What did Bobby Fernandes think of WWE Monday Night Raw? Find our in this edition of The Good, Bad, and Ugly!
Coming off of one of the worst events I have seen in recent time, here we are on Monday Night Raw. The roster is riddled with injuries but carries on as always. Last week, dare I say, we had ourselves a Good Show overall. Can Raw continue to stay on our Good Side this week?
“The General Manager Elect” Baron Corbin getting booed is a great way to start. We have Corbin, Drew McIntyre, Bobby Lashley and Lashley’s Manager, Lio Rush. Baron Corbin is significantly overrated if WWE thinks this is Good. However he is really hated and has a ton of heat with the Raw crowd at all times. Drew McIntyre on the other hand is getting better by the second. We have some recapping of Braun Strowman’s injury which no doubt was just to get the crowd upset and get a reaction. It worked, we have a loud audience for the show. Braun Strowman may not be the most popular backstage, but he is unquestionably a Big Fan Favorite! Whenever he returns it will be magic. Lashley is a fantastic heel, but for the love of God, keep him off of the microphone! Then, Boom! Elias saves the day! I really like Elias an an Anti-Heel. He is a great instigator, and doing it to the heels makes it so much better. The very best part is Elias himself really hasn’t changed. He is a bit like Stone Cold Steve Austin, in that sense. The writers and the crowd flipped him to his new role naturally, he himself hasn’t changed. This actually was a Good concise opening.
Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush (Drew McIntyre and Baron Corbin) vs. Elias
Bobby Lashley’s aggressive, unstoppable gimmick is great for him. Just looking at him, he is a super athlete. Completely impressive unless on the mic, which is why they hooked him with Lio Rush. Lio Rush drives me insane, but is talented both in the ring and on the mic. Elias really put Lashley over early on. Elias has a Wild West style, high intensity move set. It’s unique and fun. Lashley was on the offensive most of the fight. But after a picture perfect elbow drop off the top, Elias had the pin, until Lio Rush interfered and got Lashley DQ’d. The match was then made into a No DQ by Corbin. We got a little ridiculous at this point, as Elias predictably got jumped. Drew McIntyre and Lashley devastated him. Bobby Lashley Wins! This was a Good match, nothing special but I enjoyed it. The crowd was into it, and the story was projected well. Good Start but who wants to Walk with Elias?
Intercontinental Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler
I am a fan of the new attitude of Dean Ambrose. He wears it well. I am also a big fan of open challenges. It is a long and Good tradition. I’m always excited to see if we will be surprised. The crowd gave it up for the Architect for “Monday Night Rollins”. A great welcome for the Intercontinental Champion. I was a little disappointed that Dolph Ziggler was the guy. I like him but I just appreciate a more random choice for an open challenge. Having said that, we have two of the best out here about to throw down for the IC Strap. I liked their pace, and saw some Good technical wrestling. They kept me interested and definitely were entertaining overall. Ziggler controlled the match for the most part, wearing down the Champion. They did an excellent job telling a story tonight. Ziggler wearing Rollins down.
Even with the constant commercial interruptions during Raw, the momentum was not broken. Rollins follows with a high energy rally. After a missed frog splash by Rollins and a Famouser by Ziggler, and a few close calls we almost had a new Champion multiple times. Rollins then misses the Stomp twice and Ziggler hit a Zig-Zag for a two count. Ziggler tuning up the band, decided to taunt Rollins and nearly gets pinned, following up with a DDT. Ziggler goes to the top rope, Rollins runs up and hits a Superplex into a Falcon Arrow for the Victory and Retains his title in the match of the night!
Lucha House Party vs. The Revival (Lucha House Rules 3 on 2 Handicap Match)
In the ring The Revival is fantastic. Old school, tough, and entertaining. On the mic, not so much, then again there are much worse. They fall a little flat. This was a quick contest. The Revival looked sharp showcasing some great moves. Then in the blink of an eye LHP brought down the house, with their highflying showcase for the pin and victory. To be honest, they didn’t do anything wrong here on the surface. I just think it’s Bad to bury The Revival. They have a ton of potential and this isn’t the way to enhance them. Although, it could be worse. We could not see them at all.
Ember Moon w/ Curt Hawkins vs. Alicia Fox w/ Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
Ember Moon is a great talent. She is so unique and shines in the ring. Alicia Fox I’m not so keen on, but like most Superstars it matters who she is working. I came into this hoping we would see something Good. This is a preview to the Mixed Tag Team Match tourney tomorrow night. This was quick, Ember Moon came back from some limited offense by Fox and hit the Eclipse for the Win! We were then hit with the No Way Jose Conga line setting up the next match. This was a joke of a match really. It was so short, and almost pointless. Not Ugly at all, but Bad enough for Raw.
