Monday Night Raw Recap 5/4/2015: New Day Sucks
Monday Night Raw emanated from the Great White North of Montreal, Canada with a not-surprisingly rowdy crowd. For the first time in weeks, Raw was actually worth watching for a number of reasons, especially if you're a fan of NXT.
New Day vs. Orton and Reigns
While some of our writers hate the New Day, and for good reason, I'm starting to come around due to their ability to play the dumb-shit heels that can do no wrong. The fact that they are going head-to-head with the star power of Orton and Reigns means that someone in the back seems to think that the New Day have long-term potential. I would have to agree actually, and hope that they get elevated more in the coming weeks as viable heel champions for babyfaces to square off against. Also, they are obviously setting up the bad blood between Orton and Reigns, and it will hopefully payoff at Payback, but i do enjoy seeing the seeds being sown here.
Wyatt and Ryback Butt Heads
Ryback went through a dry spell for some time once he turned heel after Wrestlemania 29. However, once he recovered from injury, the Big Guy came back in full effect, and even though the crowd still chants "Goldberg", they are clearly behind him. While I'm not sure how Ryback fares against a monster like Wyatt, I think that the program between the two of them is going to be entertaining at the minimum.
Ambrose Takes On Rollins
The two former Shield members squared off, with a chance for Ambrose to be inserted into the championship match at Payback on the line. With J&J banned from ringside, Ambrose took it to Rollins, and the two put on a hell of a match. The animosity between the two is still palpable even a year later, and it will continue to be so in perpetuity. Ambrose ended up securing himself a spot in the main event of Payback with a roll-up on Rollins, while J&J looked on from outside the ring.
World meet Sami Zayn. Sami Zayn meet World
Well, it finally happened, Sami Zayn premiered on the main roster tonight, with the introduction from none other than Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Not only was Zayn's first match on the main roster against the man himself, Cena, but he also looked strong, even in defeat. Sami Zayn has hopefully finally made his transition from NXT to the main roster, and hopefully it's only a matter of time before he is pushed to the moon, securing his place as a true superstar on the main roster.
Reigns vs. Orton
Further reinforcing their bad blood, Orton and Reigns squared off in the main event of Raw. The match would end in no-contest due to inference from the Authority, who would use the match to ambush both of the superstars. Ambrose appeared to breakup the interference, only to hit Dirty Deeds on Orton after Orton had RKO'd Reigns. I was glad to see someone other than the Authority standing tall at the end of Raw, as that trope has become extremely played out.
Raw was actually worth watching for the first time since the night after Wrestlemania, which is surprising, since that is over a month and a half of poor programming. Hopefully they can continue that trend moving forward as opposed to falling prey to their old ways, which would be a disappointment to say the least.
Raw Rating: 4 out of 5 Ole's