Monday Night Raw – January 5, 2015: This Show Sucked And I Hated It

Monday Night Raw
Date: January 5, 2015
Location: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Commentators: Michael Cole, John Bradshaw Layfield, Booker T.

It took awhile to get here but we’re finally into Royal Rumble season. The big story from last week (biggest out of many that is) was the return of the Authority, after a grand absence of about a month. Now that they’re back they can oppose Daniel Bryan as he tries to make it to Wrestlemania to take the World Title off the corporate backed champion. Well it worked the first time so why not now? Let’s get to it.

We open with a recap from the end of last week with Rollins setting the stage for the Authority’s return by threatening to cripple Edge. I still have issues with a simple “I respect you” making up for all of Cena and Edge’s issues.

Opening sequence. We haven’t had one of those in forever.

The roster is in the ring and around ringside to open the show. Cena would like to apologize for what’s coming, because he had to go back on his word and bring the Authority back last week. He thought he could slide in at the last second like Superman and save Edge but he just wasn’t sure. Now the Authority is back, but 2015 is going to be…..cut off by the Authority’s music. Cole: “Stephanie McMahon on the left, HHH on the right.” In case you thought HHH had become a woman you see.

Stephanie hopes we all had a great new year and HHH knows we were all begging for them to come back. He mocks the guest GM’s and praises Seth Rollins for ensuring their return. Rollins tells Cena Happy New Year but HHH has a surprise for him: he’s officially added to the WWE World Title match at the Royal Rumble, making it a triple threat with Lesnar defending against Rollins and Cena.

That brings us back to Cena, because last week he showed that he knows what’s best for business. Stephanie declares tonight John Cena Appreciation Night and Cena’s attendance is mandatory. As for everyone else, this is a new year, meaning they’ll all get what they deserve. That means Ziggler is up first and will be defending the Intercontinental Title against Bad News Barrett. I see no reason why the entire roster had to be out there, but they’re out of the opening segment at just 8:14.

Intercontinental Title: Dolph Ziggler vs. Bad News Barrett

Barrett is challenging due to Barrett having to vacate the title due to an injury. The champ nails a dropkick to start but tries to get too high in the corner and takes a kick to the ribs. We’re in a chinlock less than two minute in, meaning I don’t see this lasting long. Ziggler pops up and grabs a crucifix of all things to retain the title at 2:38.

Barrett destroys Ziggler post match and sends him into the and steps over and over. Cue Corporate Kane to say the Authority forgot to mention that this match is 2/3 falls. Ziggler is barely able to get up and Wasteland ties us up about thirty seconds in. The referee calls the trainers in before the third fall and we take a break. Back with Ziggler insisting he can continue but taking a boot to the face. Wasteland plants him again for two and Barrett puts him in the ropes for another boot.

Barrett cranks on the arms as Cole gets something as simple as Barrett’s hometown wrong (Prescott instead of Preston). We hit the chinlock on the champ but he fights out with a Stunner, followed by a swinging neckbreaker. The Fameasser doesn’t work but the Winds of Change gets two. I still really like that move. Barrett’s Bull Hammer misses and Dolph scores with a superkick for another near fall. Kane gets up on the apron and eats a superkick, only to have the Bull Hammer knock Ziggler cold to give Barrett the title back at 16:39 total, counting the breaks between the falls.

Rating: C. The match was good but it was almost all angle. Barrett getting the title back is fine and it makes him a five time champion, but I wouldn’t get my hopes up given his past experiences as champion. I’m curious to see where Ziggler goes from here, but again they protected him with the big beatdown leading to his loss. He’s looking like a bigger star now and stacking the deck against him is going to make that work as much as anything else.

We get our first John Cena great moment, starting on Smackdown, July 27, 2002 when he answered Kurt Angle’s open challenge and took him to the limit. The Undertaker endorsed him post match to really make it mean something.

Clip from last week of Big Show interfering to break up Rollins vs. Reigns. Show buried Reigns under the announcers’ table, only to have Reigns do the same to him on Smackdown. Reigns vs. Show again tonight.

