WWE RAW - When My Hand Goes Up Your Mouth Goes Shut 02/09/15

Here we go again. I wrote a blog last week where I talk about how positive I am about the WWE product and I got some really great responses to it so I decided to do it again. I'm not going to have a ton of set-up this week because there were a bunch of things that I really enjoyed so I want to stop rambling and get to the action.

Everyone in the opening segment came off really well; we know to expect a nice long promo segment at the top of every RAW that will, more often than not, lead into a match and this was no exception. I’m really impressed with how comfortable and confident Roman Reigns has looked over the past couple of weeks and especially tonight. He delivered his lines well, laughed at Daniel Bryan’s joke about being of equal attractiveness, and didn’t struggle with his retort to comments made by Stephanie McMahon. I’m enjoying seeing his growing process play out the way it is now because it seems like Vince realizes that he should have been doing this all along and I think it is showing that Roman is trying his hardest to improve on his weaknesses.

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Daniel Bryan is really good at being a professional wrestler. In the ring he has few, if any, weaknesses and his progression on the mic over the last 5 years has been astonishing. He played his role in the opener perfectly in being jokey and pandering to the crowd a bit but when it came time to let Reigns know that he wasn’t going to Fast Lane to joke but to win because he’s the best wrestler in the world he really shined. The fans reaction was a bit surprising after that line though because I honestly was expecting some thunderous YES! chants and instead we get a smattering of boos. I think that probably changed after what happened in the Main Event but before we get there we have The Authority make a match with Bryan teaming with Reigns to take on Big Show and "Dockers" Kane. (The most evil of all of the Kane’s)

There wasn’t a ton happening in the match. It was a bit slow and was really only there to lead to the real main event of the night after Show was DQ’d for pulling Bryan out and throwing him into the timekeepers tiny house. Hunter, Steph, and the rest of the gang back up the ramp smiling while they announce that later in the show Roman and Bryan would team up yet again to take on the entire group, even J&J Security.

Seth Rollins took on Ryback in the next match which came out of nowhere and it too had a bit of a screwy finish. Nothing of note happened here other than Seth standing tall and Ryback looking somewhat protected because he had Rollins on his shoulders when J&J Security jump on The Big Guy and caused another DQ.

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Rusev came out to talk about how Cena is old and broken down man and that he will destroy him at Fast Lane because he is neither of those things which brings Cena out to agree that he is old and broken down but will still beat the younger, stronger Bulgarian Brute. This causes the two to brawl where Rusev gets the upper hand on Cena and leaves him lying face down on the ramp. Something really cool happened a bit later though; Michael Cole gives us a rundown of the myriad of injuries that Cena suffered as a result of the Rusev attack. They are giving Cena an out if he loses at Fast Lane and which will lead to us seeing Cena realize he has to be better than ever in preparing for the rematch at Mania and that would make for a good story. Plus, we could get some sweet Rocky IV training montages leading up to it. (Fingers Crossed)

Dolph Ziggler went one on one with Bray Wyatt in a return match from last week and just as they did a week ago they had another fantastic match. It wasn’t as good as their previous encounter which I named my Match of the Night but it was still very good. It seems they’re using DZ to make Wyatt look strong in preparation for his rumored WrestleMania match against the Undertaker. We also got another cryptic promo from Wyatt that had a better structure than the one last week and gave off a stronger hint that it was directed straight at the Phenom.

Paul Heyman is incredible on the mic and Brock Lesnar does a great job standing next to him looking like the scariest man alive.

Gold and Stardust appear to be heading for a break-up. I don’t really know what else to say about this.

Triple H came out next to demand an answer from Sting as to whether or not he will be at Fast Lane to confront the COO. I thought this was a really cool segment that while it may have been a bit corny to have the fake Sting’s everywhere it was still awesome to see the fear that HHH sold when the graphic changed on the tron to read I ACCEPT. I’m really looking forward to how this plays out at the show and to me Fast Lane is turning into a super interesting PPV.

