Yes! Yes! Yes! The Raw Review (#YYYTRR)
by, 10-16-2012 at 09:03 PM (5218 Views)
WWE puts forward five “key points” before every episode of Monday Night Raw, and this week I decided to keep them in mind as the show was live. This was mainly because I’ve found my blogs, like the product, have become based on one thing as of late – CM Punk’s crusade for respect and the superstars standing in the way of that. I’ve gotten bored of writing about it, and I’m sure you’re all bored of reading about it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to go through the five points like the www.wwe.com will have done by the time you read this. I’m going to comment on what I thought was a pretty good episode of Raw with them in mind.
“Feed me Punk!”
I’m only going to touch on the subject since I’ve said more than enough on it for the last few weeks, but the choice of Ryback or John Cena to face Punk at Hell in a Cell is one that I had a clear favourite in. I’m not a fan of Cena these days and his involvement in the WWE Championship picture at all is both pointless and below Cena’s level in my opinion. The fact that he has main evented for most of this year’s PPVs without the title should tell you that. For this reason I wanted Ryback.
He is extremely over with live crowds now, and I personally love the way that he dominates in the ring. It adds that ‘maybe’ factor to CM Punk’s reign that has been lost for some time since it became all about the number of days he’s held the title.
Whilst I will obviously be supporting Punk and his title reign’s continuity – I want him to reach at least a full year – it should be interesting to see Punk go against an undefeated monster inside the confines of the Cell as it seems he cannot win without ending the momentum of Ryback and making this mega push a waste of time.
Paul Heyman’s true role?
Anybody who knows the history of Paul Heyman will know that he is a smart man and he loves to create characters (see: The Rise and Fall of ECW), but more importantly he never backs down from a fight.
This is why I have to question Heyman’s sudden lack of faith in Punk’s judgment over the past two weeks. I get that Heyman’s character is effectively a rat when backed into a corner – it always has been – but Mr. McMahon doesn’t have Heyman in a corner this time and he’s crumbling with ease. I’m hoping there’s more at work here than the Heyman switch from being the Voice of the Voice of the Voiceless to being another person who crumbles at the sight of Vinny Mac.
First time ever
I actually wanted to take a short part of this week’s blog to talk about the throw together feud of Big Show and Sheamus.
I personally think the match will be a bore, but there are two things that can save it in my eyes.
Sheamus can brawl, and we’ve seen it in recent weeks. It can be entertaining to see a match which isn’t based on technical wrestling, which is what Hell in a Cell is made for.
The other reason is simple. Big Show has taken this feud as an opportunity to call out WWE on its pointless ideas. The debates and the power-off were both pointless and did nothing but give Show fuel for this storyline.
That being said, I want to see a brutal match and a Dolph Ziggler cash-in come Hell in a Cell.
In other news…
Big Show def. Daniel Bryan – This was a good opening match (I especially loved the Yes!/No! exchanges backstage beforehand), although I don’t see why Show was made to take any offence from the smaller Bryan when he’s supposed to be looking strong heading into the Cell with Sheamus.
Alberto Del Rio def. Brodus Clay – This was just a chance to give Bertie some air time and a chance to use the dwindling relevance of Brodus.
The Prime Time Players def. Team CoBro – If this match had gone the other way I would have been annoyed and surprised. I’m glad the 3MB (I like the name by the way) showed up, but Jinder Mahal looks ridiculous in leather.
Ryback def. Dolph Ziggler & David Otunga – I actually missed this match because my Sky Go cut out, but I don’t get what WWE is trying to achieve by having Ziggler lose match upon match.
Antonio Cesaro def. Justin Gabriel – This wasn’t a bad match, and I like that Cesaro is making the United States Championship mean something again.
Kane def. Matt Striker – Did you know? This match lasted longer than Big Show’s last championship reign did…
Miz TV with Kofi Kingston – I was initially against Kofi getting another chance at the Intercontinental Championship, but this was the best promo of the night and made me excited to see Miz and Kofi face off in an intense feud. I also saw the potential in a Kofi heel turn here, but maybe that’s just me?
Sheamus def. Wade Barrett via DQ – This was a good match also, and Big Show’s interference was justified.
Divas Champion Eve def. Layla – Whether or not her foot was on the rope, Layla lost by being tripped off the ropes. If you cannot kick out of that you do not deserve to win. End this storyline NOW!
The Rhodes Scholars def. Primo & Epico – I was a little annoyed that Rey Mysterio & Sin Cara weren’t able to compete in their tournament final if I’m honest. It was announced to happen by Cole at the start of the night only for him to tell us Rey was ill moments before the match was due to happen too, which was weird.
Kofi Kingston def. The Miz – This match was only supposed to serve as an appetiser for their Main Event Championship match, so I’m not surprised it ended quickly. I was impressed with the way in which Kofi won though, and I’m a Miz fan.
I said I would try to stray from my usual anti-Cena/pro-Punk routine for this week, and I think I’ve done a good job of it. Sadly WWE is still very much focussed on one feud though, so it makes it difficult to stray too much from the WWE Championship picture.
All in all, I did enjoy Raw this week. There were two or three good matches, the WWE Championship did actually get some progressive storytelling, and The Miz and Kofi Kingston surprised me by giving the best promo of the night.
Oh, and Daniel Bryan and Kane were funny again. Yes! Yes! Yes!
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