Reigns doesn’t know what to expect tonight but he knows Big Show can expect a man faster than a speeding bullet, able to leap tall building in a single bound, and more powerful than a locomotive. Believe that.

Bray Wyatt asks Dean Ambrose about his new year’s resolution. Is it to become a better father or to get to know his imprisoned father? Well tonight he’ll get the chance, because tonight he’s going to be locked in an ambulance. Ambrose’s lunatic fringe will be forever locked inside his own nightmare. The devil is suffering and pain and tonight he walks beside Wyatt.

Here’s the Ascension for a chat. There have been a lot of dominant teams over the years, but they’ll demolish Demolition and throw the Road Warriors off the road. Oh what a rush? Oh what a JOKE. Welcome to the wasteland. JBL of course buries them by saying they couldn’t carry the Road Warriors’ bags and Booker calls them stupid.

Ascension vs. ???/???

Fall of Man in 41 seconds.

Lana and Rusev tell America to stay out of Russia’s business. How dare America disrupt Russia’s tradition and heritage? Only Vladimir Putin can bring this world to peace, and only Rusev is undefeated.

John Cena beat JBL to win his first World Title at Wrestlemania XXI.

Roman Reigns vs. Big Show

Show spears him down to start and steps over Reigns’ ribs. Some kicks have the ribs in even more trouble as the announcers do their job by reminding us that Reigns’ had surgery on his abdomen to put him out of action late last year. A hard knee to the face gets to more and Big Show gets back to stepping on the stomach. We hit the bearhug before Reigns fights back, only to have the Superman Punch blocked. They head to the floor and Show hits him with the steps for the DQ at 4:19.

Rating: F. Failure, for the simple reason that this feud MUST CONTINUE! WHY IS IT CONTINUING??? How can WWE sit there and validate keeping Reigns locked up with Big Show for months on end and think that it’s going to get him over? Just look at this match too: Big Show dominates, swats away Reigns’ big move, and then loses because he beats him up too badly. This was a Big Show squash until the ending, making this match an even bigger waste of time than it looked like on paper. They’re going out of their way to annoy fans at this point.

We recap the opening segment.

Natalya vs. Nikki Bella

Rematch from last week when Natalya lost in a minute. Tyson Kidd isn’t out here after possibly costing Natalya the match last week. Cue Paige, who started a feud with Natalya last night on Total Divas. Natalya shoves Nikki down to start but can’t grab the Sharpshooter. Instead Nikki blasts her in the face as Paige and Brie are about to get into it on the floor. Paige easily destroys Brie but the distraction lets Natalya roll up Nikki for the pin in 1:23.

Paige saves Natalya from a post match beatdown.

Ambrose doesn’t have any new year’s resolution other than beating Wyatt up and throwing him into an ambulance. This match is going to be brutal and end their feud once and for all. That’s the way Dean lives his life and it’s the way he’s ending Bray’s.

The commentators offer their condolences to the family of ESPN anchor Stuart Scott as he passed away yesterday.

Luke Harper vs. Erick Rowan

Noble and Mercury are guest referees. Rowan sends him into the corner to start but the referees get in his way. He nails Harper with a spinwheel kick but the referees argue over who will do the count. Rowan yells at them and eats the discus lariat for a fast count pin at 1:00.

The Stooges beat up Rowan post match, allowing Harper to hit another discus lariat.

We see Cena’s first night as an official member of the Raw roster. That’s the night he was officially anointed as the top star of the company.

The WWE Network is coming to the UK on January 19. Allegedly.

Alicia Fox comes up to Naomi in the back and says they’ll be friends after they’re on different sides in the mixed tag. Fox brags about being part of the Total Divas cast and talks down to Naomi for being off the show. She beats Naomi up and screams a lot until more of the cast comes up to stop her.

We recap Ambrose vs. Wyatt, which has been a series of hardcore brawls since Wyatt cost him the Cell match against Rollins.

Bray Wyatt vs. Dean Ambrose

Ambulance match where you have to throw your opponent in the ambulance to win. This is billed as the end of the story, which I don’t buy for some reason. They quickly fight tot he floor with Wyatt being sent over the announcers’ table and thrown into the crowd. They’re quickly up by the ambulance and Dean has a red cross table. Well of course he does. Bray comes back with a stretcher to the knees and they fight back down to ringside with Wyatt sending him knee first into the post.

