- Dolph Ziggler def. Bad News Barrett via Pinfall
An exciting match to start Raw off with. Fast paced until the end. However, with R-Truth and Ambrose interested in a title shot as well, this could lead to a great fatal four-way in the future. Plus, I’d like to see Truth used more effectively in the WWE. He may have become a joke as of late, but he can still get the crowd going as a mid-carder. #GiveTruthAChance
- Prime Time Players def. The Ascension via Pinfall
The Ascension was one of my favorite tag teams in NXT. Now it seems like they stick out on the main roster. But not in a good way. They seem like they don’t belong on the main roster. Their gimmick was fine in NXT, but now they’re suffering from WWE not knowing what to do with them. I don’t mind WWE pushing the Prime Time Players. I just wish their first win back could have been over another team instead.
- The Usos def. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd via DQ
Decent match considering that we just seen it the night before. But getting Naomi and Natalya involved could spark a decent feud between the two leading in to Wrestlemania. I love the Cesaro and Kidd combination. They just need to wear similar attire. Possibly come up with a name as well to be truly legit.
- Jack Swagger def. Stardust via Submission
Not a huge fan of this match. It didn’t completely fail to hold my attention, but it felt like it was over before it was ever given time to truly become exciting.
- The Bella Twins def. Paige and Emma via Pinfall
Not going to dedicate more time to this than they did the match itself. Awful.
- Ryback def. Curtis Axel via Pinfall
I really hate the way WWE is treating Axel. He has plenty of potential as a performer. And he has improved greatly on the mic. Having him come out and complain about not being eliminated from the Rumble only to get crushed constantly is such a waste.
- Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan def. Seth Rollins and Randy Orton via Pinfall
A great way to end the night. You can sense that Reigns and Bryan have a mutual respect for one another that is slowly becoming a friendship. This could lead to Bryan either helping Reigns win the title, or a surprise heel turn that will shock the world if he screws Reigns out of it. But regardless of the future of their relationship, it was a fun match that was only lacking an RKO on Rollins to top the night off.
Aside from another shitty Divas match and a weak finishes, this episode served its purpose as a push towards Wrestlemania. Randy Orton joining the Authority again is a let down. At first it seemed like it was a trap, but it seems like it is being played straight like as if he is truly trying to coexist with Rollins. We’ll just have to wait and see how that plays out.
Another thing that bothered me about this episode is how Paul Heyman fluffed Roman Reigns. And yes, I’m aware that I’m using a porn business reference to describe pro wrestling. But it is the only fitting word that comes to mind with how Heyman built Reigns up to be this great wrestler who could take on the likes of Hulk Hogan, Steve Austin, and even The Rock regardless of how much he struggled against Daniel Bryan the night before. It was ridiculous.
The truth about Reigns is that he isn’t good enough to take on Brock Lesnar and become the face of the company. All of his matches, including ones against weaker talent like Fandango, consist of him getting his ass kicked the entire match before making a comeback out of sheer brute strength. Bryan can basically make any superstar, including the Big Show, look awesome in the ring. So he was able to give Reigns his first decent singles match. Bryan, coming off easily as the voice of the fans, was able to sell Reigns as the underdog before Heyman basically threw all sympathy out of the window by blowing a lot of smoke up Reigns ass for no reason what so ever. It came off as a way to sell a product as more superior than it is to people willing to probably accept it for what it truly is. This type of thinking is what got WWE in this situation with Reigns in the first place.
Other than those complaints, the show was competent enough to continue set feuds in to Wrestlemania, but not as strong enough to stand as a good episode on its own.