Kashin In: The Brock Lesnar Reopens Suplex City Edition (6-15-2015)


Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Tonight’s episode of Monday Night Raw emanated from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The crowd would be electric for a number of reasons. WWE is in town and Game Six of the NBA Finals featuring the Warriors vs. the hometown Cavilers is taking place inside The Q tomorrow night. Cleveland’s championship dreams are on the line in a high stakes matchup. Couple that with the fallout from the Money in the Bank PPV and we have ourselves a smorgasbord of greatness from a sports and professional wrestling standpoint.

How did WWE follow up on last night’s broadcast that featured another John Cena vs. Kevin Owens instant classic, Sheamus winning the golden briefcase, and Seth Rollins proving his mettle by retaining his WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Dean Ambrose in a good, but not great ladder match? The answer to this three part question can be found throughout this blog. Without further ado, let’s dissect tonight’s episode of Raw in no particular order.

  • That was an absolutely beautiful tribute to the late, great Dusty Rhodes. It brought tears to my eyes. It summed up his career and spitfire personality perfectly. As always, the WWE production crew is first class when it comes to putting together outstanding video packages.
  • Seth Rollins is acting like Pinocchio after The Blue Fairy turned him into a real boy. He finally accomplished something on his own without any help from The Authority. It’s a miracle.

Who me?

Who me?

  • The Devil’s Favorite Dinosaur? That made me laugh. Jurassic World might have found a new family member…
  • Seth Rollins is ripping Cleveland to shreds. That was a superb way to get instant heel heat.
  • Sheamus is upholding the time honored tradition of Mr. Money in the Bank by losing multiple matches in his quest to become WWE World Heavyweight Champion. Despite this sobering fact, Sheamus vs. Dean Ambrose was pretty good for the most part. Sheamus did a nice job targeting Ambrose’s left knee which kept the Lunatic Fringe grounded for a large duration of the bout. Things became more even down the stretch when Ambrose took the fight to The Celtic Warrior. Sheamus decided to cut and run, but Randy Orton came out to attack Sheamus. Ambrose capitalized on the distraction by tossing Sheamus back in the ring to pick up the win via rollup.
  • After the match was over, Orton attacked Sheamus and kicked his ass from pillar to post. He nailed Mr. Money in the Bank with a draping DDT and had him in position for the RKO, but Sheamus managed to escape at the last minute. I am not looking forward to seeing another Orton-Sheamus match, but I will find a way to cope. By way of sleeping with my blanket a la Linus Van Pelt.
  • R-Truth looks a low rent version of The King from Burger King.
  • King Barrett gets revamped royal regalia. He looks nice, but it doesn’t mean a damn thing if he’s not racking up wins on a regular basis.
  • Dolph Ziggler vs. Kevin Owens should be very good if they are given enough time to work.
  • Listening is fundamental, my dear Ziggler.
  • Byron Saxton just used a nice bit of logic when it came to Owens’ revisionist history regarding he how handled his win against John Cena at Elimination Chamber a couple of weeks ago. He said he was gracious in victory while Cena opted to be condescending. I think the opposite happened and I tip my cap to Saxton for pointing that out. He is starting to grow on me. I still hate his borderline heel act on Smackdown, but at least JBL gets to be the designated pompous ass on the flagship show.
  • Owens vs. Ziggler was very good. Owens dominated most of the match while Ziggler had a few hope spots. The last five minutes were especially strong as Owens hit Ziggler with a sickening German Suplex followed by a Cannonball. Ziggler mounted a comeback by avoiding Owens’ Pop-up Powerbomb and countering with the Zig Zag. He didn’t have enough strength to make the cover in time which enabled the NXT Champion to kick out at two and a half. Owens eventually picked up the clean win with his finisher as he pinned another former World Heavyweight Champion. The commercial break hampered the overall flow of the match, but things picked up down the stretch. This was just a sampling of what both men can do and I expect to see them have an even better match in the future.
  • Seth Rollins is making friends left and right. He’s a little gnat who likes to antagonize people. And he wonders why no one wants to be his ally.
  • How can Roman Reigns deny Bray Wyatt of something that never belonged to him in the first place?
  • For the past couple of months, I have made it a purpose in life to ignore all Bray Wyatt promos until further notice. However, I can’t do that tonight. Wyatt did a great job as he talked about why he targeted Roman Reigns during the Money in the Bank ladder match. His reasoning was a little stupid, but I liked the underlying message of them being opposites and how he vows to be a true beacon of justice. The fact that he used Reigns’ PSA announcement with his daughter to advocate the true meaning of being a father as a form of emotional bait was a nice, yet creepy touch. WWE played the commercial during the show and to see it implemented during their promo exchange was a nice twist that I didn’t see coming. It makes their feud personal and I am looking forward to seeing how things unfold over the next few weeks leading up to their match at Battleground.
  • Machine Gun Kelly annoyed me three years when he said John Cena was the biggest underdog in WWE history. This musical performance did not annoy me to no end. However, MGK reminds me of a low rent version of Macklemore. Just saying.
  • Kevin Owens. How I love thee. MGK just took the safest powerbomb ever. He is a brave soul to take the move, though.
  • MGK recovered quicker than John Cena. I guess Cena transferred some of his super healing powers onto him.
  • The New Day vs. The Primetime Players and Neville was fun. It was a fast paced and hard hitting bout that held my attention from start to finish. Neville was awesome as he was moving with lightening quick speed to captivate the audience. To pull this feat off during the 10:30 p.m. lull period was very impressive. Kudos to all six men for a job well done.
  • Brock Lesnar is back. With a Suplex City T-Shirt showing Cleveland some love, no less! Brilliant marketing strategy.
  • Rollins did a great job selling absolute shock when Lesnar made his way to the ring. It was slightly annoying that the announcers were so nonchalant about Lesnar’s return considering the fact that The Beast destroyed them the night after WrestleMania. Plus, Michael Cole was hit with an F5 and filed a lawsuit against Lesnar. Maybe they settled out of court, but he definitely sounded too calm about his assailant’s return.
  • Lesnar vs. Rollins should be a lot of fun. Paul Heyman will hype the match to the hilt and Rollins will get a chance to shine on the mic as he tries his best to defend himself against his critics. He will either be a lump of coal that turns to dust or lump of coal that shines bright like a diamond. We shall see how the latest chapter in the Seth Rollins saga turns out over the next five weeks. This was a cool way to end the show.
  • Overall, I thought this was a solid episode of Raw. The first 90 minutes were strong with great promo work and solid to good matches from Ambrose, Sheamus, Owens, and Ziggler. However, Orton vs. Kane and Big Show vs. The Miz damn near put me to sleep which caused the show to drag a bit. Things picked up in hour three with Lesnar’s return being the major headline as Raw went off the air. The Battleground PPV is already starting to take shape and it will be nice to see the creative team pace themselves for a change since they have a chance to let things breathe a bit from a booking and storytelling standpoint. Patience isn’t their strong suit, but I am sure they can make Raw seem fresh and exciting for the next month or so. Who am I kidding? It’s going to take a great deal of prayer to pull off this feat. Anything is possible, though. Fingers crossed and all that jazz.

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 Daria.” See you later, boys and girls!


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