Another Monday, another RAW in a Nutshell, and the big question is…can Jinder Mahal shock us all?
Honestly, my first thought is that this one feels like a way for a cash-in to be set up, doesn’t it?
Like…WWE wouldn’t actually pull a title change just weeks before the Rumble, would they?
Saying out loud just does not sound logical, does it? But honestly…neither did his prior time with a title belt.
To be fair, that is not the only match of the night, but a world title match gets a lot of focus. Deservedly so.
Considering that the show is going against the NFL Wild Card playoffs, we might think we’d see some big surprises.
But, it is just the Eagles, so, maybe not (and I say that as an Eagles fan…but they aren’t playing so hot).
Beyond that decent sized title match, we can expect and hope for plenty of Rumble hype.
So…let’s get into this week’s…
RAW In A Nutshell: Can Jinder Mahal Shock Us All?
Let’s crack this one open and find out!
Best Match of the night:
Jinder and Seth was good, but not great.
Best match of the evening, for my money, has to be Dom and JD against DIY.
Nice long tag team match, crowd was into it, and it goes a long way to build up DIY as title contenders.
Plus, nice segment between Rhea Ripley and Becky Lynch. Can see that as a massive future match.
Worst match of the night:
I would not go to say bad, but the women’s tag match was quicker than I’d like. That said, I suppose it was a way to build up Baszler and Stark as threats to the champs.
Crowd Chants of the Night:
Kudos to the crowd, as they showed up in spite of the winter storm. Numbers may have been diminished, but they were loud and I never noticed.
Like, that chant of Mami was super loud
Star of the Night
Honestly…I am taking DIY here.
Spot of the Night:
This will suffice…
Jobber of the Night:
Sure, he won, but…I would say that the beating after the upset earns Tozawa the jobber nod.
Upset of the Night:
Easily Tozawa over Ivar.
And, as semi-predictable as the whole thing was, it’s a great way to get more heat on the massive viking warrior.
Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:
The attack after Tozawa’s upset, lead by Valhalla but equally dished out by Ivar. Again, if the goal was more heat, I would say it worked.
Botch of the night:
Was there one? Maybe.
Did I spot it? No I did not.
Commentary of the night:
Nothing of note.
LOL Moment of the night:
R-Truth is a blessing.
Selling counterfeit Judgement Day merch outside? Giving Priest a freebie for letting him keep it up?
Hall of Famer, eventually, and that speech is going to be can’t miss stuff.
We saw this teased, or hinted at in the past few weeks…I am all for it….
Good to see the champ back, too…
Pretty solid show, so I am not going to complain any more.
Lots to like.
Hot crowd, in spite of whatever the weather was.
Great tag match to start things. Solid championship match to end it.
Lots going on there too. Indus Sher almost helped Jinder Mahal shock us all…
And we almost had a cash-in, but Drew and Priest still have some issues to work out.
McIntyre would rather prevent a cash-in than see Priest become champ and take the belt off of him, and I want to see where that goes.
After the final bell:
That is all she wrote for this one.
Next week is the last RAW ahead of the Rumble, and if nothing else, we know we can look forward to seeing CM Punk and Cody Rhodes talk.
Like…forget a title match…that right there could be something interesting!