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The Good, Bad and Ugly: WWE Raw (01/28/2019)

Was the first WWE Raw of the 2019 Road To WrestleMania Good, Bad, Or Ugly?

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Was the first WWE Raw of the 2019 Road To WrestleMania Good, Bad, Or Ugly? Bobby checks in with his review!

After a Blockbuster Royal Rumble weekend, here we go again.  Onto the next one, and officially on the road to WrestleMania.  Last week was a very Good show, with a very hot crowd.  Can Raw keep running hot?  Or will the fire die down during the home stretch? 

THE GOOD

Opening Segment with Seth Rollins

The crowd just went ballistic for the 2019 Royal Rumble Winner.  Rollins the face of the company, continues to get praised for his efforts.  The crowd on Raw was loud and proud to chant “Burn it Down.”  Rollins is going to WrestleMania to delight of all who are watching.  Rollins was visibly emotional for his long journey to get back here.  But who will he pick?  Apparently HHH was also interested as he graced us with his presence.  Emotions are high here, WrestleMania is where wrestling dreams are made.  HHH wants to know who Rollins will face at WrestleMania by the end of Raw.  Dean Ambrose had enough and bravely made his way to intervene.  Ambrose essentially took credit for the success of his “brother” Seth Rollins.  Ambrose is rooting for Rollins because he has his number.  Ambrose legit just took a shot at HHH and told asked him if he needed permission to make a match.  Rollins vs Ambrose next per HHH.  This was a freakishly Great promo!  Well done WWE!

Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose

HHH set up this match per Ambrose after being antagonized into it.  The fire looked real and the feeling was true.  This is a hell of a way to open Raw, two huge stars who can put on a show, and are full of fire.  This match had a Good feeling and pace to it.  The two stars did not play it safe but the opposite.  Move after move, they would constantly out-do each other.  It was incredibly physical and unforgiving.  Rollins continuously dove onto Ambrose on the outside, laying his body on the line constantly.  Ambrose would attempt to win every opening he had.  Rollins hits The Stomp and gets the win.  Rollins steamrolled his rival and decisively won this match.  It was all Good so far. 

Dean Ambrose Continued

Before he could say anything important, Nia Jax and Tamina interrupted as they were scheduled at that moment.  Nia Jax then essentially removed Ambrose herself. 

Nia Jax and Tamina Snuka vs. Alexa Bliss and Mickie James

Finally time for the Women’s Tag Division to take flight.  The qualifying for Elimination Chamber has officially started.  Bliss was just impressive.  She looked so sharp and on point.  It has been so long without her, it is just amazing to have The Goddess back where she belongs.  Tamina and Nia held their own in there and working an artist like Bliss had some Good points.  Things were miraculously going smoothly considering, but then Mickie James got involved and between her and Tamina really laid on some harshly, Bad action.  Luckily, it was brief and overall, everything was Good.  Nia Jax double “Samoa Dropped” Bliss and James for the Victory and are qualified for the Elimination Chamber. 

Kurt Angle vs. Baron Corbin

A grudge match of sorts, these guys have some heat at least in the storyline.  Angle again as to prove to himself he still has it.  Corbin has become an upper echelon heel and is delivering.  Let me address this, Corbin needs to change his gear already, enough is enough.  Angle looked classic, focused and aggressive.  Corbin poked at Angle with empty compliments and set Angle off.  Angle completely dominated Corbin and would not let up.  Multiple suplexes and throws.  Angle even hit the “Angleslam” but only for a two count.  Angle then got Corbin in an “ankle lock” but Corbin got out, pulled out a huge “deep six” and got the victory.  Both competitors looked Good and did a Good job.  Solid match again.  Corbin then laid on the punishment futher embarrassing Kurt Angle before making his exit. 

