Best: 20 Minutes Of Daniel Bryan Vs. Roman Reigns, And The Trilogy Is Complete
Back on 8/26 I wrote:
Worst: I Am Only Accepting This If We Get Bryan/Ambrose And Bryan/Reigns Soon
Bryan got the win on Rollins in spectacular fashion, but Dean Ambrose immediately jumped him, threw a bunch of punches and got caught in a Yes Lock. I thought they were going to have him tap out quickly to make time for Bryan/Roman Reigns, giving Bryan enough of a breather with a flash win to realistically have enough left in the tank for match three, but nope, Reigns runs in and causes a DQ. Then as soon as Bryan does anything to Reigns, AMBROSE causes a DQ. So technically Bryan won three matches in a row again, but … no, he really didn’t.
The only way I’m not gonna get mad about this and complain for 80 paragraphs is with the knowledge that maybe as the Bryan/Corporation beef continues we’ll get long, cool singles clashes between Bryan and Ambrose, and Bryan and Reigns. I know Bryan and Ambrose can do something great, but I’d be especially excited for Bryan/Reigns, just to see if Reigns has gotten as good as I think he has, or if I’m just wanking over The Shield guys out of habit.
Last week, Bryan vs. Ambrose happened (and was very good), so I wrote this:
I sure hope WWE has the same plans as me and runs Daniel Bryan vs. Roman Reigns next Monday, because oddly enough that’s the one I want to see most. Bryan’s always best when he’s fighting bigger, stronger guys, and Reigns is the only guy in the group who didn’t comb the indies and wrestle everybody a thousand times.
Hooray for plans, because this week’s main-event was a 20 MINUTE THING between Daniel Bryan and Roman Reigns, and it was my favorite match of the three. Reigns has improved so much I can barely explain it. Go back and watch anything he did as Leakee in FCW and NXT for proof of that. He was terrible, he just looked like a freaking prince so he got to be on television. Now he’s hung out with great workers long enough to become one himself, working a deliberate, entertaining match and paying attention to a lot of little things, like selling on offense. I see you selling on offense, Roman Reigns. That is a very quick way into my heart.
Bryan is exceptional as always, and I love that he seems to be learning from his previous Shield matches and basically just trucked Reigns for most of the match. At various points in the match I thought he was gonna cave in Roman’s chest, and I’m starting rethink the whole “Shield shouldn’t wear flak jackets” thing, because yeah, if they’re wrestling Bryan all the time maybe they should. Just a great, great way to end Raw. I feel so good when Raw isn’t terrible. I just want to write about Roman Reigns singles matches and the Miz’s weird parents every week.
Best: Seth Rollins Vs. Daniel Bryan’s Legs And Knee
And the Emmy for Outstanding Performance In Looking Dead For Real goes to Seth Rollins for that time he got dropkicked into the announce table, and again for that time he lost 70% of his cranium eating Daniel Bryan’s running knee.
Best: Finally, You Chumps Decided To Get Your Shit Together!
Finally, everybody on Raw who isn’t actively trying to be a jerk to someone else banded together to stand up to Randy Orton and The Shield, and I love it. The team is made up almost exclusively of guys I don’t like, too … Zack Ryder’s there, Kofi Kingston’s there … actually, I’m gonna give Kofi a Best here for getting death killed by Roman Reigns in the middle of a babyface victory brawl for no reason whatsoever. I’ll give him a supplementary Best for selling the spear while everyone else was yessing, just meekly clutching the top rope and pointing his finger up while everyone else went full Yes.
Daniel Bryan becoming the Eren Yeager of the well-meaning WWE undercard is something I can get behind. That hug with Brie Bella with adorable. And hey, you’d think if a roster had previously organized a walkout on Triple H for not being able to protect them from deadly Miz and R-Truth run-ins they’d organize SOMETHING to keep random firings, Big Show groundings, referee screwjobs and old people punching from happening, right? Although now that I think about it, it’d be pretty funny if Triple H opened the next show by saying, “Daniel Bryan, you’re the only good person in your gang, everybody else is fired.”
Best: Top 10 Comments Of The Night
RVD’s looking around like “Oh, you can point this way too?”
I haven’t seen a bearded warrior try to end Roman reigns like that since Alaric the Visigoth in 410 AD!
I just wish they’d quit dodging the subject and talk about that fast count from last night.
Bray Wyatt is in a Cleveland hospital slitting The Miz’s and Dusty Rhodes’ throats.
This is the sweetest make a wish segment i’ve seen.
Axel mouths to cameraman: ” should I get in the shot?…. No?…. Ok”
For Miz’s family, the day Randy Orton graced their village, it was the most important day of their life. But for Orton, it was Monday.
I’d laugh if Steph came out and berated Randy “This isn’t what I was talking about, that’s sick, you’re beating up a man in front of his parents, I literally wanted you to handcuff my husband and take advantage of me, what was so hard for you to understand? I said exactly what I was looking for”
I have a feeling that Miz and Maryse’s rehearsal dinner is going to be at a Shoney’s.
HHH: Hey Ziggler, we’re in Cleveland tomorrow, aren’t from around there?
Ziggler: Ye…No, not even close, Florida, I’m from Florida.
Miz: I’M FROM CLEVELAND!
HHH: Good news, Miz!
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