Notes In Observance – WWE Raw 2/27/17: Post Breaker
By Nicholas Jason Lopez
“Notes In Observance” features random thoughts and analysis on television shows. Quick results can be found at the bottom of the post.
– We began with Goldberg, who we know challenges WWE Universal Champion Kevin Owens at Fastlane in six days. Cue his classic “walk from the back and snort aggressively” entrance. Goddamn, his pyro gets so bright. Among the fans in Green Bay, Wisconsin looks like an adult woman decked out in WWE Raw Women’s Champion Bayley’s gear. Well, something seems off about that. Not a bad promo from Goldie – “KO talks too much” and “I’m six days away from gold” are things his character should be saying. It’s inevitable, isn’t it? We think people just like to chant Goldberg’s name more than it being an indication that he’s actually over. He sure was throwing a lot of promises out there. Things looked to wrap up there, but we got a KO appearance. Luckily for last week’s sit-down suit promo, we can take the Champ slightly more serious now. Okay, he flubbed “mood” for “mool,” but that can slide. We liked that he sold his credibility and reminded us of how he beat John Cena on his first night on the main roster and scored big wins over AJ Styles and WWE Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose. He even name-dropped WWE United States Champion Roman Reigns. The telling line was that he outright said Chris Jericho didn’t matter. Foreshadowing. We’ll say that Goldberg has gotten better at promos than we can remember. “I don’t speak neanderthal” was a very KO response. Ha. Pick on the hometown, classic heel move. “The Goldberg chant dies” was a pretty morbid way to end the exchange, but that set the table for FL nicely. KO ultimately stands no chance in the long run with Brock Lesnar in the wings and his history with Goldberg.
– The New Day did their intro and will probably do something related to ice cream or that they’ll host WrestleMania 33. Poor kid had cereal poured on his head before he finally caught on that he was supposed to eat it. Oh dear. There we go. An ice cream mention. What an idea in February. “A mouthful of magic – I gotta have it” wasn’t that funny of a tagline unfortunately. Oh, here come The Shining Stars to remind us of their existence. They still have those stupid brochures. Apparently, they had a match later with The Big Show. They had a red envelope show that their opponents were actually Rusev/Jinder Mahal. Guess that’s a shot at the Steve Harvey Oscars blunder? Way to stay in the precipice of pop culture, guys. Sigh. Not much exciting action though, besides for “Handsome Rusev”/”Hardbody Mahal” looking like doofuses. Meh finish as Mahal was frustrated and distracted by arguments between Lana/Kofi Kingston, which led to him being scooped up by Xavier Woods. Rusev/Mahal continue to be doofuses.
– Backstage, Enzo Amore spoke a lot as Big Cass just stood there. Amore was obsessed with the idea their names could be on the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships, which they had a chance to win in six days. Cass hit him with a blast of reality that they never won gold before in their five years of existence as a team. We also learned that Cass had a match against Luke Gallows later. Hmm. Cass walked away as Enzo continued to talk. Yup.
– Cesaro/Sheamus were backstage and uttered something about crap still being smelly. Samoa Joe walked up there and insulted Cesaro for “not quite knowing where to fit in.” Cesaro responded that Joe carried Triple H’s jock strap and wanted to fight Joe himself. We do like that they played up their past history, but casual fans were probably lost as hell.
– Backstage, Commissioner Stephanie McMahon called General Manager Mick Foley in to apologize and emphasized his sacrifices. The endearments ended there, as she brought up her husband ending his career 17 years prior and that he got weaker while Trips grew stronger. She tore him down. Ouch. What does it all even mean? Is he fired? Not fired?
– It’s Cruiserweights time because we see an abundance of purple on the screen. Here’s Akira Tozawa and our ears were blessed by Austin Aries on commentary. Beautiful. They cut to a pre-taped promo from The Brian Kendrick, who reminded us of his “lessons” for Tozawa after being turned down as a mentor. Tozawa’s opponent was Noam Dar. We also learned that we’d get Rich Swann/Tozawa against Kendrick/Dar for the Fastlane pre-show because aren’t we lucky? We give Tozawa credit for trying to get the crowd excited with just an “Ahh!” alone. Dar mocked that and we almost died of laughter. Tozawa hit a suicide dive that looked scary on the landing. Tozawa got the win with a snap German suplex. That was more out of nowhere than a truly decisive victory. Post-match, Kendrick attacked Tozawa from behind and kicked him in the face. We actually love this.
