Opening- Stephanie talks at the RAW Survivor Series team. Yes, At, not to. Mick, being more about the groups, talks with the people on the ramp. He talks up the talent and how they need to prove to the other teams that they are the dominant brand. Mick, tries, to do the Cass dance and looks like he is going to break both of his knees. Stephanie w want to compare Enzo and Cass to American Alpha…cool. Also, after berating Sami last week, and telling him that she didn’t think he was good enough to win the IC Championship, talks him up. Also, if they lose she will fire them, basically. So, a nice pep-talk from the GM and Commissioner. Good new? It was only five minutes long and not 20 minutes.
Match 1: Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
Recap: Roman gets his entrance…and he gets booed. He and Cesaro go at it. Roman looks to use teamwork and asks for a tag, but he was brushed off by Owens. We see tag team dissention between both teams, but, in the end we see Kevin tag in and piss off Roman, but Roman spears Cesaro and drags Kevin over to Cesaro for the 1…2…3! Match was fine. Not much to say but they all worked well together, so job done.
Your Winners: Roman Reigns and Kevin Owens
Jericho does a rah-rah speech to Braun and Seth. He gives them both scarfs. Seth makes fun of it and Braun says he wants Jericho’s scarf. Jericho says it was expensive, but allows him to have it. Braun says he hates scarfs and then tears it up. Good segment. Also…Jericho bought Braun a scarf with anchors on it…It looked like a decorative window curtain.
Match 2: Sami Zayn vs. Bo Dallas
Recap: Sami took this match. He hit the exploder Suplex into the corner and then the Helluva Kick for the 1…2…3. Nothing to say, it was fine, just basic. Also, I think the Bo Dallas experiment is over. Wasn’t a squash, just a waste of a match to me.
Your Winner: Sami Zayn
Hey, we get a little storyline for the cruiserweights. Brian Kendrick, literally on his soapbox, talks to the other cruiserweights. Good points from Rich Swann and TJ, in saying they deserve matches against Kendrick. Bad news? Sin Cara gets a match because he talks shit.
Match 3: The New Day vs. Chris Jericho, Seth Rollins, and Braun Strowman
Recap: LMAO, Chris comes down with the anchor scarf! I love this man. Hey, look! A basic six-man tag match with tag team dissension in it. They did make Braun look like a monster, which was nice. Strowman runs through two halves of the New Day. Seth stuns Woods and goes for the Pedigree but Jericho makes the tag. Jericho tries to get Woods in the Walls but he is powered out. He tags in Braun, who hits a huge running powerslam and gets the 1…2…3! Match wasn’t too bad and these three actually worked alright as a group. I like that Braun isn’t exactly a heel, and Jericho didn’t act like a heel the whole match, however, he bitched to Seth and ate a Pedigree at the end.
Your Winners: Braun Strowman, Seth Rollins, and Chris Jericho
Paul Heyman is in the back with Mick and Stephanie. Stephanie, basically, calls Heyman fat. Heyman laughs it off and tells her that it is fine and that Goldberg isn’t facing him, he is facing Brock. This was an OK segment.
More dissension in the back with Charlotte and Sasha Banks. It wasn’t bad, but so, so, sooooo scripted. Can Sasha become a heel yet?
Match 4: Brian Kendrick vs. Sin Cara
Recap: Crowd did not care about this match. Brian took it to Sin Cara early and often. I am not sure the ref called for the bell. Oh, well I guess he did, a lot later than he should have. Slow, and boring to start. Sin Cara sending it outside a couple of times, but the crowd, still, did not care. Tree of Woe, and the crowd didn’t care. Crowd cheers for Goldberg and then chanted boring. Ending saw Kendrick twist Sin Cara’s mask around and get the win by the Captains Hook. Not a bad match, but they lost the crowd.
Your Winner: The Brian Kendrick
Backstage segment with Gallows, Anderson, Cass, and Enzo. It was a little lame, but they when Cass had to explain that when Gallows said green, he was talking about Money, not shit, I did laugh.
Brock and Goldberg segment:
Short and sweet. This was done very, very well. They did not touch, but they got this feud over as hell. Goldberg, Heyman, and eventually Brock go at it verbally. In the end Goldberg is fighting off security to get at Brock, but Brock, acting like he will get back in the ring, backs down from Goldberg. Great, great segment. If they could do this with all their segments and get rid of the ha-ha in their top programs, I would be more excited on Monday nights. Ok, so I LOVED this segment. Where the hell was this Goldberg a long time ago? I thought he couldn’t talk? What the hell? People! This felt real! Why the hell can’t they do this with anyone else?
Match 5: Sasha Banks, Charlotte vs. Alicia Fox and Nia Jax
Recap: TAG TEAM DISSENSION!!!!!!!!! Ending saw Alicia hit a crossbody to both Charlotte and Sasha, but somehow, Alicia gets the Bank Statement locked in on Alicia, and she has to tap. OK match, just getting old tonight.
Your Winners: Sasha and Charlotte
Match 6: Enzo and Cass, and The Club vs. The Shining Stars and The Golden Truth
Recap: Bah GAWD Tag Team Dissension King, Bah GAWD! Also, we find the one drunk women in the crowd, half ass dancing to the Golden Truth’s song. Ending saw the Magic Killer on a Star and they act like they are going to allow Enzo to get the win, but Gallows just laughs and gets the pin. Match wasn’t good. Also, why the hell are we beating the team that is actually in the match, and not the Golden Truth?
Your Winners: The Club and Enzo and Cass
It’s time for YOUR MAAAAIIIIINNNN EVENT!
Talking segment: I know this is “important” but…it wasn’t. Blah, Blah, Blah, our team is better. Blah, Blah, Blah, no ours is…Teams come out. Bray and Orton and unified with the other Smackdown people, which was weird. I did like that Brian and Shane pandered to the crowd. Anyways we saw a brawl, and then we saw Smackdown tucking tail and running.
Show Overall: Too much sameness on this show. It was entertaining yes, but the matches/storylines are too much the same. We aren’t getting along, so we will tag, and still not get along. Oh, the ending was so we can show us coming together? Bullshit. I did like this show, but it was mostly for the Goldberg/Brock stuff. Why the hell can’t we get this sort of storyline in more of the show? Jesus, we had someone wrestle to get their spot back because one of the team members bought a timeshare to Puerto Rico, just last week… Come on! It makes me sad because they could be telling serious, compelling stories, but it is like they just don’t want to. I hope it improves but I fear that it won’t. So…
Until Next Time,
Monty the Yank