Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 3/28/16: Bombs Away
Posted by Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on recent television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– With a hyped-up Brooklyn crowd, the show got off to the right start with the hot opening segment with Shane McMahon and The Undertaker. Again, while this whole feud/storyline severely lacks strong logic, it does hold a certain entertainment factor to it that can’t be denied. Say what you want. You’re looking forward to this match. That said, their exchange on the mic was entertaining, with Shane proclaiming he was fighting to win to bring change, while Taker was fighting not to lose. Also some nice jabs at Taker’s legacy tarnished two Manias ago. They amped it up by having Shane walk down the ramp and into Taker’s face, to which Taker called Shane his daddy’s bitch, which started the memorable physical exchange. Didn’t think they’d take a chance with Shane’s signature elbow drop through the announce table, but they did it and the crowd went bonkers. This feud actually needed that “aha” moment to get people even more excited and gave us a taste of what could potentially come at Mania.
– Anybody who’s anybody knew that Chris Jericho would end up accepting AJ Styles’ request for a Mania showdown, but watching it all play out was solidly done. Granted, we’re not sure what anybody could gain from a Zack Ryder-Jericho showdown, but it benefitted both parties by the end. This was basically Styles coming out to distract Jericho with chants like it had been done to him before and it worked this time, Ryder upsetting Jericho to a big pop. Jericho’s post-match codebreaker and steel chair-ring post meltdown was a fancy flashback to the WCW days, leading into him taking Styles on out of anger and not anything else. Let the fantasies begin.
– They switched things around a bit in terms of the WWE Divas Championship trio feud, with Champion Charlotte taking on Becky Lynch this time, as Sasha Banks sat at ringside. Only thing here was that Banks was mostly silent and we didn’t know her perspective in things or even if she was heel or face. That said. the match wasn’t all that, but you could tell perhaps they’re saving this up for Mania, giving Charlotte a cheap win thanks to interference from her dad.
– The backstage segment with Vince and Shane McMahon gave their WrestleMania match some more nice hype headed down the show. Vince made sense in saying he wasn’t shocked by what Shane did, while Shane laid in some nice lines about how he’d take out all his frustration and humiliate his father on the stage he created.
– Does anybody truly give a damn about this year’s Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale? The main cast players have been Social Outcasts, The Big Show and Kane. Add in the attempted match with Show/Kane against Curtis Axel/Bo Dallas, there wasn’t much to get excited about, as it was pretty much all jobbers from Jack Swagger to Damien Sandow coming out to get involved. The only cool-ish moment here was Show/Kane double-chokeslamming Mark Henry and SO, but it didn’t make us want to see that match any more than before this segment.
– They still continue to push the feud between Roman Reigns and WWE World Heavyweight Champion Triple H completely the wrong way, as people just won’t buy Reigns as the admirable babyface. It doesn’t fit his character at all and rivaled against Hunter, the people will always side with Hunter, no matter how hard he tries to rile them up by comparing their “average Joe” lives to his legacy of greatness in the business. That said, Hunter’s promo explanation of being obsessed with success and having that “lit spark” from four months ago thanks to Reigns was decent, but lost on the crowd and Reigns coming out didn’t better things. In fact, Brooklyn hated Reigns anytime he showed up.
– Brooklyn sure loved them some New Day. It wasn’t hard for the enthused crowd to fall for the WWE World Tag Team Champions’ bit about The League Of Nations, with one of their better comedic promos, with the crowd saying their catchphrases along with them almost word-for-word. Luckily also, the Alberto Del Rio-Kofi Kingston match kept things interesting enough to progress with momentum back on the side of The New Day. The post-match angle with New Day and Jonathan Coachman was just to plug Sportscenter’s all-day coverage of WrestleMania. It was what it was. Coach certainly has come a long way since doing the Charleston though.
– The backstage segment where Reigns was attacked by Hunter/The Dudley Boyz was a decent heel ambush, but didn’t draw sympathy onto Reigns as maybe Creative would’ve liked. It just doesn’t work. Stop trying.
– WWE United States Champion Kalisto got to show off some fancy moves, albeit in a squash match against The Ascension’s Konnor, that rivals the dynamic that we’d see at Mania when he defends against Ryback. Kalisto got his moment to shine and then Ryback came down and simply said “Feed me more.” Then, Kalisto said, “Lucha! Lucha!” Um, what. The hell. Is this now a battle of the chants? So lame.
