Date: July 2, 2015
Location: Giant Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania
Commentators: Tom Phillips, Jerry Lawler, Jimmy Uso
Reviewed by Tommy Hall
There isn't a lot to say at the moment as we're getting closer and closer to Battleground and the showdown between Lesnar and Rollins. Raw mainly focused on Wyatt vs. Reigns, which is coming off as a strong feud with Wyatt getting inside Reigns' head, but I can't imagine there being much of a challenge for Roman when they finally face off. Let's get to it.
We open with a recap of Rollins giving the Authority all their presents on Monday, leading to the Authority and Wyatt beating down Reigns to end the show.
Here are Rollins and the Stooges to open things up. Rollins keeps plugging the product placement but says it's time to talk about the present. One day, everyone is going to ask about what it was like when Seth Rollins destroyed the Roman Empire and burned Suplex City to the ground. After some clips of the beatdowns, Rollins brags about conquering the conqueror last week.
Then Roman couldn't hang with the power of the Stooges and Kane got on his flight to Tokyo, but before he left he made a few matches for tonight: Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins, assuming Roman shows up. Cue Ambrose to come towards the ring but he walks back and comes out again with a kendo stick. Dean fights them off but is told his match with Wyatt starts RIGHT NOW.
Dean Ambrose vs. Bray Wyatt
Dean chops and strikes away against the ropes to start but walks into the running body block to change control early on. We hit the chinlock way faster than we should before they head outside for Ambrose's 619 under the bottom rope and a big clothesline before it's off to a break. Maybe they can get out of this lame formula stuff during the commercial. Back with Dean fighting out of Sister Abigail and nailing a big suicide dive to the floor.
A tornado DDT gets two for Ambrose but Wyatt takes his head off with a clothesline and gets two of his own off the backsplash. Back up and Dean's rebound lariat and top rope elbow get two as well, meaning the wait for anything but signature moves continues. Dean dives off the apron and gets thrown into the barricade for his efforts. Well that was different. Sister is good for the pretty sudden pin at 9:00.
Rating: D+. It was watchable as these two have fought so many times before, but this felt a lot more like a house show match than anything else. Dean did his signature stuff, Bray did his signature stuff, and then Wyatt won. I've seen far worse matches, but I never got the slightest bit interested in this one, partially because I'm sick of seeing these guys fight.
Adam Rose and Rosa Mendes are in the ring to call the entire audience jealous of him, only to be interrupted by R-Truth.
R-Truth vs. Adam Rose
Rose gets thrown around to start and Truth thrusts some pelvis at him. Phillips: “Truth is aware we don't have kings in this country right?” Lawler: “Are you kidding me?” Truth blocks some right hands and hits the Lie Detector for the pin at 1:58.
Video of Rock appearing at a house show over the weekend. Since this is WWE, they show it on the WWE Youtube channel.
Recap of Cena vs. Cesaro on Monday with Owens coming in for the DQ.
On WWE.com, Ryback promised to run through Mark Henry tonight on his way to Battleground, where he'll run over Big Show and Miz.
Mark Henry disagrees and says Ryback is disrespectful.
Mark Henry vs. Ryback
Non-title again and Henry's signature entrance with the camera behind his back makes its return. Mark shoves him to the floor to start but Ryback just punches him in the face and tries Shell Shock, only to be thwarted by the powers of fat. The announcers say that if he can't get Henry up, he can't get Big Show up. Please forget that HE ALREADY DID THAT. Ryback gets one off a splash but can't get Henry up for a suplex. Henry: “FEED ME MORE!” How many times do you think that's been said in Mark's life?
The bearhug doesn't last long but Henry falls on Ryback's slam attempt for two. There's a double clothesline to put both guys down but Ryback is up first with the suplex. The World's Strongest Slam is countered into the spinebuster, followed by the Shell Shock for the pin at 7:00. Jimmy Uso is VERY excited over this.
Rating: C-. I liked this more than I was expecting to with Ryback building up to the suplex and then finally paying it off. No it's nothing mind blowing, but they built something up and then got to the point. That's basic storytelling and it's WAY more than you would expect to get out of something like this.
