Where Is Brock Lesnar!? Matt Hardy Near Breaking Point | WWE Raw, May 1, 2017 Review

Where Is Brock Lesnar!? Matt Hardy Near Breaking Point | WWE Raw, May 1, 2017 Review

Matt Hardy made his clearest Broken gimmick
reference yet, The Miz, Finn Balor and Seth
Rollins had a terrific main event, and Dana
Brooke actually had some good-looking offence.
I’m Oli Davis, and this is the 1st May 2017
edition of Monday Night Raw…in -Whoah whoah
whoah, wait a second – what about Brock Lesnar’s
Universal Title?
God dammit, timer.
This isn’t the end of this.
Alexa Bliss’ Coronation
The show opened with Raw’s women’s division
standing in a horribly staged formation for
Alexa Bliss’ coronation as their new champion.
Bliss then embarked on a Miz level promo,
seamlessly going through her scripted lines
and occasionally improvising to the crowd’s
When the audience chanted for Bayley, she
snapped back – I know her name.
A scuffle ensued, which turned into all the
faces vs all the heels, as these things tend
to do.
Bliss is so good, she set up multiple feuds,
making you want to see her get beaten up by
Sasha Banks, Bayley, Mickie James and even
Nia Jax down the line.
Bliss won for the heels after raking Bayley
in the eyes.
Luke Gallows beat Enzo Amore
I’m so thankful we had the Superstar Shake
It means we get fresh match-ups like Luke
Gallows and Enzo Amore.
What Next For Seth Rollins?
After a flukey win against Samoa Joe at Payback,
Seth Rollins came out to answer Michael Cole’s
most repeated question that night: what next
for Seth Rollins?
Turns out the answer is one of those segments
where people keep interrupting each other
to say ‘no, I deserve the next Universal
championship opportunity’.
Finn Balor laid his rightful claim – he never
lost the belt, after all.
Dean Ambrose came out to say he’s the Intercontinental
And The Miz said he should be the Intercontinental
Kurt Angle made a Triple Threat match for
the show’s main event to decide the No.
1 contender for Dean Ambrose’s Intercon-WAIT,
You’ve done it again.
We were talking about the Universal Championship.
Rich Swann, Akira Tozawa & Jack Gallagher
vs Tony Nese, The Brian Kendrick & Noam Dar
No time – we’ve got to make all the ropes
Jack Gallagher, Rich Swann and Akira Tozawa
beat Tony Nese, The Brian Kendrick and Noam
Dar in a throwaway Cruiserweight six man tag.
Sheamaro Explain
Heelmaro cut an in-ring promo explaining why
they viciously turned on Matt & Jeff Hardy
the previous night at Payback, wearing some
trendy matching black bomber jackets and kilts
– a neat touch to get across they’re bad
guys now, and you should boo both of them,
not just Sheamus.
They accused the Hardys of stealing their
spotlight and being nothing more than a nostalgia
Right on cue, Matt showed he’s slowly moving
on from Team Xtreme, cutting his most Broken
gimmick promo yet and threatening to DELETE
them with his trademark-pending hand gesture.
Later on, Angle announced a tag team turmoil
match to decide the number 1 contenders next
Apollo Crews beat Heath Slater
Apollo Crews beat Heath Slater.
Titus O’Neil took a selfie.
This was fine.
Kurt Angle Update On Strowman and Reigns
Both Braun Strowman and Roman Reigns were
off TV selling their Payback injuries from
the previous night, which Kurt Angle rather
ridiculously claimed was the most physical
match he’d ever seen.
Bray Wyatt interrupted Kurt’s injury update,
saying Angle might be in control of Raw, but
Bray’s got the whole world in his hands.
Wyatt is such a good talker, and he effectively
established tension with the Raw GM here.
It’s a shame we’ve been conditioned to
see him as just talk, where he loses the majority
of his feuds.
Austin Aries beat TJ Perkins
Austin Aries beat TJ Perkins in a cracking
match, where TJ worked over the left knee,
but tapped in the end to the Last Chancery.
Perkins continued to attack Austin after the
match, furthering his weirdly sycophantic
relationship with Neville.
The Miz beat Seth Rollins & Finn Balor
As is the WWE way, after being made to look
like an absolute chump in every segment he’s
appeared in since the Superstar Shake-Up,
The Miz won a championship opportunity from
outta nowhere.
But it’s hard to complain when the match
was so good, easily one of WWE’s best television
matches of the year so far.
In a lovely piece of frantic booking, Samoa
Joe attacked Rollins and Wyatt took out Balor,
leaving The Miz to steal a victory he didn’t
Unfortunately, it does mean WWE are rehashing
a Smackdown feud from just a few months ago
with Dean Ambrose vs The Miz, but at least
the Intercontinental championship is being
prominently featured on Raw.
Oh goddammit, I forgot about the Universal
Championship again.
So that was this week’s Raw in about four
Here’s the usual ratings recap, from top
to bottom – In Awe, Cor, AVRAWGE, Poor and
I’ll reveal my rating very shortly, but
first, vote in the poll above my head to give
I’ll announce the results in tomorrow’s
WrestleTalk News.
The episode finished very strongly with two
great matches, but aside from that, it felt
like not much else happened.
There wasn’t anything actively awful, it
was just there.
So this week’s Raw is AvRAWge.
Watch my review of the surprisingly good Payback,
and Alexa Bliss has responded to reports of
her being the latest victim of private image
Click the videos to the left to find out more,
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I’ve been Oli Davis and that was wrestling.

