Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016 from Pittsburgh, PA
Preshow: Rusev vs. Big Cass
Big Cass brought the pain to Rusev in defense of his friend. The Bulgarian Brute retreated several times eventually ending up in the crowd. It all ends up being a ploy to get Cass counted out. I suppose it works that Rusev is not having a direct confrontation with the friend of the man who pushed up on his wife. Then again, may be not.
2 out of 5
WWE Raw Tag Team Championship: New Day vs. Sheamus and Cesaro
Beyond the fact that it was inevitable that the titles were about to change hands, I wanted to see how they would attempt to get the challengers over. It began with the new found chemistry in the entrance of the “Shameful Swingers”; I can get with the rotating shot of the two posing and making their way to the ring. The neutralization of Big E and the use of quick and blind tags against the New Day was a good bit of story telling.
4 out of 5
Sami Zayn vs. Brawn Strowman
WWE gave us a Beat the Clock challenge on a pay per view, and I will not forgive them for this. Rather put Sami away quickly to legitimize his gripes about not having decent competition, Strowman dominates for majority of the time and refused to put his opponent away. Zayn doesn’t pick up the pin but does get the win by beating the clock.
1.5 out of 5
Seth Rollins vs. Chris Jericho
Chris and Seth match move for move and counter for counter. It was a stalemate of a match for what it was worth. This match meant nothing in the grand scheme of things with Rollins calling out Trips and Jericho having a rocky friendship with KO. It was fitting that the difference in this teeter totter match was Owens.
3 out of 5
Cruiserweight Championship Triple Threat: Brian Kendrick vs. TJ Perkins vs. Rich Swann
This was another in the long series of cruiserweightless matches since the division was reintroduced. WWE is really taking the air out of cruiserweight wrestling. I know there are some who don’t springboard and dive, but here, no one does it consistently. Perkins and Kendrick, for example, have submission signature moves that slow the pace all the way down. Will the addition of Neville switch that up being that he’s the man that gravity forgot?
2 out of 5
Iron WOMAN Match for the Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
What’s so hard about saying woman though? This was the worst designed match of the night. We have seen what these two women can do a number of times; they have multiple matches on the network. Sasha tapping as the clock expired while looking at the damn clock. Getting pinned as the time expires works way better but enough about this match. I’m tired of this title exchanging hands each time these two face off.
1.5 out of 5 (I’m deducting for the dumb ass ending)
Universal Championship: Roman Reigns vs. Kevin Owens
I’m slowly becoming an advocate for not having a title defended just to have it defended. They use the “titles must be defended every 30 days” at their leisure so why not allow the Universal title some rest rather than put on some bogus title shot for another title holder. Just when you suspected it was time to move on to the KO/Jericho feud, they rekindle their friendship.
3 out of 5