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Raw Rollup – BAE-J Styles Edition (Feb.23)

Credit: WWE.com
Credit: WWE.com

There was a lot of outrage after Fastlane. It was so bad, that I couldn’t figure out how the WWE would turn those frowns upside down. Well, they figured something out.

Opening Segment

Was it just me or was there more signs than usual? I guess Detroit is a “sign” city. Also, JBL looked a lot like a young Vince McMahon.

The Vincent J. McMahon Award was abruptly brought up last week on Raw. It was strange, as nobody knew anything about it. Reddit user, u/Falconarrow, had reported earlier in the day that something big would happen, but I didn’t expect the return of Shane McMahon. This was arguably the most genuine surprise the fans have been given in a while. I was on the edge of my seat for this entire promo. Shane brought up many arguments that are seen online from fans, so he definitely knew the audience he was catering towards. Everything was extremely intense, and it made for a great opening. I usually yawn after a promo has gone over 20 minutes, but I didn’t mind how long this one went .My only strife with this segment was the announcement of Shane vs Undertaker at Wrestlemania. This could possibly be the Undertaker’s last match, and it’s against a non wrestler? Hopefully they can book someone else as Shane’s representative.

The New Day vs The Lucha Dragons & Neville

It goes without saying that it was tough to focus on this match, because I was still digesting what happened in the previous segment. The matchup felt random, but I think they needed something like that. I also believe that the New Day is probably the most effective at keeping the crowd energy high.

Brock Lesnar/Paul Heyman Promo

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Lesnar and Heyman actually came out at the top of the second hour. The WWE was really doing their best to make this an action packed show. At one point I was getting annoyed of how many times they showed the video from Facebook. It was highly effective, but there was no need for it to be shown three times within an hour. Honestly, that video worked me well though. I was convinced we weren’t going to see Ambrose on this show. Well, I was wrong. Dean’s character showed a lot of persistence, and that’s what he needs to sell a feud with Lesnar. The small interaction the two had was brilliant, and it had me marking out.

The Usos vs The Ascension

I didn’t care for the actual match, because my mind was still on Lesnar & Ambrose. However, the pre match promo from the Dudleys was excellent. From that promo alone, they properly sold this feud with the Usos.

Chris Jericho/AJ Styles Promo

The only thing I could notice while Jericho was speaking was the “BAE-J Styles” sign. That gave me a good chuckle. I hope that Jericho and AJ don’t remain a tag team until Mania. If anything, I can see them building momentum as a tag team only for Jericho to turn heel.

Chris Jericho & AJ Styles vs The Social Outcasts

Can you believe every match up until this point was a tag match? I didn’t mind, because they were tag matches that had context (excluding the first one). After seeing Styles and Jericho continuously competing, it was cool to see them team up. The two actually have solid tag team chemistry. I can honestly say I’m excited to see where this goes.

Kane, Ryback, & Big Show vs The Wyatt Family

This was not tag match that I cared to see, again. Once was enough, we didn’t need to see a repeat on this show. Even with the Ryback heel turn, I couldn’t care less about this match. At least Bray picked up the win for his team.

Naomi vs Sasha Banks

I actually thought the two worked a solid match. The two maintained high energy, with little to no rest spots. I was worried that the crowd would have died down after the previous match, and it was a relief that they saved some energy for Banks. Things became more interesting when Charlotte made her way out after the match. Nothing has been set, but I like how they’ve set the tone for a three way at Mania.

Roman Reigns vs Sheamus

I had so many questions regarding the League of Nations. Are they babyfaces? Are they heels? What’s going on with each individual in the group? What are their Wrestlemania plans? They’re just lost in the shuffle. Normally Sheamus and Reigns have great matches together, but nobody cared about that last night. The fans wanted to see Triple H and Reigns in some sort of segment. I’m glad they delivered that, because that brawl was a thing of beauty. If you weren’t hyped before, you should be now. This brawl was sold well by both men, and it had me believing they actually hate each other. I couldn’t stop laughing over the crowd’s reaction. It seemed as if Hunter was the babyface that was getting his revenge on the evil heel, Roman.

Conclusion

This particular episode had about four moments that made this worth watching. With that being said, these were fairly big moments, that made a huge difference in how the show was. Could they have saved some of build up for next week? Of course they could have, however having all of them in one show gives us more reason to tune in next week. The low point of the show was the six man tag, while the high point was the opening segment. Overall, I give this show an 8/10. Good job rebounding from last night, WWE!

4 thoughts on “Raw Rollup – BAE-J Styles Edition (Feb.23)

  1. RAW was just historic, even without looking at the actual matches the story telling was amazing. On top of that two epic matches added to Wrestlemania. It almost makes me forget about the bad after taste after Roman winning at Fastlane, almost…

    The matches were a different story. Only Sasha/Naomi was a good match, the rest were mediocre to say the least. Still believe that as a show it did great, just almost none of the score is due to the in-ring performance.

    I think I just realized why our scores sometimes go opposite directions, I focus on the in-ring performance where you see the show as a whole. Finally made sense to me 😛

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    1. HA! Of course I focus on the whole show. I only ever focus on in ring for PPV events. I consider Raw and Smackdown to be like any other TV show, so they need to click all over.

      Indeed it was historic. Do you believe Shane gets someone to represent him at Mania?

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