WWE RAW - April 18, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
- “Hey, be careful around the plant!” Dean Ambrose
- Chris Jericho vs. Dean Ambrose and Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn at Payback. Payback looks to be shaping up to be an excellent show.
- I enjoyed the opening segment. I'm a fan of this version of the Dean Ambrose character and his loss to the Undertaker at WrestleMania has already been forgotten. Heel Chris Jericho always works.
- Shane McMahon is booking matches via Facebook? The Authority never did that...must be the “new direction” Shane is taking RAW.
- When was the last time Jericho hit the Lionsault?
- Of course Sami Zayn takes another loss, guess we can expect an Ambrose win later.
- Bullet Club!
OK, clearly they're turning on A.J. If not now, definitely at Payback to cost him the World Championship against Roman Reigns.
- Bubba takes the pin! Clearly the Dudleys are going to cost Enzo & Cass the titles at Payback. At least I hope they do, because I'd like to see this feud continue.
- I'm already tired of Reigns catchphrase. Roman’s dying out there. Gallows and Anderson saved that segment and Style’s facials were spot on. I still think they turn on him at Payback. WWE is handling Gallows and Anderson perfectly.
- I enjoy watching Ziggler get destroyed.
- Eh, didn't care for the Miz and Cesaro’s promo. I really don't like Cesaro dancing around with New Day. I'd much prefer serious, ass kicker Cesaro. Cesaro should be kept far away from comedy bits.
- Can somebody please release Rusev and Del Rio from League of Nations purgatory?!?
- Bret Hart at Payback? Yes, please!
- I forgot Paige was a babyface.
- What's the requirement for hair length in order to be a woman wrestler in WWE?
- So Charlotte taps out to the Sharpshooter two weeks in a row? Clearly she retains at Payback.
- The Uso's = the team character development forgot. Good tag team match. Glad to see the Vaudevillans get the win. Don't look now but the WWE has assembled a nice tag team division.
- About what you'd expect from an Apollo Crews match.
- Kevin Owens’ frog splash from the apron...wow. Excellent main event. Jericho getting involved at the end makes sense.
This was a pretty good episode of RAW. It wasn't as good as the previous two weeks but it was still good. Gallows and Anderson’s interaction with A.J. Styles is intriguing. Are they working alone, or did Styles bring them in to help him win the WWE World Heavyweight title? I'll be disappointed if they're paired with Reigns. Either way, I like how WWE is handling Gallows and Anderson so far.
Although I enjoyed the match, I'm a little disappointed Enzo & Cass had a match against the Dudleys this early in their debut. Hopefully Bubba and Devon cost them the tag team titles and we get a feud with a full build up coming out of Payback.
Kevin Owens and Dean Ambrose had a great night. Both were good in the opening segment and their main event match to end the show was excellent. WWE is doing a fantastic job of rebuilding Ambrose coming out of WrestleMania.
The opening segment
Chris Jericho vs. Sami Zayn
The Bullet Club
Enzo & Cass vs. The Dudleys
The Vaudevillans vs. The Usos
Dean Ambrose vs. Kevin Owens
Roman Reign’s promo
The Miz and Cesaro
New Day & Cesaro vs. League of Nations
8 woman tag match
The Fighting Champion
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