Wrestling Reviews: Raw & Smackdown Live Highlights (Jan 28 & 29)

Hey everyone hope you’re all doing well, now I know this is late and all, but i’m still going to post it, this is the second part to my other wrestling review post, in that I talked about both Raw & Smackdown Live’s opening segments from Jan 28 & 29th and gave a little thought to both of them as well. talking about which one I thought was better.

In this post, i’ll be doing my best to talk about the matches from both shows and giving you my thoughts on them and letting you know whether I enjoyed them much or not, let’s just get straight into it shall we!?

Raw & Smackdown Live Highlights (Jan 28 & 29):

Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose: First¬†match¬†of¬†the¬†night demanded by Dean………I thought this match was pretty alright, during the closing parts of the match, Seth attempted his frog splash move to Dean who ended up moving out of the way when Seth got a little distracted looking at the WrestleMania sign, however he did redeem himself winning the match when he hit Dean with his buckle bomb move to then catch him with his finisher black out.

Seth Rollins Vs Dean Ambrose (Jan 28, 2019) Source: WWE.com

I always enjoy the matches between Dean & Seth, these two always end up coming face to face at some point, their rivalry is like a never ending story, but it’s always great to watch them in a match even if we have watched it a million times, now this wasn’t their best match, but it also wasn’t their worst, they performed well and they gave us a match that was still enjoyable to watch.

Other Thoughts: Now does Dean deserve better than these kind of matches all of the time!? Yes, yes he does and hopefully they give him more than what he’s been given all these years, Dean is one of the most underrated wrestlers in my opinion and i’m not just saying that because he’s one of my favorites, a lot of people may not see it, but Dean is a really great talent.

If WWE gave him the chance to just freestyle his character more the way he wants……..there’s no telling how far Dean could get!! There’s speculations on him leaving and I would hate to see that happen, because again he’s great so i’m really hoping they don’t let a talent like his go to waste, because it would be a real shame if they did………..

Nia Jax & Tamina interrupt Dean during his segment and both Nia & Dean have a bit of a back and fourth. Source: WWE.com

Pre/Post-match segment: After losing his match to Seth, Dean wasn’t too happy and ended up sitting in the ring to say something, but as he was on the verge of announcing what seemed to be very important, he ended up getting interrupted when Nia Jax and Tamina started to head to the ring. Dean and Nia would exchange a few words, Tamina would later step in, which gave Nia the chance to hit him with a cheap shot from behind, making Dean leave the ring, leading us to the next match of the night.

Nia Jax with both Alexa Bliss & Mickie James on her shoulders about to deliver a Double Samoan Drop. Source: WWE.com

Nia Jax & Tamina Vs Alexa Bliss & Mickie James (Raw – Qualification match for the New Women’s Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber):¬†Second¬†match¬†of the night off¬†the¬†red¬†brand, we had the team of Nia Jax and Tamina facing off against Alexa Bliss and Mickie James. This match was actually pretty good, both teams did really well, in the end though the winners were Nia Jax & Tamina, with Nia picking up the win finishing the match with a double Samoan drop to Mickie James and Alexa Bliss, which made them the first team I believe to qualify and to get an opportunity at the new women’s tag team championships at Elimination Chamber.

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder Vs The Revival (Raw): You know normally when it comes to these kind of matches, I wouldn’t really be that much into them……..they would always be jobber matches and would be over less than you can say, “let’s see how this match turns out” but this match surprisingly was pretty enjoyable.

Curt Hawkins & Zack Ryder going 2 on 2 against The Revival.
Source: WWE.com

I went back and watched the match again and there was a moment where I believe Scott Dawson went to catch Hawkins in a surprise attack, but Hawkins sensed it and caught him with a real nice enziguri, they were also pretty close to gaining a win over the revival, but Scott Dawson kicked out.

Curt Hawkins and Zack Ryder performed pretty well against the Revival, especially Hawkins, we all know him for his undefeated losing streak with his matches and for a good while he was seen as a jobber, but he was pretty impressive during this match, it seems like they’ve been giving him a little more of a chance this time around which is really good to see.