Finn Balor Promo

Balor lost to the Beast last night at Royal Rumble but did not do all he could to win, he did not tap into the unstoppable Demon.  That was what he needed to do and it just didn’t happen.  Balor looked determined and still confident.  Bobby Lashley didn’t want to hear it, and made his way out with Lio Rush.  This could be a really impressive feud especially for the Intercontinental Championship.  Lio Rush laid into Balor stiff, Balor then made fun of Lashley and paid for it.  Lashley overpowered and destroyed Balor.  Impressive way to start this potentially Good feud. 

The Revival vs. Curt Hawkins and Zach Ryder

Ryder and Hawkins are a Good team together.  The Revival was on point as always, they just work so well together on a consistent basis.  This was a Good, quick, action packed match.  Revival really dominated and showed they are serious.  After completely destroying Hawkins, they hit a Shatter Machine for the victory. 

Elias and Jeff Jarrett Promo

Elias is very popular but he really seems like a heel still.  He isn’t out to impress anyone, he just does his thing and keeps on trucking.  He really heeled out and was interrupted by the original entertainer, Jeff Jarrett.  As Jarrett was laying into Elias, Road Dogg then followed.  It turned into a Double J celebration.  Elias crushed Road Dogg with the guitar and went after Jarrett.  Jarrett whopped Elias ass all around the ring, he still has it!  Jarrett being on TV is an awesome addition.  It only lasted momentarily before Elias took down the Hall of Famer.  This was a fun, Good promo.     

Natalya and Dana Brooke vs. Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan

This was very physical.  Dana Brooke and Sarah Logan are visibly better.  They obviously have been working hard.  This went back and forth but Natalya got Liv Morgan into a “sharpshooter” but with the outside interference of the Riott Squad, she got out and rolled up Natalya for the win and moving onto to qualify for the elimination chamber. 

Becky Lynch Promo with Ronda Rousey

Something amazing here.  Lynch wants Rousey for her Title in the Dream Match.  The Man wants Rowdy and her gold.  Rousey poked back, and the crowd was just going insane.  The lines have been drawn, the Match is set.  Becky Lynch is the hero who will conquer Rousey.  She is now in Rousey’s head.  This will be epic when it goes down. 

THE BAD

Braun Strowman vs. Drew McIntyre

Battle of the Titans, what a power fest.  This is very interesting it is literally a power struggle for position.  Both are in a position to be top guys.  These guys were going a million miles an hour, full steam.  McIntyre was brutal to the giant Braun Strowman.  Braun had a bad wheel but of course put up a Good fight.  However this was all ruined by Baron Corbin who attacked Strowman.  Braun wins by DQ but beat the living hell out of Corbin, punching a chair out of his hands.  Braun laid waste to both McIntyre and Corbin.  The crowd was into it egging Strowman on.  This was a decent match but had a horrible ending.   McIntrye finally got the upper hand and Corbin and McIntyre severely hurt the big man.  Considering who was at play here, this was pretty Bad.   

Seth Rollins Decision 

Who will Rollins pick?  On one hand him and Brock Lesnar would be great as he will most likely slay the beast.  On the other hand, Rollins vs. Bryan would be incredible.  The crowd shook with anticipation.  Brock Lesnar came out first, surprisingly.  Paul Heyman laid it all out for everyone, basically not sweating “The Architect.”  Rollins did not back down and came right into Lesnar’s face.  He went right after Brock but was destroyed by a devastating F5.  Lesnar gave another F5.  Then another.  Even a fourth and fifth.  Lesnar had shear dominance over the “new” challenger.  The message was sent, even if it was a Bad one.  It was actually annoying that Rollins continued to egg him on and got even another F5.  This was such overkill and a flat out disappointment. 

