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Kofi Kingston WrestleMania Plans REVEALED? WWE BOTCHES MAJOR NXT CALL-UPS! | WrestleTalk News 2019

December 10, 2019

Brock Lesnar is nowhere to be seen. Seth Rollins can’t wrestle on TV. And all of Ronda Rousey’s opponents are
on SmackDown! Which can only mean it’s time for… WWE’s bimonthly crap the bed episode! It’s a New Era, with the same old s-
And it’s a New Era here on WrestleTalk too, as this Raw review is evolving into a Super
Review/News. Revnews. Super ReNews. With Luke Owen running through the biggest
wrestling stories in this video after my Raw review. Click the timestamps down below if you want
to go right there! I’m Oli Davis – give us a subscribe, press
the thumbs up button, and answer our question of the day in the comments: what did you think
of WWE’s shock NXT call ups? Where I’ll be replying to people FROM OUTTA
NOWHERE! And click the ‘i’ above my head to give
your rating of the show – where you can choose from: RawSome, Cor, AVRAWGE, Poor and RawFul
– as I review the 18th February, 2019 edition of Monday Night Raw …in about 4 minutes. Prepare yourselves, because it’s a negative
one. Triple H Takeovers Raw
Triple H opened the show recapping all the Elimination Chamber title changes], said Becky
Lynch was cool for beating up Ronda Rousey and Charlotte (but not when it’s him who’s
suspending her) and that he’s going into this year’s Hall of Fame with DX. So far, so generic Triple H in-ring promo. But then he revealed that top NXT stars Ricochet,
Aleister Black, Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano would be debuting on tonight’s Raw. What a shock announcement that I’m sure
has absolutely nothing to do with Raw’s massive ratings decline, how it’s severely
lacking in star power or that new thing called All Elite Wrestling. Perhaps the sudden call-ups could be the much
needed shake-up to Raw’s non-existent main event scene. Perhaps this really is a New Era! And to prove that Raw is changing, the in-ring
action is going to kick off with… Braun Strowman beat Baron Corbin
Braun Strowman vs Baron Corbin. You were so close, WWE! Braun beat Corbin in a tables match, with
Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley nowhere to be seen. So that Elimination Chamber angle meant nothing. Hopefully that’s the end of this incredibly
dull feud. Paul Heyman’s Here Because Brock Lesnar
Isn’t! Hopefully we’ll also soon be seeing the
end of Brock’s reign of absence. Because as cool as video packages hyping him
are, having Paul Heyman cut a promo introducing a video package of Paul Heyman cutting a promo
about Lesnar was laughable. Finn Balor & Ricochet beat Bobby Lashley & Lio
Rush Admittedly, Lesnar’s probably not around
because Finn Balor and Seth Rollins made him believe so hard. Really taught him a lesson, lads. The new Intercontinental champion was jumped
next by Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley because I guess that Elimination Chamber angle also
meant nothing. Cue Ricochet running down for the save. Or, more aptly, ‘handspring somersaulting
into a forward roll 650 senton down for the save’. While he got his s-word in and the winning
pin over Rush, this was far from the most effective debut of Ricochet. An NXT call-up from outta nowhere, with half
an hour’s build and no contextual character work… in a formulaic midcard tag match with
Balor and Bobby Rush-ley. It’s ok, though, I’m sure they’ve got
something special planned for the other three guys. Lucha House Party beat Zack Ryder & Curt Hawkins
Curt Hawkins continued his losing streak with Zack Ryder against Lucha House Party. Heavy Machinery & Lacey Evans Walk The Walk
With all the new shiny NXT stars on this show, you’d might worry WWE wouldn’t get time
to continue systematically ruining the last bunch of call-ups. Silly you, of course they’d have time. Raw’s three hours. Lacey Evans got to do her half-entrance gimmick,
which was bad, and then Heavy Machinery did their version of it. Which was also bad. Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa beat The Revival
The next two NXT call-ups were arguably the biggest of the bunch – the NXT Champion Tommaso
Ciampa and his long term frenemy, the North American Champion Johnny Gargano. Not that long term storylines matter, though,
