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Raw Review 2021-12-07



We start with Seth Rollins backstage, and he starts off by telling us we’ve got Kevin Owens and Big E in a steel cage up first then goes on to say he’s going to win at day 1.


Big E is up next backstage, and he says he’s going to punish KO inside said steel cage.


Kevin Owens is next, says the WWE championship is his and Big E is just holding it for him, says that he isn’t going to get punished inside the cage, he is going to do the punishing.

These weren’t bad in any way, just very generic, they potentially would have been better if they did it in ring and just let them spitball a bit, they have great chemistry and are all so good on the mic.



Big E vs Kevin Owens

Steel Cage match


KO is tried to get out the cage door early, but Big E took early control, KO seemed quite content with running away and tries to climb out of the cage a few times. they have some back and forth on the top rope in the corner and it culminated with Big E bouncing KO off 3 of the walls of the cage, Big E then went for his apron spear and KO moved out the way, Big E smashed against the wall, KO goes to escape again over the top of the cage, Big E goes to stop him gets kicked down to the mat and KO hits a very nice top rope lionsault.

Big E again bounces KO off a wall and goes for the pin for a 2 count, then goes for the door, KO

intercepts he beats on E then goes to climb out the cell, E climbs up to stop him, they fight on the top rope and KO bounces E off the cell twice dropping him to the mat KO looks like he’s going to do a Swanton but carries on climbing, E intercepts again and KO hits a sunset flip powerbomb on E, They are both in the centre of the ring, Big E takes a couple hits, but then hits hit belly to belly trifecta, goes for the big splash but KO scrambles away and goes for the door, they both start to fight near the door.

They get back in the centre and KO applies the Walls of Jericho/ Camel Clutch

Big E and KO are both scrambling for the cell door again and Seth is there to slam the door closed on both of them.

When we come back from break KO is on the corner attempting to escape over the top of the cage again, E intercepts and climbs up there with him and teases an avalanche Big ending, KO does a eye rake dropping Big E to the mat, then hits a frogsplash, 2 count.

KO goes to hit a cannonball in the corner, Urenage from E,

he goes for a Big ending, KO reversal

KO goes for a stunner, Big E reversal but KO does hit a pop up powerbomb.

KO once again goes to escape but E springs up and they fight on the top rope once again, this time Big E does hit the big ending off the top rope, then goes to crawl for the door. KO attempts to stop him, but E kicks him in the face as he’s crawling and reaches the door


Seth attacks E at ringside while he’s celebrating, then moves onto KO who is still in the ring, Seth goes for a Stomp on KO but Big E intercepts with a Belly to belly suplex, Seth rolls out the ring, he then hits a second Big ending on KO and celebrates in the ring.


Winner: Big E


Wow. What a match to start us off. There was some nice spots and E and KO have some really nice chemistry, as well as being generally brilliant.

A great match given sufficient time to impress to start us off.

This was a great way to start off a very good show.


My only slight gripe about this match would be that it should have ended with the Avalanche Big Ending, I don’t really get how KO recovers quite quickly from that but is done by a kick to the face from a crawling Big E.

Also, as far as I’m aware this match didn’t have any stipulations to it, didn’t have much of a point or reason to be a cage match which seems odd for a match like that one HOWEVER I feel like I’m nit-picking at a match that was fantastic to watch.


We come back from the break and all 3 of the people involved are now on ringside rolling about in pain. During the break Bobby Lashley came out hit a spear on Big E, and decimated E, KO and Seth before leaving again… Maybe not the best time for an advert break?

Possibly building up to day 1 being a fatal 4 way

This could be fantastic if it culminates, its great to have such a strong title picture where it is genuinely difficult to predict who will have the title next and when they will have it.



Next up


Queen Zelina and Carmella


Zelina Vega please stop with the accent.

Zelina comes out with a typical short heel promo “I’m going to beat Nikki ASH tonight”

“This town/city/state is disgusting”

She didn’t do it badly in any way. Just very very generic.



Zelina Vega vs Nikki A.S.H


We start off with a very quick pace, we have a couple of early roll ups and some very nice back and forth before Zelina gets a 2 count, but her feet are on the ropes for a “dirty pin” Nikki goes for a splash, Zelina moves out of the way and hits a Code red on Nikki

1…2…3


Winner: Queen Zelina


This was a typically short Zelina match, It had a really good pace and had some great technical moves, I actually really enjoyed this match it was just far too short, less than 2 minutes in total

I don’t mind Zelina’s Queen gimmick and taunts she pulls it off well, just drop the British accent.


