Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 1/12/15: The Authority Always Wins
Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
The Authority Always Wins
– The feeling that WWE wanted fans to have was that The Authority could do anything while in power. The opening video highlighted this by showing “John Cena Appreciation Night” yet again.
– Cena could be taken so much more seriously if he didn’t wear such bright colors. His opening promo mainly tore at Triple H and had him tease bringing back the recently departed for the fans. He even spread a hashtag – #AuthoritySucks. While his confidence hasn’t slowed down a bit and his focus on becoming Champion was good, his proposed attempt to “hold the belt hostage” seemed heel-like and too much like the CM Punk angle from Summer 2011. The Authority’s interruption seemed like it was almost an excuse to take unofficial shots at Punk for how he left the company – “taking his ball and going home,” but it wasn’t anything new as they insulted Cena for “Hustle Loyalty and Respect” and that he was selfish and a traitor. Sure enough, a proposed lumberjack match against Seth Rollins to get their jobs back was a good hook into the commercial break as it initially sounded like main event material.
– The Cena-Rollins (w/Joey Mercury and Jamie Noble) lumberjack match smelled like an Authority scheme from the get-go with mainly heels as lumberjacks, and it happening too soon made it hard to be emotionally invested when the fired guys have basically been gone for four shows. The theme of Cena “being a hero” mentioned over and over also made it kind of obvious he wouldn’t come through here. Cena’s eventual comeback just felt too melodramatic to buy into, but the near falls down the stretch worked better for that. Of course, the heels were too much and once Big Show connected with the KO, it was done.
– The backstage segment with Stephanie, The Usos and Dean Ambrose was just more of The Authority throwing their own weight around, with Naomi forced to compete with one hand tied behind her back and Ambrose forced to take a mental evaluation test.
– The backstage segment with The Miz/Damien Mizdow was more of their usual shenanigans about The Golden Globes. Whatever.
– The first “psychic evaluation” segment with Ambrose and the doctor was basically a clock ticking. Yep, this had the feeling it could either go really good or really bad, quickly.
– The New Day-Cesaro/Tyson Kidd (w/Adam Rose and Exotic Express) match was quick and mostly painless. Kingston scored the pin after a double team move, but the group itself still had no reaction after the fall. They need more of an “edge” to them than shouting out, “New Day!” They work well together, but the gimmick is limiting their potential.
– All we got from the superstars’ Randy Savage impersonations all night was that Roman Reigns can pull it off really well. Anybody also think that Reigns’ t-shirt design comes to close to the Mr. Kennedy logo?
– The “legends” Rew reunion of HBK, Hulk Hogan, Scott Hall and Ric Flair for next week seems interesting.
– The Big Show promo got him over as a dominant power and he tore down the crowd for being losers. His focus on Reigns being a loser might have had more of a negative reaction if fans already didn’t have somewhat of a backlash against Reigns. His comparison of Reigns to the Knicks also would have had more heat in NYC, not New Orleans. Show leaving when Reigns showed up was typical heel behavior. Reign’s promo about his “story” again tying to a kids’ fable like Jack and the Beanstalk won’t get him over with adults: “Wham bam, thank you ma’am?” Did we really need the whole story to get to this point that he would kick Show’s ass? Plus, they didn’t even bother to announce that Reigns had a match when Luke Harper came out without warning?
– The Reigns-Harper match wasn’t much to write home about, as the two don’t really mesh together. The story was about Harper owning Reigns and Reigns eventually making a big comeback, which happened. The post match attack by Show on Reigns was expected after Reigns kicked him earlier on. Take note that Show also knocked out Cena and Reigns on the same night.
– The second Miz/Mizdow backstage segment about the Globes and Mizdow claiming he set up cameras around his house was typical WWE campy humor.
– The Naomi-Alicia Fox match had the story of Naomi already with only one hand in use, which sort of gave her an out to lose. Fox won with a Scissors Kick to little reaction.
– The second psychic evaluation segment with image association was a few decent laughs with Ambrose insulting pictures of Authority members, favoring Reigns, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and calling Stephanie McMahon a “ho.”