as Ciampa and Johnny behaved like humble babyfaces here representing their beloved NXT – a promotion
they’ve run roughshod over for the last year. It’s just the latest example of NXT existing
in a separate, much better continuity to the main roster. Whatever’s going on, it’s hard to complain
too much when you get The Revival vs DIY, who of course wrestled a very good match. Sadly though, it wasn’t just WWE’s short-sighted
booking that made this show so frustrated, it was also the Louisiana crowd, who hardly
reacted to the match and debuting wrestlers. But, then again, it’s not all their fault. This isn’t the Raw after WrestleMania crowd,
who know every word to Bobby Roode’s entrance music. This is Lafayette, a relatively small town
seemingly there to enjoy main roster wrestlers they know from TV – not a show built around
four brand new wrestlers with practically zero context. WWE choosing to debut their NXT call-ups here
hints towards a last-minute, not-well-thought strategy. And this should have most definitely been
the main event to at least make it look like WWE cared about making these guys top stars. Bayley & Sasha Banks Cut Scripted In-Ring
Promo Even with all the real-life emotion of becoming
WWE’s inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions, scripted in-ring promos aren’t Bayley and
Sasha Banks’ thing, and this was pretty stilted. It got worse when Nia Jax and Tamina came
out, to be lamely chased off. Drew McIntyre beat Dean Ambrose
Drew McIntyre demanded a match against Seth Rollins from Triple H backstage – but remember,
there are no authority figures – and Dean Ambrose just walked up and slapped him instead. This resulted in McIntyre beating Ambrose
in just two minutes. I’ve gotta hand it to Vince, this whole
Dean leaving WWE storyline is one hell of a work. Ambrose asked Seth Rollins backstage afterwards
why he didn’t help him out in his match, forgetting the last four months of blood feuding
between the two. Give me some of that sweet, sweet medicine. Wait a second… what’s that noise? It sounds like a drumroll. Could it be… the Terry Funks counter has
returned for Dean Ambrose! Which says his current Funks given status
is… 0. Aleister Black Debuts In An Elias Segment
When you thought of Aleister Black’s main roster debut, you probably fantasy booked
a showdown with the Undertaker, or maybe knocking out a top champion with one kick. But sometimes, like with Kofi Kingston last
week, WWE gives you something you never knew you wanted: a competitive match against Elias. You only get one chance to debut, and this
was the cherry on top of Raw’s crap cake. Every single NXT call-up was lacklustre, rushed,
firmly in the midcard and wasting of almost unlimited potential. I’m not saying they won’t get over and
be booked better in time – although looking at the last several years of NXT call-ups,
not the best track record for that – but I am saying this episode of Raw and their debuts
is a stupidly short-sighted rush job on WWE’s behalf, likely stuck in the damaging mentality
of NXT wrestlers having to work from the ground up on the main roster, rather than debuting
them as what they could be: major stars who can rejuvenate the desperately empty main
event scene. And these debuts aren’t just wasteful of
the wrestlers themselves, or the potential main roster storylines they could have been
introduced in. It also significantly undermines NXT and these
four guys years of fantastic character work and feuds. Ronda Rousey beat Ruby Riott
And to cap off a terrible show, we got a rematch of that classic 2 minute Ruby Riott vs Ronda
Rousey bout from the previous night. A match that makes no sense in being booked,
as Ronda had beaten Riott easily. She did so again here, and then she beat up
the rest of the Riott Squad. And that’s your main event angle. Utter crap. In my opinion, this was one of the most damaging
episodes of WWE television I’ve ever seen. Not just because of it being weirdly boring
considering the shock NXT call-ups – some shocks aren’t that great, after all, like
surprise punch in the ball – but also because how this affects the future of the promotion,
ineffectively debuting what was supposed to be your next few years of top talent. This week’s Raw is a low, low, low, low,
low Rawful. Now over to Luke, who’s got the latest on
