TV Club: Is the Gift of Jericho too much for us all to handle on Monday Night Raw?

On a show packed full of action from Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, Sasha Banks, Roman Reigns, Charlotte, Rusev, Bayley, the New Day, Cesaro and Sheamus, and Paul Heyman—with attendant hints of Goldberg—let’s do the only sensible thing and spend some time talking about Curtis Axel. This is his first match on Raw since July 25, the same night as Sasha Banks winning the title for the time, Finn Balor defeating Roman Reigns for a shot at the Universal title, and the immortal James Ellsworth making his debut. The Curtis Axel we see in action tonight is still the same aggressive idiot with ideas above his station, but he’s got one recognizable character trait: He’s worried about his friend. Axel and Bo Dallas represent the last vestiges of the Social Outcasts—Adam Rose is long gone, and Heath Slater has moved on to immeasurably better things …

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