Tyson Kidd and Cesaro faced The Uso’s next and were actually given enough time to have a great match. I’m hoping the title match is added to the PPV based on the win that Kidd and Cesaro picked up here because on a smaller show like Fast Lane I feel like they could get even twice as long as this match on RAW and could potentially steal the show. They work well together and the distraction tactic used by Cesaro when he threw an Uso into the ring so he could help Tyson get the pinfall was neat.

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When Mizdow blows up on the Miz the crowd will explode because, some may disagree with this; Miz is easily a Top 5 heel in the WWE. The guy is so good at getting heat and making people hate him that I am constantly entertained when he is on the screen. During the match between Mizdow and Sin Cara he sat in a director’s chair at ringside and forced Mizdow to get him a water, then open said water, then instructed Mizdow to not use the Miz’s moves, while telling the fans “when my hand goes up your mouth goes shut” which drew a ton of boos, and finally the fans started chanting “You’re from Cleveland” to which the Miz responded with “Better than Columbus” the host city for RAW tonight. He’s quick witted and has helped get Mizdow over even more in the last couple of weeks. I love their dynamic and this story.

We got a cool video package for the return of Sheamus tonight. He’s a really talented performer on the mic and especially in the ring and will be a real asset when he makes his return soon. Full disclosure, I am a Sheamus fan... especially when he's a heel.

Curtis Axel is topical with his Kanye West jokes and him standing in the ring pointing at the WrestleMania sign saying he was never eliminated and wants his shot makes me laugh but I also laugh when Dean Ambrose comes down and demolishes him. After that match which Ambrose won we get a good Ambrose promo talking about how he really wants the IC Title and then Bad News Barrett pops up on the tron to add a bit more to this program. I am so happy we are getting an actual feud for a secondary title because only good things will come from making the Intercontinental Championship mean something again. It helped to make guys like Shawn Michaels, Randy Savage, Bret Hart, The Rock, Triple H, and the list goes on.

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Last but certainly not least we get the main event - Bryan and Reigns vs The Authority. This classic wrestling story was told throughout the night with two partners being unable to co-exist due to an upcoming showdown between them and a group of dastardly heels trying to take advantage of the situation in this 5 on 2 match. Well that plan was working until it all broke down and just as Show and Kane were getting ready to put Bryan through the announcers table out comes Ryback, Ziggler, and Rowan to make the save and even up the odds. This didn’t lead to a DQ so just as Bryan is prepared to hit the running knee on Joey Mercury we see Reigns jump to the apron, tag himself in, and spear Mercury for the win. This angered DB who gets in Roman’s face and eats a Spear for it. This was a great way to cap off the night because it built a ton of tension between the two and served to set-up a bit of intrigue leading into a face-off on Smackdown that was advertised throughout this show.

Overall another good RAW. There were some very noteworthy moments on the show that play into what the plans are for Fast Lane and WrestleMania. NXT Take Over Rival is this Wednesday which I plan to watch and may even do a small blog for… I’m really looking forward to the big Zayn vs Owens NXT Championship Match.

See you next time…

Match of the Night: Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns vs The Authority

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If Cena gets a training montage it could never top the Vince McMahon one

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@gorillamopena: It most certainly will not... side note, Vince has been chasing that same chicken for the last 16 years (booking joke)

I hope they have Cena up in Calgary running on icy streets.

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I totally agree with you on Miz being a great heel. Smarks and Marks both hate him. Doesn't matter if its because his "kayfabe" character or his actual personality. End of the day dude is good at getting people to dislike him and be really really annoying. Its hard to be a heel these days. Getting people to REALLY hate you is an art. Heat isn't people kind of booing you. Heat is old ladies pulling knives on you at ring side and trying to stab your ass. Now that is heat and that's the kind of heat Miz is good at getting.

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I totally agree with you on Miz being a great heel. Smarks and Marks both hate him. Doesn't matter if its because his "kayfabe" character or his actual personality. End of the day dude is good at getting people to dislike him and be really really annoying. Its hard to be a heel these days. Getting people to REALLY hate you is an art. Heat isn't people kind of booing you. Heat is old ladies pulling knives on you at ring side and trying to stab your ass. Now that is heat and that's the kind of heat Miz is good at getting.

