If you are a fan of professional wrestling, last night’s episode of Raw was hard. Not because the show was bad, in fact, it was pretty good, and it was almost certainly because everyone on the show knew that it was going to be watched by legions of fans, so they had to perform. It was a show that deep down, everyone knew was coming, but not this soon. The main event of Monday Night Raw on February 8th, 2016 will almost certainly be remembered forever. But you, and many people, probably barely remember what happened in the three hours leading up to the finale. And that’s a shame, because there was a lot of character building done, a lot of wrestlers trying to connect to an audience that was there to see one man who connected with everyone in wrestling, and watch him say “Goodbye”.
10. A Hate-Hate Relationship
We have to be honest, part of the problem we’ve had with this back-and-forth feud between Dolph Ziggler and Kevin Owens is that Ziggler’s character was absolutely destroyed in 2015, thanks to the terrible and never-ending feud with Rusev over Lana and Summer Rae, so when he gets wins over Owens, it seems ridiculous. But Dolph Ziggler is a former World Champion, a guy who is talented as hell, and we should be a lot more psyched about him and Kevin Owens putting on increasingly better matches on a regular basis. It may not lead to a one-on-one Pay Per View match (in fact, we’re pretty sure it’s all headed towards some sort of multi-man match for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania once Dean Ambrose loses at Fastlane), but frankly, it’s doing a lot to rebuild the character of Ziggler back into a guy who isn’t a complete loser, and who could actually win matches against Kevin Owens. Sure, he cheated, but that’s consistent with his character, and also, Kevin Owens cheated first. That’s just karma, right there.