Mysterio Puts Orton In His Place
Who would have thought that when many of the anticipated matches of TLC wouldn’t live up to the hype, it would be this match that would offer some glimmer of hope. It was great and for one simple reason, it was something fresh and different.
Randy Orton reminded us why he is such a prolific wrestler and Rey Mysterio continues to impress the way he has all his career. This was a great match that gave nice break from all the monotony we were being subjected to until now.
The ending was sweet and this is a feud we can get behind. Orton and Mysterio have great chemistry which was lacking in Orton’s previous feuds and maybe this will give WWE a clue as to what they need to do to rescue their shows from floundering ratings.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Rating: Thumbs Up
Ronda Rousey Subdues Nia Jax
We had stated during our RAW reviews that this would be a test of Rousey’s skills as until now she has had the good fortune of facing some of the best in the women’s division.
Nia Jax is the type of wrestler who needs to be carried by her opponent and Rousey did that tonight with aplomb. If only she could develop her mic skills and introduce a bit more nuance to her persona, she would be perfect.
Rousey retained her championship which wasn’t a big surprise. This of course puts WWE in the spot as to what to do in the future. They do have a solace though as they have been screwing up regularly and one more screw-up isn’t going to be a big deal.
This match was good and we actually enjoyed it, so it gets a pass. The backstage beatdown of Nia Jax after the match at the hands of Becky Lynch felt sweet and something to be savored.
Winner and still RAW Women’s Champion: Ronda Rousey
Rating: Thumbs Up