what Kofi Kingston is doing at WrestleMania, and some very weird comments from Paige on
WWE fans… Thank you Oli! A seamless transition from an excellent review. Kofi Kingston WrestleMania Plans Revealed? Kofi Kingston has had the most incredible
seven days of his professional career. This time last week, Kofi was just part of
the fun tag team act New Day with no place on the Elimination Chamber card – and then
one Smackdown episode later he’s pinned Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe and WWE Champion Daniel
Bryan – and then a few days later he’s pinned Randy Orton inside the Chamber and got arguably
the biggest crowd reactions of the whole night – nearly winning the WWE Championship from
Captain Planet himself. This performance – and the shot of Kofi and
his New Day pals sat outside the Chamber with the WrestleMania sign looming over their heads
– had led a lot of fans to plead with WWE to give Kofi a WWE Championship shot at WrestleMania
– paying off an 11-year run with the company by winning arguably their top title. However according to Dave Meltzer on Twitter,
Daniel Bryan vs. Kofi Kingston for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania is not the plan
as of Monday. When one fan said that WWE would have a plan
for Bryan at WrestleMania in place, Meltzer cryptically responded saying, “They know
now”. Which certainly ties into WWE announcing that
Bryan’s Fastlane opponent will be revealed on Smackdown tonight, which should give us
a better indication of Bryan’s road to WrestleMania and a potential match with Kingston. Headline: And even with the incredible wave of momentum
for Kofi Kingston, one of the biggest matches being talked about for Mania is the triple
threat between Ronda Rousey, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch – a match that many are speculating
will be the actual main event of the show, as in the match that actually closes out the
night. It’s a huge step in WWE’s corporately
created Women’s Evolution – which has seen women headline PPVs, get their own PPV and
even introduce new main roster titles. It’s certainly a big step up from WWE presenting
women as sideshow attractions for titilation, or piss breaks to buffer quote “proper matches”
– something many fans lobbied for hard with the #GiveDivasAChance movement. But, not according to Paige it would seem. Paige here told GulfNews in an interview to
promote her biopic Fighting With My Family, “It was never WWE holding the women back. It was the fans not taking them seriously.” As you would image, these comments caught
the ire of many wrestling fans who took against being blamed for WWE presenting women a certain
way – with Twitter user Boris compiling this amazing Twitter thread showing various examples
of that not being the case like Michelle McCool revealing she and Melina were shouted at backstage
for being “better than the guys”, and was once told to re-tape one of her matches
because her punches looked to good, Nikki Bella saying one of her matches with AJ Lee
getting cut from 15 minutes to 30 seconds, and even Trish Stratus revealing that she
once lost her Women’s Championship because she refused to kiss Torrie Wilson as she didn’t
it fit her character. Paige has fired back on Twitter, saying that
her comment of “it was never WWE holding women back. It was the fans” was taken out of context
saying it was a combination of the fans and WWE. She told one fan, “Even up to a few years
ago certain places we would wrestle in, the fans in big arenas would chant boring to the
girls or start the wave or for years chanted “we want puppies”, telling another “Fans
back then would call us toilet breaks. It was only when the girls, the female superstars
took it upon themselves to change the way anyone perceived us.” Adding in another tweet, “In reality what
I said was it’s not all on WWE. Up until a few years ago women didn’t have
the support from a lot of people.” Thanks for watching this super review/news
episode, which was brought to you in part by our wonderful Pledge Hammers on Patreon
– which you can see scrolling down there. Be sure to check out Oli Davis’ review of
Elimination Chamber over there, and our Ramble review down there. And if you want your name in the credits,
become one of Pledge Hammers on Patreon! I’ve been Luke Owen and that was wrestling.

