The Recap for WWE Raw 3.17.2014, live from San Antonio, TX
We open with a recap of last week's Occupy Raw segment. Triple H is in the ring to start the show proper, and he gets a healthy dose of boos. He wants us to understand something: all of this is our fault. It didn't have to come to this, but now he will crush your dreams and end Daniel Bryan. All of that is on you; you forced his hand. Trips promises to demolish DB at WrestleMania, the way he always does. He wants to address Bryan later tonight. Batista interrupts this to join us, and Trips is perplexed. Batista wants to know why Triple H gave that "Billy Goat-faced Troll" an opportunity to compete in "his" WrestleMania main event. Triple H takes umbrage with the implied idea that Bryan will beat him, but before he can express himself, Randy Orton interrupts him to share his thoughts. Not a great night for Trips so far. Orton agrees with Dave, but Triple H promises that he will not let Bryan be a part of the title match. Orton wants Bryan in a no-DQ match tonight because he wants to prove that he can do what "Big Dave" couldn't do last week, and Trips is okay with that. Orton has a theory for Batista: people cheer for Bryan because they don't care for Batista. No one cared when he left and even fewer people cared when he returned. Dave retaliates by calling him a paper champion and they're about to come to blows, but Triple H is sick of all this. He's sick of Hollywood stars coming back and telling him how to do business, and he's sick of technically gifted guys who can't win a match without him holding their hands. He's come to the conclusion that the old man was right - you can't trust anyone but yourself. He promises a triple-threat title match at WM, but it won't have Daniel Bryan. After HHH beats Bryan, it will be Orton v Batista v Triple H. Triple H leaves, but Batista spends too long yelling after him and gets RKOd for his troubles. 1 for 1. Decent enough. My guess is that this is to add suspense to the Trips/Bryan match. They can't possibly be thinking of this as a possibility, right? Right?
Batista is leaving the building. "It was a big mistake coming back here."
Match 1: Non-title: The Usos v The Real Americans Zeb pleads with the Real Americans pre-match to stay on the same page. Swagger starts with Jimmy but gets lit up with a double-team for 2. He clocks Jey and brings in Cesaro but Jimmy knocks him down. Jimmy's slam and headbutt gets 2, and Cesaro gets caught in the wrong corner and beaten up. Cesaro catches Jey in a pendulum backbreaker for 2 and he and Swagger put the boots to him. Cole and JBL on commentary talk about an Italian soccer player doing "We The People" after scoring a goal. Jey escapes a chinlock and Jimmy cleans house, including a nice heel kick and a corkscrew senton (Whisper in the Wind, but way crisper) off the ropes. He wants the corner avalanche, but Cesaro distracts and Swagger absolutely hammers him with a boot to take over as we head to a break.
Back from the break, Cesaro has Jimmy in a chinlock but he fights back against Swagger. That ends with the Swagger Bomb and the We The People Stomp for 2. Cesaro kicks Jimmy's ass, but he fights off both of them for a double-KO. Swagger eats a roundhouse and it's HOT TAG Jey, and he cleans house of Cesaro. Jey hits a flying shoulderblock and the corner avalanche for 2 on Cesaro, but his Swing is reversed. The Usos come in for a SEXY~ double team samoan drop on Cesaro for 2.Oooh! I thought that was the finish. Swagger stops Cesaro from being splashed, but eats the double superkick for his troubles. It's Flyin' Uso time, but Cesaro KILLS Jimmy with the Very European Uppercut and the Neutralizer finishes in 13 minutes. 2 for 2. Can't go wrong with that. The Usos are good at these creative finishes.
Kane wants to talk to the Shield about the events of Smackdown, where things got out of hand, and everyone made regrettable decisions. He threatens them with consequences, and warns them that if they can't be trusted they will become liabilities. Kane wants a united Shield and wants to know if he can count on them to do what's best for business, but no answers are forthcoming.
Hornswoggle hands out St. Paddy's day goodies, but Bad News Barrett interrupts this to deride this "stupid holiday." He proclaims that this St. Patrick's Day, most of us will make bad decisions, wake up in hangovers and have regrets the rest of our lives.
