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WWE Raw results, recap, reactions (April 24, 2017): Dumpster Fire

This week’s episode of Monday Night Raw, well, it wasn’t so good, folks.

When I asked for someone, anyone, to convince me not to gimmick this very recap because of that, this was the response I got:

Like I said, it wasn’t so good.

  • Kalisto beat Braun Strowman in a Dumpster Match, which makes as little sense as it sounds, before he was locked in said dumpster and thrown off the stage. Don’t worry, he fell about three feet, at most, but they sold like he just went skydiving without a parachute.
  • One week after Dean Ambrose and The Miz inspired hope they would deliver the goods in a way they never even did on SmackDown Live, they went with bad comedy and a swerve to finally introduce Bray Wyatt to the red brand, in the flesh, by laying everybody, including Miz, out. Ambrose, by the way, doesn’t even have a match at Payback while Miz is doing a talk show segment on the pre-show with Finn Balor, who was involved in something else entirely.
  • That something else entirely was a meaningless six-man where some stuff happened that I already forgot.
  • The Sasha Banks-Bayley thing really is getting drawn out in the worst possible way, and while it’s great to see Alexa Bliss harp on that fact, the count out stuff is lame.
  • The Hardy Men will be interesting when we get beyond the nostalgia act, so patience should be practiced here.

That’s not to say it was all bad.

  • Emma showering Dana Brooke with affection and it having its desired effect immediately is entertaining if only because we know where this road leads and Dana is still too dumb to stop it.
  • TJ Perkins got popped in the mouth and pinned. That’s always a good time.
  • Curt Hawkins getting beat up every week is fun.
  • Karl Anderson called another man a “butt nugget.”

There were also some very good GIFs to come from this show, like Rhyno’s complete disbelief that Maryse would mess with his cheese crackers:

Or Michael Cole maybe falling asleep for a minute there:

Or everyone’s reaction to some background drifting:

Still, this was a bad go home show. They get something of a pass considering some of the top matches at Payback are between wrestlers on different brands but that’s a bed they made, after all.

Grade: D

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