Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 11/16/15: Gravity Remembers
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– Classy way to begin the show to pay tribute to the Paris victims.
– No better way to kill time than with The Undertaker’s entrance, as he came out with Kane and the Druids for a foggy in-ring promo. They both promised suffering and eternal damnation. Woot woot. The Wyatt Family came out on the stage and responded, Bray Wyatt putting Taker over as someone who has struck fear for 25 years, but that it was time for a new “army of darkness” to emerge. The theatrics were strong but it wasn’t anything impressive, though the Druids suddenly donning sheep masks was a nice touch, albeit an easy way for Taker/Kane to look strong. The family was headed down until Bray stopped them, saying the date of destiny was Sunday. Okay stuff overall, and that’s the last we saw of the Wyatt-Brothers Of Destruction for the night.
– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinals match between Neville and WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens was already hyped as a battle between former NXT rivals renewed. It was good to see elements of those NXT classics brought to Raw as the pace saw a quickened urgency, both guys bringing their A-game. Maybe Neville’s best performance to date. Some great near-falls and spots – Neville’s second rope Red Arrow, snap German Suplex, just beating the 10-count and that standing reverse huricanrana. Owens on the other hand, had some great kicks out of nowhere. Just incredible stuff.
– The Tyler Breeze-R-Truth match seemed like an easy way to showcase Prince Pretty doing his thing, to build him up for Ziggler presumably in the future. Truth worked up enough offense to make it look competitive, but the Beauty Shot finished it up.
– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinals match between Dean Ambrose and Ziggler started with a slow pace, with both men being “conservative,” but things got faster towards the end and it was even. Ziggler looked great as always and Ambrose matched his intensity, ending it with Dirty Deeds. Ambrose promised to “turn the place upside down” if he became Champion, which could usher in a unique era or be the foreshadowing of a heel turn.
– The New Day’s promo soured on complaints of not getting recognized for their one-year anniversary, comparing it to Undertaker’s hype. They also made fun of Jey Uso getting injured and mentioned Ryback teaming up with The Usos, hyping the six-man tag match to follow. Decent action with a so-so ending when Ryback shoved the referee after getting angry being taunted by Big E and he scored revenge after. It’s strange they haven’t announced any Tag Team Championship matches as of this Raw, so perhaps these guys will be saved for a traditional elimination tag at Survivor Series.
– The Cesaro-Triple H backstage segment was about Trips hyping up the bout, giving Cesaro a taste of what his future could be like if he sided with him. Interesting.
– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinals match between Roman Reigns and Cesaro began with a Reigns promo that bordered on needless history lessons, but got to the point that he’d go through everyone to become Champion. The match itself was actually well-done, both guys throwing all their signature spots in and mixing it with good near-falls towards the end. The counters were well thought-out and even though there were a lot of boos for Reigns on the Superman Punches, they all didn’t boo the three-count pin. That has to be a plus for WWE officials.
– The Dudley Boyz-Ascension match seemed like a way for WWE to keep The Dudleys relevant. That was it.
– The Zeb Colter/WWE United States Champion Alberto Del Rio backstage promo hyped his upcoming match with Kalisto, but made this stupid Mex-America thing the focus. Triple H walked up to them and hyped them being his men. That role would be much better for them anyways.
– The WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Quarterfinals match between Kalisto and Del Rio started with a pre-taped promo from Kalisto that put over his underdog dreams and talked to Del Rio in Spanish. The big interest was seeing if Kalisto could work more underdog magic and we got a taste of that, as he first avoided Del Rio’s awkward finisher, but that was about it. Didn’t care for the stuff about Del Rio accidentally unmasking the guy and the botched backstabber. Put a sour taste on the bout and it was luckily over before long, Del Rio advancing. Should’ve had Cesaro-Reigns in this spot or the main event. This made the official semifinals matches Reigns-Del Rio and Owens-Ambrose for Survivor Series. The Smackdown MizTV segment with those four should be fun.
– While we commend WWE for spotlighting the Paige-Charlotte Divas Championship match throughout the night with video highlights of significant moments in the feud and closing out the show with the contract signing segment, there’s something about it that felt lackluster. We’re not talking about the unnecessary exploitation of Reid Flair’s death to give Paige heat or Charlotte’s less-than-convincing performance on the stick. Something was just missing here. It didn’t feel all that big or dramatic. Is that WWE’s fault for the lackluster Divas division creative direction to this point? Perhaps, but it’s telling when WWE needs to stoop to the level of exploiting death for a storyline. It didn’t reach the emotional impact they wanted and even a decent brawl couldn’t save it.
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Quarterfinals – Kevin Owens def. Neville via pinfall to advance
- Tyler Breeze (w/Summer Rae) def. R-Truth via pinfall
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Quarterfinals – Dean Ambrose def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall to advance
- Six-Man Tag – The New Day def. Ryback/The Usos via DQ
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Quarterfinals – Roman Reigns def. Cesaro via pinfall to advance
- The Dudley Boyz def. The Ascension via pinfall
- WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament – Quarterfinals – Alberto Del Rio (w/Zeb Colter) def. Kalisto via pinfall to advance
Posted on November 21, 2015, in WWE and tagged Alberto Del Rio, Byron Saxton, Cesaro, Charlotte, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, JBL, Kalisto, Kane, Kevin Owens, Michael Cole, Neville, Paige, R-Truth, Roman Reigns, Ryback, Summer Rae, Survivor Series, The Ascension, The Dudley Boyz, The New Day, The Undertaker, The Usos, The Wyatt Family, Triple H, Tyler Breeze, WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament, Zeb Colter. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.