Back from a break with Bray splashing Dean in the corner and tossing his hair around. I guess he’s a Kevin Nash fan. Sister Abigail is broken up and the Rebound Clothesline puts both guys down. Bray comes right back with a shot to the bad knee (because he’s smart like that) and they head to the floor again. Up to the ambulance and Dean is able to clothesline him off the stage for a nice spot. Bray sends him into the ambulance….where there’s a chair waiting. Dean pelts it at Wyatt’s head but of course the fans only want tables. I’m so sick of hearing that chant every single week.

Another clothesline drops Bray but the knee is too banged up for Dean to give it the full effect. Ambrose nails him with the back board from a stretcher before loading up the red cross table. He lays Bray on it….and looks at the ambulance. With the limp slowing him down, Dean gets on top of the ambulance and drops the elbow to drive Wyatt through the wood, with the table breaking so clean that it ruins almost the entire visual. Not that it matters as Bray hits Sister Abigail into ambulance door. Dean is still able to fight out though, only to take a slow motion Sister Abigail on the concrete to give Wyatt the win at 19:40.

Rating: B-. The violence was fun but this felt like it went on forever. I’m not really sure why am ambulance match is supposed to be the be all and end all of this feud. It wasn’t anything we haven’t seen them do a bunch of times, but at least Wyatt definitively wins the feud and can now move on to something else. Good brawl, but I’d have liked them to go on and do something new instead of the same old stuff in a different setting.

Time to insult the fans who still pay for regular pay per view.

Remember that opening segment? Well here it is again.

Usos/Naomi vs. Alicia Fox/Miz/Damien Mizdow

Another Total Divas match. The girls get things going with Naomi throwing Alicia around with ease before it’s off to Miz for a neckbreaker and chinlock on Jimmy. Mizdow gets the tag and is back out three seconds later before any contact. Does any of this sound familiar to anyone else? Miz ax handles Jimmy from the apron to the floor and it’s back to the chinlock. Jimmy finally escapes and makes the hot tag as everything breaks down. In the melee, Jimmy has to stop himself from running into Naomi, allowing Miz to roll Jimmy up with a handful of the tights for the pin at 4:12.

Rating: D. This show is dying before our eyes. The story is starting to drag as there’s really no reason for these people to be fighting anymore, other than the required crutch of a rematch that they just have to have. If they wanted to make things interesting they would have Fox get the new projects that were promised to Naomi to show her that Miz was lying to wrap things up, but something tells me the Naomi part is just going to be dropped.

WWE Network song.

Ryback vs. Seth Rollins

Wait a second as Kane comes out to make it a handicap match.

Kane/Seth Rollins vs. Ryback

Ryback runs into Kane’s uppercut to start but comes back with the Thesz Press and Warrior splash for one. Off to Rollins who bails in the face of a monster like a villain should. We get a Flair slam from the top and Kane is sent outside as well as we take a break. Back with Ryback fighting out of a chinlock but eating a dropkick from Rollins. Rollins chokes a bit and Kane puts on one of the worst chinlocks I can ever remember seeing. It’s like when you’re a kid and you do wrestling moves to your friends but you don’t know what you’re doing and it looks horrible, but this is a former World Champion doing it instead.

Ryback suplexes Kane down for a breather and nails Rollins with a nice spinebuster. The Stooges offer a distraction but Rollins takes the Meat Hook anyway. Kane breaks up Shell Shock but takes it himself, only to have Seth nail the Curb Stomp. He does it again for no particular reason and gets the pin at 11:54.

Rating: D-. END THIS ALREADY! This show has been dragging on and on for the last two hours and I have no idea who thinks this is a good idea. Rollins getting the pin makes sense but if all the fans pass out due to boredom, no one is going to care. Also, well done on giving Ryback the big promo last week and then jobbing him here. You could have at least made this Rollins and Rusev to help build the match, but instead let’s just get Kane out there.

