Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 10/24/16: The Missing List Of Jericho
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
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The Missing List Of Jericho
– With Hell In A Cell six days away and a decent Triple-Threat main event that pit Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins and WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens together and also another “Homecoming” for Brock Lesnar, we had some glitz to the go-home glamour. The in-ring segment with Rollins, Owens, Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon and Jericho put the focus on the most entertaining part of the Rollins-Owens feud – the “best friendship” with Owens and Jericho. This time, the “twist” was that Jericho’s beloved List Of Jericho had been stolen. It says a lot about Jericho that he managed to get a big reaction from people about a fictional list. It was a classic Jericho sit-in, as he claimed the main event wouldn’t happen without his list. Owens’ involvement here raised our interest a bit since the first question was if he had the list, which he didn’t. Steph’s involvement made sense since she wanted Owens/Jericho on the same page to take out Rollins. Rollins here brought everything together as he possessed the list and took more cutesy jabs at the best friends’ with what he claimed was on the list. He finally brought it home as he used “list” terminology to sell their HIAC encounter with what injuries Owen would sustain. We also liked that he put over how he was victorious in the structure, which was an advantage he had. The hook here was that Rollins walked away with the list, which sent Jericho into a frenzy. Entertaining stuff.
– The backstage segment with Steph and Rollins was a good follow-up as she tried to convince Rollins to give up the list for the good of the show, as he claimed he knew all her tricks and again mentioned how she didn’t want him to be around because of her fear of him. Continued tension here, as we also learned that Rollins left the list in the locker room.
– The Enzo Amore-Karl Anderson match hyped the Enzo/Cass-Anderson/Luke Gallows HIAC match with a singles bout. The “Games Are Over” heels had a game plan to cut Enzo’s mic off during their schtick, but luckily, they had the crowd fill in on the catchphrases. That went over well. Anderson was more compatible in the ring with someone like Enzo, so that made the action decent. We were disappointed with the finish since they used the “turnabout is fair play” to have Cass kick Anderson in the face when he had Enzo pinned for the heel to lose. Gallows/Anderson need all the momentum they can get, this didn’t help matters.
– Rusev’s black screen promo (as he stood in front of a black background) put over his half of the HIAC match with WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. He mentioned he wanted to make Reigns pay for the despicable things he did to his family. He turned it up a notch when he put over the structure’s danger and that he wasn’t afraid of Reigns. It was funny he almost sounded like the babyface there.
– The Cesaro/Sheamus-WWE Raw Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston/Big E match did a good job at furthering the Tag Title program set to happen at HIAC, just this time, the belt wasn’t on the line. New Day poked fun at “Shame Us” as he challengers still bickered, as we even saw it happen in a pre-show promo. The match saw them switch up the formula for Cesaro/Sheamus as they tagged into the match at separate times to draw “Yay/Boo” reactions. Good match with some highlight moments, especially where Kingston landed on an uppercut upon a tope attempt. With Kingston out, Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Big E to get the pin. We thought perhaps a win would solve the bickering, but it only picked back up after the bell rang. Didn’t get the feeling the challengers had the necessary momentum to make us think they’d uncrown ND at HIAC.
– The backstage segment with Jericho. The Shining Stars, Titus O’Neil and Jinder Mahal continued the list shenanigans as Jericho was searched and hit with brochures and breathing exercises. Jericho called Mahal “Stupid Idiot” through his breathing. Hilarious. Thankfully, we get Jericho when there’s the undercard ridiculousness.
– The in-ring segment with Bayley and Dana Brooke was set up as a rematch (since last week’s was supposed to be a “cheat win” for Brooke that didn’t go over that way) for Brooke to “prove her doubters wrong” against the optimistic underdog. Sadly, what we got instead was a sad arm wrestling “bait and switch” segment. The crowd saw through this and immediately hijacked the segment with chants of “We want wrestling” and “This is stupid.” Felt more like negativity than true heel heat for Brooke, who tried to take it and run with it. Anyways, some decent momentum for Brooke as she attacked Bayley when the arm wrestling didn’t go in her favor, but even that was derailed with a Bayley-To-Belly. We’d guess this sets up a reason for a HIAC match, but we wish Brooke had more going for her than this.
