WWE Monday Night Raw aired live from the North Charleston Coliseum and man was this a bad episode, lowlighted by the entire final segment, which was so awful that I’m having trouble putting it into words. Raw ended with a Roman Reigns-Sheamus showdown that began with a cringeworthy promo that included multiple references to Tater Tots and ended with Reigns looking strong once again.
And that’s not an attack on Reigns’ main event potential, rather the overly protective booking and forced push that fans continue to reject. But we’ll focus more on Reigns later in this article.
First let’s get to the supporting cast in this week’s Monday Night
Reigns Raw Power Rankings:
Honorable Mention: Everyone mentioned in this tweet: Because I miss all of you, especially after that whole Tater Tot thing.
Jack Swagger: Because not only did he get a clean victory, but I also have interest in an angle he’s involved in for the first time in years.
5. Alberto Del Rio: Del Rio continues to have momentum as both United States Champion and a key member in the League of Nations. But his biggest victory may have been getting out of the head scratching “Mexamerica” gimmick, which still makes little sense.
4. Kevin Owens: Owens was absent from last week’s edition of Raw, which he revealed this week on Twitter was due to him recovering from an illness. But he made a successful return against Dolph Ziggler in what was the best match of the night and extended through two commercial breaks. Owens continues to look like one of WWE’s top heels, even though his segment ended with him getting a comical comeuppance.
Yes, it's been a rough couple of days. Owen and I both got pretty sick but we're back home with Karina and Élodie now so we'll be ok.
— Kevin Owens (@FightOwensFight) December 2, 2015
3. Dean Ambrose: Ambrose was one of the participants in Raw’s opening segment, a 16-man tag-team elimination match as part of the victorious “Family” alongside Reigns and The Usos. Then, during Owens’ match, Ambrose was shown creepily enjoying a popcorn and soda while watching the monitor backstage:
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) December 8, 2015
The Lunatic Fringe proceeded to spoil Owens’ victory by throwing said popcorn and soda in the Intercontinental Champion’s face.
— WWE (@WWE) December 8, 2015
Score heading into Sunday’s I.C. title match: Ambrose: 1, Owens: 0.
2. Sheamus: Sheamus has officially taken over the role of cowardly heel champion who looks weak in every Raw appearance until the pay-per-view. Only, he’s not quite Seth Rollins, so this role included the cringeworthy back-and-forth with Reigns to end the show. Sheamus was the L.O.N. member who took the pin in a clean loss and was on the short end of a beatdown in the show’s closing segment. So yeah, expect a Sheamus victory on Sunday, then weeks of cowardice from the champion leading up to Royal Rumble.
1. Roman Reigns: “Roman Reigns and company” — seriously, that’s how they were addressed — were successful in the 16-man tag-team match that opened Raw with Reigns — obviously — pinning Sheamus clean. He then vowed to teach the champion a lesson, which apparently was mocking his Irish heritage by calling him a “Tater Tot,” which he repeated several times until the Charleston crowd eventually cheered it themselves.
In true heroic form, Reigns stood tall in the closing segment brawl by spearing Sheamus through a table to what seemed like a mild, yet positive reaction, meaning there were some cheers and no boos. But that won’t be the case in Boston or Philadelphia after WWE’s made it apparent that there are no signs in their “Make Roman Look Strong” plans stopping any time soon.