Match 2: St. Patrick's Day Showdown: Sheamus v Titus O'Neil Sheamus is out in an awesome-looking St. Paddy-themed soccer jersey. Titus has a ridiculous orange mustache. Christian is on commentary. Titus slaps Sheamus and gets his ass kicked as a result. SHeamus hammers away in the corner but Titus comes back with a knee and beats on him. Sheamus dumps him outside and gets the big shoulderblock, but goes into the post back-first. Titus ragdolls him outside as Christian claims to be unbeaten in his ENTIRE CAREER. Back in, Titus controls with a fallaway slam. Titus decides to abuse Hornswoggle as Christian GOES OFF on the commetary team, calling JBL "David Spade in a fat suit." I swear, he spoke for a minute straight, without letting Cole getting a word in. That's an achievement. Sheamus saves Hornswogggle and hammers Titus with the Beats of the Bodhran. Brogue Kick finishes clean in 5 minutes. 2 for 3. Sheamus's boot = where heel pushes go to die. Renee Young congratulates Sheamus on his win afterwards and he enters his name in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royale. Of course, Christian is already entered in that, and assaults Sheamus. Killswitch puts him down for good.
There's a new video package for Undertaker v Brock Lesnar, with some catchy music that I can't identify. But it's not as epic as Placebo's version of "Running up that Hill" that was used for UT's second match with Shawn.
John Cena heads out to address his situation with the Wyatts. He gets more booes than cheers today. Cena talks about being here twelve years and having over 3500 matches. He wants to get something off his chest: he's afraid of Bray Wyatt. He's afraid of who he is and what he says, and he's afraid that people are actually listening to Bray. Bray is different than anyone John's faced before because he doesn't care about proving who's the best. Bray wants to convince the people that John Cena is a lie, but to hell with that. John believes in himself, and for him WrestleMania is all about fighting for every man, woman, and child who's ever believed anything he's ever said. John puts his legacy on the line, and now Bray Wyatt interrupts, donning a Cena shirt. Children believe in superheroes because they want to believe that the world is good; they haven't lived long enough to see through the lie. Bray's got scars too, because the world gave them to him. Bray's learned that everything he's wanted in his life would eventually wither away. Bray could be just like Cena, be a hero, go home to his plastic girlfriend in his castle and feel better about himself. But he's not Cena. At Wrestlemania Bray doesn't care if he dies, as long as the world sees Cena as he does. 3 for 4. That's more like it! Serious Cena and fanatically nonsensical Bray? More of that, please.
So Scooby Doo and Arnold Schwarzenegger are both going to be at Raw next week?
Match 3: Non-Title, No DQ: Randy Orton v Daniel Bryan Orton beats up on Bryan but he turns the tide in the corner and unleashes some kicks. Bryan works on the leg of Orton, hammering it against the post. Bryan hits some uppercuts but Orton turns the tide with a big headbutt. Orton hammers away with some uppercuts but Bryan dropkicks him to the outside, and it's Air Goat time! Orton produces a kendo stick out of nowhere to take over, and starts yelling at some fan behind the commentators: "ring the bell?! It's no DQ! There's no bell to ring!" before nailing a back suplex on the announcers' table.
Back from the break, Orton chokes away on Bryan with the stick, and gets a big shot off on his back. Orton gets two off a suplex on the barricade, and drives him crotch-first into the post. Yikes. Inverted backbreaker off the post! That was innovative. Back inside, that gets a couple of two-counts, but Orton spends too long taunting the fans and gets clotheslined. Running kick in the corner and a top-rope hurricanrana get 2 and now Bryan has the kendo stick. He unleashes a righteous asswhooping, a brutal combination of the kendo and the YES Kicks. Buzzsaw! It gets 2, but Orton cuts off an attempted Swandive and crotches him. Orton with a headbutt TO THE JAW and he brings him down with a SUPERplex for 2. Vintage Orton and he sets up for the RKO, but Bryan wisely rolls out of the ring.Orton takes it a little too easy, allowing Bryan to wallop him with the kendo and kick him over the barricade, but he comes back with a chair. Back inside, Orton looks to finish with that chair, but Batista spears the hell out of him from out of nowhere! Busaiku Knee gets rid of Dave, and Bryan pins Orton at 15 minutes. 4 for 5. I don't think Bryan and Orton have had a bad match, and this is another worthy addition to their series. Postmatch, Batista gets one back by powerbombing Orton.