It seems to happen with nearly every heel in the WWE at some point, the smarks will grow to love them and start cheering them no matter what but not with Miz, which I attribute to his background and them thinking he still doesn't belong there but I think the guys is fantastic.

There are so many guys in wrestling now that don't fully embrace being hated and try to be cool but the Miz is not one of those guys; when he's a heel he is all-in and is as good, if not better, than anyone on the roster right now at making people react to him.

I agree with you. He's the guy that elderly women would load up a purse full of rocks just to smack him in the head at ringside.

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@jbg4 said:

@demoskinos said:

I totally agree with you on Miz being a great heel. Smarks and Marks both hate him. Doesn't matter if its because his "kayfabe" character or his actual personality. End of the day dude is good at getting people to dislike him and be really really annoying. Its hard to be a heel these days. Getting people to REALLY hate you is an art. Heat isn't people kind of booing you. Heat is old ladies pulling knives on you at ring side and trying to stab your ass. Now that is heat and that's the kind of heat Miz is good at getting.

It seems to happen with nearly every heel in the WWE at some point, the smarks will grow to love them and start cheering them no matter what but not with Miz, which I attribute to his background and them thinking he still doesn't belong there but I think the guys is fantastic.

There are so many guys in wrestling now that don't fully embrace being hated and try to be cool but the Miz is not one of those guys; when he's a heel he is all-in and is as good, if not better, than anyone on the roster right now at making people react to him.

I agree with you. He's the guy that elderly women would load up a purse full of rocks just to smack him in the head at ringside.

Yeah when I was still keeping up with WWE's TV programming The Miz was among my favorite things on the shows. Specifically it's been the Johnny Cage Miz run that made me like him and teaming him with Mizdow was just icing on the cake for getting Sandow super over. He'll never be able to put on amazing matches but he can sell his ass off in the ring, he's terrific on the mic, and he's a character you actively want to see get his comeuppance. Also MizTV was one of the most consistently entertaining live interview segments of last year. It's crazy to even say that because most of those segments were either on Smackdown or Main Event. He even had not one but two title runs (albeit short lived ones) last year which should show you how much of a good job upper management thinks he's doing. After they split up that tag team they should have Miz manage Cesaro and Tyson if they want to put them even more over as heels.

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Miz is a thoroughly disappointing in-ring wrestler for having done it for a decade. He's not a natural athlete, he's pretty sloppy, he calls louder than Cena and his inability to catch anyone doing a dive will outlive him. 20 years from now, young lion Bobby Orton will fail to catch people and future-smarks will compare him to the Miz.

However, the Miz is easily one of the best at talking and inhabiting a persona, especially if it's a simpering, entitled dweeb. Miz's 'hurt' face is hysterical. Miz is so good on the mic they were using him as a tweener; he would take bumps for guest hosts on RAW like a heel, but go elsewhere and 'represent' WWE like a face.

I tell you, man. Rusev is kind of the perfect wrestler. He does the things wrestlers used to do but don't anymore. Cena came out and said that Lana had balls(?), so rather than stand there and look hurt and throw a tantrum, Rusev just says fuck it and charges the stupid asshole and beats the shit out of him. That's what a hero does when assholes talk shit about their girl friends! If Hogan said shit about Uhlizzabit, Macho wouldn't stand there kicking the ropes; he'd be running full fuck at Hogan. He'd bring a weapon.

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Miz is a thoroughly disappointing in-ring wrestler for having done it for a decade. He's not a natural athlete, he's pretty sloppy, he calls louder than Cena and his inability to catch anyone doing a dive will outlive him. 20 years from now, young lion Bobby Orton will fail to catch people and future-smarks will compare him to the Miz.

However, the Miz is easily one of the best at talking and inhabiting a persona, especially if it's a simpering, entitled dweeb. Miz's 'hurt' face is hysterical. Miz is so good on the mic they were using him as a tweener; he would take bumps for guest hosts on RAW like a heel, but go elsewhere and 'represent' WWE like a face.

