After an extremely mediocre PPV with FastLane, WWE needs to really build momentum quickly on this week’s episode of RAW if they want to kick-start the “Road to WrestleMania“. We’re in Nashville, TN and we’re kicking the show off with…
– A pretty big, monster pop for Randy Orton. I was quite surprised, actually. Orton had a video play that reminded everybody that Seth Rollins was the person who knocked him out of action for four months. He called out Rollins, but out came The Authority instead.
– Stephanie attempted to talk Orton into rejoining The Authority…forgive and forget and all that. Big Show tried to talk to him, as well. The crowd was super hot for this segment…and the entire time saw Triple H staring a hole into Orton. Steph asked him to join them in a “business conference” and “come back home” before walking out of the ring. As they were about to exit while he stood in the ring and thought it over, Orton stopped them to say that he’d meet them in the back for the meeting.
– Out came Bad News Barrett. The announcers talked about how Dean Ambrose stole his Intercontinental title and he wasn’t happy about the situation. Booker said something about how “possession is 9/10 of the law”…and I’m like…WTF?? If I break into your house and steal your jewellery, does that mean I now own it because I have it in my possession? Booker T is an idiot and his mumble-mouth announcing ruins RAW on a weekly basis.
– R-Truth came out to ringside to talk about his non-title win over Barrett on some show that nobody watched before campaigning for a title shot by telling people to go onto social media and use hashtag #GiveTruthAChance. Ugh.
– We were then treated to Dolph Ziggler taking on Barrett in another non-title match. Honestly…I don’t understand why WWE constantly make their secondary champions lose non-title matches. It doesn’t do anything to elevate their opponent if it happens all the time. Why can’t they be more creative and find ways for the heel to cheat to win or find new top contenders to the title? I mean, that’s what made someone like Honky Tonk Man and Ric Flair so great…their ability to cheat to win their matches. It’s what made top contenders potential champions…they defeated a lot of the competition. Anyway, after a pretty decent match, Ziggler ended up with the pinfall victory after a Zig Zag.
– Dean Ambrose then made his way to the ring. He got inside, yelled at Barrett a bit, then “bumped” into Ziggler on the way out of the ring. It’s almost like they’re setting up a 4-way match for the IC title at WrestleMania. I’m just surprised they’re doing it with R-Truth.
– We went to a backstage vignette with The Authority (including Seth Rollins) talking with Randy Orton. Stephanie McMahon really is an unbelievable speaker. She basically talked Orton into rejoining The Authority. The entire time, Triple H wasn’t looking happy…either still pouting about getting shown up by Sting at FastLane or not really believing this entire thing. Steph set up a main event of Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns vs Randy Orton & Seth Rollins…just to show that the two men can now get along.
– Next up was a match between The Ascension and a newly reunited Prime Time Players. After getting destroyed for a couple of minutes, Darren Young rolled up one of the mascara’d chicks for the pin. Then there was a post-match beatdown. I’m glad the undefeated streak is over…they weren’t deserving of that kind of push.
– Roman Reigns can out to deliver a promo. He was doing alright, but then out came Daniel Bryan. “You proved to me last night that you have more heart than I ever thought you did.” This was basically Bryan doing his best to “pass the babyface torch” to Reigns to try and sway the fans. Did it work? Meh…perhaps.
– As soon as Bryan was walking away, out came PAUL HEYMAN. Bryan continued to walk to the back as Heyman made his way to the ring. He proceeded to tell the world that in any other time in WWE history, he’d put his money on Roman Reigns…whether it be Sammartino or Hogan or Austin or Rock or Cena. This did Reigns no favours as people were getting pissed. The idea, though, was that Reigns could be anybody else…but would not beat Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania.
Reigns delivered a nice little promo, saying that everybody telling him that he couldn’t do it was only going to motivate him more and he couldn’t wait to beat Lesnar for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. A lengthy, but good segment.
– Next up was a rematch for the tag team championships with The Usos trying to regain the titles from Cesaro & Tyson Kidd. I’ll be honest…I’m a huge Cesaro mark but I don’t see a lot with Kidd. He’s alright, don’t get me wrong…he just needs more personality to make up for his lack of size. As Kidd was about to win with his feet on the ropes, Naomi interfered and knocked them off. Natalya got pissed and shoved Naomi down. Then she blatantly got her team disqualified by crotching an Uso on the top rope. Michael Cole tried to whine like a little bitch about how unfair this was. Where’s Jesse Ventura when you really need him??
– Bray Wyatt delivered another promo to set -up his match with Undertaker at WrestleMania.
– Cody “It Looks Like I’m Stuck In This Shitty Gimmick For Awhile” Rhodes came out for his Stardust schtick. Poor bastard. Anyway…Jack Swagger was his opponent. Stardust got distracted when Goldust came out. Swagger put Starry in an ankle lock and he IMMEDIATELY tagged out like a bitch. The crowds are chanting “Cody Cody” as a way to piss him off. It must be a weird feeling…he FINALLY has fans chanting his name and he has to pretend to hate it.
– John Cena came out to a strong mixed reaction. He went on and on about how Rusev cheated and he didn’t actually give up and blah blah blah. Thankfully, Rusev and Lana came out to save the segment. The segment was about “Russia vs USA” and then Cena challenged Rusev to a rematch at WrestleMania. Rusev declined because Cena didn’t deserve it. What I loved about this segment was that Cena kept trying to call Rusev garbage and pump up the crowd with firing up, but Rusev just calmly brushed it off and laughed at him…showing real star power. I love Rusev.
– Paige teamed up with Emma to take on the Bella Twins. The match was over in about 10 seconds with Brie attacking Emma from behind and immediately hitting her finisher. I mean…seriously. They stood in the ring longer than they actually had a match. WTF?
– The official announcement was then made that the Bushwhackers were going into the WWE Hall of Fame. Y’know…before the the Hart Foundation or Demolition or the British Bulldogs.
– The #AxelMania movement needs a sponsorship from Rogaine. He spoke for 10 seconds until Ryback came out and destroyed him in 10 seconds. Thanks for comin’ out.
– Main event time with Randy Orton & Seth Rollins taking on Daniel Bryan & Roman Reigns. Of course, J&J Security came out with Big Show & Kane to accompany Rollins to the ring. The primary story of the match was the fact that Orton and Rollins weren’t only getting along, but Orton was actually looking out for Rollins and completely acted like a team player. As expected, this was a really good match-up. As we neared the end, Rollins tagged himself into the match when Orton had things well in hand. He got PISSED about that and stood on the floor to let Rollins get beat and take the loss.
When the match was over, it looked like Orton was going to take his frustration out on Rollins. He ended up doing nothing and just walking away. I guess you don’t want to blow your load all at once, right?
All-in-all, a pretty okay show tonight. They set-up a few storylines without giving everything away all at once. The complete joke of a divas match led to #GiveDivasAChance trending worldwide (sorry, R-Truth) and they delivered a really great video package on Sting, for those who may not know his story. Nothing great, though…so I’ll be hoping that RAW can pick up the pace a little bet next week.