Live from Los Angeles, CA! Reigns comes out to talk about family and respect but Lana interrupts him because Reigns has no concept of what respect means. Roman accuses Rusev of hiding behind his skirt and and Lana tells him to go to hell (twice, because Rusev missed his cue), and Rusev heads out to kick his ass. Rusev hits DAT KICK to send Reigns tumbling over the barricade and poses with the title on the entrance ramp, only for Reigns to wipe him out with the Superman Punch. Reigns grants Rusev his rematch at HiaC, but it will be in the Cell. 1 for 1. There's nothing wrong with these two beating each other up, but everything Lana said about Reigns not knowing the value of family and respect is actually true, since he interrupted their wedding festivities for no reason whatsoever.
Brian Kendrick d. TJ Perkins (non-title) with the Captain's Hook. 2 for 2. Perfectly acceptable wrestling. BK is the only Cruiserweight who's heeling it up, and he's doing it like that crafty veteran lineman who actually holds on every play but gets away with it every time.
Seth Rollins Sit-down: Seth has no doubt in his mind that KO didn't actually beat him, and that Seth deserves a rematch. He accuses Owens of being a teacher's pet, a cog in the machine. Seth knows how the machine works, and he's going to tear it down piece by piece. Seth talks about Jericho and Steph and says he knows how the game is played, and promises to cancel the Kevin Owens Show. 3 for 3. Great stuff. I'm glad we're moving onto the Seth the full-blown face who's been wronged. There was a follow-up segment with Stephanie where he repeated some of those things, and Steph reminded him that he was, for the first time in his career, all alone. Seth got in a dig of his own, Steph didn't retaliate (yet), and they ended it with a bit of intrigue with an ambiguous look on Steph's face.
Braun "RAWR" Strowman d. Chase Silver with a running powerslam. 3 for 4.The squash and the jobber weren't quite as entertaining as some others, but there was a development here. Braun wants real competition and threatens to destroy the concept of time if he doesn't get it by next week. Tremendous.
Sasha stretches backstage in preparation for her historic main event (first women's match to main Raw since 2004!), and Bayley stops by to re-affirm their friendship. Sasha re-iterates that she's going to make history and Bayley wishes her luck, but also states that she'd rather have been the one out there. This was genuine, not snarky, and I love that Bayley's character hasn't forgotten what her end goal is. Bayley later lends Sasha a helping hand by wiping out Dana Brooke (after Dana provokes her for no real reason) prior to the main event. That was done in a way that Charlotte can actually blame Dana for not having her back when it mattered the most, and kick off that feud. 4 for 5.
KO and Jericho head out to address Rollins. KO brags about injuring Seth and calls him an idiot ("and some might even say stupid idiot") for wanting his rematch so quickly instead of healing up. KO says Seth hasn't earned a rematch and he's lost to KO twice now. KO has Jericho with him, as he wants Jericho to be the referee in a potential rematch. Jericho would rather challenge for the tag titles, but KO thinks that's too much work until Jericho brings up the possibility of Jericho challenging for the Universal Title. KO balks at that, and suddenly wants those tag belts, prompting New Day to head out. Jericho winds up putting all of them of THE LIST ("Kofy" is misspelled, but KO is there to correct it), and KO accuses them of jeopardizing thousands of children with their cereal of questionable health. New Day accept a non-title challenge for later tonight. This is done in a great way - Jericho's half of the friendship is genuine, and KO's is obviously not. Jericho is a convenience for KO, since he's a truly despicable asshole who really only cares about himself. Jericho will make a good face when the turn happens, since the crowd is already into much of his goofy schtick. The character work from these two is par excellence, and the decision to put the dynamics of their friendship in the spotlight is absolutely the right one. 5 for 6.
Sami Zayn d. Titus O'Neil with the Helluva Kick. 5 for 7.Titus has a new gimmick(?), a new "brand," a new hashtag (#MakeItAWin), and then gets squashes in 2 minutes. Okay.
Sheamus and Cesaro continue bickering but Foley shows up to tell them to get their act together and become a dominant force in the tag division.
Anderson and Gallows promise to end all the fun and games. Anderson and Gallows d. The Golden Truth with the Magic Killer. 5 for 8. Golden Truth's entrance now has karaoke-style lyrics. This was just a squash. Anderson and Gallows looked alright, but Golden Truth have no credibility. After the damage done to the Club by their repeated jobs to New Day, a reset and some squashes is probably not the worst thing for them to do. Maybe a feud with Sheamus/Cesaro could be on the horizon.
Ashton Kutcher and Dana Masterson are on hand and they question JeriKO's friendship. Jericho puts them on the list, but gets mocked for losing to Fandango at Wrestlemania. KO is too far above all this to care, and leaves to prepare for the match. Jericho promises that Kutcher and Dana are going to get...wait... IT.
It's October, so they have Enzo and Cass do a segment with the Susan G. Komen survivors and present them with some swanky title belts. Enzo and Cass came off as heartfelt so this worked out okay.
