WWE Raw Results: Biggest Winners, Losers and Moments from March 13
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The Road to WrestleMania is upon us, and two-thirds of WWE’s legendary faction The Shield are thriving as the massive spectacular approaches.
Seth Rollins returned from injury and confronted Triple H.
A hardened Roman Reigns is showing no fear, or respect, for The Undertaker as their monumental battle draws near.
They were two of the biggest winners from the March 13 broadcast. Not every Superstar was as lucky.
There were notable losers, Superstars whose booking has been more than detrimental to their character development and career growth.
Who were they, and which Superstar joined Reigns and Rollins on the flip side of the argument?
Winner: Seth Rollins
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For the first time in his WWE career, Seth Rollins was a sympathetic babyface Monday night.
Returning from a knee injury to attack Triple H and set up their WrestleMania 33 showdown, Rollins suffered a blow to his injured joint then endured a hellishly painful Indian Death Lock that put his return to the grand stage in jeopardy.
Fans who had rooted for him to make it back in time to compete at WrestleMania felt their hearts sink as his knee was brutalized and punished by The Cerebral Assassin.
It is raw emotion the likes of which fans had not previously felt for him. Even as a babyface last fall, he was a character wholly unlikable, still whining and complaining about the betrayal he suffered at the hands of The King of Kings.
Now, he is the Kingslayer, a Superstar hellbent on avenging every wrong done to him by Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. To do so, he will have to overcome significant injury and, more importantly than ever before, he will have the fans on his side as he does so.
The audience genuinely wants to see him succeed, and that is the one crucial element that was missing from Rollins’ story before now.
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“Are we really doing this again?”
Commentator Corey Graves asked that question after the most recent airing of Emma’s “coming soon” video package, seemingly fed up with the repetitiveness of the Aussie’s comeback. There was a hint of disgust in his voice that made the question feel more legit and real than some scripted quip at the performer herself.
“Are we really doing this again?”
If anything, it is an indictment of a writing staff whose inability to come up with something for the talented in-ring performer to do is damning evidence of its incompetency to create for anyone outside of the main event scene.
With that one question, from a guy tasked with selling the product to the masses, Emma had whatever credibility she had left stripped away.
Not because of Graves’ dissatisfaction with the direction the company has taken her character but, rather, by an institution that has failed her miserably.
Winner: Dana Brooke
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Dana Brooke had long been the verbal punching bag for Charlotte, as well as the longtime champion’s trusty sidekick and the woman tasked with running interference on her behalf. Often, she saved championships and victories for the second-generation star, adding to her sparkling resume over the last two years.
Monday night, after a fairly quick loss to Sasha Banks, Brooke was once again demeaned and spoken down to by the former women’s champion.
This time, she fought back.
Brooke opened up a can of whoop-ass on Charlotte the likes of which fans were clearly not expecting. The WWE faithful in Detroit popped for her assault of the lead heel and legitimately wanted to see more of it as Charlotte scurried to the protection of the arena floor.
That is a good sign for the former fitness model, who had struggled to gain traction as the loser sidekick of the most dominant woman in WWE.
Now seemingly a babyface poised for the most significant run of her career, Brooke should benefit exponentially from working with Charlotte and using some of her power-based offense for impressive babyface comebacks.
Loser: Jinder Mahal
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Jinder Mahal is a jobber.
Don’t believe me?
Take a look at Monday’s Raw, where he became seemingly the first wrestler in the history of WWE not to be smart enough to capitalize on a distraction and score a rollup for a win.
He did not even try for a roll-up, proving his complete ineptitude.
That may sound harsh, but Mahal has not been booked in any favorable manner. Even at Fastlane, he dominated the match against Cesaro only to lose after a brief babyface comeback.
Mahal is the definition of a loser in a day and age where even Heath Slater had a recent championship run.
That should earn him permanent residency in this article until something changes.
Winner: Roman Reigns
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Roman Reigns dispatched of Jinder Mahal Monday night then called out The Undertaker for a face-to-face confrontation.
Instead, he was joined in the squared circle by Shawn Michaels.
While he showed HBK due respect, he was cocky and arrogant as he discussed his upcoming match with The Phenom. “No offense, Shawn, but he retired you. At WrestleMania, I’m gonna retire him,” he said, absolute confidence in his claim.
He dropped the mic and walked away, turning his back on Michaels in the process.
It was a display of defiance on the part of Reigns, who has been the recipient of much scrutiny since his meteoric rise in 2014.
That is the Reigns fans want to see. Not the resilient, defying-the-odds babyface in the same vein as John Cena.
More of that, less of the alternative, and Reigns may become the accepted star WWE has worked so hard to make him.