The show opened with an announcement segment by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Like them or not, they are attention grabbers and play their characters well. Thus they always deliver quality segments. This was no different. The only thing I didn't like is that they stripped Daniel Bryan of the WWE Title without him even being there. I just think it would have been better for him to tell the fans he truly couldn't compete, but that's just me. They also announced a blockbuster main event pitting The Wyatt Family against Ambrose, Reigns, and a partner if they could find one. Good way to open the show with a bunch of shocking and exciting announcements.
The first match of the evening pitted Bad News Barrett against Sheamus. Although we've seen them face off several times in the past month, this was their best match yet. Hard hitting, stiff outstanding match.
The show went down hill from that point. Ryder jobbed to Rusev yet again. Then WWE buried Damien Sandow even further by having him dress up as a ballroom dancer and team with Fandango. The crowd was hot so they chanted "Let's Go Sandow" - that was the only good part about this match. So sad to see how far Sandow has fallen. And WWE wonders why the Money In The Bank briefcase is losing prestige. Look where last year's winner (Sandow) is! It's terrible.
The top of the second hour started off with a bang as Dean Ambrose & Roman Reigns delivered an outstanding promo on Seth Rollins. Ambrose was awesome as usual and Reigns showed alot of improvement on the mic. The beatdown on 3MB was a plus too. All around successful segment. Ambrose and Reigns still looking dominant.
Bo Dallas and Xavier Woods had a match at this point in the show. Very boring. Not because they aren't good, but because no one had a reason to care. WWE really needs to work on building new stars. No one had a reason to care about this match sadly. Both Dallas and Woods are exceptional in the ring, but it was boring.
Rob Van Dam and Cesaro had yet another match here. It was decent, but it seems like a repeat of their other multiple matches from the past month. Cesaro looked impressive and I was even more happy when he won. Would love to see him win the WWE Title at Money in the Bank! The other thing that made this segment/match so great was how Heyman swerved Lesnar's hometown into thinking that he was there, then he instead brought out Cesaro. Heyman is gold!
The match between Jack Swagger and Santino Marella was pointless. Shame to see how far Swagger has fallen since separating from Cesaro. He's such a great talent.
Once again we saw Paige take on Alicia Fox. There are so many talented Divas on the WWE roster, I wish WWE would utilize them instead of repeating the same match every week.
The six man tag main event was awesome like always. The Wyatt Family, Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and John Cena all worked very hard and produced a damn good match. Great way to close the show.
Overall thoughts: This week's edition of Monday Night Raw was sadly just like every Raw of the past two months. The Shield, The Wyatt Family, Cesaro/Heyman, and Bad News Barrett delivered and the rest of the show flopped. WWE really needs to work on giving us a reason to care about some of these characters and matches. Also, it'd be nice if they'd place some fresh match ups on the card. There were four rematches on this show alone. The roster has alot of depth so it'd be nice to see them use someone new every now and then. So the bottom line here is this - bland show aside from the main event and Barrett/Sheamus. Check those matches out along with Ambrose & Reigns' promo and Seth's interview with Cole.
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