- There's a great ovation when Paul Heyman heels the crowd in Chicago. This was a great wrestling crowd.
- This promo stands above in Paul Heyman's repertoire. He says all of the matches Rollins says Lesnar had trouble with, Lesnar still won.
- Heyman calls Drew McIntyre a career killer- albeit not be as destructive as Lesnar.
- McIntyre gloats and says he's going to beat up Rollins tonight, but Seth welcomes him with about 15 chair shots.
- When Rollins hits the ring, Lesnar leaves to a chorus of boos. Paul Heyman prevents him from getting back in the ring.
Braun Strowman & Finn Balor defeated Lio Rush & Bobby Lashley
- We are shown Lashley winning the IC title last week, and Lio putting the title on a pleased Lashley last week.
- Balor cuts a promo about the LUCK OF THE IRISH -- really capitalizing on St. Patrick's day. He's interrupted by Lio Rush making leprechaun jokes.
- If you wonder why Balor isn't getting pushed to the moon, take a look at this promo.
- Braun is Balor's partner. We're getting the picture-in-picture treatment on Raw, too.
- Balor gets worked over by both heels. Lio is pretty hilarious in that he gets hit once and tags out.
- Lio is out of luck when he doesn't have Lashley to tag anymore. His worth is really highlighted here.
- Lio makes Braun Strowman look like a million bucks here. He moonsault bumps on a chokeslam and gets thrown everywhere.
- Lashley saves Lio with a big spear. Lashley and Balor take each other out.
- Lio hits a frog splash, but Braun throws him way up into the air on the kickout. Lio runs away, but runs into Balor.
- Lashley saves Lio briefly, but gets mowed down outside the ring. Lashley leaves Lio to get chokeslammed, powerslammed and pinned.
- This match was all over the place, but it was a blast. A whole lot of fun watching this one.
Moment of Elias
- Alexa Bliss is here for Moment of Bliss.
- She brings out Elias and says it's a safe space.
- Elias says he's going to be the musical headliner at WrestleMania. He dares anyone to interrupt him there.
- Heavy Machinery and No Way Jose interrupt. Well, Jose's Conga line did.
- Jose, disguised as a member of the conga line, attacks Elias. For some reason, Elias' music plays.
Elias defeated No Way Jose (w/ Conga line)
- We're getting a match here. Why not?
- The conga line disguises the lack of any heat for this match.
- Some pretty elementary work. Body slams, punches, splashes, a knee drop. This is a WWE Superstars match from 1989 without the reckless finishing moves.
- Elbow drop, Drift Away.
- No heat, okay in-ring. At least there was a point to the match. Not enough to make it not feel like a waste of time.
Kurt Angle defeated Chad Gable
- Kurt Angle comes out and thanks WWE and the McMahons for making his final opponent his choice.
- He says Baron Corbin will be his opponent at WrestleMania. Fart noises in this house and in that arena. Nobody wants to see this. I don't think Baron Corbin lands on my top 20 opponents for an Angle retirement match. Maybe if it's a squash either way
- Chad Gable, practically dressed as Kurt Angle comes out and thanks Kurt for the opportunity.
- Pretty early on, you see why Kurt needs to hang it up. He completely missed Gable's drop toe hold.
- The crowd is being very generous to this match. They're chanting "you still got it," but not in this match.
- This match is running at a crippling, sad pace. We get a commercial to boot. Not great.
- The highlight is a good back body drop by Kurt.
- He applies an ankle lock on a sunset flip, but it gets rolled through. Gable applies one of his own.
- There is a HORRIBLE roll through into the buckle, followed by a confusing DDT reversal of the Olympic Slam that looked more like Gable ate a spinebuster.
- Ankle lock gets the win. The crowd is great. This was a bummer.
- Corbin comes out and trolls Angle and the crowd.
Meet me at the hug, it's goin down.
- Bayley is calm, Sasha is hot heated in the ring with Charly Caruso. Bayley says they're going to appear on Smackdown Live tomorrow.
- Divas of Doom come out and Beth puts them over. Since Beth Phoenix says Nia and Tamina awoke the dragon, I hope they also woke up the night hawk.
- Either way, she challenges Boss N' Hug for WrestleMania.
- Bayley asks if Beth needs more time. Because she old.
