Below are my notes from this week’s episode of Monday Night Raw at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, Illinois:
This week’s show opened with CM Punk’s “Cult of Personality” theme music. Paul Heyman finally came out after an intentional delay. Heyman appeared to play a babyface, agreeing with the audience that was demanding Punk. It was a bait and switch as Heyman finally blamed the fans for the reason Punk left. He switched the promo to “the streak” and The Undertaker. Heyman blamed the loss to Undertaker as the beginning of Punk’s unraveling as introduced the only man that could conquer it – Brock Lesnar.
Brock came out and cut a promo on Undertaker, which brought out Mark Henry. Remember it was Henry that Lesnar wrote off television a couple months ago. Lesnar ended up destroying him and tossed a monitor into the ring. The monitor bounced out of the ring and into the crowd but there didn’t appear to be any injuries.
The segment was brilliant. Vince McMahon knew the Punk chants were going to be at their loudest when the show went live so he gave the crowd what they were chanting for. The Heyman promo had to have been scripted by Heyman himself as it was as clever as anything you’ll see. Heyman played a babyface to calm the crowd before switching to a heel to continue Lesnar vs. Undertaker. It was well planned and well thought out.
The Usos beat the New Age Outlaws to win the WWE Tag Team Championship. WWE scripted a title change immediately after the opening segment to keep the crowd hot. The go-home sequence was impressive with Jimmy Uso going for the hot tag, making it, but continuing to fly over the top rope and onto Road Dogg on the outside. Inside the ring, Jey Uso ended up hitting the diving splash off the top rope to go over for the pinfall victory. Putting the Usos over for the tag title was something that was seen as inevitable. It’d been talked about for quite some time and I actually expected it to happen at Elimination Chamber.
They did a segment backstage with The Bella Twins, Natalya, Aksana and Alicia Fox talking about guest star Aaron Paul. Aksana said she’d like to go for a ride. The Total Divas questioned her and she said she likes fast cars.
WWE Intercontinental Champion Big E beat Cesaro w/Zeb Colter via disqualification that was caused by Jack Swagger. This was super quick but long enough for Cesaro to put Big E in the Big Swing. Cesaro was upset with Swagger afterwards but needed up taking The Big Ending.
The Wyatt Family beat The Shield clean in an Elimination Chamber rematch. This wasn’t as good as the bout at the pay-per-view but it was still a very good bout. There were a lot of high risk spots and you’re going to want to go back and watch the tape. Dissension finally culminated with Seth Rollins walking out on Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose. Reigns tried to stop him and he said he couldn’t keep being the glue and for them to figure it out. In the end, Reigns destroyed Erick Rowan in the announce table. Luke Harper tried to make the save with a suicide dive through the middle role. Meanwhile in the ring, Bray Wyatt hit Sister Abigail in the ring on Dean Ambrose to go over.
Backstage, Batista told Renee Young that he thinks it’s amazing what’s passing for WWE Superstars these days, when asked about Daniel Bryan. He blamed the fans for reading too many comics and thinking just an ordinary person could do it. This is…
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