Although they gave it their best, the winners of the match ended up being the Revival when they hit their finisher Shatter Machine to Hawkins. It would’ve been pretty cool to see Hawkins & Ryder win, I mean they were once a tag team so i’m sure a lot of people we’re happy to see them joining forces again just like the old days, that being said though, overall the match was pretty good and both teams performed well.

Other Thoughts:¬†I¬†really¬†hope¬†that¬†they¬†continue¬†to¬†push¬†Zack¬†& Hawkins¬†as¬†a¬†team¬†again, I didn’t get to see them perform when they were a tag team before, so I would really like to see them come back and surprise people. I know that they were once tag team champions, so it would be cool to see them go after the tag team titles again.

The superstar shake-up is coming up soon and I think it would be pretty cool to see them make their way to Smackdown Live and try to go after the Smackdown Live tag team championships, if they don’t get an opportunity to go after the Raw tag titles.

They could be like Heath and Ryno and surprise everyone, by going after the titles and winning them as well, I think that’d be pretty cool.

Bayley Vs Ronda Rousey (Open Challenge Match For The Raw Women’s Championship match):¬†Okay¬†so¬†I¬†had¬†to¬†re¬†watch¬†this¬†match¬†a¬†bit, because I had it as a pretty good match in my notebook and I wanted a bit of a refresher, so this match happened after a segment with Ronda that could’ve been better in my opinion, but we’ll just move on from that………..

Ronda Rousey Vs Bayley (Raw Women’s Championship Open Challenge Match)
Source: WWE.com

During her segment though, Bayley came out and challenged Ronda to a match for the Raw Women’s championship, even though the segment wasn’t all the great, the match however was pretty good. I really enjoyed it, there were a few moments that happened during the match, but one of the moments that I thought was pretty impressive was when Bayley caught Ronda with a jumping leg bar in mid air when Ronda went for an attack, that was pretty awesome in my opinion.

Another nice moment that happened during the match was when Bayley used Sasha Banks submission on Ronda, when I saw that I was actually quite surprised, so was everyone in the crowd, Bayley was actually very impressive during this whole match, which i’m happy about, not that her matches are never good, it’s just in her match with Ronda you kinda saw something different in her when they faced off which I loved.

The winner of the match ended up being Ronda when she caught Bayley with her arm bar finisher from off the top rope, making Bayley tap and letting Ronda retain the Raw Women’s Championship, now even though Bayley didn’t become the new champ, she still did pretty great in their match, Ronda performed well too. After the match Ronda showed respect towards Bayley for giving her a fight back when they faced off which was pretty noble of her, I don’t know about you guys, but I sure wouldn’t mind seeing them face off again, I really enjoyed that match.

The Usos Vs The Bar Vs The New Day Vs Heavy Machinery (SDL-Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match For A Chance At The SDL Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber): Okay so this match was probably one of my favorites to be honest. It was super entertaining and everyone performed very well in my opinion, i’m just going to start off by saying that the Usos are one of the best tag teams in the WWE hands down.

Their always giving it everything they got and they always never seem to fail on putting on great performances whenever they have a match, they’re just always on this level that always leaves you wanting to watch them more and more, it’s incredible!! The New Day and The Bar are two other great teams that are also pretty entertaining to watch as well and although I don’t know Heavy Machinery because they’re a new team, they were pretty impressive as well during this match.

The Usos Vs The Bar Vs Heavy Machinery VS The New Day (Fatal 4 Way Elimination Match) Winners of the match get the chance to challenge The Miz & Shane McMahon for the SDL Tag Team Championships at Elimination Chamber.
Source: WWE.com

There were a lot of great moments that happened during the match, Jey Uso delivered a really nice samoan drop to Sheamus, there was also a moment where The Uso’s went to do their tag team move our the top rope and dive on their opponents, but only Jey went flying over the ropes, while Jimmy got tagged out by Cesaro and later thrown into the time keepers area by Cesaro & Sheamus (The Bar)

Another impressive move was from one of the Heavy Machinery members, Otis hitting an interesting move called the Caterpillar to Cesaro, there were a whole lot of different moments that I enjoyed during this match, but moving on to the eliminations…………..

