Raw last Monday night was nothing short of epic – mainly because of Dean Ambrose continuing to be great and The Rock being… well,The Rock.
The show kicked off with Seth Rollins cutting a promo, during which he said he enjoys having a target on his back. That led to John Cena chasing the former Shield man into the path of Ambrose and the ensuing brawl ended up with a 3-on-2 handicap match consisting of Cena and Ambrose against Randy Orton, Kane and Rollins.
By Ryan Flynn – @ryryflynn
Surprisingly, later in the show we saw Ambrose cut a promo of John Cena’s, claiming the former world champion is stepping on his toes and getting in the way of his feud with Rollins.
But Cena was quick to defend himself in a situation which highlights the tension between the top two faces. It also led to Ambrose to drop out of the bout alongside Cena, instead heading off to Coney Island for some food. Seriously.
Later in the show we saw more confusing promos in which the Wyatt family featured heavily. The general idea is that Harper and Rowan are set to leave the dominant faction and will be replaced by someone. Just who that will be is unknown – but I predict NXT duo ‘Ascension’ Konnor and Viktor to get the call-up to the main roster. It’s a good move if it can help refresh Bray Wyatt’s career.
The most significant part of the night came when The Rock made his return.
It came as Rusev and Lana cut their usual, boring anti-America, pro-Russia promo. His electrifying music hitting to screams from fans around the world.
His introduction was simply amazing and led to a hilarious segment in which he said: “The Rock was working out, just like you do Rusev, except The Rock doesn’t wear his shorts up to his nipples. Like seriously nobody wants to see your camel clutch.
“Lana you are what Americans call smoking… But you’re walking about here like someone shoved a Smirnoff bottle up your Putin.”
It’s difficult to predict whether he’ll be appearing more regularly – but the mere sight of him in the ring suggests he’ll be back for Wrestlemania 31.
In the main event, Cena took on Rollins with Kane and Orton behind the ropes in the 3-on-1 handicap match. But before we knew it Ambrose had returned – with a hot dog stand.
So, as you do when you have a hot dog stand, Ambrose squirted ketchup and mustard over Orton and Kane, before he and Cena began brawling with the three authority members. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon made an appearance to announce a match for the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view which will see Ambrose take on Cena before the winner faces Rollins at the top of the bill.
Then, sadly, the show ended.
But unlike previous Raws, this one was a very good show. Possibly an 8/10 and certainly one of the best in the last few months.
We now have to hope Ambrose goes over Cena at Hell in a Cell and we get the showdown with Rollins that everyone wants. Ambrose needs that push.