Jun 6, 2017

Monday Night Raw in Wilkes-Barre

WWE Main Event / Monday Night Raw
June 5, 2017 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Wilkes-Barre, PA
Last night, I went to see Monday Night Raw with my friend Angel and his family.  To be honest, I haven't kept up with the weekly WWE television shows in many years, but I'm familiar with just about everyone on the roster from the pay per views on the WWE Network.  A few of them are guys who I saw wrestle many times over the years in Chikara and Ring Of Honor in the tri-state area.

Overall, it was an enjoyable event.  I'm glad I got to see The Big Show wrestle in person.  He was in a tag team with Enzo Amore against the charter members of the Bullet Club.  I followed Enzo since his days on NXT, and he's one of the most entertaining and over-the-top characters I've seen in many years.

The main event could have been straight out of an ROH show ten years ago with Seth Rollins (the former Tyler Black) taking on one of my favorite wrestlers of all-time, Samoa Joe.  After the match, Bray Wyatt ran to the ring to make it a double team attack on RollinsFinn Balor then hit the ring to make the save, and the night ended with a pretty funny scene of Finn convincing Seth to do his pose with his arms outstretched.

Here is the card and the match results:

WWE Main Event (Taping)

Singles MatchDrew Gulak defeated Lince Dorado

Singles MatchBo Dallas defeated Curt Hawkins

WWE Monday Night Raw (Live)

Singles MatchRoman Reigns defeated Bray Wyatt

WWE Raw Tag Team Championship MatchThe Bar (Sheamus and Cesaro) defeated Heath Slater and Rhyno

Singles MatchTJ Perkins defeated Mustafa Ali

Singles MatchKalisto defeated Titus O'Neil

Tag Team Match
The Big Show and Enzo Amore defeated The Good Brothers (Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson)
WWE Raw Women's Championship MatchAlexa Bliss defeated Nia Jax by disqualification to retain the title

Singles MatchSamoa Joe defeated Seth Rollins

Here are some photos from the show:

Drew Gulak vs. Lince Dorado - I saw both of these guys wrestle for Chikara.  In those days, Gulak wrestled as Soldier Ant in The Colony.
The fireflies are out in Wilkes-Barre for Bray Wyatt's entrance.
Are Samoa Joe and Paul Heyman are going to be friends?
Um.. maybe not.
I remember when Rhyno was a monster back in ECW.  These days, he's teaming up with Heath Slater, who has the absolute worst Titan Tron entrance video I have ever seen.
Sheamus and Cesaro defeated The Hardy Boys the Raw Tag Team Championship on Sunday night at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view.
Mustafa Ali vs. TJ Perkins.  For some reason, WWE insists on calling him TJP.  I guess they figure they don't have enough three letter initials on the show.
WWE Cruiserweight Champion Neville came out to discuss a title shot with TJ Perkins after the match.
The discussion didn't go well for PerkinsNeville turned on his former ally and knocked him out.
Goldust didn't come out to the ring, but he did appear on the Titan Tron to cut a promo against R-Truth.  It looks like he's going back to the roots of his Hollywood gimmick where he quotes lines from films.
The Miz and Maryse had a pretty long comedy sketch to celebrate his Intercontinental Title victory over Dean Ambrose from the night before.  Miz attacked a man in a bear costume believing it to be the former champion.  As it turned out, Ambrose was disguised as one of the cameramen.
The Miz has turned into one of the most entertaining heels of this generation.
I was pretty excited to see Doc Gallows and "Machine Gun" Karl Anderson, but I wish WWE would do more with them.  They're one of the most talented tag teams in the business.
At least they still let them do the Bullet Club hand signs.  Yes, I know it's from the Kliq, and then the Wolfpac, and then DX, but by this point, it has pretty much been taken over by the Bullet Club
WWE writers never really knew what they were doing when it comes to The Big Show, but I've been a fan of his since he was booked as Andre The Giant's son in WCW.
Big Cass was attacked by an unknown assailant in the back, so Enzo teamed with The Big Show to take on Gallows and Anderson.
The Big Show tossed his partner at Karl Anderson.
I'm glad that I got to see The Big Show wrestle.  He seems like a genuinely good dude.
I'm not gonna lie - I'm not a big fan of Nia Jax, but her character does have a presence.
Alexa Bliss is the Raw Women's Champion.  Her match with Nia Jax ended in a DQ when Mickie James and Dana Brooke got involved.
Samoa Joe vs. Seth Rollins was a pretty awesome main event.
For as far away as our seats were, I was surprised at how well this photo came out.
Samoa Joe won the match with a Coquina Clutch.  After Raw went off the air, there was a dark segment in which Bray Wyatt came out and formed a temporary alliance to beat Seth Rollins down.
Finn Balor ran in to make the save, which resulted in a Rollins/Wyatt and Joe/Balor brawl in the ring.
Seth and Finn fought off the heels.  They then had a pretty funny interaction where Finn tried to convince a reluctant Seth Rollins to do his pose for the crowd.