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This is the last Raw of 2015, and after the show last week they really need to go out with a bang. 2015 has been a tough year on the WWE and their ratings. NXT's explosion, Lucha Underground breaking onto the scene, and Ring Of Honor getting a TV spot has given wrestling fans a lot more options and has shown them the different varieties that a wrestling show can have. WWE, even though they still own the business, is definitely lacking in comparison. Last week was a great example. Just about every segment, minus the main event, was simply hard to watch. Luckily, things are already looking up for this week with the announcement that Mr. McMahon will be on his second Monday Night Raw this year as he shows up after being Superman Punched by the champion Roman Reigns a few weeks ago. Will HHH be there to talk about the beating he took at TLC? Do you think that WWE can close out 2015 on a good note, or will we be starting 2016 with yet another sour taste in our mouth?
* NOTE: Live coverage will be taken over by Tony Mango for tonight, so be sure to check later on for Cayden's thoughts on the events that transpire. *
We start off Raw with Vince McMahon in the ring, calling out Roman Reigns. The crowd's behind Roman, but they eventually start chanting for Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Vince talks trash about Roman's family, which prompts Roman to put his hands on him and Vince to overact that his neck is hurt. Security comes out, but they see through the ruse and refuse to arrest Roman. Instead, Vince gets himself arrested for being belligerent.
Neville vs. Kevin Owens
RESULTS: Neville wins via pinfall almost immediately.
THOUGHTS: This ended just as it began, basically, with Neville getting a random quick roll-up out of nowhere and Owens beating him down afterward. I don't know what WWE's end game is with either of these guys, but I just hope it doesn't make Owens look bad in the long run.
After we come back from the break, Owens is still attacking Neville. Shame that security that was out earlier isn't around to arrest him, right? Out comes Dean Ambrose, though, after a good while (nice guy, making sure he finished his coffee first) to brawl with Owens. Owens eventually escapes through the crowd.
JoJo talks to Becky Lynch backstage. Becky says she's not holding any hard feelings against Charlotte for not helping her on SmackDown when Team BAD attacked her. She says she can handle things on her own.
Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks
Sasha says Brooklyn doesn't compare to Boston. Naomi calls the town a stank dump among other things.
RESULTS: Sasha Banks via submission.
THOUGHTS: Good finish to the match, but the rest of it went on a little too long and was kind of boring.
Kofi Kingston vs. Kalisto
RESULTS: Kalisto via pinfall
THOUGHTS: Fun match, but too short.
Xavier Woods is pissed that Kingston lost the match and challenges Sin Cara to a match...against Big E.
Big E vs. Sin Cara
RESULTS: Big E via pinfall
THOUGHTS: Outside of the botch, this was pretty good overall.
The Miz comes out for another edition of MizTV. Ryback interrupts to say 2016 will be the year of The Big Guy. Goldust comes out as well. Then Zack Ryder. Then R-Truth asks people to cast their vote for him for Superstar of the Year at the Slammy Awards. "My bad, this one's on me. I really need to get me one of those daily planners." Heath Slater comes out. Then Big Show, who knocks out Slater, tosses Ryder out of the ring, knocks down Goldust, and R-Truth pretends to knock himself out so Big Show doesn't do anything (but Big Show chokeslams him). That leaves Ryback, but Show tosses him out of the ring as well. He says he wants to enter the Royal Rumble as the #1 entrant.
Ryback vs. Big Show
RESULTS: Ryback via count out
THOUGHTS: So this just sort of happened after the break, and rather quickly ended with Big Show leaving, after saying he wanted to prove himself. Pointless.
Dean Ambrose & The Usos vs. The League of Nations (Sheamus, King Barrett and Rusev)
How long before Kevin Owens ruins the match for the babyfaces?
RESULTS: League of Nations via pinfall (Sheamus pins one of The Usos after a Brogue Kick)
THOUGHTS: Credit where it's due, they didn't do the obvious Owens interference like I had expected. Still, at this point in the night, I'm so unenthusiastic about Raw that---oh wait, here's Kevin Owens coming out to attack Ambrose---as I was saying, I'm bored with Raw and this wasn't as good as it could have been.
Possible highlight of the night = Kevin Owens powerbombing Dean Ambrose through the commentary table.
United States Championship: Alberto Del Rio (c) vs. John Cena
RESULTS: John Cena via disqualification
THOUGHTS: A title change would have woken me up. A DQ finish—as expected, since it happens all the time—just makes me sigh. The last episode of Raw for the year really just wasn't good.
The Usos come out to help John Cena even the odds, but they're beaten down for their efforts. Time for Roman Reigns to come out. And here he comes. And now that he's taken them out, Vince McMahon is coming out. He announces that next week, Reigns will defend his title against Sheamus in a match where Vince himself will be the special guest referee. He then repeats "happy new year" about 10 times awkwardly as the show fades out. Weird.
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