Rating & Reviewing the matches and segments from this week’s Raw. CONTAINS SPOILERS.
Last week’s Raw saw the contract signing for Royal Rumble’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship match descend into chaos after Seth Rollins Curb Stomped John Cena and Brock Lesnar. This week was bound to address the situation, as well as set up some of the rivalries for next week’s Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View.
Raw started with Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman coming to the ring to talk about the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Royal Rumble, or that’s what Heyman thought. Lesnar had different ideas and stole the mic from Heyman almost immediately, calling out Rollins for a fight. Triple H came to the ring to try and calm him down but Lesnar challenges him to a fight instead. At this point Stephanie McMahon came to the ring, accompanied by Kane and Big Show, soon after Seth Rollins appeared on the Titantron and proceeded to wind Lesnar up. Paul Heyman then grabbed the mic from Lesnar to tell The Authority that his client would win the match. This forced John Cena to come to the ring, he then told The Authority to keep pushing his as it only made his stronger. This all leads to Triple H offering Cena another chance to win back the contracts of Dolph Ziggler, Ryback and Eric Rowan. Of course there was an added stipulation, if Cena lost the match he would be out of the Championship match at Royal Rumble. Cena would not be allowed a choice in the match however as Triple H would then announce that the WWE Universe would be able to vote on the WWE App, deciding if Cena would fight or not.
Segment Rating 6/10
Bray Wyatt Vs. Daniel Bryan
This would be Daniel Bryan’s first match on Raw since his return from injury and the crowd went crazy when his music began. Bryan fought well and was largely on top throughout the match, taking it to Wyatt both inside and outside the ring. The match was interrupted by Kane, who came and sat at the side of the ring, allowing Wyatt to build some momentum. Bryan was knocked to the floor and regained his composure, channelling some classic Ultimate Warrior head shaking, taking the fight back to Wyatt. Bryan was about to finish off Wyatt but the referee was distracted, allowing Kane to land a cheap shot on Bryan from outside the ring. Wyatt took advantage, hitting the Sister Abigail, and pined Bryan. After Wyatt had left the ring Kane entered and delivered a Chokeslam to Bryan.
It is good to see Daniel Bryan back in the ring and it looks as though he’s fully fit and ready to challenge for a title again, it will be interesting to see how he fares at Royal Rumble as that will be key to his future in the WWE.
Match Rating 7/10
Next we saw Triple H backstage with Scott Hall and Kevin Nash who were mocking him and his new corporate persona; Shawn Michaels would soon arrive and continue the ribbing of Triple H. He tells him to throw on a T-Shirt and join them in the ring. Michaels then points out that X-Pac is missing, as soon as he said that Damien Sandow showed up, dressed as X-Pac. He made Wolfpack symbols and did the DX Suck It Salute and then X-Pac turned up. Sandow mimicked him and the others laughed, then The Miz turned up to tell X-Pac that Sandow was his stunt double and that they should all back off.
Segment Rating 8/10
Then it was time for the Royal Rumble Legends Panel. Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels all came to the ring to discuss their memories of winning the Royal Rumble match. They were then asked to pick their choices for who would win this year’s Rumble. Shawn Michaels was first and he chose Bray Wyatt, Hogan was annoyed by this and he squared up to Michaels, the two almost fought but Michaels backed down. Next it was Hogan’s turn to choose and he said that Daniel Bryan would be the winner. Finally it was Flair’s turn to choose and he chose Dean Ambrose. As soon as he said that Big Show came to the ring and he looked angry. He went on to tell the legends that they are nothing but washed up hacks, Hogan tells him to leave but Big Show tells him to back down. Big Show then tells them all that they’re jealous of him, this gets Flair angry. Eventually Flair can’t take it anymore and attacks Big Show, this wasn’t a good idea as Show delivered a KO Punch. As Flair fell out of the ring Roman Reigns appeared. Big Show continued his tirade saying that he would win the Rumble as no-one was strong enough to throw him out of the ring. Reigns entered the ring and attacked Big Show, they fought and then Reigns knocked Big Show out of the ring. Of course he was knocked over the top rope, embarrassed Big Show then ran away as Booker T helped Flair.
Segment Rating 8/10
We were then given a brief segment with the results of the Public vote, shock horror the public voted for Cena to fight.
Band News Barrett Vs. Dean Ambrose
This was a genuinely classic match, not necessarily one to be remembered but the style was classic. Just two extremely talented wrestlers, putting on a great show. If these two continue this feud then we could be in for some fantastic matches. Alas this was ultimately a filler but it was one of the best displays we have seen in quite a while. Dean Ambrose won the match after delivering Dirty Deeds. Much was made of Ambrose’s knew injury, asking questions of his chances at the Royal Rumble.
Match Rating 9/10
New Day Vs. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd w/Adam Rose
Big E and Kofi Kingston would represent New Day in yet another match between these two teams. Again this was a short match but it had some standout moments, mainly around the two teams Tag moves. There was a huge move involving Cesaro, lifting Kingston above his head as Kidd finished the move from the top turnbuckle. The match was over pretty quickly though after Kofi got a cheap rollup on Cesaro. After the match New Day partied with the Rosebuds, annoying Adam Rose.
Match Rating 7/10
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