Miz & Mrs. saw an audience of 1,473,000 for overnight. This is significantly higher than Total Bellas premiere audience of 630,000.
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
NEW UNSCRIPTED SERIES ‘MIZ & MRS.’ (WT), FOLLOWING THE LIVES OF WWE® SUPERSTARS THE MIZ AND MARYSE, TO AIR ON USA NETWORK
NEW YORK, NY – January 8, 2018 – USA Network today announced it has greenlit MIZ & MRS. (WT), a docuseries chronicling the lives of WWE® Superstars (and married couple) The Miz and Maryse. The six-episode, half-hour series will feature the pair, known for being larger than life both in and out of the ring, as they become parents for the first time.
Produced by WWE® and Bunim/Murray Productions and expected to air in 2018, MIZ & MRS. (WT) will complement USA’s WWE® programming, which includes five hours of live programming each week, 52 weeks a year, with MONDAY NIGHT RAW and SMACKDOWN LIVE.
“As the exclusive television home for WWE®’s flagship programming, USA Network is excited to give this passionate fanbase even more of two of WWE®’s most colorful Superstars, The Miz and Maryse,” said Heather Olander, SVP of Alternative Development and Production. “MIZ & MRS. (WT) is an intimate, behind-the-scenes glimpse at this iconic couple as they face one of their most exciting challenges yet – becoming parents.”
“MIZ & MRS. (WT) will undoubtedly be the most must-see show on television,” said WWE® Superstars The Miz and Maryse. “We can’t wait to share this next chapter of our lives with our fans as we get ready to welcome our daughter into this world.”
First introduced to TV audiences as one of the seven strangers on “The Real World: Back to New York,” The Miz parlayed his reality TV fame into a successful WWE® career. Making his WWE® debut in 2006, he has since gone on to become a seven-time Intercontinental Champion, four-time Tag Team Champion and WWE® Champion. He has also starred in several films produced by WWE Studios®, including “The Marine 3: Homefront,” “The Marine 4: Moving Target,” “The Marine 5: Battleground,” “Christmas Bounty,” “Santa’s Little Helper” and “The Marine 6: Close Quarters,” which is currently in production.
Maryse made her WWE® debut in 2006 and today stars on both MONDAY NIGHT RAW and E!’s hit reality series “Total Divas.” As the first two-time Divas Champion, the Montreal, Quebec native is one of the longest-tenured Champions in WWE® history, having held the title for 216 days. As a manager, she has also guided a number of her fellow Superstars to success, including The Miz. Outside of the ring, the former model has starred in the WWE Studios® film “Santa’s Little Helper” and is a real estate entrepreneur.
A long-time couple, The Miz and Maryse became engaged in 2013 and were married in 2014. In September 2017, they announced their pregnancy live on MONDAY NIGHT RAW to great fan excitement from around the world.
January 8th, 2018
Monday Night RAW is LIVE tonight from the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee!
We’re exactly two weeks away from the 25th Anniversary of Monday Night RAW! The night started with our Intercontinental Champ Roman Reigns in the ring, calling out Samoa Joe for not being ready for him. Reigns continues with a message for the locker room, when he’s interrupted by Jason Jordan coming to the ring. Jordan mirrors Reigns statement for the locker room ‘you mess with one of the Shield, you mess with all of them’. Seth Rollins interrupts, joining Reigns as well as his tag team partner, Jordan in the ring. Rollins goes on to say while he appreciates what Jordan is trying to do, he still has a lot to learn. Cue the Balor Club, out comes Finn Balor followed by Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson. Balor takes us back by talking about how he’s been teaming with Gallows and Anderson for the better part of 10 years, and took a dig at Jordan saying it’s been ‘longer than Jordan’s known Kurt Angle was his dad.’ Cue Kurt Angle’s music, and the GM comes out and makes the main event for the evening: A 6-man tag match, Reigns/Rollins/Jordan VS. Balor Club.