The first team to get eliminated were the New Day, although Kofi tried to keep his team in the match, almost landing a close elimination to The Bar (until Cesaro broke up the pin) he ended up getting pinned afterwards by Heavy Machinery when they landed their tag team finisher to him, which caused the New Day to get eliminated from the match.

The next team to follow the New Day in the elimination department were actually the team who eliminated them Heavy Machinery, they got eliminated by The Bar when Sheamus hit his finisher the Brogue kick to Knight, even though they didn’t move forward to have the opportunity to face Miz & Shane at the Elimination Chamber, I gotta say they performed pretty well in this match against everyone, pretty impressive team!!!

Now we come down to our last two teams, The Bar & The Uso’s…………it was a close one between the two teams, they both wanted that tag team title opportunity and they both gave it everything too, however after The Bar eliminated Heavy Machinery, the Uso’s (best team) didn’t waste any time capitalizing against The Bar, hitting their super kick move, then landing an over the rope dive to The Bar, topping off the match with their finisher and finally eliminating The Bar which means they not only won the match, but they have earned the opportunity to face off against Shane & The Miz at Elimination Chamber for the SDL Tag Team Championships.

Maaaan you gotta love the Uso’s they’re just a really great team, I look forward to watching them face off against Shane & Miz at Elimination Chamber for the tag titles, that’s gonna be some match there.

Last match I want to talk about off Smackdown is a match that I found to be both odd, yet interesting………..R-Truth Vs Shinsuke Nakamura (United States Championship Match): This match was actually the first match on SDL, now this wasn’t a bad match, it was just very odd and confusing, so again we had Shinsuke defending his championship against R-Truth who was given a chance at the title by the McMahon’s, a few interesting moments happened R-truth attempted his lie detector move to Shinsuke, didn’t quite land it fully, but it was still nice to me at least.

Shinsuke Nakamura Vs R-Truth (Jan 29th United States Championship Match)
Source: WWE.com

Moving towards the ending of the match, I think Nakamura was attempting a move to Truth, however that move ended up turning to a roll-up pin and well………..R truth is now the NEW United States Champion!?………..now here’s the weird part to this match, when the roll-up happened it looked like Shinsuke kicked out before the 3 count, however they replayed that part of the match and even though Shinsuke looked as though he kicked out before the ref counted 3, his shoulders were still on the mat…………..!?

So this was a very weird match because although everyone was excited R-Truth won, it was still very confusing the way it ended………….it was so confusing that both Truth and Nakamura continued on fighting each other, even though the ref called the 3 count and determined R-Truth to be the winner of the match, so yeah………..that happened, congratulations though to R-Truth, I mean he performed really well in this match, but again that was just a very weird ending to a match, but hey……….

I still have to watch last weeks Raw & SDL to see what they do, because whenever something weird like that happens, they always talk about it, but maybe they won’t I don’t know, interesting match though……………after the match was over we had Rusev head to the ring and challenge, well demand more like, that R-Truth put his title on the line because he felt that the title deserved better than Shinsuke and R-Truth and so he challenged him and lost, letting R-Truth retain.

Rusev challenges R-Truth to a match for the United States Championship
Source: WWE.com

While Truth was celebrating, Shinsuke came down to the ring and ambushed him and then Shinsuke and Rusev went and teamed up against him, maybe a tag team match happened last Tuesday, maybe even a triple threat, i’ll have to just watch and see won’t I!?…………no spoilers!!

Alright so originally I was going to list the other segments that happened during both brands in this post as well, but I decided not to talk about them.¬†I’ll try and work on reviewing everything properly with the next review I write when I catch up on last weeks Raw & SDL, we’ll see, it might just be highlight moments again.

All The Love ‚̧ ‚̧

~Lexa~

Wrestling Reviews: Raw & Smackdown Live’s Opening Segments (1/28/19 & 1/29/19)

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!!

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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.

All The Love ‚̧ ‚̧

~Lexa~