– It was smart to have the Brock Lesnar appearance in the same city where he ended Undertaker’s streak. We had to know that would be an in-ring promo focus from the get-go. Heyman took things up a notch with his delivery. There is no promo as good as his right now, his “fantasy and reality” knocks to Cena and Rollins were great.
– The Miz (w/Mizdow)-Jey Uso (w/Jimmy) match was more focused on Mizdow’s impressions outside the ring than the action inside of it. Miz won with the Skull-crushing finale.
– The Daniel Bryan promo in the city where he won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship had to bring some goosebumps. This was the second promo drawing back to last Wrestlemania, but that was perfectly fine here. Stephanie’s interruption was mainly to advertise her fitness DVD and mention his failures in the year. Bryan’s comebacks worked because of the crowd reaction. The announcement of Kane as Bryan’s opponent on Smackdown wasn’t a shock and the confrontation between the two was good, with Kane teasing the steel step tombstone and Bryan making a comeback. This made Bryan look good and hyped their match for Smackdown. Good stuff.
– The backstage segment with Lesnar and Rollins showed off their side of the match and you got the sense that the two don’t like each other, while Heyman offered to smooth things over by having Lesnar and Rollins work together during the match to get rid of Cena and have the two of them battle it out.
– The Brie Bella (w/Nikki)-Paige match was good for what it was, but it might be hard for fans to root for Paige since her new “best friend” is Natalya, who is associated with Tyson Kidd, a heel. This did come into play when Kidd cost Paige the match. This also furthered tensions between Kidd and Natalya and Natalya’s smirk when Paige slapped him told us that too.
– The Bray Wyatt promo was once again about the Royal Rumble. Too short to take anything from that. – The video package for Randy Savage was nice and classy. If he’s the first inductee in this Hall Of Fame class, we have to wonder who else there will be.
– To follow that with The Ascension was groan-inducing. They gave a box promo where they said they were better than the teams they take after… Again. They beat another team of local jobbers. We get their act by now. Basically what JBL said on commentary.
– The next psychic evaluation segment had Ambrose turn the tables and become the doctor and he brainwashed the doctor into signing papers that cleared him to compete in the Royal Rumble. Sounds about right.
– The Rusev/Lana in-ring promo tore down Ryback, Cena and America. Good stuff, but more of what we have seen before. The interruption by Ambrose brought something new to things. This might mean that Ambrose has his sights set on the United States Championship soon or that Rusev was his new feud for the day.
– The Ambrose-Rusev match that followed was okay until the lame finish where the referee basically stopped the match because Ambrose couldn’t continue. This made Ambrose look more weak, and the post match attack on him by Rusev didn’t help.
– The contract signing segment with Rollins, Cena and Lesnar/Heyman set up that Rollins with The Authority were a force to be reckoned with, though each man had time to explain their side of things and we had to know action would break out. Right now, Rollins is pretty unstoppable and this could very well lead to him becoming Champion at the Royal Rumble someway, somehow.
– Lumberjack Match – Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. John Cena via pinfall
– The New Day def. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Adam Rose and The Exotic Express) via pinfall
– Roman Reigns def. Luke Harper via pinfall
– Alicia Fox def. Naomi via pinfall
– The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) def. Jey Uso (w/Jimmy Uso) via pinfall
– Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) def. Paige (w/Natalya, Tyson Kidd) via pinfall
– The Ascension def. Two Local Jobbers via pinfall
– Rusev def. Dean Ambrose via Referee stoppage
About Nicholas Jason LopezJust a 29-year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently a freelance journalist with two websites - Pro Wrestling Opinion and The Music Bugle - he has also been published on sites such as The Bensonhurst Bean, Sheepshead Bites, Review Fix, College University of New York Athletic Conference, Dying Scene, Brooklyn News Service, All Media NY, BrooklynFans.com and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.
Posted on January 13, 2015, in WWE and tagged Adam Rose, Alicia Fox, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Damien Mizdow, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, J & J Security, Jey Uso, Jimmy Uso, John Cena, Kane, Lana, Luke Harper, Naomi, Nikki Bella, Paige, Paul Heyman, Randy Savage, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Seth Rollins, Stephanie McMahon, The Ascension, The Authority, The Big Show, The Exotic Express, The Miz, The New Day, The Usos, Triple H, Tyson Kidd. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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