– Backstage, Foley was approached by Joe about “not having a nice day.” Joe claimed he was Foley’s biggest fan 13 years ago, but he was a shadow of who he was. Foley responded Joe was Triple H’s puppet and booked him against Cesaro for later. Maybe this is GM Foley making a comeback? Anyways – mark that as the second person to tell Joe to his face that he was a sucker for Triple H.
– The Charlotte/Nia Jax-Sasha Banks/Bayley match was light hype for the Bayley-Charlotte FL match. They threw in Charlotte being 16-0 in Pay-Per-View Title matches. Charlotte painted Bayley as egotistical for not giving up the belt and then mentioned one-hit wonders, Baha Men included. She even picked on Green Bay Packers players. Bayley being over with the fans helps her cause, but it still feels like Charlotte’s in the right. Bayley pointed to the WrestleMania sign as always. Charlotte spoke again, before Banks interrupted her. Before long, the insults got catty – “I’m so tired of looking at your stupid face,” said Banks to Charlotte. Really? That’s some deep stuff. Charlotte revealed that Jax was actually her partner and not Dana Brooke as originally booked. The bout focused on Jax’s power early on and a little but of Banks/Charlotte’s history. Brooke ate a Belly-To-Bayley on the floor. Jax pinned Bayley with a leg drop to get the win for her team. As she pinned the Champ, maybe she works her way into the Title picture here?
– Foley was shown backstage telling Braun Strowman he couldn’t give him competition. Strowman said he wanted a contract signing for FL so that Reigns couldn’t truly run away. Why would he want to do that anyway?
– The Gallows-Cass match was your typical WWE big man bout, but with little life. If anything, it was light hype for the Raw Tag Title match in six days. Cass got the win with a big boot after Anderson was laid out when he attempted to run into Enzo and connected with the steel steps instead. Granted, the Champs seemed to get up quickly. At least they got that going for them.
– Titus O’Neil came out to take on Sheamus, which stemmed from a Facebook video earlier in the day. He pitched the tag name “Irish Connection” since he had no faith in Cesaro winning later. Poor Titus. At least he got the head start in the match after he was shoved into a food table. Oh, the match? You should’ve asked. A Brogue Kick was all you needed to know. The joke continues. Get it? Us either.
– Commentator Corey Graves was in the ring as he introduced his guest – Seth Rollins, currently shelved from injury “caused” by Joe. That showed a video package that showcased Rollins’ progress through WWE alongside Triple H and how it ended with disappointment. He came out with a crutch and a limp as his WrestleMania status was in question. His “I deserve this” line led to his questioning of his past ideology. The CM Punk chants didn’t help manners though. If the idea is to cast sympathy on Rollins, it works. The crowd doesn’t seem engaged though. He claimed he didn’t think he’d be cleared in time for Mania, which brought Triple H out. Oh snap. He smiled and even had Joe on the other side of the ring. Joe crept closer as Trips verbally tore through Rollins. As much as we loved Joe’s intimidation factor, it just felt like a long way around of having Triple H tell Rollins not to come to Mania. In turn, it helped us get behind Rollins more that we wanted to go to Mania anyway. It builds his character into that redeemable babyface we need.
– The Shining Stars were out again for their 2-On-Handicap match against Show. Looks like Show’s a face. Basically a fruitless squash. Meh.
– Backstage, Tony Nese was approached by WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville, who mentioned the tag match. He wanted Gentleman Jack Gallagher to be put in his place before FL, when they’d battle with the belt on the line. Seems to make sense. This was an easy way to play up on the past tension between Nese and Neville. To make it even better, Nese was more intrigued by his muscles than the Champs’ words.
– We got an Aries hype video. His in-ring return is imminent.
