Full disclosure – I’m not even an hour through Monday Night RAW yet.  Having stayed up until 11:00 (#NAIdraft 2.0), though, I am well aware of what is to come.  Car doors flying (and hitting children, apparently), Titus being ace on commentary, a main even match that should cause me to lose my mind.  I’m excited for all of that, and I encourage any of you Hall of Famers out there to share your own RAW responses here on NAI.

But today, I want to talk about the IC title picture. . . In a complimentary way.

Based on the Twittering I was seeing last night, I expected this match to be a train wreck, a travesty, a complete and utter waste of time.  That wasn’t what I got, though.

Big Show, Ryback and The Miz put forth a quality, entertaining segment that continued to build their story heading into Battleground.

On Twitter, I called it “great”, and while fellow NAIbor Chris (@ChrisToTheW) reminded me to put the segment in context, it still was very good.   Now, I have no love for Ryback, I’ve made that abundantly clear.  I also feel that Big Show needs to transition to an announcer role, pronto.

As for The Miz. . . Well, you know how I feel about him.  He has been on a role as of late, and this spot on the roster is the perfect chance for him to get over, while getting booed.  He’s no longer getting “X-Pac heat”, as most call it.  People are actually enjoying the over the top ridiculousness that is Mike Mizanin right now – He truly is becoming the guy we love to hate.

Like one would expect, his work during this segment was great, if a little too enthusiastic, if you catch my meaning.  I loved having him on commentary, distracting both talents in the ring, though I think we can all agree that the best Miz work of the night was done after the match, trying to find his way out of the ring, stuck between the irresistible force and the immovable object.  From a purely physical standpoint, Miz has no business being in the ring with either Big Show or Ryback, which is going to make it even sweeter when he wins the IC title.

(Yes, that’s my prediction, and I’m sticking with it. Either the Ryback experiment is done or he’ll be a legit, size wise, challenger to Brock’s WHC.)

It wasn’t just Miz that made that match, though.  We all anticipated that.

 I don’t think any of us counted on Ryback and Big Show being that decent in the ring.

Again, I won’t say they were “good”, even.  That might be a stretch.  However, they were serviceable.  Ryback did the best he could fighting a 500 pound giant, breaking out his top rope splash once more, which I have to say, is impressive.

Big Show, however, struck me as the “star”.  He’s taking lessons from John Cena, dusting off some older favorites (He should be using the Haas of Pain during every match, IMO) and breaking out new ones, like the powerbomb faceplant and the second rope elbowdrop.  You had to take notice of that.

Sure, Big Show’s time has come and gone, but I give him a lot of credit for still trying to improve in the ring.  It can’t be easy to be a 43 year old giant.  Any effort he puts in, in my mind, is appreciated.

Long story short, folks, let’s #PromotePositivity.  We all might have better ideas of how to use the IC title, there’s no question.  But for what we’ve been given, that segment was pretty darn watchable.  Take off the bias blinders and watch it again.  You’ll see what I mean.

What do YOU think?  Be Heard.

From the NAI Archive – July 7, 2015 – RAW Response – Giving some love to people most hate.
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