Posted April 19th, 2016 by jshannon

WWE hopped the Big Pond to do a huge show in London. The weird alliance between Roman Reigns and Bray Wyatt just MIGHT be explained. Plus, Dean Ambrose debuted, officially, his new talk show, The Ambrose Asylum. Sigh.

Roll the opening montage!

Welcome to the O2 Arena. I’m sure one or more of my English friends are in the crowd. Smile.

The Ambrose Asylum:

Before the talking started, Raw looked back at how Ambrose took over the talk thing from Chris Jericho. None of them are as good as the late, great Roddy Piper was. Dean rambled on about river monsters and Braun Strowman. Yawn. Dean discussed other talk show hosts and then introduced the parents of the guy that does the Late, Late Show. Then, he got down to business, sort of. Dean introduced his guest, Shane McMahon.

Isn’t it interesting that Shane lost at Wrestlemania but STILL gets to run Raw? Shane danced his way down to the ring. The crowd cut loose with a “Shane-O Mac” chant. Dean welcomed Shane to his little show. “You Still Got It!” was the next chant to ring out. Dean acknowledged the chant. They showed the clip of Shane jumping off the top of the Hell in a Cell structure. Damn, that was so impressive. Dean admitted that Shane made him stop and think “What was HE thinking?” The fans began the “Ole Ole” chant. Dean wanted to get down to brass tax. Dean asked what was on Shane’s agenda. Shane explained he was there to make things better for the fans. Shane wanted to give guys that would never have gotten a shot, in the old days, their time to shine.

They were cut off by the arrival of Kevin Owens. Kevin said Shane was just another McMahon-crazed-with-power taking it out on Kevin. Shane corrected Kevin that he had no vendetta against Owens. Kevin wanted to know why Shane had he escorted out of the arena, last week. Shane told Kevin that he (Shane) did not want Owens to jeopardize Sami Zayn’s title match. Kevin then went off on Sami Zayn…

Thought brought out the former El Generico, Sami Zayn. Kevin was not happy to see his old buddy. Sami reminded Kevin that Zayn was signed by WWE before Owens was. Sami knew Kevin was jealous of his success. Sami took some credit for getting Kevin into the WWE.

Enter Chris Jericho. Why? The fans popped huge for Y2J. Jericho told everyone to shut up and listen to what he had to say. Jericho gave Kevin credit for having half a brain. Chris told Shane that McMahon was drunk with power. Chris got up in Shane’s face and explained he was the best in the world at what he does. Chris was ticked off that Shane took away his Highlight Reel segment. Shane said Chris could always go to the WWENetwork to watch all the classic Highlight Reels.

Dean tried to regain order by grumbling about his plant being in danger. Shane made matches for the next PPV: Chris Jericho vs Dean Ambrose and Sami Zayn vs Kevin Owens. Both of these would happen at Payback. Dean put his plant in a safe place and then the fight was one. Jericho and Owens bailed out of the ring. Time for a break.

Chris Jericho vs Sami Zayn

This match was made, during the commercial break. Jericho kicked and chopped Sami. Sami sent Chris into the ropes. Universal into a pair of Deep Arm Drags by Sami. Sami rolled Chris around and took his to the mat. Chris popped and chopped Sami. Whip by Jericho but Sami bounced off the rope0s and Heel Kicked Chris. 1 count, only. Sami rocked Jericho with a couple of Forearms. Jericho came back and decked Sami with his own Forearm. Springboard Crossbody failed Jericho. Springboard Moonsault, to the floor, by Sami. Dang, this kid is just so talented.

Sami pitched Chris back in the ring. Chris kneed Saami and then chopped him. Chris was thrown on the apron. He came off the top and got blasted. Sami ran the ropes but Chris tripped him. Jericho drove his boot into Sami’s throat. Dropkick by Chris. Break time.

Jericho sent Sami sailing over the ropes. The ref started to count Sami out. Zayn got back in in plenty of time. Chris dropped Sami and made an arrogant cover. 2 count. Snap Mare into a Rear Chin Lock by Chris. Sami twisted up to his feet and decked Chris with a vicious series of Clotheslines. Chris popped Sami but Zayn came up swinging. Chris dropped Zayn and tried to apply the Walls of Jericho. He failed. Running Bulldog by Chris. Lionsault countered as Sami brought the knees. Blue Thunder Bomb by Sami almost scored the win.

