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So after a long 8 months break I finally decided to start doing this again. I’ve had a renewed passion for wrestling recently and have wanted to get back into. I’ve never stopped watching, just stopped writing and so I’ve decided to come back with a review of last night’s Monday Night Raw!

Tonight’s Raw was rather…blasé to say the least. There were some good things, but also a lot of bad things and I feel as though the bad things really weighed down the show. We kicked off the show with what we thought to be a contract signing between Cena and Lesnar, but Lesnar didn’t show as he hadn’t arrived yet and so Laurinaitis comes out to order Teddy to order Cena to leave the ring after which he attempted to carry on about his “People Power” shtick, but was cut off by a shocking, yet abundantly welcome Edge cameo and when I say welcome I mean, WELCOME. Edge had the biggest pop I’ve hear in a long while and easily the pop of the night. It’s insanse just how much more appreciate he is by the WWE crowds since his retirement. If you go back to Summerslam when he made an appearance for Christian you’ll find his pop there was equally as impressive, but I think tonight’s was louder. Anyway, Edge came to the ring and delivered a mind blowing promo. Intensity, attitude, facial expressions, emotion, authenticity; he had it all. It really makes you miss Edge even more. The man hasn’t missed a beat while we’ve been missing him a ton. It was a fantastic promo that I feel is a great addition to the development of Cena’s character as he tries to gather and regroup himself in time for Lesnar at Extreme Rules after a  heartbreaking loss at Wrestlemania. It added that sense of desparation in Cena. A really good way to start the show.

Besides Jericho/Kingston and Sheamus/Henry the in-ring action tonight was horrendus.  Jericho followed up a solid match with a very strong promo and left the scene looking good for Extreme Rules; mission accomplished. Bryan came away from reffing the Sheamus/Henry match looking very good; mission accomplished. However, that’s where the pros end and the cons begin. Cody should win come Extreme Rules, but I don’t know if it will happen. How much gas does this feud between him and Show really have? I thought their buildup to Wrestlemania was very good. Cody was putting in his best mic and promo work ever. It was really good. Show winning at ‘Mania was massively short-sighted. Sure, it gives the fans and Show a feel good moment and extends this feud onto the following PPV, but Show is 40. Cody is 26. Who really needs their Wrestlemania moment more? If Rhodes won he would have added more legitimacy to an already fantastic, record breaking pace IC title reign and would continue his white hot streak in the company as he’s been the only guy booked consistently well for any period of time besides Punk and Cena. Why kill his momentum just for him to pick the title back up at Extreme Rules IF he picks it back up at Extreme Rules? It doesn’t make sense. Then of course there are the Tag and Divas division match. The Divas are so irrelevant right now it’s insane. They didn’t even have a match last week in London and not a single fuck was given. I hadn’t even noticed until someone online pointed it out. It’s sad yet I couldn’t care less because every diva on the roster with the exception of Eve, Nattie, Beth, and to a lesser extent AJ are talentless, vanilla barbies. It’s rage inducing. Then the tag teams division; poor Epico and Primo. They should be feuding with the Usos. Assign Tamina back to managing the Usos and it’s perfect. They don’t need to cut amazing promos. Both teams are capable of putting on show stopping matches if given the time and opportunity. Let Rosa work the mic for Primo and Epico and Tamina for the Usos. She’s not the greatest talker, but she’s something. The Usos have the charisma to back her up. However, instead of that we get the comdedy team of Santino and Ryder and while both are well over with the fans, neither has a place in this match or anywhere for that matter. Ryder’s been kind of irrelebant since he was taken out by Kane and Santino has a match against Miz Sunday. Why no hype for that? Why can’t we have mid-card feuds? Where was Miz this week? Why is their match not even on PPV, but being streamed on Youtube as part of the pre-show? It’s sad.

