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So here we are, the final special event before ‘the grandest stage of them all,’ the final special event from Monday Night Raw.
Overall it had been an average show with mostly predictable outcomes. It did not feature any five star matches, none of the match was booked for even twenty minutes. Most of the matches are similar to Monday night Raw matches, so if you leave one or two match, it was more like an episode of Monday night Raw.
All the championships except the Universal title is retained. Charlotte lost his pay per view streak and it was just before the event of WrestleMania, which is pretty shocking. We have no idea why did they do that, from this match it looked like they are reigniting the Charlotte – Sasha Banks feud again, and if that is so, it would be awful. It shows the fragility of the Raw Women’s division.
Sasha Banks beating Nia Jax clean is also a good outcome and Sasha seriously needed to win this match. The match, however, presented Sasha as an unstoppable force where Sasha Banks, a three times Women’s champion had to come up with the cheeky way of roll up pin. It did not look bad for either divas so we would say the booking was perfect.
Now let us talk about the first match of the evening which was Samoa Joe vs. Sami Zayn. It had a predictable outcome but badly booked. Zayn after coming to the main roster had been jobbing continuously. He lost almost all of his feuds. His last feuds was against Braun Strowman who literally destroyed him. To promote Braun they buried Sami and once again, they are doing the same thing against Samoa Joe too.
Speaking of Braun Strowman, he finally lost a match via pinfall and a clean pinfall which must be mentioned. This is the reason why smark fans hate Roman Reigns. He is doing the same thing that John Cena did earlier; burying new talents. We are not saying Braun losing to Roman is a bad outcome, but the stage he lost was not good. They could have turned it into a double count out or double DQ, which would have been sounder. We still hope this is not a burial for Braun.
Moving on to the mid card matches, two matches were booked during the show; Jinder Mahal vs. Cesaro and Rusev vs. Big Show. On the first match, Jinder lost but had a great momentum especially against a wrestler like Cesaro. But on the match, Rusev got totally buried. The final nail on Rusev’s coffin had been put by Big Show. This was by far the worst booking of the night. Why in the heel would you allow Big Show to beat Rusev in that way? What does Big Show need at this stage of his career? So this is now official, Rusev is not even a mid card, he is an undercard jobber. Bravo Raw creative team!
Now about the tag team championship, it was a predictable match and the match was worked well. Luke Gallows and Kaarl Anderson snatched a very heelish win. So it looks like the Club is taking the Raw tag team championships to WrestleMania which is a very good thing.
And finally we talk about the main event, the Universal championship. Being a Goldberg fan I do not want to say this but this is not right. First of all, being a part timer, Goldberg did not deserve to win the title, and the way he won was even worse. He defeated Kevin Owens in 22 seconds. We all know he cannot keep the match going for long, that is why such bookings are made, but 22 seconds are too much. After all Kevin did as the Universal champion is that all he deserved? It does not matter Chris Jericho interfered or not, it is still not acceptable.
Final Verdict – On some occasions it was a good show, and on some other perspectives, it was bad. It did not have a good build up for WrestleMania as Smackdown had through the Elimination Chamber. It had all the potentials to be a great show, and at the end, Raw creative team once again proved that the best they can offer is an average show.
Sportzwiki Rating – 2.5/5