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RAW In A Nutshell: Rock Comes Home

After a strong Royal Rumble, things are bound to be exciting on RAW, coming at us live from Miami. We have the buzz of a returning Superstar, AJ Styles is making his RAW debut, and it’s Hunter’s first night on RAW as champion in a long time. It should be an eventful three hours, so let’s buckle up on the Road to WrestleMania!

Best Match of the night:

AJ Styles versus Chris Jericho.¬† I had a feeling with the Rumble going as it did last night, that Jericho would be going back to do that which he does better than most Superstars in recent memory. What’s that, you ask? Putting young talent over. Except that, in Styles’ case, he’s not really young talent, just new-to-WWE talent. But,¬† if you want to get someone over, Jericho is a guy willing to do that. And this match did not disappoint, outside of not seeing the Styles Clash.

Worst match of the night:

Kane versus Bray Wyatt was forgettable. And, outside of Flo Rida, the Dudleyz/Social Outcasts match was too. Either of them qualify for worst of the night, call it a toss up.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Fight Owens Fight

AJ Styles

This is awesome

Llama penis


This is awful

lets go Ambrose

Star of the Night

I give this one to AJ Styles, for getting his first win on his RAW debut. Have to think this man has big things in store for him.

Spot of the Night:

Kalisto, reversing the Skull Crushing Finale into a Salina del Sol. That move is just like the Red Arrow, I never get tired of seeing it.

Jobber of the Night:

To me, this was Kane, if it was anyone. And part of that was just how the match was booked, with the action just not flowing. The match went like 7 minutes, but it didn’t feel like it.

Upset of the Night:

None. Just nothing of upset-caliber tonight.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Minor one, but The Rock was on RAW tonight. I say minor because they were in Miami, and if you put two and two together, it was kind of logical. But still, super cool.

Botch of the night:

Feel free to call one out in the comments. I personally did not notice any, but there probably was one or two.

Commentary of the night:

This may not rhyme, but it’s gonna hurt.

The Rock almost knew Byron’s name.

LOL Moment of the night:

Funny, and a little painful at times…the Flo Rida/Bo Rida “rap battle”.

Rock, asking Miz to park his truck.

Noteworthy Moment:

We don’t yet know who will officially tangle with Hunter at ‘Mania…but we know the Fastlane main event. That would be Dean Ambrose versus Roman Reigns versus Brock Lesnar. One of these is not like the others, one of these is not getting over…

Overall lowlights:

The badly timed commercial breaks. They kill matches, they kill the flow of things, and they ought to be better managed.

Outside of a few moments, this one just felt like an unexpectedly flat RAW, the night after a strong Rumble. Maybe it was me, maybe my expectations are higher. Maybe I have Rumble hangover. But this felt like it didn’t get going all the way.

Overall highlights:

AJ Styles on RAW

The Rock on RAW

After the final bell:

One early point-I get it, Hunter is passionate about his job, his career and his wife’s family business. If I was making millions, sleeping with the boss’s daughter and all that, I would be passionate too. But I think implying that McMahon is God goes too far, as does saying he’s treating WWE/wrestling like his church, his religion and his law. Considering all of the insane things being done in the name of religion, now and throughout history…I probably would not have gone there.

It will be interesting to see who wins the Fastlane main event and becomes the number one contender. Fans are probably pushing for Lesnar or Ambrose, though we will likely get Reigns. We find out in a month.

I thought we’d get a slightly better RAW, but we did get some decent action.



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  • jcice13

    why did they move those fans dressed like the taker hulk and macho man from the front row to off camera??? weren’t they in the first row when the show started when Vince and Stephie came out

  • Lisa

    Can someome please explain to me why Dean Ambrose (of all people) is in the main event of a PPV?

    • Mean Dean

      Unlike reigns, he’s really over and has talent

      • Lisa

        Lol. You’re so funny.
        Ambrose is a terrible wrestler and he lacks athleticism.
        The only area I could give him any credit is mic skills.

        • IM MAD JOHNSON #NewNation

          Still better than Reigns tho

          • Lisa

            Ambrose isn’t even in Reigns’ league.

          • Red

            Ok, I had my laugh for today.

          • Lisa

            Ambrose is overrated. Apart from mic skills, he’s poor in every department.