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  • Reply WrestleTalk February 19, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    OLI: What did you think of the shock NXT call-ups on this WWE Raw? Feel free to disagree with me in the comments.

  • Reply J. February 20, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    The crowd was horrible and honestly it’s been horrible for years at many many shows from live events to main roster shows Raw and SD live and even at their PPVs….. NXT is probably the only show with great energy from the crowd and it shows. The NXT call ups have terrible and it just hurts every single one of them.

  • Reply ian bright February 20, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I really like this style of video

  • Reply jokers Ride MP4L February 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    CALL UPS??? Thought it was just a 1 night deal???

  • Reply jokers Ride MP4L February 20, 2019 at 3:50 pm


  • Reply Keith Willis Jr. February 20, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I think Vince said fuck it and let HHH run the show. ??

  • Reply Andrea Brown-Isley February 20, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    Loved the super review video format, I enjoyed my first morning coffee throughout the whole 12 minutes. You guys need desks and maybe a weather segment, "forcast is rainy for NXT after having their enmtire main event scene moved over to raw"

  • Reply Visible Ninja February 20, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    "Arguably the top title in the company" talking about the WWE Championship??their is no other top title.
    Yea theirs the Universal Championship but that title doest matter at all.

  • Reply Supamadulaoblongata jr. February 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    I don't know what paige is talking about. If you watch old TNA women's matches from like 10 years ago maybe even more those matches were awesome who's the WWE not let the women be creative

  • Reply Jacob Hiatt February 20, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Correction, WWE didn't botch the call ups Louisiana botch the call ups

  • Reply Jacob Hiatt February 20, 2019 at 4:22 pm

    Aliester black in the thumb nail is exactly what I was like

  • Reply LJ Magician February 20, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    The crowd was so shit

  • Reply rrosen85 February 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    I'm upset they didn't call up Velveteen Dream, he deserves to be on the main shows

  • Reply Dave Smith February 20, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    Oli rockin that canary yellow shirt

  • Reply Arron Webb February 20, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    strange how no one picked up that HM Was walking like the Bushwackers

  • Reply Vij Chauhan February 20, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    Shit.. really shit… and if theyve ruined nxt.. ill be really pissed

  • Reply jesse Johno February 20, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Some might say that Kofi's "joke" push is all apart of WWE's "celebration" of Black History month. Case-in-point The New Days video package about them visiting Black historic sites and Mark Henry's World's Strongest Man video. All happened in February.

  • Reply Table Zero February 20, 2019 at 4:53 pm

    You keep complaining about Raw being 3 hours, yet you are making your videos longer, and adding THREE ads per video. Come on.

  • Reply Jonathan Bradley February 20, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    I didn’t think it was that bad

  • Reply Kyle Zero Hardesty February 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Dude Ricochet was awesome, Alistair Black was even better… For mid-grade marches anyway.
    Ricochet v EY was shitt tho. Sucks they're using SAnity, who never got the push they should have, to put over new NXT call ups

  • Reply Kyle Zero Hardesty February 20, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Bayley and Sasha were so awkward, like they didn't know what they were doing or supposed to say… Still don't think they should've won the tag titles

  • Reply Joel Omega Jackson February 20, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Normally I stopped being angry on RAW due to their bad shows. But this time I was so pissed off. When I first heard HHH´s announcement that Ciampa, Gargano, Ricochet and Black are gonna debut I was hyped for the show. But the way they were introduced to a stupid lame ass crowd (that crowd was even worse than the crowd were Evolution reunited in 2014) was bullshit for a big NXT fan like me. Ok, Revival vs DIY was great. But instead of making Ricochet the tag team partner of Balor against 2 boring guys like Rush & Lashley, why not letting Balor have an open challenge for the IC title and let Ricochet accept that, so we´d have seen an incredible match. Same with Black. They could´ve make him face a guy like Drew McIntyre, which would´ve make Black look like a legit main eventer (which he definetly is) and even let him pin Drew (I mean Dolph pinned him, why not Black). And the most important thing why the hell in Lafayette and not in Atlanta were RAW takes place next week? Crowds like that are making the show more terrible than it is already.

    The rest of the show was also bs. If there was a worse rating than rawful, I would´ve voted for that. Poor NXT guys and all those amazing RAW talents.

  • Reply jesse Johno February 20, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    What Page said wasn't taken out of context. She got owned by the person who proved her wrong with all of the past tweets women wrestlers made and she had to correct herself. Page should have mannedup and admitted she "misspoke"!

  • Reply -AJDB - February 20, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Louisiana sucks

  • Reply -AJDB - February 20, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    The women still are toilet breaks

  • Reply Jones206 February 20, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Why does Vince hate NXT call ups so much!?!

  • Reply Jsun23 February 20, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    They were involved with the current champions on Raw that matter. IDK what else was expected…

  • Reply Awesome - O February 20, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    The McMahon's promise to do better was a smack in the face to every fan..ONE BIG SLAP

  • Reply Grant Murphy February 20, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    how did they botch? I think it went over great because we're going back to the stars being on both shows

  • Reply Grant Murphy February 20, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    not to mention they stole the show two nights in a row… but the messed up thing is that LARS STILLLL hasn't debuted.. and BTW ASUKA HAS ABSOLUTELY NO MOMENTUM AS CHAMPION… RANDY ORTON NEEDS TO BE ON RAW FOR A LEGIT MAIN EVENTER

  • Reply Steve Walters February 20, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Oli being piss is better than raw

  • Reply Aniwazoa February 20, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Was this the lowest rated RAW that Wrestletalk has ever reviewed?

