WWE Monday Night Raw saw a nice rise in viewers for the post Royal Rumble edition. 2,703,000 people tuned in to see the fallout of the Rumble, up from 2,462,00.
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You’ve probably heard by now that the lovely Renee Young has been promoted to full time commentator status on Monday Night RAW.
Personally, I think this is a fabulous move on the part of WWE, Renee is a class act and a true pro when it comes to broadcasting. Adding a woman to commentary is a great move, and there is no better woman for the job than Renee. Young had found success even before coming to WWE, with a background in acting and improv, as well as a 3-year-run working for The Score Television Network in Canada from 2009 to 2012.
Renee recently alluded to the fact that her 2012 WWE audition tape wasn’t very good. Well, the WWE Network has found and released that tape and I don’t think it’s bad at all!
You’ll see in the video, she’s not talking about wrestling AT ALL, which I thought was odd and kind of funny. Instead, she was given a product to promote on camera. The little device she is holding in the video is for pet grooming. She talks about all of the features the device has and how it works on grooming your pet(s), even err, fish? Check it out for yourself!
The post SummerSlam edition of Monday Night Raw saw 3,095,000 viewers, up from 2,825,000 from the week before.
Elias is a WWE Superstar that has slowly grown on a lot of the WWE Universe. Currently, he has a pretty basic heel gimmick: a musician that signs a customized song to the local crowd to get cheap heat on himself.
Over the last year or sow, Elias has gone from a low card act to a high mid-card act. He has a very popular catchphrase (everyone together now), “Walk with Elias”. Whenever he comes out and says that line, the crowd goes nuts for him.
One thing that has caught my eye with Elias is how much of a future big star he might be able to become. I don’t think that Elias will reach the levels of Steve Austin or the Rock, but he could be a good top level guy that helps hold the company.
I really started to look at him as someone who might be able to do really well in the top tier when he took on Seth Rollins for the Intercontinental Championship at WWE Money in the Bank (Although, he did have a great program with John Cena leading into WrestleMania this year)in June. Elias looked really good in the ring and he really brought it to the champ, Rollins.
He brought it so much that I was quite disappointed when Rollins retained his championship. I had actually gone from not really caring for the guy to wanting him to walk out with the title.
So here’s what I would do with him.
Step-one: Move him off of RAW. I think Elias will have a lot more breathing room on Smackdown Live! And could eventually become the perfect challenger to AJ Style’s WWE Championship.
Elias needs to be on a show where work-rate counts. He also needs to be away from Roman Reigns. I don’t see anyone getting a real shot at being a main event player while Reigns is on the same show. It’s one reason why I don’t think Rollins will ever have a serious chance at being a top guy (but I am not here to talk about Rollins).
Step-two: Give him the US Title and let him run with it. Elias should be given a good 9-12 month reign as US Champion. Not only that, but he should be paired with real top rate workers who could help him raise his profile with the company. And on top of that, he should be given chances to close Smackdown and have the chance to be a marquee name on Network Specials.
Step Three: Turn him babyface in during his US Title run. He needs to be a face for this work on any level. As he is having the run of his life as US Champion, Elias turns face (probably by saving AJ Styles from a beat down of sorts), and the fans will (should) embrace him.
Step-Four: He wins the Royal Rumble or Money in the bank. My case would be him winning the Money in the Bank contract and challenging the WWE Champion for a title show at SummerSlam. He doesn’t do a sneak attack or challenge the champion after a grueling match. He comes out the following week on Smackdown and looks at the champion and say “I am challenging you to a match at SummerSlam”.
The longer plan would eventually have him head back to RAW and take on Roman Reigns and dethrone him in the process.
I would be surprised if in 10 years we are looking back and we don’t have Elias on the top 5 post-Cena era top guys.
WWE Monday Night Raw had 2,741,000, slightly up from the 2,689,000. RAW was taped from London and spoilers were made available in advance to Monday’s airing which could have lead to why the ratings didn’t rebound above 3M.
No matter what the reason is, McMahon and the WWE executive team should be biting their nails as they are in the middle of TV Negotiations.
