Roman Reigns is still a bore, Regardless of what WWE Creative tries to make him cool, there aren’t enough slow-rising gates in the world to get him “over.” No longer coming through the crowd, Reigns has zero charisma and his match with Triple H at Wrestlemania 32 in Dallas is going to be a bore. Believe that. With Kane and Big Show apparently headlining the Andre the Giant Battle Royal as well, there were a handful of missteps this week on RAW.
Not even Vince McMahon’s promise that Undertaker’s career would be over if he couldn’t beat Shane McMahon at Wrestlemania was enough to get the show back on the right path.
However, with Kevin Owens, Dean Ambrose Chris Jericho and AJ Styles, as well as the New Day all stepping up, this week’s RAW was serviceable. Regardless, the WWE needs their top tier stars the likes of Reigns, Taker, Lesnar and the lukewarm Divas Division to have a huge week next week. With already the weakest Wrestlemania card ever, at least on paper, the go-home show must be a special one.
AJ Styes vs. Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens: A fantastic opener with plenty of offense and drama. Although Owens was in control for a huge part of the match, Styles got the advantage with his Fireman’s Carry Neckbreaker after Owens, missed the Cannonball in the corner. However, Owens got back in it and shocked the crowd with a beautiful Frog Splash after Styles missed the Frankensteiner from the top rope. After Styles avoided the Pop-Up Powerbomb, the two traded blows, from an Owens Super Kick to a Styles Pele Kick. Styles then used the Torture Rack and followed it up with a Death Valley Driver variation for another near-fall. Styles then hit a Powerbomb variation from the top, countering an Owens Samoan Drop, but he couldn’t put Owens away. Just when it appeared that Styles was going for the Flying Forearm, Chris Jericho caused the distraction. Although Styles was able to lock in the Calf Killer, Y2J caused another distraction, this time, allowing Owens to win with a Rollup.
WWE Tag Team Champion Big E. Langston w/WWE Tag Team Champion Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods vs. Rusev w/Wade Barrett, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio: Langston stayed in the match in spite of distractions from Barrett, but Sheamus took out Woods on the outside and distracted the referee to set up The Accolade. Langston countered however into the Electric Chair Drop and soon finished off Rusev with the Big Ending.
Chris Jericho vs. Fandango: AJ Styles caused the distraction after Jericho was going to lock in the Walls of Jericho, but Jericho still hit the Code Breaker for the win.
Triple Threat for a shot at Kevin Owens’ Intercontinental Championship at Wrestlemania: Sin Cara vs. Stardust vs. Zack Ryder: After a few minutes of action, Dolph Ziggler, The Miz and Sami Zayn hit the ring and the match was thrown out. After the match, Stephanie McMahon announced that all six competitors wold face Owens in a Ladder Match at Wrestlemania.
Nattie Neidhart vs. Divas Champion Charlotte Flair w/Ric Flair: Neidhart hit some high-impact offense, but Flair got the win with the Natural Selection.
Bubba Ray Dudley w/Devon Dudley vs. R-Truth: Bubba Ray got the win with the Big Boot. After the match, Goldust and The Usos joined the party and tried to put Devon through a table, but Bubba made the save.
Dean Ambrose vs. Braun Strowman w/ Luke Harper, Erick Rowan and Bray Wyatt: A boring encounter due to the fact that Ambrose sold a ton for Strowman. Ambrose eventually got the match thrown out after he beat on Strowman with a chair. Ambrose eventually hit Strowman with the Dirty Deeds on the same chair to end the show.