I tell you, man. Rusev is kind of the perfect wrestler. He does the things wrestlers used to do but don't anymore. Cena came out and said that Lana had balls(?), so rather than stand there and look hurt and throw a tantrum, Rusev just says fuck it and charges the stupid asshole and beats the shit out of him. That's what a hero does when assholes talk shit about their girl friends! If Hogan said shit about Uhlizzabit, Macho wouldn't stand there kicking the ropes; he'd be running full fuck at Hogan. He'd bring a weapon.

You are exactly correct on both points about the Miz. He should be much better in the ring by now especially considering who he has been in there with over his career but in terms of getting and maintaining heat he is one of only a few guys in the company right now that can do it on a consistent basis. Rollins, Heyman, Rusev/Lana, and Miz come to mind as the ones who can get real heat right now...

Rusev is amazing. He looked awesome going after Cena instead of being a coward and backing down and I love that the announcers played up the fact that Rusev took advantage of the eye injury that Cena had. I have watched that segment back a couple of time and one of the cooler things that Rusev did was those couple of stomps to Cena's back while he stared out into the crowd... if this program with Old-Man Cena is booked properly then that big Bulgarian Bastard could come out of this a made man and a potential new top contender for the World Title.

I'm going to remain optimistic that it will end up that way.

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DON'T RIP OFF BRANDON STROUD

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Dude, Rollins' dong is fucking huge.

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Man, I love this series. Keep it up.

The Miz is a tonne of fun. Such a snarky asshole and his dynamic with Damien is fanfuckingtastic. I think the only person approaching his level of doucharm is Rollins right now (who is also really good at being total prick).

Rusev is a beast and I almost always find myself cheering him on.

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@trulyalive: thanks, I'm glad some people are enjoying it. I lovingly boo and here Rusev because he's an evil Russian sympathizer but secretly inside I'm loving everything about him

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@trulyalive said:

Man, I love this series. Keep it up.

The Miz is a tonne of fun. Such a snarky asshole and his dynamic with Damien is fanfuckingtastic. I think the only person approaching his level of doucharm is Rollins right now (who is also really good at being total prick).

Rusev is a beast and I almost always find myself cheering him on.

#teamrusev

Great post for the second week of this feature, @jbg4. Diggin' it, man. Diggin' it.

RE: Roman Reigns:

I feel like WWE Creative kind of uncovered last night who he really needs to be right now. Not the full-on heel some people were expecting, not the Cena-template razor-tongued goody-two-shoes. He and Bryan need to be the two sides of the same coin. One versus all. That's Reigns' mantra now. That's been Bryan's life for, what, years?

Bryan takes these punishing and overwhelming odds in stride. He smiles. He says yes, yes, yes. He carries on. He wants what he wants and knows the powers at be probably won't give it to him but, what the hell, he'll fight as hard as he can for as long as he can to prove he's worth it anyway. That's just who he is. He knows no other way.

Reigns faces the same threats. He's fighting the same battles. It's this one force against a seemingly unassailable entity. And they come at him from all sides--with Kane, with Big Show, with Rollins, with stipulation after stipulation like bulletpoints on a syllabus. Reigns isn't Bryan. He isn't so much the guy who will shrug off the Authority's barbs as he is this self-motivated whirling dervish of destruction with a hair trigger. He's Anton Chigurh--the guy who, when he gets screwed, is going for everyone's throat. Good, bad, bystander or accomplice.

I don't know. If they can develop him beyond "tough guy who spears everyone in his way," they might just have it. The boos will probably continue, but I think Bryan is really, really helping him mend that pretty quickly. I'm probably wrong. This guy should be Goldberg 2.0. Someone who's not in it for himself in any greedy respect, but who has a personal code to eradicate threats as violently as possible. Again. I'm probably wrong.

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@gorillamopena: Man, I miss prime Mr. McMahon doing weekly dumb shit.

Anyway, this stuff seems alright so I'm glad I got the free trial for the Network this month.

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I love The Miz and wish he would play Johnny Cage in a Mortal Kombat movie.

Sorry, I had to get this off my chest.