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Paul Heyman joins us to deliver a statement from Brock Lesnar. He wants to illustrate that Undertaker has barely survived his last several WM opponents but Brock has victimized and conquered those very same opponents. He presents "without embellishment" a video package showing the struggles of Undertaker over his last few WM victories. It is interesting to note that there's not a single frame of CM Punk in there. Paul promises that Brock will end the steak.
HHH and Stephanie are backstage and Steph has concerns about Triple H's plan. She wants him to remember that Daniel Bryan disrespected the Authority and their family and she's not sure what is to be achieved by "talking to" Bryan tonight. She wants to know what happens when Triple H wins the title at Wrestlemania and goes back on the road. What happens to their family? What happens to the business? Triple H tells her he's thinking clearly for the first time in a while, and he'll take care of it. "You better."
Match 4: Fandango v Goldust Ay, there's your mid-show throwaway match. Goldust does a little waltz with Cody on his way to the ring. Fandango taunts him with a dance move, but Goldust hits on Summer Rae in return. Fandango is bamboozled by Goldust and gets his askk kicked. Summer Rae objects to this vile treatment of her man, so Goldust pulls off a move or two for her. Fandango attacks him, but that causes Summer to fall off the apron...right into the arms of Cody. Fandago has a problem with that, but he manages to fend off Goldust and grabs a chinlock. Goldust fights out and but runs into the turnbuckle and we go right back to the chinlock. Fandango's charge meets boot, and Goldust snaps off a rana from the top! Fandago gets a suplex on the second try but misses Beauty In Motion, and the Curtain Call finishes him in 6 minutes. 4 for 6. Not much to the match, though the crowd is into the Rhodes Brothers. I think if they'd gone with the goofy vibe they established at the beginning, that would've been silly, harmless fun.
The Undertaker is on Main Event tomorrow!
Kane wants to talk about actions that do not have a place in the ring, like last week's Occupy Raw stunt. After a thorough investigation, Kane has come to the conclusion that the debacle could not have taken place without outside help, particularly that of Jerry Lawler. JBL was right! Kane wants Lawler in the ring but the Shield interrupt. They force Lawler in the ring, much to the delight of Kane. Kane admits that King's not in fighting shape, so he'll only enjoy what he's going to do a little. Rollins mentions that Bryan isn't going to be out here to save King, because the Shield always does what's best for business. Kane doesn't take kindly to that, but it doesn't end well for him. Kane nearly takes it to them, but the numbers overwhelm him and he gets the triple powerbomb. The crowd doesn't quite understand how to deal with this; you can hear a fair smattering of boos. 4 for 7. The Shield and Kane's act on Smackdown has been much better. If the rumors are true and the Ascension are coming, that'll be an interesting match, even though I've never seen them in a non-squash match.
Match 5: The Funkadactyls v AJ Lee and Tamina Naomi is wearing a glittery eyepatch as she recovers from a broken orbital bone. Cameron starts off with Tamina and Tamina runs her over with a clothesline for 2. Tamina keeps her down with knees, and AJ comes in with a kick for 2. AJ grabs a rear naked choke and Tamina comes in with a slam for 2. Cameron escapes a Samoan Drop and it's a hot tag to Naomi. She cleans house on AJ while Cameron takes out Tamina. Naomi powers out of AJ's Black Widow attempt and a split-legged moonsault finishes for her in 4 minutes. 4 for 8. Postmatch, AJ tries to blame it all on Tamina, but Tamina just pushes her back down.
Mr. T is the latest inductee to the Hall of Fame.
Match 6: Mark Henry, Dolph Ziggler, Big E, and Big Show v Ryback, Curtis Axel, Alberto Del Rio, and Damien Sandow All eight guys are in the Andre Memorial Battle Royale (AMBAR?). Ryback starts with Big E and kicks his ass in the corner until Big E runs him over with a shoulder. Ryback stops a charge in the corner but runs into a big belly-to-belly. Henry comes in for a double team and Axel comes in only to eat a big boot. Ziggler comes in with a neckbreaker for 2, but Axel reverses and tags in Ryback. Ryback dominates Dolph but misses a charge and it's drokicks for everyone! The heels take a breather to recuperate and we head to a break.
