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RAW In A Nutshell: Beast Is Back

Ladies and gents, it is time once again for Monday Night RAW. Tonight, WWE has some stiff competition for live viewers, with some little old (National Championship) football game happening. So, when faced with a ratings challenge, WWE pulls out a big gun. And, when considering those items at it’s disposal, trotting out Brock Lesnar is just about as big as it gets. And so we get the return of Lesnar, on RAW, tonight. Also get to find out the fallout from Cena’s injury, and see how the Rumble shapes up following McMahon’s announcement to end RAW last week.

Best Match of the night:

Honestly, I don’t think any matches truly stood out, but I will give this one to Kalisto versus Del Rio, as it was a pretty good match, all things considered.

Worst match of the night:

The one versus all match. It’s being nice calling it a match, as it was basically a heels versus Roman beat down. It was saved, kinda, when Brock came down to the ring. He first destroyed all the heels. but of course had to add to Roman’s pains too.

Crowd Chants of the Night?:


New Day sucks

Rooty tooty booty

Feed me more



Star of the Night

Your new US Champion, Kalisto!

Spot of the Night:

Just like this evening was lacking a truly signature match, it was devoid of some standout spots too. The ones that really stuck out? Owens’ splash from the apron to the floor in the main event just looked painful. And then there were Brock’s monster clotheslines and suplexes.

Jobber of the Night:

Cody, taking a loss against Titus. Though, clearly there is more to come between these two.

I will also give a nod to Del Rio, who put Kalisto over in a big way.

Upset of the Night:

Kalisto over ADR. And in the process, Kalisto has become your new United States Champion.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Didn’t expect to see bleeding on RAW anytime soon, but there it was, The Great White busted wide open in the opening match, ending it wearing a nice crimson mask.

Botch of the night:

OK, not a botch, but someone needs to tell Steph…in her role, her character…she should never be seen dancing down to the ring to her father’s entrance music, much less singing along to it. Just one of those things I’d love to un-see.

LOL Moment of the night:

Y2J verbally sparring with New Day. I think “My Little Pony Jabronis” needs to be on a t-shirt.

Noteworthy Moment:

It was announced earlier in the day, but nevertheless, Sting being the first announced entrant into the WWE HOF is certainly noteworthy.

And a faction is officially born, as #Social Outcasts now have t-shirts, but still not much sense as they went after The Wyatts.

Brock is back, and in a big way. And while The Authority was out to show Lesnar who is boss, Lesnar proved he’s not one who can be controlled. On a side note, with Heyman practically begging to be in the main event at ‘Mania, who thinks it’s going to be Reigns/Lesnar among the final few in the Rumble, and somehow or other Lesnar gets screwed, leading to the rematch of Reigns and Lesnar in Texas?

Overall lowlights:

In general, the one versus all concept is just boorish. I literally was flipping channels and/or nodding off for parts of it. I get it, you want Reigns over so bad, you want to beat him down and have him face seemingly insurmountable odds, only to overcome them. Only problem? Do it too much, and fans tune it out.

Flair and Charlotte. I have to think somewhere that AJ Lee, the woman who kinda sorta ignited the Revolution before she bailed, is shaking her head. I am pretty sure she never envisioned a talented Diva having to have a dad/manager lord over her.

Overall highlights:

Kalisto with the improbable win of the US Title. Did not see that coming, and it will be interesting to see what he does with it, or how long they let him keep it.

Brock’s pop. Seriously, WWE, take notice. Reigns is not, or was not, organically getting over. It has taken, over the past few months, some really crazy moves to gain traction. And then you bring back Lesnar tonight, and everyone in the building pretty much knows, or assumes, who he’s going for. And, no matter what, when his music finally hits, the roof of the arena damn near blows off. There are only a handful of guys in WWE today who could get that reaction. One obviously is Brock. Another is likely Daniel Bryan. Beyond that, perhaps Rollins when he returns. Anyone else that could garner that reaction is retired (Rock, Austin). Maybe someone like Joe or another NXT call-up could do well, but that was a really impressive pop. Given that reaction, I really wouldn’t fault WWE if they pushed Lesnar as a face and put the strap back on him, considering what the ratings have been doing.

Unrelated to wrestling, kinda, but it was really nice to see the tributes and nods from all sorts of Superstars to the late, great David Bowie.

After the final bell:

For me, it’s a tale of two storylines.

On one hand, there is Roman Reigns, the man whom WWE has tried, desperately, to get over all of 2015-an effort that is ongoing. With his coronation at the end of 2015, it seemed like finally a corner had been turned.

