It’s another RAW In A Nutshell, and we have a very specific question to run with: what will Lashley do next?
The question is both fair and timely. Though, maybe we shouldn’t be asking “what will Lashley do next?”
This is, of course, referring to what Lashley did last week, when he decimated all three participants in the Day 1 title match for the RAW brand.
Or, will WWE add Bobby Lashley to the Day 1 festivities?
If I were a betting man-and I am not, nor would I ever bet on sports entertainment-my guess would be…he will be added to that stacked championship match.
I’d bet it won’t take too long for that to be cleared up. And if it wasn’t already obvious, for the next couple weeks, the hype train will be in high gear.
After all, we have but 2 shows left before Christmas, and one more afterwards to tee up Day 1.
Time, it is a flying, and the year is coming to a close quickly.
So, let’s not waste much more on idle banter…it is time for….
RAW In A Nutshell: What Will Lashley Do Next?
Let’s crack open this Nutshell and find out!
Best Match of the night:
Another one, almost by default, that ends up the main event.
The amount of interference, once it was a No DQ match, was to be expected.
Especially once Big E kind of balanced out the attacks by KO and Rollins, only to be chopped down by MVP.
Worst match of the night:
Well, once they were announced, you knew Lashley would at the very least make it to the final of 3 matches in his pseudo-gauntlet.
I will give WWE some credit, in that the way they got there was not exactly the way I expected.
KO tapping out before ever being in the Hurt Lock? Or KO getting a DQ to make Lashley lose…only to have Pearce and Deville make the 2nd and 3rd matches No DQ.
While creative, they land here because…they just weren’t good. Though I suppose the argument there is, by them losing so weakly…maybe it makes Big E and Lashley look more imposing?
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Star of the Night
Forget about the 4th man in the WWE Championship match at Day 1.
How about the girl in this shot.
Spot of the Night:
I have to go with the slap of The Miz by Maryse (see below). Kind of an interesting twist, not one I saw coming…
Jobber of the Night:
Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins, since they both lost in really easy fashion to Bobby Lashley.
By design of course.
I could also go with Riddle, but he did break a sweat. He also lost cleanly to Otis…
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
We all know that the Hall of Fame, relative to WWE, is a bit of a farce.
But having Miz announce himself as a member of the 2022 class? I mean, it’s a bit much relative to his feud with Edge, don’t you think?
That said, I do concur…at some point, years from now, Miz will be a Hall of Famer.
Also…Maryse gave him a nice slap…and that’s another move that sets up a mixed tag. Not this slap…but what preceded it.
— WWE (@WWE) December 14, 2021
LOL Moment of the night:
Yes, in Minnesota, Adam Pearce wore a Green Bay Packers tie.
Just a little bit of trolling there by Scrap Daddy…
Meanwhile, Byron Saxton was decked out in Vikings colors.
Somewhat surprised that Orton acknowledged Riddle’s role as the Shaman for MSK in NXT.
Also, now that I had time to ponder…it is interesting that WWE did the promo with Jackass last week…considering there is an AEW link to the movie.
Yes, I know that the 24/7 title is a running joke. However, I feel like this week was just a new low.
Not a fan, but maybe it’s just me.
On the flip side of things, I actually really enjoyed the simple talking between Rhea Ripley and Nikki A.S.H.
Granted, I feel like this is WWE laying the groundwork for a heel turn here…but for now, it was a very rah-rah supportive message.
After the final bell:
Well, not a bad show. Not superb, either, but not bad.
The path to an Edge/Beth versus Miz/Maryse mixed tag took a weird turn, but I am still in for it.
Our triple threat for the WWE Championship is now a Fatal Fourway…does this perhaps set up for a Big E-Bobby Lashley match, one on one, in say…Dallas?
Omos and AJ ride again…for now…