Next we’re backstage with the Raw tag team champions RKbro And Riddle is wearing a beige blazer

Kevin Patrick comes over to do an interview, Matt riddle explains that they came up with the idea for

a NO1 contenders tag team tournament, Randy says it was only Riddles idea and that he said they should only be focusing on their matches and that Riddle replied with how home alone changed his life, genius, I can literally hear Riddle saying it in my mind.

Riddle announces they’re going to be guest commentators for the tournament which Riddle dubs thee RKbro-Nament, Randy doesn’t agree and says he wont be taking part.

MATT HAS A BLAZER FOR RANDY TOO

They have some brilliant, funny back and forth about Randy wearing the blazer he has his usual exasperated look, but Randy eventually gives in and puts the blazer on to a big cheer from the crowd.


We go backstage with Nikki A.S.H and Rhea Ripley, Nikki looks downhearted about her loss from earlier and Rhea is trying to cheer her up, someone asks Nikki for an autograph, but it turns out they are actually talking to Jerry “King” Lawler, Its nice to see him back for a cameo, he looks well!


Back to the RK Bro-Nament


First up


Aj and Omos vs The Street Profits


Aj and Montez start in the ring, they have some back and forth before Montez gets the tag and the Street Profits do some nice tag teamwork, Dawkins takes control in the match until Omos moves the rope so that Dawkins falls out the ring when he goes to bounce off the ropes for a move, Aj then hits Montez on the apron with a forearm and hits a sort of reverse Phenomenal forearm to Dawkins at ringside


We come back from break and Omos is in the ring dominating Dawkins they both get a tag with Dawkins being more of a hot tag, Montez takes control with some of his usual freakish athleticism, Montez and Dawkins both slap Omos one at a time while he is on the apron then they give him a double drop kick, Aj hits an insiguri and a Pele kick on Montez in the ring, he follows up with a brain buster, he sets up for the Phenomenal Forearm but Omos tags himself in, AJ looks shocked.

Omos then dominates the Street Profits at ringside but while he is beating on them both, the ref carries on counting and gets himself counted out.


Winners: The Street Profits

By

Count out


AJ tells Omos “he has to listen, that’s how this tag team works”, they carry on arguing and Omos walks away, maybe the first inklings of a split? It's about time, in my opinion, AJ feels so wasted right now, he is so much bigger than what he’s involved with right now, I personally am not sold on Omos, he just seems too big to be elegant or have any type of flow.


I’m not usually a fan of this type of finish as you’ll see later… sigh


HOWEVER, on this occasion it works, although I’m not sold on Omos creative seem to be pushing him as an indestructible beast who destroys everyone he comes against, this finish carried that on, it also put the first fragmentation of the inevitable AJ and Omos tag team split, they can carry on this straight away or leave it a while depending on how instant they want the split to be. Sort of like RKbro in the sense that the heel turn is always there, its just when they want to push the big red button.

The finish of this match also allowed The Street Profits to progress in the tournament which ultimately leaves us with a more entertaining final.

The only thing I want from a Shenanigans type finish is a reasonable explanation, is that too much to ask?!

Riddle gets in the ring to give AJ an interview about the loss and argument, Riddle is very funny and probably has a future in commentary.

Aj gets angry at Riddle for trying to interview him and leaves as well


Backstage with Becky Lynch

Says tonight is a big night for Liv, probably the biggest night of her career and goes on to hit a promo on Liv brilliantly as usual, she Finishes by saying that tonight is just another Monday for big time Becks

For me Becky is the best promo in WWE right now no matter if it's in ring or backstage she just kills it every time, when she hit this promo my partner who is less than a month into watching wrestling acknowledged how good she is from her last couple of weeks of promos.

I think Big time Becks has a future as a GM or manager in WWE once her ring career is over.

Damien Priest comes out for his weekly open challenge

First, we go backstage with RKBro and Randy says he is not the broadcasting type, so it’s up to Riddle to carry on for the rest of the tournament.

Robert Roode has answered the Damien Priests challenge.

Damien Priest vs Robert Roode

United States championship match.


We start off with some pretty standard in ring wrestling with Damien slightly more in control, Ziggler

goes to get involved and Priest dodges, this seems to be a running theme every week, he goes to “talk” to Ziggler about it at ringside and gets hit from behind by Bobby and thrown into the crowd. When we come back from break Bobby hits a blockbuster from the top rope for a 2 count, Bobby continues his attack and Damien gets a reversal and hits some of his usual offence.

