Best Match of the night:
I am really torn on this one.
New Day versus League of Nations was good, but more about setting up something bigger.
Hunter versus Dolph was good, but also more about something bigger-specifically, Reigns.
Zayn-Miz was good, but only because Zayn was in it, and that is also setting up something bigger.
Take your pick, ladies and gentlemen. I am not in favor of any one match over another.
Worst match of the night:
Team BAD versus Brie and Alicia. Not much entertainment here, and the whole Lana/Brie thing needs to move forward quickly, because right now it’s not doing much.
Crowd Chants of the Night?:
New Day rocks
let’s go Ambrose
let’s go Ziggler
Star of the Night
This one is really tough. I liked what Ambrose brought, but he didn’t wrestle. I liked Zayn in action,but not so much that he’d earn SoTN.
So how about someone whom I’m pretty sure I’ve never given this award to: Hunter. Why not? He looked good, he talked a good game, and he sold the beating pretty well too. Complete with blood.
Hey, if Reigns isn’t over, at this point it’s not Hunter’s fault, is it? Mr. COO has done just about everything he could, including taking a hellacious beating in 2015, and it’s been almost completely pointless.
Spot of the Night:
Honestly, nothing stood out to me. At least, not from a perspective of “wow, what an amazing move”. Perhaps if one spot in general did stand out, it would be Vince shoving Shane into Undertaker’s waiting grip, so that he could see his son get a choke slam.
Jobber of the Night:
I guess tonight, this one goes to the Social Outcasts? Maybe Sin Cara? Nothing too obvious tonight, but I think either choice works.
Upset of the Night:
Not an upset per se, but with a WrestleMania match of his choosing on the line, I was surprised that Ziggler didn’t defeat Hunter by some dirty finish.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The beatdown of New Day by League of Nations stands out. In my eyes, it accomplished two things: returned League of Nations to most hated heel status (OK, maybe not most hated, but they absolutely had heat), and cemented New Day’s face turn. I thought they were ‘tweeners for a while now, but from what I saw tonight, they have to be considered full on babyfaces, don’t they?
And, I am intrigued with where they will be taking the Dolph Ziggler angle, challenging the Authority.
We have a Mick Foley sighting, as he showed up to give a talk to Dean Ambrose. And upgraded Dean’s crowbar-to a barbed-wire baseball bat. That ‘Mania match is going to be bloody.
Botch of the night:
Maybe not a botch, but Tamina had some spots she looked less than experienced.
Shane wasn’t crisp on his delivery in his speech to Undertaker. Flubbed the opening lines, for sure.
Commentary of the night:
Distraction? How can you miss those neon boots comin’ at ya?
LOL Moment of the night:
R-Truth as a penguin. Forgetting they were in Pittsburgh. And then asking Goldust to be his penguin mate-only to be turned down.
New Day’s face turn complete.
New all black look for Sin Cara. Not bad, but I am wondering if the all light (silver/white) for Kalisto, and all black for Sin Cara, is a visible cue that a rift is coming. Probably nothing though. But the match did lead to Ryback challenging Kalisto to a match at ‘Mania.
Hunter, wrestling on RAW for the first time in ages. And busted open to booth.
And Reigns is back, but man so are the boos.
Undertaker, Shane and Vince in the ring at the same time. And Shane planting the seeds that so many of us expected to be sewn. Question is, does it matter much? Three weeks to go, it’s not as though Undertaker would bail.
Also, congrats to Jacqueline.
Reigns, getting all the boos, but a push that would tend to be intended for a face. Like, an over face, not someone who is just being pushed as one. It’s almost sad.
The brawl, and the intensity, between Hunter and Roman. Forget that Roman can’t get over, the passion in that interaction, the action moving through the backstage area-it was refreshing. I know we’ve seen it before, but to me I think it was one of the better exchanges like that in recent years, perhaps nearly as good as Undertaker/Lesnar that night last year on RAW.
After the final bell:
If there was any doubt about which road we were on, tonight should have cleared that up. I don’t know that I am all that jazzed about League of Nations vying for the tag team championships, but I can see what I think WWE is trying to do, so I am willing to trust the process.
Ambrose and Lesnar? Tell me you aren’t excited about that. Especially with Foley whispering in Dean’s ear, and supplying a new weapon to boot.
And we can see some other matches taking shape, too. Zayn versus Owens, Ryback versus Kalisto, League versus New Day among them.
My one grip about RAW, because let’s be honest, there has to be one…the show started off hot. It ended pretty strong. But it had some lulls in the middle. I think having the segment of Foley and Ambrose only happen backstage was a miss, as I think it would have played out better in the ring.
Bottom line, we have 2 more RAWs before Dallas. So,that’s 6 hours, minus the commercials, of time to build toward some bigger matches. I think..I hope..that means less Social Outcasts and more of The Wyatts and such.
So, WWE…the ball is in your court. Let’s hope the next two RAWs really get things set up for a strong WrestleMania.