The Results

  • Daniel Bryan def. Bad News Barrett via Pinfall

Not very impressed with this match. I feel like the focus on the commentary detracts away from all of the matches leading up to the IC ladder match at Wrestlemania. And all of the outside antics afterwards makes it completely forgettable.

  • Dean Ambrose def. Stardust via Pinfall

I actually enjoyed how Ambrose and Stardust played off of each other. The wrestler vs the brawler element stood out great with the two. But once again, the commentary took away from it, the ending made the match forgettable by overshadowing it, and we got more goofy antics from R-Truth to make this match just as forgettable as the first one tonight.

  • Erick Rowan and Ryback def. Kane and Big Show via Pinfall

Decent match. Short and to the point. I’d like to see Ryback and Rowan in more singles matches though. And I can do without a Big Show and Kane feud.

  • AJ Lee def. Summer Rae via Pinfall

Seems like they’re finally putting more in to their Divas matches. I’m not a fan of Summer Rae, but her wrestling style isn’t awful. I think the problem with some of the Divas is that we only see the same ones so often, that we can’t suspend belief that this one off appearance by Summer will result in a win over AJ Lee.

  • Rusev def. Curtis Axel via Submission

It seems like WWE is finally getting behind Axel.. sort of. This was still a squash match, but at least Axel got a few minutes to shine. Also, I love how Rusev has improved his promo skills. He really doesn’t need Lana as his mouth piece anymore, but it’s nice to still have her around.

  •  New Day def. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd via Pinfall

I like the New Day, but they are in desperate need of a heel change. I’m holding out that it might happen in the future. Because the crowd was not interested in this match at all despite it being pretty good for the time it was given.

  • Naomi def. Natalya via Pinfall

I’d rather have seen this match at Wrestlemania with more time given to it than this match. I feel like these two could pull off an awesome match that would put this one to shame. But they had to work with what they were given.

  • Los Matadores def. The Usos via Pinfall

With all of these decent tag team matches, you’d think Teddy Long booked Raw. Pretty fast moving match between the two with an awesome upset victory.

  • Roman Reigns def. Randy Orton and Seth Rollins via Pinfall

This wasn’t really a match. More like an ass kicking to Rollins.

While this episode may not have contained the best matches, it didn’t contain a single truly awful match. We had to sit through a squash match and a few made to simply sell Wrestlemania, but at least the shorter matches had potential. What stole the show again was all of the promos and outside of the ring moments. I really disliked the Sting promo. It came off as extremely cheesy. Wiz Khalifa was there for the younger audience, and that’s fine. I know a lot of people like to give WWE grief for bringing in guest, but I feel like there is nothing wrong with having a musical performance. They’ve done it in the past, it’s just that the artist were better back then.

The Undertaker finally answering Bray Wyatt got the biggest pop of the night. And both Wyatt and Heyman promos were outstanding. But unfortunately, the crowd wasn’t invested in the entire show.  Regardless, I feel like this may have been one of the better Raws as of late due to the build up to Wrestlemania. But if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m judging this episode and the next few as simply build up to something bigger, I’d consider this episode just another average episode on par with last week.