Last night’s RAW opened right where Survivor Series left off – with the tease of champion vs. champion. This segment was a great way to re-establish The Authority, Randy Orton, and John Cena. And while I question the booking direction going forward (a match “eleven years in the making” only gets a three-week build? really?), at least this feud feels like something fresh. My only gripe is that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon seem like indecisive, dimwitted heels anymore. Why are they aligned with John Cena again? More importantly, why is John Cena aligned with them?
Michael Strahan took up a lot of my screen-time last night for no apparent reason. His segment with The Miz and Titus O Neil was a giant waste of hot air. More importantly, it immediately undermined The Miz’s new heel-character when he not only poked fun at himself, but also hugged the babyface guest host after the fact. Also: why in the world can two PROFESSIONAL WRESTLERS not hip-toss one “celebrity athlete”? Way to undermine your credibility.
Seriously, is it possible for The Shield to have a bad match anymore? All three men looked great against Goldust, Cody Rhodes, and Rey Mysterio. Actually, scratch that – all six men looked great. Match of the night.
One thing I’m not too fond of is Pay-Per-View matches being repeated on RAW. You know how to make your fanbase feel stupid? Demand they pay 55 bucks for something… then give it away the next night for for free.
Another thing I’m not too fond of – or, actually, I hate it – is seeing Dolph Ziggler and Damien Sandow being pimped out for gimmick matches every week. They had an okay brawl at last week’s awful RAW Country. But another silly weapons match, complete with the announce team hamming it up, is just too much to tolerate. Both of these men deserve better. You want know why your product is hurting, WWE? Take a look at how you’re utilizing younger talent.
Also, what’s the difference in a “Hardcore Hampton’s” match, a “Broadway Brawl,” and any of the other stupid names WWE gives it’s no-dq matches these days? Dumb. Dumb dumb dumb.
It seems like I’m angry about a lot of stuff these days. For example, when I was finally starting to get in a grove with this “The Best & The Beard” tag team, WWE decided to give them drastically different storylines at the conclusion of their match last night. Punk vs The Shield? Bryan vs The Wyatts? Another Damaged Angle.
The main event was pretty much what you’d expect on any given Monday Night Raw these days. Take two guys and team ‘em up against the two guys they’re feuding with. Wash, rinse, repeat. My big takeaway from this was the direction of The Big Show’s storyline. According to WWE.COM, he was sent home today. Haven’t we had enough concussion storylines in recent weeks/months? Is this the best a major professional wrestling company has to offer anymore? Count me out.
Overall show was… okay. The Michael Strahan stuff was awful. Othwise, the matches were decent, and the storylines seemed to have some definitive direction headed towards TLC. Do I agree with the booking? Not entirely. But at least we didn’t have to put up with that midget bull again…
What did you think about last night’s show? And what can WWE do to make things better? Sound off in the comments below!