Last night’s WWE Raw boasted a series of high-profile and happily met returns.
First, the Miz and Chris Jericho. Jericho is a fan favorite, putting over young talent while never losing the audience’s love. The pop for Jericho is always high. (editor’s note: He also almost hit me with his car, but that is another story for another day.) Additionally, giving him a feud with Bray Wyatt will serve interesting, as Jericho has a good balance of goofy and intense, and will alternate between mocking and destroying the cult.
Then, AJ Lee, the longest-reigning Divas Champion, returned to take what was hers with fire and blood. Paige’s run as champion has been admittedly fairly boring, with Paige doing very little. Paige’s obvious trepidation (and AJ’s prominent wedding ring) were highlights in the pre-match promo, though the match itself was short. It wasn’t obvious who we were supposed to root for, with Paige seeming far more like a cowardly, mean heel and AJ Lee coming off as a humbled face making a triumphant climb back to the top. I am not sure how this will affect Paige long-term, effectively making her short 3 month run as champion entirely transitional between AJ Lee reigns.