03/02 Powell's WWE Raw Live Review: Paul Heyman promo, Seth Rollins and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Nikki Bella vs. Paige for the Divas Championship, WrestleMania 31 build continues


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03/02 Powell's WWE Raw Live Review: Paul Heyman promo, Seth Rollins and "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, Nikki Bella vs. Paige for the Divas Championship, WrestleMania 31 build continues
2015-03-02 19:00:51


By Jason Powell

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WWE Raw on the USA Network
Live from Newark, New Jersey at Prudential Center

[Q1] The opening video aired... There was a big pyro display on the stage... Michael Cole, JBL, and Booker T were on commentary. Cole hyped that WrestleMania is just 27 days away...

Seth Rollins, Joey Mercury, and Jamie Noble headed to the ring. Meanwhile, footage was shown of Rollins appearing on "The Daily Show" and challenging Jon Stewart to appear on Raw. In the ring, Rollins warned Stewart not to show up. He said it's not an Andy Kaufman and Jerry Lawler situation. He also said he can do Stewart's job better than he can.

Roman Reigns' music played and he entered through the crowd. Reigns entered the ring and told Rollins, "Please, don't stop, I just wanted to come out here and hear everybody say 'you suck' live." Rollins said he is worth more than Michael Jordan. He said he can outwork everybody. He said he can out-talk Jon Stewart, out-rap Wiz Khalifa, out-eat Mark Henry, and out-wrestle Rollins.

Rollins said he will be the next WWE World Heavyweight Champion rather than Reigns. Rollins said Reigns can't beat Brock Lesnar, but he can. Reigns asked Rollins if he's man enough to cash in his Money in the Bank contract to face him and Lesnar in a Triple Threat match in the main event of WrestleMania.

"I could do that or I could wait until you and Brock Lesnar tear each other to pieces and then maybe I could cash in on whoever is left standing," Rollins replied. "Or maybe I could wait until the night after WrestleMania when the entire world will be watching Monday Night Raw to see the fallout."

Rollins kept going with scenarios until Reigns said maybe could punch him in his mouth. Rollins shoved Reigns, who responded with a punch. J&J Security attacked Reigns, but he quickly fought them off and hit one with a Superman Punch and the other with a spear while Rollins rolled to ringside and backed up the ramp...

The broadcast team hyped Rollins hosting his own version of the Daily Show and other Raw events including the Divas Title match... A shot aired of Dean Ambrose walking backstage while carrying the Intercontinental Title... [C]

Powell's POV: Good segment with Rollins running his mouth and setting up his angle with Stewart and something with next week's guest host. Reigns got a John Cena-like crowd reaction with plenty of cheers yet boos from the adult males. It wasn't nearly as harsh as I thought it might be from the Jersey crowd. I like the idea of Reigns putting Rollins on the spot about cashing in at WrestleMania, but his setup didn't lead to the crowd reacting in any way before Rollins responded. Still, it's important to remind viewers that the MITB contract is in play at WrestleMania.

[Q2] Backstage, Rollins sold the punch and told J&J that he forgot how hard Reigns hits. He questioned why they didn't "get on it." Randy Orton showed up and questioned where the security team was. He said they shouldn't have let Reigns without ten feet of Rollins.

Orton suggested that Rollins approach The Authority and demand a match with Reigns to prove that he can out-talk Stewart, and out-wrestle Reigns. Rollins said he can out-wrestle anyone. He said he appreciated the advice, but he'd handle it on his own. Orton said he was just trying to help...

Powell's POV: Orton was stirring the pot. Will he get out of this show still aligned with The Authority?

1. Bad News Barrett vs. Dean Ambrose in a non-title match. R-Truth was on commentary, and they replayed the IC belt stealing from Smackdown. Ambrose was in control early. Barrett came back, grabbed the title, and mugged with it going into the break. [C]

As Ambrose and Barrett fought to ringside, Truth left the broadcast table and grabbed the title belt. Luke Harper showed up and stared down Truth while standing behind him. Harper moved Truth's chair and then motioned for him to give up the belt, which Truth did. Barrett spotted Harper walking away with the belt and was distracted, allowing Ambrose to hit Dirty Deeds for the win...

Dean Ambrose beat Bad News Barrett in a non-title match in 9:20.

Powell's POV: Why would anyone want to win the IC Title match at WrestleMania? I'd go into business for myself and hide at ringside. Sure, you get a WrestleMania moment if you win, but recent history shows that it will be followed by countless non-title match losses.

