In the spirit of positivity, and the spirit of not having enough time to do a full analysis of a wrestling show, I present to you The Good Parts* of WWE Raw.
*The Good Parts may not be good.
-Share your good parts (ewh) and bad parts (again, ewh) with me in the comments section or on twitter @TheKoalaMask
The Best Good Part: RAW is Ambrose
Week after week (when he’s not off filming movies) Dean Ambrose’s stock is getting higher and higher. Raw in Chicago was all Dean Ambrose. On the mic, he was miles ahead of everyone else. His promo in the ring in which he gave away the free merch to the crowd and belittled the Stooges 2.0 was wonderful. In the ring, well, he didn’t do that much in the ring. Come to think of it, he hasn’t done that much in the ring for quite a while now. I can’t remember if I actually enjoy him as a wrestler or just as a fun, wild character. Usually Dean Ambrose in action means Dean Ambrose fighting around the arena and jumping off things and almost missing but just connecting his intended target. This week he was involved in an actual match that took place inside the ring, tagging with John Cena against Randy Orton and Kane. However, it was Cena who spent most of the match in the ring while Ambrose waited for the hot tag. But when he got it, he was on fire…for about 1 minute. When it looked like Ambrose had the match won with Dirty Deeds on Orton, Seth Rollins came in and caused the DQ. For the 1 minute that he actually wrestled, he was great. After the bell Rollins curb stomped Cena and Ambrose to death. Even though Ambrose ended the night staring at the lights, it was still his show. Ambrose showed that he can kill it on the mic and be entertaining in the ring.
Ambrose was the highlight of the night. His mic work reminded me of Jericho in the early days of his WWF career. Not in crudeness, but in quick wit and humorous lines. The best of which was when he referred to the Stooges 2.0, Noble and Mercury, as the “cruiserweight division’ sent out retrieve Rollins’ briefcase. That’s possibly the funniest line I’ve heard on WWE TV in months, unlike the vibrating briefcase gag. Just leave it to the pros next time.
The Nickelodeon moment was pretty good too.
The IC Title Situation
Ziggler defended his IC title against the Miz and Cesaro in a triple threat match. This was the match of the night. All three guys worked together really well and even hit a couple of innovative spots. Of course, the of the match was the world’s greatest stunt double, Damien Mizdow. His selling of the Miz’s leg after the match was to die for.
Also, this move:
Bray Wyatt says something and I think I understood what he meant.
Vignettes aired during the show of Bray Wyatt and Luke Harper. The gist is that Harper is leaving his sheep masked buddy behind and about to begin his singles push. The best part about it was that Bray Wyatt actually and got to say something that had a point and a purpose. Not just charismatic ramblings. A coherent Wyatt is a good Wyatt. Also, Luke Harper singles push. Yes, please!
Yes, I’m classing Hornswoggle the leprechaun in a crocodile (alligator?) costume delivering a gator roll on Torito as a good part. Any segment involving wrestlers in bull/crocodile/bunny costumes is a good segment to me.
Fat Guy in a Little Coat, Normal Sized Guy in a Normal Sized Jacket
Seth Rollins vs. A Jacket