While the card was beefy and even angle for the upcoming TLC pay per view was given enough time to develop further, this week’s Monday Night RAW forgot to entertain.
With no angle for Brock Lesnar and the WWE World Heavyweight Champion, constant and annoying product placement for their WWE app and web store and no real surprises, this week’s RAW was serviceable at its best and forgettable at its worst.
Not even an appearance and promo from Paul Heyman could change the flow of this week’s show.
With more fluff than substance, this week’s RAW was the epitome of Heyman’s promo, a bunch of hot air.
Tag Team Turmoil: Goldust and Stardust vs. Kofi Kingston and Big E. Langston w/Xavier Woods vs. Antonio Cesaro and Tyson Kidd w/Natalya Neidhart vs. Jimmy and Jey Uso vs. Adam Rose and The Bunny: A Langston and Kingston double team finisher, The Midnight Hour, a Kingston top-rope assisted Big Ending, gave The New Day the win over Goldust and Stardust. However, Kidd was able to take advantage of interference from Goldust and Stardust to earn the next pinfall over Kingston with a Rollup and some trunks. After a few minutes of great back and forth, Jimmy Uso got the next pinfall with the Uso Splash. Although the Bunny and Rose had some success against the Usos, they weren’t able to get past their own communication issues, allowing Jey Uso to hit the Uso Splash, winning the final pinfall and earning themselves a shot at The Miz and Damien Sandow at TLC.
Erick Rowan vs. Big Show: A decent back and forth between the two big men until Show took out Rowan with the step steps on the outside to get the match thrown out.
Fandango w/Rosa Mendez vs. Jack Swagger w/Zeb Colter: Fandango was awarded the win via forfeit after Colter was injured backstage. Soon after, Rusev hit the ring and claimed responsibility on the attack, which prompted Swagger to hit the ring and beat on the United States Champion.
Damien Sandow w/The Miz vs. Fernando w/ El Torito: Sandow got the quick win with the Figure-Four. After the match, Jimmy Uso slapped The Miz for talking to his wife earlier in the show.
R-Truth vs. Bray Wyatt: Although Truth hit a few moves, Wyatt got the win with the Sister Abigail. After the match, Wyatt went on another sermon before Dean Ambrose hit the ring and the two beat on one another for a few minutes until refs cleared them apart and Ambrose broke Wyatt’s rocking chair.
AJ Lee and Naomi vs. Divas Champion Nikki Bella and Brie Bella: Lee got the win with the Shining Wizard/Black Widow combo on Nikki Bella, thanks in part to Naomi making sure the Bellas didn’t pull any twin magic.
Kane, Intercontinental Champion Luke Harper and Seth Rollins w/Jamie Noble and Joey Mercury vs. John Cena, Dolph Ziggler and Ryback: A waste of time. The fact that the match went to a commercial in the middle of a Ryback Verticlal Suplex was proof enough. Just a long, pace-less encounter with no passion, a waste of Ziggler and Rollin’s abilities and Cena’s star power. Things didn’t get spicy until the end when every competitor delivered signature maneuvers before Ziggler got the win with a Sunset Flip counter of a Harper Powerbomb. After the match, Team Authority got the advantage when Big Show came to help, but Erick Rowan returned with the steel steps to even the odds and set up a Cena Attitude Adjustment on Show before Rowan got even and nailed Show with the steps.
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