Big E. vs. Adam Rose

Rose actually takes over to start and throws Big E. into the corner before slapping on a chinlock. Big E. makes his comeback but we’ve got masked men for the DQ at 1:50.

Big E. takes a powerbomb/Blockbuster combo and the masked men are Cesaro and Tyson Kidd.

Preview of tonight’s new episode of Countdown.

Here’s the Authority to introduce Cena for John Cena Appreciation Night at 10:58. We see the ending of last week’s show again and Stephanie calls Cena her hero. HHH says he thought Cena was horrible when he debuted and then he had to sit through all those years of hustle, loyalty and respect. Last week though, Cena changed his mind when Cena brought back the Authority. This ring is all that matters to HHH and before the night is over, a lot of people are going to appreciate John Cena (it didn’t make sense when he said it either).

HHH brings out Ryback, Rowan and Ziggler, none of whom have had a good night. He recaps how everyone joined Team Cena and now it’s time for the punishments: Rowan is suspended for thirty days, Ryback is suspended for sixty days, and Ziggler….has to wait while the Authority walks up the aisle in a conference about what to do. Their decision: they’re all fired. HHH: “LET’S HEAR IT FOR JOHN CENA!” Music plays, confetti and balloons fall, and Stephanie does a little dance to end the show.

Overall Rating: F+. The plus is only due to some good action when they could get away from the stories. This show was downright infuriating as they basically forgot everything interesting and entertaining from last week and took us back to the stupid Survivor Series fallout, which has now gone on longer than the build and pay per view itself. They were packing every single thing they could into this show and making sure that the fans had as little fun as possible.

Above all else though, this show lost me with how the announcers talked about Ascension. I know the team isn’t for everyone, but this company’s philosophy seems to be “let’s put every possible thing against the new guys and see how hard they’re willing to get it over.” Then when it fails, oh well it wasn’t the company’s fault for whatever reason. The announcers referred to the new team as stupid and basically called them worthless. I’m so glad they got a year as NXT Tag Team Champions only to be shot down like this a week after they debut.

That’s just part of the downside to this show. It just went on and on and kept feeling like they were trying to get on the fans’ nerves. And for what? To set up some big moment where the Authority is defeated? Again? As in after they were defeated at Wrestlemania and then again at Survivor Series? I’m supposed to care that they lose again, only to come back a few months later like nothing ever happened? This show drove me crazy and I gave up on it about an hour in. If this is the start of the Road to Wrestlemania, we’re in for a long, long ride.

Results

Bad News Barrett b. Dolph Ziggler – Bull Hammer

Ascension b. ???/??? – Fall of Man to #1

Roman Reigns b. Big Show via DQ when Big Show used the stairs

Natalya b. Nikki Bella – Rollup

Luke Harper b. Erick Rowan – Discus lariat

Bray Wyatt b. Dean Ambrose – Wyatt threw Ambrose in the ambulance

Alicia Fox/Miz/Damien Mizdow b. Naomi/Usos – Rollup with a handful of tights

Big E. b. Adam Rose via DQ when Cesaro and Tyson Kidd interfered

Seth Rollins/Kane b. Ryback – Curb Stomp

 

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33 comments

  1. SamualDude says:

    To be honest, I don’t blame the crowd for not reacting to anything. The show wasn’t worth a damn and it just shows that the crowd are sick of the authority.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Yeah I can’t say I blame them. This show died about 30 minutes in.

  2. srch says:

    the last segment is the first thing wrestling related since the Lesnar vs Cena rematch. My oh my was that bad.

    The whole no champ around every week has really turned me away from he show. Even if they are trying to focus on other storylines, i can’t get over the fact that there is no championship to signal the company’s top man.

    Kb, do they still turn it on for ppv’s or is this the norm now?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    That’s what’s even more maddening: the pay per views are usually good because they cut out all the nonsense and let the wrestlers wrestle. The in ring stuff is good when you stop the stupid storyline stuff.

  3. Aeon Mathix says:

    For probably the only time since being on here I am going to have to agree with James grace or whatever that guys name is.

  4. larisano says:

    This show doesn’t even deserve an F,tbh.