No Way Jose vs. Jinder Mahal w/ The Singh Brothers
I like the booking of this match. It was a bit random, and surprising to me. This match was nowhere near perfect. I did like certain aspects, but there were a lot of miscues and a few awkward moments. It just really wasn’t Good. Jinder Mahal wins clean!
Nia Jax w/ Tamina Snuka Segment
Nia Jax is so hated right now. She is probably getting death threats at this point. Everyone loves Becky Lynch. Nia Jax really tried here, but she is horrible on the mic. She really cheese balled the hell out of her segment. Of course Ronda Rousey had enough and interrupted. The fans were more than pleased. Looks like Rousey is back in the fans good graces especially against Nia Jax. Even with Rousey involved and the fans into it. After a challenge was dropped by Rousey, Nia Jax declined which made no sense at all. Natalya runs down to back up her friend only to be beaten out of nowhere by the Riott Squad. Rousey for the save on Natalya. This Promo was a bit too Ugly for me. Although bravo for having Tamina do absolutely nothing.
Raw Tag Team Championships: AOP w/ Drake Maverick (c) vs. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable
I have been pretty hard on AOP and Drake Maverick. I just don’t think they are good, let alone the right call for the Raw belts. I don’t see what the great minds at WWE see at all with these two. There are better, bigger and more physical. They are not special, but what do I know. Bobby Roode on the other hand, is an incredibly wasted talent. He should be doing Championship title runs and being in the major segments. It is bonkers that he is doing what he is doing right now. I mean no disrespect to Gable, but Roode belongs somewhere higher. The action was okay. Guess what, AOP does power moves sloppily. It was really stupid heat with the Bobby Roode robe crap, during a Tag Title Match. This match besides Bobby Roode was a real “pisser”. AOP retains.
Alexa Bliss’ Open Forum w/ Bayley and Sasha Banks
I love the Goddess, she is always a plus. However, this is a totally stupid segment. I don’t understand at all. I would much rather have had a tag match with Bayley and The Boss than this. I guess I don’t appreciate waste. This was just awful. Then for no reason at all, except to be as bad as possible, Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke and Mickie James came out and jumped them only to be beat down by Sasha and Bayley. This was an absurd waste of time.
Baron Corbin vs. Finn Balor
Baron Corbin is such a waste of time. Again, I don’t see the point. Finn Balor is incredible and can work with anyone. Why Corbin? This was a horrible Main Event. Corbin’s gear or lack of it is horrendous, and getting all of the offense he had is crazy. After the longest waste of time ever, Balor finally fought back. As usual he looked sharp in the ring. However this was short lived due to a Deep Six and a near fall. Balor then came back again. Only to have Baron Corbin make it a Handicap Match out of nowhere with Drew McIntyre. Balor went ballistic fighting momentarily until McIntyre got the upper hand. McIntyre gets the Win after nearly kicking Finn’s head off with a Claymore Kick. Bobby Lashley then came down to clean up, adding more damage to Finn Balor. This was just the cherry on top of waste, which capped off the night accordingly.
- Good – 3
- Bad – 3
- Ugly – 4
This wasn’t Raw’s best. We had a few bright spots, Rollins and Ziggler killed it out there, but overall this was a pretty bad show. I really hate when talent is wasted, and this show had a ton of waste. I really hope they can pull the nose up and get back on track. I believe SmackDown can and will do a lot better, and hope to have a Good report for you.
Cook’s Top 5: Miz Moments
Cook brings the most must see Top 5 of the week! Is it obvious or a MIZtery?
This week is all about our new WWE Champion, The Miz!
Let’s be honest, Miz might not hold the Championship for too long. He’s got a big match with Bobby Lashley next week. We wish him luck, and maybe something unlikely will happen resulting in Miz holding on to the title longer than anybody expects. Still, I feel the need to get this particular edition of the Top 5 out there as soon as possible.
Here are the Top 5 Miz Moments!
5. Main Eventing WrestleMania
The match itself…not so great. Miz was obviously the third most important person in the match. He also suffered a concussion. But the guy still main evented WrestleMania and beat John Cena, which is something that not too many other people can say. This will remain Miz’s biggest WrestleMania match unless they get Bad Bunny to wrestle him this year.
