Wrestling Geek’s Talking Raw 5.1.17

We’re coming off the heels of Payback, which I didn’t watch most of but it seemed like an overall a filler show, let’s hope this show and the following month is planned out better.

We start off with all the women on the Raw roster in the ring to celebrate of sorts the coronation of the new Raw Women’s Champion, Alexa Bliss.

Alexa Bliss calls herself “The Goddess of the WWE”.  She talks smack about nearly every woman out in the ring, especially the woman she beat last night, Bayley. This segment soon turns into chaos as all the women turn to battle each other.

Match 1-Bayley , Sasha Banks, Mickie James, Dana Brooke vs Alexa Bliss, Emma, Nia Jax, and Alicia Fox

I have to start this saying I’ve never been the biggest fan of these multi Superstar matches, it’s really easy to get lost in the sauce in a match like this.  And there’s not even like a clear reason for this match, other than the good guys hate the bad guys or vice versa.

I don’t want to make it sound like I’m anti women’s wrestling, I’m a huge fan of it, if its given a compelling reason to happen, just like the men wrestling.

And the fact that this whole segment gets the first 20+ minutes of the show really makes me question what else the show has in store for us? Maybe a ten minute Titus O’Neill bit?

It gets a little better near  the end, everyone gets a spot or two in, and in the end Alexa Bliss picks up the win.

Match Winner-Alexa Bliss

Match Grade-D

Match 2-Enzo Amore vs Luke Gallows

 Enzo and Cass don’t even get to finish their usual pre match promo, as they get attacked from behind by Gallows and Anderson.

Enzo is immediately at the disadvantage in this matchup, both from the size and strength difference between him and Gallows as well as he’s not at 100% following that attack.

It’s a pretty one sided affair in these early goings.  Gallows looking great, which is almost a rare treat to see as a fan of The Club.  How they’ve been booked overall since showing up in WWE it’s been very hit or miss, like they don’t really know what to do with these two.

Enzo gets some momentum going, but it isn’t enough and Gallows gets the win here. Pretty sure they’ll lose next time, as WWE loves to book things down the middle these days , in the participation award style of booking a wrestling show.

Match Winner-Luke Gallows

Match Grade-D

Up next Seth Rollins comes out to address the crowd, telling us what’s next for Seth Freakin Rollins after beating Samoa Joe last night.

I love this new inspirational Seth Rollins, he tells us that you have to ride the highs and lows of life, and when things aren’t adding up to how you want, you have to make those changes and do what you need to do to get back what’s yours.

He says that after he’s taken Triple H out, and Samoa Joe, he wants the Beast, Brock Lesnar.  Before he can get too into this statement, Finn Balor makes his presence known.

He says that he never really lost his own Universal Championship, so if anyone is the number one contender it’s him.

Next out is Dean Ambrose, who says that Brock isn’t even around right now, so right now, his Intercontinental title is the top title on the show right now, and he’s a fighting champion so let’s get this going!

Of course, The Miz comes out after, to say that none of these guys are worthy for the title, except himself. Seems like this will be the next feud perhaps for a bit, a nice fatal four way, or at least a match out of this.

Ambrose calls Kurt Angle to make this official, and there will be a triple threat match for the number one contender for the Intercontinental Title tonight, Rollins vs The Miz vs Balor.

Match 3- Noam Dar, Brian Kendrick, and Tony Nese vs Tozawa, Jack Gallagher, and Rich Swann

Fast paced match, Tony News really impressive in the early goings. In fact, it seems that much of their teams offense this match is resting in the hands and strength of The Premiere Athlete.

Great finish to this one though, Tozawa and Swann do a suicide dive to the outside taking out Noam Dar and Nese, leaving Gallagher to take out Kendrick for the win. In a word, Damn.

Match Winner-Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa and Jack Gallagher.

Match Grade-B

Next up Sheamus and Cesaro are out in their new heel look to explain why they turned on the Hardys and the WWE Universe last night at Payback.

Sheamus says that this is freeing, he says that he never liked any of us in the WWE Universe. He blames The Hardys for stealing their Wrestlemania moment.

Cesaro says that nobody appreciates the present, which is them. They either like the past or the future of the WWE, but couldn’t care about the real talent in the WWE.

They say they’re not here to set the bar, they are he bar.

Matt and Jeff are out next, in this new borderline broken version of themselves like they did in TNA, and then they go for the attack, but Sheamus and Cesaro duck out of the ring.

Match 4-Heath Slater vs Apollo Crews

Titus O Neil is continuing his management of Apollo Crews, waiting for Crews to turn heel now, which could be just what sets him apart of the pack.

Fairly evenly split match as this gets underway.  Crews takes control with a series of kicks, then a sit out powerbomb for the win.

Match Winner-Apollo Crews 

Match Grade-C

Raw GM Kurt Angle is out next, to discuss the condition of both Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns.  He says the match last night was the most physical match he’d ever seen. Both men are injured, Roman with broken ribs, Strowman with a torn rotator cuff.  He says they’ll have answers at a later time, but Bray Wyatt interrupts.

The entrance made, and Angle and Wyatt are now face to face in the ring.  Bray introduces himself to Angle, and the crowd goes nuts.

He says last night he closed the book on Randy Orton, but now he is reborn, ready to start a new chapter, rising up like an angel with burnt wings. He says he can fix us all, he holds the cure.

He asks Angle if he will be allowed to do his work, or will he stand in his way. Angle says whatever he has planned, this is Kurt Angles show.  Bray responds that may be so, but this is Brays World.

Backstage Ambrose has a great interview segment with Seth Rollins. Their comedic chemistry is as great as their in ring stuff.

Match 5- Austin Aries vs TJ Perkins

I like this new heel side of TJ Perkins, or TJP as it seems he’s branded now. He needs a new entrance though, like a video game villain if he wants to keep the video game thing.

TJP is clearly outclassed by Aries, but he still gets a few licks in there. Attacking the knee of Austin Aries repeatedly until it’s he who is on top in this match.

Aries gets some more offense in, stunning TJP on the outside and hitting a suicide dive on him, putting A Double back in control here, getting a near fall for his troubles.

Aries readies his finisher, its countered by TJP, but he counters the Detonation Kick into a submission, picking up the win.

Post match TJP relentlessly attacks that injured knee of Austin Aries, until the ref calls him off. Aries might be legit hurt after this one, we’ll see.

Match Winner-Austin Aries

Match Grade-A

Match 6-Finn Balor vs The Miz vs Seth Rollins

Winner of this match of course goes on to be the new number one contender for the Intercontinental Title.  Miz tries to stay out of the fight at first, hoping that Finn and Seth tear each other apart, but they soon team up and do after The Miz together, in a great double team attack.

The Miz though, to his credit is holding his own against these  two world class talents.  Hitting both men with those “Yes Kicks” he took from Daniel Bryan.  Finn though, counters that in an innovative manner, kicking Miz into Rollins.

Balor has a great spot on the outside, kicking Miz in the head on the outside, then running around the ring, and taking out Rollins as well.

In the end , Samoa Joe comes out and attacks Rollins , taking him out of the equation. Balor meanwhile has Miz set up for the Coup De Gracie, but Bray Wyatt interrupts him , knocks him down, hits him with the Sister Abigail and does his Wyatt disappearing act, leaving The Miz to pick up the win and the number one contendership for the IC Title.

Match Winner-The Miz

Match Grade-A

All in all, tonight started out looking very sketchy, but in the end it seems that we’re in for some good stories being told in the build to the next Raw ppv.

Show Grade-B


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