Another Monday night has come and gone and with it another edition of Raw is in the books. Brock Lesnar is back and the WWE Universe are looking forward to what The Beast will bring.
Here’s how the show from Indiana went down:
Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman kick off the show with their take on a “public apology” for the actions of Lesnar the night following WrestleMania. Brock Lesnar then very smugly apologizes to both JBL and Michael Cole before Paul Heyman delivers tirade against Seth Rollins.
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Mediocrity proved to be the overwhelming feel throughout this match. Certainly not a terrible contest but far from a classic … Seth Rollins distracts Dean Ambrose and Kane picks up the victory.
Match Winner: Kane
Match Rating: 5/10
Backstage: Seth Rollins talks to Kane about “family,” offering his hand in the process to which Kane walks away.
Prime Time Players vs. The Ascension
Titus O’Neil is the star of PTP and it shows. The Ascension suck. (How were these guys chosen to leave NXT for the main roster?) PTP pick up the win in a less-than-stellar match.
Match Winners: Prime Time Players
Match Rating: 2/10
Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns
This would quickly turn into a battle of brawn as Sheamus and Reigns traded physical punishment. Plenty of hard spots and strong action. The finish would come when Bray Wyatt appeared on screen “enjoying” a faux tea party with an empty rocking chair causing Reigns to exit the ring and head to the back.
Match Winner: Sheamus? (No official announcement)
Match Rating: 7/10
Backstage: Roman Reigns searches for Bray Wyatt; finding a room with the words: “ANYONE BUT YOU” and “LIAR” written on a wall surrounded by pictures of Reigns.
Still Backstage: Seth Rollins approaches J&J Security, looking to make amends. Nobel and Mercury walk away.
Neville vs. Kofi Kingston
Watching Superstars like Kingston and Neville really makes you miss the Cruiserweight Division. As one would expect with this match; lots of aerial offence with Neville coming out on top.
Match Winner: Neville
Match Rating: 6/10
King Barrett vs. Zack Ryder
The crowd was flat during this match as two of the biggest underutilized talents of the recent Era did battle in a generic filler match. King Barrett finally wins!
Match Winner: King Barrett
Match Rating: 3/10
John Cena returns to Raw to address Kevin Owens; discussing the assault following MITB and the attack on MGK last week. This brings out Kevin Owens who quickly degrades Cena before stating in French that he will win the United States Championship at Battleground; leading Cena to spew some French of his own before accepting the challenge.
Backstage: Seth Rollins approaches Triple H and Stephanie. Triple H tells Rollins that he should head down to the ring and apologize to his Authority Family.
The Bella Twins vs. Naomi and Tamina
Slow Pace … Sloppy … Rack Attack … Done.
Match Winners: The Bella Twins
Match Rating: 1/10
Ryback vs. Mark Henry
This was your typical big man back-and-forth slug-it-out type of contest until Ryback hits a surprising top rope splash for the victory.
Match Winner: Ryback
Match Rating: 3/10
Backstage: Ryback is interviewed. Big Show interrupts and a brawl breaks out between both men.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Adam Rose
Quick contest that would see Dolph Ziggler Super Kick his way to the win.
Match Winner: Dolph Ziggler
Match Rating: 3/10
Following the Match: Ziggler and Lana share a passionate embrace while Rusev is shown freaking out backstage; tripping over his bad leg and sharing a “moment” with Summer Rae.
Backstage: The Authority discuss Seth Rollins. Stephanie asks that J&J Security and Kane go out and give the WWE World Heavyweight Champion a chance.
In the Ring: Seth Rollins apologizes to Jamie Nobel, Joey Mercury, and Kane but before the three men can respond; Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman reappear. Nobel, Mercury, and Kane make it appear as though they are leaving Rollins to fend for himself before attacking Lesnar from behind; only to be laid out. Lesnar enters the ring and introduces Rollins to Suplex City before Kane breaks up an attempted F-5. Lesnar fights off Kane and Rollins for a while but eventually falls victim to The Authority.
What We Can Expect Going Forward
Whenever Brock Lesnar shows up on the scene; things suddenly get real within the WWE Universe. The biggest problem with Seth Rollins remains that he does not seem like a viable opponent for Brock Lesnar.
Seth Rollins is a great wrestler but looks like a guy your father or uncle probably slapped around in a bar one night. Meanwhile, Brock Lesnar has proven his “real world” fighting abilities.
When booking a match for Brock Lesnar; there needs to be some level of belief that the man standing on the other side of the ring could at least hold his own in a real fight with The Beast. Seth Rollins doesn’t have that quality.
Kevin Owens and John Cena are involved in the Feud of the Year thus far. More great promo work from both men on Raw.
Bray Wyatt is providing Roman Reigns with a compelling storyline. The “Little Tea Pot” stuff is sinister and superb. Keep your eyes on this angle as it could turn out to be the sleeper storyline of the summer.
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