4. A Ladder Match with Dolph Ziggler
Miz & Ziggler have quite a bit in common. Both hail from the Cleveland area. Both prefer to think of themselves as being from Hollywood. They’re both egotistical characters that make up for what they might lack in size with ego. They’ve been in WWE forever with limited changes to their character, pretty much on the same level of the card. Naturally, they get along pretty well & have good chemistry.
2016 saw the best incarnation of their on-screen issues, with Miz & Ziggler trading the Intercontinental Championship back & forth. The Ladder Match ending the feud at TLC is considered by most to be Miz’s best match. I don’t have a ton of other options off the top of my head, so we’ll go with that.
3. The First MITB Cash-In
You always remember your first. At this point in time, much like here in 2021, Miz wasn’t seen as the most believable choice to be WWE Champion. However, the man had a briefcase, and, importantly, this was back before the briefcase gimmick was completely run into the ground. So when Miz ran down at the end of Raw to cash in on Randy Orton, it got a tremendous reaction.
People were either really happy or really angry. I was on the angry side of the spectrum, especially since I had a cold and was writing a news column during all of this. Man, I remember when the week or so a year I would a cold was the only time I really felt like crap.
What can I say, Miz has grown on me over the years.
2. Feuding with The King
A lot of old school wrestling fans found it hard to believe that The Miz had become WWE Champion when more deserving wrestlers from their childhood never had been. Heck, Jerry Lawler, a God of Memphis rasslin who piledrove Andy Kaufman into oblivion, had never even gotten a shot at that title, even though he’d worked for WWE for nearly twenty years. Seemed wrong to a lot of people, but nobody expected that wrong to be addressed.
Lawler was celebrating his sixty-first birthday the week after Miz defeated Randy Orton for the WWE Championship. One thing led to another, and Lawler got his very first WWE Championsgip opportunity. In a TLC match! They got the fans believing that Lawler could win the title…until that pesky Michael Cole kept Lawler from climbing further up the ladder.
It was nice to see the King get another important run on WWE television long after we thought it was possible. A large part of the reason it was possible? The Miz. He portrayed himself as just beatable enough that the title change could happen. Also held up his end of the bargin in the promos, which was never easy for Lawler’s opponents.
I know everybody likes a title change, but this was the best work Miz did during his first WWE Championship reign by a wide margin.
Honorable Mention: Marrying Maryse
You knew I had to mention this, right?
1. Talking Smack to Daniel Bryan
I’ve always been a Daniel Bryan guy. Back when he was Miz’s “rookie” on NXT, I thought the idea that Miz would have something to teach him was a bit outrageous. It was an interesting pairing though, and the Miz/Bryan relationship/rivalry has provided plenty of compelling moments over the years.
None moreso than the night where Miz did something that a lot of people didn’t think was possible: make himself seem right & Daniel Bryan seem wrong. The way Miz defended himself in this tirade was pretty much impossible to argue with. Maybe Miz doesn’t wrestle the way that hardcore wrestling fans would like, but he is pretty much the prototypical WWE Superstar of his era. He always works hard, is never hurt, and you don’t have to worry about him embarrassing himself or the company.
This promo raised Miz’s character to another level at the time, and definitely added some fuel to the fire for Bryan’s eventual return. If you want to see one Miz promo that sums up who he is & was, this would be it.
Bodeen’s Top 5 Moments: WWE Elimination Chamber 2021
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Bodeen Green is back with your look at his Top 5 Moments from WWE Elimination Chamber!
Due to the short build between the Royal Rumble and Elimination Chamber, there was a general lack of excitement from fans heading into the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View, especially with the lack of established matches on the card. Despite this, the Elimination Chamber was still a solid show to watch, mainly due to both chamber matches being fun to watch, with the last chamber match, having a shocking but awesome twist. So as we leave the Elimination Chamber and take yet another step forward on the Road to WrestleMania, let us look at the top 5 moments that stood out on this short but solid show.
5. Riddle becomes United States Champion
Heading into this match, it seemed highly unlikely that Riddle would beat the United States Champion, Bobby Lashley. Even though the match was a triple threat match and Riddle did not have to pin Lashley to win the title, fans had seen Riddle lose to Bobby time and time again, making it seem the only real threat to Lashley’s title reign in the match was Keith Lee. However after Lee was taken out and John Morrison won a match on the pre-show earlier in the night, things seemed somewhat possible for Riddle.
