On the kickoff show, the Raw women’s team is already fighting themselves when Ruby Riott brings up Anvil’s sunglasses. Why did SmackDown pick Mandy Rose and not Nikki Cross?? Lame.
Two undefeated teams fighting for a big prize, as it’s been recently announced the winners will be the #30 entrants into their respective Royal Rumble matches as well as win a trip to anywhere in the world. This week’s matches certainly can’t be worse than last week’s.
To quote every woman I’ve ever been with: This feels dirty. Let’s just get it over with.
Excellent and passionate promo from Daniel Bryan, except he lied about taking it from Styles at Crown Jewel. AJ says his Pelé kick to DB was on purpose. Bryan said “I am 100% honest”, but he just lied about gong to Crown Jewel. AJ SAYS LET’S DO IT NOW! Shane McMahon IS GONNA LET IT HAPPEN I THINK! Well THAT’S a way to get out of that situation! FUCK YEAH!
Daniel Bryan Promo Rating: Seven Stone Colds
AJ Styles Promo Rating: Five Stone Colds
Balor & Roode wear each other’s jackets and do each other’s mannerisms. Slow and boring action from Bayley and Natalya. She was about to go for a suicide dive before Bobby Roode tagged himself in saying, “You don’t dive! I’m saving you!”
Big Show’s choke slam used to be good when he followed his opponent to the mat. This was meh.
Match Rating: One Gold Medal
Big E will sit this one out, a curious decision, but they must feel like Sheamus and Cesaro can both neutralize his power, so they want to double down on a speed advantage. Unfortunately for them, power is winning out in the early going. Impressive spot when Sheamus launched Woods in the air and Cesaro hit him with an uppercut.
A few months back, I wrote a piece entitled What’s wrong with Raw? In that post, I posited that Raw had too much talking and not enough wrestling, and that it was making the show nearly unwatchable. It turns out I was wrong. It’s not that there was too much talking, it’s that the people who were talking didn’t give the fans enough of a reason to care about what they were saying.
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