THE UGLY

Raw’s Women’s Championship Open Challenge – Ronda Rousey (c) vs. Bayley  

Rousey needs to not go on the microphone at all, for anything.  Where is Paul Heyman?  Anyway, open challenges are great!  To make it better, Bayley, answered.  Bayley is so Good for business.  She is incredible and a viable challenger for Rousey.  This is awesome!  Rousey is so hit or miss, she is just too aggressive sometimes.  This was just an incredibly awkward and hard match to watch.  Rousey was just horrible and Bayley tried her best to carry the match.  It was just full of miscues and flaws.  This was not due to Bayley what so ever!  Bayley very smartly slowed down the pace to reset.  Unfortunately the harsh reality of how much work Rousey still needs to do to have a Good match is overwhelming.  Make no mistake, Bayley looked great but there was only so much she could do.  Bayley nearly won with a “Bank Statement” but Rousey got to the rope.  Rousey when hope was lost, hit a really great roll up off the top rope into an “armbar” for the victory.  Rousey retains.  Out of nowhere “The Man” arrived onto the scene.   

FINAL

  • Good- 11
  • Bad- 2
  • Ugly- 1

Overall

This was a Good strong Monday Night Raw post Royal Rumble.  The action was tight aside from a poor showing from Rousey.  She needs so much work, hell even Tamina and Nia Jax looked okay tonight.  It was a very enjoyable show, with a TON of content. 

Monday Night Raw continued this strong trend, and delivered a fantastic show.  Tomorrow is SmackDown who always puts on a decent showing.  Royal Rumble was amazing and WWE is riding high.  Hopefully the momentum continues.  Please like, share, comment and as always thank you for reading.    


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King: Plotting The Return Of Randy Orton To WWE

Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

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Chris King is back with his look at the best scenario to bring Randy Orton back to WWE, and the perfect opponent for his first big match back.

I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to a superstar that’s being overshadowed right now, ‘The Viper’ Randy Orton. After RKBRO lost the Raw Tag Team Championships to The Uso’s, Orton vanished from the company. There was speculation about his serious back injury and, it wasn’t until The Viper’s wife herself posted a candid picture of Orton after successful surgery.

While the focus in WWE right now is either on The Bloodline, Bray Wyatt and Uncle Howdy, or the returning Cody Rhodes, I felt this was a good time to start plotting The Viper’s return to WWE.

Randy Orton’s Return to WWE

On the Raw-After-Mania ‘The American Nightmare’ opens the show after a tough battle over Roman Reigns to win the WWE Championship. Rhodes with tears in his eyes is giving an emotional promo about his family’s legacy, and how much this title means to him. The WWE Universe is chanting “You Deserve It,” and out comes Finn Balor flanked by The Judgement Day.

‘The Prince’ starts by congratulating the new champion for dethroning ‘The Tribal Chief’ but, now he wants his title shot. Rhodes being the resilient hero accepts Balor’s challenge for the main event. The American Nightmare and The Prince are putting on a clinic of a match, delivering multiple finishers but unable to put the other away. Judgement Day starts to interfere when Orton’s music blares throughout the arena. Orton takes out the heels and helps his former protege. Rhodes capitalizes and hits Crossroads for the 1.2.3.

The former Legacy members are celebrating and embracing with a hug as Rhodes goes to raise his newly-won title. In the blink of an eye, The Viper strikes and takes out Rhodes with an RKO Outta Nowhere! The champion is knocked out as Orton hoists the title above his head while trash-talking his now rival. Orton violently throws Rhodes out of the ring and delivers a nasty-looking draping DDT onto the floor.

The Build–And Culmination–of Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes

Orton stares giving 2009 vibes as Rhodes’ head raises, so The Viper runs and delivers a punt kick. WWE officials come out and break things up and the champion is stretchered out of the arena. The show closes with Orton grinning over the destruction he has caused to his former protege. Over the next few months, Orton and Rhodes enter into an extremely personal rivalry over the coveted prize. We finally make it to SummerSlam where both men agree to raise the stakes and do war inside HELL IN A CELL!!!!

This is how I would book The Viper’s return to WWE. If you feel like this should be written differently, I’d love to hear your thoughts!


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AJ’s Phenomenal Opinion: Bray Wyatt

So everyone loves Bray’s return right? Right? Well the McDonald’s Sprite spicy opinions of AJ…may feel differently.

