by William Chow
We got the first pro wrasslin’ article. This ain’t a WWE written article, we know who Chris Benoit is. Recapping this week’s events:
Sheamus Celebration: Raw starts off with the New Day taking jabs at Pittsburgh’s Steelers. Sheamus comes out and celebrates his cash-in victory at Survivor Series. Roman obviously appears and takes down Sheamus.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Tyler Breeze: Dolph beats Tyler. Relatively quick match. This should’ve been a win for Tyler as he had just come out fresh off of NXT and it would of been great for a build-up of his character. Let’s hope he doesn’t get swept under the rug. Seems like this has been happening for NXT stars who had ‘stepped-up’ to the major leagues.
Miz TV with Rusev and Lana: Lana returned on Miz TV. With Rusev being put into the dominant stable “The League of Nations” we’d expect him to win or at least not be included in meaningless segments like Miz Tv.
ECW: The ECW icon Tommy Dreamer returns to team up with the Dudley Boys and push back against the Wyatts.
MexAmerica: Mex-American Alberto Del Rio beats the returning Goldust in just under 3 minutes. Swagger runs out to save Goldust to progress his rivalry with Alberto.
Lucha Dragons vs. The Usos: The New Day was unsurprisingly impressive with their high-flying luchador style against the Usos for the Tag-team Titles. However the New Day ends the match with an interference to protect their title run.
Sasha Banks vs. Brie Bella: Sasha Banks defeated Brie, building up her reputation as a dangerous Diva. Despite being a heel, it felt more like Brie was the heel as she had to fight a more popular and dangerous rival with just Alicia Fox at ringside.
Charlotte vs. Becky Lynch: The two horsewomen Becky and Charlotte go at it. This friendly match ended up with Charlotte winning with a roll up on Becky. Being a face we didn’t expect this from Charlotte however, her father is The Dirtiest Player in the Game.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, and The Usos vs The League of Nations and The New Day:
The New Day teams up with The League of Nations to make a heel group to face Roman’s fellow face teammates, Ambrose and the Usos. Both teams went back in forth with members of each team being demolished in each other’s corners. The heels had the upper hand for the most of the beginning. Dean Ambrose came in hot at the end, putting down Sheamus’s team by himself but the WWE Champion hits him with a sudden Brogue Kick that left him down for the count. The League wins to gain momentum towards the next PPV.
Neville vs. Tyler Breeze: The match starts with the two former NXT stars having a nice little back-and-forth with Breeze and Neville trying to get the upper hand. Summer Rae is posted ringside and helped Prince Pretty pick up the win with a quick distraction helping Breeze to land the ‘Un-Prettier’ for the pin.
Brie Bella vs. Becky Lynch: Brie controls the action for most of the match and pokes fun at Charlotte’s feigned injury at the Raw days before. ecky attempts the submission Dis-Arm-Her but the grapple is let go and has Brie sending an inadvertent elbow to Charlotte at ringside. Brie got the DQ victory as Becky and Charlotte are left in the ring arguing again.
D Von Dudley vs. Bray Wyatt: As soon as you saw the card match-up, you knew D-Von didn’t stand much of a chance in this one. Despite the surprise appearance by the iconic Tommy Dreamer, the Dudley Boys couldn’t fight back the Wyatts. Bray hits the Sister Abigail after a brief match. Trying to settl the score, Bubba and Dreamer grabbed kendo sticks but it doesn’t go as planned. Wyatts dominated with The Eater of Worlds landing another Sister Abigail on D-Von with Strowman locking his sleeper/bear-hug on Bubba, and Dreamer being put through the Dudley’s signature object- tables.
Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus, King Barrett, Rusev & Alberto Del Rio: Despite this four-on-one handicapped match against Reigns, he eventually defeats the whole heel stable from countout. He is ‘made to look strong’ after he takes down Sheamus, Rusev, Barrett and Del Rio, Reigns one-by-one. He slips back into the ring almost barely before the 10 count and gets the win. After the bell rang, Sheamus nails Roman with a Brogue Kick but retreats alongside his stable after the Usos and Ambrose come to rescue Roman.
This week the events were alright to say the least. A note to remember was that this Raw’s ratings and views were one of the lowest it’s ever been. The WWE universe hasn’t haven’t always been satisfied with how the storyline was going but this was a definite sign that the Universe’s disfavor is growing. Something to also note was that the prominent heel Kevin Owens wasn’t present during this week’s events. Only reasons we were given was that he got sent home sick. However he will hopefully be back next week as he is getting more prominence from his fan support and great heel presence. Something I want nick-pick on is the feud with Breeze vs. Dolph. Being fresh out of NXT with a redundant but eye-catching gimmick, I expected him to get a more big of a push than he is now, if you can call if that. Although it is similar to Cody Rhode’s ‘Dashing’ gimmick, Breeze plays this gimmick well, with the selfie entrance adding to his narcissism. This is another example of NXT stars being underused when finally debuting on the main roster. Hope he doesn’t end up jobbing away like the Ascension and Emma.
Another thing I always wondered about was, ‘When will The Miz stop being buried?’ He was a former WWE Champion and Money in the bank Winner! How do you go from main eventing PPVs and Wrestlemania 27 to jobbing on Raw? He won an Intercontinental Championship here and there but that prestige eventually got washed away and is now doing pointless segments on Miz TV.
Speaking of getting buried, Swagger comes to mind. His current feud with Alberto Del Rio is a bit redundant but it is bringing him closer to a title reign. He had feuded with Del Rio years ago but had Zeb Colter as his manager. However it was a more racist redneck gimmick, disapproving of immigration in the United States. This is the second closest Swagger has been to any title reign since his burial in 2011. He had been in an unsuccessful feud with Rusev that didn’t go anywhere. It’s something that doesn’t make sense. As the ‘All-American American’, it would makes sense for him to have been the first to stop Rusev’s undefeated streak and capture the US title. But unfortunately it was saved for Cena to bury Rusev. I hope this feud finally ends with Swagger winning something for once.