Chris was down and hurt. Sami headed up top but took way too much time. Dropkick by Chris. Walls of Jericho! Sami would not surrender. He inched his way towards the ropes. He got them to force the break. Chris rushed Sami and got flipped out to the floor. Zayn prepped for a Suicide Dive but Chris moved. Dive Through DDT by Sami. Damn, that is impressive. The fans showed their approval.

Back in the ring, Jericho cowered in the corner. He then caught Sami with the Code Breaker to take this one home.

Your Winner: Chris Jericho
Raw Ranking: 3.5 out of a possible 5

Mauro was there to do an interview. He talked with A.J. Styles. Mauro asked Styles to explain his meteoric rise in the WWE. Styles stopped to introduce Karl “Machine Gun” Anderson and Luke “Doc” Gallows. Karl and Doc thanked Styles for putting in the good word for them. Karl said he wanted to be like A.J. when he grew up. Styles was so happy to have his old friends back with him. They started to joke about Roppongi. Could we see Rocky Romero and Trent Barreta soon?

Enzo and Cass vs The Dudley Boys
Tag Team Tournament, Semi Finals Match #1

I love these guys. Enzo is so the Road Dogg of this generation. I’ve talked that over with tons of fans and a few of “The Boys”. Cass definitely fills the Billy Gunn role. Enzo had a riddle for the fans. It led to him saying “There is “DUD” in Dudley Boys”. Enzo said the Dudleys are Duds not Studs. Enzo compared him and Cass to small breasts “We are real, whether you like us or not”. “S-A-W-F-T” was Cass’ thought about D’Von and Bubba Ray.

That brought out D’Von and Bubba Ray. Enzo and D’Von locked up and went to the corner. D’Von bashed and battered Enzo. Tag to Bubba Ray. Bubba took Enzo to the corner and slapped the chest. Bubba got up in Cass’ face. The ref had to hold Cass back, as Raw cut to commercial.

Bubba worked over Enzo with huge clubbing blows. Enzo showed his defiance and told Bubba to bring it. Shoulder Tackle by Bubba. D’Von asked to come in and fight. Bubba asked his “Brother” to destroy the loud-mouthed Jersey Boy. D’Von stood on Enzo’s face. Funk Neckbreaker by D’Von brought a two plus. D’Von threw Enzo into the corner. Tag to Bubba. Bubba told “Skywalker” to keep talking. Big Splash by Bubba. 2 count. Tag back to D’Von. Straight fist to Enzo’s kisser. Scoop Slam to the much smaller Enzo. D’Von then mocked Enzo’s “You Can’t Teach Dat” catchphrase.

Bubba tagged back in and they ended up on the ropes. Enzo clocked Bubba. Bubba missed a Senton, off the ropes. Tag to Cass! Shoulder Tackle to D’Von and a Clothesline to Bubba. Scoop Slam to D’Von. Cass hit his wild Jumping Elbow and Corner Splash. He missed a 2nd Splash. Tag to Bubba. Inverted 3D but the Dudleys messed up a follow up shot. Rocket Launcher by Enzo and Cass.

Your Winners: Enzo and Cass
Raw Ranking: 3.5

Roman Reigns came out to a huge round of boos. I just don’t think Roman is getting the kind of reaction that WWE has been hoping for. Roman held his title belt high in the air. Roman circled the ring as the boos rose to a crescendo. Roman reminded 4everyone that he wasn’t a good guy or a bad guy… he was THE guy. Roman paid respect to A.J. Styles. Roman knew Styles would try to out-wrestle him, but that would not work. Roman was ready to hit anyone in the mouth to defend the Roman Empire. The fans brought up a “Boring” chant.

That came to a stop when A.J. Styles made his entrance. Styles was not intimidated by the bigger Reigns. Styles gave Roman credit for being “One Hell of a Champion”. Styles knew he would have to have the match of his life to beat Roman. He was so up for that. Styles knew WWE came to him because of his talents. Roman understood and agreed with most of what Styles said. Roman noticed that the fans liked A.J. Styles. Roman was digging what Styles was doing. Roman then said the fans were not going to like it but he was going to beat Styles at Payback. Roman didn’t need to be liked, only respected. Styles said he wanted to be liked AND respected. Styles said he would be the next WWE champion. Styles then backed out of the ring.

