So I was catching up with last weeks Raw and I came to the part where it was Dean Ambrose Vs Bobby Lashley, now the only thing to this was that it would be Dean’s last match in the WWE……which I wasn’t too excited about, I was hoping that Dean wouldn’t leave the WWE, but in way, we all knew it was coming considering it was announced a lot of the time.
Dean’s career hadn’t really been the same for a good while, he won the WWE Championship back in 2016 cashing in on Seth Rollins after he won it from Roman that same night (yes I know we’ve spoken about this) only it wasn’t as memorable as his Intercontinental Championship reign holding the main title for 83 days (2 months with the WWE Championship)
Also let’s not forget Elimination Chamber 2017, the one Dean was apart of, I didn’t forget (okay I did forget) apparently that was the last time Dean’s career went somewhere……..
You know, you would think, after he suffered quite an injury that had him out of action for 9 months, you would think when he returned from recovering they would have something for him, but they didn’t………unless you’re counting the whole Shield reunion, than that’s a different story, but if we’re talking him as an individual wrestler………
They really didn’t do that much with him there……..well okay apparently they did try something with Dean when he returned, but yeaaah it didn’t work……so we’re just going to sweep it away and pretend it never existed, but in all fairness, I didn’t watch the whole “WWE Universe germ keep away thing” so I don’t know what happened there, I missed the whole thing.
If this was the gimmick though, that made Dean finally decide to go: “Yeaaaah so listen Vince, i’ve been thinking and i’ve decided that I won’t be renewing my contract here with the WWE…….once WrestleMania 35 has finished i’ll be going, i’ll stick around for one more Raw since it’s the night after Mania, but once that’s done, i’m leaving……”
I could understand him wanting to leave then, I mean you make this grand return after being out with an injury for almost a year (ALMOST, not quite a year, but close enough) you then get this gimmick that’s supposed to be your heel turn where you don’t want to catch the WWE Universe’s “germs!?…..” Okay I mean I don’t see how it could go wrong……..
Only that’s exactly what happened apparently……..maybe Dean should’ve evacuated the building before the radiation idea got to him………we were all WAITING for this Dean Ambrose heel turn to happen and when we finally got it, it was a complete disaster in the end apparently…..
Side Note: You know I seriously should go back and watch those moments just to give my take on the experience of what everyone else saw.
I know some would say the way Dean turned was distasteful, while others would counter that and say it was actually good because it was unexpected and no one would’ve saw it coming……which they didn’t. So in a way it worked……at least for a minute, once everything went full gear, I guess it just crashed and burned………..the gas mask was cool though!!
It’s just a shame because Dean to me, was and still is one of the most talented wrestlers i’ve ever seen, not just in ring, but also on the mic. I feel that he could’ve done so much more in the WWE, had they maybe let him take over his character and just let him freestyle with it, if they had done that……I think he would’ve probably stayed.
I’m not really sure on the real reason Dean decided to leave, but i’m going to guess that it had something to do with him being unhappy with the way his career was going or just unhappy being in the WWE in general, I just hope wherever he goes next or whatever he does next, that he’s happy and that everything goes well for him.
The matches that he had while in the WWE and also when he returned from injury, I thought they could’ve been so much better, some of them i’ll say were good for what they were, but because it’s Dean and I know what Dean’s matches could be like and are like, they should’ve been so much better then what they actually were.
I really wish they would’ve given him a few proper feuds before he decided to leave, maybe if he had someone to work off of as inspiration or if he was able to gain control of his own character, maybe that would’ve changed his mind……..
If he still decided he wanted to leave even after those feuds then that’s fine, but they could’ve given him something good or at least something memorable, that way, when he did finally leave we’d be able to see him go in a good light you know!?
The match he had last week with Bobby Lashley, it wasn’t even a proper match, I mean we got to see Dean do what he does best and go crazy on his opponents, which was good, I always enjoy that Brawler type side of Dean.
I just would’ve preferred him to have a nice send off match, I think he really deserved that, but we didn’t get it, his send off match ended the opposite way when he was put through the announce table (by the way the match never started to begin with) but he should’ve been the one standing tall at the end of it, whether it was a match or not, it shouldn’t have been Lashley getting the last attack……..
On a good note though the crowd chanted at Lashley that he still sucked and also thanked Dean for his entertainment and for every moment that he gave us and every great match that we got to see him be apart of, that was a good moment!! I was really down on the whole fact that he decided to leave the WWE and that the match, well not match, turned out the way it did.
At least we will have the good moments and best matches in Dean’s career to look back on, but without further ado Thank You Dean for giving us those great and memorable moments and for just sharing your time, even though some people may not have seen it, you were and still are one of the best wrestlers and talents we’ve ever had the opportunity of witnessing.
I don’t think your talents should’ve been wasted the way they were, but thanks for letting us in on your comedic side as well as your serious side, with that you gave us a little part of you to take and just thank you for sharing some parts of your personality with us!!
Also it was a real pleasure getting to meet you during Summerslam Weekend back in 2017, that is a moment that both me and my friend Ray will never ever forget!!! I’ll never forget how extremely nervous we were that day, what a bunch of nerds right, haha!?!
We actually didn’t want to bother you, but thank you for taking the time to take that photo with us, would’ve liked to have gotten to say a few words to you then, but the fact that you even took the time to do that……we will forever be grateful for it, so thank you so much!!
P.S. you’re really tall, I remember watching you come over to us and was just surprised on how tall you actually were haha…….
No, but seriously thank you for everything, if you ever come across this, I just want to say that I wish you nothing, but the very best in your upcoming journey and I look forward to seeing what you get up to whatever you do next………whether you’re headed to a different wrestling company, going back to the indies or just living life…….whatever you do I just want you to be happy, but thank you again Dean and good luck with everything!!