Back from the break, Del Rio beats up Ziggler outside but it only gets 2 inside. Sandow comes in for some boots, and the heels control Dolph with frequent tags. Dolph escapes a stalling suplex and rolls up Ryback for 2, but the heels regain control through Axel. Dolph fights back with a big DDT, but Sandow stops a tag and catapults him into the corner. Dolph sidesteps his charge and it's HOT TAG Big Show! He dominates Sandow, but now it's a big donnybrook with everyone taking everyone else out. Corner Enzuigiri for Big E! Fameasser for Del Rio! Dolph takes a SICK bump over the turnbuckle and to the outside! Show dumps Axel and that leaves him alone with poor Sandow. You can guess how that goes. Chokeslam finishes at 12 minutes. 4 for 9. It's a fun finish, it always is in these 8-man tags, but the match prior to that wasn't much. Judging by Cole's commentary, the point of that match is to establish Big Show as the odds-on favorite for the AMBaR, but I don't know if anyone's really buying that at this point.
Match 7: Bray Wyatt v Kofi Kingston Poor Kofi's usually the sacrificial lamb of choice when it comes to Bray, and today seems no different. Bray's entrance is interrupted with an awesome video about Bray v Cena set to Eminem's "Legacy." Bray controls with clubbing blows but Kofi nails him with a high-altitude dropkick. Bray's blind charge finds nothing, but Kofi misses a dive and gets nailed with the running crossbody. Bray nails some big elbows and a cool swinging ribcrusher. Corner avalanche and Sister Abigail finish at 3 minutes. 5 for 10. Total squash, but effective. Plus that video was truly great.
Triple H makes his way out for his mano-a-mano with Daniel Bryan. Apparently HHH just wants to get some things off his chest. Trips mentions that he'd be lucky if his wife talks to him tonight. He addresses their issues since Summerslam, claiming that everything he's done is best for business, not personal. Triple H can't expect anyone to understand the burden of being him. At Wrestlemania, he will put an end to all this, because Bryan crossed a line and Triple H has no choice. He must put an end to this uprising, and he'll put an end to Daniel Bryan in the process. "No hard feelings. May the best man win." Triple H offers a handshake but Bryan refuses. Trips acknowledges Bryan's determination, as he's still standing here despite everything Triple H has done. There's even a veiled reference to CM Punk. Triple H tells Bryan that he's earned his respect, but Stephanie is out to object to this. She's pressing charges against Bryan, and she has officers on hand to arrest him. The officers handcuff Bryan as Trips and Stephanie bicker on the ramp. They come to an understanding just as Bryan's handcuffed, and now it's revealed to be a big setup, as Trips goes to town on Bryan's defenseless ass, with Steph screeching encouragement. This beating goes on for a good five minutes all around the ring without anything particularly vicious. Steph gets in a couple of shots. "You hit like a GIRL!" - Bryan. That sets Trips off and he hits the coup-de-grace, a chairshot to the head against the post. Pedigree ends the show. "Our ring! Our show! This belongs to us!" 5 for 11. This is a good idea in theory but it took WAY too long to reach the endgame.
Wrestling Counter: 58 minutes. A good-to-great first couple of hours but then it fell off pretty sharply.
I really loved the opening segment. Hunter goes full on eff you mode.
The final segment was okay, sort have been there done that feel to it. If you weren't hoping for a tie choke then you aren't a fan of continuity. Steph's look of wanting to screw Hunter's brains out after the chairshot was a bonus.
Christian is going to get BURIED by JBL next time out, but he knocked JBL off his game the rest of the night, so good job by him.
The Shield going face works for me just to keep them together long enough for Ambrose to do something slimy.
I thought that was a 10 star angle, maybe the best angle of the entire Bryan saga. Stephanie McMahon's latent Vince DNA has finally manifested and she's become a pretty terrific performer, at least in certain contexts. She was having a blast. That shimmy on the kiss.