The Jericho/Punk saga continues and I’m still enjoying the ride. Some criticize tonight’s sobriety test segment for not using the breathelizer which I can understand, but understand that Punk was faking the entire time to give Jericho a false sense of security. Using the breathelizer renders the entire segment and multiple segments prior (you know Punk showing his “gift” off the Matthews, Jericho and Riley finding Punk “drunk”, Jericho reporting to Eve and Johnny Ace of Punk’s drinking, and I can’t recall if it was Johnny Ace or Teddy ordering Punk to the ring for the test…but that too) useless and a waste of time. The segment was good though. Punk plays an okay drunk for someone who’s never been drunk before. Some of it was hard to watch, but the “drunk” talk was hilarious. “You’re not…you’re not even cool” – lmao. The real gold here is Punk’s second attemp in which he passes with flying colors and also showing of a little Ric Flair impersonation. That’s why I love Punk. It was followed by Punk beating down Jericho and chasing him out of ringside. Both men look good going into Extreme Rules and I’m still loving this feud.

Orton/Kane finally gets some substance. I thought Kane’s promo was kind of generic hooplah until after Orton rolled Bearer into the ice locker. Chilling remarks from Kane. It was furthered by Kane feining the retrieval of his father. Kane’s starting to look strong. I like it.

Then…there was Lesnar. Good God Vince keep this man off the mic. Lesnar his beyond bad on the stick. Heath Slater is more convincing and I mean that. Seriously, I MEAN THAT. He stumbled over words, repeated himself, became very redundant and boring. Lesnar has a lot of charisma when he doesn’t speak and he’s money in the ring…at least he was money in the ring. When it comes to anything athletic and having “the look” he’s your man, but without Heyman as a mouthpiece he fails miserably. Lesnar had all the credibility in the world before tonight. WWE even hyped the man like he was Rock going into Mania the entire night with video package after highlight after video package. They also outnumbered the good. Lesnar assualting Matthews was crazy. Completely caught me off guard. Lesnar was golden until he spoke tonight. I was actually dying for Cena to come out. Cena feels like Austin on the mic compared to Lesnar, but when he finally got down there, he said nothing. Cena had his trademark “lock chain” of old so maybe Edge talked some sense into him? Interesting. Anyway, the confrontation between Cena and Lesnar was intense, but it was completely underhwhelmed by Lesnar’s promo and left me feeling robbed of my time. Not like I have much else to do on a Monday Night anyway, but you get the point. The feud lost some steam tonight. This was the match I was anticipating the most going into Extreme Rules, but that now has shifted to Punk/Jericho.

Tonight’s Raw was less than average. It’s high points were high, but it’s low points were low, really low. It was a two hour show stretched into three simply for some Lesnar hype promos which were completely undone by his shit promo to close the show. If they kept this a two hour Raw and kept Lesnar from talking, it would have been a much better show, but they just stretched an already thin roster even thinner and showed us exactly why ratings suffer.

Monday Night Raw 4/23/12 – 5/10

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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.

Raw Review – 8/15/2011

Posted: August 15, 2011 in 2011

Alright so I came into this show with high hopes. All the controversy created by the WWE Title match finish at SummerSlam had me anticipating something special. Triple H opened the show addressing the bad call he made the night prior and said that he would apologize to Cena face to face later tonight which we didn’t actually see, but we saw Trips enter Cena’s locker room so I assume it went down there. He then addressed the Kevin Nash situation and told us he had sent Nash a text inviting him to Raw and Nash agreed as long as he could “tell the truth”. After Trips left we saw ADR come out and deliver a promo. Didn’t see it? It’s okay, he said the same thing a few months ago on Smackdown!. Seriously, the man is repetitive and boring. Go watch the promo. It won’t be easy I assure you, but it’s the truth.