Update:THIS. MADE. ME. CRY. I DON’T EVEN CARE!!! Maaan I love Seth and Roman for actually giving Dean the proper send off that he deserved, that WWE exclusive, really got to me, the minute I heard Dean’s theme, I realized that would be the last time we’d be hearing that and I just cried, well I teared up……..i’m glad that Dean has you guys as friends otherwise we would’ve just seen Dean get put through the announce table by Lashley and WWE go “welp it was nice having you in the company Dean, well wishes to you” (joke…kinda)
No, but i’m really going to miss Dean, i’m gonna miss his entrance theme, the weird quirks that he always had, but most importantly, i’m going to miss seeing him in the ring and giving us his witty and most serious hard-hitting promo’s and all that jazz…….
It really sucks that WWE let a good talent, scratch that great “not knowing what they had” kind of talent in Dean Ambrose go to waste like that, but again like I said, I do wish him all the very best whatever he does next, at the end of the day, I just want Dean to be happy, even though he was/still is one of my favorites and I loved seeing him wrestle and everything……
I always saw Dean as something special and just an overall kind of character in the ring and out of the ring and it’s just not going to be the same, Dean has that presence that is going to be hard to match, but I know no one will match Dean’s presence, they could try, but there’s only one Dean Ambrose.
Watching Seth and Roman, do that for Dean though, I didn’t think i’d get that emotional, but thank you Rollins and Reigns for doing that………now that Dean’s officially gone from the WWE, I hope that he’s truly happy with whatever he’s up to, I gotta say though the fact that Dean stuck it out for as long as he did, you gotta respect him for it, it was never about money with Dean, the only thing he ever wanted and loved was pro wrestling, pro wrestling saved him and gave him something to look forward to.
It’s everything to him so for Dean to make that decision to leave WWE that took a hell of a lot of strength from him, that’s why he stood as long as he did, because he cared about it so much, he doesn’t mind entertaining, but for him if he does continue to wrestle somewhere else, I think he’s going to make sure that he’s getting a say on what he does in the ring and on the mic.
You’ll know why now, if you read my last Dean Ambrose post why I said with Dean you have to really get to know him because there’s a whole different side to him that you don’t know and if you want to get to know it, you’ll have to dig deep and not just understand him as a wrestler, but also as a real person too.
If you want to watch the tear-jerker and properly done send off moment by Dean’s former Shield brethren check it out, I left it for you guys, it’s real good!!
P.S. They double whammy’d me by playing Dean’s theme in the beginning and then the Shield’s theme at the end, YOU CAN’T DO THAT TO MEEEEE!!! I have a heart you know!?
I know I said last time in my last Dean Ambrose post, but this time I mean it one last time…..SIERRA, HOTEL, INDIA, ECHO, LIMA, DELTA….SHIELD!!!! We’re gonna miss you Dean, thanks for everything and all the best to you!!
Remember the Miz Participation Award!? Yeah so do I, those was some good times, even though the first person to ever receive one was one of my favorite wrestlers Dean Ambrose and if you’re wondering why he gave it to Dean, well………it was because Dean came up short getting the Intercontinental Championship from the Miz at TLC (2016)
It was still a good time though, yes it was, but Dean wasn’t the only one to receive a participation award, no he was not, there were a few others: Apollo Crews was another nominee, a WWE referee was apparently another receiver of the award for some reason………
Heck even Miz himself got his very own Miz participation award, ironically from the same person, Miz gave the award to, Dean Ambrose.
Now that was a funny moment, seeing Miz’s face when he was given his own award that he created back to him………ahhhh priceless!!!
As a nice dedication to the Miz, I wanted to talk a few superstars who I feel could use a Miz participation award, but before we get to that, let me just briefly explain what this is, for those who may be lost at what i’m talking about………
Summary:The Miz Participation Award is an award where…….okay let’s just say it how it is here, these awards are for those who were brave enough to step up to a challenge and go for it, buuut didn’t quite get it in the end…….that’s pretty much all that it is…….
So without further ado, I welcome you to the first ever Annual Miz Participation Award Ceremony, dedicated to the must see WWE Superstar on TV The Miz……..here are my top 3 superstars who I feel need a bit of a pick me up with the way their being or have been used in the WWE so far……….
The 1st Participation Award Goes To *Drumroll*
The Modern Day Maharaja…………Jinder Mahal
Sooo Jinder Mahal……..remember when he was this big thing!?…….Yeah well those times are over……..it’s crazy to think that 2 years ago Jinder Mahal had just become the WWE Champion at Backlash defeating Randy Orton for it and was actually holding that title pretty well for a good while, even causing a huge uproar for it, because no one wanted to see him as WWE Champion…….
I didn’t even want him as champion, that’s how much of a reaction he caused when he won the title……….no one liked Jinder Mahal, well i’m sure some did, but the majority of people did not………everyone could not wait for the WWE Championship title to be off him……….
Everyone sang in harmony and jumped for joy, when AJ Styles defeated Jinder Mahal becoming the new WWE Champion and where not only Jinder’s reign ended, but also when he started slowly going down the card as a top superstar and off the main event scenes, to now being someone not many people care too much about………
Now that being said Jinder did have a nice match against Ricochet last week, it was the first time we’ve seen him in a long time, but he did hold his own against Ricochet, who we all know is pretty quick on his feet and who is coming up really quickly on the main roaster.
However in his last minute tag match with Lashley going against Finn in a 2 on 1 handicap match this past Monday………well………it could’ve been better, not the match, because I actually enjoyed it, i’m talking Jinder’s in ring performance. He barely got a move in on Finn, all he got was an attempt roll up, only to be kicked in the face by Finn.
He had a better match last week then he did this past Monday and he was in a tag match!! Lashley could’ve just fought Finn himself with the performance Jinder put on, the Singh Brothers did more than he did, they should’ve been in that match if that was the case!!
