Was the holiday edition of WWE Monday Night Raw Good, Bad, or Ugly? Bobby lets us know!
After an explosive and historic Elimination Chamber, a battered and beaten roster continues on the Road to WrestleMania. A lot has happened and there have been some changes to the landscape. That brings us to Monday Night Raw, who have been on the money lately and hope to continue this trend all the way to the big dance and beyond. We all know they want to, but can they do it? Or will they buckle under the pressure? Let’s see how the chips fall on Monday Night Raw!
HHH Opening the Show
Good concise opening. Hyping the NXT talent’s Newly designated Debuts on Monday Night Raw (Tomasso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, Aleister Black and Ricochet) and giving a background to the opening match coming up Strowman vs. Corbin in a Tables Match. HHH always is money. He can do so much without much effort. Less was a whole lot more for a Good opening.
Tables Match- Baron Corbin vs. Braun Strowman
Strowman being hurt from Sunday is evident and makes him breakable. It is more believable when “The Monster” isn’t just steamrolling everyone. He would never lose that way. Corbin is an opportunist and will always pounce when given the chance. It was said though, Corbin will still have pick up the big guy and slam him through a table. Corbin had a ton of offense and effort destroying the hurt Braun Strowman. Corbin couldn’t get it done though and ultimately got “powerslammed” through a table. Strowman Wins the Table Match. After the match Strowman got his hands on Paul Heyman but let him go with only a scare.
Intercontinental Champion- Finn Balor Promo
Balor is decent on the mic and did well but was quickly interrupted by the dishonored Lio Rush. Lio was not his cheery self and was borderline quiet but this acted as a distraction as former Champion Bobby Lashley jumped Finn Balor, and Lio Rush joined in on the beating. Then things got crazy, as NXT Star Ricochet came in for the save devastating Rush and Lashley, saving Balor. Great segment, again, short and sweet, setting up a tag team match with all involved.
Finn Balor and Ricochet vs. Bobby Lashley and Lio Rush
Ricochet is simply unreal how Good he is. He just flies around everywhere non-stop. He is sharp and entertaining. He can do anything. Surrounded by superior talent, this was a, can’t lose match. Finn Balor and Bobby Lashley did what they do and killed it! Lio Rush is another great talent and meshed well into the Match. Ricochet had a fantastic, successful debut and hit a “650” for the Win! Short but action overloaded! Great Match!
Non-Title Match- Raw Tag Team Champions The Revival vs. NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa vs. NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano
WOW! This is just an unbelievable Match! We have some real technical gold here. Lots of talent yet again and NXT Royalty and literal Champions. They all can work and they did. A ton of fight, Gargano is a freak! He is one of the best around! Gargano was sharp working the Tag Team Champions, who are also great in there. Ciampa came in and also shined. There really wasn’t anything to hate but a lot to love. “DIY” if you will had a big effort but couldn’t finish the champs off. This match could have been over several times but both teams would not quit. Finally the DIY hit a double team for the victory in the non-title match. This is just huge. For them to pin the Tag Team Champs in their debut is outstanding.
Drew McIntyre vs. Dean Ambrose
Ambrose earlier had a horrible lapse in judgement and slapped the very dangerous Drew McIntyre, leading to this match. Ambrose is a lunatic and loves punishment. Luckily he can give it and take it just as well. Ambrose put up a fight early on but was destroyed by a “claymore kick” and finished off by Drew McIntyre. This was a huge dominant victory by McIntyre over a decorated Dean Ambrose. Big win could mean big things to come.
Elias vs. Aleister Black
Elias had enough of the disrespect shown to his talent and the constant distractions and interruptions have revived the pure heel within Elias. He is just a heel now and maybe always has been. He is definitely a talented guy and got heat for the new NXT guys right away. Here comes the fourth and possibly the most anticipated call up of the four NXT Stars. Aleister Black, big entrance and all was finally on Raw. Aleister Black facing one of the most over talents in WWE, Elias is also big in many aspects. They want him to be seen and facing a safe Good opponent. Black showed off a bit but Elias beat down Black early on and looked to be in complete control but one “Black Mass” and everything faded to Black. Aleister Black Wins! Black is a star and should be a huge fit and story on Monday Night Raw.
Raw Women’s Championship Match- Ronda Rousey (C) vs. Ruby Riott w/ The Riott Squad
The match at Elimination Chamber was a Good one but really quick. Ruby Riott is too Good to be steamrolled like that even by Rousey. It looked Good though. Riott looked amped for this rematch and is always a pleasure to watch. Rousey of course was also ready but Riott this time put the fight into her. Riott did not let this be a quick squash again. Riott was vicious and tore apart the Champion. Rousey had a few spots that looked off and had her struggles but nothing that Ruby Riott couldn’t save. Rousey kicked out of a “Riott Kick” out of nowhere. Rousey stayed in there even though she was continuously getting beaten down. The Riott Squad did their job helping Ruby Riott get an edge, leading to a second “Riott Kick.” Again Rousey kicked out and fought back taking out the entire Riott Squad on the outside, and slinging Riott into the corner. She then continued into a match ending “armbar” retaining again! Rousey then fought off the Riott Squad in a failed attack proving her dominance.
Lucha House Party vs. Zach Ryder and Curtis Hawkins
I don’t know when they are going to stop with Lucha House party but it won’t ever be soon enough. They can work but it’s always the same repetive match every week. Ryder and Hawkins are Good though but working LHP isn’t the way to get “hyped.” Gran Metalik and Dorado get the win in this okay but unimpressive match.
Heavy Machinery and Lacey Evans
Bad and pointless but still not Ugly. Everyone here has quality and entertainment value but this really was a totally Bad use of time and content.
Paul Heyman Promo
The Mastermind of ECW and Professional Wrestling genius hyped his boy The Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar. He had a nice compact, WWE Caliber style video just showing how dominant and awesome of a force “The Beast Incarnate” really is. He has a ton of power and a dominance that few can even fathom. He beat the Undertaker at Wrestlemania, the first to ever do it. Let’s be honest, he is a crazy impressive entity in the show. However, this was cheap even how well done it was. He needs to be here. The fact that he isn’t on the show instead of a hype video is just an ugly shame. Finn Balor’s music hits interrupting this repetitive hype.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions- Boss ‘N’ Hug Connection (Sasha Banks and Bayley)
History was made at Elimination Chamber, and Boss N Hug Connection delivered all the way! Bayley and Sasha Banks are stellar talent and always a great addition to the show. Now we are promised to see more of them with the Gold. The promo was Good a heartfelt pat on the back for the beloved fan favorite’s historic milestone. However it was burned and stomped on the minuet Nia Jax and Tamina got involved, vomited on the microphone and ruined the segment.
Dare we call this Good! We will, NXT saves the day. The unexpected result of NXT invading Raw was a really Good, in fact Great series of events from Monday Night Raw. We saw a ton of action, some Good moments that outweighed some downright Ugly mess. This was a successful week and the momentum gunning toward Wrestlemania continues to skyrocket!
Next up we have the blue brand SmackDown Live which looks to be another stacked show! SmackDown typically delivers at the very highest possible level and will not be the brand that lets everyone down so close to Wrestlemania! See you after SmackDown for some more Good, Bad and Ugly!
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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