Suddenly, Gallows and Anderson jumped Roman Reigns, from behind. Styles looked shocked that his buddies would do that.

Roman walked backstage. Mauro interviewed Roman about the sneak attack. Styles came up and swore he didn’t know anything about the attack. Roman said Styles needed to sing a new tune. Roman was ready to face Styles and all his boys.

Dolph Ziggler was at ringside for the next match.

Fandango vs Baron Corbin

Raw looked back at a recent battle between Dolph and Corbin. The bell rang and Corbin took Fandango to the corner. Chops by Fandango. Baron clocked Fandango with a hard Forearm. Baron tossed Fandango out of the ring. Baron threw Fandango over the announce desk and into Dolph. Baron blasted Dolph. Dolph lost his cool but stood back. End of Days.

Your Winner: Baron Corbin
Raw Ranking: 1.5

Dolph rushed in to attack Baron. It was a bad move as Corbin laid out the Sow Off. End of Days, on the floor.

Miz and Maryse walked backstage. Maryse was being such a true Diva. We get MIZTv, next? WHY!

Miz played tonsil hockey with his wife until Cesaro showed up. Cesaro will challenge for the Intercontinental title at Payback. Cesaro was seriously dressed to the nines. Cesaro said Miz was a “Royal Pina in the *ss” Miz knew Cesaro was a bit player while he was an “A-Lister”. The fans quickly broke out the “Boring” chant. Miz started to rant and the fans gave him Hell for it. Miz was just awful in this take off of Taken. Cesaro was not that impressed. Miz kept doing reshoots about how he was going to beat Cesaro. Cesaro stole “When MY Hand goes up” catchphrase from Miz. Cesaro was certain he was about to become the new IC Champ. Cesaro did the classic “All out of Bubble Gum” quote from “They Live”. I LOVE that movie! Miz backed off from a fight, since Rusev was set to fight Cesaro.

Rusev came out with the League of Nations faction. Cesaro explained that he talked to Shane and got this match changed to Miz and the League of Nations vs Cesaro and New Day! Sweet!

Cesaro, Xavier Woods, Kofi Kingston and Big E vs The Miz, Rusev, Alberto Del Rio and Sheamus
8-Man Tag Team Match

The match was going strong as the show returned. Miz dropped Woods. Hip Toss sent Miz flying. Side Headlock by Woods. Miz took him to the corner and threw knees to the ribs. Miz with a Whip but Woods Floated Over. Woods nailed a Discus Forearm after slipping and sliding around. Kofi took the tag and hit a Running Knee. Big E then tagge din and nailed the Big Splash. Dance by Big E. Tag to Kofi. Ax Bomber to Miz’s shoulder. Miz threw Kofi into the ropes and tagged in Alberto. Running Clotheslines and Snap Mare to almost get a pin. Kofi leapt way up in the air to set up the Unicorn Stampede. Springboard Dropkick to ADR’s chest. Woods broke out the trombone.

Tilt-a-Whirl Backbreaker by Alberto and then a tag to Sheamus. Running Shoulder and Million Dolalr Kneelift by Sheamus. Tag to Rusev. Rusev kicked and stomped away on his foe. Rusev nailed a vicious kick and prevented a tag to the New Day/Cesaro corner. Tag back to Sheamus. Sheamus pitched Woods out to the floor. Alberto threw Woos back onto the apron. Rusev kicked Woods as he broke the 10 Beats. Sheamus came back to finish the job. Del Rio hit a Step Up Enziguri to Woods as Raw cut to another set of commercials.

