Thoughts on the Extreme Rules Go-Home Edition of RAW
Uproxx – Here are your quick and dirty, editorial-free WWE Raw results for May 16, 2016.
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– A.J. Styles kicked things off with a promo. He was interrupted by Roman Reigns, and the two had a back and forth discussing the main event at Extreme Rules. Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson came out, but before they got to the ring, the Usos joined Reigns in the ring and Reigns disposed of Styles.
1. Sami Zayn vs. Cesaro ended in a no contest. The Miz and Kevin Owens were on commentary. Owens and Miz got into it at ringside before taking the fight into the ring. Shane McMahon then came out and made Miz/Owens vs. Cesaro/Zayn in a tag match. Stephanie McMahon then came out and made it Cesaro/Miz vs. Owens/Zayn with the stipulation that Owens couldn’t walk out on Zayn or else he was out of the Intercontinental Title match at Extreme Rules.
2. Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn defeated The Miz and Cesaro. Zayn pinned the Miz after a Helluva Kick. Owens then superkicked Zayn and was the last man standing in the ring.
3. The Shining Stars defeated Scott Jackson and Brian Kennedy. The latest version of Primo and Epico debuted. Epico got the pin after hitting The Shining Star.
– Dean Ambrose called Chris Jericho to the ring. Jericho demanded an apology for Ambrose destroying his jacket, Ambrose said no, challenged Jericho to a match at Extreme Rules, and Jericho accepted. Ambrose announced that it would be the first-ever Asylum Match.
4. Dana Brooke defeated Becky Lynch. Brooke won her Raw debut via pinfall.
5. Tyler Breeze and Fandango defeated Golden Truth. Tyler Breeze pinned Goldust after R-Truth accidentally kicked Goldust.
– New Day cut a promo in the ring in which they unveiled Xavier Woods’ New DayLorean Time Machine. They were ambushed by The Vaudevillains.
6. The Usos (with Roman Reigns) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (with A.J. Styles). Jey Uso pinned Anderson after hitting him with a Samoan Splash. After the match, both teams brawled, and Styles hit Reigns with a Styles Clash onto a chair.
7. Big Cass defeated D-Von Dudley (with Bubba Ray Dudley). Big Cass hit D-Von with an East River Crossing for the pinfall win.
8. Alberto Del Rio defeated Kalisto. Del Rio pinned Kalisto after a backstabber. During the match, Rusev attacked Sin Cara backstage, then brought him down to ringside, and beat him up some more. Rusev got into the ring after the match and put Kalisto in the Accolade.
– Stephanie and Shane McMahon oversaw the contract signing for the Women’s Championship match at Extreme Rules. Natalya signed the contract first, and after hesitating to sign because the McMahon’s added a stipulation that Charlotte would forfeit the title if her father showed up at ringside, both Flairs signed. After Stephanie slapped the Nature Boy out of the ring, Raw ended with Natalya locking Charlotte in a sharpshooter and holding the title in the ring.
Here are my random thoughts on the May 16, 2016 edition of RAW:
- Maybe I’m in the minority, but I can’t wait for the AJ Styles/Roman Reigns program to finish. The match at Payback was amazing, but the last few weeks on RAW have left a lot to be desired. Something in their promo felt off, and I genuinely felt bad for Styles as WWE made him look dumb with the Tweets they put up on the Titantron. As predicted The Usos and The Club got involved and set up yet another match between the two sides that ended in a brawl. Nothing terrible, nothing good just meh.
- I love the Intercontinental Title feud and I’m truly excited for the Fatal 4-Way this Sunday at Extreme Rules. Even The Miz’s role in the feud has been money. Kevin Owens calling Miz “the worst one” when Shane McMahon made the tag match had me in tears.
- Is WWE pretending we’ve never seen Primo & Epico before?
- Dana Brooke should go back to NXT.
- I haven’t cared about the Golden Truth segments for five months, I still don’t care.
- Another fun segment from The New Day last night. The throwback to Kofi Kingston’s Jamaican character was funny. They also did a great job at positioning the Vaudevillains as legitimate threats. A fun segment that made what might have been a lackluster match seem interesting.
- Big Cass continues to deliver and physically looks like a guy who could be in the main events now. Hopefully they don’t rush the big man and we get to see more of him with Enzo Amore when he’s healthy enough to return.
- Closing the show with the Women’s Title segment was an odd choice to me. I get that WWE has positioned the Women as Superstars with equal billing now, but this seemed like a forced effort rather than something that happened organically. I’m sure Ric Flair being back in Greensboro, NC had something to do with it but I’m not sure how much that resonates with someone who doesn’t understand the history. Especially kids. The segment was fine and Charlotte vs. Natalya with Ric Flair banned should be a good match. I’m just not sure it should have been the closing segment of RAW before a PPV.