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Well, just because my work schedule changed, doesn’t mean I’m not going to drop some opinions of mine, of which, I haven’t done too bad with. I got Three out of Five for my returns right a few months back and this is going to be about the last entry on that previous list. I knew for a fact that Bray Wyatt would return to the WWE in some way shape or form and time for some… controversy.

As my favorite ratings winner of 83 Weeks once said, Controversy Creates Cash and boy HOWDY… Do I have something to get off my chest here so sit back, order some Chairshot Merch and lets get on with Adam’s… Rants for a bit.

Initial Thoughts

Bray coming in and making a return to the WWE was an inevitability. Death, Taxes and I guess WWE Returns are always guaranteed anymore and maybe we could get some new creativity with a supernatural gimmick. Bray has always had that supernatural to him ever since he had the Wyatt Family in Erik Rowan, the late Luke Harper and in the end, Braun Strowman. The Wyatt’s had a control like no other and were beloved for a moment in the WWE.

Bray did a lot to make sure things were in motion but for some reason any massive feud he had, he failed. Following a bunch of injuries to the rest of his family and even releases later on, he seemed to at least get some traction going for him. WWE Champion, somehow got Randy Orton with him, Universal Championships and got those big match wins that eluded him in the Wyatt Family beginnings. Let me also say this as well, I actually liked the Firefly Funhouse Match with Cena as a “This is Your Life” match of sorts. I was tickled and entertained… Then much like Bray in character, something changed.

Dark and Terrible Lurk with Fiends

We had a lot to figure out during the Pandemic. Like A WHOLE HELL OF A LOT. Through it all though, WWE figured it out but the person that helped these types of ideas, soured them drastically. Lets go back to the WWE Championship run in 2017. Randy Orton won the Royal Rumble that year and he wouldn’t betray Bray, right? Well he does and Mania for the two is set, Orton against Wyatt for the WWE Championship and it was… terrible. Random images of maggots and decay (Not the IMPACT Stable) popping up into the ring as the match goes on and Randy still wins. Through head game attempts, Bray comes up short in the big match moment. That’s odd but maybe it will be a bigger pictu– and Jinder Mahal wins the Championship. Okay.

Wyatt returns as this Mister Rogers character and has a darkness inside of him with The Fiend. Now we had this amazing theory or maybe that’s what happened but the story was, anyone The Fiend fought, they revert back to their best selves. The Miz returned to be the A Lister, the guy who grabs a microphone that you love to hate. Finn Balor doesn’t have the Demon Gimmick anymore because after his loss, he’s the Prince again. The cocky guy that walks around because he is the best, he gives no care in the world. Seth Rollins, who he took the WWE Universal Championship from, went from a dorky sweetheart back to the asshole taking every opportunity that he could get because he’s that much of a weasel and when he lost… He lost to Goldberg. The one guy that has been the same since 1997. Drums, Pyro Bath, Spear, Jackhammer, “Who’s Next?” and during that time, he sucked at points. One of those Rollins matches was in a Hell In A Cell match, the red cage with the red lighting. Match ending with a Stoppage from the referee… INSIDE OF A HELL IN A CELL (I think Sean Waltman said it best… Why did the match stop? It’s supposed to be Hell?) and it’s one of the rare times that I agreed with wrestling’s favorite Uncle… That was Negative Stars for a match.

After Goldberg, he didn’t have a commanding presence. He recruited Alexa Bliss who was already over whether she was a Heel or Face and made everything so unbelievably… boring. Alexa had to carry that idiotic demon gimmick and doll, not having anything really supernatural. Just some wrestling and Brock Lesnar cleaning up everything faster than a Chop Shop in main events and segments. He tried to return and make his grand return, beating the Universal Champion Braun Strowman at Summerslam just to falter a literal week later to Roman Reigns, who proceeded to never look back from that win. Bray gets fired after and no more supernatural ideas. Undertaker isn’t around really and retires, Kane is a mayor. Paul Bearer is no longer with us and everything is just… normal.