Before we get to the next match, we learn that The Miz is back tonight, as is Paige and Mickie James!
Next up, Sasha Banks teams up with Bayley accompanied by a returning Mickie James, to take on Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose (Absolution), accompanied by a returning Paige! Mandy and Bayley get the match started, with Mandy taking an early lead in the match. That is, until Bayley gains control and Mandy ends up on the outside of the ring… after the commercial break Sasha’s in the ring, with the trash-talking Mandy, but she shuts her mouth real quick when the 4-time Women’s Champ slaps her in the face! Mandy manages to reach her tag team partner Sonya DeVille, a martial arts expert, to try and take Banks down a few notches. Bayley anxiously waits to be tagged in by Banks, but it doesn’t happen in time and Mandy Rose tags back in, but not for long! Sasha hooks her in an inside cradle, but there’s a kick out. Sasha remains in control of the match and picks up the win for herself and Bayley when Mandy Rose taps out to the ‘Bank Statement’.
I don’t know about you, but I’m always curious to see wrestlers before they put their makeup on, so Goldust’s time lapse video of putting on his ‘face’ if you will, got my attention. It’s during this video when he finds out who his mixed match tag team partner is going to be one week from tomorrow, immediately following Smackdown…drum roll please: A very enthusiastic Alicia Fox!
Next we hear the unmistakable sound of ‘Woken’ Matt Hardy’s laughter as he makes his way to the ring. His opponent, the man who lost every single one of his matches in 2017, Curt Hawkins. Hawkins claims he’s undefeated in 2018 so far, but that doesn’t last very long as his springboard crossbody misses and Hardy gains the advantage in the match. With an ending that was surely a surprise to no one, Hardy gets Hawkins in a Twist of Fate and gets the 1,2,3. However, when he turns around he’s met face to face with Bray Wyatt. They stare each other down and maniacally laugh at one another. Delete. Delete. Delete….
Next up, the Miz has finally returned to RAW after being away for 6 long weeks! He’s got his Miztourage in tow, Curt Axel and Bo Dallas. They praise Miz by telling him how amazing their 2017 was because of him, calling it ‘Mizmas’ and like ‘Winning the Mizzies!’, respectively. Miz claims he allowed Roman Reigns to simply ‘borrow’ his Intercontinental Championship while he was away filming a movie and now he’s back to claim it.
Up next, the Cruiserweight championship match up: an on the mend Enzo Amore, just recovering from a hospitalized sickness, vs. Cedric Alexander. In order for the title to change hands tonight, Enzo needs to lose by pinfall or submission. Cedric gets the immediate lead in the match, Nia Jax is watching closely from the back. Enzo gains control and throws Cedric out of the ring. The match returns after a commercial break to Cedric doing a handspring off the ropes, and going for the pin, but it’s only a 2-count. He still has his momentum though, delivering a kick to Amore’s face while clenching the ropes. Both men end up outside the ring, Amore’s face is all bloody and he gets counted out. Cedric Alexander is declared the winner, but the title doesn’t change hands since the loss was neither by pinfall nor submission.
Cedric, in the back now, with Nia Jax by his side, gets looked at by a doctor who says he may need an MRI. We then cut to RAW GM Kurt Angle on the phone, with a “mystery” woman…sounds like a yet-to-be-revealed entrant into the highly anticipated upcoming 30-Women Royal Rumble…
Onto the next match, Sheamus and Cesaro vs. Titus O’Neill and Apollo Crews. Titus and Sheamus square off first, Sheamus starts with a kick to the midsection and runs with the lead. Shortly after he’s tagged in, Cesaro teams up with Sheamus to throw Crews over the ropes and pummel him into a turnbuckle. When they make it back into the ring, Crews still has the advantage over Cesaro, and is now hammering on his left knee. Sheamus is tagged in and continues to dominate Crews, going for a submission move with the left arm in a lock, inside cradle by Crews, but Sheamus kicks out. Titus is tagged in and takes control over Cesaro..slams him into the mat, goes for the pin, but it’s a kick out. Titus is distracted by Sheamus on the ropes and Cesaro takes advantage…brogue kick, but misses. Titus goes for the roll up on Sheamus and it’s an upset! Titus and Apollo win the match.
