This was supposed to be my first ever live WWE, but I saw the NXT at Aftershock Festival a couple of days earlier (remember Corey Taylor’s altercation with Baron Corbin?). That did wet my appetite though, so it was all good!
We had really great seats, I was 2 people away from the barrier at the walkway, and only 4 people away from the actual ring. So my view was fantastic!
To be honest, I kind of get lost as to what’s going on but the gist I got was that following the pay-per-view Hell In A Cell they needed to determine the new challenger for Seth Rollins WWE title after he defeated Kane, and there was some kind of fallout from Bray Wyatt’s assault on The Undertaker. Or something like that.
After a bit of a dull intro from Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, in which they went on a bit about being proud of Seth Rollins, Triple H explained a rather convulated method of picking the contender for the title. The winners from Hell In A Cell had to compete in a series of singles matches, with the winners taking part in a four way show finale (a bit over complicated for me, I wasn’t sure how they determine a single winner of a four way?).
I’m no sports writer by a long shot (and I had no idea what was going on half the time which is probably obvious from this rambly post) so I won’t detail the fights. At all.
We had Roman Reigns vs Kofi Kingston (with The New Day intefering), Cesaro vs Kevin Owens, Alberto Del Rio vs Neville, and Big E vs Dolph Ziggler – which resulted in a four way of Roman Reigns vs Kevin Owens vs Alberto Del Rio vs Dolph Ziggler.
This was quite fun to watch, with Kevin Owens and Alberto Del Rio seeming to work together at the start, focusing on getting rid of Dolph Ziggler. It made its way down to just Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns at the end, with Roman winning and becoming Number One Contender for Rollins title. It was a really action packed match, and I’m told it was a really good episode of Raw so I think I got lucky!
Aside from the contenders matches, there were of course sidelines. There was a recap of the Hell In A Cell clash between Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker, and Renee Young interviewed Zeb Colter about his unexpected partnership with Alberto Del Rio.
Bray Wyatt had a little monologue about taking on Roman Reigns and The Undertaker – which was interrupted by Kane who was in turn overcome by the rest of the Wyatts.
As expected, the Divas were one of the highlights for me – we had a fun match between Team PCB and Team Bella, with a big of an intro with Team PCB promising to work together. This lasted until the end of the match, at which time Paige turned on Charlotte and Becky. Predictable. Oh yeah, Team Bella won.
I had such a great time at Raw, my only disappointment was that my favourite, Randy Orton was missing! Hopefully he’ll be at the Raw in London in April.
All photos my own.