— Brad Gilmore (@bradgilmore) April 20, 2018
Booker T is apparently going to be on the RAW Commentary team this week. According to Booker himself, he is going to be at RAW and the rapper Nelly is invited. WWE has not confirmed this as of this publication.
Monday Night RAW was live from Phoenix, Arizona tonight and was the last RAW before the highly anticipated Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, which takes place this Sunday, live from Las Vegas.
With said Elimination Chamber on everyone’s mind, it makes sense to have all the competitors give us a small taste of what they’ll be bringing to the table this Sunday by having a gauntlet match tonight! This contest, while extremely time consuming, was very entertaining to watch. It was set to have all seven men who will be in the Elimination Chamber on Sunday in this match, and the first one to compete tonight was Roman Reigns. He took on Seth Rollins, and although couldn’t pull of the win over Rollins, was a good sport in the end and extended his hand for a fist bump, only to be interrupted by John Cena’s music.
“THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH! THANK YOU SETH!”
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) February 20, 2018
RAW was live from the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa tonight. Here are my favorites moments from tonight’s broadcast:
5. Elias vs. John Cena vs. Braun Strowman– The winner of this match snags a coveted spot in the Men’s Elimination Chamber on Feb. 25th. I loved seeing Cena and Elias gang up on Strowman, and I thought Cena was going to win this match, but was pleasantly surprised when Elias got the pinfall over John Cena.
4. Cesaro/Sheamus vs. Roman Reigns/Seth Rollins– This match was originally supposed to have Jason Jordan teaming with Seth Rollins, and earlier in the show we saw Jordan convincing Rollins that he was medically cleared to wrestle and that Rollins shouldn’t worry. Rollins goes with it and says they’ll take their tag team belts back together. Later in the show however, and conveniently right before the match, Jordan confronts Rollins to tell him he injured himself once again and the medical team will not allow him to perform. Kurt Angle who is standing by tells Rollins he’s going to have to forfeit the match. That is, until Roman Reigns appears and without even saying a word, just a knowing glance, it’s now Seth Rollins teaming up with Roman Reigns in a tag match against Cesaro and Sheamus. Jason Jordan finds himself in some hot water with Rollins and Reigns after he comes out to ringside appearing to help his would-be teammates, but manages to do exactly the opposite. Cesaro and Sheamus grab their tag team belts while outside of the ring and try to walk off with them, Jason Jordan gets into it with them and starts throwing punches, therefore getting Reigns and Rollins disqualified from the match. Rollins is livid, you can see him yelling to Jordan from the ring “What are you doing??”, while Jordan is standing there trying to apologize and explain himself. Backstage Rollins is still yelling at Jordan, when Kurt Angle interferes and tells Jordan he needs to go home and not come back until he is completely healed.
We’ve just experienced the first-ever highly anticipated Women’s Royal Rumble, and now less than one month away, WWE will make history again with the first-ever Women’s Elimination Chamber Match! It will take place at the pay-per-view with the same name in Las Vegas on February 25.
The announcement was made on last night’s opening segment of Monday Night RAW by WWE’s Chief Brand Officer, Stephanie McMahon, confirming that 5 female superstars will challenge RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss for her title.
The WWE women’s division continues to make huge strides, and this just seems like the next natural step, now that we’ve experienced a women’s Hell in a Cell match, a women’s Money in the Bank match and an unprecedented women’s Royal Rumble.
If you’re not familiar with the Elimination Chamber Match, it’s one of the most barbaric matches in WWE. It’s a variation of a steel cage match, but instead of a standard steel cage, the Elimination Chamber is circular and has four inner chambers or ‘pods’ with platforms on the apron to hold the 4 participants that are waiting to participate in the match. The match starts with 2 superstars in the ring, then every five minutes one of the four remaining participants is released at random from their chamber into the match. This continues until all four have been released from their chambers into the ring, for a total of six participants in the match. The goal is to eliminate each participant by pinfall or submission, there is no disqualification in an Elimination Chamber match. After all other participants have been eliminated, the last remaining one is declared the winner of the match.
It’ll be interesting to see which 5 superstars will be brave enough to enter the chamber for a chance to be the next RAW Women’s Champion! The Elimination Chamber pay-per-view takes place live from Las Vegas from the T-Mobile Arena on February 25.