Final preparations for the big team match at WrestleMania Backlash
We’re in Greensboro, NC at Greensboro Coliseum Arena, and before the show starts we’re reminded how the last edition of SmackDown ended, and how the team championship unification battle at Backlash turned into a 3 on 3 team match that will feature the same team champions, unified world champion and potential challenger Drew McIntyre. RAW opened with the appearance of Roman Reines, accompanied by Paul Heyman and The Usos. Paul Heyman started talking. If he’s not wrong, and no Bloodline representative ever is, this is the part of the show where you have to say, “Welcome to Monday Night RAW.” Viewers at the TV screens are lucky, and visitors to the arena are even luckier, as they get a chance to touch the greatness of undisputed champion Roman Reines. “The Chief” took the microphone, listened to the not-so-satisfied audience and demanded that North Carolina recognize him. Suddenly, out of nowhere, RKBro appeared in the quadrangle, holding a RKO on Jimmy and Jay! Orton gestured something, and Drew McIntyre’s theme song played. The Scotsman is here too, and he leisurely with his sword in hand stepped up to the ring (leaving, edged weapon at ringside), setting up a battle of looks with Raines. Roman attempted a surprise attack, but McIntyre was ready, starting to strike back. The champion steered him into the corner, held a few clobbers… and Drew began to fight back again. The Usos attacked him from the back, but Orton and Riddle rushed to the Scot’s aid, and so the big tag team rivals on PLE and fought each other until Adam Pierce and the judges came running in to break it up, and the show went to commercial. Immediately after the pause, we were shown the highlights of that moment, and then the commentators promised that all 6 scuffle participants would be on SmackDown on Friday.
At its core, it was a classic version of the opening RAW, though such a “lazy” version of it. Judge for yourself. The whole opening of the show lasted about 14 minutes, with 7 minutes showing us the highlighters from the SmackDown signing and Roman Raines’ appearance, and another 3 minutes probably spent on the highlighters after the commercials. The other 4-5 minutes or so went to the “stump” of the Bloodline promo and the fight. And it all looked, especially the RKO out of nowhere little to no effect, but nothing globally this segment brings us, especially since it’s more of a foundation for the big smackdown on Smack. All in all, not bad, but some kind of useless segment.