Monday Night Raw March 28,2016
This review is based on the 90 minute version on Hulu. Fair warning there may be stuff I don’t talk about for that reason.
It’s that time of the year again when the biggest show of the year takes place. Wrestlemania. Yes, it is the biggest show of the year, period. Anyone who says otherwise is just ignorant. Wrestlemania is so widely anticipated and loved around the world, nothing reaches and connects to the masses as a whole the way that Mania does. This entire week is about the build up to Mania and this Raw was exactly what was needed to kick off the week for this Sunday.
Raw started off with none other then the Undertaker and Shane McMahon, I have to admit up until now I wasn’t really sure how I felt about this story and match. I’m more than excited to see Shane McMahon back in WWE. I honestly do believe that is what is best for business, especially for the future of WWE. I really wish we had gotten more of Taker and Shane going off on each other by them selves the way the did this week on Raw, because this bit was amazing! Taker said it best “Wrestlemania is my yard, Hell in a Cell is my house!” It may not be the best match from a technical perspective, but story wise this is one of the matches I am most excited for. I may be biased though, Undertaker is my all time favorite. Also, any one who complained about that elbow Shane delivered to Taker putting him through the announce table just needs to shut their mouth, it was the perfect tease to prove Shane can still do the crazy stuff and what better way to lead things in to Mania.
Oh a match, love when they have those on Raw! I kid, I kid they have matches on raw, first match up on Raw was Zack Ryder vs Chris Jericho. The little preshow promo didn’t make much since to me, no wrestler in their right mind would ever not want to be apart of Mania. That isn’t really something to focus on though so I’m just going to act like I didn’t hear that and move on. The match was entertaining and having AJ Styles at ringside getting a “Y2Jackass” chant going was great. Side note Jericho temper tantrums are one of my favorite things. They will always make me giggle. Also kudos for this pairing for Styles for his first Mania, Aj Styles vs Jericho will be a solid match.
Diva revolution you say? Yes please! The three-way match at Mania between Charlotte, Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks has potential to be the best diva’s match we have ever seen in the women’s division at Wrestlemania. Becky Lynch vs Charlotte was a nice little tease to lead up to this Sunday. The quality of matches these women are putting out right now is refreshing, the Diva division has needed this for awhile.
I’m going to skip the first segment with Triple H and Roman Reigns, I’m going to save that for the end. Plus why put off talking about New Day! Cause New Day Rocks! Clap clap clap! New Day Rocks! Hope you all got your Booty O’s because Kofi Kingston squares off against League of Nations member Alberto Del Rio. Both wrestlers are great, so the match was everything we have come to expect from the New Day, it was entertaining. We have to talk about New Day, those 3 men should live with mics in their hands! Outside of Paul Heyman, no one is on their level for promo’s. This tag match at Mania is going to brutal and watching how both teams use there numbers to their advantage will be great. Short post match fun here, the Coach is back!!! ESPN in the house! Sports Center is announced for Wrestlemania! Yes this makes me happy.
Speaking of Paul Heyman, we got a little tease of what may come at Mania. Heyman being Heyman, did what he does and sold this match of Dean Ambrose vs Brock Lesnar at Wrestlemania. Yes, it would have been nice to see both men duke it out a little bit, but the segment got the message across. Any thing goes, steel steps, barb wire baseball bats, fire extinguishers, chainsaws, its all legal. Ambrose hasn’t really gotten the upper hand on Lesnar yet, so we will have to see what kind of lunacy he will bring to the table to get a head in this match. I have high expectations for this match!
What appears to be a match that will take place every year now, 6 of the 7 competitors in the ladder match for the Intercontinental Title squared off on Raw in a 6-man tag match. The match it self was a pretty good match, I liked the cat and mouse games going on between Kevin Owens and Sami Zane. Having Zane get the pin on Owens to end the match after Owens partners to a page out of his book and bailed was great. I’m excited to see what things these 7 men can come up with for this match.
Now for my rant, can someone please explain to me why all the hate for Roman Reigns? No I’m not his biggest fan, but still people are acting like he has horrible matches every night or something. If anyone else had made that jump over the top rope everyone would have gone nuts, instead because it was Reigns people bust out a “You still suck” chant? I like to see any one sitting in that audience get in the ring and try that. Also don’t start with the promo issue, yes I know he isn’t great at promos, but that didn’t slow them down at all through out setting up this match. So please everyone, just sit back and watch, actually watch it before you start shitting on someone. I honestly just don’t understand how anyone could not be looking forward to this match between Triple H and Roman Reigns.
To expand on that, I feel like a friendly reminder is needed for all the fans out there. You are just that, a fan. Be a fan. Yes you can have opinions and you can express them. That is part of the joy of being a fan. Please, please watch what is happening though, there is no need to tell WWE how to do their job. WWE knows what they are doing a majority of the time. Honest it really is okay to like it. I mean really that is the goal isn’t it? That’s why we watch it, to be entertained. Please just take a moment to remember this is Wrestlemania!
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