This week’s episode of WrestleTalk’s WWE Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes, The Undertaker’s big(ish) return, a possible change of plans for Roman Reigns vs Triple H for Wrestlemania 32, some terrible treatment of Kevin Owens, and more.
What did you think of this week’s RAW? Let us know in the comments down below.
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This week’s episode of RAW – from Kevin Nashville, Tennessee – had several segments furthering the Shane O’Back storyline. Just all without Shane McMahon himself.
First, there was a video package recap, only notable for how freaking long it went on for, and the inserted audio line about Shane having to win the match – a pretty important plot point Vince forgot to mention last week, where he only said Shane had to ‘face’ Undertaker to win control of RAW.
Stephanie cut a promo about how rubbish Shane is, and Vince later introduced the Undertaker as ‘his force of destruction.’ Taker didn’t really like that, grabbing Vince’s throat – FREE TITUS – and saying Shane’s blood will be on Vince’s hands.
And then he walked off. Yeah, that was it.
Vince stayed in the ring to say Shane is no son of his…just a son of a bitch. The ATTITUDE ERA IS BACK! But poor Linda.
If this were a zanier storyline, I would be so up for Vince now adopting Triple H in Shane’s place. Just imagine the sketches of them playing catch in the yard, Vince teaching Hunter how to ride a bike, or any of the other things my dad never did for me.
Anyway, Shane will be back next week.
SASHA BANKS VS BECKY LYNCH
This match wasn’t their best, but I just love these two in the ring. The winner was supposed to get a shot at Charlotte’s Divas Title at Wrestlemania, but it ended in a double pinfall draw.
So whose music should we play?
But she wasn’t even in the match?
I AM KEVIN DUNN AND YOU WILL DO AS I SAY.
They’re going to have a rematch on Smackdown.
Y2AJ BEAT THE NEW DAY
We should’ve known Y2AJ would be a thing. I don’t want it to be a thing, but the name is too god damned good.
It’s obvious they’re building to a Jericho heel turn to set up a Wrestlemania match, but I’d much rather see AJ going it alone and tearing through the roster. Remember when he used to feel special.
After beating The New Day, Y2AJ challenged them to a tag team title match next week on RAW. A match is announced a whole week in advance. Absolute treat.
Here’s the stuff that’s too insignificant to properly talk about:
Bray Wyatt said if you don’t join him, you’ll end up like all the rest. By which I guess he means decisively beating the Wyatt Family.
THE MIZ BEAT DOLPH ZIGGLER
Miz beat Dolph Ziggler in just over a minute, and Ziggler just stood their grinning. Because if he didn’t, he’d cry.
LEAGUE OF NATIONS (RUSEV AND SHEAMUS) BEAT LUCHA DRAGONS
Kalisto is great, but I’m pretty sure every roster combination of tag teams have wrestled around him vs Del Rio now. Let’s move on.
AWFUL SUBWAY ADVERT WITH NATALIA
Natalia likes a footlong.
RYBACK BEAT ADAM ROSE
I’m actually into this lone wolf Ryback. They played this straight at the end, with the Social Outcasts concerned for Rose as Ryback just walked off like a badass.
DUDLEY’S VS USOS
The Dudleys used a table despite saying they wouldn’t, directly in front of the referee, and they weren’t DQ’d.
BIG SHOW BEAT KEVIN OWENS
Kevin Owens lost by count out to the Big Show. I know what they’re doing with the count out psychology – Owens beat Show on Smackdown in the same way – but that doesn’t stop it from being even-stevens, utter crap booking for Owens.
NAOMI BEAT BRIE BELLA
Naomi beat Brie via submission, then Lana comes out to slow clap. Looks like this is building towards a match between them both.
DEAN AMBROSE VS ALBERTO DEL RIO
The show opened with Triple H and Dean Ambrose making Oscar jokes. Triple H complimented Dean on winning Best Supporting Actor – a swipe at him playing second fiddle to Roman Reigns – and Ambrose promised he wouldn’t go all Mad Max. Joking aside, I’d like to congratulate WWE’s real Oscar winner: Smackdown for Best Sound Editing.
Ambrose ended up challenging Triple H for the WWE Title, who would decide whether to accept by the end of the night.
The show’s main even was Ambrose vs Alberto del Rio. The match ended with a League of Injuries beat down when Triple H interrupts to accept Dean’s challenge.
Dean, seemingly out for the count, then thumps Triple H on the chin. This is how the crowd should have been last week – booing Triple H and being concerned about the person he’s beating down. Not chanting ‘one more time’ like they did for Roman. Even Triple H throwing Byron Saxton to the ground didn’t get a babyface pop.
Ambrose vs Triple H will take place on the WWE Network special Roadblock between now and Wrestlemania. It poses an interesting question, though: are WWE changing their plans?
Ambrose has been at the centre of everything for the last month and a half, and the crowd is far more favourable towards him. Could this be a way to make it Triple H vs Reigns vs Ambrose at Mania? Or, even better from a character perspective, Ambrose vs Reigns.
Here’s the usual ratings recap, from top to bottom – In Awe, Cor, AVERAWGE, Poor and Bore.
This week’s Raw is ‘Poor’.
Last week you had Shane back, an announcement of a Hell in a Cell match with the Undertaker and a bloody Roman Reigns angle – that’s in both red bodily fluids and how everyone feels about it.
This week, all that really happened was Taker coming out and saying a few cryptic, underwhelming lines, and a holding match for the WWE Title. It feels as though – rather than have a hot build towards Wrestlemania with at least one big exciting angle happening every week, the WWE have the mindset of, ah balls, we’ve got five more weeks to fill. Let’s stretch out these storylines.
But what did you all think? Let us know in the comments down below.
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