WWE had a tall order in front of it this past Monday night, and that order was to follow up what was arguably the best episode of Monday Night Raw with another good one.
As if that task wasn't difficult enough, it also had to deal with an award show on top of that.
That's right, it was time for WWE's year-end award show, The Slammys, to take place in Minneapolis Monday, forcing WWE to put the majority of its focus on that instead of going full steam ahead with the momentum it built up in here in Philadelphia the week before.
Because of that, I'm grading this week's episode on a bit of a curve. No, it was not an exciting program to watch, but how could it have been?
The awards WWE hands out on a yearly basis largely mean nothing and half the people that won the little gold statue weren't even in the building to accept them.
Because of that, I can't get that down on this show. Yeah, it wasn't great, but what else should fans expect when it was essentially a three-hour award show with some wrestling matches sprinkled in?
The Slammys used to feel special when Raw was still two hours because it was one of the few three-hour shows all year. Now, every episode of Raw is three hours, taking a little more allure away from The Slammys.
The biggest name to show up and accept the honor was the injured former WWE World Heavyweight champion Seth Rollins, who made his way out with the help of crutches to accept the Superstar of the Year award. Rollins said that he will be back in 2016to reclaim the WWE World Heavyweight championship, which he technically never lost.
Although Brock Lesnar won multiple Slammys, even he wasn't at the Target Center in Minneapolis to accept the awards despite the fact that he went to the University of Minnesota.
However, Paul Heyman was there, which was a nice consolation.
WWE did find time to make fun of Steve Harvey's flub at the Miss Universe pageant by having R-Truth announce Paige as the Diva of the Year, only to have him say that he made a mistake and that Nikki Bella actually earned the honor.
Other than that, not much else happened. Kane returned to lose to The Wyatt Family, The New Day lost yet again and Dean Ambrose defeated Sheamus in a fun cage match during the main event.
With that said, here are the full match results and Slammy award winners:
- The Wyatt Family def. Kane, The Dudley Boyz & Tommy Dreamer
- Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler
- Alberto Del Rio def. Jack Swagger
- The Usos def. The New Day
- Rusev def. Neville
- Becky Lynch def. Brie Bella
- Steel cage match – Dean Ambrose def. Sheamus
Breakout star of the Year – Neville
LOL Moment of the Year – R-Truth
The "OMG" Shocking Moment of the Year – Kalisto at Tables, Ladders and Chairs
Superstar of the Year – Seth Rollins
Hero In All of Us Award – John Cena
Surprise Return of the Year – Sting
Diva of the Year – Nikki Bella
Match of the Year – Brock Lesnar vs. The Undertaker (Hell in a Cell)
Rivalry of the Year – Brock Lesnar/Undertaker
Best Original WWE Network Show of the Year – Stone Cold Podcast
Extreme Moment of the Year – Roman Reigns destroying Triple H
"This is Awesome Moment" of the Year – The Rock/Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania
Double-cross of the Year – Damien Mizdow eliminating The Miz at WrestleMania
Tag Team of the Year – The Usos
Best John Cena U.S. Open Challenge – John Cena vs. Cesaro (Raw, July 6)
Hashtag of the Year - #SuplexCity
Celebrity Moment of the Year – Stephen Amell's dive at SummerSlam