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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

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.


Teddy Long kicked off this week’s Smackdown! introducing the new World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and announcing a 20 man over the top rope battle royal to determine the new #1 contender. I was actually surprised that Teddy made an announcement that I was excited about. Oh and Orton cut a promo as well…telling us his name was Randy Orton…exhilarating. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase came out after Orton’s promo to confront him and damn was I impressed by Cody’s mic work. He’s really coming into his own and I could see him as a top talent. If you didn’t see the promo or need a refresher here you go…(right around the 5:48 mark)

You can thank me later. His mic work is fantastic. Emotion, facial expressions, tone of voice, vocabulary, etc. For the longest time I never saw him as a main event guy, but he could be. You have to wonder though, how long can he keep this mask gimmick up until it gets stale, what will he do after that, and will it work? I don’t know, but what he’s doing now is fantastic. I’m hoping he does a program with Orton down the line. They have quite the history together so it could be interesting. Oh and Orton buried Ted…not that anyone cares, but I just find it laughable how badly Ted has been buried since his departure from Legacy.

Cody and Zeke had a match for the IC title. Hopefully that takes care of their mini feud. I really don’t want to see Cody carry every last pound of Zeke through every promo and match for weeks on end. Maybe we could see Sheamus/Rhodes starting next week. I’d love to see that. Anyways, this match was nothing to scream about, but of course Rhodes retained. I’m loving his reign already and it’s only been a week. I’m going to have fun watching him hold the title.

We then go to a Ryder/Long segment where Zack said he was going to win the battle royal and it was announced that the Undisputed WWE Champion had been invited to Smackdown!. Aksana then entered the shot and Zack walked off to leave Long and Aksana alone in the process giving Teddy a vote of confidence which made me lol. Aksana….God only knows how much I’ve adored your gimmick change. Her sexual innuendos towards Teddy which seem to be a “result of her poor English” are extremely entertaining to watch. These segments between Long and Aksana have been awesome and extremely edgy and I’m loving WWE’s move back towards more adult oriented content. Here’s the segment…(starts around 5:25 or 6:25, I can’t remember)

We then had Gabriel/Kidd which drew zero interest from me. Can’t remember the match though. Afterwards, ADR came out and did the same promo and repeated himself for the 100th time. He then issued an open challenge and Daniel Bryan came out and accepted. I didn’t watch the match as I was preoccupied, but I heard good things. I did, however, enjoy Booker owning Cole before ADR’s promo, made me lol. Starts around 3:48 or so…

We then had a tag match between Kelly Kelly/AJ and Nattie/Alicia Fox. Barring Kelly’s and Alicia’s ring work, it was an awesome match. I’m loving the push the Divas’ division is getting with more ring time. AJ and Nattie worked well together and I love seeing the Divas with actual talent get more time on TV. AJ and Kelly went over, or won if you aren’t familiar with wrestling speak, and Nattie attacked Alicia afterwards for being pinned by Kelly thus further cementing her agenda against the “barbie doll” Divas. This may lead to a face turn by Alicia, again if you have no clue what I’m saying brush up on your wrestling terms, Wikipedia is a good place to do so, but I’m not sure.

I’m reading the spoilers for this week’s show as a refresher and it says the battle royal was next, but I feel like there was something else. There were a few backstage interviews and SummerSlam Axxess promos so I guess that’s it. Anyways, the battle royal was okay. No noteworthy spots. I was pissed off Barrett didn’t win, but I expected Henry to win. Makes the most sense since he’s torn through everyone else. The thing I was most upset about was instead of the final two being Sheamus/Henry it was Sin Cara/Henry(the final four were Sheamus, Henry, Barrett, and Sin Cara). It would have made sense given their history, but of course the go with the worn out David v. Goliath bullshit. Though I suppose it was for the best. Why have Sheamus put Henry over again? He didn’t lose clean at SummerSlam and Henry didn’t eliminate him for the win during the battle royal so he hasn’t really been buried at all which is good.

So that was pretty much it. Good Smackdown!, but I didn’t appreciate the ring work with the exception of the Divas’ match which is crazy to even fathom that being the case. Though I suppose if I had watched it, Bryan/Barrett would have been cool. Looking forward to next week and that’s all that matters. Tell me what you thought of the show in the comments and I haven’t asked this yet, but subscribe to the blog if you want. I didn’t even know you could until just before writing this entry. Other than that, take it easy guys.