Non-Raw notes from Hartford





Hi Guys,
Just got back from one of the best Raw's I have seen in a long time. The building was packed, and must have been a sellout. The crowd was hot almost the entire night, with the only real dead spots being the Cesaro match, the Fandango match, and the Rybaxel vs Rhodes brothers match. 
Matches tapes for Superstars were Big E over Titus O'Neil and Alberto Del Rio over R Truth.
There was big heat all night long for Triple H, and Seth Rollins. The opener was decent, and the crowd was into it. One of the biggest pops of the night surprisingly was for Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger, I've never seen Swagger get a reaction like the one he got tonight. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts.
Crowd was into the Wyatts vs Uso's and Sheamus, because they were able to keep the action going for the whole length of the match. 
Paul Heyman got heat, but once the Cesaro vs Kofi match got started, the crowd fell asleep, largely because the match was pretty dull, and they've removed a lot of Cesaro's big heat spots since they want him working as a heel now.
Nikki vs Funkadactlys was just a thing and no one cared. Same for Sandow vs Khali.
Miz surprisingly didn't get much of any reaction. Crowd wasn't really sure whether to cheer him or boo him, and once it became clear that he was working as a heel, they still didn't care. Jericho got a big reaction for his turn, although I'm not sure having the Wyatt's lay him out immediately was the right direction for the first wek of this program.
Fandango vs Ziggler and Rybaxel vs Rhodes Brothers was more filler that the crowd was dead for. 
Paige came out and actually got a lot of heat even though she really wasn't working as a heel right away. AJ got a loud reaction for her return, but the match itself was nothing, the crowd didn't really seem to care.
Strong reaction for the main event, crowd was the usual 50/50 cheers and boos that Cena always seems to get. Roman Reigns got over huge, and the crowd was into Seth Rollins cashing in the briefcase,  Ambrose got a big pop for his run in. 
The only thing that occurred after the show was Kane attempted to chokeslam Cena, but Cena reversed it into an Attitude Adjustment. 
Overall it was a great show to be at live.
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-Geoffrey Gillott