  • Reply Margaret Yeamans February 20, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    I thought wwe was really good this week

  • Reply Sigma February 20, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    Fuck Paige and WWE for paying her to say that bullshit. 100% the company. NOT THE FANS. PISS OFF

  • Reply David Jones February 20, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    Oli, Luke, Laurie my future commentators especially on the kickoff shows, in Bob Backlund's words, Make Raw Great Again, sadly I'm not watching wrestling because AEW is the main key for me now

  • Reply KheirO DinO February 20, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Unfortunately WWE would never put their WWE title on a Black Guy, (BTW the big gold belt doesn't count ppl)

  • Reply Eoghan Mór February 20, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Wow, they really shot themselves in the foot with this episode of raw. Imagine the story we could have had with the revival and diy renewing their rivalry infront of a hot crowd, like the one after mania. And why weren't they just surprise call ups instead of them being announced on the night? There's not even the benefits of announcing it ahead of time

  • Reply corey walker February 20, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    I agree, Raw was damaging. The only exciting moments were the debuts of the NXT call ups.

  • Reply Ill Will February 20, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Im getting sick nd tired of Brock as champion. Wwe is getting borng

  • Reply Alfonso Bravo February 20, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I still think they’re toilet breaks lol loooks like I have to hold my number 2 til the climax of wrestlemania

  • Reply Christopher Jeevan February 20, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    God cant wait AEW to start

  • Reply Sir Guapo Gap February 20, 2019 at 9:26 pm

    Very mean Ollie I live in Lafayette born and raised our crowd cares about everything in wrestling

  • Reply Adriannn Adriann February 20, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Every time an NXT superstar heads to the main roster…a NXT writer should be promoted as well. Almost all the superstars that were called up have been ruined by creative.

  • Reply Jacob Navarro February 20, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    I popped for the return of the Funk Counter.

  • Reply SmallWonder86 February 20, 2019 at 10:31 pm

    The parallels between the current wwe product and 1999-2000 WCW are shocking. Same mistakes, random booking, and things that make absolutely no sense.

  • Reply Jacob Navarro February 20, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Paige has had a semi-defensive position with the fans for a while. I think it comes down to that she doesn't forget/forgive things very easily and she's pretty much always been on the side of defending the WWE. Who could really blame her for that though, considering the impact the company has had on her life.

  • Reply TBKSecret February 20, 2019 at 10:43 pm

    I smell a nxt invasion of main roster if not then wwe need hire me a 15 year old to do story telling for their shows there already seeds for it has Johnny and ciampa both have mention they their to takeover and hhh the creator of nxt was the ones to announce the 4 men that came out on both raw and sdl this week and still the EC3 evans cross heavy machinery have yet to be put to specific show and show up on both and the original 5 call ups been treated terrible and they can start invasion with those 5 be sick of not being treated properly and they can play as they are sick of it and says Johnny and ciampa we with you and here comes all of nxt takeover main roster shows

  • Reply DaRay Man February 20, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    So what WWE is saying is that NXT is better than RAW and SMACKDOWN?

  • Reply DaRay Man February 20, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    AEW what channel is that on? Cuz wwe is trash asFUCK

  • Reply Christian Castanheira February 20, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    Way to be extremely ungrateful Oli. WWE literally just gave you 4 of NXTs biggest stars in 4 fantastic TV matches. Apart from from Lacey Evans and heavy machineries stupid segment, raw was pretty solid. Entertaining actually. Not everything has to be a surprise. The fact they debuted on raw was a surprise to begin with. I wasn’t even home when raw began but when I saw triple h’s announcement on twitter I raced home to watch. Speaks for itself. You’re just too readily available to shit on anything wwe does because you apparently know better.

  • Reply Wilbert Martin February 21, 2019 at 1:34 am

    Oli Davis is hilarious ???????

  • Reply Rob G February 21, 2019 at 2:24 am

    They really didnt, the crowd was horrible, but they got the highest ratings in 5 months. So people watched.

  • Reply Mac Larvic February 21, 2019 at 2:57 am

    might be time for wwe to resort to artificial crowd noise

  • Reply itsthefreshmen February 21, 2019 at 3:16 am

    I'm EXTREMELY critical of WWE, some may say I'm a "hater" lol. But I
    don't get why they keep downing these call ups so much. Aside from DIY not
    concluding it's possible reunion storyline on NXT, it was fine, the
    biggest problem was the Raw crowd. SDL had a much better crowd. Maybe
    I'm just seeing this too much as a fan that watches NXT compared to one
    that doesn't. But this call up is nothing compared to how poorly the
    original call ups earlier this year were either.