And to think at first I was disappointed that there was no Shawn Michaels angle for San Antonio. They've been cleaning up so many messes as of late that I expected him to come out and say the Hell in a Cell finish was stupid and just go back to backing Bryan.
It's amazing how quickly things can change in a couple months and a couple weeks. Wrestlemania 30 is now the Daniel Bryan show. All the subtext of why Orton vs. Batista was a terrible idea has become text, lampshaded by Triple H. WWE created a monster. They played chicken with the crowd up to Wrestlemania. And they lost.
But they can by win by losing! The crowd is full of new Daniel Bryan merchandise. According to the Observer, he's now the #2 merch seller in the company. Arnold Schwarzenegger is doing his catchphrase. The hardcore hijack mission of truth has become foam Yes fingers. Good! I want WWE to completely hijack the Daniel Bryan movement and make millions of dollars off of him. The more incentive to invest in him the better. Cover him in head to toe with everything from John Cena's color wheel and the WWF Magazine catalogue circa 1990. Wristbands, bedspreads, teddy bears, ice cream bars. Daniel Bryan: The Movie!
(What the hell are you doing with those Oculus motherfuckers, Karen Gillan???)
If someone would've pitched a Wrestlemania card three months ago where Bryan wrestles twice and goes over everybody -- while John Cena pisses off into a semi-main to elevate a new heel -- I would've laughed at their unrealistic wet dreams. Now we are living it. This reign might not end well in the long run, but at the very least we're probably gonna get one night to party. If this goes down proper, after many a dissatisfied message board post on the inter-net, believe me, I will write a paean to Vince and Paul (oh yeah I went there).
Oh my god can we talk about Randy Orton and the bell. RING THE BELL? IT'S NO DQ THERE'S NO BELL TO RING
I'm really starting to like the Andre battle royal. It's the match to give a bunch of upper midcarders something semi-important to do that's been missing since Money in the Bank left Mania, save for that one year they had the GM tag. They haven't been able to pull off a Mania midcard in years and years, so there was no point in booking 6 minute Sheamus/Christian and Del Rio/Ziggler matches. This is almost maybe the first one in a long time where timing out the show is close to idiot-proof.
It is comforting, however, to see that the Rey Mysterio Wrestlemania Curse will never, ever be broken and follow him to his grave in this, perhaps his final Wrestlemania. Ziggler getting in the TV mix for the WM build has actually been a minor miracle considering how your Reys and Mizes have fallen off the face of the earth.
Bryan should definitely fight and win all his battles by himself, but it would've been pretty great if things were plotted out so that after so many prior beatdowns, the Shield turn could've been mixed in with Bryan and all the Evolution guys out to kill him.
I like how Heyman's promo was about how Undertaker was pushed to the limit by Triple H and CM Punk, but Brock Lesnar beat Triple H and CM Punk. And then the video contained no footage of CM Punk.
Summer Rae being swooned then SCANDALIZED by Cody Rhodes was charming. It reminds me of one of my favorite meaningless 2-second spots ever. Duchess of Dudleyville and recently impregnated Stacy Keibler did the same spot falling into the arms of Matt Hardy and she was like "ooh yeah I'm a super hot lady, life is a breeze :D" and then Matt dropped her.
the-w.com user OMG its Feely made the incredibly astute point that Hornswoggle was Titus O'Neil's pro on NXT. They were in a stable with AJ.
Christian's receipt on JBL was an exhilarating moment. That Andre trophy is the final thing he needs to do before he departs this mortal plane and ascends to So Cal Valhalla.
Originally posted by KJames199
Originally posted by used2bcoolAll eight guys are in the Andre Memorial Battle Royale (AMBAR?).
Andre Roussimoff Memorial BAttle Royal?
you've each accomplished something significant here.
Am the only one who's kinda annoyed when they just pop up the "Bray Wyatt IN ACTION!" graphic, and don't even give his opponent the honor of a side-by-side? Especially when it's a very talented former champion (albeit turned jobber) in Kofi Kingston, who they've done it to in two consecutive shows ... if it was some no-name from NXT, I could see it, but damn guys, give Kofi *some* respect.
