Monday Night Raw Review: Good work on Hogan birthday segment, another stupid Stephanie-Brie exchange

wwe rawHogan birthday does its job: Until Brock Lesnar’s music hit, the hulk hogan birthday celebration made no sense whatsoever, except as a throwback to the fun Old School Raw from earlier in the year.

Then Lesnar strode out, bumped Roddy Piper, called Hogan “gramps,” and was confronted by WWE champ John Cena.

Ballgame. We have our final sales pitch for SummerSlam, we get Brock heat and Cena pop in the process, and it all ties together nicely.

It felt a little grafted on, the Lesnar-Cena showdown at the end of the segment, as if Vince McMahon was in the back writing it as kevin nash began to sing “Happy Birthday” to Hogan, but whatever. Good work.


Stephanie-Brie botched again: You kind of wanted to hear fans at the live show began to chant, “This is stupid!”

Stephanie brings out an indy wrestler that she claims is Daniel Bryan’s physical therapist to make the claim that the fake therapist and Bryan are having an affair. Brie Bella then comes out and slaps the fake therapist and gets arrested.

Don’t make us suspend that much disbelief to buy something that utterly inane ever again, or God as my witness, I’ll have to start watching TNA.

– Column by Chris Graham

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