I wasn’t the biggest fan of the episode this week from Monday night Raw, with large parts of the show craving to see Peyton & Eli Manning collapse Monday night football Play on the other channel. It says something about the show that the best segment was a two minute backstage interview.
But don’t let that downplay this segment because it was fantastic.
Liv Morgan was interviewed by Kevin Patrick and did all of her “oh boy, I’m just so happy to be here” routine that was the hallmark of her singles in WWE. She’s been talking about really making something of herself and achieving great things for what feels like forever, and then she shows up, obviously very excited, and then, well, that’s it.
It’s not going anywhere.
Lots of fans seem to believe it will or should, and even Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch told Morgan when she went to have a baby just over a year ago that Morgan would be champion upon her return. She was not. She has never been. In fact, she hasn’t even gotten close yet.
On top of that they build this whole feud, too, and Lynch is damn brilliant at the way she plays that when she slips in to break up the interview mentioned above:
Becky is so casually antagonistic and calmly recounts how Liv was a total and utter failure both for herself and for anyone she disappointed along the way. When she talks about her championship and says it’s “a title you’ll never hold,” Morgan replies, “I’m pretty sure I held it last week.” She did it briefly, so it might be some kind of burn if Becky didn’t dodge and trigger a flamethrower in response.
“Liv, look, I do autograph sessions every week and let the little kids wear the title, but that doesn’t mean they’re champions.”
This nicely illustrates how successful Lynch has been and is while completely obliterating Morgan’s initial rebuttal. It is embarrassing indeed.
Speaking of which, Lynch really drives home with the following.
“The thing is, I told you you were going to be a champion, and you told everyone. Now you have embarrassed me, you have embarrassed your friends – who are not even here anymore – you have embarrassed your family, you have embarrassed your mother … “
Those words are daggers, and she just went on so it was something of a death by a thousand cuts, but with a broad sword that she provided. Bringing up Ruby Riott and Sarah Logan was just low, a sharp barb that hit so hard Morgan couldn’t even hide how much it hurt. She was starting to get emotional and Lynch made fun of her for being a cry baby.
Finally Liv pulled away and poked her elbow into her mouth. Then she walked away with her head held high.
That’s the kind of baby face I can stand behind.
Later, because this is 2021 and things are no longer like that, Lynch took to Twitter to say it was time to show Morgan some fire and this time it was Liv with the verbal knockout -Reaction:
Oh, I’m all in now.