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Seems to me that WWE would want to promote that the Cena-Lesnar rematch was first announced on the WWE Network as much as possible. Yet, when King made mention of the rematch at the very top of the show—when many fans were presumably hearing about it for the first time—there was no mention of the Network.
WWE did a smart thing by breaking the news on the Network, but left some money on the table by not citing where the news originally broke. In the sports (and news) world, it’s common to credit which outlet was the first to break a story, even if it was a different company that broke the news. With that in mind, the fact that WWE didn’t cite their own Network as the source at the top of Raw is surprising. At this point in WWE Network’s history, and given the importance of it succeeding, WWE should be breaking the news that the Network has broken news.
Speaking of the WWE Network, WWE did do a great job of promoting that a whole slew of new content is coming, including all-new episodes of Monday Night War, the upcoming “Attitude Week” and the first 100 hours of WCW Monday Nitro.
Unless Natalya is about to embark on a slow heel turn, I don’t like the idea of her attacking Paige from behind after losing to her clean.
The eulogy of Dean Ambrose reminded me of The Rock holding a funeral for Stone Cold Steve Austin … and there’s nothing wrong with that:
Jey Uso realizing he hurt his knee reminded me of Marlena checking for her earrings before “passing out” to a Chyna attack. Ironically, Goldust was involved in that match, too:
Is the Mark Henry-Rusev rivalry going to happen?
Seth Rollins will make Roman Reigns look like a million dollars at a very pivotal time in his career. If Reigns doesn’t come out of this one smelling like roses, he’ll have nobody to blame but himself.
If the Stephanie McMahon-Brie Bella rivalry is over, please find something else for Stephanie to do. I’m not sure I’m ready for another Raw without her on it.
Quote of the night: “My client is humiliated that John Cena would dare invoke his rematch clause … Are you out of your mind?”
– Paul Heyman to John Cena
Tweet of the night
That was the most heartbreaking split-up of identical twin siblings since Bubba and Devon broke up.
— Kayfabe News (@KayfabeNews) August 26, 2014
Guilty pleasure of the night: Damien Mizdow
Match of the night: Goldust & Stardust vs. The Usos
Teddy Long memorial decision of the night: The Authority changing the main event to be a six-man tag match