Matt’s Monday Night RAW Recap – 4/6/2015

Happy MLB Opening Day to everyone.

I apologize for the lateness of this recap. We had a late night last night and we got in and pretty much fell asleep from a long day. In any case, I will hand the thing off next time. I really, honestly, thought I would be awake enough to get it done as I usually do.


We are LIVE(!!!) from Austin, Texas!!!

Byron Saxton is in for the pretty-much-dead Michael Cole and he’s joined by JBL and Booker.


Rollins is in the ring with Kane and J&J Security. Big Show joins
them. Crowd won’t stop booing. Big Show reminds us that this “our
champion”, the guy who got a huge pop just because he was beating up
Roman Reigns. Rollins says that the biggest takeaway from WrestleMania
wasn’t the large attendance or the Twitter “trend” record. It was that
they always wins. He reminds us that Triple H and Show both went over at
WrestleMania. He tries to pump up Kane by saying, “Kane was THERE!”
Show pumps up Rollins as the new champ, then kisses his ass. Rollins
tries to talk up Kane again, but Randy Orton interrupts.

here to remind everyone that he BEAT Rollins at WrestleMania. He wants
the Championship and asks Kane to grant the match. Kane says that,
tonight, there will be a Triple Threat Match to determine the #1
Contender for the match at Extreme Rules. It will feature: Roman Reigns,
Ryback for some reason and Randy Orton. But, Orton’s got another
match…against him. Rollins isn’t happy at all.

The clicking sound you hear is everyone switching to Better Call Saul.

MATCH #1: Kane vs. Randy Orton
hits a couple clotheslines in the corner, then puts Kane in another
corner, but get gets sent outside by a Kane uppercut. When we come back
from break, Kane boots Orton and pins him for two. He clotheslines Orton
in the corner, beats on him and hits a Sidewalk Slam for two. Kane hits
a suplex and gets two. Kane tries a Chokeslam but Orton breaks the hold and kicks Kane outside the ring. He goes for the Elevated DDT and hits it.
Orton goes for the RKO but Kane leaves the ring. Orton chases and beats
Kane against the barricade…so, Kane retaliates with a chair and it’s a
DQ at 9:01 which didn’t feel that long at all thanks to five minutes of
Popeye’s ads and commercials for 5 Gum.
WINNER: Randy Orton via DQ
1/2*. Arbitrary, pointless and DOA and went nowhere before an abrupt,
shitty end. What do Kane and Big Show have on Triple H and Vince right
now? Why did Orton not go over here?!

Post-match, both guys almost hit their big moves, then break away from one another.

Speaking of pointless and arbitrary:

TONIGHT: Ryback faces Luke Harper

ALSO: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show

Byron and the guys address AJ’s pregnancy “retirement”.

Backstage, Brad Maddox is talking to Kane who yells at Maddox. Then Rollins shows up to yell at Kane because Kane’s not the
“Director of Operations”…? Anyhow, Rollins is tired of Kane “not
getting it”: they’re supposed to be protecting Rollins. Kane reminds
Rollins that Rollins wouldn’t even be champion without his help at Money
in the Bank. Kane says that it’s his job to book Rollins against a
“viable opponent” at Extreme Rules. Rollins says it’s probably time for
Kane to step down from Director of Operations and that Triple H and
Steph would agree with him. Kane says that Triple H and Steph are on
vacation in the “South Pacific with no internet or cell phone
connection”. What, did they travel to Rogers and Hammerstein’s South
Pacific? Rollins says that Kane will answer for his bullshit when they
get back. Kane retaliates and says that Rollins is in a match…NEXT!

Well, not really
“next”. Byron has to talk with JBL and Booker about Brock Lesnar going
into Hairless Wookie Rage last week and then we get clips of it.

Seth is out for his match — NEXT!

Oh, wait, now we get a commercial break. So, like, after that. 

When we come back, Seth’s opponent is…Neville?!
We’re already ready to job Neville?! Jeebus in a canoe, this
show…Rollins sarcastically introduces him to the audience and has
Neville introduce himself. Neville doesn’t talk, so Rollins pretty much
calls him chicken shit and tells him to sit this out. Neville kicks him