[Q3] Footage from Smackdown of The Miz highjacking Mizdow's commercial shoot was shown...

Backstage, a bunch of WWE Superstars types were standing around when Miz called for their attention. He said he called them all there for the world premiere of his new commercial. Mizdow tried to talk to Miz, but he would have none of it. Miz played the commercial on a television.

It was an erectile dysfunction commercial with Miz's talking about how it's too soft, too small, and utterly useless. Then Mizdow was shown hanging with two actresses delivering the tagline for the "Niagara" commercial. Back live, everyone laughed at Miz using the same phony laughs that the broadcast team uses for bad WWE humor.

Miz accused Mizdow of setting him up. Miz said Mizdow would be nothing without him. He said he would probably be fired again. Miz called him an "ungrateful nobody" and slapped Mizdow. Mizdow got pissed and they had an intense staredown. Miz said Mizdow better stop and remember that he would be gone if it wasn't for him. Mizdow regained his composure and apologized, though he was still seething... [C]

Powell's POV: That "commercial" was clearly written for Vince McMahon's sense of humor. It was kind of cute the way they had Miz's comments about Mizdow worked in, but that's about the best thing I can say about it. On the bright side, the build to Mizdow finally snapping continues to be a lot of fun. At this pace, it seems like he has to snap before WrestleMania rather than at WrestleMania or they will run the risk of dragging it out too long.

Back live, Cole was boasting about the sellout crowd of 14,781 when he was interrupted by Bray Wyatt's entrance music. Wyatt spoke next to the big wooden casket that he built (or stole from Mad Dog Vachon) and called out Undertaker to "come out, come out wherever you are." Wyatt pointed to the coffin and said he built it just for Taker. "I hope you like it," Wyatt said. "But where are you?"

Wyatt said he understands Taker's apprehension, but everything comes at a price. He pulled out a plastic gasoline container and spoke about how fire has no biases. He poured gasoline onto the coffin. He said Taker can't hide from him. He said everything burns and Taker will burn at WrestleMania. JBL questioned whether Taker was in the coffin. Wyatt answered that question by lighting it on fire... [C]

Powell's POV: It's cool that Taker is coming back and all, but these Wyatt segments without him are just sort of there. I've missed The Streak from the moment they killed it at WrestleMania 30, and I'll bet Vince McMahon is missing it too given that it would really benefit WrestleMania 31.

[Q4] A graphic boasted that WWE is the No. 1 Youtube sports something or other...

2. Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya vs. The Uso Brothers and Naomi. Natalya came up holding her ankle as Cole reminded viewers that she seemed to injure the same leg last week. Kidd tagged her in late, and Naomi beat her. Afterward, Kidd wasn't happy that his wife lost the match. Natalya threw a fit while Cesaro tried to play peacemaker. Kidd eventually hugged her, and then she cried...

The Usos and Naomi beat Tyson Kidd, Cesaro, and Natalya in 2:55.

Cole announced the main event of Raw would be Reigns vs. Rollins. They also hyped that Cena would address his WrestleMania plans after the break... [C]

Powell's POV: I'm not quite sure what purpose the bickering between Kidd and Natalya serves at this point. I hope there is one and that it plays out soon because I'm ready to see them on the same page again now that Kidd and Cesaro have the tag straps.

A Sheamus video aired. There was no mention of his return date...

John Cena made his entrance and footage of his segment with Rusev from last week was shown.

[Q5] Cena acknowledged the fans who are not in his corner and said they are happy because they saw him lose at Fastlane and not get his title match last week. He said they won't stay happy for long. He said he's not going to whine and complain about not getting this title shot, he will adapt and overcome. Cena announced that he is entering the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Stephanie McMahon's music interrupted Cena. She came out with a smile on her face and headed to the ring. Stephanie asked since when do people declare what match they are in. Cena pointed out the obvious by saying that's what everyone has done and mentioned the various entrants all doing the same.

Stephanie said it seemed like Cena was trying to disparage the memory of Andre. She said Andre was her friend and showed the photo of seven-year-old her sitting on Andre's lap. She said Cena can't enter the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania.

Cena said the thing he likes about the photo of young Stephanie is that it shows she wasn't always a bitch. Stephanie said women of power are called a lot of things, but it doesn't mean she doesn't have the final say. Cena confirmed that she does have the final say, but he thought his WrestleMania credentials would get him in the match.

