Kashin In: The Counting Stars with Stardust and Titus O’Neil Edition (11-23-2015)
Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw emanated from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Tennessee. A new WWE World Heavyweight Champion was crowned at Survivor Series in Roman Reigns. However, he was the champ for a grand total of five minutes and fifteen seconds because Sheamus cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase during Reigns’ confetti shower. Reigns survived the first Brogue Kick only to get nailed with a second one as The Celtic Warrior was crowned champion for the third time. Triple H had his new guy while Reigns had to regroup and refocus in order to regain the title. This new wrinkle in the Roman Reigns story has polarized some fans because a heel turn seemed to be the solution to make his transition to the top easier to stomach. Will the underdog narrative hook the audience or cause them to change the channel in droves? The answer to that question can be found throughout this blog. Without further ado, let’s dissect tonight’s episode of Raw in no particular order.
• The one positive thing about Sheamus being champion is that they have selected a worthy henchman in Rusev to take care of business accordingly.
• Roman Reigns will get his rematch at TLC in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match against Sheamus. In the meantime, Reigns vs. Rusev is set for later tonight with Sheamus in the Bulgarian Brute’s corner.
• The opening segment was okay. Everyone did their part and Reigns had good crowd support as he begins his quest to regain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. It appears that the creative team is borrowing a few chapters from the Daniel Bryan Playbook leading up to WrestleMania XXX to help Reigns come off as a sympathetic babyface who overcomes the odds and achieves greatness on wrestling’s biggest stage. It’s a narrative that has been weaved since the days of Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Mr. McMahon. It’s a tired formula, but it can be freshened up under the right circumstances. Will the redemption of Roman Reigns be a good rallying cry for fans to fully get behind him at last as he takes on The Authority? We shall find out soon enough.
• Kofi kingston’s hair…I have no words.
• This concludes The Astrology Hour with Stardust and Titus O’Neil. Randomness galore.
• Alberto Del Rio just stole Lana’s “Stupid American” line. Oh joy.
• It was nice to see some solid wrestling featuring the team of Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens and Tyler Breeze. The match was short, but it was fun while it lasted. I question the positioning of the bout on the show because one would think Ambrose and Owens would be showcased in a more high profile way since they were involved in the semifinals of the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament with the former advancing to the finals. They should not be slumming it in the third hour lull period, but I digress.
• That was a very random sponsor plug for Arby’s. My mind is blown.
• Until the interference by King Barrett, Reigns vs. Rusev was pretty damn good. The action picked up after the commercial break and I thought both men brought it from a physicality standpoint. The match had the right amount of smash mouth wrestling that I enjoy with some nice near falls to boot. Reigns had the crowd behind him and the energy didn’t die down during the final segment. I consider that major accomplishment.
• The one takeaway from the match that I consider a very good thing is that Sheamus has some quality backup in the form for Barrett and Rusev. If positioned properly, they can be viewed as legit badasses that should be feared and revered at the same time. The trio began to gain momentum until Rusev got injured last month which kept him on the sidelines until tonight. If The European Coalition continues to gel, they can be viewed as a threat and actually make some noise as main event heels. It will make Reigns’ trek back to the mountaintop worth watching because he will have to walk through the fire by facing people that can kick his ass on any given night.
• The follow-up is key along with seeing who on the babyface side will stand beside Reigns to make this an even fight worth watching. Ambrose is always an option, but he might have some unfinished business with Owens when it comes to the Intercontinental Title. In any event, I am happy to see The Authority hire some legit heels that are actually perceived as being dangerous for a change. Let’s hope this faction comes to fruition because people need to step up considering how thin the roster is due to the onslaught of injuries that have plagued Orton, Rollins, and Cesaro as of late. The time has come to take risks. Will it pay off in the long run? We shall see.
• Overall, I thought tonight’s episode of Raw was a chore to get through until the end. The show was filled with fluff and make-good matches that failed to capture my attention for the most part. Injuries have plagued WWE in recent weeks and the chickens have come home to roost because they have failed to properly prepare for the future. The pickings are slim to elevate people, but all is not lost. The creative team must flip the script by plugging up some of the holes on the mothership (It rhymes!). It’s now or never in terms of pushing talent that have been sitting on the sidelines for too long. There are no other options at this point. To quote Lucious Lyon from Empire, “It’s game time, bitches.”
• Random Note: WWE needs to stop making Charlotte act like her father with the woo’s and struts. It reeks of desperation when she can get over on her own. The lady hailing from The Queen City did not live in Ric Flair’s shadow on NXT. If the 28 person brain trust known as the creative team can grasp that concept, they would let Charlotte be herself and forge her own path. If not, she might get some flak from a certain section of the audience who believe she is riding her father’s coattails. I don’t wish that on her because I think Charlotte is a gifted performer who will hone her craft in time. She doesn’t need to carry that extra weight on her shoulders of being Baby Flair. Look how well that has worked out for Ted DiBiase Jr. and Curtis Axel when it came to living up to fathers’ legacy.
• TLC is a little over three weeks away. The final PPV of the year is upon us and the coldest winter ever is on the horizon due to a number of big name wrestlers on the shelf due to injury. Who will step up to the plate and grab that ever elusive brass ring that has been talked about ad nauseam? Most importantly, when is John Cena coming back to save us? Crazily enough, I am not being sarcastic. He is sorely missed and I am looking forward to his return to cap off his stellar year in the ring. On the other hand, the company needs to find a diamond in the rough that can be a future main eventer so when people do get hurt it’s not so noticeable on television. No one said it would be easy, but it can be done. It requires guts and the ability to re-invent the wheel without losing sight of the basics of booking professional wrestling. Let’s see if they can get the job done.
On that note, this wraps up another edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. I hope you enjoyed it and I will be back next week with a brand new blog. I shall leave you with “A Moment with the Golden Girls.” Happy Thanksgiving, boys and girls!