Now you might think i’m upset about this, but i’m not, i’m just trying to understand why he didn’t put the same effort he did going against Ricochet, in this match, don’t get it!? Not a huge fan of Lashley, but I can kinda get why he attacked Jinder after the match was over, it’s just crazy to see him go from WWE Champion to now jobber…………
I’m not the biggest fan of Jinder either, but I do feel bad that this is where he’s currently at, at the moment in the WWE, but hey for his troubles and going out there and teaming with Lashley in this match.
I present Jinder Mahal with this here Miz Participation Award, because………he tried, well more last week then this past week, but hey at least he………participated in the match, that’s what counts………
Okay I thought about it and looking back on the match, Jinder did well making Finn look good so i’ll give him that, but he’s still getting this award.
The 2nd Participation Award Goes to………..Dana Brooke
So we all know Dana, she was with Charlotte for a good while, then she got a really nice push when she was paired up with Titus O Neal and Apollo Crews forming Titus WORLDWIDE!! However I never really knew what exactly Titus Worldwide was about, I can’t remember why they were formed in the first place……
They were just there one minute and then wasn’t the next, but they were used and got a good amount of attention, it took a bit, but eventually people sorta got behind them……….
After they went their own ways, we didn’t really see that much of Dana Brooke for a good while, well in all fairness I did go off wrestling for a while so she might’ve been used then………but when I did see her back on the show, it was when she teamed with Natalya to get a chance at the then new Women’s tag team championship at Elimination Chamber, didn’t quite go well because they lost to Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan in the qualifying match……….
Fast Forward after Elimination Chamber and we are now in a Raw segment with Ronda Rousey the night after Fastlane and after Ronda finishes with her segment, we get not only a surprise appearance, but also an impressive promo done by Dana Brooke, challenging Ronda Rousey to a match for a chance at the Raw Women’s Championship.
I thought that she’d be able to hold her own against Ronda and that this match would be a good one, buuut that match did not turn out well for Dana, because Ronda is rogue at the moment and well in that match Ronda broke Dana’s arm with her armbar submission…….
At least it looked like she did during their match, if security and the ref’s didn’t come out to help Dana, Ronda would not have let go of Dana’s arm………as much as I kinda feel bad doing this……..I present Dana Brooke with the Miz participation award, for that impressive promo that she did after the Fastlane PPV and also for putting herself out there with a rogue Ronda Rousey, she sure did try……….
I do hope she’s recovered or is recovering alright with that arm of hers, hopefully Ronda didn’t break it, but either way get well soon Dana………..
It’s all come down to this people, the moment we’ve been waiting for, the 3rd and final participation award of the evening……. Now I gotta admit this was a tough one………..okay not really, I was just going for a dramatic effect here, but no more stalling, it’s time for the results………the first person to ever be presented this award, aaaaand this being the second time he’s received one of these……….
The 3rd……..and final Miz Participation Award goes to * long drumroll……………………*DEAN AMBROSE………(sorry Dean)
Here me out here okay, I didn’t want to add him on here, but if i’m gonna be fair and add Jinder and Dana, I have to add one of my favorites, even though it hurts, I gotta add Dean here………..
Now there’s so much I could say about Dean, like seriously, but let’s just skip over to the Raw after Fastlane when the Shield disbanded and when Dean goes to get revenge on Drew McIntyre, who attacked Roman Reigns earlier in the night, when he was mean’t to have his first match back after recovering from Leukemia against Baron Corbin.
However that didn’t happen and Dean was livid at McIntyre so he ended up demanding a match against Drew to Triple H telling him to make it a falls count anywhere match and that’s exactly what Triple H did, now I was happy because we were getting an angry Dean Ambrose again and when Dean’s angry, sometimes you gotta watch out. I really wanted this match to be a really good one…….
Dean hasn’t been having the best of matches in a good while and I was hoping to see a change in this match, the match wasn’t all that bad, it was pretty alright, buuuut Dean’s attempt at settling the score with McIntyre to get payback for what he did to Roman……didn’t quite go well as Drew put him through a stair railing by the announcers table and hit his finisher to Dean………
Having McIntyre be victorious instead………..now even though McIntyre was victorious, doesn’t mean that Dean didn’t fight back, he always fights back, that’s one of my favorite things about him, but I really thought he should’ve won that match…………
So even though it hurts me to do it………I present this Miz Participation Award to Dean Ambrose for………just everything, he’s been doing this for so many years and to see the way his WWE career has been lately even after he returned……..
It’s just a little disappointing to see, not that it’s his fault, because it’s not, but at this point he pretty much is just participating and not really being taken seriously like he use to be, he just deserves better and I think even he is starting to realize that…….
And those are all the awards I have for today, originally I was going to do 5 superstars, but I just decided to do 3 instead, also I just want to point out that this was all in good fun, I had this idea to write who I thought should get a Miz participation award after I watched Jinder team up with Lashley and lose the match……….
I then remembered Dana & Dean’s match that happened after Fastlane and wanted to add them in it too, but this was just for fun, I actually do think these 3 superstars deserve more than what they’re giving, even Jinder Mahal and I don’t really like him, but no one deserves more than Dean at the moment, he really deserves better, as for Dana…….she too should be given more of chance.
I’ll write about them in another post soon, but with all that, thank you all for joining me during this Miz Participation Award Ceremony, I really do appreciate it!!
Let me know in the comments below on who you think should get a Miz Participation Award for their troubles and with that, I will see you guys next time with another one……..hopefully, have a lovely people………uhhh day, have a lovely day or evening whatever time it is where you guys are!!!
So I just finished watching Monday Night Raw a little bit ago and I gotta say I thought it was a pretty alright show following the Fastlane PPV that went down last Sunday. I felt there were a whole lot more segments this week, than actual matches and if there were matches, they were really short ones, but let’s get to the highlights as well as some favorite and least favorite moments from this past episode of Raw.
