And they just showed the end of Cass vs. Rusev from the pre-show. I missed it because I was running Sparrow Races on Destiny. I am also a little behind here since I started a few minutes late and have paused a few times getting dinner.
I didn't watch the main event but was fairly lukewarm on the show from what I saw.
New Day vs Sheamus and Cesaro - Cool to see Sheamus and Cesaro win but it was very badly hurt by the fact that this was their 3rd (maybe even 4th) opportunity to capture the belts.
Zayn vs Strowman - Booked exactly how I figured it would be. Strowman looks fine when he's on offense but his selling needs some serious work. Of course we are supposed to feel like Sami won because he didn't lose even though he got destroyed the majority of the match and his finish move couldn't even take Braun down off his feet.
Rollins vs Jericho - Again not a bad match but hurt by the fact that we've seen these guys have this same match multiple times on Raw in the past few months. Why am I to believe that this win for Rollins is going to keep Jericho out of his way when the other ones didn't?
Swan vs Perkins vs Kendrick - Match felt too short with an abrupt end. Shame that the WWE is already hitting the panic button on the division and turning Neville heel and having him go after the belt. Guess they figure they'll go with the established guy and give us our 4th champion in the division's very short tenure.
Charlotte/Sasha - So tired of how WWE books every single Charlotte/Sasha match. Every time Sasha gets dominated for the bulk of the match and this one wasn't much different. These two have had 6 title matches and in all 6 the title has changed hands. Just terrible decision making.
Owens/Reigns - Didn't even watch. Knew there were only two endings. Reigns wins clean or Owens retains via BS. I seriously just want one successful title defense for Owens where he does so 100% clean.
Post by PatriotPaine on Dec 19, 2016 11:36:12 GMT -6
I pretty much agree with Monk, and also watched everything but the main event. The in-ring action was pretty good; I enjoyed every match.
The opening match was good and I'm happy that the New Day's reign has come to an end, but it should've been months ago and not allowed to drag on just to break a record because the previous record holders are taking part in a lawsuit against the company.
I guess on the bright side, at least Ric Flair didn't get involved in the women's match.
I honestly forgot there was a PPV until around 9 pm last night...I saw what this was... didn't have any interest. It doesn't look like I missed too much.
I'm over the brand split. As expected it hasn't done a damned thing to improve this product.
Yeah, I view the brand specific shows about like another Raw or SD at this point. Way too damn many of them to care about and this one didn't even make a blip on my radar.
Any match or moment on the show good enough to go out of my way and seek out?
New Day vs. Cesaro/Sheamus I thought was really good, especially if you don't think about the faulty booking that Monk pointed out. I'd easily give that MOTN. KO/Reigns was pretty good for the most part too, up until the end.
The ring action is good. I have no complaints with it but the damned booking...the finishes...all the crap we're all bitching about ... I'm pretty fed up with it.
This is why I've been so apathetic for so long with modern WWE.
There's so many technically proficient wrestlers now all across the spectrum. AJ Styles is as good in the ring as HBK in his prime IMO. But he's just another guy on the 50/50 treadmill.
I've heard some say it's by design, because Vince doesn't want a real mega star like Austin or Rock who would have so much sway and ability to hurt him by leaving. I guess I can see the thought process, but it creates such a stale environment.
Jericho vs. Rollins is a great match any night, but as said, we've seen it enough, or at least it seems like we've seen it enough that the thought of paying to see it again just isn't worth it. And with all these hours of content every week, we see every combination of every match at PPV lengths and hardly anyone is protected. I used to think bringing back squash matches would solve the problem, but it was like plugging a hole in a boat that had been cut in half.
Right now I'm more intrigued with an episode of NWA classic "rasslin" on the 605 from 30 years ago. I can watch about one episode a week of that and be totally fine. Those shows were half squash matches featuring wrestlers as downright awful as the Boogie Woogie Man in between awesome Horsemen and Midnight Express stuff...
The rest was promos. Not all of them great, or even good, but all of them felt like they were delivered by real men (or real crazy men) whose job it was to have real fights with other real men. Not hen-pecked, meek employees dancing on a string for a senile 70-something more concerned with his wife's political career than his wrestling company.