Kester's WWE Raw Rundown: Roman Reigns looks like a star, Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho lay the foundation for their feud, and Dean Ambrose continues to hinder Seth Rollins
By Ryan Kester
Fatal Four-Way Build
WWE devoted the lion's share of the evening's storytelling to establishing that it's every man for himself in the Fatal Four-Way at Battleground despite the plans of The Authority. It's one of the less exciting angles for WWE to use as a selling point, but WWE did well in taking their chosen angle and hammering it home.
Roman Reigns was given several opportunities to shine throughout the evening, and he rose to the occasion at every opportunity. It's impressive that he's been able to hold onto the strong, silent type persona with WWE calling on him to speak with such frequency, but he's really found his groove with his character. When it comes to his ring work, there are few in WWE that can rev up the crowd the way Reigns did at the end of the show.
Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho
Jericho and Wyatt are going for a slow build for their feud, which is logical, and tonight's exchange between the two did a great job of establishing the basis of their feud. Many were worried about the route WWE would take to get these two acts to work together, but last night's exchange should put those trepidations to rest.
If there's one complaint that can be garnered from this feud so far, it's Chris Jericho calling back to his usual shtick. One night won't undo the feud, but joking Jericho won't work for the long run of the feud. Wyatt is still coming off of his feud with Cena, where little of what he said was taken seriously, and he can't have that again with Jericho. Again, this was only one night's worth of exchanges, but it's something that needs to be put to rest going forward.
Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose
WWE continues to impress me with this feud. We've seen slow burn builds before, but the Money in the Bank cash in attempts getting interrupted feels very fresh. It's been a blast seeing the live crowds get whipped into a frenzy every time WWE delivers that dynamic.
Like everything good, however, less is more, and WWE would be wise to pull back a bit on the interrupted cash in. They're fun when they happen, but WWE will quickly see diminishing returns if it continues to be a weekly occurrence.
Last night's Raw was another solid night of action that never ran into the wall that's plagued the three hour format since its inception. WWE has really found its stride with raw in recent weeks, and one can only hope they keep that up going forward.
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