WWE Monday Night Raw 4/18/16…Raw London

Tonight, Raw is live, on tape at London, England.  Will Shane O’ Mac run Raw?

We find out, in 6 minutes.

Tonight Is The Night….

Michael Cole, JBL, and Byron Saxton welcome us to the O2 Arena, for Monday Night Raw.

Dean Ambrose comes to the ring.

It’s time for The Ambrose Asylum.

What is in the news?  Did you hear about this?  Apparently there were sightings of a giant monster behind the O2 Arena?  I know, I didn’t know Braun Strowman can swim.

I guess we have James Corden’s parents.  Dean’s first guest is the man who gave him his first break in the talk show business, and that man is here to run things again.  Shane McMahon.

HERE COMES THE MONEY!!!  HERE COMES THE MONEY!!

Shane McMahon, welcome to The Ambrose Asylum.

The fans chant Shane still has it.

We have incredible footage, and Dean has been accused of doing things questionable, but Shane risked his life.

Shane leaping off the cell, and onto a table at Wrestlemania.

Dean asks Shane what was he thinking?  Shane feels complimented by that, and we have a chant from the crowd.

But the WWE Universe has questions, Dean has questions.  This could be the final time Shane has control, so what are the goals?

Shane says it’s all about the fans, and we deserve better.  Superstars are now getting opportunities they may not have received.  People like AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, “The Boss” Sasha Banks.  It’s all about the fans, because we have arrived.

Here comes Kevin Owens.

You can talk about the evolution of WWE, but Shane isn’t fooling Kevin, because he is seeing the same crap.  Because a power-hungry McMahon (Shane), has an issue with the Number One Superstar (Owens).

Shane doesn’t have an issue with Owens.

So why did you kick him out last week?  Because Owens threatened to do something about Sami Zayn’s World Title shot.

Owens have said that Sami Zayn has no business competing for a World Title shot, because he isn’t good enough.

And here comes Sami Zayn.

Sami brings up how he was called up from WWE before Kevin, and it bothers him.  In fact, if it wasn’t for Sami, Kevin wouldn’t even be in WWE.  But he threw out their friendship over this, and it eats him alive.

Chris Jericho comes out.  He tells Sami there are far more pressing issues right now than Sami.  The only smart one in this ring is Owens, because Shane is drunk with power.  Chris tells Shane he is the best in the world at what he does.  Do you understand what he is saying. Chris is a world champion, and he cancelled the greatest talk show in the history of WWE, called The Highlight Reel.

Shane says this is about opportunities, and we can watch The Highlight Reel on WWE Network.

But since tensions are high, he will give us some matches at Payback.  It will be Kevin Owens vs Sami Zayn, one on one.  And, if Chris is indeed The Best In The World, he will have to back it up when he faces “The Lunatic Fringe” Dean Ambrose.

Shane steps out of the ring, holds Dean’s plant while Ambrose and Zayn take care of Owens and Jericho.

Sami Zayn Vs Chris Jericho now.  Our main event later tonight is Dean Ambrose Vs Kevin Owens.

Jericho wins with a Codebreaker.

Tonight, Ambrose Vs Owens.  Also tonight, The Vaudevillians will face The Usos in a Number One Contender Tournament.

But next, Enzo and Cass Vs The Dudley Boyz.

We are live in the London O2 Arena.

Mauro Ranalla is with AJ Styles.

AJ talks about his World Title match at Payback, but Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows run into AJ.  Styles had a say to get them here.  They were all a part of The Bullet Club in New Japan and Ring of Honor.  They thanked AJ for this opportunity, and they have to talk business.

Enzo and Cass Vs The Dudleys are now.

Enzo and Cass win with a Rocket Launcher, pinning Bubba.

They are in the finals of the Tag Tournament, and will face either The Usos or The Vaudevillians.

Roman Reigns is next.

The WWE World Champion comes to the ring.

Roman has said this before, he will say it again.  He is not a bad guy, he is not a good guy, he is just THE guy.

And AJ Styles?  He is a great guy, a great technical wrestler, and that makes him Phenomenal.

AJ Will try to out-wrestle him, but Reigns is bringing the big fight.  And anyone that wants a piece of him, he will take them out too, because this is the Roman Empire Era.  And they are here to stay.

Enter AJ Styles.

AJ is here to say Roman is an incredible champion.  He has power, he has strength, and he has to admit, in order to beat Roman, he will have to have a match of his life.  But that is what he intends to do, because he does that every single time.  And having the match of his life will make him champion.

Reigns agrees with AJ, because Roman had the match of his life at Wrestlemania.  And that is why they like AJ.  London, do you like AJ Styles?  Roman even likes what he does.  But they will hate Reigns beating AJ.  But they will respect Reigns, and he’d rather be respected than liked.

