The RAW Review, 02/10/17

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Robbie Radford

Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.
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Braun Strowman defeated Seth Rollins via pinfall.

Elias defeated Titus O’Neil via pinfall.

Mickie James defeated Nia Jax via DQ.

The Club defeated Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan via pinfall.

Roman Reigns defeated The Miz via DQ.

Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Alicia Fox and Emma via pinfall.

The show opened with a moments silence to commemorate the terrorist attack in Las Vegas earlier today that claimed over 50 lives and left over 500 injured.

The show opened by reminding us of the after-match incident of Roman Reigns defeating the Miz. After the match, Miz and his Miztourage stooges brutally beat down Reigns with steel chairs.

Kicking things off in the arena, Seth Rollins faced Braun Strowman, a week after Strowman faced Dean Ambrose. Rollins got off to a promising start, lasting longer than the vast majority of Strowmans many opponents. Strowman was comfortably in control, the usual Strowman formulae match. Strowman had control, Rollins fought back but ultimately, it wasn’t enough, Strowman hit the running powerslam for another reasonably straight forward victory.

After the match, Strowman continued to beat down Rollins until Ambrose made the save, only to suffer the same fate as his partner.

Alexa Bliss bought Mickie James a walking frame, odd backstage segment.

From odd to very odd, Bray Wyatt sat in a dark, smoky room and rocked back and forward, insisting “she’d never lie to me” before staring at the camera.

Elias gifted us with a song. He’s becoming one of the best heels in the WWE, incensing audiences wherever he goes. Selfishly, Titus O’Neil interrupted Elias’ heartfelt song about Denver and its citizens. Elias picked up another win, easily dispatching the Titus Brand.

Another vignette ran for Asuka.

Nia Jax squared off with Mickie James in what turned out to be a fairly good match. Jax continues to improve after a really slow start on the RAW roster a little over a year ago. Jax dominated with her raw strength, locking James in a bear hug for a substantial amount of time until James escaped and tried to keep Jax off her feet. As James looked poised to close in on the victory, Bliss interrupted, only to receive a Mick Kick for her troubles.

Renee Young interviewed Enzo Amore backstage. The Cruiserweight Champion was speechless when asked about being beaten and humiliated by the entire Cruiserweight division.

Kurt Angle met Mickie James where he announced that she’d be squaring off with the RAW women’s champion Alexa Bliss at the next RAW Pay-Per-View: TLC.

Jason Jordan and Matt Hardy faced off against The Club. This match was set after a backstage confrontation earlier in the day. In what was a fairly standard, skippable tag match, The Club picked up the victory after The Club’s chemistry allowed them to outwit the unlikely duo of Matt Hardy and Jason Jordan, hitting Matt Hardy with their famous Magic Killer for the victory.

Ahead of his title match with challenger Roman Reigns, The Miz and his trusty Miztourage entered through the crowd, exactly how The Shield used to enter arenas. Before Jojo could finish her introductions, Reigns decimated Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, completely ignoring The Miz for the moment. Reigns destroyed both with a steel chair whilst The Miz looked on, distraught.

Following an ad break, The Miz was in control, working over Reigns with rest holds, keeping him grounded. The Miz kept the pressure on Reigns, hitting him with the yes kicks until Reigns impressively reversed it into a sitout powerbomb. Miz then played possum, reversing the superman punch into a SkullCrushing Finale, only for the two count.

Just as Reigns looked poised to follow up another Superman Punch with the Spear, The Bar interrupted and the trio of Sheamus, Cesaro and The Miz beat down Reigns, prompting chants of ‘Shield’ from the crowd. All 3 men hit their finishers on Reigns. The trio then triple powerbombed Reigns. This didn’t really make any sense but if The Shield reunite to face this trio, it’s much better than facing Dallas, Axel and The Miz.

Finn Balor emerged, the former Universal Champion cut a pretty dull promo on Bray Wyatt. Balor reminded him he’s 2-0 up against him in 1-on-1 contests. Bray cut a promo on Balor backstage, revealing a different face in the smoke. Nonsensical promo ending with a pretty cool effect.

Another vignette for Asuka was aired.

Sasha Banks and Bayley squared off with Emma and Alicia Fox in a tag match. This was real bad. I partly had my head in my hands and sighed throughout this match. Sasha and Bayley were really goofy, it didn’t look good for anyone in the match. They worked towards a Bayley hot tag, causing Alicia Fox to retreat to her corner where Emma refused to tag in, leaving Fox to take a Bayley-to-Belly and take the pinfall defeat.

Enzo came out, putting the whole Cruiserweight division on blast as well as informing us how much money he has. For the second week in a row, Enzo was fantastic on the mic when he was surrounded by the rest of the Cruiserweight division in the ring. Enzo individually buried the roster in hilarious fashion, confident behind the mic as well as a supposed no-touch rule. Kurt Angle emerged, saying that no cruiserweights at ringside could touch Enzo except the newest member of 205 Live… Kalisto. I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited by 205Live only to be reminded that it’s 205Live.

Backstage, a beaten down Reigns was approached by Ambrose as well as Rollins, prompting a huge reaction from the crowd. The three acknowledged what had to happen, before walking off in different directions.

Final Word: Not great in terms of match quality but the overall show was superb. The idea of The Shield reuniting to face Miz, Sheamus & Cesaro is much easier to get on board with than them facing The Miz & The Miztourage. Excited for next week’s RAW, I don’t say that often!

ShowGrade: A


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Robbie covers NJPW, Lucha Underground and a few other promotions as well as various other articles. He is also a co-host of the PuroLads podcast. Robbie lives in Leeds, England.

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