Stephanie said Cena couldn't get the job done against Rusev, so maybe it's time they find someone who can't. She mentioned some of the top names from the past and said they thrived without them. She said it's not where WWE would be without John Cena, it's where would John Cena be without WWE.

Curtis Axel's music played and he walked out wearing his AxelMania shirt. "Don't change the channel because AxelMania is running wild," he said. Some fans actually cheered! He listed the ongoing count of his Royal Rumble entry and threw his name out as a candidate to beat Rusev. Axel said he is also a third generation wrestler and he also met Andre as a kid. He said he respects Stephanie as a visionary.

An AxelMania chant actually broke out. Stephanie said Axel's star is rising while Cena's is falling. She booked them in a match, and told Cena that the only way he's getting a match against Rusev is if he can change his mind and make him accept. Axel used Hulk Hogan's catchphrase and ripped off his shirt. Cena told Axel he was giving him one chance to walk out of the ring. Cena said if the match starts, Axel would not walk out of the ring... [C]

Powell's POV: Do you believe in miracles?!? Curtis Axel received a favorable fan reaction and a chant! Anyway, I guess the idea is that Cena has to convince Rusev to grant him the rematch or he's out of WrestleMania. Maybe this is Steph's way of strong-arming him into stating the obvious, which is that he took a nut shot and therefore deserves a rematch. Okay, that's not it, but it really should be that simple. I'm curious to see how they get to the match, but I hope it's not as ridiculous as the way Dean Ambrose forced Bad News Barrett to sign the contract for an Intercontinental Title match at Fastlane.

[Q6] 3. John Cena vs. Curtis Axel. The bell rang and Axel tried to lead the crowd in AxelMania chants, and did the ear cupping routine while Cena watched from his corner. Axel went through the Hogan poses. The adult males started another AxelMania chant, but it stopped when Cena clotheslined Axel. There were dueling chants for Cena, who hit an Attitude Adjustment and applied the STF that caused Axel to tap out.

John Cena beat Curtis Axel in 2:00.

Powell's POV: John Cena is a goddamn liar. Axel fled to ringside and may have even been backstage before Rusev and Lana made their entrance.

Rusev and Lana made their entrance and cut a promo from the stage. Rusev recalled Stephanie saying Cena could only face him if he changed his mind. "Since it's my decision to make, my answer is..." There was a small Yes chant. Rusev said it's his decision, not the "ignorant Americans" decision to make.

"My decision is no," said Rusev. The Russian flag dropped behind Cena in the ring. Cole called it another humiliating moment for Cena. JBL said he almost feels sorry for Cena. Cole said it's shaping up to be the first WrestleMania in a decade without Cena...

Cole set up a video of the interview he conducted with Michael Hayes and Arn Anderson regarding Sting. Hayes spoke about Sting's desire to get to the top, and Anderson said he was the first person in the build and the last to leave. Back live, JBL said that if Sting is so good, why did he come to WWE. Booker said it's because every time he tried to come to WWE it was a locked door and questioned whether Triple H had something to do with it...

Powell's POV: Rusev played the crowd well by leaving them hanging a couple of times before giving his answer. Anderson seemed to be laying it on thick regarding Sting, because I don't recall him having that Cena-like reputation. It's not that he was disliked by any means and while his work ethic may have been strong when he was younger, it's not like he had a strong reputation for having such a great work ethic throughout his entire career.

Triple H made his entrance. He spoke about making the most of the initial opportunity he got in WWE. He recalled the offer he made Sting to make him bigger than he's ever been during his entire career. Hunter said Sting traded it all for one fleeting chance on the grandest stage of them all at WrestleMania. "While part of me understands that, he just chose to do it with the wrong guy," he said. Hunter said he will make sure that it's as if Sting's career never existed.

Powell's POV: You know, just like Sting's TNA career doesn't exist to WWE.

[Q7] Hunter said everyone has a theory for why Sting never went to WWE. He looked to the broadcast team and then called Booker T to join him in the ring. Hunter said he heard what Booker said about Hunter politicking him out of a role in WWE. Hunter said he knows Booker doesn't really believe that, so he wondered why he really thought he wouldn't be there.

Booker said that if he were in Triple H's position, he probably would have blocked Sting from coming to WWE. "You believe the conspiracy theories of this whole thing," Triple H said. "For some reason, Book, I thought you were better than that. You're like these little kids banging around on the internet thinking they know the ins and outs of this industry, the politics of it, and the truth is that they don't know a damn thing."

