SPOILERS: WWE RAW 07/11/16 Results – RAW Survivor Series Teams Announced

WARNING: The following post contains spoilers for the November 7th edition of Monday Night RAW, held in Glasgow.

wwe-raw-new-2016-logo-1

 

The show opened with Stephanie McMahon coming out to reveal the fifth member of Team RAW. The team so far had been United States Champion Roman Reigns, Braun Strowman, Chris Jericho and Universal Champion Kevin Owens. These all came out for a segment (Roman got a lot of boos) when Stephanie revealed that the fifth man was Seth Rollins.

Now, Seth does add to the match quality of Survivor Series and he is a big star added as part of this “big” match. However, please keep in mind that this match probably isn’t going to be the main event. Brock Lesnar vs. Goldberg will likely be closing the show, meaning this match can be your experiment match. SmackDown! threw in Baron Corbin as part of their team to try and get him over as a top guy, as did RAW with Braun Strowman. So why not continue the pattern by having a rising star like Sami Zayn come into the team while Seth feuds with a heel like Rusev? Seth vs. Rusev is different and you’d be building up more people in the long run. Why does Seth Rollins need to be in this match?

07ddc17500513ca2fd63d99bbe9b1500_crop_north

Also, from a storyline perspective, why is Stephanie going with Seth Rollins to be apart of this big match for brand supremacy? Owens, Strowman and Reigns are all winners, which is why Stephanie picked them. Jericho came as a package deal for Owens, which explains him being in the match. SETH ROLLINS has lost in every major match he’s been in on pay-per-view since Dean Ambrose cashed in on him at Money In The Bank. He lost in the triple threat match at Battleground, he lost against Finn Balor at SummerSlam, he’s lost twice against Owens at Clash of Champions and Hell in a Cell. Not to mention, he’s lost a number of high-profile matches on RAW as well. WHO could possibly take Seth seriously as a top guy on RAW and a threat to Team SmackDown!?

Not to mention, this is the guy that is supposedly going to fight Triple H at WrestleMania. If they continue to go down this road with him, Seth’s got hardly any chance of getting over to the level that he should be going into one of the biggest matches for the big show.

What followed on from this announcement was another announcement that in the main event, THESE FIVE MEN that are representing Team RAW would all face EACH OTHER in the fatal five way main event on RAW.

THESE FIVE MEN, who are supposed to team together for Team RAW, are beating the hell out of each other in the main event of the show in a match with nothing on the line. It’s not like this was a Universal Title match, which actually would have been an interesting stipulation for this match. They’re all just fighting each other for no reason, which actually risks Stephanie’s chances of winning as one of these men could get injured. THIS was a stupid idea.

noam-dar

Rich Swann and Sin Cara defeated Cruiserweight Champion Brian Kendrick and Noam Dar. Noam apparently got a huge reaction from the crowd, leading to ICW chants from this crowd on an episode of RAW. I’d be VERY shocked if they didn’t edit this out. I do also find it funny that Sin Cara was on the winning team on the same day that news broke out about Sin Cara reportedly in a actual fight with Chris Jericho. It’s funny because when Bo Dallas got arrested in the airport incident from a few months ago, they also put him on the next RAW and had him squash a guy. It’s funny how that works.

They announced Sami Zayn vs. Rusev with the winner facing Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental Championship at Survivor Series. So to recap, RAW gave Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson dozens of tag team title shots at the New Day for no reason, Roman Reigns was given United States title shots for no reason, Seth gets a thousand title shots despite losing all time BUT FOR THE SMACKDOWN! MID-CARD TITLE, they get the idea of having two men actually FIGHT for the right to EARN a title shot and try to build up Ziggler’s opponent properly? RAW is better at hyping up SmackDown! title matches than their own title matches! They also showed a video package for Brock vs Goldberg at Survivor Series.

new-day-7

The New Day did a Scottish comedy segment featuring bagpipes. For the RAW vs SmackDown! TAG TEAM SURVIVOR SERIES match, Team RAW was confirmed to be the New Day, Enzo Amore and Big Cass, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson, Golden Truth and Cesaro and Sheamus. A pretty solid collection of tag teams. It’s amazing to me that Golden Truth is considered among the top five RAW tag teams at the moment, and yet the Shining Stars, who actually win their fair share of matches on RAW, are nowhere to be seen. They put in Gallows and Anderson as well as Enzo and Cass, despite the fact that all these tag teams are doing are trading wins back and forth. Taking away all of that logic, this was actually a pretty good team even though I’m not a fan of the concept of a ten on ten elimination Survivor Series match.