Hits a broken arrow for a 2 count

Damien then hits the bell clap and goes for another move, Roode gets a reversal into a backstabber for a 2 count, They trade strikes in the ring until Damien goes for a springboard move which Roode reverses into a spine buster, Roode goes for the Glorious DDT which gets reversed into The Reckoning which Roode again reverses into an attempt in a roll up, Damien reverses this into a Reckoning which hits! Priest then gets the 3 count

Dolph Ziggler gets in the ring while Damien is celebrating and hits Damien with a superkick.

Winner: Damien Priest


A nice match with a good pace to it, it had some nice reversals and some great wrestling, no spectacular spots or anything but not every match has too!

I’m glad they didn’t do the thing where Damien loses his mind again, I don’t mind that gimmick, but we don’t need it every single week!

A great Midcard match



Next up

Bianca Belair vs Piper Niven (Doudrop)

As Bianca is coming out for her entrance and whipping her braid about as she does, Piper comes steaming down the ramp and gets a cheap shot on Bianca then casually makes her way into the ring.

The match begins and they start off by having a brawl in the middle of the ring they both have some nice reversals and Bianca does some taunting followed by Piper then flattening her with a backdrop.

Piper takes control of Bianca in the corner and continues to attack her. Bianca fights herself out of what the commentators call a “gift wrap” to then have a heavy clothesline.


Bianca tries to get some momentum but gets another heavy clothesline from Piper for a 2 count.

Piper has very much controlled this match to this point.

Bianca uses her fantastic athleticism to get a reversal by flipping onto the ropes while piper is against

the ropes on the apron, Piper again takes advantage by pulling B out of the ring by her legs and doing the standing splash.

We come back from break and Bianca is starting to get some momentum by hitting a spine buster after some of her signature offence, she then hits a spear in the corner and gets 5 hits on Piper while standing on the 2nd rope above piper in the corner followed by a top rope cross body for a 2 count.

She attempts to continue her offence with a sunset flip, but Piper gets a reversal with a second rope splash for a 2 count.

Piper does some taunting to B and starts taking out Bianca’s hair clips?

She then goes for the cannonball which B moves away from, goes for the KOD but piper wriggles away then walks up the ramp and gets counted out?

Piper does Bianca’s taunts back to her at the top of the ramp...

Winner: Bianca Belair

By

Count out


What?! Piper almost dominated most of this match, it was a good match with some great reversals and great athleticism from both and doesn’t really matter who won but they seem to be building Piper as the “new Nia Jaxx” with regards to her being a big girl and dominating opponents. But as soon as she faced any adversity in this match, she walked away.


It was a nice match to watch that is almost ruined by a Shenanigans style finish.

Like I say with most things like this, if they explain it, it’ll be fine, but I don’t have much faith in creative doing that.

All it would take is a little interview with Piper where she says “I don’t care about the win, I just wanted to hurt her which I did for most of that match, as soon as she started getting some momentum I’ve got no interest in being in the ring with her, because she is a beast once she gets going”

That’s all it would take.

The finish is a Contender for Skid mark of the week in my eyes. IF it doesn’t get explained at some point.


In my opinion, a “clean” loss wouldn’t have made much difference to either of them in this feud. They had a chance to make both competitors look strong and not lose any momentum in this match as Piper dominated large parts of the match, So for instance a reversal and a KOD with a clean pin could have furthered the storyline better than this finish.


There could have been a promo from Bianca saying

“Guuurl UHUH, you dominated a lot of our match, but I still won! YOU DON’T EVEN GO HERE” or something along those lines

And Piper saying “you just got lucky, I will dominate and then finish the job next time” and neither competitor loses anything really.

But somehow they’ve managed to make both of them look weak as Bianca got dominated throughout then didn’t really win and Piper just looks like she’s run scared.

Also this is the second count out of the night remember.


We have a video recap of Vince McMahon slapping Austin theory last week. And Austin is back with Vince in the office, and Vince says he’s going to put him in a match tonight.


Next up

I CAME TO PLAY


It’s MizTV

Edge is going to be on as a special guest, MizTV starts with Miz saying that Maryse isn’t coming

tonight because they’re in Memphis Tennessee, typical heel stuff. Goes on next saying he watched last week back and can’t believe Edge complimented him, and he’s a shell of his former self, or is he?


YOU THINK YOU KNOW ME


Edge comes down to the ring he begins by explains by saying he meant the compliments, Miz says that edge can still get aro