The Stooges show off some Apple Watch features.
Brie Bella vs. Naomi
This is described as a match between the stars of Total Divas. Brie slaps her in the face to start and a chase on the floor lets Brie get in a clothesline to take over. Back in and the BRIE MODE minus obnoxiously shouting BRIE MODE knee to the face gets two but Naomi slaps her in the face. Turnabout being fair play and all that jazz. Fox trips Naomi up though and the Bella Buster is good for the pin at 3:59.
Rating: D. Yeah this happened. It's a shame that Naomi's big push has been stopped for the sake of another Total Divas storyline because it's that time of the year again. There are some good elements in the division but the complete lack of any real motivation or logic to most of the characters cripples anything they could do.
Wyatt says he's the reason Reigns wasn't there to save Ambrose earlier tonight. Reigns must be hiding in some cave feeling sorry for himself. That isn't the Reigns that Bray knows though, because Reigns is all about fighting the world. Bray hasn't known anyone since he's been on this planet and that makes him stronger. Everything Roman loves in this world is going to be burned to the ground, leaving Wyatt and Reigns all alone. Then and only then will Wyatt finish Reigns, because it's anyone but you Reigns. Run.
Prime Time Players vs. Ascension
Non-title. Titus chops Viktor to start and the announcers cringe in stereo. Jimmy: “Geez Louise.” Darren gets suplexed onto Viktor and gets two off the Earthquake splash. It's off to Konnor to run Darren over, followed by shrugging off a forearm and punching Young down. They head outside with Darren getting posted as we head to a break.
Back with Lawler updating us on Roman Reigns' status for tonight: he's still not here. And I'm sure he will NOT be here for the match they've basically spent the whole night advertising. Young finally sends the losers into each other for a hot tag off to Titus as house is cleaned. Jimmy: “BOO YEAH!” Everything breaks down and the Clash of the Titus ends Konnor at 9:41.
Rating: D+. The match was acceptable and the action was fine, even though there was never any doubt as to who was winning. The part I'm interested in though is who the Players are going to be facing. They keep hyping the idea that it isn't clear which members of the New Day are getting the shot, which makes me think Dallas might be brought in as a surprise. Why that would be imposing is anyone's guess.
Here are Rusev and Summer Rae (looking as good as she ever has in a white dress) for a chat. Summer wants to apologize for her actions at Raw as she stooped down to the gold digger's level when Lana isn't even a real woman. Rusev says Summer knows her place but almost calls her Lana by mistake. He's coming for Ziggler and that's about it.
Rollins and the Stooges come out for the match with Reigns and it's time for the dreaded ten count. In case you've never watched wrestling before, Reigns shows up at nine and it's time to fight.
Seth Rollins vs. Roman Reigns
Non-title of course. Roman starts fast and whips Rollins into the corner before taking FOREVER to powerbomb Mercury, allowing Seth to kick him in the ribs and take over. A top rope double stomp on the back makes Reigns' injuries (from Raw) even worse and a spinning kick to the ribs stops his comeback. Reigns shrugs it off again and plants Seth with a powerbomb, drawing in the Stooges for the DQ at 5:58.
Rating: D. I get that it was short, but there's no reason to have this match. Why burn through another edition of this match instead of having, say, Reigns vs. the Stooges? If you're only going to give it a few minutes then let Roman beat the two of them up and then have Rollins interfere. It's that simple and a way to save one of these matches from being done to death. Again, thinking can make the booking that much better but for some reason it almost never happens.
The beating is on but Ambrose comes out for the save, allowing for a big double beatdown on Mercury as the other two bail to end the show.
Overall Rating: D+. This one didn't work for me as it was mainly midcard stuff and then a really lame main event story that went nowhere. You can only have the Shield guys fight each other so many times before it stops being interesting and unfortunately we passed that back in like December. These matches should be major showdowns, not getting six minutes and a lame DQ finish on a random Smackdown. The show didn't do anything for me and there's no reason to see this.
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