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RAW In A Nutshell: Beast Rules RAW

RAW is live from Birmingham tonight, and the Road to WrestleMania is going fast. As in Fastlane. We get things started tonight with Paul Heyman and Brock Lesnar in the middle of the ring, looking not so happy about how their 2016 has started.

Best Match of the night:

Owens versus Ziggler. Near falls. Elevated emotional involvement. A comeback. Match had plenty of action, and an unexpected victor. This was one that I didn’t expect to be so good, but it sucked me in and was easily the best match on RAW tonight.

Worst match of the night:

Social Outcasts versus Usos. This one just never got interesting. When your first though about a match is “I missed Bo Dallas”, you know that does not bode well.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Suplex City

We want Lana

New Day rocks/sucks

Yes! Yes! Yes!

No! No! No!

AJ Styles


Star of the Night

None. No one stood out to win this solo. Ambrose, for braking the 11th commandment? Maybe. New Day, for keeping alive that which started last week with The Rock? Perhaps. Kalisto, for living to fight another day? Why not. Sasha Banks, for standing on her own? I like it.

But no one did enough on his own to earn this one.

Spot of the Night:

Big E, trying to  put Ambrose through the Announce position. Did not quite happen, but it was close.

Can you tell this was a weak RAW for this?

Kalisto had nice moves against Rusev too, but the match was stuck in  the middle of the card.

Jobber of the Night:

Dare I nominate Erick Rowan? I mean, he lasted a while, but he was surely the sacrificial lamb tonight. Also, phenomenal job by Rowan in no-selling the affects of a Show chokeslam.

Upset of the Night:

It feels like this shouldn’t even qualify, but with the abuse Dolph took during that match? Yes, Ziggler beating Owens felt like an upset.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Lesnar teased getting involved following the main event. Then New Day jumped in. Then Lesnar went in and took out Dean.

Botch of the night:

She earned LOL as well, but the ring intro calling The Usos Grammy Award winners, not Slammy Award winners? Yep. It was so nice, we had to recognize it twice.

Big E needing 2 attempts to get Ambrose up on the outside. Looked like a botch to me.

Commentary of the night:

He planted him, wants to see if little luchadores will pop up

LOL Moment of the night:

“Your Grammy Award winning tag team of the year”. Yes, she really did announce them as that. I thought that is what she said, and to confirm it? WWE themselves replayed it. Easiest. LOL. Ever.

Though, Miz calling AJ a rookie is pretty laughable too.

Noteworthy Moment:

Worth giving shoutouts to Blackjack Mulligan and Bret Hart, as both are having health issues.

Stephanie, planting the seeds for an eventual split of Dean and Roman-something fans have been expected for a long time. Will WWE swerve most of us and make that happen before WM32?

WWE, speaking of the main event, doing what they have to do to make us think that every one of the three combatants could move on to face HHH. If anything, they kept Roman more subdued than Ambrose or Lesnar, and that’s probably not a bad thing.

Sasha and Becky…the enemy of my enemy is my friend?

Overall lowlights:

The midcard is confusing me. Brock is in the Fastlane main event, OK. So, the Wyatts, without Bray, are going to toy with Big Show until something better comes along?

I never expected to miss Bo Dallas. Bray was missed too.

Overall highlights:

Ambrose, announcing his presence with authority.

So too, did AJ Styles. Miz knows who he is now, no doubt.

Sasha announcing she’s on her own. Then getting the remnants of Team BAD to come down, seemingly make peace and ultimately attack the Legit Boss. Banks ends the night standing tall, side by side with….Becky.

Lesnar probably saved the main event.

After the final bell:

Maybe it’s just me, but this one sure seemed to be an oddly paced RAW. It could have been just me, but this one just seemed stuck. It never got going how it should have. Sure, having Heyman and Lesnar was a nice thing, and perhaps boosts ratings. AJ Styles made MizTV interesting, which is Slammy worthy in and of itself. Even R-Truth and Goldust have…interesting…segments now. But this show just seemed to be missing cohesion, or something. Not trying to be a complete downer, because it did have some positives and it did work on building up Fastlane. I mean, it wasn’t a completely disastrous show. I just wonder if the locker room forgot that this IS the Road to WrestleMania, so dialing it up now wouldn’t be a bad idea.


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  • BooGonk

    Sign of the night for t he first time in a while “I Roman wins we all complain on the internet”

  • Bite Me You Loser

    Actually having Bray Wyatt facing and defeating Big Show at FastLane builds him as a credible threat to Lesnar. Since triple threats are no DQ we may see Lesnar close to winning only to have the Wyatts interfere costing Lesnar the match.

    • Mike

      That’s certainly what I expect to happen at fastlane. Although the rumour is strowman may face show. Either way bray needs an opponent for fast lane, and a big one assuming he does in fact face lesnar at mania.

  • Lisa

    Horrible episode of Monday Night Raw.

  • Sean Huggan

    I thought the spot of the night was Rusev’s superkick to Kalisto when flying to the outside. ALso surely Show vs Rowan was worst match of the night. The Uso’s vs Social Outcasts weas at least back and forth

  • The Shockmaster

    I fell asleep watching for the first time in ages. It was during the main event too :O

  • CommonSense

    Star of the night should go to Ambrose for the first segment alone. It gives him more credibility as a lunatic who doesn’t think about the consequences..!!!

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