My 2 Cents
I saw Raw for the first time in 2 years this week and I was pleasantly surprised that the WWE had actually upped their game and effort for a change.
It was somewhat annoying that Raw had begun as as it has done for so many years with a talking segment that featured the unmatched moutpiece skills of Paul Heyman and the enigma that is Brock Lesnar citing that Undertaker will not walk out of Hell in a Cell whereas Super Lesnar will be the victor.
Enter a man who has about as much talking presence as Brock, in the Big Show. After a brief period of Show trying to be gracious in his defeat, Lesnar walks and gets goaded by Show whom then returns to take him back to Suples City and then F5's him.
13 years later and I'm still amazed at the physical strength of the former Undisputed Champion.
Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose & Randy Orton def. The Wyatt Family
and I care why?
seriously, this feud has gone on long enough since just before Money in the Bank and I don't know if Roman was saying in character or kayfabe, but after Hell in a Cell, it's done between him and Bray. I think everyone has been saying that because most feuds are done within a few months yet this rivalry has been going on long past it's usefulness.Sheamus def. Neville
for the little amount of time that this was on, it was decent. Not sure where Barrett stands between these two as I got the impression that he showed concern for his fellow countryman.
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins confronted Kane
I don't know whose decision it was to make Kane go this way, creatively, but it's working. For so many years (and through the various heel turns that kept pace with Big Show's) can had been somewhat 2 dimensional and here he shows levels of depth in his character and that he can have range.
And with Seth 'Cartman' Rollins who pretty much tells everyone "screw you guys I'm going home" if he doesn't get his way not letting up on Kane's Bruce Banner gimmick just works well as they have great chemistry.
Steph, like everyone else cuts through all the BS and says it what was Cartman that made that "annoymous" report on Kane and decides to put an end to it once for all.
At Hell in A Cell it will be Demon Kane challenging Rollins for the WWE Undisputed Championship and should Rollins retain then Corporate Kane will be releaved of his services.
Natalya def. Paige
These 2 competing against each other is like Trish Vs Lita, Rock Vs Austin or Punk Vs Bryan.
I make those comparisons because all those competitors brought out the very best in each other. If these 2 were to ever face other for the Divas Championship at a PPV, that would be legendary.
furthermore, I am glad that Natalya is being used positively again as she has been cast to the side for far too long. And here's a message to WWE: Divas Championship run again for Naty. MAKE IT HAPPEN
Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens def. Sin Cara
Owens is proving his worth as a Champion. Personally, I don't like him. But he's doing his job as a heel, if he can get you to hate him - job done!
It was a decent performance by Sin Cara who I think could have done with a win. But considering the run Owens is on that won't happen any time soon. And it doesn't look Ryback is done with him yet.
John Cena and Roman Reigns honored breast cancer survivors
Really uplifting segment that just shows how well the WWE can lift Peoples' spirits in the name of a good cause.
I don't have anything else to add, because what Cena & Reigns said on the mic was all that needed to be said.
The Dudley Boyz def. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins & Kane via Disqualification
Not a bad match, but the focus was too much on the husband & wife situation with Rollins bossing Kane to remain on the rope until he got taken to the back and Hulked out into the Big Red Machine. Of which saw the Monster chokeslam the Dudleyz & the Undisputed Champion that he's coming for the belt.Team B.A.D. def. Team Bella
cue some trash talking from some wannabe Barbie dolls and the very talented Alicia Fox who really should be doing better things than associating herself with 2 women who have only furthered their careers because of their men.
A decent performance with Team BAD getting some much needed exposure and matchtime that they have been sorely lacking.
And Nikki will regain the Divas Title? sure.
Summer Rae proposed to Rusev
This was unwarranted, unmerrited and unnecessary.
U.S. Champion John Cena def. WWE Tag Team Champion Big E
And we come to the main event and surprising no one; Cena is headlining Raw once more.
On a serious note I am amazed of the great shape Cena is in since he debuted in 2002. And after the injuries he comes back seemingly stronger than before and the man seems to be ageless to some degree.
the match itself was good.
I don't think it needed it needed the pier 6 brawl at the end, but this is Monday Night Raw. Why change what they know?
So, to some things up; after seeing my first Raw since October 2013 when CM Punk was feuding with Heyman & Ryback, to when the Los Matatdores debuted and when Bryan was chasing his 3rd WWE Championship, I will say that Raw has gotten better.
Not as good as 2002's Raw Roulette nor the night Stone Cold returned after Unforgiven 2000 but I can safely saw that Raw is at least 'watchable' again.
Raw gets a C-