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RAW Dialogue 11/17: The tournament continues! Big E makes Booty-aide! Does Sheamus carry the briefcase around when he isn’t on RAW?

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    Opening with Undertaker and Kane, the Wyatt Family

    Undertaker and Kane still have that mystique. It works perfectly opposite the Wyatt Family. Bray Wyatt was able to turn Undertaker’s druids against him and that made the Wyatts that much more powerful heading into Survivor Series.

    I still think the Wyatts need to come out on top Sunday, even if it is a dirty win.

    WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

    Kevin Owens vs. Neville

    This was one of the best matches on RAW in a while.

    Between the close counts, the high-risk maneuvers and fast pace, Owens and Neville have what it takes to be contenders in the main event.

    I was shocked at Neville’s strength for a relatively small guy — not that he manhandled Owens, but he still managed to lift him with relative ease.

    Winner: Kevin Owens

    Tyler Breeze vs. R-Truth

    The sad fact of the matter is, we knew how this match was going to end when R-Truth’s music hit.

    The good news, we got to see what Breeze is all about. Hopefully he gets some meaningful feuds — he has a gimmick that’s similar to Fandango, but it works better.

    Winner: Tyler Breeze

    WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

    Dolph Ziggler vs. Dean Ambrose

    The two Internet darlings use mat wrestling, striking blows and big spots to put together a great story, and the post-match promo from Ambrose added some much-needed character to his undefined lunacy.

    Winner: Deam Ambrose

    The New Day vs. Ryback and The Usos

    The Usos getting shoved right back into the title picture after returning to a burgeoning tag division was not the right decision. Ryback getting thrown into this feud because he needs something to do is not the right decision. Having The New Day mix their unique holier-than-thou heel act with classic heel tactics is the right decision, but it couldn’t stop this match from feeling like filler despite The New Day’s amazing mic work (“when life gives you booty, you make booty-aide!” – Big E).

    Winners: The New Day

    WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

    Roman Reigns vs. Cesaro

    We all knew who was going to win this match, but that didn’t detract from it at all. Cesaro’s much-deserved but never-realized push was used to set up a Faustian bargain was equal parts smart and disparaging, but the match served to showcase the abilities of both performers. In the end, Cesaro fell to a spear. The WWE’s post-match handshake was their way of endearing Reigns to Cesaro’s fans. If WWE is dead set on putting the belt on Reigns (which I think he’s worked very hard to earn this time around), they have to find some other way to get more fans over to his side.

    Winner: Roman Reigns

    The Ascension vs. The Dudley Boyz

    I hate spelling ‘Boyz’ with a ‘z.’ Here it comes again.

    Winners: The Dudley Boyz

    WWE World Heavyweight Championship Tournament Match

    Alberto Del Rio vs. Kalisto

    It’s no surprise how this one was going to end.

    The initial surprise of Del Rio returning has wore off — the guy is boring. That, compiled with his odd pairing with Zeb Colter, has made him and the U.S. Championship irrelevant.

    Cesaro deserves his spot. Or any other of the younger guys on the roster.

    Kalisto felt out of place here. Any educated fan knew there was no way he was going to win, so why book it?

    Winner: Alberto Del Rio

    WWE Divas Championship Contract Signing

    I want the record to show I support the WWE Divas revolution. But, whoever booked this to end the show before Survivor Series, one of WWE’s “Big 4” pay-per-views, needs their head examined.

    The mic work between Paige and Charlotte was mediocre. The writers had Paige use Charlotte’s deceased brother for cheap heat and that was stupid and out of line. It led to a predictable brawl to end the show.

    Why wouldn’t they end with the Roman Reigns and Cesaro match, or the Undertaker/Wyatt Family segment that opened the show?

    This was a silly ending that made no sense. I’d be willing to bet the viewer ratings will reflect that.

    We watch RAW so you don’t have to

    By Travis Kellar and Gene Axton

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