Highlights: The Shield’s Farewell Opening Segment:
So we got to hear the Shield’s theme song one last time, which was good, a lot of different things were said in this segment, we had Roman, Dean & Seth open the show to give us their last farewells, it’s still hard to take in that after all these years with them being one of the biggest Stables in the WWE, we now are saying farewell to them as a team………….
We’ve seen them dominate and take out anyone that’s crossed their paths, we’ve seen them face off against the Wyatt Family, Evolution, individual superstars and even going against each other at one point……….they really changed and shook things up in the WWE and i’m gonna miss them, but of course I wish them all well on what they do in the future now that their main focus is on what they’re going to be doing next……..
Just a quick re-cap on what the segment was about:
We open Monday Night Raw with Roman, Dean & Seth heading to the ring, with Roman doing most of the speaking throughout the segment, he talks about how for the past few months he’s realized that life is too short and that nothing’s guaranteed, saying that if Fastlane was the last night ever………..
He didn’t have any regrets because he got to do what he loved with the people he loved. He then talks being on the road to Wrestlemania and all 3 of them having business to handle, with him getting back into singles action after being away from the ring for 5 months…………
He talked Dean not knowing what he’s going to be doing next, but how he wishes him luck with whatever he decides and talks Seth having the real business with him going against Brock Lesnar at WrestleMania next month, how he’s been chasing the dream for a long while now, but that he’ll go on and beat Lesnar at Mania and have the crowd chanting burn it down too when he does!!!
That was a quick sum up of the whole segment with the Shield in the ring together one last time…….I thought the segment was done really nicely and I didn’t say this in my Fastlane PPV review, but i’m glad that in their last match together they were victorious over Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre.
At the same time though it would’ve been shocking had it been the other way around and we’d have seen Baron Corbin, Drew McIntyre & Bobby Lashley dominate the Shield last Sunday, that would’ve been a whole twist had that happen, and we would’ve had to sit and watch them boast about it every week and be all smug about too, but i’m glad we were able to get this outcome where they were able to say a proper farewell……
Once again thank you to Roman, Dean and Seth for bringing us great moments and matches in the WWE as the Shield, I wish you all the best of luck and well wishes on your next upcoming journey………..and just for old times sake I write you the famous opener line to the Shield’s theme song.
SIERRA. HOTEL. INDIA, ECHO, LIMA. DELTA…….SHIELD!!!!
Highlight: Seth Rollins & Paul Hayman’s Segment:
A little after the Shield’s segment, there was another segment within it, but it was after Roman & Dean had left the ring, leaving only Seth there where he talks about Fastlane and their match against Corbin, Lashley & McIntyre, as he was in the middle of talking about it he was interrupted by non other than Brock Lesnar’s advocate Paul Heyman…….
This segment was actually quite entertaining to me, we watch as Seth Rollins and & Paul Heyman have a bit of a back and forth on Brock Lesnar, with Heyman doing his job to big up Lesnar anytime he has a match, always sells it well too and then there’s Seth Freaking Rollins who felt the need to have a few rebuttals with Heyman about Lesnar…….
Asking him if the Lesnar, he’s talking about, is the same Brock Lesnar that dominated the Big Show, ran through Samoa Joe, took Braun Strowman to Suplex City and annihilated Bill Goldburg which left Heyman telling Seth he appreciated him doing his whole advocate thing for him……….
Then he asked him if that’s also the same Brock Lesnar who had a real tough time, going through Daniel Bryan, got pushed to his limits by the Phenomenal one AJ Styles and who was close to being beaten by Finn Balor, which made Heyman answer with a touché………leaving Seth to continue on by saying how Brock Lesnar seems to have a problem with guys like him, when it comes to his size, speed, agility, stature, quickness and style.
He then gives credit and shows appreciation to Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles & Finn Balor, but says that when it comes to beating the Beast that is Brock Lesnar, no one is uniquely suited for it then Seth Freaking Rollins…………he then let’s him know that he’s got 3 weeks to run his mouth, but when it’s time to go against Brock Lesnar, he’s taking the Universal Championship and bringing it back to Raw where it belongs every single week.
Heyman & Rollins continue to go back and forth, this was just a really good segment between the two, seeing Heyman lost for words after Seth calls him out on Brock not always getting an easy win over his opponents was the best, I really enjoyed this segment…………
Good Moment……..But Also A Little Underwhelming: Shelton Benjamin’s Return
Now in the same segment with Heyman and Seth talking about Brock Lesnar, we got a bit of a surprise guest on Raw in the likes of Shelton Benjamin (who is actually from Smackdown Live) where he ambushed Rollins from behind and landed a few German Suplexes to Seth during the promo segment………
I was surprised seeing Shelton Benjamin on Raw this past Monday, we hadn’t seen him for a good while, which i’m guessing was due to injury…………I know him and Gable were a team and they were a pretty decent team too, now Gable’s teaming with Bobby Roode which is fine, their a nice team as well……….I thought Shelton’s return was surprising, to be honest I actually thought it was Lio Rush at first attacking Seth, but then once I saw his face I thought “oh that’s Shelton”
However, even though I thought his return was good and unexpected, I felt it was also a little underwhelming at the same time……..and that’s only because you would think he’d get a bigger reaction from it, with him returning and all, but to me I didn’t feel like the reaction he got was the best reaction, it was still a good moment though, I just thought he could’ve gotten a little bit more of a better reaction from it.
We ended up getting a match between Rollins & Shelton, it was pretty alright the match. It was made over Raw’s first commercial break during the show, there was a small segment with Heyman where he talks about someone who actually knows Brock Lesnar introducing Shelton Benjamin to where Seth then challenged Shelton to a match and why we’re talking about it……….
