Looking at Monday Night Raw after two weeks into the new era, a lot has changed. Beginning with July 25, it had a lot of promise and gave the WWE Universe arguably the best edition of WWE Raw in years. It wasn’t only because the “WWE marks” got whatever they want. Sure, Finn Balor became the No. 1 contender to the WWE Universal championship on his first night on the main roster. Sasha Banks won the Women’s championship and Roman Reigns took the pin in the main event.
All of that, along with decent segments in the middle that had a purpose, saw a very exciting episode of WWE Raw. Unless a negative person insists on being just that, negative, it was rather difficult to criticize Monday Night Raw in Pittsburgh that night. The same success carried over to SmackDown when Dolph Ziggler won the battle royal to become the No. 1 contender to the WWE World Heavyweight championship.
Moving forward to this past Monday night in Atlanta, Georgia, the WWE had a lot to live up to after last week. It wasn’t as eventful, but it continued to showcase new talents and that’s what the new era of WWE is all about. Charlotte and Banks opened the show with Enzo Amore and Chris Jericho. Normally, the McMahons or authority figures would open the show, but new talent did.
And for the first time in a really long time, the women are truly over in the company. Charlotte and Banks got big reactions and were able to keep the crowd going in their segment. Overall, WWE Raw in Atlanta was pretty good. They are consistently keeping feuds at a slow burn, which has always been a big complaint in recent years. For SmackDown Live on August 2, something big is happening that is quite unexpected.
“To continue the angle from last night’s WWE RAW with Randy Orton making a surprise attack, Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman will be appearing on tonight’s live SmackDown from Nashville. They are currently backstage.
“In another spoiler for tonight, Brian “Curt Hawkins” Myers is backstage at the tapings and will be making his return tonight.”
As far as Curt Hawkins, that’s an added bonus to the program. He will instantly add a big portion to the mid-card. Since his initial departure from the WWE, he was working at wrestling school and became quite successful. He won’t be a future WWE World Heavyweight champion, but the mid-card needs some bolstering. A rumored MVP, Shelton Benjamin and others will help as well.
Looking back at the Lesnar return on SmackDown Live, it will add excitement to a show that is growing and needs help from bigger stars. This week’s edition will flow a lot smoother, since all six of their main event guys won’t be in the last match only. In an earlier report by the Inquisitr, several WWE stars are upset Lesnar is exempt from the WWE Wellness Policy.
For those that missed the news over the past month, he was flagged for an anti-doping policy with the UFC. However, that won’t diminish the impact he will have on SmackDown Live with his advocate, Paul Heyman. It will be like Monday Night Raw invading SmackDown Live, which is what happened in Atlanta the night before.
Randy Orton will be there on the blue brand, which should set up another confrontation between the WWE superstars. Wellness Policy violation or not, Lesnar is an enigmatic figure in pro wrestling, which especially affects the WWE. Who will go over on August 2, Viperville or Suplex City?
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