FOLLOWING this match was a match between tag team match team-mates with THE NEW DAY facing LUKE GALLOWS AND KARL ANDERSON. I don’t even.. WHO COULD POSSIBLY CARE ABOUT THIS MATCH? We saw this match over and over and over and over and over again during the summer and going into September. WHY ARE WE WATCHING THEM AGAIN? WHY are the tag teams, that are supposed to be getting along, fighting each other? Not to mention that they had Gallows and Anderson BEAT The New Day in this match, meaning that the most dominant tag team on RAW were beaten by the team that were beaten by Enzo and Cass LAST WEEK. If this insanely baffling tag team booking is tearing apart your mind, there’s more to come.

0c3f724f54fd1632780d6ead85d511e9_crop_north

THE SHINING STARS, who were NOT on Team RAW for Survivor Series, beat the Golden Truth. If you’ll recall, GOLDEN TRUTH ARE ON THE SURVIVOR SERIES TEAM. Why aren’t they winning this match, if the aim is to convince the fans that this will be a good tag team for Team RAW? Are the Shinning Stars going to replace them? I hope so, so at least there’s SOME sense to this booking.

I’ve been told that it doesn’t matter who wins or who loses, which is an irritating analogy. If I’m going into this big RAW vs SmackDown! pay-per-view and wanting to know which brand is better, I would expect these brands to pitch their best stars for the biggest matches. I don’t want to see losers put into important matches. I want teams to get along for the Survivor Series elimination matches and I DON’T WANT TO SEE TAG TEAM DYSFUNCTION STORYLINES THIS OFTEN. WE’VE GOT THE SAME STORYLINE GOING ON RIGHT NOW WITH CESARO AND SHEAMUS? WHY ARE WE SEEING IT AGAIN?

Man, this is… infuriating.

charlotte-bayley

We had the women’s segment, with Charlotte leading Team RAW. They were bringing these girls out, with Charlotte on the mic. They introduced Nia Jax, Bayley and ALICIA FOX as well. Alicia Fox somehow made this Team RAW team. I’m STUNNED. Bayley comes out and this crowd loves Bayley. Charlotte is trying to cut this promo and the fans for a solid few minutes are singing  “I WANNA KNOW IF YOU’LL BE MY GIRL” to Bayley. Charlotte tries to get on with the promo but she is completely derailed by these fans and Bayley is just laughing along with Alicia Fox. I don’t think Charlotte was expecting this as when she kept trying to get this promo on track, the fans steam-rolled her every time and she had no idea what to do. There was a video of this on Twitter, that’s how I know about this. They introduce Sasha Banks as the fifth member for this team.

THEN, we had Bayley, Sasha Banks and Alicia Fox vs Charlotte, Nia Jax and Dana Brooke. WHY CAN’T THESE TEAMS GET ALONG? Why are they all fighting each other? Why did Stephanie BOOK THIS if she wanted her team to win? Bayley pinned Charlotte AGAIN, which probably means that its Bayley vs Charlotte at Roadblock for the title. If nothing else, it’s someone different in the women’s division. I am still angry at Sasha Banks not being the champion but at least its not Sasha vs Charlotte once again. I’ve seen enough of that for a while. Bayley’s somebody new so… fine.

44785f72e4cdb17d075f3fdf00047ce3

Sami Zayn BEAT Rusev and will be going on to fight Dolph Ziggler for the Intercontinental title at Survivor Series. I would not beat Rusev again like this, especially against Sami who is NOT a strong superstar at the moment in terms of his booking. HOWEVER, I would prefer Sami Zayn than seeing the return of the worst rivalry in 2015 with Rusev fighting Dolph Ziggler. Sami vs Dolph actually sounds like it will be a killer match, which is why I’m ALMOST all for it. I’d still wouldn’t beat Rusev like this, especially if there’s a big opponent for him going into Roadblock.

