This Week in WWE: Top Guys on top and Becky Lynch's hot streak rolls on

Rob and Chris are here to deliver their thoughts on the first Raw and SmackDown episodes of the month of July. 

Robert O’Neill: Roman Reigns is here to open the show! I wonder what’s on his mind.

Chris Novak: Well, he wants to fight “Bob” Lashley. But instead, we get Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre. Earlier, we learned Dolph is facing Seth Rollins at Extreme Rules in a 30 Minute Ironman Match, which is a HELL of a thing. Dolph and Drew waste little time in putting the boots to Roman, but here comes Seth for the save!

Robert O’Neill: Hey that was fun! I imagine we’re gonna get a Seth/Roman vs. Drew/Dolph match at some point.  

Chris Novak: Rollins and Reigns run into Kurt Angle backstage, and demand they face Dolph and Drew. Angle, looking dumbfounded, says they’ll face them next week, because Roman and Bob Lashley are facing The Revival. However, Angle just snaps and changes the match to happen this week. What the hell is Kurt’s problem? Why is he so incompetent? Somehow I don’t see how this lasts for the rest of the night.

Robert O’Neill: Years of not taking care of his body. That’s how. Anyway, Matt Hardy is here for a match with Curtis Axel, who, along with Bo Dallas did a fantastic parody of Hardy and Bray Wyatt again before the match.

Chris Novak: At the same time, this feud is just… ice cold. And Bray Wyatt getting hurt (Bless him, and best wishes for a speedy recovery for him) doesn’t help matters here either. This match is fine so far, but Lord, we couldn’t do Bo vs. Matt tonight? I feel like I’m watching a rerun. Anyways the match itself was okay. Axel pinned Matt Hardy (again). That’s what this whole feud has been, so guess what’s going to happen at Extreme Rules?

Anyways, after commercial break, we’re getting our first segment of Bayley in counseling. There are many ways that this could go… hopefully it’s one of the successful ones.

Robert O’Neill: Before that though, we discover we’re getting Roman and Bob vs. The Revival and also Roman and Seth vs. Ziggler and McIntyre. How fun!

Chris Novak: Well, the first Bayley-Sasha counseling segment is in the books and… THAT’S DOCTOR SHELBY!!!

Robert O’Neill: My God, they actually did it.

Chris Novak: AOP are facing Titus Worldwide next. Can you guess what’s going to happen next?Robert O’Neill: Pain was authored.

Chris Novak: That’s correct, Rob.

Robert O’Neill: Time for Roman and Seth vs. Dolph and Drew. I’m ready for it.

Chris Novak: Roman is doing some heavy coughing, which is kinda gross to listen to on the ring mic. Anyways, this match has been outstanding so far. Seth, once again, is proving why he’s #1 in WWE this year and there really isn’t anyone close to him right now. They’re putting together so many unique spots and creative ways to try and set up the Roman hot tag. It’s actually wonderful. AND THAT’S THE REVIVAL!

Robert O’Neill: Well holy crap, they appear to be setting The Revival up for success. That’s excellent. Roman ate a Shatter Machine!

Chris Novak: Rob, remember when you thought… never mind, I won’t even rub it in. They looked spectacular here.

Robert O’Neill: Constable Corbin is in the ring and talking about how things went south with Finn Balor last week. Balor comes out and apologies and then they get into a fight. I guess this will be a match at Extreme Rules. That’s fine!

Chris Novak: Have to say again, I’m digging Corbin’s rebrand. They’ve put him in a role where he can succeed at being a gigantic dickhead.

Robert O’Neill: Liv Morgan is out for a match with Ember Moon. This is a cool usage of the two, as both aren’t near the title hunt, but can still have a match together. It was fun, too! Ember got the win, but Liv looked good.

Chris Novak: Liv has been really impressing lately. She’s improving REALLY quickly and I think there’s a lot of potential in her. Really dig her game, and not just cause I’m biased since she’s from New Jersey.

Robert O’Neill: Oh man. Another counseling segment. This time, Bayley and Sasha pretended to be the other one, and it was hilarious. These are great.

Chris Novak: Can I just say: Bayley’s been showing off a lot of comfort while talking lately, and a lot of personality also? Something that I’ve picked up on. I’m liking it a lot. This was funny, and I’m sure there’ll be people complaining about it, but it did its job.

Robert O’Neill: Liv Morgan is out for a match with Ember Moon. This is a cool usage of the two, as both aren’t near the title hunt, but can still have a match together. It was fun, too! Ember got the win, but Liv looked good.

Chris Novak: Liv has been really impressing lately. She’s improving REALLY quickly and I think there’s a lot of potential in her. Really dig her game, and not just cause I’m biased since she’s from New Jersey.

Robert O’Neill: Oh man. Another counseling segment. This time, Bayley and Sasha pretended to be the other one, and it was hilarious. These are great.

Chris Novak: Can I just say: Bayley’s been showing off a lot of comfort while talking lately, and a lot of personality also? Something that I’ve picked up on. I’m liking it a lot. This was funny, and I’m sure there’ll be people complaining about it, but it did its job.