There was a lot of good moments in this match we had Seth deliver a nice blockbuster move from the top rope to Benjamin, he then tried to hit his Blackout stomp finisher, but Shelton dodged it, he then tried to catch Seth with a german suplex, but he escaped.
Seth attempted to go for a dive outside the ring, but was caught by a knee to the face by Shelton who then goes for a pin, but Rollins kicks out, Seth then catches Benjamin with a slingblade and then later hits a move from off the top rope. Moving on to the closing parts of the match, Rollins hits two superkicks to Shelton, hits his finisher Blackout Stomp, pins him and wins the match………now I wouldn’t say this was the best match, however I did still enjoy it, they both gave each other a nice fight and there were some moments in the match that I actually enjoyed, it was pretty alright!!
Least Favorite: Bobby Lashley Becoming The New Intercontinental Champion……..
I’m not going to rant, i’m not gonna rant………however I will say, I don’t like that Bobby Lashley got the title back last Monday……….I didn’t realize how much feeling I had on Lashley being the new Intercontinental Champion until now………..I just don’t understand, why give Lashley the title back!? Why stop Finn’s reign!? when he just got it!!?…………
Let’s be honest here, I honestly didn’t think the match was that bad, I actually enjoyed the match between Lashley & Balor, there was some really nice moments during the match, but had Lio Rush not gotten involved and kept away from the time keepers area distracting Finn from the match, Lashley wouldn’t be champ………..
It’s makes no sense giving him back the title, I think Finn should’ve definitely kept the intercontinental championship for much longer than he did…………let’s move on though……….
Good Moment: Ronda Rousey’s Promo……….but The Highlight Dana Brooke…….
We all might have different opinions here and that’s completely fine, first let’s talk Ronda Rousey’s promo and segment discussing why she got Charlotte disqualified last Sunday at the Fastlane PPV………..so we learned that the reason Ronda DQ’d Charlotte, is because she wants to humiliate and embarrass both Charlotte Flair & Becky Lynch at the grandest stage of them all WrestleMania…………
Saying that she will expose and embarrass them and the WWE for the carney (carne) con artist that they are and how she is going to walk through both Becky & Charlotte and still come out Raw Women’s Champion. That was a brief sum up of her promo, but I thought that it was well done, I quite enjoyed Ronda Rousey this way, she really does play that persona well I gotta say…………
After Ronda was finished with her promo, she got an unexpected surprise when Dana Brooke came out to say a few words, she told Ronda that everyone’s heard enough of her venom, letting her know that she has nothing left to lose at this point and how she won’t let Ronda disrespect the WWE, The WWE Universe nor the women’s locker room.
She tells Ronda that she may not be a big time fighter, but how she loves WWE and the business, how she’s worked her tail off to gain the respect of the women’s locker room and prove she belongs in the WWE and how she fights everyday for a chance, yet never gets the time of day, let alone a match………..
She continues on by saying that even though she isn’t on tv and she isn’t a household name like Ronda Rousey, all she wants is a chance, tells her it’s a night after a PPV and that normally Ronda sets out an open challenge, she then let’s Ronda know who she is and that she accepts the challenge……….
Okay……….so Dana Brooke people, alright i’ll be honest here, at first I was going to say that Dana’s promo was good, however there was certain things about it that I thought was weird and I was going to say it could’ve been better………….BUT, and it’s a big but here (wow that sounded weird) ANYWAY!!!………I went back and watched it again, because I wanted to rewatch it and see if I still felt the same and boyyyyy let me tell you………
I didn’t……..I actually felt a whoooole different reaction to her promo……..I don’t think it could’ve gone any better than what she gave us this past Monday, Dana not that you’ll read this, but, I really felt that, I felt that so much, I had goosebumps and I even got all teary eyed, i’m not kidding that was my natural reaction, the second time I watched it, I thought her coming out unexpectedly and delivering that promo was super impressive, that was really good, at least I thought that was good……….
I feel like with that promo, she was told to go out there unexpectedly, because you can see even though she was determined, she was also pretty nervous on how that was going to go and I think that’s why she delivered that promo last Monday the way she did.
Again with my first reaction, I felt it could’ve been delivered different, but I also thought it was interesting and liked the fact that with it, I was still listening because she had me wanting to hear what she had to say, once she told Ronda we heard enough of your venom, that line alone, made me want to hear what she had to say…………..
I’m really glad I watched it again and that I didn’t go with my first reaction, normally I would, but with this, I felt I needed to watch and hear it one more time and i’m glad I did, because that was really good………..
Good job Dana, well done!!
P.S. Although her promo was great, Ronda attacked her afterward and slapped a referee while she was add it, when they tried to break up the fight, which she then got fined for the next day I believe………
Highlight: Alesiter Black & Ricochet
I don’t know if I already said this, but Ricochet & Aleister Black………they’re climbing up the roaster pretty quickly, even though they just arrived 3 weeks ago. (almost 4) When you look at these two, they seem like an unlikely pair, but watch them in the ring and you’ll see that they actually work pretty well together.
Both Aleister Black & Ricochet made their main roster debut on Feb 18, 2019 on both the red & blue brand known as Raw & Smackdown Live and since coming up to the main roster, they’ve been showing up the tag team division on both brands, well mainly the teams we don’t really see all that often………they’re the talk of the town at the moment or shall I say tag team division, being talked about more than the The Revival who are the Raw Tag Team Champions………..
Their also getting more of the opportunities then the rest of the tag team division and because of that, they now have a nice target on their backs with the other tag teams, but Ricochet & Black them now a team, are the ones to watch at the moment!!!
Different fighting styles these two have, as well as two different personalities, but they blend well together surprisingly!! They’ve been winning matches together for the few weeks they’ve been on the main roster, even though they didn’t get the tag titles at Fastlane last Sunday, they still technically haven’t lost as a team……….