After the commercial break, Brock Lesnar comes out accompanied by Paul Heyman, naturally. Heyman does his thing on the mic, telling the world how amazingly talented his client Brock Lesnar is, and why he is and should always be the Universal Champion. Heyman and Lesnar go to leave and are attacked from behind by Kane! Braun Strowman joins in and now we’re watching a monstrous fight in the back. Brock is thrown into a table by Strowman and Kane gets taken out by a massive road case! Strowman doesn’t stop there though, he’s got a hook and he knows how to use it! He manages to throw the hook onto a huge piece of scaffolding and brings it tumbling down onto both men. An ambulance is called and EMT’s are feverishly working to get Lesnar onto a stretcher. Kane seems to be hanging in there and doesn’t require medical attention. Whew!
The next match is Samoa Joe vs. Rhino accompanied by Heath Slater. Rhino and Joe exchange blows, Joe takes control over the match up. Samoa wins by submission when Rhino taps out to the Coquina Clutch. Quick and dirty.
Asuka makes her way to the ring next, but her time there is short lived, as Nia Jax surprise attacks her in the ring from behind! And now folks, we’ve got ourselves a women’s match for next week…Asuka vs. Nia Jax!
Finally, it is now time for the main event! The match made by RAW General Manager Kurt Angle at the beginning of the show, Balor Club (Finn Balor, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson) vs. Jason Jordan and The Shield (Roman Reigns & Seth Rollins). Balor and Rollins start out the match, they go at it until Rollins tags in Reigns. Reigns comes in and cleans up on Balor in the ring, on a turnbuckle and with a swift kick to the face! Gallows tries to interfere and gets a sucker punch to the face by Reigns, which knocks him to the ground. Reigns is then caught off guard and Balor takes full advantage. Balor tags in Anderson and he takes Reigns down to the mat, pummels his face repeatedly and goes for the pin, but Reigns kicks out at 2. At this point in the match, we still have not seen Jason Jordan in action… Reigns continues to take the beat down in the ring by Gallows and Anderson until finally Rollins tags back in. Rollins delivers a couple of suplexes to Anderson and goes for the pin, but Anderson kicks out. Anderson reaches for the corner to tag in Gallows, but nobody’s home. Gallows makes his way back into the ring eventually helping out his tag team partner, when finally Jordan gets involved helping out Rollins and knocks Gallows over the top rope to the floor. Jordan is back on the outside looking in, but desperately trying to get the tag from Rollins, he doesn’t make it and gets knocked right off the apron. Reigns is now desperate to get in on this match and Rollins is trying to make the tag. Jordan, not the legal man, gets in the ring and the ref is distracted, missing the legal tag between Reigns and Rollins. Reigns and Jordan get into it, Reigns asks Jordan “What are ya doin?” Meanwhile, Rollins is still in the ring and needs help, but it’s too little too late, the damage has been done and Finn Balor capitalizes on the rookie mistake by Jordan. Balor climbs up the top rope and BOOM! He lands on Rollins with the Coup de Grace for the 1,2,3 and Balor Club gets the victory!
There you have it! This week’s re-cap and results of Monday Night RAW!
Lots of video packages, a couple of multi-man matches, and some adjustments to No Mercy. It was the go-home show for a potentially huge PPV, did it feel like it?
Raw this week was a strange show. I found myself roughly two hours into it and wondering what I had actually seen. Practically nothing of note or excitement happened until the third hour. At which point it almost salvaged itself. Not a bad show, but not a good one. Certainly not what you’d expect from the final stop on the road to a PPV with two Wrestlemania worthy matches.
