Monday Night Raw Recap 4/13/2015: Live From London
Monday Night Raw this week emanated pre-taped from across the pond in London, England. It featured another John Cena open US title challenge, more boring Roman Reigns stupidity, along with some more awesome wrestling from Neville.
Wade Barrett Answers The US Challenge
John Cena came out again and issued his now weekly challenge to anyone in the back to come and face him for his US title. Since they were in England, it was only fitting that Bad News Barrett answered the call and came out to put on a clinic with Cena. The two of them put on a fantastic match together, with Barrett's hard-hitting style pairing well with Cena's well-established move set. Cena would ultimately win the match, keeping Barrett in contention for his Intercontinental belt rematch at Extreme Rules. I've been enjoying the open challenges from Cena as they have elevated the US title more than it has been in the longest time. I hope they continue with the open challenges as it is giving mid-card talent a great chance to go one on one with the man himself.
Big Show Chokeslams Roman Reigns
Roman Reigns came out for the first time since Wrestlemania to talk about his match with Brock Lesnar. Along with talking about his failure to win the title, he also talked about last week's number one contender's match which he lost to Randy Orton due to the outside interference of the Big Show. Since it's the WWE and they are insanely predictablE, Big Show interrupted Reigns to tell him he was going to end his career, and that he is now the most dominant giant in wrestling history. Reigns disregarded it and went to the back, only to get chokeslammed by Big Show onto a taxi on the stage. I don't know why anyone thought we wanted to see another Big Show/Reigns feud, but god, make it stop.
Bray Wyatt Continues To Be Bray Wyatt
There is nothing left to say at this point other than Bray Wyatt continues to no-sell his loss to the Undertaker and call out yet another mystery opponent. I wonder if this is going to become a reoccurring theme with Wyatt, or if they legitimately have no plan for Wyatt moving forward.
Ziggler vs. Neville
Adrian Neville is the best wrestler on the main roster. He is dynamic and fun to watch, along with having an absolutely insane moveset. Pair that with Dolph Ziggler who in his own right is one of the best wrestlers on the roster, and you are bound to have an amazing match. Neville has been putting on fantastic matches in both his short time on the main roster and during his time in NXT and it looks as if he is going to continue to do so for a long time to come, hopefully.
Rollins and Orton Come To A Decision
Randy Orton and Seth Rollins are having a match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules, and since it is at Extreme Rules, they are given the chance to each pick a stipulation for the match. Rollins ended up choosing to ban the RKO while Orton selected a steel cage, which always ends in interference no matter how many times they do it. The segment would have been ultimately forgettable except for the fact that the entire time Rollins is lounging, legs up, in a recliner, looking like the smug bastard that he is. As with most weddings or contract signings in the WWE, it slowly devolved into madness as Orton delivered an RKO to Joey Mercury as Rollins ran away, scared as always.
This week's Raw continued the mediocre showing that we've come to expect from the WWE at this point. While there were some bright spots, it ultimately fell flat again for the umpteenth week in a row.
Raw Rating: 2 out of 5 Recliners