          • Fat Owens Fat

            His punches look so weak that he almost reminds me of Fat Hardy who happens to be one wrestler that made me almost turn the TV off every time he did that spinning punch b.s.

            Ambrose isn’t even living up to his lunatic gimmick. Remember Psycho Sid? That guy was legit selling his character to a point where people thought he was actually unstable everytime he stepped into the ring.

          • Lisa

            You’re right. He’s terrible.

          • MikeLo #NewNation

            Once again

          • MikeLo #NewNation

            Lol you to

          • Fat Owens Fat

            As for your question, I think its because he was the last man HHH eliminated to win the title so it gives him a #1 contendership spot. Question is, why is Lesnar in that match? He was eliminated by the Wyatts so he should be going after them and not the title now.

          • MikeLo #NewNation

            And another one.

          • robvanriot

            Don’t feed the troll. Honestly. It’s a total waste of time.

          • Red

            Yeah, that’s true.

          • IM MAD JOHNSON #NewNation

            Whaaaaatttttt ????????????

          • MikeLo #NewNation

            And another one

        • Mike

          Ambrose is excellent, a fanstic technician and he is extremely entertaining, I am a reigns fan, but I think I am more of an Ambrose fan. I was going nuts when i thought he had a chance to walk out wwe champ last night.

        • jeff

          Again I hate to feed a troll however your ignorance is blinding. Ambrose carries most matches he’s in and was by far the best of the final 3 in the Royal Rumble. In a triple threat match he’ll allow it to longer than what Brock and Roman can go. The guy puts his body on the line and is a great wrestler.

          Lisa, all you do is troll. I know you’ll respond but trust me honey you are out of your league when it comes to living.

          • Lisa

            How in hell does Ambrose “carry every match he’s in” when he clearly can’t wrestle? He’s just not athletic enough and his moveset is laughable.

          • MikeLo #NewNation

            Take another L

        • MikeLo #NewNation

          Down vote

    • MikeLo #NewNation

      I love down voting all of your comments lol ????

      • Lisa

        It doesn’t matter. The down vote button is irrelevant anyway.

        • MikeLo #NewNation

          Lol Ik

  • Dexter

    I think they put all those badly placed commercials in to give The Rock all the time he wanted

  • PlanoStu

    Interesting on your match of the night. While I love that AJ is here, he does not seem comfortable yet. I thought the match tonight was not a great start, good, not great. Seemed Jericho talked him through from start to finish.

    Hunter seems to try and go overboard praising his dad in law. Vince looked shocked at some of the comments

  • Bonkerz

    Uh Deegan… Its Salida del Sol. Spanish isn’t even a language spoken near my part of the world, and yet, I know that…

  • Mike

    To me HHH saying the church stuff was not to far, I thought hhh cut a fantastic promo, it really felt like the game was back. What a triple threat main event we have for fast lane I realy enjoyed raw, the rock and new day going head to head on the mic was fantastic.

  • CommonSense

    Can WWE create a star like Rock (response wise) ever…? they always want ex-stars for WM’s to fill up seats and sell the ppv…. how long …?

    • Fat Owens Fat

      they would have if certain people in the audience could stop shitting on the new kids that are trying to take over.

  • MEH

    Lol moment for me was New Day taking the mick out of the Rock and Rikishi segment from years ago: I did it for the people, I did it for the pay-cheque. I died and had to hit the rewind button. Even the Rock found it funny.

  • Orbit Storm

    How do you miss two of the biggest chants of the night: “We want Lesnar” and “Randy Savage”? I mean, Rock only had to derail his segment to address the latter chant and the crowd pooped all over Bray’s match against Kane; even more so once they realized Lesnar wasn’t going to appear.

    Speaking of the Beast: what is the creative team thinking with their booking of Lesnar? At the Royal Rumble, they have him impose his will against the Wyatt family only to get unscrupulously dumped over the ropes by previously-eliminated members of said Wyatt family and then…. go home?! Why didn’t Brock eliminate Bray? After presenting the man as a loose cannon when he “destroyed” ringside (and Michael Cole) when he didn’t get his rematch against Rollins, how can you not have him go ballistic after being cheated out of yet another opportunity? Then you have the icing on the cake: Kane jobbing to Bray Wyatt with Lesnar being a no-show.

    Thankfully Brock is getting an enormous amount of money or we’d likely see him walk once more because of illogical and inept booking.

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