Last night, Raw felt a bit off-kilter. Strange. Odd, even. There were inexplicable match results, odd pairings, weird occurrences, and open discussion of the Internet. Also, Chris Jericho actually wore a shirt underneath his vest this week. Somebody must have complained. At any rate, while all that was going on, there were definitely some good lines being delivered over the course of the show, that when taken almost completely out of context, almost underscore how weird last night’s Raw felt while watching it, but which also might help to explain what, exactly, was going on.
10. Dean Ambrose – “Take Me To Suplex City, Baby!”
We feel like we’re going to start asking this question more and more, but why is Dean Ambrose not the former Shield member getting the World title push? Honestly, after last night, Ambrose is coming off as the real star, while Reigns feels more and more like the sidekick. And since everything that happens in WWE is relentlessly scripted, there’s a small part of us that wants to believe that maybe that’s intentional? Last night, it was Ambrose, not Reigns, who confronted Brock Lesnar to open the show, and not only delivered a passionate speech about his tenacity and desire that felt entirely natural and had the crowd eating out of his hand, he managed to get Brock Lesnar to back down slightly using only well-chosen words. Then he went out and carried his team’s side of the main event and got the win himself. Meanwhile, Roman Reigns was barely a factor last night, which, if WWE remains committed to Reigns as the top guy, is both a good and bad choice. It’s good because it means Reigns wasn’t getting that smattering of boos that have been on the rise again since just before the Rumble. However, it’s bad because the more spotlight Ambrose gets, the more fans are going to get behind him, instead of his buddy.