100 thoughts on “Where Is Brock Lesnar!? Matt Hardy Near Breaking Point | WWE Raw, May 1, 2017 Review”

  1. my alternate wwe reality
    its the 2013 royal rumble, punk beats the rock and goes on to face the rock and cena in a triple threat at wm.
    instead of punk vs taker its a debuting bray wyatt vs taker and taker passes the torch to bray.

  2. I'm so pumped for Balor V Wyatt, should be a fantastic fued, hopefully they book it right and have Wyatt be in control for a while, and have Finn debut new paint at their last PPV, would be cool.

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  4. Lol, Finn and Seth get volunteered into the intercontinental title #1 contenders match with the Miz after clearly explaining that they both want the universal title. I guess we are just going to have to pretend we aren't paying attention. They could of just named Miz #1 contender and had the match anyway. I doubt anyone would of cared.

  5. Sunday was the perfect time to open up the Broken gimmick. He got his head busted open after the match…. Then he could have came to Raw as broken Matt! Why it didn't happen… I know they are still working on the issues with Impact wrestling, but it was so perfect! Plus

  6. The Raw triple threat main event was fantastic…until The Miz won it 🙁

    The Miz plays a great heel but he's a lousy excuse for a wrestler & a terrible champion, his one & mercifully only reign as WWE Champion was the absolute worst title run in the history of The WWE if not Pro Wrestling overall!!!

  7. I remember when miz was on real world with a toy belt. dude is classic. and still like what sheamus.and Cesaro are doing. they might be.the ones to kick off broken, maybe.not. i just don't want hardy vs hardy ever again.
    Brock Mia more.than Roman and now Braun. Jericho is on smackdown I'll miss him. I just tuned back in to wwe after many years. I can't stand 2 shit shows back to back night. and the.ppv. holy hell. such a flawed product.
    to long to list. thankful that Booker t is on in the Mic on raw. 1 out of 6 announces I don't want to kick the shit shot out of. I don't even know if smackdowns crew is the same or not. as far as I know Roman doesn't even know how to speak.

    the hardys brought me.here

  8. hi everyone and you to oli. y'all have one of the best wrestling shows on YouTube. Keep up the great work

  9. The Under Dog Uzumaki

    Where the hell is brock lazy lesnar this is the forth weak that he did not show up and i would have prefer if Finn Balor got to face Dean Ambrose and not start that ridiculous miz and ambrose feud again come up with something new man

  10. Angela McCafferrty

    They'll push Jeff as always and Matt can go Broken all he wants the WWE have never and will never push him like Impact did and ROH could have. I like Matt but the WWE have never seen much in him outside Jeff

  11. Wwe will put back together the shield they could not have done it before because dean was on smack down so why would they move dean to raw? When his wife is on smack down? And all of members of the shield are bby faces now it time to fix the broken shield

  12. The feud between dean and Miz was so short, why does no one want to see it continue, it was only 3 matches where the first 2 didn't even feel like a feud and a couple of segments, it felt like it was just getting started and I was pretty excited, but then it just ended.

  13. any one else laugh and replay micheal cole roasting booker T when he cut him off talking about gold dust. so fucking hilarious. his face. omg, the best

  14. I'm looking foward to the seeing Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar face to face. That will be a great reunion.

