Best Match of the night:
AJ verus KO. Even with the bad ending (needed, for the purposes of the ongoing storylines), it was an excellent match.
My biggest gripe, as it’s been for many RAWs now, is the constant and ill-timed commercial breaks interrupting key matches. This one tonight was no different, as there were several throughout what was, hands down, the match of the night. The IC ladder match will be good, don’t get me wrong…but I dare say a singles match of KO versus AJ at ‘Mania could have stolen the show.
Worst match of the night:
Jericho versus Fandango. Short and serving a purpose, but forgettable for the first Fandango sighting on RAW in a while.
The faux triple threat match for Owens’ opponent was a farce too. But, I dare say we will be getting the faux three, plus the real three, in a 7 man ladder match for the IC title in what seems to be becoming a ‘Mania tradition. Meh, forget the dare. Steph just made the match.
Ambrose/Strowman was not fun either.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Let’s go AJ
New Day sucks/rocks
Pretty sure I heard a Lets go Cena/Cena sucks chant in there too.
This is boring
Star of the Night
This one is tough. I want to say AJ, because he continues to really impress. Owens had a good RAW too. But no one really blew me away to win this one outright. So we will call it a tie.
Spot of the Night:
Owens with the frog splash
Owens with an upside down, someone altered F5. Looked interesting, but I wonder if he gets to use that again.
Styles, busting out the Torture Rack and then transitioning into a modified power bomb.
Holy cow, what a suicide dive, Big E!
Jobber of the Night:
Social Outcasts. I mean, what other purpose could they serve?
Upset of the Night:
No match upsets, but one Kevin Owens sure was.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
We got a sighting of The Funker! Silly me though. I thought he’d be gifting Dean some flaming branding irons from the Double Cross Ranch. Nope, he went ol’ Chainsaw Charlie on us, and literally gave Dean Ambrose a working, gassed up chainsaw. Which Dean then used.
The talking from Funk was good, too.
Botch of the night:
Rusev took an Enziguri to the back of the heasd on the apron from Kingston. After Kingston was already on the floor, Rusev then fell over the top rope and into the ring to get pinned. Timing is everything…
Commentary of the night:
He’s like the bumblebee-not supposed to fly but it does
Thought he was going to need a chalk outline after that.
#Little Custer’s Feast Day
LOL Moment of the night:
Social Outcasts, doing their bickering before coming in against Big Show. Though, Axel gets points for mentioning Voltron. Loved that show as a kid.
Funk is in the house!
Kevin Owens tried to be sneaky by booking three “lesser” talents in a triple threat number one contenders match. It fell apart when those who thought they’d be in the match-Zayn, Miz and Ziggler-interrupted. And so, like that, Owens set himself up for a big old ladder match in Dallas.
Reigns continues to be the aggressor, this time staring down an SUV holding Hunter and Steph, and then dragging Hunter out-briefly-to get his shots in. Only one more RAW to go, so this was an interesting way to keep things going. Next week being the go home show, it’ll be interesting to see what’s in store.
And, we have another Andre Battle Royal. If only the match meant something the other 364 nights. Or, 365, in the case of this year.
Vince comes out, and to make things more interesting, he has declared that if Undertaker loses to Shane, he (Taker) is done. Interesting. Do we get a double count-out? I mean…how do they end this? I’m sorry, but having ‘Taker go out, being “retired” by Shane? That, to me, would likely taint his entire career.
The booking. We got the good, of things like the opening bout and the AJ/Y2J program (that lands in the highlights), but then we get people that, 2 weeks away from ‘Mania, just don’t need to be getting TV time. No offense to Natalya, or Fandango, or anyone else, but they are just filler at this point.
And then you have guys like Miz and Ryder, lucking into an IC title match in Dallas? I guess it’s Sin Cara’s turn to pull off an insane spot involving a ladder, and he needs some guys to take out.
And Strowman does not belong in a RAW main event, in a one on one match. Especially not in a wrestling-savvy city like Philly. The fans HATED Strowman. It’s not good when you hear “this is boring” during your main event, and it’s not being earned by someone like Y2J, who is a master at playing the crowds.
Great to see and hear Terry Funk. Wished we would have gotten his much more famous branding irons, though.
Less Reigns is more. He was only there in brief spurts, which was more than enough.
After the final bell:
I had such high hopes for a Philly RAW, I really did. And it started out with a strong first hour. But, it peaked in the first hour. We got some decent video packages, with WWE legends and Hall of Famers getting paid to plug the Shane/’Taker match.
The Ambrose main event was, I’d guess, just a means to build him up heading into the match, but the match itself was awful-thanks to Strowman.
I was not a fan of how the announcement was done by Vince. To me, that should have happened last week, with Undertaker and Shane in the ring. Tonight it was like, ho hum I’m here, how can I get myself on TV. Big development, treated as an afterthought.
WWE has one final RAW to go before ‘Mania. They still have work to do.