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RAW In A Nutshell: Here Comes The Money!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s the first RAW where we are fully and completely on the Road to WrestleMania. Nothing else matters, in just over a month, we are going to be in Texas, experiencing the biggest show of the year. So, Detroit is RAW, and we are getting things started with the presentation of the Vincent J. McMahon Legacy of Excellence Award. Which sounds so over-the-top forced, it better be good.

Best Match of the night:

This one almost doesn’t matter. Yes, I know it’s crazy for me to say the best match of the night almost doesn’t matter, but think about it. WWE had their big gun, and they fired it in the first quarter hour of RAW. Tonight, virtually everything else was a distant second at best.

But, since it’s a wrestling show, and I write a wrestling column? I’ll humor you. For me, the best match of the night may have actually been the AJ Styles/Y2J versus Social Outcasts match. And the credit, of course, goes virtually exclusively to Styles and Jericho.

Worst match of the night:

Usos versus Ascension.

Though, the repeat of Ryback/Kane/Big Show and The Wyatts? That was pretty unwatchable too. Only thing that made it interesting was the moment where Ryback inexplicably walked out. Guess he’s going to turn heel again?

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Shane o Mac

Holy sh–

This is awesome

Yes yes yes

You still got it

Suplex City



AJ Styles/Y2J

Feed me more

Triple H

Star of the Night

Non-wrestling? Shane. Hands down, no question. The show was almost entirely downhill following his opening quarter hour segment.

Wrestling? Hunter. Because damn, that was one nasty beating he unleashed.

Spot of the Night:

This is as much because there were no other good options, but in general the beating Hunter put on Roman to close the show. Reigns getting busted open and bleeding like a stuck pig as Hunter bounced his face off the announce table? Vicious. Either they planned for him to bleed that bad, or something got a bit messed up, but WWE may realize they have to pull out a lot of stops to salvage this. And make no mistakes, that was one very bloody Reigns.

Jobber of the Night:

It’s a two for one special. The Ascension got the loss in The Usos return to RAW.

Upset of the Night:

Not a match. Not tonight.

Nope. Upset of the evening would go to Stephanie and Vince, as Shane is back and things are fixing to be changed up. Stephanie in particular was upset, as her award moment was cut short, and she’s having trouble grasping that, apparently, she’s merely been keeping Shane’s seat warm while he’s been off expanding his fortunes.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

If you saw RAW, there is virtually no doubt which one gets this. I mean, the crowd actually chanted this, and Shane had not yet said a word.

So, yes, Shane McMahon coming out and interrupting his sister’s bogus award ceremony? Hands down the easiest one¬† of these I’ve had in a long time. And he didn’t stop at just showing up. He spoke to everything so many fans have been complaining about (stopped short of ripping the Reigns main event…).

The only thing I disliked about the segment? How the match bit was announced. Just a moment or two before Vince announced it would be Undertaker, I could see it coming, but it disappointed me for a few reasons. One, look at all the fanfare and hype the Undertaker-‘Mania match making had over the past few years. This one? Undertaker was an afterthought. And, considering I think they’d be smart to have Shane actually stick around, it’s hard to see why they’d have him come in and job for ‘Taker–or, have ‘Taker job for him. The opponent baffles me at the moment, but I will have to take some time and wrap my head around that.

Botch of the night:

Non-wrestling botch? How the opening segment wrapped up. Shane returning was huge. Vince saying Shane can get what he wants with one more match? Everyone knew it was going to be at WrestleMania. But against The Undertaker? It felt like such a weak announcement.

Commentary of the night:

Dean Ambrose is Hell-bent on getting Dean Ambrose destroyed.

Byron: The Dudleys go way back with Rikishi

JBL: No they don’t! I was here back then, The Dudleys didn’t like anyone!

Roman Reigns is gonna need a MASH unit out here

LOL Moment of the night:

New Day has their own cereal. Booty-O’s

Poor Goldust. All the guy wants is the formation of Golden Truth. And, as he apologizes to Ron, he has his Apology Cake smashed in his face.

Noteworthy Moment:

Oh, gee…I wonder what could go here? Could it, maybe, just maybe, be the return of a certain Prodigal Son? Sure.

Announcements of several WrestleMania matches? Absolutely.

The confirmed ruse or charade that was the VJM Legacy of Excellence award? I mean, it worked out pretty good for the fans, as it brought Shane back.

Overall lowlights:

That we didn’t get to see more of Shane?

That WWE made the legendary Undertaker become relegated to an afterthought, because that is absolutely how that came off to me. I get it, the night was Shane’s. But if they were smart, they could have allowed speculation to percolate for the week before announcing who the opponent would be. Give Shane his night, and give Undertaker his. Easy enough.

The main event was horrible.

Overall highlights:


Brock and Dean

AJ. Y2J. Y2AJ. More please.


Hunter’s beating of Roman.

After the final bell:

WrestleMania is taking shaping up, quickly.

Main event? Roman Reigns versus HHH, for the WWE Title.

