Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s a good one for me, as I’ve escaped from the chilly New York area and have, at least for this week, relocated to sunny Florida. But, enough about me, it’s all about RAW, and more important, about Survivor Series. We found out (via Twitter) that John Cena will round out Team SmackDown, while Jason Jordan is due to round out Team RAW, so tonight it’s full hype ahead. Plenty of more matches to either be hyped or made, and much, much more. Buckle up folks, we are going to crack this ‘shell open wide!
Best Match of the night:
Now, as good as the overall show was, it kind of lacked one thing-a super match. Good matches? Sure. One that stood out? Not so much.
I will give four sort of honorable mentions, and let you fans decide which of the three was really the best (or if none were).
I liked the women’s three way match that resulted in Bayley winning a spot on Team RAW.
I liked Shield versus Miz/Cesaro/Sheamus.
I liked Samoa Joe and Finn Balor against Gallows and Anderson.
And while officially not a match, I liked what we got out of Kane and Strowman, even if the timing of the match sucked.
Worst match of the night:
I was not a fan of Jordan and Bray Wyatt…though the payoff for that one obviously came post-match and later.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Thank you Wyatt
She said yes
NXT (I think)
Star of the Night
Depending on how you feel, I suppose Bray Wyatt might get some love (for taking Jordan out).
Otherwise…how about Hunter for his return and Pedigree of Jordan?
Or Strowman for dominating Kane.
Spot of the Night:
Hunter delivering a Pedigree to Jason Jordan
Strowman with a running powerslam of Kane, putting both men through the rigged ring.
Jobber of the Night:
I am probably overlooking someone, but it was to me a relatively jobber-free evening. None were really needed tonight.
Upset of the Night:
Wasn’t much happening on the upset side of things.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I, and many others, said that when Kurt Angle named Jason Jordan as the fifth member, there had to be more to it.
Now we know there was, and it comes in the form of Hunter Hearst Helmsley. Jordan was injured at the hands of Bray Wyatt earlier in the evening, and Kurt was forced to make an announcement about replacing him-concerned father and all that. He didn’t want to announce it. Jordan begged him. Hunter came out and ended the hesitation. The Blue versus Red match just got a whole lot bigger. And, I have no doubt that plenty of folks are already putting two and two together and figuring that this is the starting point of how we get the rumored Hunter/Angle match for WrestleMania.
Botch of the night:
Tonight, I would say this falls to Kurt Angle and his name pronunciation. Bad.
Commentary of the night:
I will say there were some decent lines toward the end. But nothing was super good, to the point it made the cut. It happens.
LOL Moment of the night:
Heyman, working off the crowd reaction to a fan getting engaged: she only said yes because she’s never been up close with the Beast
If you don’t do Twitter or have not been paying attention, the opening of RAW confirmed-John Cena is the fifth member of Team SmackDown.
Bayley won a match and the right to represent Team RAW
Roman is back. Nasty Stephanie is back. Hunter is back. Either it’s all a well thought out plan, or WWE is desperate to boost subscriptions. I am going with B here.
While the end spot of the show was really awesome…what on God’s green earth did it have to do with Survivor Series? It’s your go-home show. Close it with the Hunter announcement. Close it with Shield/New Day. Close it with another raid, this time being responded to.
No reason to close with Strowman and Kane, heading into Survivor Series. Unless they are setting up Kane to take Strowman out of the match and progress that program…but that’s only like…meh.
I know it went last because of the ring spot….but they could have figured that out, because in reality all that is, is some plywood they rigged and ripped canvas.
Maybe it’s good to have Stephanie back…but I will never…ever…miss her voice.
Forgetting the flow of the show for a moment, overall…THAT is a good go-home show. Everything tied up in a nice pretty package. Team RAW actually looks good (I mean, come on, who really expected Jordan to make it to Survivor Series?). The whole SmackDown raid culminates with a Shield/New Day match which both makes sense and should be entertaining. It was solid.
I would have liked some more RAW-SmackDown interaction, but I fully expect that to happen tomorrow night, when the red team finally invades the blue home turf. If that doesn’t happen, then someone’s got some explaining to do
After the final bell:
If you’d asked me a couple weeks ago, I’d say I was worried about the overall card. Now, in really no time at all, the card is massively changed and much more intriguing. You’ve got a couple new champs. A compelling couple additions to the presumed main event. A new three on three match, which while I will be annoyed that it’s not a traditional Survivor Series match, I wonder if they won’t try for those rules in a smaller format.
The cliffhanger at the end, which really doesn’t show any immediate relation to Sunday beyond Braun being in the main event is a bit of a puzzle, but gives us something to look forward to resolving too.