With the Money in the Bank Pay Per View just a week away and all the matches set up ahead of time, this week’s Raw needed to do just one thing: make people want to watch the Pay Per View this Sunday. And to their credit, that’s exactly what WWE tried to do, giving time to all their advertised matches, setting up big confrontations between their biggest stars, and of course, ending the show with a chaotic brawl, the whole time making sure to remind us that the brand split (and more importantly, Smackdown going live and moving to Tuesdays) is looming ever closer. So, let’s take a more in-depth look on just what WWE did in order to entice people to get hyped for Money in the Bank, especially after last week’s mostly tepid offering.
10. It’s Gotta Be The Shoes
Maybe we’re just old, but we’re not sure what the big deal about Steph Curry’s new shoes is. Perhaps we’re just not “shoe guys” like Kofi Kingston. The point is, The New Day has long been the bastion of timely humor that usually sounds forced when it comes from the commentary desk, or shows up five years after everyone stopped caring. It’s actually part of what makes them so unique in WWE at this point, and is why they’re a month away from becoming the longest-reigning WWE Tag Team Champions in history (okay, not really, because Demolition still holds the actual record, but WWE has messed up their title lineages so badly that there are always ways to justify things like this). That said, it was good to see the tag division get so much time to show off, even if it was more than a little uncomfortable to hear Enzo talk about Francesca II like that. The match that followed was also pretty good, and as always, it’s a shame that The Vaudevillains have such an obvious shelf life, because English and Gotch are really good workers who don’t deserve to be relegated to jobber status as quickly as they likely will be. The good news is, at least they haven’t been banished to the green screen version of Puerto Rico like another tag team we assume WWE has mostly forgotten about.