MATCH #2: WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins (w/ Jamie Noble & Joey Mercury) vs. Neville (non-title)
hits a nice arm drag and rolls Rollins up for a one count. Rollins
comes back, knocking him to the mat with a shoulderblock. Rollins stomps
at him as JBL talks about “having surgery” for the 47th time. Neville
does his gymnastic flip routine and kicks Rollins in the face, then
sends him outside and leaps at him with a flipping splash. J&J tries
to attack but Neville gets back into the ring. After a break, Neville
and Rollins fight in the corner and Rollins trips him, sending him,
face-first, into the buckle. Two count. He chokes Neville against the
bottom rope as the crowd tries to pump Neville up. He makes a short
comeback but Rollins just whips him into the buckle and drops some knees
for two. Side headlock on Neville but Neville gets to his feet and
breaks. Series of counters and Rollins hits a quick Enzuguri for two.
Rollins hits a knee to the gut against the ropes as Booker says that
“Neville is a winner no matter what happens tonight.” Rollins punches
Neville in the face a bunch of times and it’s another headlock. Neville
fights out and hits a chinbreaker. Rollins whips him to the ropes and
Neville hits a lariat and kicks. Rollins comes back with a huge running
clothesline which flips Neville in a complete circle. It’s another two
count. The two trade shots but Rollins goes for the Buckle Bomb. Neville
counters it and goes for his finisher — but J&J get involved.
Neville manages to kick Mercury away from him but Rollins manages to get
up, grab Neville for the Buckle Bomb and Curb Stomp to close it at
WINNER: Seth Rollins via Curb Stomp
RATING: ***. Not a bad match but Neville barely seemed to have any offense for most of it.

Post-match, Rollins & J&J beat up Neville and taunt him because fuck the new guy.

TONIGHT: Triple Threat Match between Randy Orton, Roman Reigns and Ryback.

ALSO: John Cena REEEEEALLY doesn’t want the Franklin Mint ‘Murica Commemorative Plate Belt anymore! PLEASE TAKE IT!

Furious 7 is #1 at the Box Office this week. No surprise there.

comes John Cena for the “Open Challenge”. Cena pumps up the crowd, hits
a cheap city pop, brags about beating Rusev, CHAMP IS HERE, etc. He
says that Rusev wants a rematch with him at Extreme Rules. Cena says he
wants to have a Championship Match RIGHT HERE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS!!! He
says he’s not gonna just cough the belt up, though. He tells somebody to
come out and get some…and it’s fucking Stardust. The crowd reacts by
hitting the snack bar. Wow. Shouldn’t Neville have been booked here

MATCH #3: John Cena (champion) vs. Stardust (challenger) for the WWE United States Championship
chants for Cody who screams at them and tells them “IT’S STARDUST!”
Some heavy countering and Dust hits a Sunset Flip for two. Cena sends
him out of the ring but Star holds the top rope and flips back in. Cena
slams him and drops punches. He hits Move #1 and stops. Star backs off
and goes into a corner. Cena just tosses him around like a rag doll,
then hits a VERY delayed Vertical Suplex for two. Cena clotheslines
Star’s head off and gets two. Headlock by Cena. Star breaks but runs
into Cena’s shoulderblock which must be like running into a wall.
Finally, Star just rolls out of the ring and addresses the crowd. After a
break, we’re back to the latest Cena massacre. He has Star in the AA
but Star actually escapes, hits a buckle and dropkicks Cena, getting
two. Cena runs at Star in the corner but gets a boot to the face and can
barely pretend that hurt. Two count by Star. Star leaps at Cena again
and Cena counters with a sitting Powerbomb of sorts for two. Another AA
sees Star landing on his feet and hitting a quick Alabama Slam for two.
Star sets up his finisher but Cena comes back with a Falling Body Slam
for two. Cena sets up for the AA AGAIN but Star escapes for the third
time and hits a Sunset Flip for two. Cena gets up and hits Move #3. He
goes for the 5KS but Star kicks him and hits a DDT for two which we
recap about two or three times because NOBODY EVER DDT’S CENA! Star hits
a nice splash off the ropes and NEARLY gets a fall. Star runs at Cena
but Cena grabs his leg and hits the STF. Star escapes and hits Cross
Rhodes — NEARLY getting another fall. Cena instantly gets up and hits his brand-new movie, that goofy Springboard Stunner plus an AA to retain at 13:16.
***. Complete mis-match on paper which translated to a crappy first
half. Got way better as it went along. The problem is that I really
didn’t believe, for one second, that Cena is in any danger.

