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Brock Lesnar goes too far

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Raw kicked off with what I assume was the end of the R Truth vs Hornswaggle rivalry for the 24/7 title. With first a promo hailing the prestige of the title and then having a mixed gender mosh pit tag match, ending with R Truth winning but then losing the title the next sucker Mike Kanellis, who has his own questionable story line going on right now. It feels like WWE is chasing lightning in a bottle by pursuing another gauntlet match story that propelled Kofi into championship air, all for AJ's United States Championship. The buildup to the Becky Lynch and Natasha Hart match takes a weird detour with Alexa Bliss fighting Becky Lynch, it's odd considering Alexa is a contender in her own right for a title, so why have these rivalries bleed over each other like this? The Triple Threat tag team match between The Revival, The Usos and what they are now calling The OC was highly entertaining but where the belts were going to end wasn't up for much doubt the Usos have again had recent legal troubles and The Revival aren't exactly crushing it as champs, enter Gallows and Anderson, again.

Kevin Owens kicked off Smackdown by having an amazing match against Drew Mcintyre, continuing his transformation into a fan favorite heel. Fighting against Shane has made Kevin very loveable to the fans which is what makes Shane such a great villain, helping these guys get over with the WWE Universe. Alexa Bliss continued her confusing run through the current WWE with a tag match against Bayley and Ember Moon to help sell their upcoming match at Summer Slam, it feels like a waste of Alexa's skillset but hopefully she'll fit into something soon. Speaking of wasting talent, Finn Balor fighting Dolph Ziggler felt like a confusing waste considering each of their separate storylines until Bray Wyatt showed up and distracted Finn, allowing Dolph to get the win. One interesting caveat that came out of this match was that the announcers mentioned how Dolph uses several members of DX's moves, it's something that has long driven me crazy but actually fits in with his current run as the "anti-legend" guy.

The stunt between Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins at the end of Raw where Brock F5'ed Seth onto a steel chair multiple times and then dragged him out of an ambulance and roughed him up some more, was over the top. I never like when WWE takes things from "guys fighting" to "guys trying to kill each other." The truth is WWE fans never forget this is fake, it's always in the back of their minds, so when WWE kicks it to this high gear, there's a level of violence that they're suggesting that honestly WWE fans can't accept. Just like in Smackdown where someone or something pushed scaffolding onto Roman Reigns. It's too fake. We can accept they want to fight for a shiny belt, we don't believe they want to murder each other.

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