The Raw after Brock Lesnar happened was an interesting show, but it blurred the big picture for me.
Jon Stewart kicks Seth Rollins.
With Brock Lesnar not on the TV show, the direction on the show wasn’t about the WWE World Heavyweight championship as we move toward WrestleMania, which is less than four weeks away. Instead, the show was built around Seth Rollins and Jon Stewart.
Rollins came out at the top of the show to discuss his appearance on the Daily Show last week. They actually showed the footage twice, which was interesting because it was goofy, but then again, Stewart’s role in this seems to be solely to get up Rollins’ ire. He’d make a great manager. He said Stewart was on his way to the building.
Roman Reigns came out and he really didn’t have a place. The crowd was chanting that Rollins sucked, so he played into that. Rollins said that he could out-host Stewart, out-rap Wiz Khalifa, out-eat Mark Henry, and out-wrestle Reigns. I’d really love to see him try and out-eat Henry.
Reigns tried to get Rollins to cash-in and make Mania a three-way. Seth hinted that he could cash-in after Reigns faced Brock Lesnar at Mania. But he also said he would do what he is doing, which is go by his own terms. Reigns then popped him right in the mouth and beat up J&J.
Randy Orton, still playing heel who is eventually going to outsmart Rollins, told Rollins to face Reigns to back up his words.
Mid-way through the show, Seth was in the ring doing his version of the Daily Show. He cut some jokes on New Jersey, which is where Raw was tonight. And then he cut some jokes on Stewart. Stewart entered and was excellent in his role. His entire story was that the greats like Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, and Mick Foley worked from the bottom to the top, and Seth was given everything by being aligned with the Authority. Seth was about to beat up Stewart when Orton’s music played, giving Stewart a chance to kick Rollins right in the nuts.
Backstage, Orton tried to tell Rollins he actually saved him because he would’ve gotten in trouble punching Stewart. Big Show and Kane let Orton know that he wasn’t needed even though Orton said he’d have Rollins’ back in the main event.
In the main event, Rollins beat Reigns by rollup after Orton came down to ringside. It was an okay match, but I’m not sure these guys have the chemistry just yet. With Rollins winning, it sure as hell seems he’s going to come out of WrestleMania weekend (or the Raw after) as the champion. Reigns went buckwild, diving outside and beating up Rollins to save face after the match.
Triple H nearly fires Booker T.
Triple H cut a promo about Sting which was more about his control of the company. He asked Booker to come into the ring from his announcer’s seat and then asked Booker why Sting never came to WWE. Booker T said Sting was locked out of the company. He said Sting was his own man and couldn’t be controlled. Triple H thanked Booker and then fired him. Booker T did the long walk to the announcer’s table and was walking down the aisle until Triple H said he wasn’t fired. He just wanted to prove a point, which was that he has control with the idea that he can end things for Sting.
John Cena gets yelled at.
Because Rusev turned him down for a rematch, Cena decided that he was going to throw his hat into the ring and be part of the Andre The Giant Battle Royal, which was pretty comical.
That brought Stephanie down to the ring. She cut down Cena something fierce for being the old guy. She said the only way Cena will be at WrestleMania is if he gets Rusev to agree to a rematch. We’re going to get Rusev in the STF with Lana agreeing to the rematch at some point aren’t we?
Curtis Axel and AxelMania came down and said that he’s been in the Royal Rumble for 35 days now. That was funny. Stephanie put them together in a match. Cena told Axel if he took the match, he wasn’t going to walk out of the ring. He beat him in less than two minutes.
After the match, Rusev came out and said that he still won’t accept the match.
And the rest…
– Dean Ambrose beat Wade Barrett with the Dirty Deeds in a non-title match. R-Truth was at ringside and stole the belt. Luke Harper then stole the belt.
– Mizdow and Miz did a segment about acting, which ended up with Miz being in a commercial about erectile disfunction. I’m not sure what the point of it all is.
– Bray Wyatt cut a promo on the Undertaker and burned a casket in the process. How about Bray wrestle more and talk less?
– The Usos and Naomi beat Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya. Natalya hurt her ankle last week and was selling it this week. Kidd surprise tagged Natalya in and Naomi pinned her. She was upset after the match and Kidd hugged her while smiling at the camera.
– Paige faced Nikki Bella and Brie interfered. That brought down AJ Lee, so she’s back. She saved Paige and it looks like they’re going to have a tag match at WrestleMania.
– Daniel Bryan beat Luke Harper, which created a cluster of all the guys who are vying for the Intercontinental title. This means that every single one of the contenders is going to beat Barrett on TV right? It looks like we’re having a six-way ladder match at Mania with Barrett, Bryan, Harper, Ziggler, Truth, and Ambrose. That should be fun, but I’m worried about the guys getting hurt trying to steal the show, especially Bryan.
– Alundra Blayze, not Medusa, is going into the WWE Hall Of Fame.
– Paul Heyman cut a smart promo about Lesnar and Reigns, but because this show was centered around Rollins, it was slightly hollow. But his delivery was good.
For the second week in a row, Roman Reigns, the number one contender, played second fiddle. Last week, it was to Daniel Bryan. This week it was to the Seth Rollins/Jon Stewart/Randy Orton storyline. I’m not sure what it means just yet, but it makes me think Rollins is going to be the guy coming out of Mania as the champ. But then again, maybe that’s what they want us to think.