Tonight on WWE Main Event, Little Rock, Arkansas becomes TITLE MATCH CITY! Let’s get right to ‘em:
United States Title Match
Champion: Dean Ambrose
Challenger: Mark Henry
I’m calling my shot now: Mark Henry becomes the U.S. Champion tonight! He looked dominant against Ambrose a few weeks ago on Raw, and with the Shield ever splintering further, something will cost Ambrose his gold…something from within.
Divas Title Match
Champion: AJ Lee
AJ emerges from the mothballs and defends the golden pink butterfly against feisty Canadian Nattie! Since I’m doing half-arsed predictions, I’ll say AJ retains. AJ has been Divas champ for so long, that it will take a real tried-and-tested challenger to unseat the current queen Diva. Nattie is a worthy competitor, but isn’t quite poised to take the strap.
Don’t forget, WWE Main Event is LIVE tonight on WWE Network!
Less than 24 hours removed from Monday Night Raw, let’s take a look at some of the highlights and thoughts about the show as we see it the day after:
- There is a something about seeing Hulk Hogan come down to the ring that gives me goosebumps. It’s the red and yellow. It’s the Pythons. It’s the music. It is a great way to kick off Raw and helps to set the tone for the rest of the show. He is a legend and his days of hitting the music and ramp are numbered, we should enjoy it while we can.
- The Andre Giant Memorial, over the top rope, 30 man Battle Royal match at Wrestlemania XXX is a great idea. Announced by Hulk Hogan, the winner of the match will receive a nice looking trophy with Andre standing proud on top of it. The match should feature the guys who do not otherwise have a match at Wrestlemania and give them their moment. This means guys like Ryder, Ziggler, JTG, 3MB, and Brodus Clay will get to see the bright lights of the big show, even though they aren’t in an active storyline. Plus, we should get some legends and vets returning to fill the 30 spots.
- Bray Wyatt v John Cena is already an excellent program. Bray cuts the very best promos in the business and shines ahead of everyone else. I respect Cena but his verbal jabs last night were weak and fell flat. If this story line is going to hit its peak, they need Cena to bring more to the promos or even up the odds.
- The Usos are the cream of the tag team division right now. Not only are they champions, but they are overall the best actual tag team. In an era where teams are collections of singles competitors, Jimmy and Jay actually wrestle well together. They wrestle as a team not a pair of singles. The flying tag paired with the big splash is a great “tag team finisher” and they should hold the belts for the foreseeable future.
- These mind games and back and forth between Big E and the Real Americans needs to lead to a match at Wrestlemania. Whether it’s a 3-way dance or one-on-one with a combination of the 3, it has the components to be a good match. Cesaro is ready to shine and Big E needs a fresh feud. Sadly, it looks like only Swagger has nothing to gain from this line of thinking. While I want to see “WE THE PEOPLE” march on, their end is nigh.
- The Undertaker. Need I say much more? While Paul Heyman talked 90% of the time, the 10+ words Undertaker said were creepy, haunting, and executed to perfection. I am sad to think one day Undertaker will retire for good from wrestling, but until then, I’m going to enjoy the ride.
- When allowed to work as a cohesive group, the Shield are the most enjoyable team to watch. I missed Smackdown so I was not aware they were already back to being best friends and forgot Seth walked out last week. I expected the implosion to continue last night, but was not to be. Instead, the Shield dismantled the Brotherhood and looked strong once again. They will implode, but for another they were the Hounds of Justice we know so well.
- Daniel Bryan, as we have said so many times, is the most over wrestler in the company. As Rick pointed out to us last night, his in-ring hijack was his beer truck. Stone Cold once bathed the McMahons in the ring via a Steveweiser beer truck he drove in to the arena. It was an instant classic and an event every wrestling fan who has seen it remembers. Last night, Bryan filled the ring with members of the Yes movement and hijacked the show. It is what Chicago wanted to do last week but couldn’t ever really pull off. Instead, the WWE made it happen on their own terms. As a result, Bryan will face HHH at ‘Mania. But that’s not it. As Bryan so excellent pointed out, the Yes movement wants more, they want a title shot. So, if Bryan wins over HHH, he gets added to the Main Event. Nothing in life is a sure thing, but, I would be shocked if Bryan lost to HHH.
- I do not have much to say about Christian v Sheamus. It was a decent match last night, good mix up with the street fight, but they are kind of stalling with both guys. Christian’s career is just about over and should be used to help push young talent or for one last true run for me. As of now, neither guy has a match at Mania. Sheamus is the same guy that buried Bryan in :16 2 years ago for the World Title.
- Another decent main event. You had to figure when the show opened and it was 2 faces v 2 heels, the main event at Wrestlemania was going to change. You can’t have two heels face each other in the main event at Wrestlemania, as there is no good guy for the fans to root for. Expect the Yes Movement to be the main attraction the rest of the way to Wrestlemania. They can try to push Batista v Orton, but will have to address as Bryan as there is a “chance” he could be in the main event.
