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Raw: Lesnar's house hosts Hogan hootenanny
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling


Do you ever wake up the day after watching a TV show, trying to remember what happened and can`t? Yep, it's one of those afterglow of Raw days.

It's not a good sign that this happens for the go-home show before SummerSlam, but then again I've never really been a fan of the 'go homes', especially before a major event, since we rarely get storyline development or intense matches as the risk of injury is heightened with a PPV just days away.

At times, WWE has made up for this by making the go-home show a special ep, just as they did Monday with Hulk Hogan's (legit) birthday celebration.

Let's talk about this first - WWE gave terrestrial viewers a tease of the celebration, trotting out Legends like Roddy Piper and the Wolfpac in a short shot before Brock Lesnar intervened, then carried on the festivities on the WWE Network. This move, I'm certain, infuriated some viewers but it was a great marketing move by WWE - want to see the full story? Get the Network now!

Brock's short exchange with Hogan could've been better if the Hulkster was a good five years younger, but even as much as he claims he has one more match in him, it's not a risk I'm assuming WWE wants to take. Instead, we got HulkaCena (and I'll be calling him this until his next colour change) challenging Brock with the NCAA champ backing down playfully.

All this came after Paul Heyman kicked off Raw with yet another amazing cut to HulkaCena. Paul E.'s mic skills are beyond compare and he's truly in the prime of his career now. It's going to be interesting to see what happens when Brock goes on his next hiatus and who becomes the next Paul Heyman Guy.

The invariable Highlight of the Night game in the main event when Randy Orton hit the RKO on a diving Sheamus to pick up the win going into SummerSlam. The timing was amazing, though really not surprising given how often these two have worked together. Orton redeemed himself tonight and now looks to be moving to being a face and feuding with Kane and the Authority after falling to Roman Reigns Sunday.

Speaking of Reigns, he opened the show this week with a match against RybAxel, a team I think has gone past its expiry date. Reigns picked up the weak win by DQ after a... get ready for this... double team. Yep.

Now I've said all this without addressing the latest development in the Stephanie McMahon / Brie Bella angle. It seems D-Bry has been filandering with his physiotherapist, Megan. I honestly expect this to be forgotten by Raw next week, or at least I hope so. Those who are calling this WWE's answer to Claire Lynch aren't that far off. There are ways to keep Bryan's name out there (heck, do a WWE Desire video) without resorting to this sort of angle that was met with 0 response from the live crowd and torches on the Interweb.

Elsewhere on Raw in action, AJ Lee lost to Eva Marie thanks to Paige, Heath Slater's winning ways continued, getting the countout duke over Dolph Ziggler, Seth Rollins beat RVD and was attacked on stage by Dean Ambrose (disguised cleverly as a giant present) and Jack Swagger upended Cesaro. A taped segment was also aired of a battle of words between Bray Wyatt and Chris Jericho that's worth finding.

Thanks for reading!