Kashin In: The Raw is London Calling Edition (4-13-2015)

RAW London

Hello everyone and welcome to another installment of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. Tonight’s episode of Raw emanated from the O2 Arena in London, England. The annual trek to the U.K. shortly after WrestleMania has become a time honored tradition over the years. The crowds are rowdy and the matches and/or segments are memorable. Did WWE deliver a show that wowed the London crowd or did the lively audience hijack the show and made it about themselves? With Extreme Rules a little over two weeks away, the latter scenario would be counterproductive to say the least. I guess you have to keep reading to find out to see how it all panned out. Without further ado, let’s dissect tonight’s episode of Raw in no particular order.

  • John Cena vs. Bad News Barrett for the United States Championship was very good. Cena and Barrett have a deep rooted history that dates back to 2010 when Barrett was the leader of The Nexus. At one point, Cena was a member of The Nexus and was fired because he wouldn’t help Barrett win the WWE Championship against then-champion Randy Orton. The fired stipulation didn’t last very long and the rivalry came to an end at the TLC PPV when Cena buried Barrett underneath a stack of chairs. Therefore, seeing them face off in a match for the first time in four years was very refreshing to see.
  • The match was physical as Barrett brought his smash mouth style straight to Cena. The elbow drop to Cena from outside the ring was a great spot. The nearfalls were good as both men kicked out of each other’s finishers. The narrative of them going back to the well to hit their respective finishers a second time was a nice piece of in-ring psychology which cost Barrett the match in the end. He went for the Bull Hammer only to get caught by Cena’s back springboard stunner. Cena followed up with an AA to seal the victory.
  • After the match was over, Lana came out without Rusev. She stammered a bit which served as the perfect distraction for Rusev to hit Cena from behind with a chain. Lana announced that Rusev would have face Cena in a Russian Chain Match for the U.S. Title at Extreme Rules in two weeks. The segment ended with Rusev standing over Cena as the Russian flag dropped from above the ring.
  • This was a nice way to forward the Cena-Rusev feud. The Russian Chain Match should be interesting. I don’t know how the chain will be implemented to make things more hardcore, but I am sure both men will make the stipulation work.
  • Seeing Naomi attack Paige was quite the surprise. I’ve never seen Naomi with a mean streak before, but I like it. It’s better than being a dancing, smiling babyface with little character development that makes her stand out from the pack. She has an ax to grind and I hope this is a permanent heel turn and not a one night thing. Most importantly, she has to ditch the Funkadactyls theme music. A badass heel should not have jovial music about calling somebody’s mama. Second of all, she hasn’t lived on Planet Funk for over a year. It’s time to retire the gimmick and let Naomi forge her own path. Here’s hoping for the best.
  • The Lucha Dragons continue to impress. The brief match vs. The Ascension was fun while it lasted. Kalisto is a ball of energy and Sin Cara compliments him perfectly when it comes to doing traditional tag team work. If they keep picking up quality wins, a tag team championship opportunity might be in their future. Just the thought of The Lucha Dragons vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd makes me giddy like a kid on Christmas morning.
  • Roman Reigns cut the best live promo of his career tonight. He was comfortable, carefree, and was not thinking about his lines. The promo had a natural flow to it and he vowed to kick Big Show’s ass if he kept sticking his nose where it didn’t belong. The crowd actually got behind Reigns which was nice to see because he was saying some good stuff that didn’t warrant any boos.
  • The Big Show ambushed Reigns afterwards and slammed him into the LED board and car that was positioned on the main stage. He choke slammed Reigns on the hood of the car as The World’s Largest Athlete was showered with “You Sold Out” chants. It was an effective segment that forwarded the Reigns-Big Show feud. It’s not my favorite storyline in the world, but I am willing to let things slide because they have never had a one-on-one match on PPV. If that’s the endgame, then they should have a stipulation bout at Extreme Rules and call it a day after that. I think that’s fair and reasonable. However, I will scratch my eyes out if this feud carries over into another PPV. Figuratively speaking, of course.
  • That was a solid 2-on-1 handicap match featuring Randy Orton vs. Cesaro and Tyson Kidd. It was short, but fun. Orton hitting Kidd with an RKO from midair was a pretty sweet spot. He picked up the win and won the right to choose the stipulation for his match against Seth Rollins for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship at Extreme Rules.
  • Rollins has an opportunity to do the same if he wins his match tonight. However, it appears that Rollins wants Kane to lay down for him because that would be best for business. Is Kane that spineless or will he be his own man and tender his resignation to The Authority (AKA Evil Incorporated) by kicking Rollins’ ass later in the show? We shall find out soon enough.
  • The callback of Kane hooking a car battery to Shane McMahon’s testicles was both funny and disturbing at the same time. God, their feud was entertaining for all the wrong reasons back in 2003.
