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article imageReview: RAW is Montreal!

By Ratish Menon     Jul 9, 2014 in Sports
After a year and half, Monday Night RAW returned to Montreal. While the last time things went horribly awry with Jerry Lawler suffering a heart attack on Live TV, this time the show went off without a hitch.
When in Montreal, WWE is smart enough to feature Canadian legend Bret “The HItman” Hart and every single time, he gets the loudest reaction in the house and this time was no different. Although featured in a throwaway segment with Damien Sandow attempting comedy, Bret was able to give a positive rub to both Sandow & Sheamus before their match and that ensured that the crowd was fairly into the match, for as long as it lasted.
This week’s RAW featured mainly a build-up on the storylines established last week and the biggest change was the absence of the Authority who were away on a "vacation." The participants involved in the main event were featured heavily throughout the show, as Roman Reigns started the show with Kane and closed out the show with with John Cena.
Reigns is really coming along well as a singles’ competitor and while he is no Rock, on the mic he sure is connecting with the crowd more and more as time goes by. It was a good way to open the show as the former powerhouse of the Shield got into it with Kane and brawled all over the arena. He ended up decking a few officials who tried to break up the fight, which got a huge reaction from the crowd. Later in the night's main event, Seth Rollins took on John Cena and when Kane and Randy Orton intervened, Reigns again got involved and laid everyone out excluding Cena, with whom he stared off to close the show.
The quality of the matches this week was good and we had two great matches in the form of Randy Orton vs Dean Ambrose and the Usos vs The Wyatt family in a non-title match. Ambrose really stands out as the edgy wrestler and in his bout with Orton showed great chemistry with the Viper, as the match was centred around Dean’s injured shoulder and while Randy picked up the win, Ambrose looked strong in defeat. The Usos & The Wyatts engaged in another entertaining battle this week and their styles just seem to mesh great together.
Speaking of the Wyatts, Bray Wyatt interrupted the return match for both Chris Jericho and The Miz, both of who had just worked a solid match which Y2J won with the Walls of Jericho. There was a short promo exchanged between the two, but I am really looking forward to this rivalry given the potential for both exciting promos and physical matches.
Rusev beat Rob Van Dam in perhaps his most competitive match till date, after Zeb Colter issued a challenge to the Russian for a match with his protégé Jack Swagger at Battleground. Kofi Kingston beat Cesaro again, but was saved from a beatdown by Big E who seems to have a bone to pick with the ‘Swiss Superman’.
On the divas’ front, AJ & Paige beat the funkadactyls, following which the funckadactls imploded. Paige sounded very insincere when introducing AJ and a heel turn for the English Diva seems to be looming. That should be interesting.
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