I’m not going to really touch on the matches tonight because Raw’s matches never mean much with the exception of a main event match here and there. I will say however that Turth/Morrison was a decent watch and the finish was rather unique. Also, the commentary during the Swagger/Riley match was fucking awful. Vickie and Dolph going at with Lawler and Cole egging them, completely ignoring the match. JR tried to turn the attention to the match, but with four morons at the desk what exactly do you expect? I felt sorry for JR. Oh and the Divas’ match got more airtime tonight. I want to say it got roughly five minutes or so. The match still sucked, but I think WWE is starting to give the Divas division more airtime. Other than that, nothing too amazing happened during tonight’s matches so that’s that.

Shortly after Trips’ promo Miz cut a promo which ultimately led to a mini feud with Jared “The Subway Guy” at ringside. Miz cut an “impromptu” Subway commercial as he told us that he’d make a better spokesperson for Subway than Jared. I thought the promo was hilarious and Miz is continuing to grow and become a more well rounded talent. Eating the sandwich at the end was just a cherry on top of the sundae. 🙂

Moving on to what will have most people buzzing is the Nash/Punk promo. I won’t map out the entire thing because it was just too epic so if you haven’t seen it, check it out here…

“You wanna see the text message my little sister Shileen sent me last night?” – ROFL

Punk was absolute gold on the mic tonight. Nash set him up so well it wasn’t even funny. Some insider stuff, sure, but the crowd responded well to most of it if not all of it which made it even better. It was honestly the best part of the night and the only reason Raw was worth watching.

We had a small interaction between Punk and Steph backstage again and while it was brief and Punk didn’t really say anything, it was still good to see Steph back and I’m enjoying her appearances. Hopefully she becomes a mainstay.

Eventually we had the WWE title match between ADR and Rey and while it was a good match, the winner was obvious but the whole purpose of that match was for Cena to come out and deliver a promo on ADR calling him a scumbag, putting over Punk, and telling ADR that he would whip his ass for the title which led me to think two things.

Since when did cashing in the MITB title on a weakened opponent become a bad thing? Last I checked you earned that briefcase and it’s the smart thing to do. Cena’s “protector of the universe and live by honor and respect” gimmick is running out of material and it shows in his responses to Rock over Twitter and on TV. Secondly, WWE is really starting to let the edge in.

Between the Punk/Nash encounter and Cena’s little promo it’s dawned on me that we could be witnessing another build into a wrestling boom. Now, the chances are low maybe, but 2011 is reminding me of 1997 A LOT and while I didn’t see 1997 in full, I know how it was pretty much laid out. Started off as just another year in the New Generation Era and as time went by it slowly inched into an edgier, more adult oriented program known as the great Attitude Era. 2011 has been the same way. Started as just another year in the PG era and slowly inched it’s way into an edgier program that was really kick started by the Rock’s return. 2011 has been a great year. Returns by the likes of Austin, Rock, Nash, Booker T, Trish Stratus, and Tough Enough. CM Punk’s worked shoot promo and the “Summer of Punk” which has become the hottest storyline in years, definitely within the last five. With Rock expected at Survivor Series and other PPV events culminating at Wrestlemania 28, it wouldn’t surprise me if WWE became “TV14” again. Now, the toy deal with Mattel makes this a longshot, but with the rise of guys like the Miz, Punk, Christian, and Sheamus, we could have a very talented roster on our hands. Just end the brand extension, throw all these great talents and storylines onto on roster, and just book it properly. WWE could be great.

BUT, that’s just wishful thinking. That’s about it for this review. I know it’s a bit different than my Smackdown! review but expect that to be the norm since Raw doesn’t much else than the Punk/Cena/ADR/Trips/Nash storyline. Phew, that’s a mouthful. Plus, Fridays are just really relaxed for me. Smackdown! is just a really well booked wrestling oriented show with multiple entertaining storylines that I can just relax to while watching. Plus I’m starting to get into SyFy’s original series Haven. Don’t know why, but SciFi stuff has just always reminded me of my childhood for some odd reason so when I saw Haven, which is actually a pretty cool show, I just fell in love. That’s a story for a different day though. Hope you guys enjoyed.