Also, since this is a new year and I felt the Nutshell was deserving of some fine tuning, this week (and until or unless someone asks for it back) the commentary of the night is heading to the shelf. There may be a few parting lines, but otherwise, in it’s place for the moment? Botch of the night. Let’s see how long that lasts.
Best Match of the night:
For an actual match? The opener, Owens versus Neville. There was some interesting action the rest of the night, but this one stood out. Only other one that really merits consideration is probably Charlotte and Becky, but it wasn’t quite good enough.
Worst match of the night:
Perhaps this one goes to Titus versus Cody. Because it really didn’t matter who won, or who lost, it just wasn’t something folks really wanted to pay to see. I like Titus, I do. Guy has charisma in spades. But, he screams mid-card at the moment, and Cody just screams reboot.
It could have been Show/Ryback, but, well, The Wyatts saved that.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Feed me more
We want Lana
New Day sucks
Rooty Tooty Booty
we want tables
Star of the Night
Gotta go with Y2J here. Yes, he only cut a promo, but I hope the young ones were taking notes in the back.
Spot of the Night:
Neville, selling the storyline wounds from last week’s abuse at the hands of Kevin Owens, still breaking out the high flying, high impact maneuvers. In a losing effort, but still, who would have blamed him if he backed off a bit.
Bubba, gorilla press slamming Kalisto onto New Day, from in ring to out of the ring.
Kalisto, from Bubba’s shoulders. While Bubba was sitting on the top turnbuckle.
Jobber of the Night:
Wasn’t really one of those, in my eyes. Not tonight. If you pushed me? I’d say Cody. But I don’t think what he did this evening qualifies him for jobber of the night, honestly.
Upset of the Night:
Finally!! For the first time in a long time, we get a legit upset, as Heath Slater beat Dolph Ziggler. With a wee bit of help from his new misfit friends.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
It may not be the earliest the announce table has been destroyed on RAW, though at the moment I can’t recall an earlier destruction. But, following the opening match, Dean Ambrose exacted a measure of revenge, putting Owens through the announce table via an elbow.
Are we getting back The Wyatts? They interrupted Show/Ryback, but did so not only to take out Ryback, but also Show.
And, we get Y2J back, taking shots at New Day. And, while he’s at it, he’s entered himself into the Royal Rumble.
Botch of the night:
Maybe not a full on botch, but Sheamus gets it. for doing the fireman’s carry slam maneuver where he’s supposed to roll them over–I admit, if he hasa name for it, I don’t recall–but he didn’t get Roman landing on his shoulders, much too much rather he landed on the small of his back.
Commentary of the night (retirement edition):
I can do a lot of wrestling moves, but that’s not one of them-Ambrose on Neville
It was eggnog, not acid-JBL on the incessantly brought up Christmas-themed spat brewing between Becky and Charlotte
LOL Moment of the night:
The New Day, with their Mike Tyson hoverboard imitation. Which was then topped by Jericho totally knocking them down a peg or two.
Finally, I think, the heel turn of Charlotte is complete. Whereas before, Charlotte beat Becky dirty but the two seemed to stay on speaking terms, tonight should put that all to rest, as Becky won, using tactics that would make Ric proud (except when used against his daughter), and Charlotte then attacked Becky post-match.
Stop the presses! We have an sighting to report-of Bo Dallas, Heath Slater, Curtis Axel and Adam Rose, all on RAW! Blizzard tomorrow!
And, apparently for the 2nd time in the history of the Rumble, we have the WWE Championship being defended in the actual over the top rope match itself. Presumably, if Reigns survives, he retains…but that makes the main event for ‘Mania even more unclear than it was already.
Seeing McMahon flex and all that. Having him gloat and ask his daughter to check out his biceps. Look, I get it, they want Reigns over big, and they feel this is a great way to do it. Maybe it is, but I think their collective egos are getting in the way of some excellent wrestling talents who could be used to do the same thing.
Y2J coming back.
The Wyatts, seemingly of old, back with a vengeance.
And, what the heck, why not. Heath Slater and a bunch of WWE’s social outcasts, getting a win over Dolph.
After the final bell:
This was a night with a couple stunning developlemts. Jericho at the 10pm hour was pretty big, though I am wondering if they¬† are shooting all their big return entrants now, as opposed to revealing them during the Rumble itself. Cena is back, Jericho is back, Brock is coming back next week. Either they have someone huge coming back as the big surprise, or they aren’t saving surprises since they don’t equal Network subscriptions.
And then, there was McMahon’s bombshell at the end of the show, that Reigns will defend the title in the Rumble itself. Not sure how I feel about that–on one hand, it makes the Rumble more intriguing, but did it really need help? And on the other hand, it likely weakens the rest of the show. There now isn’t a one on one championship match to sell. And the Rumble itself didn’t need that much of a push, did it? My question now is, does Roman enter at 1, and if so, is WWE’s goal to have him break his own record for eliminations? All 29?