  15. I don't like Brock Lesner being WWE Universal Champion not making one appearance since WrestleMania. He is Universal Champion and at least should have defended at Payback. Makes the title not seem strong plus WWE is missing out on feuds and storylines involving the title. What should have happened was Brock Lesner got forced into showing up every week with his Universal Championship if he wanted to keep it. If not show up 1 week to 2 weeks after WrestleMania have a title match and loose. Then he can show up only at big PPV's and his time off doesn't affect anything.

  16. xXxScarKnightxXx

    Hey Oli, I was at that very same Raw and managed to get some footage of Bray Wyatt scrurring away from under the ring on the post Main event. It's pretty funny but I apologize for the bad quality because my phone been acting wonky. I tried sending it to ur email but the file is over 20MB I'll try to manage it again later today.

  17. Simply the Best

    I'm sorry they should just strip the title from Lesnar, is not like he wants to lose to some one right…..and we don't want to see him lose the title to roman.

  18. the main event MIZ, Baylor and Rollins best match this year, the interference screwed the match but will put the Miz in line for another IC reign, he is at his peak now. Cant wait to see them go at it on a big stage.  Don't tell anyone but I watched that match 4 times

  19. MIZ did deserve to go over its for the IC belt and he has really been on his game.  Carrying the show with no Universal champion in site.

  20. Raw actually made me forget that there was an actual universal title. Even with the ridiculous Balor/Rollins "I'm next. No Me" spot. With Lesnar out, now is the perfect time to push the IC title to relevance again.

  21. Bray Wyatt, love the gimmick & the way he can carry his character non stop but I HATE THE WAY WWE BOOKS HIM!

  22. Likely the WWE will simply say "part-timers are not subject to the 30-day rule" when it comes to Brock Lesnar holding the title till at least June.

  23. Devin Houghtaling

    I've had it w/this Raw – I sent them a tweet I said "You guys are absolutely PATHETIC now I'm giving you as they like to do – 1 match, 1 night, 1 chance" I said "After Dusty Rhodes you treated him like just another guy-Not that way he should have been treated so here's how we are going to this you have 1 week to get it together and don't care that the War Games were WCW-Did I ask you to bring back the Attitude Era? Dang shame but I said "Dusty invented that which has brought about a lot of other great matches that WWE fans love? Here's who should be in it (told them)" I said Last chance bring back the War Games Match on Raw and I'll keep watching Raw don't well I have almost 100 sports entertainment DVD's – I'll make it not mention SDLive whips your butts every week-You really want that for Raw?" Agree w/me or you just want to see the War Games again tweet #WarGamesonRaw to the wweuniverse or wwe twitter accounts

  24. Where the hell is Lesnar? Like i have said before, what is the hype of this muscular monkey? I mean the guy had a 9 fight mma career with one fight a no contest because he juiced. Only became ufc champion by beating an old man much older than him. Only had about 3 fights before he went for the title just because of his fame not skills because skills wise the guy can not take a punch or kick. Cain chewed him up like he was a burrito. So then he knows he can't hang in the ufc so he goes back to wwe using his sorry ass mma career to his advantage and getting paid by dumbass wwe and to his conditions. Terrible i tell you

  25. Husband Wanted
    A lonely 70-year-old widow decided that it was time to marry again. She put an ad in the local newspaper that read: "Husband wanted! Must be in my age group, must not beat me, must not run around on me and must still be good in bed. All applicants please apply in person."

    The following day, she heard the doorbell. Much to her dismay, she opened the door to see a gray-haired gentleman sitting in a wheelchair. He had no arms or legs.

    "You're not really asking me to consider you, are you?" the widow asked: "Just look at you — you have no legs!"

    The old gent smiled: "Therefore, I cannot run around on you!"

    "You don't have any arms either!" she snorted.

    Again, the old man smiled: "Therefore, I can never beat you!"

    She raised an eyebrow and asked intently: "Are you still good in bed?"

    The old man leaned back, beamed a big smile and said: "I rang the doorbell, didn't I?"

  26. they really should do an angle with micmahon and hardy after he breaks. With Vince saying that he told him and his brother before they signed contracts that he couldn't be acting like a f#!$:&_g lunatic because Vince is aloud to use the F word and Cena can say pussy cat but everyone else is on a strict crap, I'm angry, and beat you butt vocabulary diet.

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