I’m not sure if it’s a problem with three hours, but even when Raw is entertaining it falls flat.
Opening Segment/Highlight Reel
I thought this version of the Highlight Reel was on par with the one we saw last week. The material was new, and it was delivered perfectly by both competitors. The Thanksgiving jokes were hilarious, even though the holiday has already passed.
Roman’s promo was also quite solid, and his dialogue with Owens was strong. However, Jericho absolutely carried this entire segment. Everything about him was on point, from his words to his facial reactions. Even when the tension was high between Owens and Reigns, Y2J found a way to stand out. Overall, this was a great way to kick off the show.
Braun Strowman vs R-Truth
After hearing Strowman on Talk n’ Shop, I enjoyed this match much more than I normally would’ve. Apart from the actual contest, the antics that occurred afterwards were brilliant in terms of building the Strowman-Zayn story.
Once Byron started to interview Foley, I found the GM to come across as extremely unlikable. Kayfabe wise, it was great to hear Zayn call out Mick for being an incompetent GM. Clearly that was the whole point of that post match segment, and it worked for furthering Zayn’s narrative.
Cedric Alexander vs Tony Nese
At this point, I dislike the crusierweight division so much, that when I went to Raw last week I used their match as a bathroom break. Until 205 Live comes around, there’s no reason to care about what they do. Exciting wrestling isn’t something we lack in 2016, so if there isn’t a purpose, why should anybody care?
Chris Jericho/Seth Rollins Parking Lot Brawl
When was the last time we saw a good brawl in the parking lot? I feel like it’s been too long. The scrap between Jericho and Rollins felt real, which made this more entertaining. Along with that, I found this to be hilarious.
Charlotte vs Sasha Banks (Round 1)
After seeing so many contests between theses competitors, I didn’t care about this whatsoever. After the two were given a double count out, I couldn’t have been more happy. I genuinely thought it was the end of this long and drawn out feud. Along with that, nothing about this feud feels fresh, as everything has become completely stale. This is just another example of why Raw is having a difficult time connecting with the hardcore fan base. The idea of continuing this match later in the show was a prime example of how Raw struggles to book their women’s division.
Enzo Amore vs Rusev
There’s only been two matches between these two, but I love how it’s been booked. Rusev is clearly much larger and stronger, so it only makes sense for him to dominate. In that case, I’d say this feud is working so far.
Noam Dar vs Rich Swann
I didn’t care for the actual match, but it was entertaining to hear Kendrick on commentary. That was most definitely the highlight, as the champs passion sold me on his upcoming match with Swann.
I was actually watching this match with a few casual fans, and they all had nothing but negative things to say about Noam. It’s a shame, because he’s proven to be quite strong and charismatic on the UK circuit. That just goes to show how many of these competitors aren’t being used properly.
Bar Fight Segment (Sheamus & Cesaro)
If the parking lot brawl wasn’t enough, we were given a solid bar brawl. I absolutely loved the action, and it gave Sheamus & Cesaro another layer to their tag team. Also, watching them take out a bunch of drunks was hilarious.
Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens
These two have amazing chemistry, and they’ll always put forth a strong match. However, it didn’t exactly feel too important on this show. While they put on a decent match, there was a serious lack of urgency from the announce team. I thought they could’ve done much more to make this match feel like a big deal. At the end of the day, it did decide the main event for the next PPV.
The two started off rather strong, and they gave the fans a fast pace, but it dropped significantly during the half way mark. Watching Owens dominate wasn’t exactly the most entertaining part. In fact, this didn’t become intriguing until Roman was able to match the offence of KO.
While it makes sense that Roman had to earn his shot to face Owens, I’m not sure how I felt about him beating the champ clean. It obviously will tie back to the Jericho-Owens story, but they could’ve done it in a better way. This was a match that would’ve worked better with an interference of some sort.
New Day vs The Club
For the most part, I thought the flow of this match was entertaining. The action was well paced, and at no point did it drag. It was great to see how competitive this contest turned out to be. I’ll go out on a limb and say this was the best match between these two teams. The highlight of this was undoubtedly the spear from Big E to Anderson. We’ve seen it several times before, but it just looked perfect for this contest.
The WWE is obviously waiting until the New Day breaks Demolition record, so we can’t expect anything to happen until then. Part of me was hoping we’d see a title switch, but I’m glad I didn’t invest myself in it too much. It also makes wonder why they even defend the title.
Charlotte vs Sasha Banks (Part 2)
As someone that’s sick and tired of seeing these two, I was heavily pulling for Charlotte to win. That way this feud can finally end and both of them can move on. Obviously the wrestling was going to be good, but this feud is beyond that. We saw the two compete in a hell in a cell,
Apart from my judgement, this was a very action packed match. I’m glad the two decided to differentiate this from their hell in a cell encounter. In fact, this may have been more hardcore than their cell match. The two truly gave it their all. Charlotte was the true highlight of this contest. Everything she did was on point, which includes her reactions and moves.
Once the finish occurred, I thought couldn’t help but shake my head in disappointment. At this point, we’ll see another match between these two, and I’m not sure if anybody cares. Also, I hate how the two are playing hot potato with the championships.
I’m not sure about everybody else, but I enjoyed this show. At the same time, I was very much able to recognize its faults. Even when Raw is entertaining, they still have a ton of plot holes, which sucks if you’re a fan. The low point was everything cruiserweight related, while the high point was the opening segment. Overall, I give this show a 5/10.