Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 4/13/15: The Devil’s Favorite Suit

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 4/13/15)

The Devil’s Favorite Suit

– The UK crowd must’ve been a big part of WrestleMania, as they carried on familiar chants from then. The heat on John Cena was probably expected considering the belt he has anyway. His promo made the most of the situation and set up the ongoing open challenge, which provided good use of Bad News Barrett in his home country, who cut a face promo. The match that followed had quality action and the crowd made it a more interesting dynamic than what would’ve been just another match on Raw in America. Again though – we knew Barrett couldn’t win this because of the announced Extreme Rules match. The broadcast team also didn’t sell the possibility of implications on that match in the event of a new champion, plus the basis of the open challenge has seen Cena win these matches cleanly. Barrett put in a great performance – even getting to kick out of an AA, but ultimately came up short. Lana’s postmatch promo suckered Cena into Rusev’s attack, revealing the Russian Chain match stipulation at Extreme Rules. What makes it different from a regular chain match? No clue. They need to specify that.

– The #1 Contender’s Divas Battle Royale match with The Bella Twins on commentary featuring Natalya, Paige, Cameron, Summer Rae, Rosa Mendes, Emma, Alicia Fox and Naomi was about what you’d expect. The only noteworthy thing here was the heavy favorable reaction towards Paige, being the England girl. The final two sequence between Paige and Naomi was a good tease of Naomi getting the nod, but the right choice here was Paige, which set up the match at Extreme Rules. Her promo understandably pandered to the crowd and painted her as a tough fighter. The heel turn/attack by Naomi was surprising, yet good. Where it will leave her association with The Usos remains to be seen but for her character alone, this was a welcome change.

– The Bray Wyatt promo had no fog, but still felt like the same random ramblings about being the new face of fear. He’s back without direction once again. Get this man an opponent.

– The Lucha Dragons-The Ascension match was a higher profiled squash for the Dragons, who showed off more of their high-flying maneuvers. If anything, this also showed how out of place The Ascension feels like on the main roster now. Will they ever garner a bigger role?

– Roman Reigns came out to a mild reaction, bordering on negative. Still can’t help but feel like they waited too long to address the WrestleMania main event. Should’ve had this the week after that show. His comments were okay – he said some strong remarks towards Big Show, which prompted a response, which the crowd summed up pretty well, besides the offensive “Please Retire” chant, which wasn’t cool on a personal level. Reigns got in the last words and this probably furthered along what will be a Reigns-Show match at Extreme Rules. Show attacking Reigns on the stage was also good. For a feud nobody really wants to see, they’re trying their best with it.

– The original Orton-Cesaro match was an interesting encounter and was the first of two Extreme Rules stipulation choice matches, which that concept seemed a little backwards, but perhaps done by design to make Kane look bad as Director of Operations. The match didn’t even have time to develop because Kidd interfered, giving Orton the initial DQ win. Kane, giving orders, had the match restart as a two-on-one handicap match, which teased another Authority screwjob. Cole did a good sell of making it a big deal that Orton was in the ring with the current Tag Team Champions, but it still felt as if they were being fed to Orton for no reason. The action that followed was decent but ultimately predictable, despite the pretty RKO finish.

– The backstage interaction between Seth Rollins and Kane had Rollins try to get out of the match and wanted to get Jamie Noble to lay down for him. This allowed more bickering as Rollins berated Kane and wanted him as his opponent. They did a lot of careful yet great storytelling with Kane on this show, almost setting up what would happen later in the show perfectly.

– The Dean Ambrose-Adam Rose match was pure enhancement material for Ambrose, giving him a strong win as he returned from those two vicious Luke Harper powerbombs.

– The interaction between Show and Kane had Show remind him of The Authority and why they needed to do what was best for business. Kane saying it’d be him against Rollins to do what was best for business was an excellent face turn tease to screw Rollins over.

– The Stardust-Fandango match was a quick squash for Stardust to give him a pick-up win. Fandango’s post-match promo had him dump Mendes and go back to his old music, bringing the crowd to life for the sake of Fandangoing. He’ll probably keep that music for now, but what’s next for his character?

– The interaction between Bryan and Kane played on their past history and made Bryan remind Kane of what he used to do and wanted him to be a man. Kane’s explosion was cool, another example of Kane being the focus on the episode, showing how he was being approached from all sides of the issue.

– The Rollins-Kane match set up teases for Kane’s turn perfectly having him kick out at two of the first lay-down pin and there were some more teases, ultimately for him to voluntarily be pinned, making Rollins appear lucky again. Kane was clearly conflicted and he sold it well, getting the crowd back on his side, if only for a little while. Feel like this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Kane almost getting one over on The Authority.

– The Miz-Damien Mizdow match was short and sweet with more fan reaction, giving Mizdow the girl, the moves and the win. Where will this feud progress next? Probably Extreme Rules in some sort of fancy match, but what will happen to Mizdow after? The feud with Miz has made him popular, but will he go back to being Damien Sandow? Everything that makes him popular is impersonating Miz.

– The Prime Time Players promo was more lame making fun of teams, even having to resort to a gay joke. It’s good to see the old PTP humor, but they were better at it as heels.

– The Ryback-Luke Harper match was too short to make anything of with Harper losing by DQ, but Ambrose coming out looking for revenge only for Harper to escape was good.

– The Naomi interview was good stuff. She has better mic skills as a heel. She’s got spunk.

– The Dolph Ziggler promo had him issue an open challenge after ripping Kane, allowing for Neville to answer. This match was going to be great headed in. The 450 Splash off the barricade was impressive. The continued stop-and-start push of Neville is actually sort of working – putting in big performances against big names and coming up short, while owning Curtis Axel. The attacks on both guys by Sheamus afterwards was great. He continues to look like an utter brute one-man force. Ziggler fighting back almost made this a brawl, but this is probably a hint of a feud or Extreme Rules match ready to happen.

– The “Extreme Decision” segment was a good exchange between Rollins and Orton. Rollins looked overly confident laid back on the recliner and his stipulation of the banned RKO made sense, but was one-upped by the steel cage match. Good stuff as well afterwards, with Orton close to hitting the RKO on Rollins, but to no avail.

 

 

 

 

Quick Results

– United States Championship – Open Challenge – John Cena (Champion) def. Bad News Barrett via pinfall to retain

– Divas #1 Contender’s Battle Royale – Paige eliminates Naomi to win Title Shot

– The Lucha Dragons def. The Ascension via pinfall

– 2-on-1 Handicap Match – Randy Orton def. Tyson Kidd/Cesaro (w/Natalya) via pinfall 

– Dean Ambrose def. Adam Rose via pinfall

– Stardust def. Fandango (w/Rosa Mendes) via pinfall

– Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security) def. Kane via pinfall

– Damien Mizdow (w/Summer Rae) def. The Miz via pinfall 

– Ryback def. Luke Harper via DQ

– Dolph Ziggler def. Neville via pinfall

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About Nicholas Jason Lopez

Just a 25 year-old Brooklynite. Nothing more, nothing less. Currently Freelancing for The Bensonhurst Bean website in Brooklyn, he has also been published on sites such as 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.

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