– The in-ring segment with Paul Heyman, Brock Lesnar and Dean Ambrose helped hype the big street fight between Ambrose and Lesnar at Mania, as Heyman brought his money promo skills to the ring to sell his client’s credibility against his opponent’s crazed sharp wit. Ambrose coming to the ring with a branded wagon to sill it up with various weapons from under the ring, ignoring Heyman/Lesnar the whole time fit his character and hyped up the match at the same time. They’ve already gotten physical, so it was nice to see them change up the formula on this.
– Just when women’s wrestling has progressively evolved, this freaking 10-diva match with “Team Bad N’ Blonde” taking on “Total Divas” set it back about 48 steps. Despite our excitement at finally seeing Evil Emma on the main roster, it couldn’t had been for any more of an anticlimactic reason. The action in the Paige-Emma match was quite meh thanks to all the outside distractions. Lana helping Emma win was telling. Now for the big “shocker.” Did WWE honestly think bringing Eva Marie as the babyface team’s fifth member would garner a strong reaction in Brooklyn of all places? They booed Eva out of the building. This match represents all the previous criticisms of the Divas Division and rolls it into one – catty personalities, grouping ladies together based on their looks, characters nobody cares about and terrible wrestling (with the exception of an elite few), it makes us wonder why they’d even bother.
– The backstage segment with Goldust and R-Truth continued the silliness of this stupid storyline of Truth desperately trying to get Goldust to team with him and Goldust saying no every time. Truth blew his nose in Goldust’s shirt in case you wanted an update. Yeah, we don’t care either.
– Not sure why the Brooklyn crowd turned on the six-man tag with WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens/The Miz/Stardust and Sami Zayn/Dolph Ziggler/Sin Cara, but it could’ve had something to do with its late placement on the show and obvious time-filler feel. It’s not as if it was the worst thing you could throw out there. After all, Owens is always good and we saw continuations of the thing that make this feud worthwhile – Owens avoiding everybody, especially Zayn. The crowd seemed bored when either Zayn or Owens weren’t in the match, as they chanted for everybody like JBL, CM Punk and Rob Van dam to name a few. At the least, the finish saw Owens’ antics backfire as his teammates walked out on him and let him suffer a Helluva Kick to give Zayn the pinfall victory. That probably means Owens retains, but that’s just a hunch.
– The closing segment with Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and Reigns was too much too late as far as hyping the main feud on the card. They should’ve done the classic locker room brawl earlier in the feud. It creates no excitement and Creative failed yet again to do anything remotely helpful for Reigns’ current character. Of course, it could all be a ruse by the time Post-Mania Raw wraps up, but we think they’re straying to the usual formula and it profoundly hurts WrestleMania season.
- Zack Ryder def. Chris Jericho via pinfall
- Charlotte (w/Ric Flair) def. Becky Lynch via pinfall
- Kane/The Big Show and Curtis Axel/Bo Dallas (w/Heath Slater, Adam Rose) to an apparent no-contest via outside interference
- Kofi Kingston (w/Big E, Xavier Woods) def. Alberto Del Rio (w/King Barrett, Sheamus, Rusev) via pinfall
- Kalisto def. Konnor (w/Viktor) via pinfall
- Emma (w/Lana, Summer Rae, Naomi, Tamina) def. Paige (w/Natalya, Brie Bella, Alicia Fox) via pinfall
- Six-Man Tag – Sami Zayn/Dolph Ziggler/Sin Cara def. Kevin Owens/The Miz/Stardust 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 April 3, 2016, in Uncategorized and tagged AJ Styles, Alberto Del Rio, Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale, Becky Lynch, Big E, Brie Bella, Brock Lesnar, Byron Saxton, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Damien Sandow, Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Emma, Eva Marie, Goldust, Jack Swagger, JBL, Kalisto, Kane, Kevin Owens, King Barrett, Kofi Kingston, Konnor, Lana, Mark Henry, Michael Cole, Naomi, Natalya, Paige, Paul Heyman, R-Truth, Ric Flair, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Ryback, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Shane McMahon, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Stardust, Stephanie McMahon, Summer Rae, Tamina, The Big Show, The Dudley Boyz, The League Of Nations, The Miz, The New Day, The Social Outcasts, The Undertaker, Triple H, Viktor, Vince McMahon, WrestleMania, Xavier Woods, Zack Ryder. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.
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