WWE RAW - April 11, 2016
Random Thoughts and Opinions
- A decent opening from Shane McMahon and Kevin Owens. I liked the calm Shane McMahon. Aside from flubbing his lines when he returned and nerves, Shane has connected with the crowd well.
- A really good opening match between Owens and Cesaro. Actually surprised by the clean finish. I'm guessing we’ll see Cesaro vs. Miz, Styles vs. Reigns and Owens vs. Zayn at Payback.
- Did I just watch Dr. Phil vs. Ric Flair in a Woo off?
- Rusev needs to be a singles wrestler. Such a waste. Reigns tagging with Bray intrigues me.
- Natalya and Charlotte never disappoint. However, Dr. Phil hasn't added anything to the show thus far.
- Like the Lucha Dragons, the Uso’s do nothing for me. At first I was disappointed the Uso’s won, but Anderson and Gallows destroying them afterwards made up for it. I would have preferred a few weeks of vignettes building anticipation for Anderson and Gallow’s debut, but this worked.
- I'm a fan of The Miz and Maryse!
- Great match between Styles and Zayn. The wrestling on this show has been really good. Love Styles going over clean as Sami Zayn doesn't lose anything in the loss. Nice touch with the backstage meeting with the two of them. Zayn sold frustration and disappointment well.
- “Don't touch my potted plant.” Chris Jericho to Dean Ambrose. We’re finally getting a Jericho/Ambrose feud.
- I wish WWE treated A.J. Styles’ debut the way they are handling Apollo Crew’s.
- WWE should do more vignettes like the one they did for Baron Corbin.
- Bray Wyatt looked fantastic here...finally!
This was a really good show. Everything worked tonight. Even the segments with Dr. Phil were tolerable and I liked that they didn't make him the focal point of the show. Payback is shaping up to be a great show if they're planning on going with the following matches: Styles vs. Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Title, Zayn vs. Owens, Jericho vs. Ambrose, Cesaro vs. The Miz for the WWE IC Title, Natayla vs. Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Title and the winners of the Tag Team Tournament vs. New Day for the WWE Tag Team Titles.
It looks like we’re going to see Enzo & Cass vs. The Dudleys in a second round matchup in the tag team tournament. I would prefer a more high profile match between the teams with more of a build.
WWE has me curious as to how Bray Wyatt will figure into the title picture. WWE did a great job of setting up multiple feuds over the last two weeks, and the even-steven booking has also been absent. Hopefully the changes we are seeing are long term as the last two weeks of RAW have been really good.
The opening segment
Owens vs. Cesaro
Ric Flair, Charlotte and Dr. Phil
Charlotte vs. Natayla
Anderson & Gallows debut
The Miz & Maryse
Styles vs. Zayn
The Highlight Reel
Reigns & Wyatt vs. League of Nations
The Uso’s winning
The Fighting Champion
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