These two are definitely on the radar and I know we’re going to continue to keep our eyes on them and I think we all know it’s not going to be long until they’re the new tag team champions.
Good Moment: Alexa Bliss Being This Years WrestleMania Host
You know when the host was being to be announced and they showed the video package for it, I thought it was going to be the Miz, because in the video they showed the Hollywood sign and I was like, “is Miz hosting WrestleMania!?” and then when they showed who it actually was, I wasn’t surprised………what can I say about this!?
I think that Bliss being the host, is actually a pretty good idea, I mean they brought moment of Bliss to life and it’s been going well for her so for them to chose Alexa Bliss to host Mania this year, I think it’s good, I actually think she deserves to host WrestleMania, i’m not a huge Alexa Bliss fan, but I don’t mind her, also her speech was quite entertaining.
She told us it was an honor for the WWE Universe and that finally WrestleMania will be hosted by the brightest star of them all herself, I look forward to seeing how her hosting goes next month it should be good!!!
Good Moment: Nia Jax & Tamina and Natalya & Beth Phoenix
Alright so last Monday, we got a match between Nia & Natalya, but before that match, Natalya did a pre match promo questioning who has her back in the WWE, telling Nia & Tamina that she doesn’t trust them or Ronday Rousey, but that she knows someone who does have her back and that person was none other than the Glamazon Beth Phoenix…………
We then had the match between Nia & Natalya, but it didn’t last that long due to it ending in a disqualification when Beth got involved and attacked Nia after Tamina got involved in the match, she then later went after Tamina and both her & Nia escaped the ring and walked backwards up the ramp heading backstage to where they ended up getting ambushed and attacked by Sasha Banks & Bayley to the point where the ref’s and WWE staff had to get involved and break up the fight.
Now I would have liked for the match between Nia Jax & Natalya to be a little longer than it was, but we all know that there’s going to be a match set up between Nia & Tamina Vs Natalya & Beth Phoenix at WrestleMania and I am looking forward to that, it’s gonna be an interesting one!!!
Good Moment: Triple H & Batista Face To Face:
This was the moment everyone was waiting for, Batista face to face with Triple H………..now this segment had it’s flawed pieces happening, mainly with Batista, but we’ll get to that soon……..Batista arrives to Monday Night Raw, Triple H heads to the ring and then the segment starts to begin…………now my first thought when we were waiting for Batista to come out was whether or not his theme would be the same or if they changed it………it was the same and it’s still a good tune, so that’s good.
Going back to what I said before, I felt if it wasn’t for Triple H keeping the segment from falling flat, it would’ve been a bit of a mess in my opinion………obviously with Batista being away from WWE for so long, it’s not really that much of a surprise that he’d be a little rusty on the mic.
He literally didn’t say anything for a good while, you saw he was going to, but he was also having trouble. It took Triple H to ask him if he was going to stand up on the stage looking like a nose ring model or if he was going to get in the ring and face him like a man, for him to then say something.
It was really funny, I couldn’t stop laughing, that was probably one of the best lines of the night if you ask me. Now i’m gonna sum up this whole segment for you guys okay, this was the whole segment here:
Batista: “Give me what I want”………..Triple H: “I’m not going to give you what you want”……….Batista: “Give me what I want”………Triple H: ‘I’m not giving you want you want”………Batista: If you don’t give me what I want, I will keep hurting everyone you love”………Triple H: “I’m not giving you what you want, so get in this ring and face me like a man so I can give you what you deserve which is a beatdown in this ring or we can do this on my terms and go where you are and i’ll just hurt you from the stage.”
Batista: “Nope not doing things on your terms, it’s going to be on my terms, so just give me what I want”…….Triple H: “You think just because you’re a Hollywood movie star, you have the right to demand things and get things handed to you, you quit remember!? you walked away” so for the last time, i’m not giving you, what you want”……….
Batista: “Yeah I left, but you know why I left!? It was to get as far away from you as possible, because you were holding me down, you kept looking and talking down to me and kept shutting me out, it’s been years, just give me what I want………..you know what it is I want, you just won’t give it to me, because you’re not in control, you know what it is and you know we all want it, so just do it………..give me a match at WrestleMania, I want a match against you at WrestleMania.”
Triple H: You want a match against me at Mania!? Fine you got it!!”
That was pretty much the whole segment summed up not kidding, that was everything that they said in the segment……….originally I started to just write it all out in a serious manner, but I thought it’d be better to just sum it up the way it was when I watched it.
Also if you didn’t notice in the photo Batista ended up bringing some security with him when he arrived to the arena, which Triple H asked if the security was for him, Batista tells him that it’s actually for his protection (himself) because he’s not stupid and that he’s learned and has also paid attention to the two dirtiest players in the game Triple H & Ric Flair………….
Quick recap: On Feb 25th’s episode of Raw, Batista returned and the reason for this face to face, is because Batista attacked Ric Flair on his return back to WWE, but it was on Ric Flair’s 70th birthday celebration and Triple H is really close with Ric Flair, then we had Triple H call out Batista on March 3rd’s episode of Raw because he didn’t show up after the attack on Ric Flair, which is why we had this segment……….
You would think based off their back and fourth, that what Batista wanted was going to be extremely important, but it just turned out that all he really wanted was a match against Triple H at WrestleMania, which Triple H accepted……….once he accepted Batista said that that’s all he ever wanted,
To end his career, wrestling career, on his terms as well as Triple H’s career……..Triple H not letting him get the last word, tells Batista that come WrestleMania, he better find whatever scrap is left of Batista’s persona the animal and he better hope there is some left, because at WrestleMania it maybe on his terms, but the match will be on Triple H’s telling him to bring everything he’s got, because at the grandest stage of them all, the match will be a no Hold’s Barred Match………..
