Raw airs for three hours every night, but fear not, we’ve watched the whole thing and picked the part you need to seek out. Read on to find out The Coolest Thing on Raw Last Night!
Welcome to a potential new post-wrestling show article series that plucks out the best part of big wrestling shows. With so many hours of rasslin’ content on TV each week (like the 12 hours of WWE and NXT fights shown over WrestleMania weekend), it can sometimes be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. That’s where The Best Part of Raw Last Night (or CTORLN) comes in. We pluck out the best part and tell you exactly why it’s so awesome.
THE DEBUT OF GALLOWS AND ANDERSON
Well, that’s certainly not how I expected the Bullet Club to enter WWE. While it was plenty shocking to see one of New Japan’s top tag teams lay waste on Raw, this seemed a bit low-key of a debut. No Finn, no Styles, just two huge dudes wrecking house after the most predictable match in the otherwise exciting tag team tournament. However, I have to admit that it was awesome to see the Usos get slaughtered, and their high-flying repertoire will make a good first feud for the physically imposing duo.
AJ STYLES VS SAMI ZAYN
Last year, most wrestling fans would have given their left pinky to see NXT and New Japan’s top stars battle it out in a match with a WWE Championship match opportunity on the line. To an extent, the match did have intrigue, and was hot as fire near the end. However, on a night with so many big moments, this matchup took a bit too long to get into high gear with a bit too much of an emphasis on psychology during the early stages. Some folks probably thought this was the best match of the night, but I couldn’t quite get on board until the end.
THE BEST PART OF RAW LAST NIGHT:
KEVIN OWENS VS CESARO
Every time Cesaro and Owens have locked up on Raw, it’s made for top-tier matches. Their series surrounding the United States Championship last year had some great moments (and it was on the better half of my Top 10 WWE & NXT Matches of 2015 list), and they picked up right where they left off before Cesaro’s injury last year. The segment started with a nice interaction between Owens and Shane McMahon, which could lead into a nice Angle-Shane style rivarly.
The Raw match, however was great due to the inclusion of two of the best veterans in wrestling and the end was hardly predictable. Cesaro’s shoulder problems were played off of perfectly, making a loss acceptable, but never slowing down the high pace of the match. It may have cut the giant swing short, but Cesaro was still able to hit the rest of his high-impact moveset like his springboard uppercut and the Neutralizer. But even with all of Cesaro’s brutal offense, it wasn’t part of the inaugural award-within-an-award.
THE SICKEST MOVE FROM THE COOLEST THING ON RAW LAST NIGHT:
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