Kashin In: The Brock Lesnar Destroys A Red Cadillac Edition (7-6-2015)

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Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Tonight’s episode of Raw emanated from the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is a city that keeps it 100% real. The fans are always rowdy, noisy, and won’t hesitate to speak their minds when necessary. With Battleground a little under two weeks away, it is imperative that WWE be on their A game from a booking and storyline standpoint. Did they deliver the goods or did the Chicago crowd let them have it in the worst possible way? 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.

  • Brock Lesnar has earned a new title. He is now the God of Violent Retribution. Plus, Paul Heyman revised the Ten Commandments and deemed the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL the epicenter of Suplex City. Seth Rollins is a marked man as Heyman vowed that Lesnar had Suplexes to dish out and would not rest until he got his hands on Rollins and his minions.
  • This was not Heyman’s best promo work, but he was very good as he talked up his client and made a bold promise that Lesnar was going to kick some serious ass in Chi Town. The fans were still salty at The Beast conquering The Undertaker’s streak, but Heyman won them over by mentioning John Cena getting destroyed at Summerslam last year. When all else fails, use Cena as a way to generate instant heat. It’s a tried, but true formula.
  • Oh dear. The dreaded CM Punk chant. I guess his hometown fans are still in denial after a year and a half.
  • It appears that Roman Reigns attacked a Bray Wyatt lookalike. When Reigns grabbed Faux Wyatt’s hair, he pulled a lock of his hair which turned out to be wig. I thought he yanked Wyatt’s hair extensions for a second which would have been deeply disturbing. Nice parlor trick by Wyatt, though.
  • Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus was decent. It seems as if they can never have a complete match without some sort of interference. I know WWE wants to protect both men. If that’s the case, maybe it’s best that Reigns and Sheamus steer clear of each other. The fans could not have cared less about Mr. Money in the Bank. They resorted to chanting for man that’s no longer with the company. Despite Sheamus’ immense talent, something is missing in the X Factor department which prevents him for forging a connection with the audience that garners legit heel heat. A fresh look and edgier demeanor is not enough and he has to figure out the secret formula to make him stand out from the pack. Otherwise, he is going to keep getting the random chant treatment as fans mentally tune out of his matches.
  • Summer Rae: The Bulgarian Sympathizer.
  • Removing one’s stilettos before battle is critical in order to prevent injury. At least Lana and Summer Rae know the proper etiquette before engaging in a catfight.
  • Well, Rusev’s ankle is healed and he proceeded to kick Dolph Ziggler’s ass. At least the after school special portion of their feud is over and we can get back to the business at hand. Rusev is cleared to compete and I expect to see him face Ziggler at Battleground in a couple of weeks. At least the male fans got a chance to see Lana have another up skirt moment as Summer Rae tossed her out of the ring.
  • Shit just got real. Calling Lesnar Paul Heyman’s bitch is crossing a fine line between hate and death.
  • Brock Lesnar destroyed a $55,000 Cadillac. That’s the suggested retail value, but I digress. Lesnar took an ax to J&J Security’s ride and destroyed it. Mercury and Noble tried to avenge their baby, but Lesnar paid them back in kind by destroying them. Noble possibly suffered a broken arm after Lesnar locked him in the Kimura Lock. Mercury took a trip to Suplex City by getting suplexed through the windshield as Rollins watched his minions bite the dust. Lesnar turned his attention to Rollins only for The Champ to run away like a scalded dog to quote Good Ol’ JR.
  • This was an effective segment that put heat on the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Lesnar and Rollins at Battleground in a couple of weeks. Lesnar should not destroy Rollins just yet. It’s best to delay the inevitable in this case. Rollins’ demise will be slow, painful, and poetic. How dreamy…
  • Titus O’Neil owning JBL on commentary made my night. This man is a God among men.
  • John Cena vs. Cesaro in a rematch for the United States Championship was very good. They didn’t quite replicate the magic from last week, but this was a nice way to end Raw. The match started off a bit slow because both men had to pace themselves for a longer than usual bout. The near falls were good and the counters added a bit of drama to the match even though the outcome was never in doubt. Cena hit Cesaro with an AA from the second rope to retain the U.S. Title. The pin fall was a little sloppy because Cesaro looked like he was fully capable of kicking out of Cena’s finisher as he popped up after taking the move. Despite that minor quibble, I thought Cena and Cesaro worked hard and put on a show for the Chicago crowd. The match time could have been trimmed a bit because things were starting to drag down the stretch, but I am happy that their bout ended with a decisive winner this time around.
  • Owens attacked Cena after the match only to get hit with an AA moments later. Raw went off the air with Cena standing tall which has not happened in several months.
  • Seeing Cena close out Raw was actually refreshing to see for a change. WWE reacted to last week’s lukewarm ratings by booking their golden goose to main event their flagship show. It makes sense because Cena is considered Old Reliable. He is always there for you in a time of need and desperation. His United States Championship Open Challenge is always a highlight of Raw and seeing it headline the show was an added bonus. It beats seeing The Authority beat someone up for fifteen minutes with little to no heat. The Owens-Cena feud was forwarded and I expect both men to have an epic match at Battleground in a couple of weeks. Also, Cesaro looked strong in defeat and continues to demonstrate that he should be positioned higher on the card as a main event player. I’ve been saying this for nearly two years and I sincerely hope that upper management starts to take notice in what they have in the Swiss Superman. One can only hope at this rate.
  • Overall, I thought tonight’s episode of Raw was decent at best. This was not a blow away show, but the in-ring action ranged from solid to very good with Cena vs. Cesaro winning best match of the night honors for the second week in a row. There was very little fluff on the show, but a few matches had little rhyme or reason to it because the outcome was so academic. Plus, guys like Barrett and Truth have been booked like shit for so long that a two segment match seems a bit too generous considering the fact that neither man is really over right now. They can have the best match in the world, but it doesn’t mean a damn thing if they can’t connect with the audience. Throwing a bunch of matches on television doesn’t equal quality. It screams filler in order to fill out a 3 hour show. This questionable strategy needs to be rectified to ensure that the beleaguered mid-card scene gains meaningful traction in the very near future.
  • Battleground is rapidly approaching. I like how WWE is placing emphasis on Lesnar vs. Rollins as their main event. They are treating their title match like a UFC fight which is very cool to see. The poster effectively sells the marquee match and I hope that both men live up to the hype. Owens vs. Cena is the co-headliner and I expect them to tear down the house as well. The rest of the card is shaky at best, but this should strong show leading up to Summerslam next month. It simply depends on how the company hypes their go-home show next week. WWE’s last couple of hard sells leading up to a PPV have been piss poor and I hope that trend ends because I am tired of skipping a potentially good show because the creative team failed to seal the deal when it counted most. Let’s hope they right the ship and take care of business as we head into the dog days of summer.

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 Jane Lane.” See you later, boys and girls!

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