Best Match of the night:
Ambrose versus Owens. There were several really good matches, but this one was just a bit better than the rest, for me anyways.
Worst match of the night:
Corbin versus Fandango. The match served its purposes, but it was not great fun. On the plus side? It was short.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
How you doin’
New Day rocks
this is awesome
I¬† am sure there were more, and I know I’ve missed them. But, the crowd was hot, so if you want to call out any I missed, shout them out in the comments.
Star of the Night
For me? I give this one to the crowd. No single start stood out for me, though there were several good performances. But the crowd? Made things interesting, kept things fun.
Spot of the Night:
I do like the Boot of Doom….was nice to see it.
Owens with the frog splash to the outside, from the apron. And Ambrose, answering with his own flying elbow from the top rope to the outside.
Jobber of the Night:
Fandango, hands down. Fed to Baron Corbin, who not only destroyed the dancer, but then did the same to Dolph Ziggler. Again.
Upset of the Night:
According to the announce team? That would be Enzo and Cass beating The Dudleys. Now, I don’t really see that as an upset, but I can see how they got to that conclusion, so I’ll allow it.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Not any super-duper-major ones, because I was bad and read the spoilers. But there were a few good ones, such as the teased reunion of Bullet Club.
Also, as a fan of Bret Hart, it’s hard for me to not be excited about Hart being in Natty’s corner for Payback.
Botch of the night:
Looked like Anderson and Gallows had an issue with getting Reigns ready for the Boot of Doom. But, if so, you’d likely want to blame that on Reigns.
Miz, screwing up a really bad segment by botching the imitation of “Taken”. The whole segment should have been cut. Well, except for Cesaro. He made it worthwhile, especially the Rowdy Roddy Piper quote.
LOL Moment of the night:
Enzo, comparing him and Cass to A-Cups. Yes, as in the bra size. Saying whether you like it or not, they are real (I apologize if I goofed the quote a bit, but it was both shocking and funny, so I think you can get the gist).
AJ, confronted by Reigns after Gallows and Anderson pummeled him, challenging that Styles was coordinating the attacks. Styles acknowledged that they were boys (hard not too, based on the prior locker room segment), but said he doesn’t need their help to beat Roman. Interesting to see how this one plays out, but I think everyone is hoping and expecting for a Bullet Club reunion to become official.
Bret will be the equalizer for Ric, in their relative’s Women’s Championship clash.
We are getting an all-NXT battle for the number 1 spot anongs tag teams, as Enzo and Cass lock horns with the Vaudevillains.
I’ve said it before, so I know this might sound rehashed…but there is something inherently disappointing, to me, about watching a taped RAW. I honestly did not know tonight’s RAW was from London until about 7pm, but as soon as I realized I’d be watching a taped show, I was immediately less thrilled. Now, I fully admit that is a John issue, not a RAW issue, but for the purposes of crafting the Nutshell? It’s an issue.
And, the show wasn’t all that, which does not help.
The London crowd was an absolute positive. Crowds into wrestling, as London was, is why I want to see a major PPV come back to London. Look, I get it, with the Information Age here, WWE won’t want to do a PPV like the last one that came at us from London, for fear of results being leaked ahead of time. That’s fine…but why not have a special PPV start of like, 4pm in the US. Or, do what WreslteMania did right in the beginning-multiple sites, with a main event for each. You mean to tell me you couldn’t give 5 awesome matches to London, and have them come at us from Wembley? With another 5 coming at us live from anywhere? I think a UK PPV would be really strong, and worth it.
Also, there were some good matches. Best part about things was they aren’t leaning on old mainstays, but rather new faces in a lot of spots. So that’s a plus.
After the final bell:
It wasn’t a bad show, but it wasn’t great either. What made this show, for me, was the crowd ‘s energy. If this was a flat crowd? Tonight’s show would have surely sucked. OK, maybe that’s oversimplifying things, but seriously, the crowd made the show for me.
Not a terrible show, don’t get me wrong. I just have a hang up with the taped ones.
But, it does look like Payback is taking shape, so that’s a plus.