Now I know this was a personal thing, but did we really need all that fuss just to be told we’re getting a match between Triple H & Batista at WrestleMania!?………….that was quite a segment, some flaws here and there, but overall I still enjoyed it and I look forward to seeing how this match turns out.
Highlight: Kurt Angle Announcement
So there was an in ring segment last Monday on Raw with Kurt Angle where he talked about his future in the WWE, he tells us the story of when he left his hometown Pittsburg to go to the Olympics where he won a gold medal with a broken freaking neck, which then lead him working for the WWE, where he traveled the world and competed for 20 years, but that no matter where he went Pittsburg was always his hometown.
He then told us that at WrestleMania, he will be competing in his farewell match, thanking everyone in the WWE, everyone he’s shared a locker room with and gave a special thanks to the WWE universe for making it fun for him and how he had the time of his life for the years he’s been in the WWE.
This was a bit of an emotional segment, at least for me, we’ve seen Kurt wrestle for so many years and to know that at WrestleMania he’ll be competing in his farewell match, is insane…………two different announcements in this Raw episode, we had the Shield disband and say farewell and then we learned that we’ll be getting another farewell from Kurt at WrestleMania next month……….
I wonder if he’ll still be apart of the WWE somehow or if he’s leaving all together, after WrestleMania!? On a good note, we didn’t have to wait for him to have that match at Mania, because he gave us one last match in his hometown before that match, his last match on Raw was against Apollo Crews who is actually a really big fan of Kurt Angle……..
Now the match between Apollo & Kurt, wasn’t that long of a match, however it was still enjoyable!! There were a few nice moment during this match, Angle hit 3 german suplexes to Apollo, Crews hit Kurt with a standing moonsault, he then tried to go for a frog splash move, but Kurt dodges it and lands his finisher the Angle slam winning the match.
Again not that long of a match, but it was still a pretty decent match for what it was. Not sure who his opponent is going to be at WrestleMania, but I look forward to watching the match as well as Angle compete in his last match before we finally say farewell to him in the ring.
Pre Match, Match & Segment: Originally we were meant to get Roman Vs Corbin, in Roman’s first match back since everything he’s been through, it was meant to be the main event I believe, but instead of that match taking place, we had McIntyre come in and ambush Roman and even though Roman did try to fight back, McIntyre continues to brutally attack him………
He hit his finisher twice to Roman, the second time he hit it though, had Roman hitting the ring post a little too hard, to where it was hard for him to focus on anything…………the WWE medical staff had to go and check on Roman and Seth Rollins even came out to make sure he was alright.
Roman was trying to seem like he was fine, but he wasn’t obviously, Seth even said to him that if he’s not cool, it’s fine to say he’s not cool and for him to take it easy………..Seth even helped him backstage because he was having a little trouble walking properly…………..
We then head backstage where Seth and Dean helped Roman get to the medical staff room to get checked out and makes sure he was doing alright, Dean so pissed off at Drew McIntyre, runs into Triple H after helping Roman to the medical staff room and demanded a match with McIntyre, telling him to make it a falls count anywhere match………
Least Favorite: Dean Ambrose Vs Drew McIntyre (Falls Count Anywhere Match
This match……….now although, I thought the match was alright, the reason this is my least favorite is because this match was most likely, hopefully not, but most likely Dean’s last match, now there was some pretty nice moments during the match, when it started Dean went straight after McIntyre, they ended up fighting up the ramp and in the crowd, there was a moment when Drew threw Dean against the walls within the crowd………
Then we had a moment where Dean low blowed McIntyre, Drew tried to throw Dean on the announce table, but Dean ended up throwing him on the table instead, McIntyre gets payback and catches Dean with a low blow he then stabbed Dean with a pencil that was on the announce table on the side of his face, which was a little brutal……….
Closing parts of the match, well the rest of the match had McIntyre in control, Dean did try to fight back, but McIntyre just had the upper hand over him, he brought Dean to the stairs next to the commentary table, where he then put his hand and head through the railing of the small stairs, hits his finisher……….and wins the match………
I really wanted Dean to win this, it would’ve been so nice for him to win this match, I felt he needed to win more than McIntyre did, especially if that was his last match in the WWE, it wasn’t even a bad match, I did enjoy it, I just would’ve preferred Dean get the win, it’s been too long since he’s properly had a good match and it’s been longer since he’s actually won one too, the way Dean’s career been in the WWE, it sucks because you know that it could’ve been a whole lot more better, had they used him properly……
I’m hoping that wasn’t his last match, last match (that was intentional) because if he’s going to leave, at least have him have some kind of proper feud before he officially goes, I think he seriously deserves that…………
Final Thoughts: I thought this was a pretty alright Raw after the Fastlane PPV, we’ve got some surprising announcements with Kurt Angle telling us about his farewell match at WrestleMania……..
We got to see The Shield’s farewell, Batista & Triple H face to face, that awesome back & forth with Heyman & Rollins and even an impressive promo with Dana Brooke, a lot happened some good moment, and some alright moments overall though, it was a pretty alright Raw I gotta say………..
What were your favorite moments from Monday Night Raw, Let me know in the comments below!!
Originally Written Feb 5———Looked Over and Edited Feb 6
Alrighty so as you all probably know i’ve talked about possibly reviewing wrestling again, but in just written form this time, I started to sorta get back into it last week, starting with the Royal Rumble and then following with Monday Night Raw and literally just watching last weeks Smackdown Live episode yesterday.
Now i’m actually going to do things differently and talk about the opening segments to both shows and tell you which one I thought was better in my opinion in this post and in another post I will talk about the matches of both shows along with some of the small other segments in the show also this will be all from last weeks episode, not this weeks. I don’t know how this will turn out, but we’ll figure it out along the way.
