Monday Night Raw Recap 3/16/2015: Is It Wrestlemania Yet?
This week Raw continued to show that the WWE doesn't seem to care about building towards Wrestlemania. Rather, the only thing that the WWE seems to care about is trying to convince the crowd that Roman Reigns isn't going to win or that they actually care about the Intercontinental title. It's too bad that Wrestlemania 31 will most likely be the worst Mania in recent history, and WWE doesn't seem to be bothered by that.
US Title Match Contract Signing
The build to the match between Rusev and Cena hasn't exactly been exciting or even well done. For the last three weeks they attempted to convince us that anything but a rematch was going to happen at Mania. Look WWE, we aren't stupid so stop treating us as such. The prevailing logic is that Rusev will take his first loss to Cena at Mania and then go on to beat Cena at Extreme Rules. I think that is the wrong option; Rusev should go over clean, forcing Cena to tap at out Mania. That isn't going to happen, but it's called wishful thinking for a reason.
The WWE at least corrected their mistake from last week by actually having Lesnar talk. Last week Lesnar stood in the ring and all he did was look imposing and this week we get to hear from the champ. He gives his "unfiltered" thoughts on Roman Reigns and his chances at Mania, along with talking about what happens after Mania. I know it isn't going to happen but I wish that Lesnar would just absolutely skunk Reigns in the main event and continue to be the champ until Summerslam.
Reigns Interrupts Heyman
As I've mentioned in previous weeks, Paul Heyman can cut a promo like no other, and Roman Reigns cannot. At this point, there is little that the WWE can do to fix the Reigns problem, and they clearly don't want to. They have a rocket strapped to his back and they aren't stopping, no matter how green Reigns is. He should be treated like Lesnar and not be allowed to talk live and instead just in taped segments. If WWE is expecting the main event of Mania to not be booed out of the building, I think they are in for a rude awakening in two weeks.
Bray Wyatt Insults Taker
Bray Wyatt, who can sometimes ramble in his promos, cuts another fantastic one on Undertaker and the end of his streak. The build to this match has been the only one that I am excited for at Mania primarily due to the unpredictability of the outcome. I hope that Wyatt beats Taker just so that the last four months of making Wyatt look like an absolute beast were for good reason and not just to be fed to an almost 50 year old veteran. Wyatt is fantastic at cutting unsettling promos and this one takes a note from CM Punk's playbook in utilizing the ashes to play up the intensity of the rivalry.
Sting Saves Orton
Earlier in the show, Seth Rollins accepted Randy Orton's challenge for a match at Wrestlemania, but only if they could have a match later in the evening. Orton knew that Rollins would bring out the Authority to interfere, so he prepared accordingly by having a chair ready. However, when the Authority hit the ring to beat up Orton, the lights went out and the crows squawked, signaling Sting had arrived. Sting and Orton cleared the ring and then Sting threatened Triple H again with his bat. It was an overall entertaining segment but not good enough to salvage the rest of the show.
I can only hope that the go-home show before Wrestlemania is better than this week, but the bar has been set so low that I can't imagine it being any worse.
Raw Rating: 2 out of 5 Black Baseball Bats