Happy Monday everyone! I am in a Winter Olympics kind of mood, between the day job and the coverage going on…it’s hard to compete with the once every four years spectacle…but RAW will try, won’t it? Tonight the show comes to us live from San Jose, and it’s all about setting up the Elimination Chamber card. We already have most of the participants locked in, but tonight we are set to see a fatal four way, last chance style, to get that final entrant in the match. So, if you’ve been watching the fun on the snow and slopes, I hope you’ve come here to get caught up with all the fun from Monday Night RAW. Are you ready to crack open this Nutshell? Then let’s get to it!
Best Match of the night:
Easily goes to the main event. I have not been overly fond of these types of matches anymore. That being said, this was a hot mess of chaos and it worked. The disputed ending makes things interesting, as I am sure most would love to see both Rollins and Balor in the Chamber
Worst match of the night:
Hmm…I think I am going to go with the women’s tag match. It just wasn’t much to write home about.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Delete! Delete! Delete!
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Get these hands
Let’s go Roman/Roman sucks
You look stupid
This is awesome
Star of the Night
Rollins, for his promo and his win, right?
Or is it Balor?
Call it a toss up, but if only for the strength of the Rollins promo, I give him the nod.
Honorable mention to Nia Jax. Nice showing for her, both in her dominance of Bayley and Sasha, and for her own mic work.
Spot of the Night:
While perhaps not spectacular, I was really fond of Rollins and his three straight suicide dives, on three different men during the main event.
Jobber of the Night:
Not much happening here.
Upset of the Night:
Nothing happening here
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
I have three for you…
The Revival attacking Gallows and Anderson before their match, ultimately leading to a win for Dash and Dawson.
Nia Jax taking out both Sasha and Bayley after they had a nice match.
Rollins and Balor, effectively tying at the end of the show, as both men appeared to pin Bray Wyatt. Stay tuned.
Botch of the night:
Angle said he was going to ask the crowd a yes or no question. Corrected himself, but still a botch.
Commentary of the night:
Are you ready for Strowman’s album to drop?
Do you know what the first track on it is?
Does it even matter?
Somewhere, an orchestra is missing it’s bass
How useful is it being in the driver’s seat when the entire bus is headed off a cliff.
LOL Moment of the night:
Strowman can sing, too. Or, at least, he can fake it for a few minutes as he wrecks the big bass.
Sure sounded like Cesaro called Sheamus “Sheamy”.
Miz loses to John Cena, and with the loss, becomes the man who will enter the Elimination Chamber first.
Ronda Rousey will officially sign her RAW contract at Elimination Chamber. Guessing this is where we see something between her and Stephanie/Hunter, since it appears Rousey/Charlotte won’t happen (different brands and all). Crowd did not see enthused for this announcement.
I know we’ve heard rumors that WWE was still holding on for Jordan/Rollins at WrestleMania, but it would appear with Angle’s announcement that neck surgery will keep him out till after WrestleMania, that that ship has sailed. Could just be part of the angle, but for now let’s hope not.
Ivory becomes the latest inductee into the Class of 2018 for the Hall of Fame. Probably a good call
Many others have chimed in…so now, it’s my turn. I can tolerate the backstage live Twitter selfie videos and such. But the graphics? Like, not the new entrance splashes (they are growing on me). But the stuff that looks like a cross between Pop-up Video and “follow the bouncing ball”. That’s in no way a good thing for WWE. It’s like, I don’t know…a step backwards for them.
Nothing against Jason Jordan, but THIS is more along the lines of the Seth Rollins I think a lot of fans want to see. Give him a main event push, or something on par with it, and see what happens. It wasn’t all that long ago that he had the gold and a nice run. Why not again?
Have to like the Nia build. Will she finally defeat Asuka? I suppose we need to tune in and find out, but they are at least making us think that there is a real shot for it to happen.
After the final bell:
Not a bad show. I have to think this one was a tough one, as RAW is up against some challenging competition the next few weeks. College hoops are getting ramped up for March Madness, but more importantly, it’s the Winter Olympics…so there is plenty to draw eyeballs away from RAW. They put out a solid show, with some interesting twists and turns (who would have expected Miz to enter the Chamber first? Or to have Strowman and Elias in a sing-off?)
With next week as the go-home show, things will certainly get interesting (most specifically, who actually got the last open slot into the Chamber, Rollins or Balor?).