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5 Best Raw Moments 5/9/16: Ric Flair Is A Velociraptor

Hey, I didn’t regret staying up to watch and write about Raw! I always write the intros last and this week I feel like I’ve viewed some entertaining plot developments and matches from WWE’s flagship show. So here’s my attempt to countdown the 5 best moments from it. It’s a positive article and this was a week where being positive wasn’t too hard.

Before starting, I’ll mention Sami Zayn beating The Miz to get into the IC Title multi-man match as an honorable mention from the night. Trying to stick to a theme of only 5 points will occasionally mean that good stuff gets left out and Sami’s win was definitely good stuff. Now on to the list…

5. An Era Not Kind To New Day

Before their match against The Dudleyz, New Day delivered a clever as usual promo for the Nebraska audience. They recited their usual crowd-favorites, tried to figure out the correct pronunciation of The Vaudevillians, and even sang a beautiful booty-o’s themed rendition of a song from Disney’s Aladdin. However, the real jaw dropper was when Xavier woods talked about a bygone that was not too kind to people like them.

Wait, what?

Obviously, they wanted you to think about times of racial strife in America, but what they were really talking about was a pre-smart phone time in this country. Funny swerve, guys. New Day went on to lose their match against The Dudley’s due to distraction interference by The Vaudevillians.

4. Welcome To Raw, Dana Brooke

THE Total Diva, Dana Brooke, joined her NXT buddy Emma on Raw when she blindsided Becky Lynch during an interview segment. Dana Brooke and Emma were last palling around together as they tried to take out Asuka, but failed. That’s okay though, because they both wrestled some pretty awesome matches against the now-NXT Women’s Champion.

They’ve regrouped and reconnected on the main roster, now with Becky Lynch as their target. Becky was laid out by the two devious ladies on this encounter and I’m looking forward to when she eventually gets her revenge. Will the lass recruit a friend of her own to join in the fight? Sasha hasn’t been doing too much since WrestleMania, hint hint.

3. Ambrose Gets Revenge For Mitch (Not Me)

I was expecting Dean Ambrose to get some sort of revenge for the destruction of his favorite ficus last week. What I didn’t expect was a main event attack during Chris Jericho’s entrance along with a light up jacket shred party. Dean ripping the thing to smithereens and Chris pouting about the loss was the final images of the broadcast, so the show ended on a ‘win’ for a babyface.

As an addendum to this point, I also have been liking the shine that Colin Cassady has been getting. He interrupted Jericho in the opening segment and gave him a boot to setup this match. Even though the bell never rang, he still was booked for the main event of Raw and had a role in this final segment. He’s a fresh face with loads of potential who’s getting some opportunity, which is a very good thing.

2. Ric Flair Gets Escorted Away From Ringside

Just like in her upcoming match against Natalya at Extreme Rules, Charlotte’s father was banned from ringside on Raw. He observed his ringside shun like a good boy – that is, until Natalya started sticking her nose into the match between Paige and the WWE Women’s Champion.

Ric nobly came out to keep order outside of the ring, but then Shane McMahon and a team of officials came out to put a stop to The Nature Boy. It was at this point that Ric reconnected with his inner velociraptor, and everyone knew to keep their distance. Come to think of it, Shane was dressed strikingly similar to Chris Pratt in the most recent Jurassic Park movie during this segment. Was the way this played out planned by someone with a dinosaur fetish? I’ll personally Tweet out this theory…

1. Standoff Over A Chair

The chemistry between AJ Styles and Roman Reigns is undeniable. The two have no trouble making an arena eat out of the palm of their hands and Omaha was no different. The final two competitors in their 6-Man elimination match that included The Family and The Club were predictably the two men in the main event of Extreme Rules, and they delivered with the excitement.

The best of the drama happened after the match was over. Roman was inside of the ring and AJ was on the apron, with a chair on the ground between them. Styles was ready for a Phenomenal Forearm but Roman kicked him the chair. Dude’s got cojones.

AJ kicked the chair back and demanded that he pick up the weapon, which will soon be legal in their upcoming Extreme Rules match. Reigns finally did grab the chair as Styles went to the air for a Phenomenal Forearm. Neither connected, but they didn’t need to.

Every showdown between Styles and Reigns – whether someone goes through a table or both guys simply engage in a stare down like tonight – it ends with even more anticipation for their next big match. If WWE wants to drag this feud another month after Extreme Rules, I’m down for it.

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Ric Flair Terminated Podcast Contrast

This has been quite a tumultuous week for The Nature Boy. Between an incident at airport and a harsh comment towards Natalya that needed cut out of this week’s SmackDown televised broadcast, he keeps finding himself at the center of some unfortunate news.

The most recent update in the Flair drama is that his podcast, Wooooo! Nation, is coming to an abrupt halt. The timing is suspicous, but Ric’s podcast partner, Conrad Thompson, revealed that the business decision was Flair’s…

So, Ric ended the contract and not his employer? That’s good if it’s true, but it’s still odd that the news came about during this week. Pinned at the top of Conrad’s Twitter feed is an assurance that despite the rough past few days, Ric is indeed fine.

Ric Flair is still expected to be in the corner of his daughter this Sunday at Payback. Charlotte will be defending her WWE Women’s Championship against Natalya, who will also be accompanied to the ring by her uncle, Bret Hart.

