-Daniel Bryan welcomes out Naomi and the crowd still chants “You Deserve It” for some reason.
-Bryan says that him and Shane went over Naomi’s medical records and they know she can’t defend the Title in 30 days, so he asks her to relinquish the Title.
-Naomi tries giving an emotional speech but I’m just not buying it. Naomi says when she gets back everyone will FEEL THE GLOW.
-Justin C here this week as Heather is stuck working. And I’m battling a cold but damn it I’m here for you!
-The video recap for the Festival of Friendship took up the first five minutes of RAW. It might be better than anything else on the show tonight.
Kevin Owens Segment
-Owens talks about Goldberg, completely ignoring what happened with Chris Jericho. He says Goldberg never impressed him. Not in WCW and surely not now.
When I watched The 2000 Great American Bash, I ended with the following line:
I have no idea what I am going to watch next, but it can’t really be much worse than this.
Well, be careful what you wish for.
The WWE loves to troll their fans. ‘Let’s bring in Nigel McGinness but keep Percy Watson and they’ll totally hate us.’ Jerks.
Authors of Pain v. Lance Anoa’i & Garrison Spears
A squash match if there ever was such a thing. Akam and Rezar have the tangibles to be a tag team to remember, it’s just going to take more than Paul Ellering and A WHOLE LOT more work.
Corey Graves said ‘205 Live and chill’, like that would even be over with a girl that’s into wrestling. You just moved down a peg, Graves.
Noam Dar v. Rich Swann
Rich Swann is back, bay bay! As each week goes by I could make a strong argument for six cruiserweights that should be on the main roster, easily. Here’s to hoping there is at least two cruiserweight matches at Wrestlemania.
This past Monday we saw one of the best segments in the recent history of Monday Night RAW. The Festival of Friendship segment was so well done. Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens have constantly been the best part of RAW for the last few months. When Owens and Jericho were on TV, you knew that you would at least get one entertaining segment on RAW.
Jericho was his over the top self during the Festival of Friendship. And you could tell that as the segment went on that something wasn’t right with Kevin Owens. Owens, if you remember, had a talk with Triple H earlier in the show. Whatever Triple H said to Owens, it set up what was one of the best done turns in the WWE. Owens and Jericho were heels, but the crowd respected them and were constantly entertained when they were out there.
-I’m here bringing you a live Smackdown review on Valentine’s Day, so you know exactly what my love life is like.
-Bray Wyatt has much more intensity in his promo this week as he seems extra motivated with the Title. He says he truly feels like he has the whole world in his hands.
-John Cena comes out. He wants to have their fight right now.
-AJ Styles is out. He calls Cena a line jumper and accuses him of jumping the line at the airport and grocery store. Cena does look like someone who would cut the line at a grocery store, or bring 15 items in the 10 item or less lane.
We kick things off with Stephanie McMahon because a show without the authority kicking everything off is…well, a better show but let’s not tell them. Basically she’s just there to get Roman Reigns out there and yelling about BRAUN. Steph won’t give him BRAUN tonight but we get a 2 on 1 match with Gallows & Anderson vs Roman Reigns instead. Well, it’s not Sheamus & Cesaro I guess.
The match is short lived though so no need to give it a proper write up. It’s a no contest and Roman makes them look like his wee bitches afterwards. Wonderful.
Back to RussoLand!!
I recently saw a thread over on the Wrestling Observer Board about the worst WCW PPV’s of all time. Great American Bash 2000 was one show that was mentioned by multiple people. The video package doesn’t do much to dispel that rumor. Goldberg returned to WCW, helped Nash a bunch of times, and was arrested by Eric Bischoff. This is during the whole New Blood vs. Millionaires Club angle.
Oh no, Ric Flair is wrestling David Flair. Tank Abott vs. Scott Steiner? Hogan vs Kidman? Jarrett vs. Nash for the title? Some match with Sting and Vampiro and fire? Yeah, this has to be a terrible show. Apparently if Ric loses to David, his career is over.
Mojo Rawley vs Curt Hawkins
-These might be the only two guys on the Smackdown roster not on the main show outside of Kane.
-Mojo is a guilty pleasure of mine. But I have to believe the WWE dumps him if they don’t land a Gronk appearance this year.