This week’s RAW opened with a moment of silence for the victims of this weekend’s terrorist attacks in Paris.
For those of you reading this, I simply present the words of Kevin Owens.
The Brothers of Destruction
The Undertaker and Kane entered and cut a promo, challenging two members of the Wyatt family to a tag match at Survivor Series once again. The Wyatt family then entered, and Bray Wyatt cut an equally terrifying promo before turning the druids against the Brothers, who easily took them out. Maybe it was because they were hella short?
Neville vs. Kevin Owens
There was no way this match couldn’t be awesome.
Neville turned the energy up from the start with a quick offense, and Owens responded with equal aggression. Neville was finally granted enough time to show off his athleticism and acrobatic skill, hitting Owens with a moonsault early on and flipping around the ring much to everyone’s delight.The match was thrilling from start to finish, and every near-fall seemed like the end of the match.
But in the end, it was Owens who hit the Pop-Up Powerbomb for the win. He was also spotted chatting with Triple H backstage. Fascinating.
The two put on a clinic, but was anyone really surprised?
I would be the happiest girl in the world if this turned into its own feud. These two work together fantastically, and Neville deserves a title shot.
Tyler Breeze vs. R-Truth
I still get very excited seeing Tyler Breeze on the main roster, finally.
R-Truth started out surprisingly strong, but after Tyler got some lip balm from Summer Rae, he powered back.
I need to get myself some of that.
Breeze got the win, and continues to look strong weeks into his time on RAW and Smackdown.
Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler
Another high stakes matchup between two insanely talented men. Ambrose’s gritty style was a great foil to Ziggler’s flashiness. Ambrose showed signs of frustration, giving Ziggler the advantage early on. But Ambrose didn’t stay down for long, brawling his way back in control.
The two traded control with dropkicks and clotheslines, putting on a great show as I figured they would. I lost track of the amount of near-falls. The fight went on for a long time, much to everyone’s delight. The two fought, absolutely fought, but it was Dean Ambrose who hit Ziggler with Dirty Deeds for the victory.
Ambrose ended the segment with a freaking AWESOME promo including promises for more action and less talking, and replacing michael Cole with a fish tank.
Ambrose for CHAMP 2k15.
The New Day vs. The Usos and Ryback
My favorite tag team entered to cheerfully cut a promo on the Usos and Ryback, who then entered for their match.
The Usos and New Day have fought before, but it’s great seeing them go against each other now that New Day has evolved into the entertaining dynamite of the tag team division.
The heel and face roles were obvious throughout the match, and both teams were wildly entertaining. But Big E made the mistake of pissing off Ryback, who went full-on monster on New Day, earning a disqualification after shoving the ref.
Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro
Before the match, Triple H had some stuff to say to Cesaro.Roman Reigns then went to the ring, cutting a promo on getting his chance and such.
But enough of that. Onto the match.
This match wasn’t a brawl like Ambrose and Ziggler delivered, but more of a traditional clash of the titans. Cesaro showed off his ever-growing arsenal of moves, and Reigns looked strong as usual. I’m not Reigns’ biggest fan by any means. I find him rather boring. But he is definitely improving, and tonight showcased it.
Cesaro and Reigns couldn’t keep the action in the ring, fighting at ringside and exchanging heavy blows. But once they returned to the ring, Reigns seemed to regain momentum he had lost to Cesaro earlier. Cesaro, however, managed to swing Reigns around before putting him in the Sharpshooter into a Crossface. Reigns, however, turned it into a Samoan Drop.
Reigns’ momentum continued into an awesome powerbomb, but even that didn’t do in the Swiss Superman. Ironically, it was the Superman Punch into the Spear that did.
The Dudley Boyz vs. The Ascension
Yup, that’s right. THIS is what their return has come to.
This match was quick and simple, with the Dudley Boyz picking up the victory.
On the bright side, NXT will feature the Ascension against Jordan and Gable. So there’s that.
Alberto Del Rio vs. The Ascension
Triple H propositioned Del Rio and his mouthpiece Zeb after a potentially offensive promo.
Kallisto didn’t disappoint, utilizing the traditional, fast-paced Lucha style to his advantage. It was a fascinating dynamic: the large, firm Del Rio versus the smaller, quicker Kallisto.
Del Rio picked up the victory in the end.
Life isn’t fair.
Divas Championship Contract Championship
Paige and Charlotte put it all out there, cutting a terrific promo together. Charlotte, when mentioning her brother, got emotional talking about it and about Paige’s friendship helping her get through it.
Paige continued digging a deeper hole for herself, brilliantly propping Charlotte up to be cheered on.
Charlotte was absolutely brilliant, finally getting to add some depth to her character. Her emotion was palpable in every word she uttered, and when Paige insulted her late brother, Charlotte the Divas Championship went to town on her.
The post-signing brawl was as brutal as anyone could have hoped, finally adding some fire to the feud Creative seemed to have forgotten.
My main issue? This entire segment was a lot at once. This feud should have been slowly escalating up to this moment, not thrown at us all at once.
Also, as touching as Charlotte’s emotion was, bringing her brother into it? That’s lazy storytelling, and not entirely respectful. Feuds don’t always have to be personal, and Divas don’t always have to be in catfights. Bayley and Sasha fought for respect. Lita and Trish Stratus fought to be the best.Why can’t Charlotte and Paige’s battle be the same?
Also…did Charlotte ever sign the contract?
All in all, this was one of the best RAW episodes I’ve seen in a while. The matches meant something, and the action was constant. WWE should keep this up, especially when their golden boy returns.
Tune in this week for my Survivor Series predictions, opinions on WWE’s recent booking, and how I think my girl Bayley should be brought to the main roster!