Classic Promo of the Week: D-X Parodies The Nation

(Author’s note: I’ve shifted this series over to TJRWrestling.com, the other site I write for. So I typically delay this series. On top of that, I forgot to post this last week. Oops. So expect another entry in this series in the next day or so.)

Welcome to the second edition of Classic Promo of the Week. This is the series where both the famous and infamous monologues of yesteryear get dissected for our pleasure. Wrestling nostalgia runs wild in this series, I hope you’re stoked for it.

Last week, we looked at the amusing beginnings of Triple H’s career in WCW. He was an aristocratic Frenchman named Jean Paul Levesque and a far cry from being anything close to The Game that would later be adored. This week’s promo still includes Mr. Levesque, but it comes from a much better remembered time in his career.

Thanks to a suggestion from TJR reader Strong Bad, this week’s Classic Promo is none other than the hilarious Nation of Domination parody by everyone’s favorite group of reprobates, Degeneration-X. This segment aired on the July 6th, 1998 edition of Raw. Click on the Youtube link below and relive this classic segment…

Road Dogg’s parody of D-Lo Brown still cracks me up every time. Triple H was spot on with his Rock impression as well. This was a highly entertaining era of the business that saw two wrestling icons (Triple H and The Rock) frequently verbally and physically sparring against each other along with their factions.

While most of this skit would be funny in any era of wrestling, there’s one thing I’d like to point out that might not happen outside of the wild and crazy Attitude Era…Sean Waltman in blackface.

While I’m in no way accusing Sean or the WWE of racism with this makeup choice, it’s just worth pointing out how un-PC the 1990s were at times. I don’t even remember any backlash at the time from this, but I couldn’t imagine this happening today without controversy. Plus, his “Hey, Hey, Hey…” line was hilarious.

Another funny part of this skit was the random guy who parodied Owen Hart. I remember watching this as a kid and immediately wondering who that skinny dude with the prosthetic nose was. Well, the man covered in yellow caution tap was a comedian named Jason Sensation. I don’t personally know him from any work other than this D-X parody, but apparently he had at least one other appearance in WWE mocking Owen…

Of all of the bad attempts at humor that WWE has put out of the years, this promo will be remembered as one of the times where they got it right. If you want a more in-depth look at this moment and a more complete story of Degeneration-X during the 1990s, look no further than the WWE Network. The Monday Night Wars has an episode focusing on D-X and their role during that era.

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What to do with Ric Flair?

by: Mitch Nickelson

The sixteen-time World Champion, Ric Flair, is an absolute legend in professional wrestling. He brings a presence to the squared circle like no other. He has no trouble talking in front of any crowd and could wrestle for an hour straight in his heyday.

Ric’s currently under WWE contract and has been rumored for months to make a return as a regular on-screen character. But other than a brief segment in Richmond a few weeks back that ended with John Cena handing him the World Championship belt, there’s been no Nature Boy on screen. What gives?

Well, according to the backstage news being reported by rajah.com

The Richmond edition of RAW was originally going to be the beginning of Flair’s return as a regular television character, however the creative team has yet to come up with anything for him.

Wow, so the creative at WWE cannot find anything for Ric Flair to do? That’s awfully surprising.

Rumors went around the dirt sheets recently that WWE wanted to have Flair become a manager for The Miz when he returned. At this time Flair was also pitching ideas to be a manager, but he was thinking of lending his services to one Dolph Ziggler. For whatever reason, neither of these scenarios has come to fruition.

Is it really that hard to find something for Flair to do that both he and WWE agree is a good fit? Maybe they need a little help…and help is what I plan to do!

Below are a few suggestions for the WWE to consider. If they’re simply at a creative impasse, then let me offer some ideas to spur along the process. WWE, please feel free to use any of these ideas and make sure my check is in the mail.

Referee Exclusive To The Diva’s Division

Ric Flair is a ladies’ man. It might be a little creepy in his older age but us fans of many decades still like to think of him as a “kiss-stealing ” son of gun. I don’t want to insult Paige, AJ Lee, and all of the other women who are working hard to showcase they’re in-ring abilities, but I bet the Summer Rae/Layla feud could benefit from Flair’s presence. Have him referee those two if their Fandango drama ever ends (and seriously, end it really soon) in a match of some sort. Then Flair can just keep the black and white striped shirt and continue to officiate whenever the Divas are competing. It might lead to many distracting “Woooos” during the girls’ matches, but that would at least be better than the distracting “CM Punk” chants we currently get.

Manage Roman Reigns

Okay, this one is kind of serious. Back when The Shield was intact and they were feuding with Evolution, Ric came back for one random appearance to turn his back on his former group and give an endorsement to The Shield. It was just one night and wasn’t really mentioned much after that. Now that The Shield has disbanded, it’s clear that the current main-eventer of the group, Roman Reigns, is actually the least polished performer of the three. While I do believe that Roman will find his way and be that face of the company the WWE is hoping that he’ll be, he still has a few steps before he gets there. Having a legend like Flair to follow him around for a bit will really help cover up what weaknesses Roman has, at least on the mic.

What did you think of these suggestions? Are there any winners in the mix or do you have some good suggestions of your own? Comment below or shoot me your thoughts on twitter @MitchNickelson.