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RAW In A Nutshell: Happy Leap Day

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time for RAW from Nashville. Let’s get one thing straight, right out of the gate-there is virtually NO WAY this week tops last week’s show. We had arguably the most eventful and electrifying opening in the past 20 years of RAW. So, I trust WWE won’t try to, but there is the promise of more Stephanie, more Vince, and this week, The Undertaker. So, it won’t be a complete disappointment, either.

Best Match of the night:

Right off the bat, we get the Divas number one contender match, and both Sasha and Becky brought their A game. It was a strong match that was told well, and covered all the bases. Mat wrestling, combos, chain wrestling, in the ring and out, some quick moves, some high flying, it really had it all. I was somewhat disappointed with the ending; not because we got a draw which will likely lead to a re-match, or a match on the WWE Network special, but because this very ending is what we only just got on NXT. I get it, endings are going to be recycled, but when it is on one of your other shows, and done within the last month-and oh by the way, also done for a number 1 contender spot? It’s a bit much.

Worst match of the night:

Ziggler versus Miz. There was one good thing about this match-it was over ridiculously fast.But man, how far has Ziggler fallen, than he’s basically jobbing to Miz to try and set up a WrestleMania program which virtually no one wants to see. At least, I don’t think anyone wants to see that. I don’t. Do you?

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Ambrose Ambrose

Shane o Mac Shane o Mac

Let’s go Becky/let’s go Sasha

Triple threat

We want Shane

We want Lana

Star of the Night

My apologies here. I first posted the Nutshell without a Star, but since it wasn’t a really terrific RAW, there were admittedly slim pickings. But, that also makes this one obvious-Sasha and Becky worked a very strong match, easily the best of the night, and they may have to split the star, but they earned it all the same.

Spot of the Night:

Nothing. Seriously, not too many noteworthy, ESPN-level highlights tonight.

Jobber of the Night:

Natalya, doing an interview with Renee and totally shilling for Subway.It’s a different kind of jobber tonight!

In a wrestling sense? We can give that one to Adam Rose.

Upset of the Night:

Miz-not only beating Dolph, but beating him in like, a minute. Also, Big Show over Kevin Owens.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

I am tempted to give it to the new and improved Ryback. Came out, took no grief from any of the Social Outcasts and just unloaded on poor Adam Rose, Thought he was going to earn himself a DQ for his mauling of Rose while ignoring the official, surprised he didn’t.

Beyond that, it was for Undertaker.In one of his quickest stints on RAW,where him walking to the ring was way longer than his time in ring, told Vince after a (weak) grab of Vince’s throat, that the blood of Shane will be on Vince’s hands. So, maybe they change that…but for now, it’s on as announced.

Botch of the night:

I am sure there was one and I just missed it…but from where I sat, I didn’t see much. Maybe Taker during his bit with McMahon? The hand around the throat looked like it was doing nothing, and I gather he repeated the first couple words a few times because the mic was out of position? But that seems like a reach.

Commentary of the night:

I got confused by the hair – JBL, on calling the match between Becky and Sasha.

LOL Moment of the night:

Hunter, to Dean, during the opening segment:
“Fresh off his win last night for best supporting actor in a bromance, dean Ambrose”

Noteworthy Moment:

For a moment while Steph was on her tirade, I looked away and just hearing her, I thought…wow, she could do a really good screaming Hilary impression. I don’t see that as a good thing, but what the heck, worth noting.

Also, it was announced that the Fabulous Freebirds are going into the Hall of Fame, so congrats to them.

Also, at least we have some good stuff to look forward to next week-an appearance by Shane, and a tag title match between New Day and Y2AJ.

And at some point between now and ‘Mania, Hunter is going to defend. Against Dean Ambrose.

Overall lowlights:

Cutting to commercial during the Sasha/Becky match. When matches are so important, and getting such a positive reaction, you find ways to delay the commercial break.

Overall highlights:

Ambrose and Hunter.

Sasha and Becky


Undertaker-though, if you blinked you might have missed it.

The closing segment. Not the match, that was uneventful. But the post-match beating, as WWE is hell-bent on getting crazy heat on Hunter, even though I don’t know it will mean Roman is over. But, versus Ambrose? Sure, Hunter will be hated.

After the final bell:

Well, I said it in the opening and I had no clue how spot-on I’d be, but for the most part this RAW was a complete 180 from that which was last week’s RAW. Seriously, I didn’t expect this one to be anywhere near as good, but damn, I thought it would have at least been better than what we got. There were a couple good segments, but nothing really “great”. Ambrose and Hunter made things interesting, but that was at the beginning of the show. Ditto Sasha and Becky. I mean…newsflash, WWE, it is possible to have back to back hot shows leading into ‘Mania. They have a month to get things on track.

I do love Ambrose currently. Being that wiseguy in the fight, having been beaten down, but still mouthing off. I think the fans love it too, and it’s gone over well the past 2 weeks. Even though Dean hasn’t come out ahead either week, unless you count getting a WWE title shot as coming out ahead?


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  • Darda Cook

    1. I still like the name Y2Styles way better than y2aj

    2. I was so secretly hoping for the return of the American bad ass gimmick for Taker (just to save his last Taker match for another year

    3. What Happen to the RyBack Challenge I needed a new car tonight

    • Bite Me You Loser

      Ryback challenge? You mean Rusev challenge?

      • Darda Cook

        Ryback challenge oops
        (wipes egg off my face as I make corrections)

    • josh

      Y2Styles just rolls off the tongue better doesn’t it.

  • Lisa

    Raw was horrible tonight.

    • The Shockmaster

      I enjoyed the bit where Saxton got thrown out of the way xD

      • Lisa


      • PlanoStu

        Just a bit shocked at the liberties Hunter took with Saxton. It was a pretty hard throw.


    Looked like undertaker was trying to get his intimidating voice right,3rd time is the charm right?

  • josh

    They had to feed in Roman chants at the beginning if you didn’t notice.

  • The Shockmaster

    WWE worried about the main event of WrestleMania?!

  • Red

    What a disaster of a show that was.

  • Edynol

    I enjoyed Ryback last night. And the announcers sold it very well too I think. Especially JBL. Just get in there, win, and beat people up. Whether he’s face or heel, Ryback just needs to keep this up. Like Cole said, where’s this Ryback been? No wasting time with chants or poses or whatever, just go in there, dominate, and walk out.

    • El Marichachi

      Maybe building him For The surprise wm Match with Goldberg? I mean maybe that is why he changed His attire?

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