Moving on let’s start with Monday Night Raw’s opening segment:
Raw 1/28/19: We opened Monday Night Raw with Seth Rollins heading to the ring talking about wining the Royal Rumble and being able to live out his dream, pointing at the WrestleMania sign, knowing he’s gained the opportunity to main event WrestleMania.
Now although he may have won the Royal Rumble, he knows that, that’s only the beginning process of heading to WrestleMania,in the segment he contemplates on two big decisions, those decisions being whether he should go on to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania or challenge Daniel Bryan who’s on the opposite brand to his at Smackdown Live for the WWE Championship instead.
Triple H then heads to the ring, congratulating Seth on winning this years Royal Rumble while expressing how proud he is of him for testing the limits and fighting through 29 other competitors, but also telling Seth that although he gets the hard decision he has to make, they both know that the machine keeps going and that he’ll have to make his decision during the night.
The opening segment gets much more interesting when Dean Ambrose (one of my favorite wrestlers) makes his way to the ring, reminding Seth of who had his back when Triple H didn’t believe in him, calling Seth a suck up, which causes Triple H to interject while adding a little fuel to the fire by bringing up Roman and reminding Dean on when he backstabbed Seth the same night Roman announced he was leaving because he’d been battling Leukemia again.
Dean gets agitated, leading him to challenge and demand a match against Seth to where Triple H refused to give to him at first until Dean provoked him, leading Triple H to make the match between the two in the end
My thoughts on this segment: I actually thought that the opening segment to last weeks Raw was pretty alright, both Dean and Seth are great, both in ring and on the mic and their chemistry is always good whether their friends or rivals. Triple H also always does great on the mic, although i’m not the biggest fan of his, you can’t deny that he does know what he’s doing when it comes to running things behind the scenes, like it or not.
Thinking about it though Seth really didn’t say all that much in the segment when it was the three of them in the ring, the only people that really said much were Dean & Triple H, but overall I thought the opening to Raw was pretty alright, that’s all the thoughts I have with that though.
Moving on down to the Blue Brand known as Smackdown Live and it’s segment:
Smackdown Live 1/29/19: We open Smackdown Live with Becky Lynch heading down to the ring and talking about her surprise visit to Monday Night Raw, challenging Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania for the Raw Women’s Championship after winning the Rumble (not having to really think too hard on who she wanted to face)
She admits to not having the best start at the Rumble in her match with Asuka (who’s the SDL women’s champion) but that unlike Ronda, she got back up and won the rumble with just one good leg.
She mentioned how Ronda stated Becky having to work her way up in the WWE, while she was already main eventing in the UFC, but that she (Becky) isn’t ashamed of that, if anything she’s proud of coming from nothing and crossing paths with the people she had to face to get to where she is now.
As well as being mostly proud of working her backside off from being on the kick-off show of last years WrestleMania to now main eventing this years Mania without being handed anything.
She talks how when she looked into Ronda’s eyes last week on Raw, she saw the one thing that she no longer has anymore which was doubt and talks breaking Ronda’s arm off at Mania and if she doesn’t believe that going into Mania, she’ll be carried out knowing it.
We then had the queen that is Charlotte Flair come out to the ring, congratulating Becky and being proud of her for getting off the kick off shows and i’ll try and sum this part up, pretty much Charlotte took credit for Becky being in the main event at WrestleMania stating that Becky learned something from her, Becky laughed, then sent a real nice shot to Charlotte’s face before leaving the ring leading to a brawl between the two.
Now for my thoughts on SDL’s opening segment: I thought this segment showcased greatly if that makes any sense at all, I thought it was great pretty much, same with Dean & Seth, Charlotte & Becky also have incredible chemistry and i’ll say it again whether they’re on the same team or sitting across from each other at the same table, like Seth & Dean, they’re just great, Charlotte brings out the best in Becky and Becky brings out the best in Charlotte, although both equality shine brightly separately.
They’re both great talents, they know how to work the mic especially when they’re together in my opinion and they really know how to either have you hate them or love them. Becky as she is now people love her, but they also loved her before and Charlotte she always knows how to give you mixed emotions whenever she’s playing a heel or face, overall though I really enjoyed the segment, Becky she’s amazing!!
Now although both opening segments to Raw and Smackdown were pretty good, if you were to ask me which one brought a little bit more to me, i’d go with Smackdown Live. Not saying I didn’t enjoy Raw’s opening segment, I did, but I just prefer Smackdown’s opening segment just a liiiiittle bit more.
Becky now being known as The Man and seeing how much her character has developed since the last time I watched her, it’s just incredible!!! Becky is one of the best underrated WWE Superstars in my opinion. She’s also always been one of my favorite wrestlers to watch, it didn’t matter what match she was in, I always loved watching her, win or lose.
She’s great in ring and great overall, the moment she made her main roster debut, automatically she became one of my favorites, there was just something about her that I couldn’t put my finger on, but I just really admired and still admire her, overall she’s just great and i’m glad to see this version of her, she just suits it so well and i’m sure everyone will agree on that as well and if not then that’s alright, no worries.
Now Seth, I know you call yourself the Man and everything, but you might want to make way for Becky because she’s real close at being much more identified as The Man then you are, no offense, you’re still great though, but Becky she’s something and that’s meant to be taken in a good way.
Alrighty that’s all I have with this, although I know this isn’t this weeks Raw & Smackdown, I still wanted to talk about it, I will discuss the matches and other segments from last weeks episode of Raw & Smackdown Live in my next post. I was meant to post this earlier, but I kinda took a bit of a long break, sorry about that………I got distracted, it’s midnight now here, but this will still be posted though.
For those who watch wrestling, if you watched this episode of Raw & Smackdown, let me know in the comments below whether you preferred Raw’s opening segment or if you thought Smackdown Live’s opening segment was better instead.