Hell In A Cell, Shane McMahon versus Undertaker, with control of the company on the line.

Brock Lesnar versus Dean Ambrose, No Holds Barred Streetfight.

And we still don’t have the US Title Match. Divas Championship. IC Title. Tag team Championship. And who knows what The Rock will be doing?

The beating at the end of the show? Impressive. But unless WWE chooses to ignore the crowd, they have a problem. A big one. Reception is becoming lukewarm or worse for the Next One, where as the COO and part-timer? Huge pop. The crowd loved it at the end as Hunter posed, WWE belt firmly gripped by one of his absolutely blood-soaked taped hands. No boos. No hate. No desire from the crowd to kill the guy. That is a substantial problem, one that WWE needs to fix, and fast, otherwise there is no point in putting the strap on Reigns.

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  • Trace Harston Hanner

    Rock vs Bray Wyatt

  • Darda Cook

    Y2Styles enough said (drops the mic on floor and steps on it)

    • MAcAttac

      its y2aj

    • josh

      I think that sounds better than Y2AJ.

  • MAcAttac

    i disagree with you because its a great idea taker isn’t an afterthought at all as we all know he has been the cornerstone of wwe for almost 26 years and what better what to have him in possibly his last wrestlemania defending the company he’s been the backbone of

  • Lisa

    Shane’s return sent chills down my spine. WWE did a good job ensuring his return didn’t leak online beforehand.

    • siddus

      I think that’s the first time we’ve ever agreed. I’m going to soak in this moment as I don’t think it’ll ever happen again.

      • Lisa

        Why not?
        We are all wrestling fans. There will be times we disagree and times that we agree, too.

  • Mean Dean

    Shane will make some kind of “legal” stipulation and be able to have someone wrestle for him, but I’m happy that the much anticipated power feud is finally in full swing, we’ve been waiting for over 3 years now

    • Mike

      Yeah I said the same, totally agree with you. He can’t face taker, he cannot win that one we all know that.

      • Mean Dean

        For some reason I have a feeling that we’ll see sting, just hope no Goldberg(Internet rumors) , that wouldn’t make any sense

  • PlanoStu

    If I were Roman, and I’m glad I’m not, I would take myself out of that match. The largest WM in history and you’re gonna have 120,000 people booing you when you win. It’s gonna suck!

    • MEH

      Bet you wouldn’t… Your going to main event Wrestlemania, become the champ “the man” on the grandest stage. Your taking home top draw pay for you and your family and you are going to walk out of it because of fans booing?….

  • The Shockmaster

    Was a great RAW! We got Shane O’Mac and a bloody Boo-man Reigns ūüėÄ

  • Si Nicholls

    The audience were great tonight much better than recent weeks, so much so when chanting “you can’t wrestle” to Roman in his talking bit, they cut down the arena sound

  • Mike

    Amazing raw. What a beating at the end, but Shane returning was amazing. I am calling it, I don’t seen Shane facing taker at mania. He may come out and say I agreed to one match but not with me, and he picks cena or sting or someone to fight for him. My issue is, does taker turn heel by association with Vince. How will the dead man react, that will be interesting. Also Shane vs the
    Undertaker isn’t a believable match. Shane was a part time wrestler at best. The undertaker is one of the all Time greats, there is no chance on the planet than Shane can beat the undertaker,
    So I see a swerve coming here.

    • Mean Dean

      This past year it seemed as if they were going towards a heel taker, so it would make sense in a way, maybe even with a retirement angle, just please not against Cena

      • Mike

        I think cena vs taker is a better match than sting vs taker. In terms of the actual quality of match in the ring. Also the promos between those two would be good. Yeah they did, but he went back to full face during the wyatt fued. Also I don’t see taker retiring this year now. There would of been much more fanfare around it.

        • Mean Dean

          I’ll agree fully on the quality, but business wise sting would sell better, which I’m no fan of at all, I always seen sting as a wannabe untertaker

          • Mike

            Yeah everybody wants to see sting vs taker and have for some time so I see your point there. However there is no arguing John cena is the biggest star in wwe and a proven draw. Not counting the rock when I say that Though.

          • Mean Dean

            We’re use to Cena, and we don’t want a Cena 2.0, that’s why reigns, unless they change his entire character, will never be the draw that Vince wants him to be

  • TheMAG

    I gonna call it now Shane will lose to taker but here’s the catch. Vince and Steph inteferes during the match but instead of trying to help Taker,they turn on him including Shane turns heel but unsuccesfully gains control of Raw. So Taker wins,Vince regardless still gets to keep control of RAW.

  • siddus

    Shane O Mac is Shane O Back!

  • MEH

    Botch of the night: VKM F-Bomb!!

  • josh

    Shane’s return was very unexpected. So happy to see him back. Always liked the guy. I just have one thing to say about Raw. Can they please tell Ric Flair to just stay home. He isn’t needed anymore. He looks like a foolish old man out there. He is serving no purpose for Charlotte. She will get the wooo’s without him being there.

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