The New Day d. JeriKO (non-title) with the Midnight Hour. Pretty good match, including a beautiful tope from Xavier that wiped out Owens. Jericho has Woods in the Liontamer(!) but Rollins shows up for the distraction, allowing Big E and Woods to finish with the Midnight Hour. Postmatch, KO bails as Jericho eats a Pedigree. 6 for 9. Kutcher and Masterton were passable on commentary here, and did their best at the end to rub in that no true friend would abandon his friend the way KO abandoned Jericho.
Backstage, Charlotte doesn't feel butterflies because she's genetically superior. Charlotte gets in a great dig about Sasha being angry because she knows the only reason for her main eventing Raw is Charlotte. Charlotte was born for the spotlight, and when it is shining, she comes through. Sasha has butterflies because she chokes when the lights are the brightest. Sasha wants to make history? She will make history when she taps out to end the show.
Tony Nese d. Rich Swann with a modified Michinoku Driver. 6 for 10. Nese can be established a heel - he has the beginnings of a gimmick where he feels overshadowed by other cruisers who he feels aren't the complete package that he is. Graves and Cole did a good job on commentary establishing Nese as the "Premier Athlete," and that's a good start. The crowd became invested in the match as it went on. Unfortunately, the actual match is very much an Impact Special, a four-minute back and forth that doesn't do much for anyone.
Cesaro and Sheamus d. Two Jobbers with the Brogue Kick. Cool spot when Cesaro springboarded off Sheamus's back to DDT Jobber #1 as Sheamus was bent over trying to lock Jobber #2 into the Cloverleaf. They bicker, until Cesaro points out Jobber #2 trying to attack Sheamus, at which point Sheamus kills him with the Brogue. They're trying, and I like both of them, so I don't mind this. 7 for 11.
Sasha Banks d. Charlotte with the Bank Statement to become the new WWE Raw Women's Champion. 8 for 12. They did a fantastic job with the video package to make this look like the big match it was. Los Angeles was into it, and the crowd was buzzing the entire time. The match itself isn't a masterpiece and both women have had far better showings in the ring, but there were some great high spots (Charlotte's gorgeous corkscrew moonsault, even though she didn't get all of it), good character work from Charlotte as she grew more and more frustrated, and a hot finish after Sasha had been fighting from underneath for the entire match. It caps off a pretty fantastic Raw, the first such show in many many months that could compete on an even keel with SmackDown.
(edited by used2bcool on 4.10.16 0940) In a coat of gold or a coat of red, a lion still has claws
And mine are long and sharp, my lord, as long and sharp as yours!
Uhh why is Emma coming back as "Emmalina" with a 2002-era swimsuit model Divas-style video package? She barely even got to use her heel, bad ass sexy motorcycle cop look after she was brought back to the main roster.
Originally posted by Spiraling_ShapeUhh why is Emma coming back as "Emmalina" with a 2002-era swimsuit model Divas-style video package? She barely even got to use her heel, bad ass sexy motorcycle cop look after she was brought back to the main roster.
Raw needs its own Eva Marie.
Not a bad show. I took a pass on attending this one, don't really regret it, but I would have enjoyed it if I went.
They really need to make up their mind on Seth Rollins and how they're portraying him. So he's a babyface now, but they've gone so slow with his turn that it dosn't have an effect that it could have. He needed a "Virgil hits DiBiase with the Million Dollar Belt" moment and they've only had him get turned on and beaten by the Authority (or whatever they're called now) and it's making him look totally beta, man.
That was a good show that was perfectly watchable.
The womens match main eventing was a good thing to see, but I really worry about Sasha and her getting a serious injury. It seems like she has already had a few close calls and it looks like she is going to have a lot more to come. The match kept your interest and either looked like they could have won. Charlotte flipping out like that was a surprise and looked amazing and scary all at the same time!
Jericho teasing a face turn was good and got a good reaction. I suppose Owens needs something to do so wouldn't be the worst thing ever. The tag match was good. It would have been amusing to see JericKo win but was always more than unlikely.
The 2 cruiserweight matches were good but they still have some work to do there. Swann has potential if he doesn't do too many poses and Nese is looking good. TJP and Perkins is sensible booking, but if they are wanting to promote the cruiserweights they need to show the flips and turns that catch peoples attention. Not easy to do, but the moves in the Swann/Nese match caught the crowd so needs to be worked on.
Titus looked sure to win his match so didn't expect that to happen. Are they going to go with a losing streak gimmick?
Reigns still has a lot of work to do to win people on to his side. Adults can make more of a noise that squeaky kids and Lana was more over than he was. The punch at the end of the segment was unexpected but didn't make him look great. Why not at least make him look like a heel for a few weeks and then make a decision? At least Seth is now seemingly 'offically' a face but do we want him to beat Owens? Not sure enough do, but does him losing then cause a problem in the long term? A tricky situation that needs some careful thought and execution.
The only problem i had with the main event was Charlotte again saying something along the lines of "you will never beat me" again. The first time she said that and lost it was special. When she said it Monday I knew she was going to lose.
Really good match outside of that.
Life is hilariously cruel.
It ain't the six minutes... it's what happens in that six minutes.