Need a breakdown of Tuesday, Sept. 11’s WWE Raw featuring THAT incredible match? John Cena vs Braun Strowman stole the show. Pure Fandom has you covered.
Jason Jordan proves himself
John Cena vs Braun Strowman took place later on in the night, but Cena’s rival, Reigns, would fight first. Jason Jordan was the man to step up to the plate this week to fight Reigns, and he proved he’s legit. Last week, Jordan took on John Cena and took him to the limit, almost defeating the 16-time champion. It was this week however, that Jordan really stepped up to the plate.
Jason went well over 20 minutes in the ring with Roman Reigns coming close to defeating him. Jordan may have come up short in both encounters, but it’s outings like this that will make him a superstar. I have a feeling that it’s only a matter of time until Jason Jordan is wearing championship gold.
A Demon exposed?
What a bizarre twist in the Finn Balor/Bray Wyatt rivalry. On paper, the idea of Wyatt fighting Goldust seemed like a dreadful idea, but the post-match actions were genius. Wyatt has been claiming for weeks that underneath the demon persona, Balor is just a regular man like everyone else.
“The Eater Of Worlds” would continue that narrative this week by wiping off the face paint of Goldust after their encounter. I’m loving it! The idea that Balor is unable to defeat Wyatt without the help of his alter ego ups the states for their No Mercy encounter. Balor faces the biggest test of his career as he prepares to do battle on more with Wyatt. He is forced to prove to the entire world that he can win a major match without resorting to his supernatural tricks.
Cena/Reigns Round 3
Before fans saw John Cena vs Braun Strowman, they were treated to another verbal smack down between Cena and Reigns. Many people believe that Roman Reigns won this round, but to me, that is just not the case. Roman Reigns managed to get in some decent jabs by calling out the quality of Cena’s matches. However, I don’t think that will be enough to get Reigns over as the next face of the company.
He doesn’t have the type of it factor the way John Cena does, and I don’t believe that he ever will. He can barely hang with the top guys on the microphone, and you can’t be “The Guy” that way. His matches are all good, but he doesn’t carry himself the way John Cena does, and that’s a problem. He’s not the guy that you send off to media appearances and gain mainstream appeal. Point Cena.
Enzo Amore breaks the mold
WWE annouced two weeks ago that Enzo Amore would be joining the Cruiserweight division and competing for that title. This week however, Amore was a guest on “Miz TV” which turned into a full on showdown against the Intercontinental Champion. It appears that Enzo might be wrestling against both the Cruiserweights and the rest of the roster.
This would made him the first superstar to do so, and this could be the beginning of something great for the division. A major problem with the Cruiserweights is their isolation from the other superstars, but this crossover could change that. It would be a great idea to start having the cruiserweights face other superstars so people can actually care about them! Clearly their current strategy is not an effective one so I pray that this is a precursor to a new one.
“The Beast” gets “monsterhandled”
There has been no man ever this close to dethroning the champion than Braun Strowman is right now. Brock Lesnar tried his best to take Strowman to “Suplex City,” but it didn’t even phase him. Strowman bounced back faster than anyone in history and proceeded to demolish Brock Lesnar. A legitimate badass, Brock Lesnar is totally out of his element when it comes to Strowman.
Braun Strowman tossed Brock Lesnar around the ring like a small child. I don’t think Brock Lesnar is prepared for this upcoming battle against this massive monster. I wouldn’t at all be surprised to see Strowman walk out of their match as the new champion. Actually, I guarantee it. There is zero chance of Lesnar retaining the championship as long as Strowman has his sights on it.
John Cena vs Braun Strowman
John Cena vs Braun Strowman was all about displaying the insane amount of power possessed by the monster. From start to finish, Strowman decimated John Cena and once again made a top tier superstar look like a child. Strowman has proved time and time again that he can hang with the big guys, if not surpass them. By allowing him to destroy John Cena the way he did, WWE sent a clear and concise message. Braun Strowman is here to stay. He will be at the top of the wrestling food chain for many years to come. I don’t think anyone on the current roster of superstars can stop him so a lengthy title reign is in his future. John Cena vs Braun Strowman was only the start of his monstrous rampage through the company.
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