Del Rio was in complete control. He did the Cross Armbreaker, over the ropes, on Woods. Tag to Miz. Miz stomped on Woods’ shoulder. Cesaro talked trash to his future opponent. Woods tried to fight back but Miz threw Woods down by the hair. Woods hit a huge Back body Drop. Sheamus and Del Rio prevented a tag. Rusev hit a big Corner Splash on Woods. Woods snapped Rusev’s neck over the rope. Missile Launch DDT by Woods. Cesaro pulled himself up to the apron. Tags to Cesaro and Sheamus. Uppercut Express by Cesaro to Sheamus and Miz. Cesaro then punctuated things with a massive Dropkick. Cesaro went to the floor and hit Uppercuts to Rusev and Del Rio. Cesaro came back and dropped Sheamus with another European Uppercut. Miz prevented the Cesaro Swing. Game Over Powerbomb by Sheamus. It broke down as new Day got involved and then the League did. Belly to Booty by Big E to Rusev. Big Ending to Miz. Scoop Powerslam by Sheamus. Neutralizer by Cesaro.

Your Winners: Cesaro, Xavier Woods, Big E and Kofi Kingston
Raw Ranking: 3.5

Charlotte and Ric Flair came up to be interviewed. Mauro sent it to highlights of Charlotte vs Natalya, last week. Ric Flair pulled the ref out of the ring to pull the DQ. Nattie had Charlotte tapping out but the ref had already called for the DQ. Charlotte questioned Mauro for his journalistic shortcomings. Charlotte said Naitalya had to beat her, not the other way round. Natalya came out and said she did make Charlotte tap out. Nattie announced that she will get a rematch at Payback. Nattie said her uncle Bret Hart would be in her corner at Payback. Cool.

Since we just saw two of the best women in wrestling, I wanted to talk, briefly, about one of the best women in acting. We just lost Doris Roberts. Doris was such a key player in several great shows, as well as some fun Hallmark movies. May your rest be a most blessed one.

Natalya, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks and Paige vs Charlotte, Naomi, Tamina and Summer Rae
8-Woman (Yeah, not a Divas) Tag Team Match

Charlotte was wearing a sweet blue and white robe. Nattie wanted Charlotte and she got her. Charlotte bounced off the ropes and then backed off. Tag to Summer. Collar and Elbow into a Side Headlock Takeover by Nattie. Tag to Sasha. Banks went to work on the arm but Summer went to the face. That ticked off Sasha. Summer dragged Sasha to the corner. Sasha fought back went Naomi got the tag. Tag to Paige and the crowd went nuts. Naomi was sent to the corner. Knee Strike by Paige. Naomi with a Spinner Jawbreake. Paige Cannonballed off the apron. Becky Lynch also got in the middle of the mix. Time for, yep, another commercial break. Cool, I need to change out my laundry.

The chaos was still going strong. Tamina worked over Becky with brutal head Shakes. Tag out to Summer. Hard Clothesline by Summer led to a two. Summer rammed Becky into the corner. Boot Choke by Summer. Summer ran Becky into the corner and tagged in Naomi. She stomped away on Becky. Hesitation Dropkick by Naomi drew a two. Rear Chin Lock by Naomi. Naomi dropped several elbows to the top of Becky’s head. Becky began to fight back but a Jawbreaker stopped her cold. Becky dodged a charging Naomi and Mrs. Uso hit the floor. Naomi stopped Becky from making a tag. Summer got the tag and then so did Natalya. Side Russian Leg Sweep by Nattie. Summer missed a Dropkick. Nattie with an Inverted Blanchard Slingshot Suplex. Leg Lariat by Summer. Charlotte took the tag. Natalya played a bit of ‘possum and ended up putting Charlotte in the Sharpshooter! Tag Out!

Your Winners: Natalya, Paige, Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch
Raw Ranking: 2.0

Another Puerto Rico promo ran for Primo and Epico. So nice to see them finally ditch Los Matadores.

Vaudevillians (Simon Gotch and Aiden English) vs The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso)
Tag Team Tournament, Semi Finals Match #2

Simon and Jimmy opened this one. Simon was trained by Daniel Bryan and Harley Race. Tag to English. Aiden clubbed away on Jimmy. Elbow Drop to the top of Jimmy’s head. Cranking Rear Chin Lock by English. Spinning Enziguri by Jimmy. Tag to Jey. Jey flew into both opponents. Superkick and Uppercut by Jey. Samoan Drop to English. Rikishi Run by Jey. Aiden rolled up Jey for a two. English flew off the ropes and got clocked by a huge kick. It broke down into complete chaos. Suicide Dive by Jey. Jey’s shoulder was all kinds of messed up. Jey’s shoulder was run into the corner. English called for his partner. Whirling Dervish by the Vaudevillians.