  • I guess the old Fandango music is back. I have to admit that it was pretty cool to see The London crowd simultaneously break into song and dance. It was a cute moment.
  • Kane is getting pep talks left and right. It was a little weird seeing Daniel Bryan offer encouragement to Kane despite what the Big Red Monster did to him last year. I guess friendships die hard. In a perfect world, Team Hell No should have had an amicable split. Instead, Bryan and Kane feuded which left me completely apathetic. Hopefully, this was an olive branch moment of peace and reconciliation between both men.
  • Well, Kane did it. He chokeslammed Rollins, but laid down for him nonetheless and draped Rollins’ arm of his body as the champ picked up the tainted victory. The “match” provided nice drama as Kane teased tombstoning Rollins, but thought better of it because his ass was on the line. Kane has officially turned into The Big Show. He is a sad monster who is trapped in a lamp like The Genie from Aladdin. Oh well. Maybe he will man up one of these days and end his career on a high note.
  • Naomi used logic that made perfect sense about the battle royal and the complete dismissal of wins and losses in WWE. She made valid points and I am glad she is removing the kid gloves and taking matters into her own hands. Let’s hope the company continues to back her up by giving her juicy material to work both inside and outside the ring. Actions speaks louder than words and she has to do that by having longing, crisper matches on television. Let’s see if she can step up to the plate and handle her business since she is the last remaining Diva from the third season of NXT.
  • That was a sick spiked DDT from Dolph Ziggler to Neville. Beautiful spot.
  • Adrian. Fucking. Neville. That 450 Splash from the top of the barricade warranted me giving him his first name back for a brief moment. That tightrope walk leading up to the move was great as well.
  • That was an excellent showcase for Neville in his home country. Ziggler and Neville gave us a mere sample of what they could do against each other if given more time. The match was very good while it lasted. The action was fast paced and the fans ate it up.
  • Sheamus crashing the party was a nice touch. He Brogue Kicked Neville to the fans’ chagrin, but Ziggler brought the fight to The Celtic Warrior. His comeback was short lived as Sheamus rammed Ziggler’s head into the ring post before nailing him with a Brogue Kick for good measure to end the segment.
  • This was a great way to forward the Ziggler-Sheamus feud. I expect both men to have a match at Extreme Rules and steal the show. Lofty expectations, but not impossible to achieve considering the talent involved.
  • Randy Orton can’t use the RKO. Seth Rollins will defend his WWE World Heavyweight Championship inside a steel cage. Those were the stipulations that were agreed upon by both men. All hell broke loose as Orton went after Rollins by attacking him while he sat in his recliner. J&J Security tried to live up their name, but Orton quickly dispatched of them. Rollins managed to escape relatively unscathed as Orton stood tall to end the show.
  • The stipulations for the WWE World Heavyweight Title match between Orton and Rollins make sense for the most part. They will be confined inside a steel cage, but that doesn’t mean someone can’t find a way in to effect the outcome of the match. It should be interesting to see what Orton comes up with as an alternative for his RKO finisher. I am sure he will come up with something inventive to get the crowd on their feet. As for Rollins, I expect him to win via nefarious means. He is this generation’s ultimate opportunist and it is in his nature to escape certain doom by any means necessary. It should be fun to see how it all unfolds at Extreme Rules in a couple of weeks.
  • Overall, I thought this was a solid episode of Raw. I thought the first hour was strong in terms of in-ring action and storyline development. However, hours two and three featured a lot of rapid fire matches that went by a little too fast for my taste. It appeared that WWE didn’t want to burn out the crowd by putting on matches that dragged, but it was a lot of blink and you miss it type of action down the stretch. However, some the quick bouts did have a meaning behind them that made up for the lack of in-ring time.
  • The London crowd was hot most of the night and didn’t hijack the show by chanting random things. I consider that a victory for the WWE production crew. Several matches are taking shape for Extreme Rules which include Dean Ambrose vs. Luke Harper, Dolph Ziggler vs. Sheamus, and Miz vs. Damien Mizdow. It is not clear that these matches will have extreme stipulations attached to them, but I expect two out of the three matches to be very competitive while Miz vs. Mizdow might go down the campy route depending on what the creative team has in store for them as we head into the go-home show next week.
  • I expect WWE to add more match stipulations between Thursday and Monday of next week to flesh out the Extreme Rules card. Since it’s a free month on the network, expect more shilling to hype the most extreme show of the year. It should be a solid go-home episode of Raw if the hype machine is in full effect. We shall see how it all turns out.

On that note, this wraps up another edition of Ka$hin In with Keila Ca$h. I hope you enjoyed it and I will be back next week with a brand new blog. I shall leave you with “A Moment with Daria.” See you later, boys and girls!


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