Powell's POV: Yeah, you goddamn marks! Oh, wait...

Booker said whether it's best for business or not, Hunter can't control Sting. He said Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, The NWO, and Eric Bischoff couldn't control Sting. "Sting is here now in the WWE," Booker said. Hunter said maybe Sting didn't want to come to WWE. He said control is a funny thing. He thanked Booker for coming and then said, "Oh, and by the way, Book, you're fired."

Harry Dunne's POV: Just when you think you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this and...totally redeem yourself!

Booker did the slow departure from the ring. Triple H stopped Booker as he was walking toward the ramp. Hunter said he was just messing with him. He said Booker is a very valuable part of the team. Triple H said he was just giving him an example of control. Hunter said he's been handed a golden opportunity to end the last vestage that is and was WCW. He said he take advantage of that opportunity and put an end to Sting. Hunter walked to ringside and spoke to Booker, then patted him on the back before Hunter headed up the ramp and Booker walked back to the broadcast table...

Cole was acting distracted by what had happened, and hyped that Jon Stewart was on his way to Raw. JBL hyped the main event, then Cole hyped the Divas Title match while the shitty Total Divas music played... [C]

[Q8] Ring entrances for the Divas Championship match took place. Cole noted that Booker was back and that it was an embarrassing situation. Booker said that it was...

Powell's POV: Way to handle that one, Cole. Call your buddy on the embarrassing situation he was just in. Ouch.

4. Nikki Bella (w/Brie Bella) vs. Paige for the Divas Championship. Lilian Garcia handled the in-ring introductions for the title match. They cut to an early commercial. [C] Nikki had control and then Paige came back with a dropkick and got a on count. Cole said Paige could tie the record for most Divas Title reigns at three with a win.

Brie stood on the ring apron. Paige kicked her to the floor. Paige caught Brie with a kick and then applied the PTO. Brie ran in and hit Paige for the disqualification...

Paige beat Nikki Bella by DQ in 6:40.

After the match, The Bellas put the boots to Paige. The fans chanted "AJ." A.J. Lee's music hit and she ran out wearing a "Stay Weird" t-shirt and helped Paige. There was a CM Punk chant while Lee and Paige cleared The Bella Twins from the ring...

JBL hyped that Seth Rollins would host his own version of "The Daily Show" after the break... [C]

Powell's POV: A cool surprise in front of Lee's home state crowd, though it was a little awkward to see Lee and Paige working together given their past, though it's nothing that can't be cleared up in a promo. Speaking of awkward, I wonder what it was like when A.J. Lee and Stephanie McMahon crossed paths for the first time before the show.

Cole acknowledged that Wiz Khalifa will be the guest star of Raw next week, and plugged his album...

Backstage, Renee Young interviewed A.J. Lee, who was skipping through the backstage area for some odd reason. Paige asked Lee who asked her to come out there. Lee said no one, which is probably a good thing because she doesn't do what she's told. She said she watched how The Bella Twins bullied the entire division so she thought she would come back and "give Divas a chance." Paige said they've been friends and enemies, but she's always respected her unlike the Kardashian and Olsen twin wannabes...

Powell's POV: And there you have it. That was simple. They tied it together nicely and Lee got to drop the hashtag slogan.

The Daily Show music played. Rollins sat at a desk with J&J Security and a television with "The Daily Show" logo behind him.

[Q9] Rollins aired footage of his appearance on The Daily Show. Back live, Rollins' first topic was "where is Jon Stewart." He said Stewart talked a good game. He took a jab at the crowd response to Stewart when he hosted The Oscars, the fact that he's from New Jersey, and said no one showed up at the movie he directed last year.

Rollins said Stewart wants to go out on his terms, so he couldn't blame him for not showing up since "it's hard to do a phony news show with your jaw wired shut." The Daily Show music played and Jon Stewart walked out wearing a suit and slapped hands with fans as he made his way to the ring.

Stewart sat down opposite Rollins and told him that it was just another thing he did not earn. Rollins said he was proving that he is better at Stewart's job than he is. Rollins asked if Stewart was trying to make a joke out of him. Stewart told a joke about Rollins' appearance and compared his hair to Lady Gaga's. Stewart got the easy pop by saying he's from New Jersey and said they used to greet each other with Curb Stomps in the morning in Jersey.

