Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/9/15: Tensions Shake The Roman Empire
Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
Tensions Shake The Roman Empire
– The opening video was solid in that it highlighted last week’s Raw opening segment that saw Roman Reigns accepting his fate that led to his FastLane match against Daniel Bryan where the winner will fight WWE World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania. However, it was odd that they initially left out the highlights of the Seth Rollins-Bryan match that directly led to the result.
– Reigns had an interesting night. He had a mixed reaction as usual, but was heavily booed upon his mention of the Rumble. He also botched a line in the promo, which was bad timing. Bryan looked good in the opening segment as he thanked Reigns and made some entertaining comparisons between themselves. The Authority coming out was expected. Triple H saying he wanted an answer from Sting by the end of the night about FastLane was a good hook to keep the viewer tuned in. Some other points were confusing though. Why wouldn’t Reigns point out that Show/Rollins cost him his match and that’s why he speared Show in last week’s main event? Also, has Stephanie never looked at casket match rules? How else do you win? It was also cool to see a reference to Katie Vick by Bryan, though the kids obviously wouldn’t get that. The tag team match with Show/Kane and Reigns/Bryan looked so predictable on paper.
– The Show/Kane-Reigns/Bryan tag match was mainly used to fill time evidently as it ended in a lame DQ as Show was disqualified for throwing Bryan in the timekeeper’s area. Since when does that constitute a DQ? This just set up the postmatch confrontation mainly remembered for Bryan dropkicking Reigns in the corner. Trips set up another tag match against the whole Authority later. Anything to fill the time, huh?
– The Ryback-Seth Rollins match never got a chance to get going with the pointless DQ as J & J Security purposely interfered. Not the way you want the first hour to roll. What did this accomplish?
– The Sheamus return hype video obviously sparked some excitement to come soon.
– The Paige-Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) match was mainly highlighted for Paige using one Bella to defeat the other, as she hit her finisher and pinned Brie after having Brie knock Nikki off the apron. Meh.
– The Rusev/Lana tribute segment to John Cena was just them tearing down Cena because he’s not the same guy he used to be. How shocking. Cena also clearly had a black eye and that wasn’t helping his cause here of defending his “I can still go!” promo, though his comeback was solid and at least we had that. This feud is kind of underplayed on the FastLane card. It was good to see some physicality on the stage come out of it, as they needed to pick things up a little bit more.
– The Dolph Ziggler-Bray Wyatt match was somewhat like their match last week, though not quite as sharp. Wyatt came out victorious again, which keeps him strong. The referees put a stop to his attempt to attack Ziggler on the concrete floor.
– The “State of FastLane” promo with Lesnar and Paul Heyman was essentially the next episode of “The Paul Heyman Show” and that was perfectly fine. Great promo that provided their perspective on Bryan’s push and Reign’s family background. Heyman also had some witty lines about Brian Williams and Reigns pissing his pants. Sounds about right.
– Just when we thought The New Day was off TV… They’re back again. They did seem to “diss” their opponents, which was a first. Even so, they still suck. Get them off the TV. Of course they’d win this match too as Gold & Stardust are on the decline, right? Stardust walked out not surprisingly and that’s exactly what happened. The crowd goes mild.
– The Bryan-Reigns promo tried to set the tone that they wanted to take out a “common enemy.” Still got the feeling that one of them would turn on the other perhaps by the end of the night. Oh, the art of the tease.
– The Goldust-Stardust backstage segment set over the fact that “Cody is dead.” Yup. We knew that.
– The segment where Triple H called out Sting did its job in having Sting accept. Plus, the lighting effects on the rafters and the crow sounds were a nice touch. Sting is also a sleek video editor, evidently.
– The Usos-Cesaro/Tyson Kidd match seemed like a match being built up for FastLane so it was surprising to see it happen so soon. Natalya seemed back to being a heel again. Cesaro/Kidd needed to go over here, so this was good at least. They also played up Cesaro’s cleverness.
– The announcement of Rikishi as the newest WWE Hall Of Fame played up the stink face a lot. It’s almost as if only his ass is being inducted to the Hall of Fame, and he just happens to be the father of The Usos. How nice.
– Cool to also see some NXT hype on Raw. It was kind of haunting to hear Michael Cole utter some of the big NXT names, as that’s something we don’t hear often.
– The Damien Mizdow (w/The Miz)-Sin Cara match happened so that Miz could micromanage Mizdow’s in-ring performance and use him to “assist” while in the match, which was incredibly entertaining. They’re milking this for all it’s worth. Kudos. Plus, Sin Cara is racking up the wins lately. Miz costing Mizdow the match was his way of getting back at him. Keep it going, guys.
– Wyatt’s latest cryptic promo had him say he “didn’t fear him.” The real question we ask is when will Undertaker answer this challenge?
– Did we need to see the Sheamus return video again? It doesn’t make him come back any faster. Almost made it seem like the word “Next” would appear at the end and he’d be revealed as Dean Ambrose’s opponent, but this wasn’t the case.
– The “face to face” between Bryan-Reigns hyped for Smackdown seemed odd being they were face-to-face tonight, but it would definitely seem more interesting by the end of the night.
– The Curtis Axel promo was more of his funny complaining about being slighted at the Rumble. Shouldn’t he want to take that up with Erick Rowan? The match that followed with him and Ambrose was made to make Ambrose look strong again.
– The interaction between Bad News Barrett and Ambrose was more of the same as last week. Nothing that really advanced anything. The “BNZ” scrolling ticker was funny, but not sure if this fits Barrett to look like a serious Champion.
– The Reigns/Bryan-Rollins/J & J Security/Show/Kane main event would’ve been even better if it didn’t make the “fired trio” of Ziggler/Rowan/Ryback look better than Bryan and Reigns in the first half. It was an okay moment that stalled for time as Reigns recovered from a KO punch. It was also a good way to show more tension for Bryan and Reigns as Reigns swooped in with a blind tag and stole Bryan’s “moment.” It ended up as Reigns speared Bryan and laid him out. Definitely came off heelish, but that was no heel turn. In WWE’s quest to get Reigns over with fans, they might have a hard time while pitting him in a match with their most “over” guy with the WrestleMania main event on the line.
– Roman Reigns/Daniel Bryan def. The Big Show/Kane via DQ
– Ryback def. Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) via DQ
– Paige def. Brie Bella (w/Nikki Bella) via pinfall
– Bray Wyatt def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
– Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) def. Gold & Stardust via pinfall
– Cesaro/Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya) def. The Usos (w/Naomi) via pinfall
– Sin Cara def. Damien Mizdow (w/The Miz) via pinfall
– Dean Ambrose def. Curtis Axel via pinfall
– Roman Reigns/Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins/J & J Security/The Big Show/Kane via pinfall
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 February 10, 2015, in WWE and tagged Bad News Barrett, Big E, Bray Wyatt, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Cesaro, Curtis Axel, Damien Mizdow, Daniel Bryan, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Erick Rowan, Gold & Stardust, J & J Security, John Cena, Kane, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Naomi, Natalya, Nikki Bella, Paige, Paul Heyman, Rikishi, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Stephanie McMahon, Sting, The Authority, The Big Show, The Miz, The New Day, The Usos, Triple H, Tyson Kidd, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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