So, we just had WWE Payback and now we enter a new week of WWE… Let’s go.
RAW (2nd May 2016)
- Cesaro and Kevin Owens wrestled to a no-contest
- Tyler Breeze pinned Goldust
- Big Cass & The New Day beat The Dudleys and The Vaudevillains
- Emma beat Becky Lynch
- Rusev won a Battle Royale to become number one contender to the US Title
- AJ Styles, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson beat Roman Reigns & The Usos
RAW opened this week with Shane and Stephanie talking about being co-runners of RAW. Stephanie gave Shane a photograph of Vince and Shane together as a peace offering. The two appeared to agree to work together. Kevin Owens interrupted and demanded a match for the Intercontinental Title. Cesaro then came to the ring to ask for the same thing. Shane announced that the two would have a match with the winner being the number one contender for The Miz’s title. Owens and Cesaro went to a no-contest when The Miz got involved. Sami Zayn then came out and raised the I-C Title above his head.
The Ambrose Asylum featured Stephanie, who cancelled the segment. She then brought out Chris Jericho who attacked Ambrose with a potted plant to continue their feud (possible potted plant on a pole match at Extreme Rules?)
The “Is AJ with Anderson & Gallows” story continued. After the six-man match Anderson and Gallows attacked Reigns with a chair but AJ refused to join in. The Uso’s then were attacked with chairs, and Reigns attacked Styles with a chair, thinking that AJ had used the furniture on Jimmy and Jay. Yeah… I think I explained that right… uh…
Ric Flair and Charlotte cut a promo saying that referee Charles Robinson wasn’t in cahoots with them and that Nattie submitted fairly. The announcers acknowledged the WCW angle of Robinson as “L’il Naitch” from years ago along with photographs. Nattie refused to believe it and eventually put Ric Flair in the sharpshooter.
Overall RAW was much-like it has been recently. Owens, Zayn, Cesaro and The Miz are involved in the most entertaining feud that the Intercontinental Title has seen in a while, and are being featured heavily which is great.
NXT (4th May 2016)
- Nia Jax beat Tessa Blanchard
- Austin Aries pinned Tye Dillinger
- The Revival beat The Hype Bros
- No Way Jose defeated Noah Potjes
- Samoa Joe beat Eric Young
This episode of NXT wasn’t one of the promotions best but it did feature the debut of Eric Young on WWE television. Young interrupted Samoa Joe’s show opening promo to challenge the new NXT Champ. Joe accepted. Their match at the end of the show was decent. I’m not sure about Young in WWE, I was never much of a fan of his during his TNA career. We’ll see what happens.
Nia Jax is not improving much in the ring and her match with the daughter of Tully Blanchard was dull. Aries needs to be a heel in NXT and he needs to cut some promos and let us know who he is. Not everyone knows, and to be honest we need more than just Corey Graves exclaiming that he is “The Greatest Man on Earth”. His match with Tye was okay.
The Revival and The Hype Bros was pretty mediocre also. The Revival are great but The Hype Bros aren’t. Simple as that, really. No Way Jose debuted, a dancer with an afro. The fans popped for him but he is very green at this point. Not sure where the character is going but NXT have surprised us plenty of times so time with tell.
A so-so episode of NXT, it seems that WWE’s development brand is in a rebuilding process. New people need to debut and new characters established. It should make the coming months interesting to experience.
Smackdown (6th May 2016)
- Sami Zayn beat The Mix via DQ
- The Vaudevillains beat Bo Dallas & Curtis Axel
- Natalya & Becky Lynch beat Charlotte & Emma
- Rusev beat Zack Ryder
- Reigns & The Usos beat Styles, Gallows & Anderson
Smackdown was another good show that showed the continuing improvement of things on WWE’s b-show. The women had a good tag match and Zayn and The Miz opened the show up strong.
Darren Young has a new manager. Bob Backlund. Well… that’s odd. Let’s see where this goes, eh?
Reigns and The Uso’s against The Bullet Club is already saturating television. They need to not promote that match next week otherwise people are going to get sick of seeing Reigns and Styles before they clash at Extreme Rules. The match was enjoyable but we did see it on RAW already. I don’t really like seeing the same matches on each show.
Wrestler of the Week: Sami Zayn
Match of the Week: Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens (RAW)
Strange Moment of the Week: Bob Backlund as Darren Youngs manager?