WWE RAW – Review, Highlights & Analysis From 07/03/2016

Shane/Vince

Shane said all the right things. He gave the audience everything they wanted to hear. However, a segment, talking about Vince, being out of touch, means that he’s very much in touch with what the WWE Universe wants. After all, segments like this don’t go over Vince’s head.

It was a brilliant move to have Vince taunt the audience with Taker’s music. The crowd went wild when they heard the first gong. As if Vince needed any more heel heat!

The little security stunt was terribly unrealistic. We all knew how it was going to end and it looked worse than I thought it would. Shane’s handling of the situation in the ring raises a lot of concernes, regarding his WM match against the Undertaker.

Kevin Owens def. Neville

This match was out of this world. When you see Neville do a shooting star press from the top rope to the outside, followed by a standing shooting star press in the ring & then does 2 1/3 rotations midair, you don’t care anymore if he can talk or not. You just want to see more of him.

Even Owens had to dig in deep and pull out some high flying. You wouldn’t expect a guy his size to do a moonsault but Owens did. He truly is one of the best.

It wasn’t unexpected to see Sami Zayn out but it still felt amazing. Owens vs. Zayn is a feud that deserves a place on the main roster. The only downside to this is that Neville is still not getting any attention.

Summer Rae def. Brie Bella

Brie, relentlessly riding DB’s popularity, delivered a series of YES-kicks as Summer dramatically waved her arms around. Summer moves like a doll. She is so cartoonish it’s unbelievable. A distraction from Lana cost Brie the match.

Lana came in and hit Brie with her own finisher. This seems to indicate an in-ring debut for the Ravishing Russian. Brie vs. Lana will most probably by terrible in the ring. That’s unless Lana happens to be a miracle worker.

Dean Ambrose/ HHH

As Dean Ambrose said that he was the champion that people deserved, I kept having Batman flashback, thinking that in the WWE Creative’s head Ambrose might be the champ we deserve but it’s not the champ we need.

Triple H mentioned that the Authority always wins and until now he’s never been wrong about this. It doesn’t seem like it will be any different at Roadblock. The only thing this filler PPV match is doing is that it’s saving Reigns vs. Triple H and Ambrose vs. Lesnar for Mania.

The League of Nations def. Dolph Ziggler

Dolph got himself into this 3 on 1 tag team elimination match where he plays solo by annoying Stephanie and bringing up Survivor Series 2014. The difference is that the SS match 2 years ago had a lot, riding on it, therefore it was surrounded by loads of hype. The same can’t be said about last night’s match.

However, the promo Dolph cut after that was amazing. The WWE is making a huge mistake by not using Ziggler right. He has so much character!

Sasha Banks & Becky Lynch def. Tamina & Naomi

The divas were playing the same old record again. The always arguing Sasha and Becky somehow defeat Naomi & Tamina, only to have Charlotte rush in and take out both of them.

The storyline has become boring and repetitive. Hopefully, once the title changes hands, the storytelling will  get better but right now, things don’t seem to be very promising.

The Golden Truth

Truth and Goldust together are funny but these segments have been going on for too long. This team either needs to happen, in the ring, or they should stop, pushing it on the card.

The New Day def. Y2AJ

Surprisingly, the New Day won this match. Not only that, but they also won it clean (more or less). It is true that Xavier Woods played a part in it but realistically, Y2AJ lost because Big E overpowered Jericho.

The break-up of the team caught me by surprise. I didn’t expect Y2AJ to last a long time but I didn’t expect it to fall apart just when the first Y2AJ t-shirts came out. Regardless, that was one beautiful heel turn. 3 Code Breakers and stuffing  the t-shirt in AJ’s mouth – that was some good heel work by Jericho.

Kalisto def. Tyler Breeze

Kalisto vs. Tyler Breeze was wasted on this insignificant match. Prince Pretty could have easily pulled off a solid feud against Kalisto. Instead, he was booked to job to the champ.

Kalisto had a strange interaction with Ryback after the match. I expected The Big Guy to jump Kaisto, as he expressed his disbelief in underdog success. However, Ryback just advised Kalisto to break away from the Lucha Dragons.  I’m confused as to what Ryback’s motives are and as to why Kalisto needs anyone to tell him this. It should have been obvious.

Ryback def. Curtis Axel

The Social Outcasts got decimated by Ryback once again. The powerhouse of the group – Axel, couldn’t get the job done. It seems like Slater & Friends are the Big Guy’s personal Jobber Squad now.

Dean Ambrose def. Bray Wyatt

Booking Bray Wyatt as Dean Ambrose’s opponent was a bit anticlimactic. After all the high profile exchanges Ambrose has had, reaching back to his unimpressive feud with Bray was a step down.

The Wyatt Family caused a DQ and attacked Ambrose. It seemed like it was an arranged hit from the Authority but Bray spiced things up by getting in Triple H’s face. Then again, I think it was just a move, randomly thrown in for the excitement value, nothing more significant.

Ambrose hit the Dirty Deed on Tripe H but it still doesn’t make the idea of him winning at Roadblock any more plausible.  The WM plans won’t be changed that easily.

 

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