STILL TO COME: The Triple Threat Match

TONIGHT: Reigns vs. Big Show

ALSO TONIGHT: Ryback vs. Luke Harper

MATCH #4: The Bella Twins (Brie Bella & WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella) vs. Naomi & Paige
and Brie start. They lock up and Brie slaps Paige who comes back,
pissed, clotheslining Brie. Paige charges the ropes but Nikki distracts
her. Brie knocks Paige out of the ring. She kicks at Paige and puts her
back into the ring, hitting the Drunken Knee or Brie Mode or whatever
we’re calling that. Brie puts on the CHINLOCK OF DOOM. Paige breaks but
gets tossed to the mat. Brie tags Nikki and the twins hit a double
suplex. Nikki puts Body Scissors on Paige, then breaks the hold and
struts around the ring. She slams Paige against the buckle, then runs at
her and misses. Hot tag to Naomi which gets nothing from the crowd.
Naomi works over Nikki, then knocks Brie off the mat. Naomi misses an
attack off the ropes and hits the fucking stupid Ass Bump. Brie comes
into the ring to help. Paige kicks Nikki’s head off, then ejects Brie
from the ring. Naomi hits a Leg Scissor DDT which, again, gets nothing
from the crowd. That seals it up at 5:14 as JBL says “FUNK IS ON A ROLL”
so many times, even my neighbor Tweets WWE to tell them to take JBL off
the air.
WINNERS: Naomi & Paige
RATING: 1/2 a *. I’m all for giving Divas a chance…but there’s nothing going on with them. We went from Nikki feuding with her sister to Brie suddenly not giving a shit about
her sister’s abuse to Nikki winning the title to Nikki feuding with
Paige to Nikki feuding with both AJ and Paige to…constant tag team
matches. I have a feeling this is the status quo until Total Divas

The Primetime Players cut a promo about how awful The New Day is.

MATCH #5: Ryback vs. Luke Harper
beats up Harper in the corner but Harper comes back with a quick
dropkick and uppercuts. One count. Ryback hits a Falling Press Slam but
runs into a Superkick on a failed Meathook attempt. JBL: “FEED ME MORE?
YEAH! THROUGH A STRAW!” Ryback falls outside and Harper goes after him,
beating up on him. He rolls Ryback into the ring but misses the
Clothesline From Hell. Ryback runs at him and Harper hits Winds of
Change for two. Harper hits a Crossface but Ryback breaks it and hits a
suplex. Shell Shock and we’re done at 2:34.
WINNER: Ryback via Shell Shock
RATING: *1/4. Routine squash.

The New Day is backstage with Renee who FINALLY acknowledges
that the fans are saying, “New Day sucks”. Kofi: “It hurts that they
say that…but we clap…or we SNAP…” Uh. Wut. Big E talks about
signing autographs. Because he can clap. Then they clap.

MATCH #6: The New Day (Xavier Woods & Big E) (w/ Kofi Kingston) vs. Lucha Dragons (Sin Cara & Kalisto)
still does the New Day clap. The crowd does the New Day Sucks chant.
So, this is the Painfully Ironic Day now, I guess. The New Day beats up
Cara in the corner with no mercy whatsoever. Woods puts a chinlock on
Cara but Cara breaks. Woods immediately hits some kicks to his gut and
gets a two count. Big E gets in and continues the beating. Cara manages
to flip over E and tag Kalisto who destroys Woods. E tries to attack but
Cara dumps him.. Woods tries a cheap roll-up but only gets two. Kalisto
hits his finisher, then dives at E and Kofi. Tag to Cara who hits the
Flying Reverse Senton for the win.
WINNERS: Lucha Dragons
RATING: **. Short match, but effective. Kalisto and Sin Cara are an impressive team.

NEXT: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show

MATCH #7: Roman Reigns vs. Big Show
feed cut out for part of this. It continues with Show choking Reigns
against the bottom rope. Reigns comes back with punches but Show just
grabs him and tosses him out of the ring. Show continues the beating
outside but gets tossed into the ringpost on a counter by Reigns. Reigns
dropkicks him in the head but Show comes back with a Spear. After break, Show has Reigns in the ring and hits a Side Suplex. Reigns gets to his feet because Show just walks around and/or stands there.
Reigns comes back with a kick in the corner but Show grabs him and hits
a Sidewalk Slam. Show goes for a Vader Bomb, hitting it perfectly. He
gets two. Reigns gets to his feet and Show kicks him out of the ring
again. Show follows, beats on him some more, then stands there and waits
for Reigns to wake up and get back in the ring again. Show grabs him by
the hair and just kinda stands there, looking at him. Reigns punches
him, then hits three Superman Punches and Spear and we’re done at around
ten minutes.
WINNER: Roman Reigns via Spear
RATING: *. Big, dull, boring — just like the other two matches involving the #1 contenders. Aren’t you glad we have to sit through another match with all three of them?

is leaving a message for Triple H and Steph — despite the fact they’re
on Gilligan’s Island. Natalya, Summer, Cameron and Alicia come in,
squealing over Kane. They all want a “battle royal” to determine who the
real #1 Contender should be for the Divas Championship, despite the
fact that three of the four of them don’t do anything remotely meaningful. 

Renee Young stops Reigns and wants to know his next move. Reigns holds up his fist and tells her wait and see.

