It’s Vegas, baby! That’s right, RAW is in Las Vegas. And in this instance, what happens in Vegas isn’t staying in Vegas, because we are on the Road to WrestleMania! And how can we overlook, tonight is the Friendship Celebration for Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens. At least they didn’t have a faux wedding in Vegas…because WWE has never done that before…
OK, enough of that…let’s jump right in!
Best Match of the night:
Charlotte and Bayley. Not for nothing, but WWE is eventually going to have to have Charlotte lose on a PPV, right? Otherwise, it’s pretty predictable that she’s going to lose the title on specific RAWs.
Worst match of the night:
Henry/Strowman did nothing for me.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
New Day rocks
We want ice cream
How you doin’
Let’s go Bayley
Star of the Night
The winner of this spot….and your new RAW women’s champion…Bayley!
Spot of the Night:
OK, when I first saw the big box in the ring for the Festival of Friendship, I figured someone was in there. But it worked out OK, as instead we had basically a moment, a spot,much like when Michaels and Jannetty finally split. OK, it wasn’t Marty going through the barbershop set window,but Owens attacked Jericho and ultimately put his head through the prop TV screen.
Jobber of the Night:
Gotta give Gillberg some love, he came out, did the cheap pop and humor bit and then got a beating from Kevin Owens.
Unfortunately for Jericho, it was only the warmup act.
Upset of the Night:
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
We FINALLY got the reveal of Emma to Emmalina. She came out, said a few words, confirmed that we’ve been seeing the vignettes for seventeen weeks…SEVENTEEN!!!. And then, she says, “now we are going to see the makeover of Emmalina to Emma” and she walks off. What…the……….was that that?? Seriously, WWE invested over four months, the money, the time, the production efforts, into THAT? Time not well spent. Could not care how hot she was or wasn’t, that was a total head-scratcher.
Botch of the night:
I really can’t believe someone within WWE’s production team was moronic enough to send RAW to commercial just as Jericho was calling out Goldberg during the Festival of Friendship. I mean, they must be, since it happened, but I am trying to put a happy spin on it because what other excuse could there be for such idiocy?
Commentary of the night:
If he wins this, I will personally spearhead the effort to get Bo Dallas wheat grass shots for everyone.
Everyone knows, you don’t feed breakfast cereal to an unconscious man.
A little strange? That’s like saying Mauro Ranallo is a little over the top!
LOL Moment of the night:
The Festival of Friendship. I mean, you had Vegas Showgirls. Some goofy art pieces. The Creation of Kevin. Friendship the Magician (who had NOTHING on Yerple). And of course, the List of Jericho. Jericho called out Goldberg, and it brought out..Gilberg!
Kevin, perhaps based off of his back of house chat with Hunter, looked quite not happy with Jericho. And then KO gave Jericho his gift, which was a new list. Except it was the List of KO, and Jericho was on it.Once Jericho realized it, Owens unloaded on him, and the split is essentially official.
Teddy Long is announced as the latest Hall of Fame inductee, going in alongside Kurt Angle and The Rock n’ Roll Express (so far) as members of the Class of 2017. Not a bad choice, and presumably the class will add Beth Phoenix and another name or two over the next few weeks. It’s not a bad class, but I can’t help but think something is a little…lacking? I don’t know. Can’t put my finger on it yet.
No offense to Mark Henry, but he’s not the kind of big man you need to book with Strowman. Braun is a freak when you consider how well he moves for his size, so you need someone that can accentuate that. Unfortunately, it is a bit of a rare combo.
Having Roman Reigns out of the way in the first hour. It was like he was barely on the show. To quote Bobby Roode, it was glorious.
The Festival. Not for the actual festival, because that was atrocious, but you knew it was going to be a vehicle for something much more beneficial, and it was. We finally have the end of Jericho and Owens, and we finally get KO looking to be nasty and standing on his own. Perhaps someone in an advisory capacity realized it looked bad to have someone like, say, Samoa Joe, running around destroying people and looking stronger than the brand’s Universal Champion, who was constantly booked as needing help to retain his title. Either way, a nasty Owens is a good thing, I think.
Bayley and Charlotte. Good match, good story, good all around, great finish to it. Look at the women’s matches last night, and look at this one tonight. Maybe I am biased-I don’t think so, but perhaps you do-but the RAW offerings just carry more weight.
Congrats to Bayley, for earning her first RAW women’s title.
After the final bell:
OK, serious question, but is WWE looking to have Charlotte break her father’s record number of championships before John Cena can? She keeps winning them and losing them, so who knows.
Nice to see Gillberg.
This is all but assuring us of Jericho/Owens at ‘Mania.
And with how the women’s title was decided, that lays the groundwork for the triple threat match (or more) at WrestleMania.
All in all, not a bad RAW.