4 Fantastic Segments From WWE Raw: April 17, 2017By Dairyll John (@Dairyll) | April 17, 2017 10:30 PM PST | Articles, WWE
The April 17, 2017 episode of WWE Raw resulted in a destroyed ring, decimated roster and all-around bedlam in Columbus, Ohio. But what are the best segments of the night? Here are my picks for the four top segments from tonight’s Monday Night Raw in no particular order.
The ring collapses during Big Show vs. Braun Strowman
In a main event that was setup due to Braun Strowman’s actions throughout the night, we saw the two gigantic men battle it out. There’s a reason why Vince McMahon is fond of big men and larger than life athletes. The reinvigorated Big Show and the agile Braun Strowman showing us that big men weren’t made for only slow matches. Throughout the entire match, we were teased of the possibility of Big Show doing a superplex on Strowman and vice versa. We finally got it in the end when Braun Strowman hurried on the middle rope to lift Big Show up his shoulders and send the giant down to the ring. I do hope the referee John Cone is fine!
Miz TV with Dean Ambrose
The Miz and Dean Ambrose showed us why they’re two of the best promos in the WWE today. In one segment, they’ve reignited their old feud and I’m still as interested as I was, if not more. Glad to see that there will be at least one championship feud on Raw.
Braun Strowman is a face?
Braun Strowman opened the show and told us how proud and happy he was for causing Roman Reigns’ injuries. The crowd loved it. There was a “Yes!” chant during Strowman’s promo, but the hard cam zoomed in on his face to blur out the crowd. Kurt Angle came out to tell Braun that it’s going to be Roman Reigns vs. Braun Strowman at Payback. Strowman asked for better competition tonight “or else,” but to no avail. He walked back to the locker room visibly upset. Whoever thought that the crowd would sympathize with the man who retired The Undertaker must be shocked right now.
Later, we also saw Goldust and R-Truth walking to the ring, but they were ambushed by Braun Strowman. Road agents came to the rescue and tended to the fallen duo after Strowman’s attack. After a short commercial break, we saw a referee tell Braun Strowman that he had to leave the premises. Strowman had other plans. This is the type of booking that Strowman needs. I thought they’d get rid of this side of Strowman because Mick Foley’s out, but I’m glad it’s the opposite.
Later in the night, we saw Strowman dragging a beaten up Kalisto. “Roman Reigns is garbage! And now you are too,” said Braun Strowman to Kalisto before shoving him into the dumpster. The (face) Big Show came to the rescue and told Braun to pick someone on someone his own size. Loved both segments and I liked how they developed to something that concludes in the night as well.
Jeff Hardy vs. Cesaro
This was Jeff Hardy’s first singles match in eight (?) years. Seems like the Charismatic Enigma didn’t miss a step. The back and forth between him and the Swiss Superman kept audience anticipating who’s going to win the match. While I’m a big supporter of the “Push Cesaro” movement, I was glad to see Jeff Hardy win a singles match with the Swanton Bomb again.
Full Raw Results
- Raw General Manager Kurt Angle confronted Braun Strowman
- Samoa Joe def. Chris Jericho
- Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson def. Enzo Amore & Big Cass
- Intercontinental Champion Dean Ambrose appeared on “Miz TV”
- TJ Perkins def. Gentleman Jack Gallagher
- Alexa Bliss def. Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Mickie James to become No. 1 contender to the Raw Women’s Championship
- Finn Bálor def. Curt Hawkins
- Raw Tag Team Champion Jeff Hardy def. Cesaro
- Big Show vs. Braun Strowman ended in a No Contest