I only saw part of the last hour, was too busy watching Cosmos on the rerun. Thought the ending segment was fairly lame, but they have to give the heel some chance to be dominant, even if it's through extreme levels of cheating. Honestly, the lengths HHH went through to make Bryan defenseless seems to elevate him even higher, as someone who legitimately scares HHH shitless. Why else would he need to hire eight guys to dress up as cops, handcuff him, and then beat him down while he's helpless?
I gotta agree with Justin, what a difference two years makes. Two years ago, DB was involved in the biggest title match squash in WM history; he didn't even last as long as HHH did against Warrior. Now it's looking not only possible but even odds-on that Bryan will not only beat HHH, but then go on to beat two other men at the same time to win his rightful place as the champion. Shawn must be prouder than a motherfucker.
I like that the Andre Battle Royal has officially become renamed "ArMBaR" :P
CORRECTION: Regarding my praise of John Cena’s promo against Bray Wyatt last week, I just want to say that I am not a Jimmy Buffet fan and Cena’s singing of “Margaritaville” last week made me cringe despite my praise. I thought the light-hearted tone of the promo, including Cena’s verbal no-selling of Bray, was fine due to Hulk Hogan’s presence and it leading to a posedown at the end since it’s hard to go from a serious promo to that, so I still stand behind my praise. Except the “Margaritaville” part. Screw that.
Okay, now as far as tonight’s RAW goes…
God damn, Bray Wyatt is awesome. The Cena side of things is great too. I really like this feud. The more serious tone worked this week and I figured it played like it did last week because the objective of that segment was because Hogan was there. Bray’s proving he can hang with the top, or top-ish, guy in the company and that ain’t a bad thing.
Is anyone else getting nervous with Daniel Bryan pinning Orton two weeks in a row? Fortunately, it’s not super close to WrestleMania, so I expect Orton and Batista to get the upper hand in the following weeks, but still, the WWE’s known pattern of the champion jobbing on RAW and winning on PPV is pretty consistent.
The HHH beatdown was needlessly long, but I assume that’s done so that they have plenty of footage to assemble into the video package they’re playing at WrestleMania. While the idea of “EVOLUTION EXXXPLODEZZZZ!” makes me want to gag, I like the addition of that stip to set up that Bryan might actually lose.
And then, yeah, other stuff happened, I guess. Taker/Brock is already hitting the part where I’m too familiar with both and there’s not much real story left to tell, unless Brock beats the living shit out of him on RAW soon. I like the Usos, although I wish they’d figure out if Swagger and Cesaro are wrestling for the IC Title or the Tag Titles. I guess The Shield are faces now. Hopefully, Kane has his revenge and sets up a triple threat match for the US Title at WrestleMania.
I’ve stopped caring about Christian a while ago, but damned if he isn’t starting to give me reasons to care… before his untimely death, of course.
I liked the big beatdown at the end, especially the part where HHH tried to drown Bryan in the water bucket, but I was really, really hoping that Bryan would end up hitting the running knee while in handcuffs. Oh well, can't have everything I guess. Other than that, I liked most of the show, but it seemed like something went wrong during the Goldust/Fandango match. Not only did Goldy get busted open a little, he seemed genuinely pretty angry after the match was over.
I hesitate to praise Stephanie too much, because I would feel indirectly guilty if this feud became more about her (a la X8), but damn, she's amazing.
They haven't officially announced Cesaro yet for the ARMBAR, and I'm torn on whether I want to see him in it. If he gets his own match outside of the ARMBAR, he gets well-deserved focus, but if he's in the ARMBAR, he gets to swing the Big Show out over the top rope for the final elimination. Also, a tag title match would be bumped to the pre-show before the ARMBAR.
It makes my heart happy that The Shield is unified, and that (knock on wood), they get a six man at Mania. Kane said they're replaceable, so who will he recruit? I had thought he would join with Harper and Rowan to tie together like four different storylines.
Not exactly sure what the point is of guaranteeing a triple threat title match. Why not just outright make it a fatal four way, since that's where it's likely heading anyway?