  • Reply Ben Porter February 21, 2019 at 3:23 am

    I agree that HHH made the mistake announcing the NXT call-ups at the beginning of the show. I think if the WWE was smart to put Aleister Black and Drew McIntyre in a feud heading to WrestleMania.

  • Reply jusjuan1179 February 21, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Hey Oli… I like your animal shirt. Lol

  • Reply Robert Chrisman February 21, 2019 at 6:36 am


  • Reply Jerry Lanier February 21, 2019 at 6:53 am

    They sucked

  • Reply Duane Shuster February 21, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Wth I just got done watching sundays ppv slow it down … Nxt on Raw that would deaden the crowd .
    Yeah not everyone watches nxt maybe if in the beginning NXT was in the 205 spot and we all waited way until Wednesday for 205 it would of been better but nxt has good wrestling line up Bring Black , Johnny wrestling over to smackdown that show needs help! Lady weeks smk dwn was so boring .1 hr wasted on the bullet match .

  • Reply Anthony Villanueva February 21, 2019 at 8:15 am

    They at least had great matches

  • Reply Josh Kirby February 21, 2019 at 8:21 am

    Wwe makes no sense

  • Reply Josh Kirby February 21, 2019 at 8:22 am

    You can't just debut wrestlers, you have to debut them into a storyline for a reason.

  • Reply EliteChip22 February 21, 2019 at 8:51 am

    I was at the show in Lafayette they had a big tarp over the seats on the camera side of the arena and they promoted lesnar to be there and Seth to wrestling live and we didn’t get anything even Main Event was trash

  • Reply Frank Bird February 21, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Kofi's #EC match Reminds me of Santino's Elimination Chamber run The whole Crowd was behind Santino yet what happened next #Nothing!! Its a real Shame WWE Didn't run with it at the time(also shame WWE didn't give the Honk-O-Meter a chance to play out fully) I suspect Kofi will cop same treatment especially that his after Daniel Bryan Tittle

  • Reply dirty del February 21, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Brock Lesnar is the only current wrestler in WWE who has pinned Strowman. They have built him up for a very long time but where is the payoff? I always complain that this company hasn’t built up any stars in the last few years because all of their focus was on Roman, and now they have finally built someone up but they can’t capitalize on it. I just don’t get it. The attitude era was able to give lots of guys proper title runs so why can’t they do it now. In the last few years it’s been either Lesnar or Roman ohhh yah and Kevin Owens had a short run which was cool but it ended with a 50 year old Goldberg winning the belt. Sorry but I don’t consider the Smackdown title as a top prize because it is not treated as a top prize. There can really only be one.

  • Reply MrMmnngghh February 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Dean clearly doesn't give a toss anymore…which weirdly enough has led to him developing his character in a really funny manner. Good on him.

  • Reply Journey with Cerney- Stock Videos February 21, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    If those were not call ups I will be furious. They have needed to do this for the longest time.

  • Reply GHOST OF XBOX February 21, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    raw and smackdown were great these morons actually think aew is something that will put wwe out like get fucked lol aew isnt shit a bunch of no names and chris jericho lmao

  • Reply Silas E. Quester February 21, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    Would've been more exciting for me if the WWE did an NXT invasion angle, similar to the Nexus. Or even just revive that stable.

  • Reply Trae Herren February 21, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Why is everyone hating on the crowd? If you want cheers, give a reason to be cheered!

  • Reply Vibz shop February 21, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    WWE is getting worst each week?

  • Reply Christopher Cork February 21, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    While it was weird, I think it was the most interesting Raw in a long time. Which is not saying much at all. The whole time I was watching it, I thought it felt really strange. But I was curious to see how the "call ups" were used, seeing as the last round of call ups have barely been seen. The worst bits were the wrestlers that were already there.

  • Reply steven Muriel February 21, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    You not funny

  • Reply Ass Ketchum February 21, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    it definitely was all on wwe

  • Reply Itihas Adhikari February 21, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    My only worry is Vince gonna blame those nxt callups for having a bad RAW episode

  • Reply Phoenix Lizovalamera February 21, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    Paige's comment is somewhat true. You see it even today. People here are saying oh the back then couldn't wrestler but the ones today can yet the crowds still seem uninterested in them. Plus before anyone says that I'm sjw or any stupidity like that let's get something clear, I hate sjw agendas but let's call a spade a spade. I love the women matches but yeah 9 out of 10 women matches barely get any reaction even though there are people saying they can wrestle now. Now saying it is all the crowds fault in not correct because wwe could have also pushed the women a little more also.