All three men looked good in this match, as Lashley dominated the start of the match, helping fans get their breath back from the opening Elimination Chamber. This would force Riddle and John Morrison to team up on Lashley, despite being teamed up on Lashley would fight back and seemed to have things won as he put the hurt lock on John Morrison, only for Riddle to attack Lashley with the crutch belonging to MVP and pin John Morrison to become United States Champion
Yet again, special credit has to be given to MVP as a manager, he serves a purpose and actually looks like he’s being effective in helping Lashley. An example of this was MVP encouraging Lashley to stay outside the ring to recover as Riddle and Morrison treaded blows inside the ring.
4. The Tribal Chief reigns supreme for now
Instead of defending the Universal Championship inside the Elimination Chamber, Roman Reigns would use his power to face the winner of the SmackDown Elimination Chamber match, straight after the match. This was yet another great heel move from Roman as it once again showed how much power he has backstage due to his bloodline and role as a main-event player.
After Daniel Bryan survived a brutal chamber match, Roman Reigns would come out straight after the match, giving Daniel Bryan little time to recover. Roman would go to spear Daniel, only for Daniel to reverse it into the Yes Lock, making the impossible seem possible, only for Roman to counter and punish Daniel, locking in the guillotine for the win.
After holding the Universal Title, Roman would be hit with a spear by Edge, who seemed to copy Roman from earlier on SmackDown as he whispered in Roman’s ear, before pointing to the WrestleMania sign, giving fans his answer on who he’s gonna face at WrestleMania.
3. An Awesome finish
After The Miz won the Money In The Bank briefcase at Hell In A Cell against Otis, it seemed like every Pay-Per-View he would give Drew McIntyre a threat, stating he was going to cash in, however as time went on, it seemed more unlikely he would ever successfully cash in the Money In The Bank briefcase and win the WWE Championship from Drew McIntyre.
Each after he pulled out of the Elimination Chamber match, it still seemed unlikely Miz would cash in successfully, especially with it being so close to WrestleMania. However, after we saw backstage footage of The Miz talking to MVP backstage before the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, things started to become interesting.
After McIntyre had won the Elimination Chamber match to retain his WWE Championship, Bobby Lashley would come out and dominate Drew, leaving The Miz to cash in on Drew, allowing Miz to win the WWE Championship, putting a massive twist on the Road to WrestleMania.
2. McIntyre survives the Elimination Chamber
The Elimination Chamber match was filled with heaps of sub feuds, especially with the WWE Champion, Drew Mcintyre who had old rivals in Randy Orton and AJ Styles, as well as a new feud with his former best friend Sheamus, despite this, Drew would keep a level head and dominate everyone in the match, before eventually hitting a claymore on AJ Styles to win the match and retain his title before The Miz would cash in.
Jeff Hardy and Randy Orton would start the match before Drew would come in and dominate both men. Kofi Kingston would come in next and hit Orton with a roll-up to score a shock elimination. Orton would RKO both Hardy and Kofi, allowing Styles to have an advantage as Omos helped destroy his pod, so Styles could enter early in the match. Kofi would be eliminated by Sheamus, as well as Hardy who was eliminated by Drew.
AJ, Sheamus and Drew would trade blows, with Sheamus hitting Drew with a Brogue kick, only for Styles to hit the Phenomenal Forearm on Sheamus to eliminate him. With Drew now battered and broken Styles would attempt a Phenomenal Forearm on Drew, only for Drew to hit a Claymore Kick in mid-air to survive and win a great Elimination Chamber match.
1. Daniel Bryan goes the distance
Despite the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship being a great match I personally found the opening chamber match earlier in the night much more enjoyable. It felt much more smooth and natural than the later chamber match with all 6 men involved looking strong with Daniel Bryan, being the clear MVP of the match as he entered the chamber first with fellow dark horse Cesaro and went on to win his third Elimination Chamber match.
Cesaro and Daniel would start things off slow as they entered the match first. King Corbin would then come out, followed by an irate Sami Zayn who could not believe we entered forth. Corbin would be the first eliminated after Cesaro put him the Sharpshooter. Kevin Owens and Jey Uso would then come out with Owens eliminating Sami. As Sami exited the ring Jey would trap Kevin’s arm in the Chamber door, superkicking him then eliminating him.
Cesaro would then mount a comeback only for Jey to ruin his momentum as he superkicked Cesaro and hit a splash to eliminate him. Jey would then attempt a splash of a wounded Bryan, only for Bryan to get his knees up and hit Jey with the running knee to win the Elimination Chamber match.
These were my top 5 moments from the Elimination Chamber. What were your top 5 moments and what did you think of both Elimination Chamber matches? Let us know in the comments below.
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