. Still waiting to know what purpose Drew/Dolph serves. I want to have Drew McIntyre be on his own and dominate. Dude is a stud and should be in the main event scene as soon as possible. No use stalling around the middle of the card teaming with Ziggler.

- Elias loses to Bobby Roode. As I just said above with McIntyre, I am ready for Roode AND Elias to get some meaningful television time. Not just blah matches each week that waste ten minutes. A MITB briefcase may do some good.

- Cool promo from Seth Rollins. He really is super popular right now and is the top champion on the red brand. Raw is Rollins in 2018. Open challenge for his IC Title was answered by Mojo Rawley. While most probably disliked this, I was okay with the decision. Was not quite Jason Jordan like I predicted but that can wait for next week perhaps? Rawley got some time to speak, held up his own during the bout and Rollins got another quality win. Worked on all levels.

- Bray Wyatt and Matt Hardy over No Dallas and Mr. Imperfect. I don't care.

- Finn Balor won the night's main event over Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns. Now he is also in the MITB ladder match. Him and Braun so far for the Raw side. Remember Smackdown LIVE will also represent half the competitors. As we sit here, Balor is my pick I am sure I will change my mind, haha. The ending came when Mahal interfered and caused a distraction to Reigns. That was teased earlier and appears to be the next story line for both. Uh, uh, the next pay-per-view is in Chicago - where Jinder became WWE Champion last year and Reigns is sure to be booed. Certainly an intriguing situation from a fan's point of view.

- Not a good Raw. Seemed like a night off before hitting their usual overseas tour. Coming off WrestleMania 34, Superstar Shakeup, Greatest Royal Rumble, AND Backlash, we were all due a week to just relax. Thankfully, MITB is a ways away yet. Good luck to all the guys and gals with the ridiculous travel schedule. WWE stock is at an all-time high ($3.2 billion), so the company is doing amazing. Just please give the roster some rest. They deserve it.


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