Robert O’Neill: TOP GUYS WATCH! The Revival are out to face Roman Reigns and Bob Lashley! Let’s see how this plays out.

So the match went on, Roman refused to tag Lashley in throughout the night, he got pissed and came in on his own, but then left as The Revival started beating up Roman to the point where they got disqualified and gave him ANOTHER Shatter Machine. They look damn good tonight.  

Chris Novak: This is as good as they’ve looked on the main roster since they debuted and kicked The New Day off the territory. Hope this leads to something.

Robert O’Neill: Nia (with Natalya) beat Mickie (with Alexa). Whatever.

Chris Novak: Feud’s just kinda cold as ice at this point. Get me to Alexa-Ronda, already, please. Thank you.

Robert O’Neill: It’s time for the main event! Braun Strowman is taking on Kevin Owens, who has been trying to get out of the match all night. We know how this is gonna go.

Chris Novak: Did you expect Braun Strowman to put Kevin Owens into a portapotty and then send it barreling off the stage? That’s how it went!

Robert O’Neill: That was amazing. A lot of people didn’t like it, but I’m here for Braun Strowman essentially being a cartoon character, and Kevin Owens is the perfect foil.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Robert O’Neill: Awful lot of Roman Reigns tonight. I’m fine with it, but it we definitely noticable that Raw wanted to focus highly on the Big Dog. Both tag matches were fine, but there wasn’t much else going on aside from the hilarious visual of Kevin Owens stretchered out covered in toilet water. The Bayley/Sasha stuff was good and I’m excited to see where it goes next, but this Raw felt like a holiday week Raw. C

Chris Novak: Do agree that this definitely felt like a holiday Raw. The two tag matches were pretty well done, with the first obviously being better than the second. But Revival looked really, really strong and I think that's as good of a takeaway as you can get. The Bayley-Sasha stuff was fine and inoffensive. Everything else was just kind of there. C

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Robert O’Neill: It’s July 3 and there should be some fireworks on Smackdown Live! AJ Styles is facing Aiden English, and Jeff Hardy has a US Title open challenge lined up!

We begin the night with Renee Young in the ring, though. She’s going to be interviewing the newly reunited Team Hell No.

Kane is discussing why he came back to help Daniel Bryan, and Bryan is noting how Kane mistreated him in the past. One of my favorite things WWE does is continuity, because they do it so rarely. So when they’re like “hey remember the reason we stopped teaming up five years ago? It was because you turned on me and tried to end my career! You tried to abduct my wife!” That’s really awesome coming from the company that SWORE the first-ever Triple H/Undertaker WrestleMania match was at WrestleMania 27.

Chris Novak: Found the Team Hell No stuff to be pretty good. I legit laughed at Bryan’s comment about Kane burning his brother. While others think that Bryan’s being wasted right now, I’m quite liking this so far two weeks into it. We’ll see how it shakes out heading into the go-home SmackDown next week.

Robert O’Neill: Now the Usos are out here! And they don’t think Team Hell No should get a title shot at Extreme Rules just because they got back together, which leads to a match later tonight. If The Usos win, they’re added to the match at Extreme Rules.

Chris Novak: This should be a fun bout.

Robert O’Neill: It’s time for Jeff Hardy’s Open Challenge! Let’s see who answers the call. It’s The Miz!

Unsurprisingly, it was an awesome match from two of the ten best workers in the company at the moment. Hardy retained with a Swanton Bomb, but they made it look like Miz was going to win via the ropes but the ref caught him before the three count.

Chris Novak: Miz and Jeff Hardy had a pretty great MITB qualifier and this was a stirring matchup, as well. It’s obvious that these two are among the top workers in the company this year. They just keep performing at a high level each year.

Robert O’Neill: Up next, The New Day is out to celebrate America with pancakes! Well this is fun so fa- OH NO SANITY IS HERE. RUN EVERYONE.

Holy crap. SaniTY demolished them.

Chris Novak: Even with them losing last week, this was a good bounce back for them. I’m absolutely here for six-man warfare between these two teams. I have no doubt that what follows this will be very good.

Robert O’Neill: The much-anticipated James Ellsworth vs. Asuka match ended in a double countout after Ellsworth ran away, Asuka chased him, they came back to the ring, and Carmella took Asuka out. Strength in numbers!

Chris Novak: They protected Ellsworth. Amazing.

Robert O’Neill: Becky Lynch took out Peyton Royce, and it’s suddenly _quite_ apparent that they’re doing something with Becky. I just hope Charlotte doesn’t return and ruin it. Give me Becky vs. Carmella or Asuka at SummerSlam, please.

Chris Novak: That’s six consecutive wins for Becky on SmackDown Live… that’s not being done by accident. Nobody just wins that many matches in a row without there being some kind of method behind the madness. I suspect that Becky’s gonna get the title match at SummerSlam.

Robert O’Neill: Finally, we have Team Hell No vs. The Usos. To no surprise, this was a blast. Team Hell No got the win, and Kane did the YES chant, and all is well with our heroes as Smackdown goes off the air.

Chris Novak: That was a pretty good match, as expected. Good win for Team Hell No to establish themselves again against one of the top tag teams on the brand.