The Usos def. Stardust and Goldust, A New Day, Cesaro and Tyson Kidd and Adam Rose and the Bunny via pinfall
Erick Rowan def. Big Show via DQ
Fandango def. Jack Swagger via Forfeit
Damien Mizdow def. Fernando via Submission
Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth via pinfall
AJ Lee and Naomi def. The Bellas via Submission
John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, and Ryback def. Seth Rollins, Luke Harper, and Kane via pinfall
I wasn’t watching the product at the time of the first anonymous GM storyline, but all I can find on it after a lot of back research was that it was a failed storyline that went on for entirely too long. There wasn’t a nice payoff from it either. So I can’t help but scratch my head and wonder where this story is headed the second time around. It seems like the WWE has relied on an Authority figure for so long that Raw is actually suffering from the absence of a heel figure in power. The opening to Raw was a boring mess. We received an E-mail before John Cena interrupted with nothing truly to say. And then Seth Rollins interrupted Cena with very little to add to the segment as well. In the end, it was all just to set up a match between the two at TLC. I don’t mind a little story telling, but the segment went on for twenty minutes. The Authority would have killed twenty minutes in a more entertaining way. But this segment struggled its way through.
A New Day made their Raw debut in the Tag Team turmoil match. Although the match was won by The Usos, it did give the group a huge win over Goldust and Stardust to legitimize the team as a threat. There was a nice piece with Naomi and The Miz that payed off later with Jimmy Uso slapping the hell out of him during Mizdow’s match. I can’t remember ever seeing her watching one of their matches before. It’s a little ironic that the first time she does, she’s harassed by someone. That’s WWE’s creative team. Broad strokes instead precision.
Is it just me, or does the time invested in to turning The Bellas against each other feel like a colossal waste of time now that they are back together? It could be for the best. Maybe creative finally caught on to how much fan could care less about either Diva due to bad acting and storytelling. Perhaps they are easier to sell as a package of some sorts.
After an okay promo from Bray Wyatt, we got to see Ambrose come out to push their feud. It seems like Wyatt is starting to lose his charm. His promos are not as engaging as they use to be, and winning matches against talents like R-Truth doesn’t really sell him as a legitimate threat.
Overall, it seems like Raw is suffering from the change in authority. A step backwards to a previous storyline doesn’t set things up well for the future. Unless it has a huge payoff coming soon, it might do more damage to the show than good. Because the last two episodes of Raw were forgettable. They weren’t awful, but very forgettable.