    What a waste of a show, if ever there was one. A typical Authority punishment episode with the Babyfaces all looking like chump from start to finish.

    I was actually looking forward to it, and words can’t describe the disappointment. Worst RAW I’ve watched since I restarted watching the show over a year ago.
    Let’s just see how long those guys’ll be fired, shall we…

  5. your eternal reward says:

    Raw has reached absolute shit in terms of quality. I’m normally one for defending the WWE but fuck this, the majority of the past 7-8 months has just been down right awful. They have 7 hours of TV plus a dozen other side series yet nothing get accomplished other then the same shit we saw 16 months ago.

  6. 113 says:

    Horrible Show. No Sting. No Cena turn. No Orton. No surprises

    This bad Authority angle is OLD and TIRED. Who in the HELL ok’d the writing for tonight?

    Where is CM Punk when you need him? TERRIBLE way to kick off 2015

  7. M.R. says:

    Why would the briefcase holder need to be put in a championship match? Isn’t the point of the briefcase that he calls the shots? If you’re Seth Rollins wouldn’t you rather just wait until Cena and Lesnar beat the shit out of eachother and cash in after the match rather than be apart of it?

    Jordan Reply:

    Rollins being in the Rumble doesn’t make any sense either. At least with this, Rollins gets a chance to be in a big time main event and I don’t think many people wanted to see Lesnar/Cena again anyways.

    Gunther_224 Reply:

    I think Cena wins the triple threat only to have Brock obliterate him allowing Rollins to cash in. It’ll be a short reign however. Rollins is bacically Edge circa 2006 right now.

  8. Jay H (the real one) says:

    The ending was definitely flat as I at least thought Sting would come out and ruin the party. Thats really the only end game I can see to finally ridding HHH & Stephanie once & for all.

  9. Sroxy says:

    Remember that guy Daniel Bryan? The one who delivered one of the most rousing promos ever and certainly a highlight of last week’s show? Well NO mention of Bryan whatsoever tonight. A week after he declared he’ll be back at the Rumble and sending the fans and into a tizzy and tons of speculation. Not even a clip of his announcement while they recap the same segments over and over again. Where was he?

    klunderbunker Reply:

    Not on this show. This was the Authority’s night and nothing else. I mean NOTHING else.

  10. Heyo says:

    Well, I just saw the ending segment on YouTube…

    That was possibly the worst segment I’ve seen in a while. Not only is it horrible, but the fact that NOBODY cared(notice how even the booing was almost non existent) just made it worse.

  11. Gunther_224 says:

    It’d be funny if James Gracie came on here “oh man how great was that”!

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    He would cement his troll status in eternity if he did that…..

    I didn’t hate this show anywhere near as much as KB did, though The Authority Strikes Back theme did get to be a bit much. I’m hoping something happens next week to make their return to power more difficult.

  12. whosnext98 says:

    How bad have things sunk to when an entire show get X-Pac heat? The crowd was freaking DEAD.

  13. whosnext98 says:

    How bad have things sunk to when an entire show getsX-Pac heat? The crowd was freaking DEAD.

  14. james gracie says:

    Oh man how bad was that? The Authority dominates and never loses. We are back where we fucking started! Lesnar vs Cena had me intrigued cause I had no idea who would win. So of course they fuck it up by adding Rollins. Let me guess, Cena wins, Rollins cashes in then Reigns wins the Rumble and beats Rollins at Mania for the title. You fucking watch! Speaking of Reigns, 0-4 in stinking up the joint since he returned.

    Ambrose is done. I dare any of you to tell me that he hasn’t been booked to lose just to get him out of the way so he doesn’t over shadow Roman Reigns. I FUCKING DARE YOU CAUSE THAT IS WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH HIM AND IT’S FUCKING BULLSHIT!

    Other bullshit? Ziggler gets no credit ending the Authority and it’s actually said to his face. When did Paige become a face? Solid job by JBL, the heel commentator, burying the Ascension, the heel tag team. That was a good promo cut by the Ascension and the fucking announcers took a huge shit on them!

