Hello again everyone! It’s time to kick off the wrestling week as we get into this week’s RAW. Hot off of the Royal Rumble, we are kicking off the first stop on the Road to WrestleMania. Tonight fixes to be a big deal. We have two Rumble winners with title match decisions to make. Many have expected Seth Rollins to battle Brock Lesnar. Also, it’s long been discussed about a Becky Lynch-Ronda Rousey clash. Now that both Becky and Seth have won their respective Rumble matches-and earned the title opportunities-we could find out as soon as tonight whom each will face. Let’s crack open this Nutshell and find out!
Best Match of the night:
Is it wrong of me if I don’t pick a match on it’s own, but rather a couple segments and a match, all featuring…Seth Rollins. Opened the show on a high note, ended the show on his face after a series of F-5s. It’s pretty obvious it will be Rollins and Lesnar in New Jersey. After I think five F-5s, Rollins taunted Lesnar as he was leaving the ring, and got another one for his troubles.
Worst match of the night:
Baron Corbin versus Kurt Angle. Pains me to say it but the way Angle was booked, it didn’t go well. It didn’t look good. I know other pundits were openly asking if this was his last appearance in WWE-maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. You’d prefer he go out on a high note if he’s indeed going to be done with the company…but you can’t always get what you want.
Or perhaps Natalya and Dana Brooke versus Riott Squad. That was bad too.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
You deserve it
we’re not worthy
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Kick her a$$
Star of the Night
To me, this was all Seth Rollins’ night. He got to enjoy a re-coronation of sorts from Hunter to start the show. He vanquished Dean Ambrose shortly after that, likely concluding that program (until they dust it off again later) and he made his match choice for WrestleMania.
Spot of the Night:
How about Nia Jax delivering a double Samoan drop to both Mickie James and Alexa Bliss.
McIntyre and Corbin double teaming Strowman…double chokeslam on the steel steps. I wonder who might step in to help Braun…
Jobber of the Night:
Road Dogg and Jeff Jarret. Mostly the Dogg here. Came out, sang the song, got a guitar over his back for the appearance.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
A night after being beaten up by Brock Lesnar, Finn Balor had to endure another beating-this time from Bobby Lashley.
Before the Royal Rumble, I’d have said “Elias is a babyface”. I mean, he was. Right? I am not mis-remembering that. Now, after attacking Jeff Jarrett with a guitar last night, and again tonight-and also Road Dogg-Elias has gone back to a heel. I don’t get that.
Wow, the fans were brutally booing Ronda Rousey….they wanted Becky instead. If that isn’t a loud and clear message to WWE how fans see Becky, I don’t know what else to say.
After the chants for Becky, the boos for Rousey and a match with Bayley…only THEN did Becky Lynch finally show up on RAW. And we now know what we’ve all expected for a while now-Becky Lynch is facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania. Huge reaction from the crowd. There should be your WrestleMania 35 main event.
Also, just like that, it sure feels like we just saw a Ronda Rousey heel turn.
Botch of the night:
Not a botch, per se, but it sure seemed like Ronda Rousey struggled on the mic tonight several times. I don’t know if emotions took over, the crowd flustered her or what. But she got rattled before the open challenge, and she did again after when she addressed Becky Lynch. It’s the mic shortcomings (and her heel leanings lately) that just begs for her to get an advocate…
LOL Moment of the night:
Road Dogg coming out got the crowd to chant a profanity. So he asked them to stop, reminding them it was a “family show”. The chants got louder, and he acknowledged that he probably just made it worse. It was funny.
Road Dogg made a cameo alongside former running mate Jeff Jarrett.
Kurt Angle came out and had a brief match with Baron Corbin. Crowd wanted an Angle win, but he was defeated rather quickly.
Tamina and Nia Jax qualified for the women’s tag title Elimination Chamber match. So too did the Riott Squad.
Didn’t like the throw away feeling of Natalya and Dana Brooke. Felt more like a way to give Natty and Dana a program, but considering the stakes, you’d prefer things not be so…off.
The Rousey “open challenge” segment was bad. Crowd wanted Becky and wouldn’t cut Ronda Rousey any slack. Rousey got flustered and even stuttered, and the segment just stalled. Bayley’s music hit to accept the open challenge, and it was as much a life preserver to a drowning champ as it was anything else.
I am not a fan of the woman versus man realm that WWE is more than flirting with now. Last night it was Nia Jax taking out R-Truth, then getting into the men’s Rumble. Tonight it was Tamina and Nia Jax taking on Dean Ambrose. This is not about me being against women-far from it. A woman like Nia or Ronda can take on a man and it’s seen as one thing…but if a male Superstar did the same thing, like jumping into the women’s Rumble to get a chance at a title shot? Totally different. I know that WWE has some damn tough female Superstars…including a few who could do damage to the men. Do we really need to see it play out on TV though? I don’t think many have been asking to see intergender wrestling on WWE. Am I in the minority here?
That about covers it, I think.
Oh, and a nice bit of nostalgia with Road Dogg and Jeff Jarrett. Even though I am not a fan of Elias flipped back to a heel.
After the final bell:
Tonight was all about setting things up for WrestleMania. It’s funny in the sense that we do have Elimination Chamber in a few weeks, and that show is sort of overlooked. At times, I do think WWE would be better off NOT having a PPV between the Rumble and WrestleMania. Take the two months between shows and really build things up, no distractions. That said, we have two headline matches booked, and it’s kind of tough luck for SmackDown. Main event 1 is Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey, and main event 2 will be Seth Rollins and Brock Lesnar. Unless something shocking happens, only one of those two should close the show, and really only one of them is the right one to close with. That said, the Road to WrestleMania sure got started in incredible fashion, relative to the main events.