Sheamus has new music to match his new look. It’s not bad at all. He
wants everyone to know that he is what a “real man looks like”. He says
grown-ups are speaking now. He says that the little go-getters don’t do
much at all. He says that people criticize him for bullying smaller
guys…but there aren’t really guys his size, so he has no choice. Mark
Henry’s music hits and out he comes to job.

MATCH #8: Sheamus vs. Mark Henry
isn’t having this and leaves the ring. He tells Henry not to waste his
time — so Henry grabs him and tosses him back into the ring. Sheamus
isn’t happy and tries to kick Henry. Henry grabs his leg and knocks him
down. Sheamus fights back and clubs Henry across the neck. Henry blocks a
move and dumps Sheamus from the ring. Henry chases and Sheamus just
hits him in the face. Back in the ring, Sheamus tries for Ten Beats but
Henry stops it at four. Sheamus knees him in the gut until he goes down.
Sheamus picks him up again but Henry goes for the WSS, which Sheamus
escapes. He hits the Brogue and we’re done.
WINNER: Sheamus via Brogue Kick
RATING: N/A. This was your typical semi-squash. 

MATCH #9: The Miz vs. Damien Miz-dow
Miz-dow (who is still Miz-dow
despite breaking free of Miz) immediately attacks Miz and it’s a brawl
that spills outside the ring. Miz-dow runs Miz’s head into the mat, then
picks him up and knees him in the head. Miz-dow kicks him in the
corner, then chokes him. He tries to rush at Miz but Miz kicks him in
the head and starts wailing on Miz-dow, kicking him in the head after a
flurry of punches. Miz chokes Miz-dow against the middle rope and works
him over in the corner. Miz-dow comes back and beats up Miz in the
corner, nailing him with hard elbows. Miz-dow hits a quick suplex and
drops an elbow. Miz gets to the ropes but Miz-dow won’t let him go,
hitting him with hard knees. Miz finally drops out of the ring. Miz-dow
chases him back in and Miz is on him, kicking away. Miz-dow regroups in
the corner and Miz climbs up on him, grinding his face into the buckle.
Miz-dow stands up and puts Miz on his shoulders, hitting an Electric
Chair Drop. Miz-dow gets up and headbutts Miz who rolls out of the ring.
Miz drops Miz-dow’s neck on the ropes and comes back in, rushing.
Miz-dow quickly hits a clothesline, then a back/neckbreaker combo. He
goes for the SCF but Miz blocks and it’s more brawling before Miz
manages the cheap roll-up pin to end it.
***1/2. This was the match of the night. These two fought with
incredible intensity. Great stuff. Why they couldn’t wait until Extreme
Rules is puzzling, but it’s fine.

NEXT: The main event…

#10: Ryback vs. Randy Orton vs. Roman Reigns in a Triple Threat Match
for the #1 Contender’s Spot for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship

Ryback tries Shell Shock on Reigns but that doesn’t happen. Orton
and Reigns dump him, then fight int he corner. Ryback comes roaring
back into the fight and clotheslines Reigns who comes back with his
leaping clothesline, getting two. Orton and Reigns trade shots and Orton
hits a clothesline out of the corner. Ryback dumps Orton out of the
ring and goes to work on Reigns…and, suddenly, the Authority is out in
force on the entrance ramp. Ryback puts Reigns in the corner, then hits
a powerslam. He attempts the Meathook but Orton comes in and hits
clotheslines on both guys, then hits twin powerslams in stride. He goes
for the Elevated DDT on Ryback but Reigns leaps up and clubs Orton in
the head. Two count. Reigns hits about a half dozen clotheslines in the
corner but Orton interferes. Reigns hits a Superman Punch on Orton.
Ryback hits a Spinebuster on Reigns. Ryback goes for a Meathook, nailing
Reigns. Nobody cares. Orton tries an RKO but Ryback fights out and hits
a Spinebuster on Orton. He goes for Shell Shock but Orton escapes.
Reigns hits a Spear on Ryback and rolls out of the ring. The Authority
approaches the ring, so Reigns dives at all five guys. Rollins gets
involved and fights off Reigns. Show hits a KO Punch to finish him off.
Orton grabs Rollins’ hair and drags him in the ring, then hits an
Elevated DDT. In comes J&J and Ryback hits them with Spinebusters.
Orton hits an RKO and he’s the #1 Contender.
WINNER: Randy Orton via RKO.
RATING: **. So, The Authority hates all three guys, books them all in the same match, then interferes for zero reason whatsoever, enabling Orton (who Seth didn’t want to face) to win the match? Anyhow, this wasn’t that bad…it’s just stale. 

Post-match, Rollins hits a Curb Stomp on Orton and stands tall as we go off the air.

OVERALL: **1/2. Nobody cares about any of the Main Event guys and it’s really weighing things down.

Er, that’s it.