Below is a portion of Philly.com’s Raw Observations article. If you would like to read more than just the Taker related portion of the Observations, click on the source link at the bottom of this post.
From an in-ring standpoint, this week’s episode of Raw was not a good show.
Most of the matches were short and largely didn’t mean anything. The matches mostly felt like filler segments in between WWE’s attempts to further its major stories heading into WrestleMania.
However, from the standpoint of furthering its stories less than two weeks before the biggest event of the year, WWE did a pretty good job, which made this episode of Raw somewhat salvageable.
It still wasn’t a great show, especially when you consider how close we are to WrestleMania, but it served its purpose in adding chapters to some of the major stories and angles.
I do not think I’m alone in thinking that WWE should be hitting on all cylinders by this time of the year, but part of me thinks that WWE was saving its big guns for next week’s episode of Raw, which as I said earlier is the final episode before WrestleMania.
That is good news for me personally, as that show will be at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
So for the fans in Brooklyn, they received a run-of-the-mill show. Do not fret, Brooklyn faithful. We in Philadelphia were in the same position last year when the penultimate edition of Raw before WrestleMania was in our neck of the woods, and that was a lackluster effort from WWE, too.
Before I go further into my analysis, here are the full match results from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Undertaker survived the spear:
One of the stories WWE furthered Monday night was the ongoing one between The Undertaker and his WrestleMania opponent, Reigns, when the former showed up during Reigns’ match against Strowman.
The match itself between Reigns and Strowman was nothing we haven’t already seen from the two, so forgive me for not going in-depth about it.
However, just when Reigns was setting up to hit Strowman with a spear, The Undertaker’s gong went off in the Barclays Center and the lights went out. When the lights came back on, The Undertaker was standing in the middle of the ring between Reigns and Strowman.
The Undertaker took his sweet time in soaking up the crowd reaction from the Brooklyn fans before he thwarted an attack from Strowman and choke slammed him.
The Undertaker then either winced in pain or he said to himself “Oh, crap!” for making the mistake of turning his back on Reigns before he turned around and walked right into a spear.
Reigns left the ring with a sense of pride and turned around to revel in his work only to find The Undertaker back on his feet and signaling that the end was near for WWE’s next golden boy.
There wasn’t anything elaborate here and there really doesn’t need to be. The story here is simple: Reigns claims the ring as his yard proverbial yard, but the original owner of said yard, The Undertaker, isn’t quite ready to give it up yet. Thus, they clash.
I know that story doesn’t lend itself to having a ton of depth, but a story like this doesn’t really need it. Like the band KISS once said, keep it simple, stupid, and that is what WWE is doing with this story.