RAW In A Nutshell: Ringing In 2016 - Wrestle Newz twitter google

RAW In A Nutshell: Ringing In 2016

WWE Championship
It’s time for our first RAW of 2016, and we look to get it started pretty much the same way the last one of 2015 kicked off, with Stephanie in the ring, quickly joined by WWE Champion and thorn in the McMahon sides, Roman Reigns. Considering that tonight, Reigns defends that belt against Sheamus with a crooked ref (Vince), Roman best keep a tight grip on that gold.

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.

Noteworthy Moment:

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.

Overall lowlights:

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.

Overall highlights:

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?


Share This on Facebook
  • Trace Harston Hanner

    AJ Styles in the Royal Rumble???

    • ‘Drowen Hart #NewNation ??

      I would like to see that happen but I heard AJ will finish his commitments with NJPW and ROH in February.

      • Trace Harston Hanner

        Oh. I don’t really keep up with all of that but thanks for the info

  • Bite Me You Loser

    You just know Brock Lesnar is entering the Rumble

  • Fat Owens Fat

    Was John Deegan sleeping? Didn’t WWE announce that the first 2 entrants of the rumble would be Show and Curtis Axel?

    • FacePuncher

      I think they meant that Show and Axel were the first 2 to enter the Rumble as participants not necessarily as numbers 1 and 2. Could be wrong tho.

      • Mike

        No I think your correct there.

      • Joseph Lisnow

        i think you’re correct. Otherwise, boring first two entrants.

      • Fat Owens Fat

        Hmmm… silly WWE and its phrases.

  • Mostafa Majzoub

    Its really sad what WWE is doing with ziggler
    He became a jobber losing to guys below midcard
    The only to save him now is turn him heel

  • Mean Dean

    #RIPWWE , #RIPRoyalRumble, that’s all I can say to this crap

  • Mike

    That’s a raw! Brilliant. I enjoyed y2j the main event had a good Story. Missed cena but they’re saving him for the smackdown debut on usa.

  • jeff

    Neville should have sold his “injuries” all week. Last Tuesday at a live event in Providence he had nothing on his ribs and was flying around like crazy.

    • Joseph Lisnow

      live events and TV are a little different. WWE doesn’t always match-up the storylines.

  • Alexander Lyngdoh

    What a nightmare it would be if Trips decide to return in the rumble match and win the champion. Setting up a reigns vs hhh at mania. That could be an awesome match -on its own but they dont really have to involve the title. Just hope that doesnt happen.
    brock vs reigns 2 also doesnt sound like a match i wanna see again. sure i get it, lesnar is a monster, but the match they had last year kinda killed any interest of fans wanting to see a rematch.

Follow Wrestle Newz