  • Reply pk_1 February 21, 2019 at 9:17 pm


  • Reply Ayoutube user February 21, 2019 at 9:43 pm

    The problem with the main event scene on WWE is that there is NONE. The fuckin "champion" doesn't even show up like wtf

  • Reply Ed February 22, 2019 at 1:28 am

    No they didn't… Typical wrestletalk. Will never support.

  • Reply lokilxix February 22, 2019 at 1:38 am

    This one episode set the company back 5 years.

  • Reply StiggyB 14 February 22, 2019 at 1:40 am

    Angry Oli is best Oli

  • Reply Matt F February 22, 2019 at 5:19 am

    So Balor and the debuting Ricochet have a competitive back and forth match against the same two guys that Balor beat the night prior by himself and in less time. Makes sense.

  • Reply ERO0126253 RAHUL MAHESWARI February 22, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Oli- perfect. This raw was terrible. Vince needs to retire now

  • Reply Mario M February 22, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    Release writers. Give more creative freedom to the talent.

  • Reply yourefat andlazy February 22, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    maybe the crowd didnt want to cheer for nobody's

  • Reply yourefat andlazy February 22, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    lol wait WM last event will be a womens triple threat!

  • Reply Jonathan Hagins February 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Oli Davis street cred is on a ? ? PS. Smackdown>Raw

  • Reply Deek Deegler February 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    lol at all the marks who only watch to shit on the product. raw and sd werent bad this week but of course the marks have an issue with it

  • Reply joespice1999 February 23, 2019 at 1:44 am

    so dx going to wwe hall of fame WITH chyna…. does that mean chyna going to hof by herself soon???

  • Reply Felix Fernandez February 23, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Oli’s a legend

  • Reply Felix Fernandez February 23, 2019 at 8:18 am

    Ricochet and Finn middle of the ring hands up after their victory music is still playing they turn to each side of the crowd Ricochet hits Finn with a enzuigiri whole crowd is shocked (this happens with a better crowd)
    Ricochet stands over Finn – picks up IC title – stares at it – throws it on Finn’s chest
    A build up similar to this would bring much needed attention to WWE. They continue to give us garbage because they don’t respect the fans. Vince’s current view of wrestling is stuck in the 80’s.

  • Reply R C. February 23, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I do not, and I say that in caps lock, DO NOT! like it when they announce call ups. I very much prefer a surprise. The way KO showed up or even Joe, where they come out of nowhere and get inserted into a big story, I very much prefer that. It shows WWE has faith in that talent to be put in a big story off the bat. I personally hated how Finn was called up in the draft. We want surprises with these call ups. We want to be like "OMG! IS THAT?!! IT IS!!" I get why WWE would want to announce and talk about the call ups before they come out so people at home who don't watch NXT can get a hint on who they are, but I feel like it isn't needed if they book them in a way where that call up make their presence know off the bat with a good booked start. It almost feels like WWE keeps taking steps back on how to bring up call ups and how to introduce them compared to how it was before. Plus, the crowd didn't help. You can tell they are doing this for ratings and that sucks because they could have done this SO MUCH BETTER. The desperation is bleeding into the shows big time.

  • Reply ISM Gaming February 24, 2019 at 1:51 am

    They need to call up nxt stars aftermania

  • Reply Diptarka Deka February 24, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Oh no! My ears feel harrassed

  • Reply Time Child February 24, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Piss poor Rawful. Why would you have 2 new wrestlers doi g the same stupid backflip and sit or crouch in the ring.

  • Reply Time Child February 24, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Paige go fuck some more wrestlers on tape.

  • Reply JoeCnNd February 25, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    They should have worked a good story line to bring them up. This was just rushed to compensate for aew.

  • Reply F. K. February 25, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    Have… to get… beyond… 10 minute mark… must monitize videos…
    Your trying way too hard with this new concept -> thumbs down.

  • Reply Darren O'Hooligan March 11, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Yo, oli looked seriously pissed off during the raw review…. And rightfully so. Main roster is garbage and now all the talent from.nxt is being called up, only to be lost among the ridiculously large roster. It's a shame. The talent in NXT is on a whole other level. WWE fans don't deserve this recent round of call-ups…?

  • Reply Joshua Kafula April 22, 2019 at 12:02 pm

    U are sooo funnyyy

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