Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/2/15: Shaken To The Core

WWE Raw“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.




(Aired 2/1/15)

Shaken To The Core

– The opening video that highlighted Triple H’s big announcement seemed to add cheers for Roman Reigns in the Rumble when that wasn’t the case.

– The “Announcement” segment with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon at least seemed important as all the roster watched backstage on the monitor. Are Dolph Ziggler and Ryback inseparable now? All this “controversy” talk is getting old. Trips referred to the #CancelWWENetwork hashtag by making an NFL joke. How cutting edge. WWE actually lucked out in that they could claim that The Rock helped Reigns being he interfered in the match before the finish. Reigns got a favorable reaction here, though still mixed, and he showed good intensity. Daniel Bryan coming out was also an interesting way to wake the crowd up and plead his logical rematch case. Seth Rollins coming out with an argument of another Title shot also fit his character. The proposed Bryan-Rollins match later to face Reigns at Fast Lane to face Lesnar at WrestleMania was probably the best way to take Bryan out of the Title picture and make Reigns’ Rumble victory untainted. This whole thing kind of threw out the purpose of the Royal Rumble match itself. Who needs stipulations these days?

– Oh great. Another Big Show-Reigns match. It was more of the same. Show winning with interference from Rollins and J & J Security was more Authority screw games. On a side note, why does Rollins get another free chance when he can just cash in for WrestleMania regardless of the outcome of tonight’s match? Sure you can say there is The Authority behind things, but logically, it lacks.

– Do Trips and Stephanie know there are cameras on them in their backstage “scheming” segments? The crowd can hear you. It’s like watching your friends discuss your surprise birthday plans right in front of you.

– Curtis Axel’s promo about never being eliminated in the Rumble match wanting justice, challenging Lesnar at WrestleMania made some memes come to life. Dean Ambrose coming out to fight him made no sense initially, but set up his challenge to Bad News Barrett for the Intercontinental Championship. Of course, Axel tried to get revenge and ended up laid out again. One day he’ll get justice. Expect some kind of match between Axel and Ambrose later this week.

– The Ascension-Gold & Stardust rematch from Smackdown was a way to give The Ascension another win without damaging another team, more or less. This also set up a possible tease of Gold & Stardust breaking up as we saw in the ring and backstage. Maybe not at Fast Lane, but WrestleMania?

– John Cena really needed to “welcome” the “fired trio” back to Raw? Didn’t they come back a week and a half ago on Smackdown? Cena’s argument of Triple H having an idea of the future with NXT to “take his spot” was a stretch to mention. NXT is actually better than Raw, so that makes Triple H look better in fans’ eyes. Dolph Ziggler was good to mouth off, but this set up matches “by Stephanie” with Luke Harper-Ryback, Ziggler-Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan-Rusev.

– The Harper-Ryback match was okay for what it was. Ryback came out with the win, but Harper was also no pushover by any means.

– The Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso, Naomi)-Cesaro (w/Tyson Kidd, Natalya) match was okay. There was more storyline furthering with Natalya and Kidd, with Kidd upset with Natalya because of double-date plans she made. The match itself was okay, but the Upper Cut finish was great as Cesaro got the pinfall, having the Usos “number.” Kidd also threw in a cheap shot for heat.

– The backstage segment with The Miz and Damien Mizdow where Miz “fired and rehired” Mizdow to make him his personal assistant kept their confrontations entertaining. It’s hard to not laugh at Mizdow now mimicking Miz out of spite. Miz deserves props for running as far as possible with his “A-List Movie Star” gimmick, which basically makes the storyline what it is. This also teased us that perhaps Mizdow would turn on Miz in his match.

– The Rowan-Cena backstage segment was an odd one. Rowan looked good for thanking, but we pretty much knew Rowan would get demolished by Rusev.

– The Ziggler-Wyatt match was very good down the stretch, with both guys looking good. The finish probably caught most people off-guard as Wyatt pretty much no-sold the Fameasser to turn into Sister Abigail. Very good though. Wyatt’s on a clear push again, but does WWE see plans for him past WrestleMania?

– The backstage segment with Triple H, Stephanie and Rollins was mainly more about the “crowd manipulation” and taking shots at Randy Orton, who never even showed up. This teased that maybe Orton would have a role in the main event, but that never materialized.

– The Bella Twins on commentary added fuel to the fire with Paige-Nikki Bella for the Divas Title announced at Fast Lane. The Paige-Alicia Fox match was meh. The Bellas were more distracting on commentary, even though they hyped the Fast Lane match pretty well. Fox got some heat and the Bellas sprayed tanning spray on Paige, which also furthered things. Not outrageous heat, but just enough.

– The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow)-Sin Cara match was entertaining with Mizdow standing outside yet still playing to the crowd and Sin Cara even looked decent in the ring. Mizdow cost Miz the match, which furthered things with them. The cryptic Wyatt promo interrupted the moment, which was likely aimed at The Undertaker again. It will be exciting to see how things break down in the coming weeks with that.

– Rusev’s beatdown on Rowan was pretty much what we expected. On a side note, if Rowan was comfortable with a “new outlook on life,” why would he still wear a sheep mask to the ring, the sign of a follower? Probably because the mask is the only thing fans could associate him with. A change in music would also really help him. This was at least a way to keep Rowan off the record books with a loss and keep Rusev undefeated. The Lana promo set up the Rusev “cinematic” hype video, which wasn’t anything we haven’t seen in the ring. The Russian flag getting caught in the ceiling seemed like a botch, but the broadcast team covered it well and Rusev/Lana ran with it by acting pissed.

– The Reigns and Bryan segment backstage was intense, but that was needed. It’s good to see the two clash. Reigns came off like a heel against Bryan and looking back at this with the end of the show, it kind of made no sense for Reigns to want to help Bryan, though Reigns could brag to Bryan that he helped him win. This would’ve been the perfect spot for Orton to return.

– The Rollins (w/J & J Security)-Bryan main event was good in-ring action and dramatic as it went on. Reigns coming down to the ring to spear Show made some sense in the perspective of Reigns getting back at the Authority and Bryan getting the win keeps his momentum going and makes the Reigns-Bryan match at Fastlane official. Once again, Bryan may work himself into WrestleMania plans. Interesting outcome. Either way, still bank on Reigns-Lesnar at WrestleMania, but it might not just be them there.





Quick Results

– The Big Show (w/Seth Rollins, J & J Security) def. Roman Reigns via pinfall 

– The Ascension def. Gold & Stardust via pinfall

– Ryback def. Luke Harper via pinfall

– Cesaro (w/Natalya, Tyson Kidd) def. Jimmy Uso (w/Jey Uso, Naomi)

– Bray Wyatt def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall

– Page def. Alicia Fox via pinfall 

– Sin Cara def. The Miz (w/Damien Mizdow) via pinfall

– Winner Faces Roman Reigns At Fast Lane For WWE World Heavyweight Championship WrestleMania Title Shot – Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) via pinfall

About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just 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, and Yahoo Voices. He has also interned for The Home Reporter/Brooklyn Spectator based out of Brooklyn, NY.

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