Russo is joined on today’s show by his co-host Jeff Lane, Bin Hamin and Stevie Richards.
Russo thought there was three very good in-ring promos on RAW this week. Alexa Bliss, John Cena and Roman Reigns all cut great promos in his opinion, and all three performers showed good emotion. He liked that the promos didn’t feel as scripted as normal, but there was still the occasional sappy, generic babyface line from Reigns. He wishes WWE would let Reigns go out and say what he wants; let him shoot on Lesnar for real instead of doing this half-shoot stuff.
Russo points out that three years ago he said that Reigns was going to be WWE’s babyface Champion if it’s the last thing Vince McMahon does, and sure enough here we are. He has to give McMahon credit because he’s stuck to his guns on this matter.
He goes on to say that WWE tells stories so infrequently now that they’d forgotten how to do so well. The convoluted story featuring Bayley/Banks/Bliss on RAW is a prime example of WWE’s inability to tell good stories nowadays.
Russo says it’s clear that WWE’s heading towards Cena versus The Undertaker at WrestleMania now, because Cena would have never brought up The Undertaker’s name on RAW this week if that match wasn’t the plan. Speaking of that match, Russo doesn’t understand why would Cena say, “It’s never going to happen” at the end of his promo, effectively burying Undertaker in the short term. He thinks WWE should have just waited until a couple of weeks before ‘Mania and then had the gong interrupt Cena one evening.