Vince Russo’s The Brand Recap – Matt Hardy Dead in the Water, What WWE Could Have Done Better on RAW, Balor’s “Demon” A Distant Memory, More!
Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host, Jeff Lane, Stevie Richards and Bin Hamin.
Russo says that right from the minute Kurt Angle fired Braun Strowman on RAW this week, he knew Stephanie McMahon would rehire Strowman later in the show. It was very predictable to him, and this was just another example of Stephanie showing off her power while making Angle look like a weak, helpless General Manager.
Russo couldn’t believe how RAW’s commentary team “no sold” the firing of the biggest star on the show. After Strowman was fired the commentary team almost immediately moved into telling the audience what was coming up on the rest of the show, and he felt they needed to be much more animated about what had just happened in the ring.
Richards thought this was an interesting story, and there was potential there for WWE to carry this story right into the Royal Rumble PPV. Instead, they rushed through it in one hour and the climax of the angle fell flat, with Stephanie McMahon simply rehiring Strowman after he destroyed most of the arena.