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The final week before Summer Slam set up some interesting moments, with Summer Slam looking like a great event this Sunday. However, there are some things that need to be addressed; there are two storylines that I have a particular problem with and WWE has kind of doubled down on them this week and I honestly don't enjoy it. The first one is Roman Reigns being put in actual physical harm, two weeks ago they did a lame stunt and faked dropping scaffolding on Roman, then this week on Raw they actually had a genuine car accident stunt where Roman lunged back into his SUV before a car hit his. There's fun WWE style drama and then there are actual stunts where someone can get hurt, and this is a call back to those old school times when Jackass was on the airwaves and wrestling was a little more irresponsible. Which leads me to my other issue, Brock Lesnar and Seth Rollins rivalry going too far, Brock Lesnar has now severely injured Seth Rollins twice, if you believe the hype machine we are now to believe that Seth Rollins will overcome great physical duress to beat a Beast? Not only have they done this exact storyline with Seth Rollins when he signed a waiver to fight Triple H a few years back but it's just reckless and stretches all believability. It's actually too much.

There were some really cool moments on Raw that I'll touch on briefly, Bray Wyatt showing up and putting the Mandible Claw on Kurt Angle was cool. The 24/7 bit was at least funny, but I am truly tired of Maria Kanellis and honestly of the 24/7 title. The Viking Experience is now stale, the audience was dead silent as they had yet another squash match in the ring, it's time to either write them a story or bench them. The OC is a terrible name for a faction but at least they can put on a good match and against the New Day and Ricochet it was a great match, also Rey Mysterio and Andrade put on an amazing match. Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross winning the women's tag titles was cool, but it makes me wonder why give it to the Iconics at all and what is the future of Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville. The obvious stunner of the week is Goldberg's surprise announcement against Ziggler, it's one of those odd moments though considering that means The Miz doesn't have a match and they trotted The Heartbreak Kid for nothing, it's a great surprise but an odd moment if you think about it.

Smackdown kicked off with an awful Charlotte Flair and Trish Stratus promo, this is not the match that anyone's asked for. Dolph Ziggler is making a great heel turn although the idea that he is a legend killer is an odd stretch considering he's at least ten years into the wrestling game himself. It's probably because of his time on the bench, but I honestly don't care for Mustafa Ali at all. There was a lot going on in this Smackdown, and some weird moments like the Zayn vs Black match and the odd moment where Bayley comes out to save Ember Moon after taking a cheap shot at her the other day, just odd moments indeed. The big reveal that it was Rowan coming after Reigns was interesting but considering how much I hate the storyline overall, I'm not sure how great it is. Overall Summer Slam is looking good though.

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The Houston Texans kept it closer than the experts thought they would, but couldn't pull out a victory. Here are 11 observations from the loss in Cleveland to the Browns.

1. The game looks totally different if Texans quarterback Tyrod Taylor finishes the game. Taylor left at halftime with a hamstring injury. He was playing exceptionally well against his former team. Taylor is not expected to play Thursday according to NFL Network.

2. Davis Mills had a rocky NFL debut which was to be expected. Mills looked to have the wrong elements of a few plays. He also couldn't hit backup wideout Andre Roberts over the middle and threw an interception. It was a fine performance considering what Mills showed he could do in the preseason.

3. Mills didn't work with a full load of offensive weapons in the second half. Rookie wideout Nico Collins didn't return to the game after his lone catch and big run early in the game. Veteran slot receiver Danny Amendola left the game with an injury. Tight end Anthony Auclair left with an eye injury. The Texans entered the game without wide receiver Anthony Miller who was inactive.

4. Brandin Cooks is a monster through two games. He is the most dangerous skill position player on the team, and defenses still have trouble covering him and staying with him. Cooks turned in yet another impressive day for this team and hauled in a Davis Mills touchdown pass.

5. The Browns did a solid job against the ground game of the Texans. Mark Ingram averaged under three yards per carry and Tyrod Taylor was the only rusher to have a big play on the ground. This led to a fair number of third-and-long situations which the Texans usually had trouble converting.

6. Justin Reid was set to increase his payday on his next contract with his early play. Reid forced a fumble and had an interception in the first half. Unfortunately, Reid would leave the game multiple times with injuries. The knock on Reid has always been his health.

7. The Texans were worn down by the Browns rushing attack all day. Once Cleveland committed to the run they saw the success of their work culminating in a 26-yard scamper by Nick Chubb for a touchdown. The Browns didn't run as much as I excepted them to run early.

8. Tim Kelly had another nice day calling plays. Kelly remains creative in finding ways to get the ball out of Taylor's hands quickly as well as manufacturing matchups where the Texans can win and pick up yards. He even got creative to get Davis Mills a passing touchdown late in the game. Kelly has been very impressive through two games.

9. Andre Roberts was inexcusably bad today. The Texans defense held on the opening drive and his muffed punt eliminated the momentum from the defensive stand. He also had poor returns on kickoffs. His lone job is to be a solid returner, and he failed at that on Sunday.

10. David Culley had a head-scratching decision foregoing an offsides call on a third down. The head coach opted for the result of the third down, and a punt on fourth down, instead of another third down. He did not explain himself well postgame on the decision either.

11. The Texans hung tough and should feel solid about where they could have been without the injury to their quarterback. With no Taylor in the short week, it will not be easy to beat the Panthers who upset the Saints on Sunday.

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