Of course, it had to happen this way.
If you remember last week, I said there should definitely be more bait and switch this week. Holy shit did I negotiate it or what?
To be honest with you, they pulled it off as if they were making me mad at pretty much the entire show. Okay, 21:00 no now 22:00 no now the main event! It was crazy.
The counts down were ridiculous, but I did not mind the one until 9:00 PM and then 9:00 PM came and went. And then came 22:00 and left. Miz had cramps and then rang the bell and took the title and ran out to count. Literally everything he could think of as an excuse to try to get out of this fight, he tried.
And it failed. Near the end of the final countdown, Shane McMahon said he had to defend the title, otherwise he would have the title taken away and given to Lashley. Shane even threw in a special fight to make sure Miz didn̵
So all the heels that could have interfered in this fight did not. Shane pulled no shenanigans, not even Braun, who was actually a lumberjack! I was waiting for it. Braun was very angry earlier in the night, RETRIBUTION was there, I was prepared for something real.
I knew that Lashley should not become champion at the end of this show.
And my God feels it amazing to be wrong!
Like I said, that was exactly how it was going to happen. Miz hissed and muttered, and eventually he was dominated and knocked out to Hurt Lock. Bobby Lashley is the new WWE Champion. This is incredible. I’m so happy for him. He was very emotional with it and so did my night.
Bobby Lashley returned to the WWE and got into a feud with Sami Zayn, who brought his sisters out and tried to talk rubbish about him. He cut a very awkward campaign that told them he loved them. Yes, it really happened. Then he was paired with Lio Rush and they had a fun race together, but Vince cut it after a few short months.
And then the Lana thing happened. It led us right into the pandemic, and the MVP was back and scout talent. MVP chose Lashley and just like that, Lashley was reborn and as dominant as ever. MVP deserves a lot of credit for this evening. He has been a true guiding light for three souls who have been lost due to shit booking and looting around the middle card. Thank you, MVP.
Now we go to WrestleMania. Drew McIntyre said at the start of the show that whoever left the show as champion, he would be locked on them on the way to the main stage.
Let’s get to the rest of the hits and misses of this show. For a full review of Raw, check out the live blog by Pastor Claire Elizabeth!
Former friends fight
Drew called Miz the resident’s cockroach. Hahahahaaaaa. Sorry to the Miz fans out there.
It was good. Miz also did well here, smashing Drew and thinking he would get on his good side enough to interfere in the title fight. Morrison’s proposal for “Three M-migos” was pretty funny.
I thought it was a good touch to remind us of last year’s offer from MVP to Drew, and I thought it was smart to tell us when the match started. Really going for the second hour bump!
In any case, Sheamus and McIntyre tore each other into strips in the proper blood feud manner. Sheamus neatly hollowed out McIntyre’s head with a knee in his face. Loved watching someone finally do Sheamus ’10 Beats of the Bodhran on him. McIntyre went to a futureshock DDT but was met with an ugly tether.
McIntyre then made the white noise! Wow I did not expect that! They traded pinfall attempts and finally the really amazing finish was McIntyre dive, duck, dip, dive and dodge a Brogue Kick and hit a Claymore to win.
This was one really great first match to start the show after a lot of talking.
Hahahahaaaaaa. I’m so contradictory about all this.
Okay. So clear we’re on our way to Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon at WrestleMania. How we get there is … hey. Yes.
Braun came out and did not realize he was going to be in a tag match, and did not know who his partner would be. This is a conspiracy, he said. So McMahon came out with Pearce, and he kept taking MBA classes and being way too weird, and suddenly Adam Pearce marks with Strowman in a Raw tag championship fight. What?
Braun was actually quite funny in this segment. Then came the fight and he handled tag champs. He threw Alexander over the ring several times. He demanded Benjamin and then Shane got up on the apron to make Braun notice Pearce. And then Pearce was rolled up.
Okay then. This achieved the goal of getting Braun angry and we’ll see where this goes, I think.
It finally happened
I have loved Bad Bunny and Damian Priest since the beginning of this beautiful TV friendship.
This was my least favorite iteration.
Why is Priest in an unnecessarily long battle with Elijah? This match was looooong. And sleeping holds in plenty. Something felt very far from here. Luckily the priest won, which I reckoned happened, but boy did it take a while to get there.
Bad Bunny did not do well this time, but stood around and tried to get the referee to turn around when Ryker decorated Priest behind his back. It’s great that he’s there! I love that he is there! But this was not the best week.
Let’s not do it again next week, thank you.
Seriously … is Randy Orton okay?
Orton has confronted many people in his long WWE career, but has Randy Orton never confronted … um … Randy Orton before?
Kayla Braxton interviewed Orton about what happened last week and he said he would not be as relaxed as he had been with the twisted Bliss before.
Suddenly, she appeared on the screen behind him. And then Orton appeared on the screen and spoke to himself. With an eerie demonic voice, he said he will soon come face to face with everything he has done. And then non-demonic Orton began to choke again.
Looks like we’ll get another Firefly Fun House fight!
Charlotte Flair decides who she wants to meet … wait a minute
What a baby face!
Charlotte Flair said she wanted to be Asuka’s tag partner, and she respects her. Asuka is injured at home due to Shayna Baszler’s kick in the face last week.
So how does she want to reassure her friend in her hourly needs? Are you going home or sending her flowers and getting a good card soon, calling her up, zooming in with her?
No, she just announced that she wants Asuka’s Raw female title at WrestleMania. How wonderful, Charlotte! Seriously this is how WWE thinks good people act? Shayna and Nia called her out and then beat Charlotte to start the fight.
Charlotte won. You h.
Riddle and Lucha House Party defeated RETRIBUTION
In the midst of all the tomfoolery on this show, we had an actually entertaining 6-man code. Everyone had a quick sprint and urgency and a fire under the ass. It was fast, but it was fun and it led to the next match.
Mustafa Ali defeated Riddle
Riddle carried Ali’s arm down and suplexed him out of the ring. Ali targeted Riddle’s arm and it looked painful. Ali went after another neck wrestler, and Riddle went over to a submission in the air. Riddle went up to the rope and the masked group distracted the referee and Ali did … something to pick up the win. It looked cool! Also looks really interesting to see Ali pin a champion!
Nia Jax defeated Naomi
Uh … this was pretty much a match I guess. Remember that Lana and Naomi won a “future WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Opportunity” and this was definitely a momentum. K.
What were your thoughts, Cagesiders?