WWE Monday Night Raw results and observations (7/17/17): Kurt Angle, you are the father of Jason Jordan

There was a lot of anticipation heading into this week’s episode of Raw with Kurt Angle finally disclosing his dirty little secret and the advertised main event of Roman Reigns versus Samoa Joe.

Oh yeah, some other stuff was expected to happen, too.

But did the top two things help Raw live up to its own hype? Not really.

Maybe my personal expectations for Raw were too high, but I didn’t think the show knocked anyone’s socks off like everyone thought it would.

I will get into why I feel that more in-depth soon, but for now, here are the full match results from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

- Bayley def. Alexa Bliss

- Mustafa Ali & Jack Gallagher def. The Brian Kendrick & Drew Gulak

- Finn Balor def. Elias Samson via disqualification

- Ariya Daivari def. Akira Tozawa via referee stoppage

- The Revival def. The Hardy Boyz

- Roman Reigns vs. Samoa Joe ended in a no contest

Jason Jordan is Angle’s son

Fans and pundits had loads of fun speculating as to what Angle’s secret would be, as there were some off-the-wall scenarios thrown out there, including a couple from yours truly.

But when it came down to the real secret, Angle revealed to the world that Jordan is his son. That is right, Jordan is the result of one final date Angle had with an unnamed woman while he was still a student at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Having been to Clarion on multiple occasions, I can tell you that there is not a whole lot do there so I guess Angle to do something when he wasn’t winning NCAA championships in wrestling.

Nine months after this faithful night, Jordan was supposedly born without Angle’s knowledge. However, Jordan’s biological mother gave him up for adoption.

It just so happen Jordan went down a similar path as his biological father and became an accomplished amateur wrestler at Indiana University, which is not to be confused with one of Clarion’s rivals and my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Go, Crimson Hawks!

For me, there are two ways of looking at this. On the positive end, I find this sort of hilarious and I am not even laughing at the fact that Angle has a black son. It is the fact that this storyline even exists to begin with.

Fans have always compared Jordan and his now former tag team partner Chad Gable to Angle given their amateur backgrounds and in-ring styles, but to think WWE actually made one of them Angle’s illegitimate son is hilarious to me.

The whole thing is slightly preposterous and would fit much better on a show like Maury than a wrestling program but at the same time, this is the same company that had a senior citizen give birth to a hand on live television.

Yes, the story is a bit on the ridiculous side — not nearly as ridiculous as giving birth to a hand — but I personally like ridiculous sometimes. Ridiculous is much better than what WWE presents the majority of the time, which can be very formulaic and boring. At the very least, this is different.

Now let me get to the negative side of this, which was the uneventful nature of the announcement. WWE spent weeks making it seem like Angle’s secret was going to be something explosive, scandalous and rife with debauchery.

Instead, it was just an ordinary announcement, and as much having an illegitimate kid could tarnish Angle’s image, he still managed to come across in an honest way that would prevent fans from turning.

But I expected there to be some type of immediate fallout. I expected Angle to be embarrassed from this. In reality, this wasn’t that bad at all. I honestly don’t know where Angle having a kid he didn’t know about could really hurt his reputation.

The announcement just kind of happened and the show immediately moved on to the next segment almost as if it never happened. I found that to be weirder than the story itself.

I figured WWE would push the envelope a little more here and make this memorable for more than just the revelation that Jordan is Angle’s son. Instead, WWE went with the tame route, which did not fit the tone of everything leading up to Monday night.

So, where do we go from here? Well, all we know is that Jordan is on the Raw roster, which apparently means that American Alpha is no more.

As much as I find this story to be hilarious, I am a little sad that American Alpha is now a thing of the past. I thought the team had so much potential to make waves in WWE’s tag team ranks, but they were never really truly utilized to their full potential since being drafted to the main roster last summer.

WWE essentially dropped the ball with Jordan and Gable as a team from the moment they arrived on Smackdown Live. Sure, American Alpha won the tag team titles on the blue brand, but would be missing from television for weeks.

Jordan and Gable didn’t even have a story heading into WrestleMania. They were just tossed into the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

I am sure that Jordan and Gable are talented enough to have some success on their own, but I still wish WWE got more mileage out of them as a team before breaking them up. I believe there was money to be made there.

Braun Strowman ruins main event

In a much more traditional wrestling storyline, Strowman re-emerged during the main event and decimated both Reigns and Joe, which caused their No. 1 contender’s match to end in a no contest.

It was only two weeks ago that Reigns almost murdered Strowman at Great Balls of Fire, but on Monday, Strowman was back to his normal dominant self.

Angle did not get a chance to announce what was coming next for the three men, as he was understandably occupied with his new son, but hopefully this will lead to a multi-man match for the Universal title at SummerSlam.

Bayley, Sasha Banks to square off next week

For the first time in a long time, Bayley and Banks will face each other one-on-one in a match that carries some significance. That is because the winner will become the No. 1 contender to Bliss’ Raw Women’s championship at SummerSlam.

The match came after Bayley pinned Bliss for the second time in as many weeks Monday and thought she had earned a title match. However, Banks rightfully pointed out that she technically defeated Bliss at Great Balls of Fire.

Angle simply resolved the matter by putting them against each other in a match next week.

Despite all of what I just said, I would not get my hopes up for this match to come anywhere near what their matches have been in the past. What I expect is for either Nia Jax and/or Bliss to pull a page out of Strowman’s playbook and ruin the bout.

Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose to reunite for one night only

Despite bickering back and forth, Rollins and Ambrose will have to be one accord next week when they take on The Miz, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas in a handicap match.

The match came about after This Miz and company beat the daylights out of Rollins and Ambrose with steel chairs.

Now I know what you’re wondering: Where in the world is Reigns to even the odds? Well, he is apparently so busy worrying about the Universal title that he cannot be bothered to lend his former Shield brothers a helping hand.

I guess if I had Strowman breathing down my neck I wouldn’t be worried about Rollins or Ambrose either.

I know that I just said I hoped for a multi-man match for the Universal title, which would no doubt include Reigns, but there is another part of me yearning for a full-fledged Shield reunion at some point that would have to involve Reigns.

I’m pretty sure I am not the only one that wants that.

Balor has enemies coming in multiple directions

The leader of the Balor Club has a lot on his plate at the moment. On one end, he’s got to worry about Samson, who bopped him upside the head with guitar a la Jeff Jarrett this week, causing multiple lacerations to the back of his head.

On the other end, Balor has to now worry about Bray Wyatt, who cut one of his infamous promos on the big screen after Balor had been knocked upside the head with musical instrument.

I assume that Wyatt will be the one to finally bring the demon out at SummerSlam, but before that, Balor has to face Samson in a no disqualification match next week. I fully expect Wyatt to interfere.

Titus O’Neil protected his investment

In order to run an international company like Titus Worldwide, one has to have a long-term vision. One has to always be looking ahead and looking at the big picture.

That was exactly what O’Neil did Monday night when he essentially threw in the towel to stop Tozawa’s match against Daivari Monday night.

Daivari had damaged Tozawa’s arm to the point that O’Neil began to worry about his investment. So, he protected it by ordering the referee to stop the match before permanent damage could be done.

Tozawa was none too pleased that O’Neil had the match stopped and yelled at him about never quitting, as he left the arena.

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