Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 5/25/15: Nassau’s Last Hurrah
Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
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Nassau’s Last Hurrah
– After the classy-as-ever 10-bell salute, the show started off lukewarm at best in terms of the first segment with The Authority, Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. The main highlight here was the promo exchange between Ambrose and Rollins that was actually pretty strong enough on its own to make us want to see them go at Elimination Chamber. The tone of this episode though, was making us believe it wouldn’t happen at all. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon using last week’s deal as a “verbal agreement” was an obvious way to gain advantage this week, making it appear so hard to sign a piece of paper. Ambrose’s responses here were at least quirky and whimsical enough to get fans behind him, while Rollins’ comparison of Ambrose to a cockroach was fitting from his point of view. On that note, how could The Authority not see Ambrose calling for Reigns’ help? This at least set the opening tag match on a good note.
– The Ambrose/Reigns-Kane/Rollins match was pretty standard, as we’ve already seen this match in different combinations. We got to at least see Ambrose and Rollins work together in the ring close to their “new match.” The build to Reigns’ hot tag was done well. Ambrose pinning the Champion was the best route you could take with this since Ambrose looked great and Rollins doubtful.
– As far as the backstage segment with Ambrose and J & J Security that culminated in a laid-out cameraman, this was the lunatic getting the best of the two stooges once again. It’s kind of a tired act by this point. Once the cameraman went down, we kind of knew where this story was going and that was giving the heel stable an excuse to get Ambrose in legal trouble.
– Smart to play a hype video for NXT Champion Kevin Owens that displayed both his ruthlessness and determination to stay on top since rising to get there. The match with John Cena is being branded as “Champion vs. Champion,” so it appears the United States Title won’t be on the line. This hopefully gives Owens a chance to win.
– The Rusev-R-Truth match did just barely enough to keep our interest with the intrigue of seeing how Lana rattled him mentally and if he was still focused on the goal in hand of getting Championship gold. The match would tell us he wasn’t rattled the least bit, but then again, R-Truth is the joke of the Intercontinental Championship Chamber match. The segment that followed with Rusev and Lana had its highest highs and lowest lows as far as the story told between the two. Rusev really bagged on the misogyny for heat and it worked in that regard, setting up Lana to really steal the segment upon standing up to Rusev and showing that she was independent and needed no one… until Dolph Ziggler showed up again and kissed her. Given the context of Rusev and Ziggler feuding, it made sense, but still felt like it was a bit of a step backward after Lana had such a golden breakout moment.
– It didn’t take long for the arrest angle to be played up on Rollins, as we saw. The cameraman’s hesitant nature to point out Ambrose as his sole attacker only to be silenced by Rollins was the first big red flag. This felt so predictable though. Was Ambrose really going to be in jail for the whole night? Everyone knew exactly where’d he be by 11:05 p.m. and that was in the ring.
– The King Barrett-Ryback was another match to hype the IC Title Chamber as Barrett mostly dominated until Ryback pulled off Shellshocked through injured ribs, making it appear like a gutsy effort from the big guy. This came across rather uneventful though.
– What was with the awkward second camera in the Triple H-Stephanie McMahon-“Entourage” cast members backstage segment?
– The Neville-Stardust provided hype for the Neville-Bo Dallas match announced at Elimination Chamber. That said, it was probably expected that Neville would win since Stardust is such an afterthought at this point. At the same time, he sold his left knee really well from Dallas’ past attacks. Also liked that Dallas came to ringside to watch the match and mockingly cheer Neville on. The Red Arrow sealed the deal and Dallas attacked Neville’s knee once again. Brilliant heat magnet.
– Nothing like giggling divas, The “Entourage” cast members and Zack Ryder in a backstage segment, huh? At least one of the three wasn’t bad. Can’t help but feel like Ryder was only used here because this was the last ever WWE show at Long Island’s Nassau Coliseum. Will there actually be a followup next week? We’d like to see it.