    Awful show tonight and I bet all of you were ready to say how good it was til you saw that KB gave it an F so you jumped on the bandwagon too like the sheep you all are. I warned you about this fucking show and NONE of you listened. I was told the Rumble season that things would pick up. Why was I lied to? WHY AM I ALWAYS LIED TO??? And that’s it! Times up WWE! I gave you til this show to turn it around and you failed! I’m done with this BULLSHIT! #VinceIsSoftandDumb #FireStephanie #SaveUsDanielBryan

    …….You know what? I can’t leave. I must stay and educate you all. You all need me to speak the truth about this show. Therefore, I will continue to watch and comment here. Hopefully now you all will listen to me and maybe you sheep can learn a thing or two. I hope you all appreciate the fact that I am willing to continue watching this garbage all for you.

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    No, please, you really don’t have to do that for our benefit……..

    Jerichoholic94 Reply:

    You actually thought he’d leave?

    Hubcap Dave Reply:

    Of course not. His life would have no meaning if he didn’t troll us….but one could hope, couldn’t he?

    Jacob Jones Reply:

    Ok, I normally say we shouldn’t feed trolls, but THIS….this is an exception.

    James Gracie, It’s clear that you hate WWE, so stop watching it!

    Do something actually meaningful in your life other than bitching to us all the time. Maybe watch those Mets baseball games. You do love The Mets baseball don’t you? Do that instead of complaining on how WWE sucks.

    Oh, and you call us “sheep” just because we watch WWE?….Wow…..how mature….(not)

    Not every show your going to like; infact there are bound to be down periods. Right now we’re in the tail end of the “Fall” phase. That’s when WWE goes into a bit of a slump.

    But unlike last year’s slump, this slump has been much more kinder to us. I mean, look what we got!

    We got the Shield breaking up and becoming even more popular than ever before.

    The return to relevance for Dolph Ziggler

    Bray Wyatt has just about recovered from losing to John Cena.

    The Rock and Rusev segment….that segment rocked.

    Daniel Bryan FINALLY won the WWE Championship.

    Tyson Kidd is getting wins on RAW and SmackDown.

    We even saw some amazing matches, but I don’t have to go into.

    James Gracie, Everything everyone has said to you is right. You are an embarassment to the wrestling fanbase and to wrestling fans everyone. You are quite possibly the most immature spoiled self-righteous little prick i’ve ever seen my life. No one gives a crap about what you say, So stop it. It’s useless, annoying and just plain embarassing.

    The world does not revolve around you, so grow up and shut up.

    To everyone else, I just wanna say this. Not everything in wrestling your going to like and the things we liked about wrestling back in the day probably won’t be as good as we remember. Things will get better or worse depending on what happens. All we can do is sit back, climb on that roller-coaster cart and find out what happens next.

    james gracie Reply:

    I hate to break it to you but those examples that you listed weren’t exactly compelling with the exception of Bryan’s world title win.

    Shield breaking up has done nothing for Ambrose and it means we endure Reigns non deserved push. Rollins is the only one that’s benefited. RAW hasn’t been good since they broke up either. Shield vs Evolution was the last good angle on RAW.

    Tyson Kidd getting wins? Really? LOL!

    Rock/Rusev segment made Rusev look like a chump. But it did set up the tremendous Rock vs Rusev match where Rusev got his heat back….oh wait.

    The fact that you listed Bray Wyatt wasn’t buried as something we should be happy about is pathetic. “Hey this guy wasn’t buried….CELEBRATE!” Bray Wyatt still hasn’t recovered from Cena squashing him. His mystique is clearly gone and he cuts boring, nonsensical promos now. His feud with Ambrose was boring, they had the same match for months and in the end, it made Ambrose, a potential big time star, look like an absolute fool and loser.

    Relevance for Ziggler? The guy has done nothing since Survivor Series, loses every week and the fact that he was the sole survivor never gets mentioned on TV.

    So your standards must be pretty low if that is what you consider great television. This show was awful and everyone agrees. So I’m afraid I probably can’t help you. You are lost and can’t benefit from my teaching.

    Jacob Jones Reply:

    No James. It is YOU who is lost….but luckily, there is still time. I shall benefit you from MY teaching.

