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Cup of coffee in the big time: A bad way to spend a Monday night

WWE Raw is having some trouble these days. It was easy to see last night (Nov. 26) when fans were treated to an abysmal three hours of TV programming.

I’ve said before one of the joys of wrestling is knowing it will always be there, week in and week out. That’s still true and as someone who has spent most of his life watching wrestling, I can’t pretend I’m going to be tuning out any time soon. But I can say there was very little to enjoy about last night.

Nia Jax and Ronda Rousey take the cake for the worst moment of the evening with dueling cringe promos. Jax’s muppet voice imitation of Ronda Rousey was weird in the middle of a lot of rambling, but Rousey misspoke on the first sentence of her rebuttal and it seemed like she couldn’t get back on track.

When Rousey gets flustered on the mic her delivery suffers in a huge way and at one point she claimed Jax punching Becky Lynch in the face changed the history of the world, which is the official Bad Line of the Night.

In their last three appearances on TV, AOP have: had manager Drake Maverick piss his pants during a “Big Four” PPV match, lost clean and gotten the win via distraction after more Maverick pee antics.

That’s not exactly the stuff of a monster heel tag team. But their fate on the main roster is already better than that of The Revival, who are now stuck in the confusion of how Lucha House Party Rules are a thing. If there is anyone who should be begging to be NXT lifers, it’s Dash and Dawson.

Any anticipation for who would accept Seth Rollins’ open challenge for the Intercontinental Championship was gone when it was Dolph Ziggler. At least the match was solid enough, but it was a pairing we’ve seen endlessly and I don’t think anyone was begging to see it again.

Has Finn Balor gained enough of Bray Wyatt’s respect to use him as a little bit of backup against Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley?

Speaking of Corbin, why should anyone call him General Manager Elect when it’s an appointed position?

And poor Bayley and Sasha Banks. The two women were expected to be absolute forces on the main roster with interplay that should make for a top program. Instead, Bayley turned for a night (remember that?), they fought a little, went to therapy and now just pop up to be in awful segments like the Q&A put on by Alexa Bliss.

Oh, and Dean Ambrose is getting vaccinated. Now I’m a big fan of vaccinations and a proponent of herd immunity. But this angle might be going a little too far.

We also got our weekly dose of “Renee, what is going on with Dean?” “How could I possibly know that? He’s a complicated man.”

If anyone needs therapy, it’s the married couple who don’t discuss the biggest issues in their lives.

Come on, SmackDown. Save us from this week.

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