WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 29/02/2016

Triple H / Dean Ambrose

With the whole Authority talk The Game did, it almost seemed like the crowd was about to get annoyed enough to chant for Reigns. Then Ambrose appeared and absorbed the reaction that had been boiling up. The exchange that followed demonstrated a great feud that could have been.

As much as I can listen to Ambrose all night long, I fail to see where Ambrose vs. Triple H  is going other than being a pre WM buffer. The hypothetical situation of Ambrose, defeating Hunter and becoming champion would mean that Brock would end up destroying 2 out of 3 main matches on the card.  That is not happening. However, Ambrose vs. Triple H allows Ambrose/Brock and Reigns/ Triple H to be saved for Mania.

Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks

The match was nothing short of brilliant. It was an NXT quality match, which had an NXT ending. Much like Sami Zayn & Samoa Joe, Becky and Sasha seem to be taking the “draw” route to a triple threat for the championship.

I was astonished that Charlotte succeeded to keep the same facial expression throughout the entire match. Showing off your best “resting b*tch face” isn’t a recipe for being a better heel.

Bray Wyatt

Bray delivered another cryptic promo, asking the WWE Universe to join him. Sadly, these don’t matter anymore. Regardless of how convincing Bray is on the mic, his character’s credibility has been completely destroyed by the WWE.

Miz def. Dolph Ziggler

There seems to be rising a feud between Zigggler and the Miz. It’s just a sad rivalry, which provides an excuse to these two to be on TV. Not that they shouldn’t be, it’s just that they’ve been booked as midcard jobbers for so long that a character change is needed to make them relevant again.

The match itself was short and unimpressive. It was an obvious filler, which barely had the time to make the card for RAW.

Stephanie McMahon

Stephanie delivered a promo on her relationship with Shane, while cradling her shiny award. It was a pitiful scene. However, it has to be noted that Stephanie made a good point. Shane did leave. Then again, something as insignificant as the truth can’t affect the heel/face balance in the story.

Sheamus & Rusev def. The Lucha Dragons

The League of Nations keep winning. It might just be that the WWE has decided to actually save them and rebuild them.

Del Rio got more action that the two men who were actually in the match. For some reason, his feud with Kalisto seems to be still going on. And Kalisto is still in a tag team. The US title hasn’t been that irrelevant in a while.

Ryback def. Adam Rose

Ryback didn’t just defeat Adam Rose. He decimated him. Rose had no chance and mounted no offence whatsoever. It was a brutal, violent scene that didn’t last long and it left the entire group of Social Outcasts in shock.

Ryback as a brutal heel can have a much bigger success than as a babyface. Then again, there is no available route for him, other than taking the US championship and having a monster heel reign with it.

Y2AJ def. The New Day

Y2AJ is officially “a thing” now. The way they handled the New Day makes it obvious that the New Day won’t be champions any more at WrestleMania.

It makes sense to have a popular duo of solo superstars take down the New Day. No otheractual tag team on the roster has been built to look like a threat to the champs. It’s much easier to use the face following Styles and Jericho already have, in order to get heat to the feud, rather than building an actual team from the ground.

Vicne McMahon/The Undertaker

This was a nice little segment. It showed that the Undertaker is no lap dog and it could potentially plant a seed of doubt in Vince’s head. Maybe in the end he would change his mind and save his son. There are twists that could happen in this Hell in a Cell match.

Bubba Ray def. Jey Uso

The Usos vs. The Dudleys might be even less interesting than Ziggler vs. The Miz. The exact same distraction with a table was used on SmackDown. This rivalry is unoriginal and is a complete waste of the Dudleys’ heel turn.

Truth/Goldust

R-Truth seemed to finally offend Goldust enough to get him to leave. However, now Truth’s feeling bad about the situation. This should FINALLY lead to the formation of Golden Truth. It’s taking far too long.

Big Show def.Kevin Owens

Kevin Owens, being the amazing heel that he is, managed to make even Big Show look relevant again.  However, this seems to be leading to Show v s. Owens at Mania and this is not what the fans want to see. We know Owens can sell but we also know he won’t lose to the Big Show. We don’t need predictable matches at WM 32.

Naomi def. Brie

This match was sloppy. Brie couldn’t hold up to Naomi’s standard in the ring and failed to sell Naomi’s faster moves. Also, I find it annoying that Brie needs to leech off DB’s popularity to get a reaction. It’s just pathetic.

Naomi’s got to actually use her own submission now. This might be a good thing for her. After all, the new trend is to have all top divas use a submission as a finisher.

The feud between Brie and Lana can only mean that the Ravishing Russian is in fact training to be a diva. I’m curious to see how Lana will do in the ring. On one hand, fighting someone as mediocre as Brie means that Lana won’t look that bad in comparison as she would have if she was facing the Boss. On the other hand, if Lana is terrible, Brie has no chance of carrying her through the match because she’s struggling to carry herself through a match, let alone someone else.

Dean Ambrose def. Alberto Del Rio /DQ/

Ambrose once again had his shoulder wrapped up. Is this the only fake injury the WWE can come up with?

At one point I was happy that for once someone used Del Rio’s stupid finisher against him. Ambrose didn’t just hang there, waiting, he pulled Del Rio down, as well. Then again, a few minutes later, the barricade spot came up and the Lunatic Fringe waited patiently as Del Rio was gathering some heel heat. Del Rio’s finisher needs changing, it looks implausible.

The League of Nations came out completely protected. The lost via DQ only because Triple H told them to do so. They were following orders. Also, they left before Ambrose started to rally so they didn’t all have to go down to make him look strong as they had to do with you-know-who.

The beat down Triple H gave Ambrose was nowhere near the one Reigns got. Also, Triple H oversells massively. The two best moments of this segment were Ambrose saying “Thanks” and Byron Saxton getting tossed out of the way.

As I mentioned earlier, I don’t see Ambrose winning Triple H’s title. It would shift the WM card too much. However, this could possibly lead to Ambrose vs. Reigns for the title later on.

 

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