Raw Review – 8/23/11

Posted: August 23, 2011 in 2011
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Okay so normally I would go through and review the show from start to finish in chronological order analyzing each match, segment, and every thing else with great detail, pretty much giving you a mental picture of how it went down. However, I’m just not really in the mood to write right now so I’m not going to go too into detail about anything that isn’t really interesting to me. If you didn’t see the show, watch it because I’m not going to be real vivid like usual. That being said, let’s get started.

The ADR/Cena/Punk/Trips segment that started the show was okay. It was basically Cena telling ADR that he was a coward and would whip his ass at NOC, Cena and Punk fighting over who got their rematch first, and Trips announcing Cena/Punk for the main event to determine who was the #1 contender for NOC. Not the best mic work by Punk, but Cena shined tonight and gave me a reason to appreciate him, a little, again.

Later on we had a match between Swagger and Riley and though I don’t care for Swagger at all and have lost my interest for Riley ever since his feud with Miz died, I found what happened during the match interesting. Ziggler came out and was arguing with Vickie about her taking on Swagger as another client and somehow he accidentally knocked Vickie over. That led to Swagger coming out of the ring and arguing with Dolph before shoving him. Of course, as soon as Swagger hit the ring once again A-Ry got him in a roll up and won. Swagger’s a joke, yes, but it seems like we could have an actual secondary storyline on Raw and motherfucking Jack Swagger is all of a sudden in the title picture. How about that?

The segment between Trips, Nash, and Punk was good. Punk, of course, got a huge ovation and crowd chants. Punk said he was a line crosser and all this other shtuff and eventually said he’s tired of talking and went to assault Nash, but Trips held him back. Punk tells HHH to get his hands off him and eventually gets into it with him. Punk jokes that Triple H keeps his cell phone and his balls in Stephanie’s purse. Out of nowhere Nash decks Punk with a right hand. Then HHH takes Nash up the ramp and to the back with anger and Punk just laughs it off in the ring as the crowd chants his name. I’ll talk more about this later.

And then after Bourne and Kofi became tag champions, Miz and R-Truth had the greatest promo of all time. If you didn’t see it…

 

Miz: “What? What? What? You sound like a bunch of ducks!” Between that, Miz “talking real slow so you can understand” part, and Truth’s freestyling at the end I was dying from laughter. Truly the highlight of the night and yes I’m saying that even with the developments in the main storyline. They really made some good points, both spoke very well, great crowd interaction and I mean GREAT, and they drew a helluva lot of heat. Canada is usually a great crowd anyway, but if these two can draw heat like that everywhere, I’ll start being more interested in them than Punk/Cena. Great promo.

Now on to Punk/Cena. Their match tonight was good. Obviously not as good as their PPV matches, but that’s to be expected. It ultimately resulted in Nash coming down to the ring and distracting Punk so Cena could hit the AA and eventually win, which he did. If you didn’t know, Trips was told by John Laurinitis that Nash had been in a car crash and Trips went to the hospital to check on him thus leaving JL in charge. As we now know, that wasn’t true and all this unfolded. Could Nash and JL be in on this together? Is Trips involved but wants to look innocent? Who knows. Cena winning tonight was predictable and honestly was for the better. They want to give ADR a nice push and Cena is the guy they’ll need to do that. Plus it allows Punk/Trips/Nash to continue which will probably go on for months and months possibly into Wrestlemania 28. It’ll be interesting to see what Punk and Trips have to say about this next week and Scott Hall was expected to return tonight, but he didn’t so he may be back next week if he does come back at all. It is just a rumor. I don’t know though, this Raw just didn’t leave me wanting more like the ones building into MITB and SS did. It seems like things have died down since SS. Maybe things will pick back up, I don’t know. But ADR assaulting Cena to end Raw just sucked. Personally, I would have liked Cena to go over Punk with some other possible interference, possibly JL, so he doesn’t look too weak and then end Raw with Trips “visiting” the hospital Nash was said to be at, but he instead gets ambushed by Nash and Hall. Kind of an Outsiders reunion to overtake Trips with the help of JL. Kind of like a reformation of the nWo. I don’t know, but it would have been better than this crap. Tell me what you thought in the comments below and remember to rate this blog. Peace out guys.

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