Previously on the Best and Worst of Raw: Roman Reigns announced that his leukemia was in remission, Dave Batista showed up to literally drag Ric Flair on his 70th birthday, and Becky Lynch got pro wrestling arrested. Plus, Ronda Rousey vacated the Raw Women’s Championship, but not really.
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And now, here’s the Best and Worst of WWE Raw for March 4, 2019.
Best: Rise Up With Fists
I don’t know if he’s just more comfortable now that he’s had a life-changing shift in perspective or that the crowd has become welcoming, but Roman Reigns has been really great on the microphone since returning last week. I don’t necessarily mean in anything he’s said, because a lot of what he’s said on the mic is just what he actually thinks and feels, but this week’s Raw opening made it clear to me. The guy is finally comfortable on a microphone, and is able to effectively communicate what he and/or his character thinks without sounding like he’s reading tough guy Mad Libs off a teleprompter. Huge plus.
I said it on Twitter last night, but Roman sold me on a “final” Shield reunion match, whether I wanted it or not. All you ever really have to do to make wrestling things make sense is acknowledge that they don’t, and find some kind of rationale or perspective to explain it. Like, as wrestling fans, we watched Dean Ambrose heel out on Seth Rollins on the night Reigns announced his fight with leukemia, and we watched him get vaccines on-camera because he was so grossed out by the fans while claiming God was punishing Roman by giving him cancer. That’s some unforgivable shit. But by having Roman Reigns himself acknowledge that yeah, it was bullshit, but also Ambrose is very publicly leaving the company soon, his request to look at the bigger picture instead of the personal grudges and “get the band back together” one last time works. It just does. It’s one of those situations where even a jaded nit-picker like me has to go, “well, if Roman acknowledged it and is willing to move past it, what right do I have to tell him not to?” So many issues on Raw would be solved by characters saying or showing how they feel beyond WWE’s basic three emotions: anger, jealousy, and caustic indifference.
Ambrose shows up to answer the request, but Elias jogs out and El Kabongs him in the back to stop it. That allows the situation to be stretched out throughout the show, which isn’t particularly fun as a viewer, but makes sense from a production standpoint.