Wyatt’s Six (Reasons I Tune Out)

In 2022, Vince retires seemingly from everything and Triple H is at the helm, could he bring balance to everything? He makes a bunch of returns that people love seeing. Johnny Gargano, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox, Bronson Reed, Dexter Lumus just to name a few and of course, the big one that everyone wanted. Bray Wyatt.

Bray makes this heartfelt return and everything seems great. We get him as him, he makes this weird build to a Wyatt 6, assuming we think it’s the Firefly Funhouse and he’s just talking, building. Alright well who is going to be these six figures because they are more than just puppets this time around. A masked man named Uncle Howdy that people think is Vincent Marseglia or maybe a bearded Bo Dallas who is Bray’s real life brother and he……… pops in and out to confuse people. Okay… (1)

Alexa might return to the 6 because of all the segments and gets darker and a heel. Alright that is perfectly fine but, WHY IS VINCENT DALLAS HERE AGAIN TO JUST INTERFERE WITH RANDOM THINGS? Okay… fine. (2) Alexa has a Women’s Championship match against Bianca Belair, that will make sense of thi– it’s a clean finish… Why is it clean? No Howdy, No Wyatt just a random VHS tape like I’m watching The Ring about her being dark after the match. Okay…… (3)

Oh Wyatt finally gets a feud for his return. I almost forgot about that! Who will be this first victim? LA Knight.

…Okay…… (4)

Maybe this will be good. They are both great on the microphone, maybe Bray has new moves that he can do and I know all too well how good LA Knight is, I have been an Eli Drake/Shaun Ricker fan for years. This could be a great match that they have, they announced it for the Royal Rumble so it’s going to be big and it’s a… Pitch Black Match presented by Mountain Dew.

O…okay…… (5)

The Royal Rumble is upon us, the Men’s Rumble starts the show and we all have adrenaline in our soul for it and now is this weird Pitch Black Match and it’s not a cinematic match. It’s in the ring, No Count Outs and No Disqualifications. LA Knight comes out in his iconic Yellow Attire and Wyatt is talking… with a mask on. The lights turn off and the ropes are glowing a neon greenish-yellow… with an announce table spot that… has Nickelodeon Slime inside of it when they break it? Okay fine… I knew the match was going to be dumb and gimmicky from the Mountain Dew Sponsorship. Bray wins, yay. LA Knight comes back with a Kendo Stick and… we get invulnerable Bray again… they don’t hurt. Lets go to this crash pad and Bo Marseglia shows up from somewhere and just elbow drops him from maybe fifteen to twenty feet with pyro and the Firefly Funhouse Puppets appear at the top, to watch a fire… And there is number six…

Actual Thoughts on Current Bray Wyatt, Post Rumble

I absolutely hate it.


This was awful. You build whatever insignificant thought process of the Wyatt 6 has going for it when Uncle Howdy does the best Cap’n Shane O elbow drop for a hellfire effect. At least the pyro was better than the AEW Explosion Match I guess…

Regardless, how does LA Knight come out of all of this moving forward? He lost an idiotic gimmick match and looks presumed dead. This just makes me think that whoever in whatever interview said Bray Wyatt is a creative mastermind needs to put whatever they have down before we hear about their T.O.D. posted somewhere. This Pitch Black Match is somehow worse than that Rollins Hell in a Cell Match and that takes talent. At least a good amount of alcohol lulled that from my brain but this made me remember that and enjoy the thought of that match happening with its finish. The best way I can picture how this was pitched was Burnt Dogshit, wrapped in a Kerosine Blanket with… sorry had to look at what I wrote, not putting that on websites but… people saw a Creative Quesadilla and when we got the actual product, it gave Salmonella poisoning and E Coli at the same time.

I really don’t want to see another Bray Wyatt match… again. Whoever gave him creative, take it away immediately. As much steam as Bray Wyatt gets in promos or possible matches in the past, the only steaming he gets at the end, is steaming piles of shit. You can say, he’s getting paid millions where I’m a little troll on the internet with typing power and I really don’t care but to me, Triple H… you finally got your first failing grade with something in your leadership role in WWE.


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