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And now, the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for October 3, 2016.
Best/Worst: Roman Reigns Masters Transmutation
Okay, so the best compliment I can give this week’s show is that they finally seem to have figured out that we don’t need Stephanie McMahon and Mick Foley to get full entrances and 15-minute speeches to set up everything. Over the past few weeks, they’ve had Mick and Stephanie doing EVERYTHING. R-Truth could be backstage like, “where’s the bathroom,” and Mick would enter stage-right and cut a passionate promo about how when you’re a REAL MAN your bathroom is ANYWHERE. And then Stephanie McMahon would approach Goldust sitting by himself stage-left to spend 10 minutes telling him he’s not as good as Her Husband, Triple H.
This week, we skip SO MUCH of that and get right to the very easy-to-believe pro wrestling trope of “WRESTLERS HATE EACH OTHER AND WANT TO FIGHT.” We start with Roman Reigns, who tries to put over being the first Samoan to win the United States Champion but gets interrupted by Lana in a Sexy Brad Maddox Halloween costume. They argue about families, and Lana repeatedly tells him to, “go to hell.” YOU GO TO HELL!