Your Winners; Aiden English and Simon Gotch
Raw Ranking: 2.75

A promo piece aired about Apollo Crews.

The Social Outcasts were in the ring> Adam Rose isn’t with them because he is on a two-month “Unexpected Vacation’ due to the Wellness Program.

Apollo Crews vs Heath Slater

Crews said, earlier, he would join the Social Outcasts, if one of them could beat him. If Crews wins, Social Outcasts must leave him alone, for good.

Apollo into the Universal and then nailed a huge Dropkick. Heath bailed out to the floor. Back in the ring, Heath kicked at Crews and worked on the arm. Apollo rolled through and flipped Heath over. Stall Suplex by Apollo. Heath begged off and hit a Cheap Shot. Crews ended up striking the ring post. Heath came out and got Crews. Heath dropped an Elbow and then hit huge kicks to Crews. One count, only. Rear Chin Lock by Heath.

Heath drove his knee into Crews’ lower back. 2 count. Heath went back to the Rear Chin Lock. Crews flipped Heath over and then decked the One Man Band. Crews drove Heath into the corner. Leaping Elbow by Crews. Heath flipped Crews onto the apron. Moonsault to the floor to take out Bo Dallas and Curtis Axel. Crews hit a Crossbody but Heath rolled through. Spinning Sit Out Poerbomb (I’d call it Crews Control).

Your Winner: Apollo Crews
Raw Ranking: 3.0

Kevin Owens stormed down to the ring. The Main Event was on deck.

Kevin Owens vs Dean Ambrose

The two tore into each other, just as the bell sounded. Dean stomped away on KO. Dean went to the eyes and then unleashed several Knife Edge Chops. The two went back and forth with Knife Edges. Dean hit numerous Elbow Shots to Owens’ head. Back Elbow and Yakuza Kick by Kevin. Kevin choked Dean on the ropes. Dean punched away at Kevin but Owens returned with a DDT. Kevin talked serious trash and locked in the Rear Chin Lock.

Dean ran over Kevin until Owens bailed out of the ring. Dean hit a Suicide Dive. Kevin did his best to get away from Dean. Kevin waited and then threw Dean over the announce table. Kevin came out to get Ambrose. The two began to slug it out. Dean then pitched Kevin over the table. The ref started counting them both. Raw went to a break.

Running Bulldog by Dean. Dean went up top but got caught. Kevin put Dean in the Sullivan Tree of Woe to prepare for the Cannonball. 2 count. Backsplash Senton by KO. 2 count, again. Rear Chin Lock by Kevin. Dean got to his feet and punched the ribs of the Prize Fighter. Dean was sent flying out of the ring. Huge Frog Splash from the apron to the floor by KO. Kevin quickly rolled back in the ring. Dean slowly got to his feet. Dean got in at 8. Kevin kicked Dean in the face. Kevin went back to the Rear Chin Lock. Back Drop Suplex by Dean. Dean kneed Kevin in the face and went up top. Kevin blasted Deana nd followed Ambrose up the ropes. Dean blocked the Superplex. Dean knocked Kevin off the ropes. Owens went to the floor and hit the Standing Savage Elbow to the floor!

Standing Switch and Dean was sent to the ropes. He laid out Kevin with a monster Clothesline. Kevin snapped Dean over the ropes. Dean caught Kevin in the Penthouse and nailed a Superplex. 2 count. Kevin blocked Dirty Deeds and went for the Pop Up Poerbomb. Dean reversed it but fell to a Superkick. 1-2-not yet.

Kevin was losing his cool and he went up top. Dean punched away and went for a Super Dirty Dees. Kevin reversed out of it. Dean tried for Super Dirty Dees, again, but Kevin caught Dean with the Clutch Superplex. Nice. Frog Slash failed when Dean got the knees up. Dean avoided the Cannonball. Dirty Deeds!

Your Winner: Dean Ambrose
Raw Ranking: 3.25

Chris Jericho rushed in and laid out Dean with the Code Breaker.


–Jay Shannon

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