Sami Zayn attacks Kevin Owens as we get back on that road to WrestleMania 32.
(Big D and I are also doing a corresponding podcast which drops Wednesday night. You can listen to last week’s.)
The Big News!
There were two big things that happened storyline-wise for WrestleMania.
The first was that Sami Zayn showed up on Raw to attack Kevin Owens who beat Adrian Neville, seemingly setting up a program between them for WrestleMania 32. As D and I talked about on our podcast last week, Dave Meltzer reported in the Wrestling Observer that Zayn was possibly on his way to the main roster. His match with Owens gives the card a nice kick it the butt it needs when it comes to wrestling quality. Well, at least we think it will be a singles match. I sure hope they’re not tossed into a multi-man match.
The second is that as most of us thought, Chris Jericho turned on AJ Styles after a really good match with the New Day. I thought the turn was effective and it places Jericho back in a heel role that he’s quite good at.
Also, I know that fans feel that four matches in such a short time is a bit of an overkill, and I agree with them, but I think with it being Styles’ first WrestleMania match to go along with Jericho’s big match reputation, it could be great and possibly a show stealer.
What else important happened?
Dean Ambrose finally got one over on Triple H. Finally.
Earlier in the show, they had a nice back and forth and it’s pretty clear that Ambrose is in much better position than Roman Reigns when it comes to being the number one babyface. However, he’s still not over as much as you’d think based on how many people supposedly love him. I’m also not in love with his delivery, which is a bit scattered.
Triple H said he’d face Bray Wyatt in the main event of the show. Wyatt has some kind of presence when he’s not wrestling. The Wyatt family jumped Ambrose right as he started his comeback and were disqualified. They beat up Ambrose and left him laying for Triple H, who came out. Wyatt sized Triple H up a bit and the fans popped. Triple H decided to clear off the announcer’s table and when he grabbed Ambrose, Ambrose hit him with the Dirty Deeds.
The Shane McMahon and Vince McMahon storyline makes no more sense today than it did when Shane re-debuted a few weeks ago. It’s now turned into Vince saying that Shane is a failure and that he’s leaving everything to Stephanie. Shane thinks WWE is headed in the wrong direction thanks to the Authority and he wants to run Raw.
I’m still confused about a few things:
– Shane only wants Raw? What about Smackdown? Or the WWE Network? Or NXT? Why only Raw?
– I understand that Triple H has his own storylines to figure out, but isn’t he involved somehow?
– Shane referenced what he was holding over Vince’s head his first week back and neither have mentioned it since. With Vince being so smug, why doesn’t Shane bring it up again?
I really could go on forever, but I’ll stop here.
By the way, Shane’s punches and knees from the clinch need a lot of work. A lot.
What’s not certain?
It looks like we may get Ryback vs Kalisto for the US title, which seems ridiculous and is more Ryback force feeding.
Dolph Ziggler had a segment with Stephanie where he brought up sending the Authority packing a year and a half ago at Survivor Series. It was odd. Stephanie mentioned that she had Dolph delete a tweet and I had no idea what she was talking about. For some reason, she put him in a handicap match with the League Of Nations and he lost. I have no idea where it’s going.
Roadblock is on Saturday and hopefully, there will be some newsworthy happenings.
We’ll be back next week.