There has been so much to talk about during the past five days in the world of professional wrestling — specifically the WWE — that Monday Night Raw almost seemed like the appetizer to a main course.
We got a solid show Monday night, which was a sizeable improvement from the mostly uneventful show of last week.
The biggest problem the WWE has right now is that Raw feels almost exactly the same every week.
Sure, the main event is full of matches and storylines that have been playing out over the course of weeks, but nothing on the undercard feels all that new, with the exception of The New Day trio, which I'll touch on later.
Before I go any further, let's go through the results of the matches that took place at the Bok Center in Tulsa, Okla.:
- The Usos def. Cesaro & Tyson Kidd to win tag team turmoil
- Erick Rowan def. Big Show via disqualification
- Fandango def. Jack Swagger due to forfeit
- Damien Mizdow def. Fernando
- Bray Wyatt def. R-Truth
- AJ Lee & Naomi def. The Bella Twins
- John Cena, Dolph Ziggler & Ryback def. Seth Rollins, Kane & Luke Harper
With that out of the way, let's go through my highlights and observations:
Tables, Ladders and Chairs card taking shape
TLC is only two weeks away, meaning the WWE had put together a card for the show rather quickly given the quick turnaround from Survivor Series.
Fortunately, the WWE used Survivor Series as a bit of a springboard for some of these matches.
We knew at Survivor Series that we were going to get a tables, ladders and chairs match between Bray Wyatt and Dean Ambrose.
But in the last week, we now know that Kane will face Ryback in a chairs match, there will be a tag team title match between The Usos and The Miz and Damien Mizdow, and now have a potential main event between John Cena and Seth Rollins in a tables match.
Not having Survivor Series match involving 10 men instantly gives this card more depth, which should hopefully make for a better overall show.
I expect an Intercontinental title match between Luke Harper and Dolph Ziggler, and a one-on-one match between Big Show and Erick Rowan to be announced soon as well.
Anonymous Raw general manager a non-factor
Thankfully, we did not have to deal with the silly anonymous Raw general manager too much Monday.
The annoying sound effects and the annoying sight of Michael Cole was kept to a minimum Monday, which made life a little easier for those watching all three hours of Raw.
On one hand, I'm happy that the laptop was essentially brushed to the side after the first segment, but what was the point of building it up for a week if you're only going to use it in one segment?
I'm not going to complain too much though. I'm just holding out hope that we'll never have to see the stupid laptop and podium ever again.
The Usos are No. 1 contenders again
For the umpteenth time this year, The Usos will wrestle in a match with the WWE Tag Team Championship is at stake.
I noticed some fans on Twitter sort of scoff at this due to The Usos being in this position numerous times this year, but I like The Usos and they may have personal issue brewing between the two teams.
Jimmy Uso slaps the hell out of The Miz
The personal issue brewing between The Usos and the current tag team champs, The Miz and Damien Mizdow, stems from The Miz putting the moves on Jimmy Uso's wife, Naomi, during The Usos' match.
The Miz not only tried to spit a little bit of game, he also gave her a business card to try to coerce her to act in some straight-to-DVD movies with him.
Jimmy Uso took great offense to this.
During Damien Mizdow's match with Fernando, Jimmy Uso walked right up to The Miz, who was doing commentary and slapped the holy hell out of The Miz. It looked like it legitimately hurt.
In fact, it reminded me of this scene from the classic comedy Friday.
To be honest, this was probably the best moment of Raw.
The New Day is pinned
The new trio of Kofi Kingston, Big E and Xavier Woods took part in the tag team turmoil match Monday and were pinned due to a distraction from Goldust and Stardust.
I know some people may seem this as their momentum being halted before it even got started, but I'm not so sure that's the case.
It wasn't like they went out there and got beaten within seconds. They pinned Goldust and Stardust before being eliminated and loss due to some shenanigans.
They can be built right back up with some key victories, including one over the former tag team champions.
My only problem is that The New Day is a babyface team. I'm not sure how many legs their trio has as good guys.
Rusev breaks Zeb Coulter's leg
The Bulgarian Brute somehow got his hands on poor old Zeb Colter and broke his leg backstage, which caused Jack Swagger to forfeit his match against Fandango.
While I do not care about yet another match between Swagger and Rusev, I did think that the angle of Rusev breaking Colter's leg was pretty cool and something you don't see very often on WWE television today.
Dean Ambrose breaks Bray Wyatt's rocking chair
Speaking of breaking, Dean Ambrose attacked Bray Wyatt after his match with R-Truth Monday.
That wasn't what really hurt Wyatt, however. What seemingly brought Wyatt to tears was Ambrose breaking Wyatt's patented rockingchair.