But on the other hand, you have Brock. A guy fans have cheered for and popped for as if he were a face and for many months now. I understand, as it pertained to the Undertaker/Lesnar story, that WWE kept him as a ‘tweener, unwilling to push him as a babyface. And for all I know, that could also partly be a decision on Brock’s end. Maybe he loves playing the heel more, but it’s not his fault he has been getting over as an anti-hero.

In the grand scheme of things, considering the listless ratings and such, would it really surprise anyone if WWE rethinks things and has Lesnar leaving Orlando as the champion? Considering the state of things, I  couldn’t fault them for a move like that. Drastic times call for drastic measures, and the reality is, Reigns just is not organically getting over. Rollins, pre-injury, was already starting to get a face reaction even as a heel. Ambrose? He’s more over than Reigns is. But poor Roman cannot get himself fully over no matter what he does. That’s not to say he isn’t a bit over, or won’t ever be over…but tonight, with Lesnar returning, didn’t do his push any favors.


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  • Jonny

    Spot on with the Brock comments. And with Brock there, Roman quickly became an afterthought, and to some people, might have forgotten he was there. And that isn’t good for your champ. If Vince was smart, give Brock the belt and have him keep it for well over a year, creating big money matches at PPV. It will bring ratings. Continue to work on Reigns and build him even more.

  • josh

    If it weren’t announced that Roman was going to be the next Cena then the fans might have gotten behind him a little sooner organically. Once they found out that they wanted him to be the next “Face of the company” and would be pushed just like Cena then they turned sour on it. I find the guy boring and that cocking his wrist thing he does before he superman punches someone is just stupid. That being said he is still going to be 2.0 and there isn’t anything anyone can do about it.

  • Si Nicholls

    As well as the WWE pushing Roman as the next face of the company, his time in the Shield didn’t do him any favours either, he always seemed to me to be the spare wheel, the strong man they hoisted people onto his shoulders and then helped him powerbomb them. Whilst Rollins and Ambrose did the bulk of the work beforehand. He still needs his own identity as well, new ring gear would be a good start and a new entrance. He will get over in time, It sounds like the children have bought into him already, but he needs to be booked carefully and maybe losing the belt for a period of time won’t do him any harm at all. and keep him away from Brock and the title for a bit, give him a run with 1 of the other belts for 6 months and have him feud with someone like De Rio, Luke Harper or Kevin Owens for a bit

  • Buss da 6’1

    Not intrested in seeing brock as champion the same problems will occur hes not around enough to be champion

  • Fat Owens Fat

    maybe John Deegan didn’t hear what Angle had to say about heels getting a cheered:

    “You have to play that role and you have to want people to hate you. It’s hard these days because everyone wants to be accepted. Everybody wants to say, ‘You know what, he’s a heel but he’s a cool heel and I like him’. That’s not how it is. You’ve gotta be hated.”

    • Damian Starr

      it’s a lot harder for heels to actually get heat, fair play to any heel who actually gets me emotionally invested enough to dislike them rather than being boring or “cool”

      • Fat Owens Fat

        True but that’s just the way the biz is supposed to be. If a face gets booed, he’s failing to get fans invested into his character, and if a heel gets cheered, its the same thing.
        If there isn’t enough heat on a heel then he’s doing dis-service to the face he’s going up against. Its a give and take business. If Evolution’s HHH wasn’t looked down upon by the audience for taking out his former buddy HBK post DX, then Batista’s face turn would not have been very productive for the business. It was HHH’s and Evolution’s combined heat that saw Batista get his single’s run with the world titles, because the fans wanted the group to break apart. It also worked for Orton in some ways. If you’re cheering a heel then you’re doing a great dis-service to his character. A heel works at his best when he can take in the boos, just ask the Rock. That guy would say things based on how the audience reacted to his words.

        • Damian Starr

          Which is why wrestlers shouldn’t stay word perfect to a script!

  • The Shockmaster

    WWE must end the Roman Reigns experiment at RR

  • Mike

    I don’t know where you’ve been but lesnar is a face. He has been since he fought seth rollins for the wwe title at battleground. During his rivalry with taker, taker was the one using heel tactics not lesnar. He has been a face for a long time.!

  • Mean Dean

    Brock was, and will be a more legit champion, even if he only shows up 6 times a year, than Roman could ever be

  • Sean Huggan

    Remember, except fan’s we’re booing when Brock F5’d Reigns

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