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Happy Monday everyone! Welcome to December! Santa Claus is watching and he’s going to see who’s being naughty or nice. And tonight, let’s just see who might make the list (with apologies to Chris Jericho!). We have more of Absolution, for sure-and if they are not destined for the naughty list, I don’t know who is. We have our exciting tag title match pitting Ambrose and Rollins against The Bar-Cesaro and Sheamus. At any given point in time, any of the four could be naughty. Or nice. What should be nice? The matches and the next three hours of action. So, without any further delay, let’s crack open this Nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

It got the “This is awesome”chant, so it was easy to choose the tag title main event as the match of the night. And that was my pick BEFORE the DQ and Angle restarting the match. I think if anything the added extra couple minutes, outside of furthering the Joe/Reigns program, actually detracted from the match a wee bit. Not a lot, but some. And it would appear that Joe might be aligned with The Bar now, so a six man is surely in the offing.

Though, a big, massive honorable mention to Paige and Sasha because that match was really good too, especially for it being Paige’s RAW return match, first match on RAW in a really long time for her. Made it even more awesome, in my humble opinion.

Worst match of the night:

I have to go with Asuka and Alicia Fox. This one was just a fluff match basically. The real noise came post-match, when Absolution returned to the ring and dismantled Alicia Fox.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

You suck

we want Joe

this is awesome

delete! delete! delete!

Star of the Night

Honestly, no one really screamed star. Absolution looked good as usual, and Samoa Joe had a strong RAW, but I wouldn’t necessarily be inclined to call either an outright star tonight. Though, that is about as close as we got, so there you have it.

Spot of the Night:

Tonight, there can and should be only one. You want to go “wow” then go back and watch the cruiserweight fatal fourway. Springboard Spanish Fly. Awesome looking move. The only, or at least, biggest drawback? After both men hit the mat, I wasn’t immediately sure if the move hadn’t backfired. Turns out it just punished both men, but it was easily the best move of the evening, in my opinion.

Jobber of the Night:

Alicia Fox, come on down! You’ve won a brand new…Absolution beat down! It was so cold right? How Paige told her she was her best friend and blah blah blah, but that Mandy and Sonya didn’t feel the same so it was game over.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing really. Just was not an upset on the show.

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

So, the tag team champs retained. Twice. First by DQ, and then after a re-start, by pinfall after Samoa Joe interfered on their behalf. It’s not a tremendous holy [email protected], because well, it furthers the Reigns/Joe program.

A bigger holy [email protected] was probably Jordan getting an Intercontinental title shot. If WWE wants people to think Angle is a part time fraud, then booking Jordan in matches like that one tonight is the right move.

Also, another week another beating at the hands of Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya DeVille, with this week’s victim being Alicia Fox.

Botch of the night:

Paige and her tights. Clearly they were too short, and they look like they may have ripped at some point mid-match. She was showing off too much by the end of it (something she’s done a fair bit off, intentionally or not). I was debating putting the wardrobe issue on here, but this was cemented when Absolution came back down to the ring later, and Paige had obviously observed (or been informed) of her shorts issue, as she was rocking a new set of bottoms to the ring.

Commentary of the night:

If you’re gonna be dumb, you’ve gotta be tough

That might have been the smartest thing you said all night!

And if that doesn’t work he can paint himself gold and stand out on Hollywood Boulevard

LOL Moment of the night:

I suppose I’d go with Elias and his singing and interaction with everyone.

Yes, the pickings are slim.

Noteworthy Moment:

Hyping it as a big match (which, it really is not at this point, as Kane is basically enhancement talent), next week on RAW we have Kane versus Braun Strowman.

Maybe it’s me, but it is somewhat funny, baffling and sad that WWE pushes certain guys as babyfaces, yet the fans embrace someone else. The most recent and best examples of a virtually beloved heel, someone who gets more love than not? Take your pick of Strowman, Samoa Joe or even Bray Wyatt. I mean, in the Jordan/Reigns/Joe segment at the top of the show, I swear Joe was getting more love.

Overall lowlights:

So, when Vince McMahon complains that he doesn’t think Finn Balor is over, tonight is a perfect example of the issue. Roman Reigns and Jason Jordan opened the matches with a 20+ minute match. Paige and Sasha Banks was like fifteen minutes.

Balor and Dallas? Like, maybe six.

Shave some time off some segments here and there, and that Balor segment works so much better.

Overall highlights:

Another week and I am still enjoying Absolution.

Looks like we could have at least a new temporary trio of Sheamus, Cesaro and Joe to face off against The Shield.

After the final bell:

Not the best RAW, as  I think a lot of it lacked a clear and concise flow. That being said, I also think it’s probably time to start really wrapping up whatever daddy issues exist between Jordan and Angle. Jordan was sounding a wee bit more like a heel, so perhaps there’s hope yet.

 

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