Brandon Stroud at Best and Worst of Raw wrote that the Daniel Bryan/Kane match on Monday, which featured the tag champs in a “blindfold” (creepy sex mask) and with one arm tied behind their back,
“was awful and a waste of time. It made everyone involved look stupid. The Prime Time Players are worthless, and in a few months when you decide to give them the ‘this is the team that is WINNING now’ push, we won’t believe it. Kane doesn’t look good beating two worthless guys with one arm. Daniel Bryan in a gimp hood having blindfold matches is depressing.”
Monday’s match was like a living nightmare. Any regular listener to The Intercontinental Podcast knows how much Brayton and I are willing to complain about the current tag division, as is nearly anyone with interest in the tag belts.
On Friday Night Smackdown, the two teams did literally the same exact thing, and yet somehow, the match was entirely entertaining! I should step back for a minute; the match was different in that the roles were reversed, Kane wore the sex mask and Bryan had his arm tied. However, the characters were exactly the same and the scenario nearly identical.
Putting Kane in the mask became entertaining in a way that it simply was not with Bryan in the situation. The Prime Time Players won, AS THEY SHOULD HAVE on Monday. The match felt very Chikara-esque… comedic in the right ways given the situation all of the characters are in.
Even the Prime Time Players had a couple good spots, one at the beginning where Darren Young was trying to trip Kane by bending on all fours. Eventually Young yelled, “It’s not working, Titus!” as if this was their big plan going into the match. Hilarious!
I don’t know how it happened, but the match on Friday that nearly mirrored the match on Monday was so much more exceptional. If only it had happened in front of the larger, live Raw audience.