The show opened with Kurt Angle hyping said PPV. In the midst of advertising those big No Mercy matches he was interrupted by the Intercontinental Champion, The Miz. Who started to complain about his lack of participation in the PPV only for Kurt to announce that tonight he’d find a contender for Miz’s Championship. Elias, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy and Kurt Angle’s ‘son’ Jason Jordan would compete to see who’ll face Miz this Sunday.
The Miz briefly took aim at Kurt Angle’s relationship with his ‘son’ Jason Jordan last week. After this new announcement Miz doubled down on that and accused Kurt of nepotism. With that Jason Jordan came out and suggested putting The Miz’s cronies, Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas, in the Number One Contendership match, that way Miz would have no excuses when Jordan won. Kurt agreed and set up a Six-Pack Challenge for the main event.
Last week in my review I said I hoped WWE would begin to work of Jordan’s character. This week they showed signs of doing that. By defending his father and insisting on proving himself he is developing as a character. Being Kurt’s son is effecting who he is. It is not much, but it at least gives the young talent something to work with.
The Six-Pack Challenge was the main event of the evening. A very entertaining match, and to my eye Elias stood out the most, each week he is showing more potential. Good talker, good character and very comfortable in the ring. It was Jeff Hardy though that appeared to have the match won. A Swanton Bomb on Curtis Axel seemed destined to get the victory only for The Miz himself to interfere and throw Hardy from the ring. Jason Jordan capitalised and hit his finisher (kind of an elevated neckbreaker) to get the win. Perhaps a predictable finish, but it sets up what should be a good match on Sunday. Just as predictably The Miz and his Miztourage attacked Jordan post-match. With Miz ending the attack by calling Kurt’s son a ‘bastard’.
WWE seemed to lean rather a lot on the cheap pop a swear word can elicit. A ‘sh*t’ from Roman and a ‘b*tch’ from Brock Lesnar rounded out the night’s curse-word bonanza. The swear word in Roman’s promo seemed to add little other than to paint Roman as a bad-ass. But rather made him seem like a very naughty boy! It began a promo that was perhaps Reigns’ best of the feud. And I suppose his best in general. Not that I can think of much competition.
He began by rejecting claims that he is the next John Cena – Cena who was absent tonight, by the way. Roman said that if he truly was so much like Cena he wouldn’t have a job right now. He then directly referenced Alex Riley who was supposedly dropped by WWE after Cena deemed him too similar to himself. It, once again, shows this feud as one that flirts with ‘shoot’ elements but hits just wide of the mark. We all know criticisms of Roman being like Cena aren’t based on overt physical likenesses or character similarities, but rather on booking ones. A young, handsome Babyface given the ultimate push, saturating our screens and beating our heroes.
Of course talking about this would be far too meta and would ultimately ruin the reality element of the angle. So WWE are having to skirt around the edges of what is truly so fascinating about these two going head-to-head and bring up points that sometimes feel a little forced. One such point was Roman’s use of a 2012 promo in which John Cena took aim at The Rock’s continued absences. It was a point that, at the time, divided opinion. But whatever stance you take, John Cena here is something of a hypocrite, which Roman had no hesitation in pointing out. Roman calling out Cena in this way is perhaps the most valid criticism he has made so far and rounded out his best promo. But once again it all feels a little forced and lends a feeling that this feud is a patchwork. Cobbled together ideas because they can’t truly talk about the reason why this match is so anticipated.
It is a fascinating match and I can’t wait to see how it unfolds. It is WWE’s two golden boys going one-on-one. The guys who are booked to win, win and win again. The chosen ones. Except they can’t really cut promos on that directly. So what we have is a pseudo-shoot angle that feels slightly wrong. But none the less it feels exciting. Whatever happens I sense a fantastic match coming our way on Sunday. I suspect that, assuming there are no shenanigans, Roman will get the win.