- I need a Sting/Luger dynamic out of Bayley & Sasha.
- Sasha and Nattie go at it, then Beth shoves Bayley out of the ring.
Natalya (w/ Beth Phoenix) vs. Sasha Banks (w/ Bayley)
- A lot of people are going to say "ARE THESE PEOPLE BABYFACES OR HEELS?!" but I'm cool with it being situational.
- Sasha in particular is good with that. Her offense works really well either way.
- Nia Jax interrupts the match to cut a promo, which for some reason is allowed. She heels and targets Beth Phoenix.
- Tamina attacks and causes a stop to the match.
- We see Mojo Rawley talking to himself backstage. These started seven weeks ago.
- Braun Strowman enters the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal. Alexa Bliss wants to bring peace between Strowman, Che and Jost.
Ricochet defeated Jinder Mahal (w/ Singh Bros.)
- Ricochet gets a really good reaction.
- Ricochet vs. Jinder Mahal isn't a match I ever thought I'd see, and I'm very curious about.
- Ricochet does a lot of feints and gets grounded by Mahal.
- Mahal does a good job making me not curious anymore.
- After getting worked over, Ricohet dropkicks his way back into the hunt.
- Space Flying Tiger Drop gets Jinder and the Singhs. Fortunately the crowd has forgotten about the last five minutes.
- 630. Pin.
WWE Raw Women's Championship
Ronda Rousey (c) defeated Dana Brooke
- Ronda Rousey arrives with her husband Travis Browne backstage. John Cone says that WWE is going to have extra security tonight.
- Dana cuts a promo about only having to be better for three seconds. Pissed off that she didn't say #WrestleDania.
- Dana catches a kick and slaps Rousey.
- Enziguri (a nice one), knee and armbar. hat's it.
- Rousey did a regular armbar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
- Rousey kisses Browne. You can dislike Browne all you want, but he does add a new dimension of total hateability to Rousey's character. They both beat up security guards and leave.
- Dana Brooke lasted longer than both Cat Zingano and Alexis Davis did. Put her in the top 10 now.
Apollo Crews defeated Baron Corbin
- Backstage, Corbin is bragging to The Revival, who aren't interested at all. I like the integration of them.
- Apollo Crews comes up and asks for a match with Corbin and trolls him until he gets it. Apollo says nobody likes Corbin, and Revival agree. This was a really fun skit.
- Crews dives outside onto Corbin, but Corbin cuts him off and slows him down.
- Crews backflips out of a chokeslam, but walks into a good Deep Six.
- Crews wins with a small package. Kurt Angle celebrates with Apollo.
BATISTA IS DOWN....for a fight.
- Batista cuts a promo "via satellite" about how Triple H has used him like others.
- He says he became a movie star and demanded the match that he deserved because he's in control.
- Michael Cole is pretty good here, but Batista isn't having it.
- Batista hopes Triple H gets fired by Vince McMahon
Drew McIntyre defeated Seth Rollins
- Drew McIntyre challenges Roman Reigns to a fight at WrestleMania, before talking a little trash.
- Rollins says this is why he did what he did earlier.
- Rollins comes out and they're BRAWLIN'.
- Back from a break, Rollins goes tilt-a-whirl, but eats a suplex from Drew McIntyre.
- Drew moves and Rollins moonsaults off the stairs and into the floor.
- During the break, Drew does the throwplex.
- Rollins counters a powerbomb with a nice huracanrana, but Drew does a side belly-to-belly suplex into the barricade.
- Two great suicide dives into a barricade and a slingblade! Rollins....IS ROLLIN'. Superplex Falcon Arrow, too.
- Brock Lesnar's music hits and Drew hits a Claymore for the win.
10- Perfect, 9- MOTY Territory, 8- Excellent, 7- Great, 6- Good, 5- Average to above average, 4- Slightly below average, 3 or below: Poor
Each match starts at a 5 and slides up and down based on entertainment, execution, time, environment, reaction and stakes. The ratings are in no way an indication of a "star rating," which is a completely different system. A standard, non-offensive "TV match" lands at a 5.The gap between 5.75-6 is generally the largest, with anything reaching 6 being recommended viewing.
These are opinions, and incredibly inconsistent ones. Don't take them too seriously, and have (and share) your own!