Apollo Crews is the reason The Hurt Business returned to Raw Underground Monday and turned it into the Bobby Lashley show.
Let’s face it, after taking so many Ls in the past couple of weeks this was bound to happen. Bobby Lashley lost to current U.S. Champion Apollo Crews in an arm wrestling match (one where Crews cheated) and the Hurt Business made Raw Underground pay.
This wasn’t a bad thing. The Hurt Business is Raw Underground’s established Heel faction for what it’s worth. Everyone can build off of them. Babyfaces that need the push can just wait their turn at trying to take them down. This week’s segment proved that with Cedric Alexander and The Viking Raiders, who failed miserably. Alexander faced Lashley and was submitted. The Viking Raiders held their own against The Hurt Business the longest, only to have the bell rung to prevent Lashley from tearing off an arm. Prior to their match, Lashley chucking Dolph Ziggler into the crowd like a bag of trash left the entire room in shock.
In the Underground, Lashley is portrayed as an impeccable force: Power with true wrestling skill. It’s his yard.Hopefully this keeps the right amount of heat on him for a U.S. Title shot. Otherwise, this is all for nothing.
Raw Underground has its benefits and promise for storytelling
The Hurt Business have an opportunity to shine in Raw Underground. They made the segment a great rebound from MVP’s loss on Sunday. This was the ol’ “Everyone’s gotta pay” story that never gets old with Heel factions. And with Raw Underground’s unrestricted model for matches, the Hurt Business fits well and can be featured any time under this narrative.
The storytelling behind their return to the Underground is what made this segment good this week. Being able to move talent in and out to keep things fresh continues to be a great success. Why is that? As we can saw Monday night, anything and Raw Underground helps accentuate that narrative.