The entire story heading into this event is that Roman Reigns is unable to climb that proverbial ladder and grab the brass ring, in this case the WWE Championship. After having it for just over five minutes, it was Sheamus cashing in his Money in the Bank contract for an immediate title match and kicking Reigns which ended the celebrations prematurely. Can Reigns now climb the literal ladder, or will the Celtic Warrior once again prove too much for the Roman Empire?
+ Kevin Owens (c) vs Dean Ambrose (Intercontinental Championship): Fantastic match. This was very fast paced, and the two of them seemed to actually want to hurt each other, which is exactly the kind of intensity missing from most wrestling these days. And then, there is the single best heel move you could possibly have (even though it appeared to be a mistake, it just worked so damn well). This was the only match on the card not to get a video package beforehand, which was very strange
+ The New Day (c) vs Lucha Dragons vs The Usos (Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships): Holy. Shit. From the opening promo (once again delivered to perfection by The New Day) to the final bell, this was entertaining as hell. Full of high risk spots, and numerous near finishes, this was an incredibly entertaining car wreck
+ Alberto Del Rio (c) vs Jack Swagger (Chairs Match for the United States Championship): I said it in the review for Survivor Series, and I’ll say it again: Del Rio was killing it in Mexico, specifically on Lucha Underground, so his return to the status quo in WWE is saddening. This match was surprisingly good for what is usually a stupid gimmick match, and I hope this feud continues a bit longer. Swagger deserves better, with is size, skill and easy gimmick to get support from the crowd
+ Charlotte (w/ Ric Flair) vs Paige (Divas Championship): Cannot fathom why they have double-turned Paige and Charlotte. Paige was on fire as the absolute bitch of the company, and Charlotte’s entire schtick was that she was “not just Ric Flair’s daughter” and now here we are? It just rubs me the wrong way. Match was above average, but I can’t help but feel they are still saving the best for another match
+ Main event aftermath: Not technically a match, though this segment went longer than some of the matches on the show, and it was actually really good. Great character development for all involved, and it actually made me excited to see where things go from here
– Sheamus (c) vs Roman Reigns (TLC Match for the WWE Championship): Boring is not the word to describe this, but it comes close to being my thoughts – maybe I’ll just use ‘uninspired’. Two big brawlers, with all the toys around them, somehow still managed to have a standard RAW main event, with a few random table breaks. An entirely predictable ending sequence did nothing to change my utter apathy.
– Rusev (w/ Lana) vs Ryback: this was average in every way. The story told was consistent to the reunited Rusev and Lana’s attitudes, but Rusev and Ryback just didn’t mesh well
– The Wyatt Family vs The Dudley Boyz, Tommy Dreamer & Rhyno (8-Man Tag Team Tables Elimination Match): As an entertaining spot fest I guess it worked, but some incredibly stupid decisions regarding eliminations, orders and even perhaps the winners leave far too many (significantly better) what-if scenarios
> I can’t get over the disconnect between the sponsors; Toys R Us, and Kay Jewellers. Only one of them really makes sense to be partnered with Pro Wrestling…
Should you watch this event: Overall, yeah, this was well worth watching. The worse matches were short, and for the most part unimportant, and they were spread between the good nicely enough that you could just use them as a bathroom break, if you were so inclined. Give this a view.