AJ would rather be liked, and respected.  That is what makes him phenomenal.

Gallows and Anderson attacks Reigns, while AJ walks away.

AJ sees this as he turns around, and has a disappointing face.

Moments ago, we see what we just saw, Anderson and Gallows attack Reigns.

Reigns is walking to the back, and he was caught by some guy backstage.  AJ tells Reigns he had no idea that was going to happen.  Reigns doesn’t buy it.  He tells AJ to bring his friends, it won’t matter.  One Vs All.

Fandango is in the ring.  Dolph Ziggler joins commentary.

Fandango vs Baron Corbin, now.

End of Days from Corbin.

Ziggler attacks Corbin, but that doesn’t phase him.

8-woman tag match is tonight.

A cup of soda is spilled near Miz and Maryse.

Miz TV is next.

The Colons want us to visit Puerto Rico.

Maryse introduces us to The Miz.

When it comes to royalty, William and Katheryn has nothing on Miz and Maryse.  They are the Hollywood “It” couple of WWE.

We see a picture of Prince George as a baby.  Their baby is pristine, it’s perfect, and she is all his.  The IC Title is his baby.

Now they are making out.

But here comes Cesaro.

Miz, you come out here and talk about royalty.  But the only thing he is royal about is being a royal pain in the ass.

Miz is a leading man, but Cesaro is just a co-star.

The fans are chanting boring.

When my hand goes up, your mouth goes shut.

Miz has prepared a monologue, and it’s from the movie “Taken”.  It was a movie by Liam Neeson, but it will be immortalized by The Miz.

The phone scene, Ha!!

Cesaro heard enough.

When his hand goes up, Miz’s mouth goes shut.

The only thing that will happen at WWE Payback is Cesaro will be the new Intercontinental Champion.  But since you like movies so much, let him quote the great, late “Rowdy” Roddy Piper.

“He has come here for two things.  Chew bubblegum, and kick ass.  And he is all out of bubblegum.

Miz would love to fight him right here, but he knows Cesaro is set to face this man….

Rusev.

Cesaro tells them to stop, before he came out here he talked to Shane McMahon.  It won’t be Cesaro Vs Rusev, one on one.  It will be League of Nations and The Miz Vs Cesaro…..

OHHHHHHH London, England….don’t you dare be sour, and clap for your world-famous 2-time Tag Team Champions.

It’s a New Day, yes it is.

Cesaro and New Day defeated League of Nations and The Miz with a Neutralizer, pinning Sheamus.

Mauro Ranallo is with Charlotte and “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

We see footage from last week, with Natalya Vs Charlotte match.

Charlotte reminds Mauro that the challenger has to pin the champion, something that didn’t happen.

Natalya tells Charlotte that Shane has rewarded Nattie a Women’s Title at Payback.

Charlotte doesn’t care, the same result will happen.  Nattie informs Charlotte she will have someone in her corner.  Bret “The Hitman” Hart.

Flair can’t blink.

Natalya makes Charlotte tap out in the 8-Women’s tag match.  In two weeks, Natalya Vs Charlotte.

Earlier tonight, Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows attacked Reigns.

Styles is talking with Gallows and Anderson.

Shane McMahon is talking with The Usos.  Semi-Final tag match is next.

The Vaudevillians Vs The Usos are now.

The Vaudevillians defeated The Usos in a bit of an upset here.  They hit the Worldly Dervish.

At Payback, Enzo and Cass will face The Vaudevillians to determine the Number One Contenders to Tag Team Titles.

Later tonight, Ambrose Vs Owens.

But now a video on Apollo Crews.

Crews defeated Slater with his Sit-Out Powerbomb.

Our main event, Kevin Owens Vs Dean Ambrose is now.

Ambrose wins with Dirty Deeds, and after the match Chris Jericho attacks Ambrose with a Codebreaker, ending the show.

Kevin’s Thoughts:

To me, the teasing of The Bullet Club was fun, and it adds an extra element to Reigns Vs Styles at Payback.  But I seriously think we will see a swerve, and have Reigns bring them out, instead.  He has brought up the name Roman Empire.  It’s just too obvious to use Bullet Club, right?  If they attack Ambrose next week, then it’s a done deal we will see Reigns be aligned with Anderson and Gallows.

This was a fun show, except the number Cole kept giving us on how many people were in attendance.  It kept changing after every time Cole said how many were here.

But I am nit-picking.

Payback is going to be a stacked card.

What were your thoughts on the show?  Send them to me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About Kevin Gillman
I have had this blog up for a few years, writing every Monday night and anytime in between. Always check the site out, send me a comment on what your thoughts are for the current state of wrestling.

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