– The backstage segment with Jericho and Steph set Steph’s authority over Jericho’s principles as he continued to threaten not to wrestle if he didn’t get it back. Steph had a touch of emasculation as she threatened to suspend Jericho if he refused to wrestle. Little things like this make us wonder if they’ll teeter him back to the tweener side.
– The Bo Dallas-Curtis Axel match had one thing going for it – Minnesota. Axel was over as The Rock in Miami and that had us interested in how he’d fare against his former friend, Dallas. We always thought Axel was a lost cause until he mentions his namesake legends. He got a “Skol” chant going, which lasted throughout a good portion of the bout. The match wasn’t all that, but the fact that the crowd was so into Axel, we hoped for a miracle win. Doubts crept in though since we knew Dallas had a campaign trail to the moon. Crowd almost went nuts when Axel hit the Perfect Plex, but it only garnered a near-fall. After that, a momentary hesitation by Axel cost him the bout, as Dallas scooped him up for a three-count. Disappointing, since we don’t get this new Dallas character, but maybe they do more with this new Axel.
– A hype vide for Rich Swann aired as we saw a lot of dance moves, flips and flops. Can you handle this? Anyways, it came off random until we figured out it was to hype his match with Brian Kendrick for later on.
– The backstage segment with Jericho and Braun Strowman was great in of itself. We learned that Strowman ended up with the list (maybe Rollins lent it to him?) as Jericho hesitantly asked for it back. Strowman’s criticism that Sami Zayn wasn’t on it tied back to his problems with him from last week. Not surprised, but Jericho getting his list back drew one of the night’s biggest pops. That only grew when Jericho added Strowman once the big man walked away for stealing his personal property.
– Reigns’ black screen promo covered his end of the US Title HIAC match hype, as he put over his HIAC experience as the ultimate factor. Missable stuff, as we wondered if “See you in hell” was the only creative line anybody could muster.
– The undercard hell continued with the Golden Truth-Shining Stars match with barely passable action in the ring, but a head shaker for logic outside of it. The only thing that made it salvageable was the interactions between O’Neil and Henry at ringside. Of course, “The Titus Brand” continues to be the show’s punchline, as even when he doesn’t wrestle, O’Neil still manages to lose. He directly caused the finish when he caused Primo (or Epico, can never tell these days) to fall over the top rope and that let the other guy get pinned by GT. To try to avenge this, O’Neil was shoved headfirst into the ring post. “The Titus Brand” is ever so investable.
– The in-ring contract signing segment with Raw General Manager Mick Foley, WWE Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Charlotte was the final hype we needed to see for their HIAC bout. What was better yet was that Foley used his own injuries sustained from the structure to warn the dangers and what it did to careers. We loved his “Once you sign, there’s no going back” line as it even made us shake our boots a little inside. Of course, he also mentioned the “true greatness knows no gender” line and how the two worked hard to get that accolade. As for the competitors, Banks was humbled yet focused, while Charlotte was confident and demanding. Foley’s involvement is what made this work so well, as he convinced both ladies that despite their words, they had no idea what was in store. He took note of the fact that it was the sole reason why he walked the way he did and had pity from other people. He also spoke to how he knew them personally (He knew Charlotte since she was a little girl and his kids gave Banks a signed Eddie Guerrero photo meant for them because of his inspiration to her) and that also added a lot. No physicality here, but that only made us want to see how the two will do in the structure. It probably might just be a regular match with a closed cage over their heads, but who knows? Again though, the “See you in hell” line was used by Banks. Come up with something else, guys.
– The Emmalina hype video aired again, as her makeover will premiere soon. We honestly hope this is a swerve and she’s still the same.
– The Kendrick-Swann match with WWE Cruiserweight Champion TJ Perkins on commentary was a smart way to push the Kendrick-Perkins HIAC match for the belt. It’s one of the show’s better feuds and given the ability of both guys, we know they can kill it in the ring. Also liked the idea to add a hype video for what the “old” Kendrick was like (sadly it focused on his first heel run with the big jacket and Ezekiel Jackson as his henchman) but it was essentially who he played now, maybe with a toned-down ego. Swann’s moves were over with the crowd, but it didn’t get him NXT-type cheers. His corkscrew off the top rope to the floor was great. Swann built up near-falls, but we expected this to be a win for Kendrick given his challenger status at HIAC. Unexpectedly, they opted for the shock finish as Swann went over with a roll-up after he narrowly avoided the Captain’s Hook. As for Perkins’ commentary, it was okay, but nothing memorable. He spoke about Kendrick in his early days, but it was the same as we’ve heard in the previous weeks. Tell us more than that he just drove him to school.
