Roman-Hater Rehab

Joshua Waddles
Staff Writer

The crowd was into it tonight, I tell you what.

I got home a little later, but started watching in time to hear the big pop that Bo Dallas got after The Miz gave him that silly supporting cast Miz award.

I almost didn’t recognize Bo. This is his third new look since he’s been on the main roster. I’m very glad to see they’ve found a place for him, and for Curtis Axle too. Bo Dallas is good in the ring and I loved his John Cena parody gimmick when he was doing that. Unfortunately, they just haven’t been using him much, and I was afraid he’d get fired after his little alcohol-related misunderstanding at a Dallas Airport not too long ago.

But Bo has connections: his brother is Bray Wyatt in real life, and even though the WWE has had a history (which seems to be changing) of not using Bray well, they do understand his value.

Not to say that Bo doesn’t deserve to be on the main roster on his own merits, but sadly, the WWE has a long history of firing wrestlers who have all the merits in the world. Especially when they get into trouble.

Samoa Joe, Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns

This is the segment that had me saying “wow” because of how into it the crowd was. They were shouting “oooh” and groaning when ever each of these wrestlers went there. I kept expecting to hear someone in the stands yell out “oh, snap!”

What surprised me, for like the third week in a row, is that the crowd seems to be feeling better about Roman Reigns. The WWE may have found that magic formula on how to get Reigns over with the crowd, and that formula involves a brutal give-and-take beat down with a wrecking machine like Braun Strowman.

As long as the WWE doesn’t mess it up, I think Reigns’ career is probably saved. The timing of his redemption couldn’t have been better, because the reunification of The Shield is right around the corner.

Bray Wyatt and Seth Rollins

Before the start of the match, I took a deep breath and told myself I wasn’t going to get too mad when Bray lost. I almost choked on my coke when Bray won for the second night in a row.

Oh, man. The WWE is back to form.

The match was sweet too. Bray Wyatt is a different sort of wrestler than anyone else on the roster and he stands out in the ring by having an unorthodox style. He doesn’t fly through the air or go to the top rope, and that can be a problem when going against a high flyer like Seth Rollins.

But I absolutely loved how Rollins went after Bray’s fingers. That looked so painful, and Rollins mid-air collisions against an earth-bound Wyatt shook the roof. It was one of those matches that had the crowd chanting “this is awesome!” and they really hit the nail on the head.

Ambrose and Rollins

After Bray took the win and did that “teleporting” away thing he does, The Miz, Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel all came after Rollins. The way the three of them got onto three sides of the ring apron before getting in was just like how The Shield used to stalk their victims, and I can only think that was a deliberate reminder.

Ambrose came out with a chair, swinging it like a cave man with a club to clear the ring of everyone except for himself and Rollins. That’s two out of three former members of The Shield. The only one missing is Roman Reigns, who has a match next week against Samoa Joe to decide who will be the number one contender to face Brock Lesnar at Summerslam.

I expected the feud between Rollins and Wyatt to go on for at least one more pay per view, but it looks like it ended there, 2-0 in favor of Wyatt, so Rollins can probably join Ambrose against The Miz, Dallas and Axle. That means Ambrose and Rollins need a third team mate and of Reigns loses next Monday against Joe, his card is clear.

I was a huge fan of The Shield back in the day. I might have to go back to Roman-Hater Rehab so I can enjoy this.


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