- There will be no Punk at Wrestlemania. By covering up a match with HHH and making the main event, Daniel Bryan effectively moved into Punk’s rumored territory. If Punk was still here, he would face HHH and Bryan would just be in title picture. Why they must have HHH in a match is beyond me, but Punk’s services are no longer needed.
- I really do love wrestling, and so should you.
What your thoughts about Raw? Like it, love it, or hate it? Let me know.
It is so lovely to see all of you good people here in attendance today. Shout to friend of the show “Goat” as he pointed out yesterday matches still end via small package. Sure enough, John Cena won his match over Erick Rowan via a small package. Does John read the MNR? One can only hope. Here we go!
Main Event Matches – Wrestling, Inc.
To help promote the WWE network, WWE’s Main Event has moved to a live broadcasting on the network. In order to get eyes on the product, two title matches have been added to tonight’s show. We have AJ Lee battling Natalya for the Diva’s Title and Ambrose battling Mark Henry for the US Title. These are two very good matches and should have Wrestlemania implications.
Last ReZort - Episode #1
Everyone’s favorite Broski is back! Thats right, Zack is still on the roster and looks to be back in his comfort zone. Hopefully, Last ReZort is the start of something big to come for Zack. Talks are WWE has nothing to do with the video, yet, so it should be pretty good. #WeWantRyder
Highlight of Raw - WWE on Youtube
Now this is something I have never seen before. Daniel Bryan filled the WWE ring and area around the ring with fans and members of the YES Movement. He forced HHH to face him Wrestlemania and a shot at the World title. It was beautifully done, it truly was. This is what the Chicago crowd wanted to do last week, but was not possible.
Good news,marks: Wrestlemania XXX is less than four weeks away! In the meantime, Monday Night Raw blows through Memphis, Tennessee with some serious star power. The pre-show notes:
- Dead Man Walking: Undertaker is IN THE BUILDING. One week after Paul Heyman’s brilliant promo, the Undertaker rises again, presumably to lay out his side of the story in the brand new ‘Taker-Lesnar feud. Though the pairing seems a bit random, Heyman did a spectacular job in giving the matchup some weight, citing CM Punk’s loss as the primary reason he became dissatisfied with Heyman and WWE in general.
- Hulkamania Runs Wild: Hulk Hogan also IN THE BUILDING. The Wrestlemania XXX host is back and will hopefully have a larger role than just promoting the WWE Network. A popular rumor is that Hulk will somehow be responsible for getting Daniel Bryan in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match, despite that seeming less and less likely with each passing week.
- CM Punk Watch Week 7: Speaking of things Hulk Hogan might be responsible for, the rumors are out there that Hulk will re-introduce CM Punk back into the WWE fold tonight in Memphis. Count us at CDW as highly-skeptical of a Punk return anytime before Wrestlemania, but it IS something to keep an eye on.
- Straps Will Come Down: Expect Big E Langston to get a nice moment and pop from the crowd when the straps come down, as Memphis wrestling fans have been trained by Jerry Lawler over the past 45+ years to appreciate such a scene.
- Will They or Won’t They: Not since the halcyon days of Brodus Clay-Tensai, has the WWE Universe seen a burn as slow as the Shield break-up. After last week’s saw Seth Rollins(!) abandon his teammates ringside, there will surely be some progress in the dissolution, as Wrestlemania XXX approaches.
Enjoy the show, marks, and be sure to check back here tomorrow for the “Day After” report and all your news and analysis needs!
Lets get to it!
Lashley Returns - TNA
Last night at Lockdown, Bobby Lashley made his return to TNA wrestling. Answering the challenge of Ethan Carter III, Lashley sent a message by spearing the golden boy. There was no official match, but it seems like he is back for good. Well done by TNA. There was no talk of this prior to last night’s show and it gave the fans something for their money.
WWE Top 10 - Youtube
Who doesn’t love a good title change? These were a great collection of moments and show the beginnings and ends of some great title reigns. One thing I noticed the most was how different matches in the 80s and early 90s ended. Someone could hit a small package and force the guy to his back for a 3 count. Instead of the huge “KO” finish, they would simply hit a move and pin their guy down. Can you imagine that in modern-day?
Lets talk about Punk, Baby - Wrestling, Inc
Making his first TV appearance since the Royal Rumble, CM Punk will be on the Talking Dead next Sunday. For the unfamiliar, Talking Dead is a show on AMC right after the Walking Dead in which they “talk” about the show. Hilarious play on words, they know. I don’t see any talk of wrestling coming up during the show, but a big score by Talking Dead as it’s likely non-Walking Dead fans will show up just to see C-M PUNK.