If there's a downside to that Raw, it'd be that HHH had to go back to 20 minutes at the top and at the end, the kind of thing that once ended the company's run at the top, and that he had to book it so that both Orton and Batista are afraid of him, but he is builing up two 'Mania matches and it was all done as well as could possibly be done, so I give him a pass. And everyone, especially Stephanie, sold the hell out of the whole thing. That's a Road To Wrestlemania segment, right there.
It was kinda weird that they didn't do a quick "Wyatts take out Cena" bit backstage to set up why Cena wouldn't help Bryan in that kind of situation. I'm very glad that he didn't, obviously, but it is one of those things that make every heel with a "John Cena, you're the worst friend in the world" axe to grind very relatable. Fine with The Shield not saving Bryan, as cool as that would have been. Too soon for that, and they do what they want.
Best thing on Raw no one has mentioned outside the recap: Cesaro's leaping uppercut onto the apron to stop the Uso Dive. There's basically nothing I like better in matches themselves than when guys are shown to have paid attention to their opponents' matches and counter accordingly (I call this Christian Monitoring Science as of right now, in memory honor of Christian).
Best thing on Raw no one has mentioned, period: Bad News Barrett's "podium raising" music starting up but no Barrett or podium to be seen...only to realize someone was holding up a giant sign accidentally obscuring where Barrett would normally be when Barrett suddenly rose up from BEHIND the sign. I hope it goes all the way up to the top of the Superdome at Wrestlemania.
Originally posted by CRZNo Rusev? Was he let go?
He was announced as appearing at the beginning of the show, but never turned up. The only conclusions to draw are that he was let go during the show or that Batista and Orton used up all the "say everything twice" allowances during the top of the show, which meant Lana was, per FCC rules, not allowed to come out saying "внимание! внимание!" (I noticed, because this has been my favorite thing on Raw.)
Originally posted by Amos CochranIf they want to get Brie over as their top babyface Diva, all she needs to do is tackle the shit out of Stephanie during the WrestleMania match. The pop would be insane.
I think you've got it: Nikki wins the Divas title in a Multi-Diva match and Brie runs out and yells "Brie Mode!" and gives Stephanie the comeuppance that has been eluding her for her whole career during HHH/Bryan or the three-way if they save Stephanie's spot for that. Also, Nattie accidentally knocks off Naomi's eyepatch and vomits when she sees the horribly scarred mess underneath for her big Total Divas Wrestlemania moment.
Originally posted by KJames199
Originally posted by used2bcoolAll eight guys are in the Andre Memorial Battle Royale (AMBAR?).
Andre Roussimoff Memorial BAttle Royal?
This is it! Our first Super Cryptic Clue that Chris Jericho is returning! Excited to see what we find next week, and if we missed anything last week! You've done it again, Y2J!
Edited to add:
Originally posted by Mr Shh Not exactly sure what the point is of guaranteeing a triple threat title match. Why not just outright make it a fatal four way, since that's where it's likely heading anyway?
Nah, presenting the possibility of HHH beating Bryan and a LEGACY EXPLODES match that only the three guys in it (and maybe not even Orton) would ever want was specifically done to troll us. It was fantastic, hilarious, Inception-styled heel work planting the idea for the worst possible "they fumbled in the worst possible way at the goal line!" fears to be realized and confirms my ongoing theory about HHH discovering the internet sometime last year.
Originally posted by Dr Unlikely>Nah, presenting the possibility of HHH beating Bryan and a LEGACY EXPLODES match that only the three guys in it (and maybe not even Orton) would ever want was specifically done to troll us. It was fantastic, hilarious, Inception-styled heel work planting the idea for the worst possible "they fumbled in the worst possible way at the goal line!" fears to be realized and confirms my ongoing theory about HHH discovering the internet sometime last year.
(edited by Dr Unlikely on 18.3.14 0939)
Uhhhh-greed. That was one ginormous troll to give the HHHaters out there a tight sphincter at the prospect of "Would he ACTUALLY book himself to walk out of WMXXX with the titles?? He would, wouldn't he?"
I'd love to vote for Bryan/Dolph...but that HBK/UT match really WAS good and probably deserves the praise that it gets, considering how much pressure was put on both of them to put on a good follow-up to last year's blockbuster.