SRS Raw Blog (12/19): New Titles, Braun Kills Everyone, Bad Women's Match, More

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Opening segment

  • So JeriKO didn't actually plot the end of Roadblock, Owens legit believed that he lost his friend. So everyone is stupid except Jericho.
  • The Hug of Jericho. Excellent.
  • The shots at Michael Cole were pretty funny.
  • Mick Foley comes out in a horrible Christmas sweater.
  • Reigns vs. Owens at the Royal Rumble with Jericho suspended above the ring. Well, then.
  • Owens and Jericho continue to be great, attacking the structure verbally. Hilarious.
  • Reigns needs to drop the United States title, by the way. 
  • Mick Foley can't find the right key in his fanny pack to let Jericho out of the cage. I enjoyed this way more than I should have. FOLEY JUMPED TO LET HIM OUT! It didn't work. Lol
  • Owens and Jericho have a hilarious backstage segment later in the night as well.

Big Cass vs. Rusev

  • Rusev cuts off Cass' catchphrase, and Cass is mad. Cass should be mad at the guy who played Rusev's music. Not Rusev. 
  • Cass goes crazy and punks Rusev out for the DQ. I love that Enzo is being a thug and encouraging it.  

Sasha Banks promo

  • Sasha out on crutches. Good move.
  • Nia Jax comes out. Hopefully Sasha can yank a good match out of her.
  • Jax was good and abbreviated here.

Foley backstage

  • Foley unveils new tag team titles, which are the same as Smackdown's, just red. Nice.
  • Strowman is backstage killing stuff. GOOD!

Cedric Alexander (w/ Alicia Fox) vs. Noam Dar

  • I like the pairing of Cedric and Alicia Fox. She's too much of a talent to leave off of TV.
  • They're finally allowing a little character to shine through in this division....finally. Both before and after the match Dar got a little something
  • Cedric Alexander makes everything look so effortless, but why did he need a handspring before that kick?
  • Stop letting wrestlers say "you see" in promos. That and "My name is" need to be canned. 
  • Dar's creep character is great.

New Day Promo, New Day, Sheamus & Cesaro vs. The Club & Shining Stars

  • This was just there. Not good. Not bad. Just there.
  • Sheamus isn't funny. 
  • How were The Club allowed to come out? They've lost five title matches.
  • The Shining Stars?!?!? No! Why?! 
  •  They all brawl. I can't wait to not give a shit about this match. If there is one person who cares about this match, write 1000 words on it and I'll run it on tomorrow.

Cruiserweight Stuff

  • Neville being a heel is good, but his promo was weak. Everything about this was weak. Neville had a right to be upset in storyline.
  • Kendrick is being shoehorned in here, but I figure any of the associated matches will be good.


Enzo's training

  • Enzo Amore has to go through sensitivity training. I can't wait for this.
  • Bob Backlund is still on the road. Well.
  • Enzo making bad jokes is what he should be outside the ring. It fits him.
  • These segments could have been good, but they weren't.
  • Enzo makes fun of Jinder, which was funny. Jinder and Rusev end up jumping him hardcore and put him through a table. Enzo sells it great.

Braun kills

  • Strowman shows up, kills Titus O'Neil and Sin Cara, tosses Cara into some presents. Sweet!!!

Charlotte promo, match with Bayley

  • Charlotte says she's the greatest WWE Superstar ever. Well she is better than Moolah. Not hyperbole.
  • Bayley comes out and makes her case, and the crowd is into her. Charlotte wants to face Bayley after she's reminded she's 0-2 against her.
  • Bayley needs to never do that riding spot to a top level talent again. It looks like total shit. 
  • This match didn't click. The Columbus crowd has seen Bayley wrestle a dozen times since last year, so they seemed to let it go.
  • Weird finish where Charlotte's shoulder was actually up. Ah boy. These two need some work together on the house show loop, and they'll be fine.

Shield 0.66 vs. JeriKO

  • Another one that was hard to care about. Why do Rollins and Reigns get along again? Any explanation? Nah, just insult our intelligence.
  • Seth Rollins hasn't looked more "on" since returning than this match. Back-to-back blockbuster spots looked awesome!
  • Braun Strowman shows up and kills Rollins and Reigns! Great way to get someone over and to weave a mid-card storyline into their main one.
  • So help me God, they better not screw this Strowman deal up by having him lose to Reigns.
  • A very missable show tonight outside of the Strowman stuff.
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