Best Match of the night:
From what I saw, I have two choices-and neither one really stood out over the other. So, we split it.
Option 1: Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler. These two have good chemistry in the ring, and are telling some really good stories when they work together.
Option 2: 8 Man tag team match. This one was a trainwreck, but who doesn’t love a trainwreck? The tables, and apparent heel turn? Those just sealed the deal.
Worst match of the night:
Alicia Fox versus Charlotte. Just such a bland match, especially considering the Divas talent. Fox doesn’t add much, and Charlotte was very vanilla tonight.
But, to be fair, a number of matches left quite a bit to be desired.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Fight Owens Fight
We want Sasha
You look stupid
Yes! Yes! Yes!
This is awesome
Feed me more
We want Lana
New Day sucks/rocks
One more time
No! No! No!
Thank You Daniel
That’s what she said
Star of the Night
Daniel Bryan. No, he didn’t wrestle. But the night was all about him, so it seems only fitting that he gets to hold this spot for one final time. And, after one of the longer over-runs in a while (I think since Rock was the surprise guest host a few years back), and one really amazing farewell speech for the ages, he earned this spot. To borrow one of his words, I am grateful for being able to name him the star of the night tonight.
Spot of the Night:
Ryback, with Wyatt lined up to get a Meathook Clothesline, gets it turned into Sister Abigail instead. Pretty nifty.
Jobber of the Night:
Miz. AJ takes him out. Jericho takes him out. He even had to get booted-from his own talk show!
Sure feels like a jobber’s work to me.
Upset of the Night:
Adam Rose pinning Titus O’Neil. That was easy, for a change.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
Looks like we get a heel turn from Bubba and Devon, as, following their victory alongside The Usos in an 8 man tag against New Day and Mark Henry, the brothers took out Jimmy and Jey and put each of them through their own tables.
And, silly me, I thought Daniel Bryan’s retirement was going to take this spot. Nope. Thanks, Bubba and Devon.
Botch of the night:
Looked like there were some issues with table positioning for some spots in the main event match. Minor stuff, but you saw guys, perched up top, directing their partners to move things a bit.
Commentary of the night:
You may not be able to get anything else in tonight but the Daniel Bryan chants.
LOL Moment of the night:
Mark Henry, being recruited by New Day-donning the unicorn horn and playing the trombone, much to the dismay of Xavier Woods. World’s Strongest Unicorn.
Ryback has a new look. And I dig it.
Dean Ambrose may be trying to commit suicide by Brock. Calling Lesnar out is certainly befitting of his lunatic persona.
But, of course, the most noteworthy bit of the evening was announced early in the afternoon on Monday-that Daniel Bryan, having already been off-air since just after WrestleMania 31 last year,was going to be formally announcing his retirement on RAW. More on that later.
That Bryan had to retire after so short a career. Some guys go on for decades and don’t get to accomplish nearly as much as he did, in a much less shorter period of time.
That being said, much of the low points for this RAW? It wasn’t exactly an awesome show. Much like last week, this week just lacked some really great matches. Mediocre ones? It had an abundance of those.
The Bryan highlights throughout the night.
Dean Ambrose, re-defining crazy on a daily basis (even if I think the low blow was such a lame way out).
A Dudley turn. If it means making theme a threat for reign number 10, I am all for it.
The Daniel Bryan farewell. Very well done. About the only thing I was surprised didn’t happen, was to have the locker room on the ramp paying tribute to him. But it was an emotional speech, and hard not to fight back tears at times. I am also grateful that this was not a swerve.
After the final bell:
Wow, what else can I say? When I woke up this morning and thought of RAW, I was hoping it wouldn’t be as dreadful as most of last week’s show wound up being. By 1pm, none of that mattered.
Bryan retiring, while it was discussed with more frequency in the last year, still came as a shock. And while he didn’t die (Thank God), you could have easily made this a three hour highlight show of his career, and few would be likely to complain. I expect we will see that on the WWE Network soon enough, so no worries there.
I am curious to see what Daniel does next. I think he did fine in his run on Tough Enough, so he surely could have a future there. I think WWE realizes that the fans love this young man, so if he wants to be around the company in some capacity, I trust they will find a spot for him.
What I don’t like, is that in a way, HHH and Stephanie were proven right. Part of the schtick to get heat on them and the fans behind Daniel heading into his WM30 matches, was that he would never be good enough, he was a B+ player. Part of that was due to his injuries. He was absolutely good enough, but sadly those injuries were too much to overcome.
I leave you with some positives, as he chose to do tonight as well.
First, he leaves somewhat on his own terms. Yes, he’s been told by doctors that his brain just can’t take more shots, but he’s getting that information now, while he appears to still be fine. Some professional athletes don’t stop soon enough and suffer permanent side effects.
Second, he hangs up his boots having never been defeated for the last two championships he held. Minor consolation.
Finally, something I think he’d be proud of, is that the lasting images I will have of him, will be of him embracing the late Conor Michalek. He truly was larger than life, someone willing to use his fame to make someone happier-something he even did tonight, by noting that his new, shorter hair, was done in part for a good cause.
Daniel Bryan, I and many other wrestling fans are grateful for having enjoyed your time in the squared circle.