Stewart said he's old school and remembers the greats like Bruno Sammartino, Gorilla Monsoon, Mick Foley, Steve Austin, and The Undertaker. He said Rollins took shortcuts unlike those men by becoming the poster boy for The Authority. "Let me tell you something about posters, boy, they get taken down when people get tired of them," Stewart said.

Stewart told Rollins that he has something he will never have and that's respect. Stewart said The Authority doesn't care about Rollins. "Whose fighting for the title at WrestleMania?" Stewart asked. He said if Rollins is better in the ring and on the mic, then shouldn't he be fighting for the title. He said that whether Lesnar or Reigns wins, Rollins will be left holding his briefcase.

Stewart said he was in Boston and Rollins didn't earn his briefcase. He started to say that if it wasn't for Kane, but Rollins told him that's enough. Rollins got up and walked toward Stewart, who backed away. Rollins grabbed Stewart by the collar.

Randy Orton's music played. Rollins turned his focus to the stage. Stewart appeared to double check for a cue and then kicked Rollins below the belt. Stewart fled the ring as Orton walked toward the ring. Rollins sold the not shot. Orton jawed at Rollins and headed toward the back with Stewart walking behind him. Cole hyped that Rollins would face Reigns in the main event... [C]

Powell's POV: That was solid. I fear the worse with any celebrity even when they are fans of the genre as Stewart is, but he delivered a solid promo on Rollins and knew how to get the cheap pop for the home state reference. Mick Foley would be proud!

[Q10] Cole plugged Stewart's "Night of Too Many Stars" for Comedy Central on Sunday night, then they showed footage from the angle...

Powell's POV: Watching it back, it looks like the idea was that Stewart looked to Orton for the cue to show that they were working together.

Backstage, Renee Young interviewed Jon Stewart, who boasted about his kick to the balls, but then showed fear that the wrestlers might come back that way. Stewart ducked out of the interview in fear of Rollins...

5. Daniel Bryan vs. Luke Harper. Harper had the IC Title belt hanging up in his corner. He attacked Bryan to start the match. Bryan made a quick comeback, but Harper bodyslammed him over the top rope to the floor. [C] Harper was in control coming out of the break, but Bryan countered into a Yes Lock and got the submission win...

Daniel Bryan beat Luke Harper in 6:20.

After the match, Bad News Barrett came out and tripped up Bryan as he was celebrating and took that worthless title belt that Harper brought out with him. Ambrose attacked Barrett on the stage and took the title belt as he entered the ring with it. Harper gave Ambrose the big boot and took the title.

R-Truth showed up and took the title from Harper, who recovered and caught him at ringside. Truth put the title belt down and tried to leave, but Harper clotheslined him anyway. Harper tried to leave with the belt, but Dolph Ziggler came out and superkicked him. Ziggler stood on the stage with the belt while Bryan led a Yes chant for no good reason...

Powell's POV: Note to WWE: Bryan challenging for a now worthless title belt at WrestleMania is not a good consolation prize. Well, at least it isn't for me. The live crowd seems content to yell Yes, so maybe they're into this more than I am. I'm sure the match will be a crazy train wreck and may even steal the show, but I was hoping Bryan would get something better.

[Q11] Cole set up a video package for the newest WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2015 member - Madusa, who is going in as Alundra Blayze. The Madusa name was acknowledged in the video package, but she was welcomed by the narrator as Alundra Blayze, which she went by in WWE...

Backstage, Rollins was fuming while J&J tried to calm him down. Randy Orton entered the picture and security held him back. He told Rollins that he saved him money and his job by making sure he didn't put his hands on Stewart. Orton told Rollins that if he needs help against Reigns all he has to do is ask. Kane and Big Show entered the scene and stood behind Orton. Jamie Noble said they wouldn't need everybody out there. Orton left the area... [C]

A Did You Know graphic told internet types that Triple H thinks they're all f'n marks, er, that the app has been downloaded some ungodly number of times...

Paul Heyman was introduced and he stood in mid-ring and introduced himself. Heyman said he came to the "rancid city of Newark" to set the record straight, address the rumors, and shoot from the hip. "Yes, it's true, my client Brock Lesnar will be at WrestleMania," Heyman said. "Believe that."

Heyman said Lesnar will be "anywhere he damn well pleases before WrestleMania" and after WrestleMania. He said he will be there as the WWE World Heavyweight Champion because he will be the champion as long as he damn well pleases. Heyman's mic cut out for a second and he said the sound guy is obviously from New Jersey.

