If Raw can continue to produce three-hour shows like this, I might turn the corner on the show. Tonight’s show was really good.
Daniel Bryan vs. Seth Rollins
It’s a bit hard to rank long TV matches for me because I don’t watch Raw like I’d watch a PPV. When watching a PPV, I’m pretty much focused completely on the show. But with Raw, I’m usually doing other things. But I know it’s a good match when I stop doing those other things and pay attention.
Daniel Bryan and Seth Rollins faced off for the first time in a singles match on Raw. They’ve worked each other many times in ROH and their chemistry showed. Both guys put on a tremendous performance, concluding when Randy Orton stopped Roman Reigns from interfering and Bryan rolled Rollins up in a small package for the win.
Friday on Smackdown, Randy Orton hit the RKO on Bryan after Bryan accidentally hit Orton with a drop kick in the corner that wasn’t intended for him. On Raw, Orton admitted to being in the wrong, but didn’t really apologize. Vickie Guerrero said they’d face the Shield at Payback, leaving Kane out of the loop. Kane was very sad, though Vickie made him happy saying that he had a shot at the US title versus Dean Ambrose. Then he said he always liked her and gave her a sweaty hug.
Before the Bryan/Rollins match, Orton faced Reigns, which ended in a no contest. All of this is to set up whatever happens at Payback, which is more than likely the start of a feud between Orton and Bryan. I’m in.
Triple H And Vince McMahon – Breakups To Makeups
They are really trying hard to get this Triple H angle over.
Triple H came out to face Curtis Axel, but Vince came out and called for the bell. He gave Axel the match via disqualification for whatever reason. Triple H had the match restarted when Vince left. Vince came back to end the match again and this time, via forfeit. Triple H had the match restarted as a 60-minute Iron Man match, but Vince cancelled the match again and took the ring bell and microphone so it couldn’t be restarted again.
This came off as a bit humorous, but I’m not sure that was the right tone. Triple H was played for the fool. But maybe that’s the feeling they were trying for.
Triple and Stephanie argued in the back. Stephanie was horrendous. She was whiny, called him both Hunter and Paul, and made you feel like less would be more with her.
In their last segment, Stephanie got them both together and Vince said that he wanted Triple H to be the man and that he’s bigger than wrestling any old match. He needed to be the guy in the back who called the shots. Triple H understood, though he wasn’t all that happy. Vince and Triple H didn’t necessarily like each other, but they saw eye to eye. And then Stephanie got them to do the group hug.
While I don’t know that this is the right way to go, Triple H’s character has much more depth than it’s had in forever and I think many fans actually agree with Vince here; Triple H doesn’t need to be in the ring anymore.
John Cena and Ryback close the show.
This program is DOA. They have nothing for it and I think it’s the match I’m least looking forward to at Payback. The lumberjacks who will surround the ring during the lumberjack portion of their Three Stages Of Hell match were out. Cena cut a promo on Ryback while Ryback whined and Cena called him a baby. Cena tried to be serious, but after not really being serious at all during the program, it’s kind of hard to take him seriously.
Cena tried to leave the ring, but the lumberjacks threw him back in. While he was trying to leave again, Ryback snuck into the ring and Cena dumped him over the top rope. They didn’t get to touch as the powerful lumberjacks kept them away from each other. At the very least, they could’ve escaped and tussled at least once before being placed in their respective corners again.
Even though the match is going to be the main event, I don’t imagine the heat is anywhere near what CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho will be.
And the rest…
- Kane beat Dean Ambrose by DQ as the Shield interrupted the match. This would be the teaser to their US title match at Payback.
- Sheamus and Damian Sandow will be the TV dark match on the PPV. Yawn.
- The Miz beat Cody Rhodes again with the Figure Four. Wade Barrett was ringside doing commentary. Paul Heyman came out and let the fans know that Fandango was out of the three-way at Payback (concussion) and filling his spot is Curtis Axel. Since Axel’s dad was one of the greatest IC champs of all-time, I’m fine with this.
- Chris Jericho beat a very game Big E. I’m starting to be a bigger fan of this guy each and every week. Dolph showed up and said his match with Alberto Del Rio was on.
- Antonio Cesaro beat Sin Cara. Get better Rey Mysterio! I’d love to see Cesaro and Mysterio in a feud.
- Kaitlyn’s secret admirer came out and it was Big E. Big E was actually quite effective in this until he stayed heel and dropped Kaitlyn so that AJ could come out and make fun of her. I still hope that Big E crushes on her. I think there’s some longevity there with them as a babyface couple. AJ cut a terrific promo on Kaitlyn.
- Sheamus beat R-Truth. Yawn.
The match didn’t have the kind of wrestling that it had last week, but I think they connected all the dots for Payback. Some of the matches had to be added late, but I think they were the right ones.
Here’s the final card for Sunday (all matches except one are title matches):
Sheamus vs. Damien Sandow
John Cena vs. Ryback
Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk
Wade Barrett vs. Curtis Axel vs. The Miz
The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins) vs. Daniel Bryan and Randy Orton
Dean Ambrose vs. Kane
Kaitlyn vs. AJ Lee
Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio