Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins' feud gets a new wrinkle, The Wyatt Family descends on Chris Jericho, and AJ Lee and Paige perform a rare double turn


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Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins' feud gets a new wrinkle, The Wyatt Family descends on Chris Jericho, and AJ Lee and Paige perform a rare double turn
2014-07-02 11:00:36


By Ryan Kester

Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins

This is quickly becoming one of WWE's best feuds in recent memory. Dean Ambrose has been a babyface revelation since The Shield's split, and his constant ability to find another way to use his obsession with Seth Rollins to motivate his character's actions has been a great deal of fun. His latest promise to thwart every cash in attempt Rollins makes is a unique scenario for the Money in the Bank contract and it provides the feud a means of retaining longevity without burning through matches between the two men.

That's really where this feud shines, especially with the added wrinkle of the MitB contract; it breaks the normal mold of WWE feuds where the participants trade wins for two months before a blowoff match in the third. WWE can really use the contract for a longer slow build between the two men that will have a heck of a showdown if WWE is patient enough.

A month ago, the idea of swiftly breaking The Shield up threw up more red flags than anything else, but each of the three men have done well since the split and have established their own identities away from the group. Normally, when a faction breaks down, someone gets lost in the shuffle, but so far, WWE is showing a lot of promise of getting three stars out of the move.

Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho

The Wyatts needed the strong night they had. First of all, they got a visually impressive win in a six man tag, and then they established a feud with the returning Chris Jericho. Bray Wyatt, especially, needs the returned push considering his lingering loss to John Cena at Payback and his inability to make good on the promise of a Wyatt Family takeover at Money in the Bank.

Jericho's return couldn't have come at a more crucial time. Jericho has made the latter half of his career on getting younger stars over, and I am sure he has an idea of what to do with Bray Wyatt. It will be interesting to see what they come up with in the following weeks, but it's promising to see the Wyatts return to form and be presented as a threatening group.

AJ Lee and Paige

This segment was clunky as all getout with Paige's abrupt character shift and immediate flip-flop on giving AJ a shot at her championship. On top of that, the whole affair played out in front of a crowd that was more concerned with chanting for CM Punk than they were for what was happening in the ring.

While the method used to get to where we are was less than optimal, the results of the segment make for an interesting feud. AJ was certain to return to a positive crowd considering her personal life and stint away from television, and Paige seemed a hundred times more natural playing a heel than she has as a cookie cutter female babyface. It would have been better for AJ to have to endure a chase for the title rather than just hotshot back into the position she was in before she left, but the angle is far from dead with the double turn.

Overall Show

This week's Raw was fantastic. The pacing was where it needed to be and viewers were treated to two surprise returns and a crowd that was hot for almost everything they were handed. On the heels of disappointing news regarding Daniel Bryan and Wade Barrett, this was exactly the show WWE needed to drum up enthusiasm about the product.

If you have any questions or comments or just wish to chat with a fellow wrestling fan about whatever, then feel free to email me at ryan.kester@gmail.com or follow me on Twitter.

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