    It must appear I didn’t explain those moments well enough.

    Dean Ambrose got to be to headline Hell in a Cell with Seth Rollins, sure granted his win-loss record isn’t great but maybe WWE wants to take him in the Tommy Dreamer direction. That guy got popular because he lost, I’m certain to god that Dean Ambrose is taking that route in honor of that old phrase “E-C-Dub!” Because damn it, he looks great in loss.

    Roman Reigns, ok so it’s clear that he’s not ready so why is he getting pushed?…..Easy, because he is a SAMOAN. And the Samoan family has long-lasting family roots that date all the way back to the 80s with the Headshrinkers. The samoan wrestling legacy is about as legendary if not maybe more than the Hart family.

    Seth Rollins…..ok, i’ll agree on that one.

    Tyson Kidd, so it may not be impressive; but he’s actually WINNING, do you see Main Event? A few months ago he beat Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. Adam Rose was Tyson’s punching bag for a good while, He even got wins over Sheamus and Jack Swagger. Both were world champions back in the day. And NXT, he actually got to face Adrian Neville for the NXT world title.

    Bray Wyatt, Dude’s won his last two feuds and his promos are still quite as good as ever. Plus his promos were always nonsensical. In the good sort of way. And for the record, his 3 matches with Cena were anything BUT a squash match.

    Rusev, Gotcha good didn’t I?

    Dolph Ziggler- Let’s see, he’s had a classic TLC match with Luke Harper, Finally defeated Seth Rollins one on one, won more matches than he has in a long time, plus if it weren’t for that first match he had after winning the title, he would have been the first undefeated I.C champion in a long time. (22 days, yes. But that still would have been impressive.)

    I think I know why you’re so disgruntled with WWE……
    You still haven’t gotten over the fact that The Shield is gone.

    It’s clear that you like them, you did say the “last great angle of RAW” was Evolution vs The Shield. When they broke up, you must have been traumitized.

    Listen, I know; the Shield was an amazing faction and one of the most dominant factions ever, but IT DOES NOT EFFECT THE OTHER REST OF THE SHOW. They’ve gone on to have singles careers now, we’re not ruling out reunions at all but they might not be coming back together full circle anytime soon.

    And btw, My standards are fine. I don’t mind comedy bits, but too many in a regular show is overkill. The Authority really needs to burn in a fire-pit now. Plus, some of the storylines can be ridiculous. I mean, Adam Rose and his Bunny? That’s just silly! How is a bunny supposed to be wrestling? Answer that question for me.

    Finally, the only teacher I need is the internet. Be it be right or be it be wrong.

    I understand this is your opinion and I should respect that, but you keep shoving it down like you know everything. And shoving down opinions is, has and always will be annoying and useless.

    In short, The promotion has problems, but so does every wrestling promotion out there. It has never been perfect, not even in the attitude era. I like WWE, the promotion some say is “lazy”. And i’m not going to let it phase me one bit. WWE will always be my favorite wrestling promotion no matter what. And you know what? It’s not going away anytime soon.

    And if you can’t handle it, I’m sorry; but you need to get off the internet. It’s no place for immature people like you.
    #This14yearoldjustschooledyougood!

    M Reply:

    Yay you’re not leaving 😀

  15. Bossman says:

    That show was downright terrible. I’m really trying to figure out why they’re intent on beating this Authority angle to the ground. No one cares about the Authority as seen from the fan’s reaction last night during the main event segment. There’s no heel heat to them as much as it is go-away heat. Nothing they do is entertaining and their promos drag the show down a lot. The only thing that I enjoyed from this show was the Ambulance match between Ambrose and Bray Wyatt but even that doesn’t stop their feuding from being pointless overall and making Ambrose look like a total chump in the process. Good job WWE!

  16. Heyo says:

    And now Meltzer’s reporting that the whole “announcers bury Ascension” deal wasn’t SUPPOSED to bury them, but to get them heel heat.

    Given how awful WWE has been lately, it wouldn’t surprise me if they really were that stupid.

