The Best Moment of RAW (4/11/2016)


Welcome back to “The Best Moment of RAW,” where I, Mr. X, take an entire episode of WWE’s flagship television show, Monday Night Raw, and boil it down to the very best that it had to offer. This week continued to run with Shane McMahon as the authority figure. Earlier in the day, WWE fans were told as much by a special announcement sent out on social media (Twitter, Facebook, WWE app, etc).

The show began with Shane coming out to give a short promo about what to expect over the next three hours. He didn’t have the ring to himself for long, however, as he was soon interrupted by Kevin Owens, who demanded his rematch for the Intercontinental Championship that he lost at WrestleMania 32. Shane doesn’t play the demand game, though, and made KO work for it.

By that, I mean he had to face Cesaro. Winner becomes number one contender for The Miz’s IC gold.

Back before KO showed up, Shane announced a tag team tournament that would begin on the episode. The winners go on to face The New Day for their WWE Tag Team Championships. The first match was The Dudley Boyz vs. The Lucha Dragons. Kallisto was quickly taken out by a possible injury, leaving Sin Cara all by himself to take on the most decorated tag team in professional wrestling history. He obviously lost.

After the match, Enzo and Cass showed up to verbally smack down Bubba and D-Von once again.

The next match in the tournament was The Usos vs. The Social Outcasts. This was whatever. Then the match ended, and countless wrestling fans kicked themselves for assuming an Uso match would have nothing worthwhile.

Why, you ask? Because Karl Anderson and Doc Gallows finally made their debut! Most are convinced that they attacked The Usos after their match to send a message to their cousin, Roman Reigns, who is taking on AJ Styles (a former Bullet Club member) at Payback 2015.

NOTE: If you’re unaware of The Bullet Club, by the way, hit up Wikipedia. There’s too much awesomeness for me to try and explain in a Best Moment of RAW article.

Anyway, I don’t know if they attacked Jimmy and Jey to get to Roman. They could have done it to just announce their presence as a new tag team in the WWE, but who knows? We’ll find out in time, though, that’s for sure. Personally, I loved the Outsiders vibe that they clearly went for. Here’s hoping that continues. If they announce that they have a third man already in the WWE, I’m going to lose it.

There was also a match between Sami Zayn and AJ Styles last night. If Zayn won, he would be added to the match between AJ and Reigns at Payback. He wound up losing, but he still put in one hell of a performance.

The last thing I want to talk about is Bray Wyatt. On the #RawAfterMania, Bray and his family went face by attacking The League of Nations. That continued this week, as Reigns was in the ring cutting a promo, only to be interrupted by Rusev, Sheamus, and Alberto Del Rio. Reigns, being the cocky guy he is, challenged all of them to a fight. They were happy to answer.

In the middle of the scrap, the Wyatt transition happened, and all of a sudden they were all in the ring. Together with Roman, they fought off The League, only to have Shane come out and make a tag match main event: Roman and Bray vs. Sheamus and Del Rio.

I didn’t expect to care about this at all, but Bray was on fire. It was a breath of fresh air seeing him do his own dirty work, and keeping his henchmen on the outside. In fact, it felt like the first time I had seen Bray Wyatt in forever, even though I would be hard-pressed to find a recent Monday Night Raw that he wasn’t on. This face turn is going to do wonders for The Eater of Worlds.

Plus, this was insanely badass.



Mr. X