It’s time to recap the WrestleMania 31 go-home Raw.
This was the best Raw on the actual road to WrestleMania since the one where they actually didn’t do a live show and for good reason. They needed it to be. WrestleMania finally has some slight momentum.
Yes! They let Sting talk. They opened the show with Sting coming out, hyping his match with Triple H. Immediately, I received emails, saw tweets and Facebook posts that said something like, “Man, Sting can talk better than guys that are always talking on Raw.”
So why did it take so long to let him speak? Well, I think it’s because Triple H and Stephanie tried to portray him as a villain (oddly) by associating solely as the last man standing in WCW. Had he tried to explain their horrible logic, it might’ve meant he’d have been booed. Okay, you don’t buy that either? Sorry Triple H, I tried.
Sting came out, immediately disassociated himself from WCW and said he was simply there to beat Triple H. Stephanie came out and tried to talk down to him like she does to so many others, but see, my guy Sting wasn’t having it. He stopped Stephanie from trying to slap him which brought out Triple H. Triple H had a serious gaze on his face and he grabbed his sledge-hammer and was about to enter the ring, but Sting had his bat with him and Triple H backed down. Sting begged him to come into the ring, but Triple H decided against it. It was a very good way to start the show.
Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns battle in tug-o-war.
This was the very last segment on the show and was what most were anticipating. And it came off kind of flat. I think most people at the very least expected a pull-apart brawl at the very least, but instead, were given a tug-o-war over Brock’s belt.
Paul Heyman came out to start the segment with Brock by his side. It was as if he already said his best stuff and was here to close the deal. Reigns finally came out and he and Brock looked at each other. Brock smirked. Reigns glared at him. Brock had a beard. He smirked again. Then he held up the belt. Reigns tried grabbing the belt. Brock should’ve killed him for trying to take his property, but he didn’t. He just tried to take it back. But Roman held on. And fade to black…
For some reason, they both don’t want to get heat on Brock either because they don’t trust Roman’s selling or that they believe Brock will be cheered because of it. But they also don’t want Roman to get the better of him either because they’re worried that it ruins Brock’s aura (he’s a heel dammit) or because they don’t want Roman to get booed. I just think they don’t want Roman to get booed. Poor guy is damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.
Nothing was brought up about his contract this week when it was the key to the build last week.
Snoopamania and Hulkamania run wild.
Snoop Dogg came out to hype up WrestleMania. He was about to say that something was stone cold, but I don’t think he was talking about Austin. Then Axelmania came out. He tried to drop some slang on Snoop. And then Snoop brought out the Hulkster.
The Hulkster used a “Drop it like it’s hot” line which was clever, blocked an Axel attempt at a punch and put him down with a big right hand. Snoop tossed him out of the ring. And then they posted together. Yes, Snoop, with his pipe cleaner arms did some posing.
And the rest…
– R-Truth and Dean Ambrose beat Luke Harper and Stardust. Truth and Ambrose danced after the match was over.
– There was a funny segment where the Miz was interviewing Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell about stunt doubles. The full thing is on WWE.com rather than the WWE Network for some reason.
– Bill Simmons joined the announce team for a 10-man tag. The Miz, Mizdow, Adam Rose and the Ascension lost to the Prime Time Players, The Ryback, Zack Ryder, and Erick Rowan. Ryback killed some guys for the finish. Simmons was entertaining, asking JBL about the difficulties of being in a 10-man, telling him the Simmons family enjoys him for “putting Cena over” and compared Brock Lesnar to Russell Westbrook and LeBron James.
– Randy Orton beat Seth Rollins and J&J in a handicapped match. Rollins wasn’t even in.
– Nikki Bella beat Paige to keep her Diva’s title. AJ accidentally punched Paige, thinking she was Brie, and Nikki rack attacked her. Paige jumped AJ after the match. And now they have to tag together at WrestleMania.
– The Matadors and El Torito beat Cesaro, Tyson Kidd, and Natalya when the baby bull pinned Natalya. The Usos were doing commentary and it looks like they’ll be in the four-way at WrestleMania, which will be on the kickoff show.
– Rusev beat Jack Swagger with the Accolade. He wouldn’t let it go which meant that John Cena finally saved someone. But he took a major beating in the process. Rusev was done, then went back to beat him up some more, putting him in the Accolade on the announcer’s table. It was a really good segment.
– Bray spoke again. No Undertaker.
– Kevin Nash aka Diesel is going into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
– Dolph Ziggler beat Daniel Bryan with Dean Ambrose as the referee. Ambrose then beat up Ziggler which meant everyone in the ladder match came into the ring and was beaten up. Odd.
This was a necessary Raw which could’ve left you hyped for WrestleMania had the last segment been better. As it was, you were left still excited, but there was something lacking.