– Here came Gallagher/TJ Perkins, as they prepared for Neville/Nese. That hyped 205 Live for Neville’s “State Of 205 Address.” That should be a thing. Hard tag from Neville to Nese. Gallagher connected on a big headbutt that brought the Champ out of the ring. Gallagher stared a hole through Neville as he made Nese submit to an armbar with added kicks for effect. The totally kickass moment was subdued by the silent crowd, but logical regardless.
– The next WWE Hall Of Fame Inductee was “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix. She did at least stand out for her power in an era focused on looks. She was in the first women’s “I Quit” and table matches and also the second women to ever compete in a Royal Rumble, where she eliminated The Great Khali. People forget that.
– Backstage, Banks/Bayley bonded over ice packs. Banks claimed she stood by her earlier words. Bayley said she’d need eyes behind her head, which led to Banks promising she’d be at ringside at FL. Steph walked into the shot and stirred the “Bayley needs help” pot some more and booked Banks against Jax for FL too. Nice.
– The Cesaro-Joe match started as they locked up. Cesaro did an impressive gut wrench suplex. He slipped on the left knee, which became Joe’s target. Cesaro battled back with another suplex. He attempted to do the big swing and resorted to a double knees to the chest. Joe pushed Cesaro on the rope and got the win with a uranage. Good stuff. Wish that lasted longer. Post-match, Joe was asked about his impact on the show, which was credited with his tendency “to hurt people.” He built himself up some more before Sami Zayn’s music hit. He attacked Joe onstage, which we liked the “page out of your playbook” angle. They brawled as Referees tried to separate them. Zayn got the better of the exchange early before Joe got a cheap shot in. Zayn did a tope con hilo off the stage into Joe. Oh snap. That helped their feud, which just got an official FL match. We digs. One of the guards looked like a discount ROH World Television Champion Marty Scurll. Ha.
– In the ring stood Foley as he hyped up Reigns against Strowman for the official contract signing. Strowman interrupted Foley of course and told him to leave. He disrespected Foley and said Steph was right. Foley snapped and said he had enough before he began to sound like The Sandlot. It was ballsy of him to say “Or else” to Strowman and of course, that cues Reigns to “make the save.” Sigh. Guess its’s another brawl to end the show, second straight one. They went towards the production area. Most notably, Reigns speared Strowman through the barricade and took a security guard with them. Commentator Michael Cole called Strowman a “mountain of a man.” That’s about right. He stood right up as Reigns was about to sign. Another Superman Punch. Strowman whipped Reigns into the corner so hard the damn rope fell off. That was awesome. Wonder if that was planned? At least no one went through the table. Reigns still signed the contract. Wasn’t that supposed to happen anyway? Why are they so shocked at that?
- Big E/Xavier Woods (w/Kofi Kingston) def. Rusev (w/Lana)/Jinder Mahal via pinfall
- Akira Tozawa def. Noam Dar (w/Alicia Fox) via pinfall
- Nia Jax/Charlotte (w/Dana Brooke) def. Bayley/Sasha Banks via pinfall
- Big Cass (w/Enzo Amore) def. Luke Gallows (w/Karl Anderson) via pinfall
- Sheamus def. Titus O’Neil via pinfall
- 2-On-1 Handicap Match – The Big Show def. The Shining Stars via pinfall
- Gentleman Jack Gallagher/TJ Perkins def. Neville/Tony Nese via submission
- Samoa Joe def. Cesaro via pinfall
Posted on January 2, 2018, in WWE and tagged Akira Tozawa, Alicia Fox, Austin Aries, Bayley, Beth Phoenix, Big Cass, Big E, Braun Strowman, Byron Saxton, Cesaro, Charlotte, Corey Graves, Dana Brooke, Enzo Amore, Fastlane, Gentleman Jack Gallagher, Goldberg, Jinder Mahal, Karl Anderson, Kevin Owens, Kofi Kingston, Lana, Luke Gallows, Michael Cole, Mick Foley, Neville, Nia Jax, Noam Dar, Raw, Roman Reigns, Rusev, Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins, Sheamus, Stephanie McMahon, The Big Show, The Brian Kendrick, The New Day, The Shining Stars, Titus O'Neil, TJ Perkins, Tony Nese, Triple H, Xavier Woods. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.