– The Ziggler-Sheamus match again provided more hype for the IC Chamber match and was the best match of the night to date. Liked Rusev walking down past Lana the ring to distract Ziggler enough to make him lose. The attack on him in front of Lana was also a good way to get heat and keep their conflict going. Sheamus felt oddly underwhelming in the match though.
– It’s Memorial Day and John Cena’s United States Championship Open Challenge was on. How could we not expect a patriotic promo here? However, Cena took the predictable “crowd hostility” route and used Owens’ attacks from last week to fuel some last-minute go-home hype. The “Entourage” cast being used to introduce Ryder as Cena’s opponent was enough for a good pop and made the hometown hero appear like enough of a threat in the building. The match was standard despite Ryder’s few close calls with “Entourage” cast members’ help. Cena winning was no shock, though Ryder’s 450 splash attempt was impressive. Owens showing up out of nowhere to hit Cena with the Pop-Up Powerbomb and do the same thing he did last week was great, but lacked the magnitude and shock value of last week.
– It was interesting that as soon as Triple H and Stephanie rained praise upon Owens on a backstage monitor, Rollins immediately shifted their attention back to him. Will the two eventually come to blows in the future? Anyways – kudos to Renee Young for pretty much stating that Ambrose’s arrest looked like a set-up via The Authority.
– What’s the point of Tamina partaking in singles action if her role is only as Naomi’s bodyguard? It pretty much means a run with the Title from her is out of the question. For that matter, why have her beat Paige? Granted, it took a referee distraction and attack from Naomi, but it still felt like it was booked backwards. That, plus the Bella Twins have overdone commentary at this point that nothing they mentioned served as appropriate hype.
– So, heel New Day scrapes up easy heat by going the sports route in picking on the Long Island faithful, only to be booked in a clearly unfair 10-on-3 handicap match by heel authority figure Kane? Did we miss a memo here? Why give fans any reason to want to cheer Kane again, and what would he have against The New Day per se? Seemed terribly out of character for him now. The New Day’s match against Tyson Kidd/Cesaro/The Ascension/The Prime Time Players/Los Matadores/The Lucha Dragons was expectedly short as things broke down into senseless chaos. The most memorable portion of this was Kidd and Cesaro getting the last word on the current Champs.
– How miraculous that WWE released “secret footage” of Rollins caught red-handed shoving the cameraman into Ambrose? As for that final segment, The Authority milked up heat by pointing to Ambrose’s crime while creating sympathy for the cameraman. Reigns getting involved only made people groan, but that made them want Ambrose all the more. Granted – the image of Ambrose driving a police van out to the ring in full uniform was a hilarious one, but it was implicated by the broadcast team that he stole the vehicle. So, he was assumedly cleared of one crime just to commit another felony? Shouldn’t he actually be jailed for that one? Meh. Maybe we’re looking too much into things. This felt like a fillerific way to get where we knew this was before the show even started.
– Dean Ambrose/Roman Reigns def. Seth Rollins (w/J & J Security)/Kane via pinfall
– Rusev def. R-Truth via submission
– Ryback def. King Barrett via pinfall
– Neville def. Stardust via pinfall
– Sheamus def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall
– United States Championship – Open Challenge – John Cena (Champion) def. Zack Ryder (w/”Entourage” Cast Members) via pinfall to retain
– Tamina (w/Naomi) def. Paige via pinfall
– 10-On-3 Handicap Match – The New Day def. The Ascension/Tyson Kidd (w/Natalya)/Cesaro/The Prime Time Players/The Lucha Dragons/Los Matadores (w/El Torito) via DQ
About Nicholas Jason LopezJust a 27-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 May 28, 2015, in WWE and tagged Bo Dallas, Booker T, Cesaro, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, El Torito, Elimination Chamber, Entourage, J & J Security, JBL, John Cena, Kane, King Barrett, Lana, Los Matadores, Michael Cole, Naomi, Natalya, Neville, R-Truth, Renee Young, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ryback, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Stardust, Stephanie McMahon, Tamina, The Ascension, The Authority, The Bella Twins, The Lucha Dragons, The New Day, The Prime Time Players, Triple H, Tyson Kidd, Zack Ryder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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