I counted six video packages last night. Among which were two to hype Asuka, one to hype Jennifer Lopez(seriously), and another to chart the courses of Brock Lesnar and Braun Strowman ahead of Sunday’s Universal Championship match.
Said Championship match was further sold to us by way of a sit down interview. Two men separately but simultaneously being interviewed by Michael Cole. Billed as ‘Braun and Brock in the Hot Seat’. Which conjured images of both men in the same seat, which sadly didn’t happen.
Paul Heyman began on behalf of Brock Lesnar, and if you have seen Heyman cut a promo before you have seen this one. Verbose, engaging, but a tad repetitive at this point it has to be said. The most notable aspect of this segment was perhaps that Braun seemed so comfortable with the talking aspect of things. We know he is a fantastic act in ring, and a larger-than-life presence, but it is his talking that is most surprising. It has improved every time he’s been called upon. Like his physical abilities his promos are simple, to-the-point, and hard-hitting. He’s the Monster Among Men in every way.
Do you remember that feeling when the glass would smash and Stone Cold would come marching to the ring? Would it be too much to say that the ‘BRAAAAUUUUNN’ in Strowman’s theme is beginning to prick up the ears in the same way? Last night he appeared unannounced during an Enzo promo and utterly destroyed the Cruiserweight Championship number one contender. A mammoth chokeslam, a powerslam, then a departure. It certainly brings back those Steve Austin memories.
One of the six video packages of the night aired in the third hour. And it was a heartfelt and moving tribute to the beloved manager and colour-commentator, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan. A man whose voice narrated so many of my earliest memories of WWF. His voice and his presence added to the intoxicating blend of ridiculousness that was WWF in the early 90s; the product that is the reason I am sat here now writing about wrestling. Truly a one-off who left an indelible mark on the world of professional wrestling, enhancing the exploits of superstars who owe a debt for how he he connected us to them. I could list my memories of Heenan, but it would take the whole review. Instead I would just say thank you. Thank you, Bobby. Rest in Peace.
Elsewhere on Raw
The opening match of the night saw Alexa Bliss go up against Nia Jax. The match itself was hard to gauge. Rent in twain by an ad break the match was not bad but also barely began at all. Alexa seemed to show a good resistance to the powerful Jax, but ultimately fell victim to a Samoan Drop that ended the match. A mid-match run in from Sasha Banks led to a post-match attack, but Nia remained dominant. That was until, in San Jose, Bayley made her hometown return. Alongside Alexa and Sasha she bought Nia to the floor. Later in the night Bayley was added to the Raw Women’s Championship match at No Mercy. She will join Alexa, Sasha, Nia and Emma to make it a fatal five-way.
Backstage Goldust came to Kurt Angle, following last weeks loss to Bray Wyatt, to request a rematch. This time not as Goldust but rather as himself; Dustin Rhodes. Saying he refused to be a pawn in Bray’s game. By doing so he made himself even more of a pawn. It was a smart continuation of Bray’s attack on Finn Balor and his reliance on the ‘demon’. I am not sure if WWE intended for it but Dustin Rhodes played right into Wyatt’s hands with this. I enjoy Bray Wyatt as a character and love to see his machinations have some success. Handled well Bray could be such an asset for WWE.
At the end of the match Finn Balor appeared on the Tron. He spoke of his history and of how invented the demon; saying that if it was the man that created the ‘demon’ then perhaps the man is the one to be feared after all. Another smart take on a slightly squandered character. It is a shame that this angle feels as if it is being hidden away. It has developed three characters nicely but will more than likely be forgotten before long.
Nia Jax pins Alexa Bliss after a Samoan Drop
Cesaro & Sheamus defeat Seth Rollins & Dean Ambrose and Gallows and Anderson
Apollo Crews gets the pinfall victory over Curt Hawkins
Bray Wyatt hits the Sister Abigail on Dustin Rhodes for the win
Neville defeats Gran Metalik via submission
Jason Jordan wins a 6-Pack Challenge