Kevin Owens won the fatal five way after Roman hit him with the Superman Punch, which saw Owens land on Jericho and pin him.

wwe_survivor_series_2016_gms

Maybe it is unfair to review this RAW by simply going off the spoilers. Actually, this isn’t really a review of the show. I’m reviewing the direction of the booking of the show and the build towards Survivor Series. I’m sure the fatal five way was awesome and I’m sure Sami Zayn vs Rusev was awesome. HOWEVER, the idea that they’re promoting this pay-per-view by having each brand’s teams fight one another is incredibly ridiculous. AT LEAST when they did this for Survivor Series 2005, the teams were united all in the name of their brands. ALL THESE TEAMS are not united. They are tearing each other apart in regular matches BOOKED by the authority figure, who apparently wants to win this match so bad.

THIS SURVIVOR SERIES BUILD… SUCKS. WHERE’S GOLDBERG AND BROCK LESNAR? That, at least, will be a build-up and a match to look forward to…

…at least this crowd actually had fun tonight it seems.

 

 

EXTREME WARFARE REVENGE: WCW 1998 PART 31 – NITRO ROULETTE

cV691-g0HgU.market_maxres

Welcome to a bonus edition of the EWR WCW series. I’m Tom Robinson and here we’ve got a special Nitro edition of this series. The last time we did a Nitro special, it was Nitro of Champions. On this show, all the titles were on the line. For this show though, I did a Nitro Roulette show. We had six matches booked for this show. All six the matches would all be feud-ending matches. These matches were…

  • Chris Jericho (c) vs Curt Hennig for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship
  • Booker T vs AJ Styles
  • Diamond Enforcers (c) vs Chris Benoit and Steven Regal for the WCW Tag Team Championship
  • Eddie Guerrero and Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam
  • Scott Steiner (c) vs Randy Savage for the WCW Television Championship
  • Sting (c) vs Raven for the WCW International Championship

Now, you maybe wondering what was so random about the matches. Well, I decided to use a lovely little wheel generator website which allowed me to put together my own roulette wheel for this episode of Nitro.

I put together two wheels for singles and tag team matches (as there are more match options for singles matches then tags). I put all the possible stipulations for each match into a wheel with the stipulation for each match being settled in this way. The video down below will let you know which stipulation each match was given.

Anyway, now let’s get to the show itself and see who the big winners were on Nitro Roulette…

nitroroulette

Match 1 – Rowdy Roddy Piper and Eddie Guerrero def. Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam in a steel cage match

This follows up on what happened at Uncensored. During a triple threat match for the Cruiserweight title between champion Jeff, RVD and Eddie, Piper inadvertently cost Eddie the match which lead to RVD retaining. Bischoff told Eddie and Piper to get the job done and they faced RVD and Jeff in a steel cage match.The one thing which might have effected the match was Piper but it did get a 88% rating which I’m down with. Eddie and Piper had to win as I have big plans for Eddie regarding Spring Stampede.

Segment 1 (2) – Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T

WCW President Eric Bischoff motivates Booker T just before his big match with AJ Styles. As I announced in the video above, the board of directors decided that former president Ric Flair would be the special referee for this match. Eric told Booker to get the job done as he did not want AJ to win. This got a good 91% but the next segment really surpassed it.

Segment 2 (3) – Eric Bischoff/Ric Flair confrontation. Eric adds stipulation

Bischoff would then be confronted by Ric in his referee shirt. Eric and Ric would argue back and forth with Ric saying that Eric’s running WCW into the ground. He told Eric that AJ was the future of WCW. Eric responded by saying that Ric maybe the ref but Eric was still in charge. Eric said that he could add any stipulation to the match he wanted, even if Ric was the ref. Eric told Ric that if AJ lost, he would be fired. Eric DARED Ric to fast count Booker and prove how much of a kiss-ass to the fans he was. Ric got in his face but then just walked off. 95%. A great segment between Eric and Ric.

