WWE Raw Highlights (4/11/16)
Raw was action packed tonight, so let’s get right into all that was good, and bad, about this week’s edition of Monday Night Raw.

WWE RAW Highlights
Shane McMahon is here to stay…..probably

Despite losing to the Undertaker at WrestleMania, it looks like Shane McMahon is still going to run Raw, at least temporarily. Fans have to hope that it’s permanent though, because Shane O’Mac followed up a strong Raw last week with an even stronger Raw this week. Speaking of a strong Raw…(that’s what we call a Segway in the business)…

Fresh matches and potential rivalries
With Shane O’Mac in charge, the conventional Raw’s of old have gone out the window. Want proof? Let’s take the main event for example. Bray Wyatt and Roman Reigns were in a tag team match, AS PARTNERS! They took on, and defeated, Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio of the League of Nations. Here were some other interesting matchups that took place on the night:

Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro in a number one contender’s match for Intercontinental Title
• Natalya vs. Charlotte for Women’s Title
• AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn (if Sami Zayn had won he would have been added to WWE World Heavyweight Title match at Payback)

We also got a tag team tournament (when’s the last time we had one of those?) to determine the new number one contenders for the tag team titles. Even better, the tournament is sponsored by Booty O’s, because they make sure, you ain’t booty.

Follow the Buzzards Roman?
This most likely won’t happen, but we have to ask the question right? Especially since Reigns and Bray Wyatt managed to not only co-exist and win their match, but they also didn’t come to blows after the match. Luke Harper is one the shelf for the foreseeable future, and the Wyatt’s could use a fourth member…..oh, let’s stop while we’re ahead.

Lowlights
Is Jericho going mental?

Chris Jericho has always been self-centered, but it reached a new level on Raw when he decided to interview himself on his own show, the Highlight Reel. And he legitimately interviewed himself, by asking questions and switching positions to answer them. Thankfully, Dean Ambrose interrupted this self-love fest, which ended in Ambrose turning the Highlight Reel into Ambrose Asylum, and eventually giving Jericho a Dirty Deeds.

Dr. Phil, for what?
Dr. Phil was the special guest on Monday Night Raw tonight, and honestly, I’m not sure why. He tried to get Charlotte to stop using her father Ric Flair to win matches, and then she went out and retained her title by disqualification, because of Ric Flair. Then, it was alluded to that Dr. Phil was the one who set up Goldust and R Truth as a tag team, but he neither confirmed nor denied it. Again, why was it necessary for the Doctor to be on the show tonight as a special guest involved in segments? Couldn’t he have just gotten the customary celebrity acknowledgement from the crowd like they gave to Seth Green, who was in attendance for this week’s Raw. Odd, just odd.

Miz and Maryse
The Miz and Maryse had a segment. Didn’t really care for most of it. The end was kind of funny though, when the Miz tried to recite a line about being the Swiss Superman’s kryptonite. But overall, ehh.

Other things
Kobe Shoutout

Staples Center was the home for Raw tonight, but it has been the home for Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant for two decades. On Wednesday night, Kobe will play the final game of his Hall of Fame career in that same arena, so JBL gave the Black Mamba his proper shoutout and respect.

Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson make debut
Continuing with the post-WrestleMania debuts, one of the more accomplished tag teams internationally made its debut on Raw tonight. After picking up a win in the tag team tournament, the Usos were attacked by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Gallows and Anderson are coming off of a very successful run in New Japan Pro Wrestling, where they were three-time IWGP Tag Team Champions. They, along with guys like Enzo and Cass, should add some much needed excitement to a relatively stale (minus the New Day of course) tag team division.

Match of the Night
AJ Styles vs. Sami Zayn

There were a few candidates for this distinction, but this match took the cake. Styles and Zayn need to fight as often as possible because when they do, it’s nothing short of PHENOMENAL (too easy). Although Zayn lost, he proved why he’s one of the most exciting young talents on the roster and his potential to be a main event player very soon down the line.

What to look for next week
Is Shane McMahon still in charge? If so, sign me up!

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