The 3/13/2017 Raw Reaction features my thoughts on the appearance by Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley’s conundrum, Dana Brooke turning on Charlotte, and more!
Heyman Theory of Relativity
Paul Heyman can promote anything. He has quite a gift on the microphone and he has made Brock Lesnar one of the biggest attractions in sports with his voice alone. Lesnar would have been fantastic on his own, but having Heyman has catapulted him to even greater heights. Heyman’s Theory of WrestleMania Relativity went like this: F5 = Lesnar goes up… DOWN GOES GOLDBERG. Pretty strong words there and right to the point. That’s the beauty of Heyman, he always has a point and accentuates it. It seems simple, but so many Superstars of today could learn from it.
Stephanie McMahon gave Mick Foley an order to fire someone by the end of Raw. It was a decision that Mick would have a hard time making throughout the show. It instantly made me think that he would ultimately fire himself to save the roster from the the wrath of Stephanie. Mick is a compassionate person and that’s how the entire WWE Universe knows him, so it was a nice cliffhanger for the entire show to see what he was going to do.
Foley ended up trying to fire Stephanie herself. This brought out Triple H and the two had a pretty personal war of words. This led to Triple H sending Foley to the back. Foley wouldn’t go to the back, though. Instead, he pulled out Mr. Socko and locked it in on Triple H before Stephanie gave him a low blow. Triple H would then tease beating down Foley before Seth Rollins’ music hit. Rollins would go down to the ring with a crutch before throwing it to the side and running in the ring to fight Triple H. Triple H ended up getting the better off Rollins giving him repeated shots to the knee with his crutch.
Obviously, Rollins is good to go for WrestleMania and they’re probably going to play off his injury. I think it’s going to be one of the better feuds going into WrestleMania and it’s certainly the one I’m most intrigued by. Triple H has some goons, how will they play into everything? It’s interesting to say the least.
Dana Brooke Snaps
Dana Brooke lost a quick match to Sasha Banks on Raw. Charlotte ended up berating her after the match telling her she’s not good enough to be by her side. This led to Dana finally snapping on Charlotte and beating her all around ringside. I think with the imminent return, Raw needed another face on the roster and that Dana had really outlived her usefulness as Charlotte’s protegé. I’ve honestly been waiting for this move for a long time. Dana was off TV for quite a while before returning a few weeks ago. There’s a lot more she can do on her own than she can with Charlotte. She needs to be able to carve her own path and make herself a star and she never would have done that with Charlotte. I’m hoping that these two women have a feud, but we’ll probably just see a quick match next week on Raw.
Owens Makes a Statement
Kevin Owens did an in-ring promo talking about stabbing Chris Jericho in the back before Jericho could do it to him. I think that’s something that makes all the sense in the world. Jericho’s track record as a good guy is spotty at best. I really like it when people revisit history in promos, even if it’s a roundabout way. The WWE Universe has a short attention span and we can easily forget how a month ago we hated someone because they were downright evil. I liked what Owens had to say and I felt like he was very rational with his promo.
Owens and Samoa Joe lost via disqualification to Sami Zayn and Chris Jericho after the two men wouldn’t stop laying the boots in to Sami. Chris Jericho made the save until Joe knocked him down and Owens hit Jericho with the pop-up Powerbomb. I’m really interested to see where this whole alliance between Owens, Joe, and Triple H is going. No one is addressing it right now, but I think it’s going to be one of the focal points post-WrestleMania and perhaps starting at WrestleMania. Something is definitely coming.
Gallows and Anderson Take The Spotlight
Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson prefaced what they would do later in the night by reacting negatively to Charly Caruso asking them about Enzo, Big Cass, Cesaro, and Sheamus by saying they would do what they always do and take the spotlight. They did just that by attacking both teams and leaving all 4 men laying. It looks like this will be setting up a three team Raw Tag Team Championship Match. I think that would be the best route to go with all things considered. The competition between the 3 teams has been so fierce that you can’t really leave them out. This was the kind of no nonsense move I wanted to see from Gallows and Anderson who haven’t been quite as dominant as I would like lately.
Reigns Meets HBK
Roman Reigns made short work of Jinder Mahal on Raw after Jinder asked for some competition. He then called out The Undertaker, but he received Shawn Michaels much to the delight of the Detroit crowd. HBK talked about Reigns being unfocused and told Reigns that The Deadman would eat him alive. Shawn went on to say that he’s on Reigns’ side. Roman then mentioned that he appreciated the advice, but The Undertaker retired Shawn. He then said that he would retire The Undertaker.
Bold words from Reigns there and that will definitely get you a lot more heat with the fans. As Roman went up the ramp, he got blind-sided by Braun Strowman. I could easily see the match at WrestleMania between Taker and Reigns turning into a Triple Threat Match. The more I think about it, the more I wonder. Strowman doesn’t have anything else to do at WrestleMania and using him in the Battle Royale would be a waste of his talent. I still see Roman coming out on top no matter if it’s against one or both of them. WWE is all in on Reigns and it would be the ultimate troll to Roman’s detractors.
It was pretty cool to see HBK, but I really felt like it was unnecessary to have him there just to warn Reigns. Everyone knows how (kayfabe) dangerous Undertaker is, it’s not like it’s unknown territory.
Nia vs. Bayley: Chapter 10
Bayley and Nia Jax faced off against one another once again on Raw. This time Nia lost via DQ after continuing to beat on Bayley after the 5-count. Nia was gifted the match by Stephanie McMahon who thought that she deserved to show what she could do after being snubbed in the Raw Women’s Championship Match at WrestleMania. I definitely see the possibilities of her being added to that now. I think Nia would make that match more exciting because she’s completely different from any of the other women in the match. I just really think that need to start booking some different matches. There was no reason to put these two against each other again.
Evil Emma is coming soon. Yep we’re doing this again.
The Cruiserweights were there. That was nice. I’m starting to think that keeping them on 205 Live would be the better move. I just can’t seem to care when they’re on my screen, even if it’s Austin Aries.
Big Show beat Titus O’Neil with 3 Chokeslams which seems to be his new finisher. This was over Titus not being in the WWE/Jetsons crossover…yeah…really.
The Final Word
This was a very good episode of Raw as a whole. There were a few tough segments, but it was a pretty well-constructed episode especially compared to last week.