  17. Acuzzam says:

    I have to disagree with the review here. The show was not good but I’ve seen worst shows here get a D. Why was this one so bad? Because they sad bad things about the ascension? Honestly, that was pretty stupid but its not the end of the world. Last show was not worse than this one, had some good stuff in it, but in the end it had that nonsensical stupid thing o Seth Rollins going to break the neck of Edge and John Cena deciding to call the authority back because of that. Instead of, you know, saying to Rollins that if he purposely made a man paralyzed he would go to jail because he was doing it ON LIVE TV!

    KB put a criticize me post a while ago. And thats what im trying to do. I respect a lot your work and you know A LOT more about wrestling than I do. Im just a casual fan who just watches RAW, and I’ve watched for less than a year. But this review didn’t sit well with me when compared tho other reviews. I think you got pissed off about the Ascenscion thing a threw a bad show under the bus. And that would be okay if you didn’t gave C- and D + to shows more stupid and boring than this one.

    klunderbunker Reply:

    I get the criticism, so let me get the Ascension part out of the way first.

    I’ve been watching NXT since it started and haven’t missed an episode yet. I’m a big fan of teams like Demolition and the Legion of Doom and loved the idea of a team in the same vein as those two. I got to see them for two years in NXT and FINALLY they’re coming to Raw, about a year after they were ready.

    It’s like watching a guy you followed in local plays and community theater getting a role in a Hollywood blockbuster. Myself and a lot of other NXT fans have been clamoring to see this forever, and this is what we get? One of the worst announcing teams in wrestling history burying a team because they’re saying they’re going to be better than everyone else and squashing jobbers? As in doing the EXACT SAME THING that almost every other wrestler has ever done?

    Basically what WWE said last night is “That NXT show that we hype up to make you buy the Network doesn’t mean jack and you fans are stupid for saying it’s better than our main show. Well SCREW YOU, we’re treating these guys like jokes.” It’s petty, it’s stupid, and it makes me feel like I’m wasting my time watching NXT because WWE has this big chip on their shoulders because someone, even in their own system, is showing them up.

    As for the rest of the show, I hated it more for the product regressing back to where it was before last week. For months it’s been the same stale, repetitive nonsense that comes off as lazy and only there to make sure the Authority is treated like gods. Last week’s show was such a welcome reprieve from that because we were getting something fresh. Now, we’re back to the Authority owning the world, cramming everything into the show because modern writers don’t get the idea of letting a show breathe, and the same corrupt leaders sticking it to the good guys that we’ve been going through for over fifteen years now. We were given something fresh and now it’s right back to the same tired ideas over and over. I didn’t call this show a failure because of the individual parts, but because of the overall idea being a failure.

    whosnext98 Reply:

    A fucking men!

    Acuzzam Reply:

    I agree 100% with you about the authority. I’m sick of them and it was a HUGE step back in my opinion they coming back. I thought hey would use this “only Cena can bring the Authority back” thing when everybody had forgot about it jusst so Cena could take an even worse “authority” figure out of power. Maybe not the best idea but better then what we got. But the authority coming back was something that, I think, should have being said in the criticism of the show before this one. I may be wrong, cause maybe you had hopes that they would still make something different in this show with the authority, but I particurlarly came into this show knowing what I would get. The show that pissed me off was the one before this. Not only because of the authority but because Seth Rollins is awesome and he looked so stupid with his empty threat, and John Cena, the hero of the show, a guy that I personally find very entertaining, looked like a complete coward and a dumb idiot.

    This show that you gave an F+ I also didnt like, I hated the Dean Ambrose match, which was the same match him and Bray did a thousand times but worse, and he lost AGAIN! Making the entire thing pointless.

    About the Ascension: I can understand why its so annoying to see what they did with those guys. I don’t know if this will make you fell better but, being a casual fan I can give you my perspective, and they still look pretty cool to me. When JBL says something I just hear noises.

    I guess this show was for you what the last week show was for me. A stupid and annoying step back that killed our enthusiam. Thanks for answering the comments here, its much more rewarding to follow a critic wheen he doesnt run away from discussion and reacts well to criticism. I’ll be waiting for the next RAW and for your review as well.

    PS: Sorry for the bad english.