Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Final hype for Battleground with Roman Reigns standing tall, Chris Jericho making jokes, and Dean Ambrose taking a beating
By Ryan Kester
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WWE went all-in in the every man for himself aspect of this match. The dissention between Kane and Randy Orton was played up well, but both feel so overexposed at this point that their presence in the match is more to provide some heel meat to the contest that is around to test Roman Reigns' presence in a PPV main event.
Speaking of which, it's interesting to see WWE testing the waters with Reigns and Cena. The two have worked well on the mic thus far, and the few times they've met in the ring have been solid. With how quickly the crowd gets involved when the two tease some aggression, it could be one hell of a feud for WWE to turn to as Reigns makes his way up the card.
Chris Jericho and Bray Wyatt
This made for an odd segment. Jericho went with a jovial, joking route with his promo, and it led to a disconnect between the story put in place by the announce team and what Jericho actually delivered. That disconnect was only heightened by Wyatt delivering his usual style of promo as a foil.
This feud has been somewhat disappointing thus far. There's still certainly potential for it considering they haven't even had a match on WWE television, but Wyatt is not in a position where he can handle an opponent not taking him seriously as a threat, especially after he had a similar feud with Cena earlier in the year. The Wyatts can beat down Jericho every week and it won't mean a thing if Jericho doesn't show that he's being affected by the repeated assaults.
Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins
Dean Ambrose continues to impress. He has consistently found unique ways to get himself over since The Shield split, and his character, and the approach WWE has taken to keep him relevant, have made for a unique and exciting aspect of WWE television week after week.
Seth Rollins could use some more creative attention. He did get the final shot on Ambrose during the show opening beatdown, but he's still feeling like a background player to the overall Authority story rather than his own character post-Shield.
Last night's Raw left a lot to be desired. WWE certainly put a lot of effort into building for Battleground, but not all of it worked for the go home show.
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