Monday Night Raw Recap 5/11/2015: It’s Time To Go Home

Posted in The Three Count by - May 14, 2015
Monday Night Raw Recap 5/11/2015: It’s Time To Go Home

Monday Night Raw this week was broadcast from Cincinnati, Ohio and it apparently didn’t hear that last week’s show was actually worth watching. It featured our yearly title abdication from Daniel Bryan, split up tag team action, and more Bray Wyatt shenanigans.  

Ambrose vs. J&J Security

Dean Ambrose is one of the few bright points on the main roster. He is consistently entertaining week in and week out and can carry a fantastic match. The fact that he wrestled J&J Security adds to the tension of Sunday’s match, especially since it gives them reason more than ever to come and mess with him. I can’t wait for Ambrose to get a real shot at the title as opposed to being shoehorned into the main event of the match. 

Cena vs. Neville

Following last week’s amazing match between Cena and Sami Zayn, I didn’t think it could be topped, but Neville managed to exceed last week’s open challenge. Neville is one of the most gifted wrestlers on the main roster and hopefully they can find a creative direction for him moving forward. I have no problem with him just facing random opponents and “answering the call”, but he needs a real heel to go toe-to-toe with. I’m still curious if Cena drops the title at Payback, as that seems like it will most likely be the case, and he should so he can free up himself and Rusev for bigger and better things. 

Daniel Bryan Vacates the Title

Poor Daniel Bryan. As if taking a page out of Derrick Rose’s book, Daniel Bryan is injured again for an unknown amount of time. This injury is forcing him to vacate the title again, for the second time in two years. It’s a sickening case of deja vu, and hopefully it doesn’t continue to plague him moving forward. I’m not sure if this is the end of Daniel Bryan’s career, but his last return from injury feels rushed, and looks downright stupid now that he has been injured again so quickly after coming back. 

Bray Wyatt Calls Out Ryback

Bray Wyatt has gone from calling out the Undertaker to calling out Ryback. That isn’t a knock at Ryback more of an insight on Bray Wyatt’s fall from main event status. I like Ryback and I’m glad he finally has a opponent worthy of his time, but I’m not sure why Wyatt has been paired with him other than to put him over. I’m hoping the two of them can put on a fantastic match on Sunday, and hopefully steal the show. 

Orton vs. Rollins

These two are going to be the main focus of Payback’s main event, and if this match is any indicator of the quality, it’s going to be pretty interesting. The addition of Reigns and Ambrose should hopefully make it a memorable match. Rollins is Orton circa mid-2000s and will someday take his place as one of the faces of the company. 

Raw wasn’t great, hopefully Payback will be better. I can only hope that this weekend’s pay-per-view is worth watching, as the last couple weeks save last week have been a bunch of downright snoozefests. 

Raw Rating: 2 out of 5 Vacated Titles

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