1. There are so many things that happened in that first segment that made me want to turn off Raw. John Cena opened the show, again. Proposed a completely unnecessary “3 Stages Hell” match against Ryback (THEY’VE HAD ONE OTHER MATCH!). Ryback cut a horrible and generic promo. Then, in what could have been a helluva rub, Curtis Axel comes out to challenge the WWE Champion… but he comes out to a HORRIBLE remix of his fantastic theme music he debuted with last week. Why does WWE INSIST on shooting themselves in the foot when they actually produce something good?
2. Dean Ambrose vs. Kofi Kingston again? Normally I would despise this booking. I hate when the WWE feels they need to put the same guys in the same matches week after week, especially when it includes Kofi Kingston. But damn do Ambrose and Kingston work well together! I’d really like to see Ambrose one-on-one with other upper-midcarders for the US title but anytime the US champion & Dean Ambrose can be featured on Raw is a good thing.
<- Ah now back to my comfort zone, WWE-style production. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
Natalya vs Summer Rae
<- God it’s been so damn long, you forget that Natalya is a FREAKING HART! She can GO in the ring. Apparently her talents are better used to valet The Great Khali to the ring though.
<- Summer Rae is surprising me a lot with a few of the moves she’s pulling out. Reminds me of Maryse and she had a pretty good run in the WWE.
Damien Sandow v. Baron Corbin
: Corbin making his NXT debut in a squash, I mean match against Damien Sandow. I can never be too biased because the closet I’ve come to being a professional wrestler is the backyard wrestling league I was in for two weeks, but either Baron Corbin and Sandow didn’t get a chance to really talk before their match, or the kid just needs work. Either way after the match Damien challenged Big E Langston for the NXT Title.
: Adrian Neville and Bo Dallas were backstage, Bo, I think, tried to joke with Neville, but it came across as a bad John Cena joke. It almost foreshadowed a title change however, as Neville gave Dallas a look of doubt as he walked away.
: Epico & Primo v. The Wyatt Family v. Bo Dallas & Adrian Neville Tag Team Champion
Triple Threat Elimination Tag Team Match
: With Oliver Gray out injured I’m not sure who’s getting the worse end of the stick, his tag team partner Adrian Neville, or Gray’s replacement Bo Dallas.
: Besides the booking for this match coming up very short, and boring, considering the talent in the ring. Neville eliminated Primo first then Luke Harper accidentally capitalized taking out Adrian to pick up the win for The Wyatt Family.
: Video package for Summer Rae and Paige’s continuing feud. Isn’t it weird every time someone from NXT gets called up they are either the NXT Champion, or involved in one of the major feuds on NXT. Goes to show the WWE really doesn’t put long term thought into booking.