Match 2 (4) – Scott Steiner (c) def. Randy Savage in a Texas Death match to retain the WCW Television Championship

This was the joint-lowest rated match on the show but that’s not really a bad thing considering it got a 84%. That’s like saying that the worst match at NXT TakeOver was the opener between Balor/Joe vs the Mechanics… it was still a great match! The finish was that Raven got involved which led to Steiner retaining the title. If you’ll recall, Savage was previously part of the Exiles stable lead by Raven. He got injured which resulted in him leaving the group. When he came back, he came back as a face to try and help Team Flair at Fall Brawl. This is the first time where his departure from the Exiles has been really addressed. I’m looking forward to this feud between Savage and Raven. I see a lot of potential with it.

Match 3 (5) – “Diamond Enforcers” Diamond Dallas Page (c) and Arn Andesron (c) def. Chris Benoit and Steven Regal in a ladder match

Steven Regal returns after being suspended just before his and Benoit’s tag title match against the Enforcers at Uncensored. Therefore, Tajiri took his place. Now that he’s back, he and Benoit got their tag team match at last. This was the best match of the night with the 94% rating! Very happy with that. I think I’m going to put the Benoit and Regal tag team to one side. I think I’m going to turn one of them as one of them lost an incredible amount of overness during this feud. That might revitalise them going forward. Going with the Diamond Enforcers to win was the right thing to do as they were more over.

Segment 3 (6) – Diamond Dallas Page and Arn Anderson celebrate their victory

Same rating as the match. DDP and Arn are basically celebrate their win here. It was a nothing segment but at least it got a good rating so I’m happy.

Match 4 (7) – AJ Styles def. Booker T with Ric Flair as the special guest referee. If AJ lost, he’d be fired.

The finish of the match was that AJ covered Booker and Ric went to count. However, Eric pulled Ric out of the ring and punched him in the mouth. Eric got a chair but accidentally hit Booker in the head with it. AJ hit the Pele on Eric and went for the Styles Clash on Booker. Booker hit the low blow and hit the Book End. Ric gets back in the ring, goes to count but AJ kicked out. Booker yelled at Ric and Ric teased a punch but Booker instead ran into AJ delivering the Styles Clash. Ric made the count and AJ won the match. Booker then attacked Ric after the match and left with Bischoff. 91% is a great rating for this match. Booker and AJ have two very different styles but they worked well together. This was fine.

Segment 4 (8) – Hollywood Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back

Hogan and Sting have a conversation backstage before Sting’s match with Raven. Hogan says that he’s got Sting’s back because he knows how dangerous Raven is. Indeed he does. In the last year or so, Raven has done nothing but kick Hogan’s arse so it makes sense! Sting appreciated but said that he wanted to take care of Raven once and for all. Raven has terrorised WCW for years now and vowed to end it all tonight. I was very disappointed with this rating because it’s Sting and Hogan of all people. It wasn’t too bad of a rating that it bombed our show so it was fine.

Match 5 (9) – Sting (c) def. Raven to retain the WCW International Championship in a first blood match

This is basically retribution for earlier. Randy Savage comes out and hits Raven with a chair and Raven hurdles into Sting who hits the Scorpion Death Drop. The ref sees Raven bloodied and calls for the bell. As simple as that. I was kind of hoping for a rating that was somewhere in the 90s but this was fine. It was certainly not the worse thing on the show.

Segment 5 (10) – Video package for Chris Jericho vs Curt Hennig

A hype video basically promoting the main event of Jericho vs Hennig for the title. Video angles for some reason don’t have that great of a rating when I usually do them on TV. It’s kind of disappointing that this one wasn’t as good.

Match 6 (11) – Chris Jericho (c) def. Curt Hennig in a Hardcore match to retain the WCW Championship

Great rating to finish the show. I was very tempted to put the title of Hennig but I’d rather keep in on Jericho because he’s still the most over person in the company. 93% rating in this match and a 89% overall for this show. A great show overall. I do have a good Spring Stampede lined up for you all in part 32 so stay tuned for that!