Happy Tuesday Novas! Normally I have small WWE posts here and there but mainly I try to cover the Pay Per View events. The last 2 nights for WWE have been pretty awesome and last night’s Monday Night Raw was so amazing, that I had to talk about it today! Please be advised that there are spoilers in the post! If you haven’t watched yet, stop reading. This is your official **SPOILER ALERT, SPOILER ALERT!**
If you have checked Twitter or anything WWE related since about 8:10pm EST last night, you would have seen the crazy trend of #TheShield! It’s not nostalgia, it’s not a rumor, it’s a full blown fact now! Roman Reigns interrupted the Miz’s “Mizzie Awards” to pick a fight. When Miz challenged the Shield reunion rumors Roman Reigns only had this to say “Rumors, who said anything about RUMORS?”
It finally happened. After teasing us for sooooo long, WWE finally pulled the trigger in the building that The Shield both debuted and destroyed, our favorite faction resurrected! I was beyond ecstatic that the Miz, Sheamus and Cesaro kept poking and prodding. You knew that eventually, if even for a night or a match that the Shield would come back. Get this, they have a match at TLC and Shirts!!! But on to that in a moment.
The Shield ran amuck on a tear throughout the night as only the Hounds of Justice could. But Miz and Friends weren’t their only target. The Shield went “Monster Hunting” in the words of Michael Cole. After Strowman defeated Matt Hardy, he tried to take his body with him back to the locker room. Who do you think stood in his way?
The Shield and they put Strowman through the announcers table. The match between the 3 vigilantes will be against the Miz, Sheamus, Cesaro ANDDDD Strowman! It’s set for the main event at TLC. It’s a Tables, Ladders and Chair Match and I cannot wait!
Side Note: This has to be our main event because wack Lesner isn’t wrestling with the Universal Title ughhhh.
Luna’s Thoughts on The Shield: This is a great move for Monday Night Raw. Reuniting the Shield accomplishes 2 things in my mind. It sets up (hopefully) a Shield versus Club match for Wrestlemania, but more importantly, it draws in the once strayed fans back to the hip of Roman Reigns. With the Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose by his side, the fans can’t help but cheer any efforts Reigns will make in the coming months.
The Shield brings a brand new dynamic to Raw and I don’t think it will be long before Reigns is holding a title with the WWE Universe’s approval.
Ok, Ok all of the recap post will not be my admiration and praise of The Shield. Raw was a really good show last night. We had a fatal 5 way Women’s Elimination match for the chance to be Asuka’s first opponent at TLC. Now Asuka is an amazing Superstar finally brought up from NXT. She is fierce, strong and her character is very believable. She had NXT chanting “Asuka’s Gonna Kill You” for about 2 years now. Facing her first on her main roster debut could go 1 of 2 ways; Either you pit her against a great, well established Superstar to showcase her true talents and credibility or you pit her against a mid level talent and let her dominance be known off rip. The fatal 5 way participants were Bayley, Sasha Banks, Alicia Fox, Emma and Dana Brooke. Not a bad lineup.
The match was pretty good but a few miscues were noticeable. I love seeing Dana Brooke back in the mix of the Women’s division action because she’s a hard worker. She actually displayed a few new moves like her cart wheel corner bomb and somersault. The eliminations went as follows Dana Brooke and Bayley were eliminated quickly. This left Sasha Banks, Emma and Alicia Fox. Who do you think won? Nope. Emma! Yup, Emma snuck in while Sasha Banks made Alicia Fox tap and rolled up Sasha for a quick pin. So Asuka is going to have a dominant debut. In the words of the NXT fans, Emma… Asuka’s Gonna Kill You! lol.
The Main Event of Raw was a Crusierweight Title Match between Kalisto and Champion Enzo Amore. This match was decided by Kurt Angle when Enzo kept running his mouth about the No Contact clause. This fueled the GM to set not only a title match for that evening, but a Lumberjack match. The entire Cruiserweight division circled the ring and participated in the match, both throwing Enzo and Kalisto back in the ring and taking out aggression against each other.
It was very entertaining and I hope that this match really prompts WWE fans to watch 205 live. The Crusierweights are really amazing.
This match was entertaining because Enzo ACTUALLY wrestled! We’re use to Enzo taking cheap shots and doing the smack talking, but he really showed some technique out there tonight. It’s a great sight to behold. Due to interference from Mustafa Ali pulling Kalisto out of a pin, Kalisto was able to regain and hit the Selina Del Sol off of the top rope n Enzo. Ladies and Gentlemen, we have our new Cruiserweight Champion… KALISTO!
Other Highlights From the Night:
- Finn Balor met Sister Abigail – I’m really over the Bray Wyatt and Finn Balor feud. Balor has beaten him a few times and to be honest, I don’t understand why he is not in more high profile matches (like a title match). Balor is extremely talented and Bray Wyatt’s antics are starting to run stale. WE will see where this Sister Abigail thing leads. My guess would be her versus the Demon King.
- Titus O’ Neil played his Banjo for Elias – Elias Samson is a pretty good in ring competitor. His whole drifter thing, while not my taste is a character that he has been developing since NXT. His feud with Titus Brand (currently Apollo Crews and Titus O’Neil… what happened to Tozawa btw?) is not peaking my interest at the moment.
- Mickie James received her title match versus Alexa Bliss at TLC – After defeating Nia Jax in a match, Kurt Angle rewarded the 6 time Women’s Championship with a title match at TLC. While I’m not sure if she will get the title, this feud is a repeat of their time on Smackdown Live.
- Jason Jordan & The Club feud continues – Jason Jordan continues to feud with the The Club Luke Gallows and Karl Andersen. As Booker T said last night, he’s trying to get gold on his first time out and it seems like he is trying too hard. His character is a Face character but I’m not too sure many fans like him. At least this feud is more his speed, we will see where it takes him.
Those are my thoughts and a quick recap of last nights Monday Night RAW. What did you think about the night? Are you happy to see The Shield? How do you think things will unfold at TLC? Let’s Talk WWE!