– The backstage promo from Owens hyped the main event how we wished to see it happen, as he was convinced that him and Jericho were on the same page with the mission to stop Rollins from getting to HIAC. It also valued the match itself when he spoke of how cool the first one was and how he wanted to be a part of it before he transitioned into “heel mode” when he said nobody would think his match with Rollins was cool because of the damage he’d do.
– The in-ring segment with Strowman and Zayn was a good follow-up to last week, as we were set to see the two originally fight in a match. Strowman dismissed Zayn as “not real competition” as we seen the underdog attack from behind and slap across the face for dramatic effect. Zayn brought the offense with a barrage of aerials, but Strowman caught him on a plancha attempt and whirled him into the barricade before he walked away. Zayn got back to his feet and motioned for Strowman to come back to the ring, which was left unanswered. We’d guess this also gives them an excuse to have a match at HIAC.
– The backstage segment with Perkins and Kendrick advanced their feud, but we’re not sure it was smart to make Kendrick look so desperate that he begged the Champ to let him win at HIAC. Make Kendrick an unpredictable heel who can attack at any moment. At the least, he could’ve mentioned more about how Perkins owed him the favor from when he used to feed and take him into his home. On one hand, it could also be Kendrick setting Perkins up for a ruse. Highly doubt it based on that.
– The in-ring segment with Lesnar and Paul Heyman was a follow-up to last week’s Goldberg promo. It was reliant upon the Lesnar faithful rooting for Goldberg, but it was maybe 40/60 at best for Lesnar. It was mixed enough for us to buy the idea that Heyman/Lesnar were offended by the chants, but it wasn’t as rampant as you’d think. A “Goldberg Sucks!” chant was also pretty hard to dispute. Nevertheless, they got good heat when they targeted the “Suplex City” chanters “jumping on the bandwagon.” Still, pretty disappointing and uneventful despite the lively crowd reaction.
– The backstage segment with Owens and Jericho was more main event hype as we saw some light tension between the heels headed to the match. Nothing too extreme though, as Jericho questioned if their friendship was less important than Owens’ Title.
– The Triple-Threat main event between Rollins, Jericho and Owens was one on paper, but was in actuality, a 2-On-1 handicap match. That was fine for what it was, as most of the time, Rollins went through punishment with both heels in assault fashion. We were actually surprised to see Rollins kick out of the Code Breaker. The comeback finished when Rollins reversed a double-team suplex attempt into a double powerbomb for the pin. The fact he pinned both Jericho/Owens simultaneously to win was questionable and the impact on that double powerbomb wasn’t quite as intended. The post-match angle with all three was better, as we saw a brawl break out when Rollins went after Owens after Jericho walked to the back. Security broke in but were overcome twice. The hook here was Owens’ apron powerbomb on Rollins to incapacitate him six days before HIAC. It put focus on Rollins’ health, gave Owens an advantage and Jericho emerged a “dark horse” with the match happening without him. Good stuff. As popular as Owens is, he still manages to get great heat when he needs to.
- Enzo Amore (w/Big Cass) def. Karl Anderson (w/Luke Gallows) via pinfall
- Cesaro/Sheamus def. Kofi Kingston/Big E (w/Xavier Woods) via pinfall
- Bo Dallas def. Curtis Axel via pinfall
- The Golden Truth (w/Mark Henry) def. The Shining Stars (w/Titus O’Neil) via pinfall
- Rich Swann def. Brian Kendrick via pinfall
- Triple-Threat – Seth Rollins def. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens via pinfall
Posted on December 15, 2016, in WWE and tagged Bayley, Big Cass, Big E, Bo Dallas, Braun Strowman, Brian Kendrick, Brock Lesnar, Byron Saxton, Cesaro, Charlotte, Chris Jericho, Corey Graves, Curtis Axel, Dana Brooke, Emmalina, Enzo Amore, Hell In A Cell, Jinder Mahal, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Luke Gallows, Mark Henry, Michael Cole, Mick Foley, Paul Heyman, Rich Swann, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Stephanie McMahon, The Golden Truth, The Shining Stars, Titus O'Neil, TJ Perkins, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.