Hulk Hogan’s birthday sounds like a fun way to spend a Monday night before Summerslam, but aside from a few surprises, this week’s RAW was just one big tease and far from the great go-home show needed before Summerslam.
Check out this week’s RAW Power Rankings to see who’s got momentum on their side for the company’s big summer pay per view.
Honorable Mention: Jack Swagger: His win over a blue chipper in Antonio Cesaro sets the scene for what will be a more than tolerable Flag match between him and Alexander Rusev at Summerslam. At his highest point in months, Swagger needs this win incredibly badly, especially considering the mediocre showing at last month’s pay per view.
5: Dean Ambrose: This guy is a phenomeanal ring psychologist. He hasn’t wrestled on RAW for what feels like weeks, but he has consistently been under Seth Rollins’ skin. Over with the crowd and more than capable in the ring, the match between these two is going to be a
4:Paige/AJ Lee: This continues to be one of the best Diva feuds in years. The younger Paige continues to play games, but Lee showed a mean streak after her loss to Eva Marie, beating on the Total Divas star on the outside. With Lee’s charisma and tenacity and Paige’s technical skill, this will be one of the best women’s matches in Summerslam history.
3: Roman Reigns: His match with Curtis Axel and Ryback was a joke as he was able to avoid getting hurt and managed to get even more psyched for his match with a reinvigorated Randy Orton. The biggest match of his young career, expect Reigns to “bring it” this weekend in Los Angeles.
2: Brock Lesnar: Paul Heyman wants that title around his clients waist and was willing to shoot promo for ten minutes to start the show this week to prove it. Although Lesnar hasn’t wrestled since Wrestlemania 30, expect the very best from the former WWE and UFC Champion. Hired mercenary or not, this is what Lesnar gets paid for.
1: John Cena: This will be a John Cena he says that fans haven’t seen before, one that is willing to do whatever it takes to hold on to the WWE World Heavyweight title. Regardless of if he retains the title this weekend, his promo this week was funny, but full of passion. Simply put, Lesnar brings out the best in the leader of the Cenation. It should be a blast to watch.