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
This is awesome
Yes yes yes
You still got it
Feed me more
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.
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.
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.
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.