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RAW 25 Roundup

RAW 25


RAW 25 Roundup

Finally! The night came and went. Monday was the 25th anniversary of Monday Night Raw. Superstars, managers, and announcers old and all gathered in New York City for the monumental event. Now that the night has come and gone the question is, did Raw 25 live up to hype that was surrounding it? In this writers opinion, not even close!

Barclay’s Center (Part I)

The show started with Vince McMahon being interrupted by Stone Cold Steve Austin and receiving a stunner for his troubles. This confrontation was the perfect way to start Raw 25 because of the history between Austin and the McMahon family over the years.

After this segment, there was an eight women tag team match that was really highlighted by the turn against her teammates by Asuka. The empress of tomorrow attacked her partners Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Mickie James. She threw each of them over the top rope. Perhaps this is foreshadowing of what is to come on Sunday.

The next segment was the Intercontinental championship match at the Barclay’s Center won by The Miz for the 8th time. This was significant because, on RAW 1000, he won his first. So the fact that The Miz won his eighth on such a special day was a nice moment.

Following that at the Barclay’s Center, Christian came out to do his Peep Show with Seth Rollins and Jason Jordan. Only to be interrupted by Cesaro and Sheamus. After The Bar taunts Jordan, a small fight began where Rollins accidentally knees Jordan.

Barclay’s Center (Part II)

Later on in the night, WWE brings out some of the most popular women in WWE History. These included Kelly Kelly, The Bella Twins, and Trish Stratus.

Elias comes out to sing a song only to get interrupted by John Cena.  Originally, Elias walks away but then he comes back with a low blow and breaks his guitar over Cena’s back.

Next, there was tag team action between Heath Slater and Rhyno and Titus Worldwide. This match was made to mark the return of the Dudley Boyz. Bubba Ray and D’von made their presence known by hitting Slater with a 3D through a table

It’s time for the main event. Brock Lesnar, Kane, and Braun Strowman all in the ring together. Kurt Angle brings out a few of the RAW legends to try to help keep the peace. That doesn’t work. All hell breaks loose immediately and the segment ends with Strowman putting Lesnar through the announce table.

Manhattan Center

Then the telecast switched to the Manhattan Center where The Undertaker made his first public WWE appearance since Wrestlemania. Undertaker delivered a quick promo and left the ring.

This led to more action at the Manhattan Center where Bray Wyatt beat ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy in a very quick match.

Back at the Manhattan Center, it’s time for D-Generation X. Triple H and Shawn Michaels enter the ring followed by Road Dogg, Billy Gunn, X-Pac and Scott Hall. These guys are joined by Balor Club for a giant Too Sweet. The revival interrupt and end up losing a match to Anderson and Gallows.

Backstage Segments

This was followed by one of many backstage segments featuring multiple legends. This one was Kurt Angle welcoming different legends into his office most notably the Brooklyn Brawler and the Boogeyman.

Then another backstage segment featuring Heath Slater and Rhyno playing poker with legends featuring the APA, Ted DiBiase and Jeff Hardy. Which led into the greatest General Managers in WWE history being introduced. Most notably Eric Bischoff and Daniel Bryan.

After that, Elias starts walking towards the ring but is interrupted by Chris Jericho. Jericho calls him a stupid idiot and puts him on the list. All in one catchy song.


While this show had some really cool moments, with the build up this show had, I really think that the show fell flat. WWE had so many options with all the legends that were returning. They could have put over younger talent by using their old veterans, they could have set up new storylines for the future, or they could have hyped up the Royal Rumble. They didn’t do any of that.

The first thing I noticed and didn’t really understand was Undertaker’s promo. It was confusing at best. He didn’t say he was going to retire. He didn’t say he was going to be in the Rumble match. Taker didn’t even say if he was ever going to wrestle again. The promo left everyone in the audience saying.. What?

The next thing that didn’t work for me was the lack of importance of the Royal Rumble. Rarely was it mentioned. Therefore WWE didn’t think that it was important enough to mention on the last Raw before the PPV. This show made the Royal Rumble sound unimportant which isn’t good when the date is so soon.

WWE had a major opportunity to make Raw 25 one of the biggest Raw’s ever! With that opportunity they dropped the ball big time. Hopefully, they can rebound this Sunday and have a great Royal Rumble. After the dud they came up with last night, they need it.

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