Heyman said Daniel Bryan would be squished like a cockroach under the boot of Lesnar. Heyman called for "a microphone that works." Garcia brought him a mic. "It's about time you do something right," Heyman said. Heyman said the fans think and expect Reigns is going to win. He said the pyro and confetti has been ordered.

"You know who else believed that?" Heyman asked. He ran through the WWE elite wrestlers he mentioned last week. He looked to the crowd and said, "I know I left out Andre because he's dead, stupid," Heyman said. He said none of those wrestlers disputed what he said.

Heyman said WrestleMania goes down one of two ways. He said Lesnar takes Reigns apart the same way he destroyed Cena at SummerSlam. "Two, Brock Lesnar simply Ronda Rouseys your ass." The mic cut again. Heyman said Reigns is going to get his ass beat by Lesnar. He said he's going to be beaten, hurt, emasculated, and conquered by Lesnar. "Believe that," Heyman said.

Roman Reigns' music played and he made his entrance through the crowd. Heyman left the ring...

[Q12] Cole noted that Reigns was making his entrance for the main event, then plugged the WWE 24 special on Booker T... [C]

Powell's POV: Angry Heyman was great. He's usually calm and cool, so it was fun to watch him flip the switch and even go after the fans and the ring announcer. For whatever it's worth, he didn't hype Lesnar as appearing on next's week's show, which he is advertised for. However, you can't really read anything into that considering WWE rarely hypes Lesnar's Raw appearances in advance.

6. Roman Reigns vs. Seth Rollins (w/Jamie Noble, Joey Mercury, Big Show, Kane). There was a Tale of the Tape for the main even that was sponsored by Twix. J&J got involved when Reigns was at ringside, but he quickly recovered by punching Rollins from the floor and then striking one of them. Reigns charged at Rollins, who moved, and Reigns crashed into the corner. Randy Orton's music played and he headed to ringside. [C]

Powell's POV: I like the touch of adding a Tale of the Tape for the main event. I'm a big believer in branding the Raw main event as something special and that's a step in that direction. By the way, you can obviously hear the Heyman promo as a threat. The UFC references combined with him basically saying that no one could take the title off Lesnar if he didn't want them to worked on multiple levels depending on what you're listening for.

Rollins was in control and Orton showed that he was unimpressed. Reigns came back with a running clothesline and then hit some clotheslines in the corner. He followed up with a tilt-a-whirl slam for a two count. Later, Rollins took a backdrop from the ropes. Noble tried to get involved, but Reigns clotheslined him off the ropes. Rollins used the distraction to go back on the offensive.

Rollins leapt from the top, but Reigns countered into a rollup, then picked him up and slammed him down from that position. Later, Reigns hit Big Show on the floor, but then Kane jabbed him in the gut with a chair. Reigns came back with Superman punches, but Rollins got him down and set up for his finisher. Reigns dodged the Curb Stomp and was setting up for his finisher, but Orton reached in and grabbed his legs. Rollins capitalized on the distraction with a rollup for the win.

Seth Rollins pinned Roman Reigns in 15:30.

After the match, Orton headed backstage. Reigns dove onto the other heels on the floor. He speared Big Show in the ring, then did the same to Rollins as he leapt off the top rope. Even though Reigns lost the match, JBL said he now believes Reigns will have a competitive match with Lesnar at WrestleMania...

Powell's POV: That's the best they can do is say Reigns will have a competitive match with Lesnar? It's WrestleMania! It should feel like a clash of the titans, the build toward a competitive match. It seems like the idea is for Reigns gain momentum and win over JBL types each week, yet it seems so odd to have him lose this match unless Rollins is going to be added to the match. I don't think that will happen, but if (and it's a big if) word were to get out that Lesnar is leaving WWE for UFC, then it would actually be logical since that would beat having a predictable finish in front of a crowd that may not cheer for either guy in that scenario.

I don't know if it's because of the ROH pay-per-view on Sunday night, but this show really felt like a marathon. They got the majority of the comedy out of the way early, but the show really dragged. On the plus side, they didn't have a lot of filler, yet at the same time it didn't feel like a very newsworthy show in terms of WrestleMania hype. I will have much more to say during Prowrestling.net Live coming up later tonight (see the top of the page for more information), and in Tuesday's WWE Raw Hit List. Thanks for watching along with me.

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