#1~ I should have know that tonight’s main event was too good to be true. The first segment started out nicely with Roman Reigns calling out Cena’s “rah-rah leads to serious mode” promo, something no babyface has done in a long time. Then Dean Ambrose interrupts both of them with another strong promo before being destroyed by Kane, Randy Orton and Seth Rollins with Rollins Curb Stopping Ambrose’s head onto a wooden cart for the killshot. While I absolutely would prefer the main event to air as scheduled, this segment did more for Ambrose than most people probably realized. Ambrose was attacked by future Hall Of Famers Kane & Orton and the current “Triple H-project”, Seth Rollins. Not only did it take a lot to put him down but he even kept his anti-authority snark with the “Is that all you got?” quip before the Curb Stomp.
#2~ So what now? Are Layla and Summer Rae “LayCool” with a bit of the “Extreme Expose” thrown in? As long as they don’t turn Dolph Ziggler into a 2014-version of Shawn “Meat” Stasiak, then whatever. It’s hard to make these two women anymore irrelevant.
#3~ First a beatdown on Dean Ambrose and then a sneak attack beatdown on the Usos? Did the Creative Team forget every other tactic on how to get heat on the heels leading into a big match against the babyfaces at the pay-per-view?
#4~ The Russia/USA segment was complete crap until Jack Swagger took down Rusev and sent him limping to the locker room. Honestly, I had some high hopes for a Swagger babyface turn but it also began when American pride was at a yearly pride. Not only was it close to July 4th but it was also riding high on the incredible ride the US National Soccer Team were riding in the World Cup. Now people just want to see Rusev lose a one-on-one match instead of REALLY getting behind Swagger.
#5~ Awesome promo for Sting in WWE 2K15 & one that is sure to sell a ton of pre-orders for the game. Of course this was probably the WORST time to pipe the live crowds reaction to the promo. Obviously the crowd was insanely hot for the Sting reveal but they didn’t have Michael Cole’s lead in selling the WWE 2k15 pre-order and they completely turned on the video package. That video package actually had more heat than The Miz did!
#6~ Did I just hear the crowd chanting “Boring” during Bray Wyatt’s promo?! I can’t remember the last time that happened – if EVER! I’m not sure if Chris Jericho is that over in Richmond, VA or if people were actually bored by the less than stellar segment. Either way that was an unexpected twist.
#7~ Cesaro loses again – both the match and no Paul Heyman. I don’t know what’s going on with Heyman but this losing streak is starting to convince me that Cesaro will walk out of Battleground with the Intercontinental Champion. Maybe he’ll start to regain some of the steam he had following WrestleMania 30 & his Andre the Giant battle royal win.
#8~ Is it just me shouldn’t the main event have a lot more time than 15 minutes? Sure it wasn’t anything special but with all of your top players in the same ring, you should at least give the audience something to look forward to. We knew we’d see Reigns spear Cena at some point but before that the match ends in a DQ finish?! Come on. A very subpar RAW, especially since this was the go-home show for Battleground. Just a rough night all around.