Missed most of the show, but there were little nuggets of goodness that I did see.
Things I liked
- The end of the Funkasaurus push.
- Everything to do with Ryback. I'm a big fan of the monster gimmick when done right whether it be Goldberg, Umaga or Mark Henry.
- Sheamus and Sandow wrestling and making it look like it really hurts. Although, the double Brough Kick was a bit much.
- Ricardo Rodriguez on commmentary.
- Paul Heyman holding the belt high, Paul Heyman making appropriate faces when holding the belt, Paul Heyman telling Punk that he doesn't wrestle for free and Paul Heyman's reaction to getting tossed by AJ.
- Danial Bryan's flip in the corner.
- AJ getting down to count pinfalls, something I could watch all night.
On a side note Punk/JR could have been really good, but I don't think JR hit all his talking points and we just ended up going round and round on how Punk has to prove himself against Cena.
This was probably the smoothest night JR has had in his hometown since he's been in the WWE.
Edit: It's really Raw #1010, you know this, I know this, I just didn't type it that way.
Yep. Even though it's a natural reaction for a man to have with someone they are attracted to the obsession with Aj's shorts just got real creepy John.
Raw was Snore tonight. Way too much talking tonight. The 22 minute open (yes I timed it), the Shaemus vs. Big Show debate, and then Punk dressing down Ross. I just put the show in the background on mute. Even the crowd was asleep by the halfway through the main event.
Who knew that Big Show laying out Brodus last week would be his formal introduction to Jobberville? You know, Jobberville is crowded enough already without adding poor Brodus to the ranks.
Speaking of which, the Slater/Jinder/McIntyre stable is going to be the most pathetic one since the Corre. It's triple the jobbing power! Not to mention that Slater leading a stable calls into question whether he is, in fact, a One Man Band. (And Jesus, how pathetic do you have to be to join a stable led by Heath freakin' Slater?)
Did we go a JR Appreciation Night WITHOUT JR getting beaten up? Christmas came early this year!
God, Tensai just completely exposed Ryback out there. He has one job tonight (make Ryback look like a beast) and he couldn't even do that. Time for The E to cut their losses of this guy. Punk has a tall order ahead if he's going to make The Ryback look good.
Good to see the hot new heel tag team get beaten up single-handedly by Sheamus. That's just peachy.
If AJ's coach really was a wink-wink at CRZ, he'd have been called by his initials. Also, it would mean The E's priorities are REALLY messed up.
Despite all this, this still felt like one of the better three-hour Raws. Must be the distinct lack of John Cena.
Can anyone explain to me why they had AJ heel on Kaitlyn last night? It makes zero sense (much like everything else last night).
On a 3 hour show, they really can't give Cesaro-Clay longer than 2 minutes? I have no problem with Cesaro going over, but why make Clay look so bad in doing so?
Sheamus really is Cena Superman 2.0. Such a bad idea to have him wipe-out the brand new heel tag team who should end up winning that tournament.
So who was meant to be there to surprise JR then? They could have at least paid some kind of lip service to address that point. I do hope there's an actual plan in place and Austin WILL be coming in for Wrestlemania, otherwise Punk is wasting a lot of time in referring to a retired star.
My guess is the E has no idea where to go with Bryan-Kane now. The worst part is, they've muddied the water so badly with Bryan's position that I have no idea if he's a face or a hell any longer. The problem with that is that his proper face turn could have been huge and this pairing has totally nullified that possibility.
I am nearly 100% certain that Chistopher J. Stephenson was a dig at someone on Linda's campaign staff. It's the sort of childish nonsense I've come to expect from Vince whenever anyone implies that there's a job that could be done better. Speaking of doing jobs better, I would like them to stop making CM Punk's(HE IS A HEEL - I AM TO BOO HIM) rants seem more reasonable than his opposition. Seriously, what does he have to do to earn respect? How many times, in how many ways does he have to beat Cena before it "counts?" If the payoff for this whole thing is a line of people having to come up and call him the best in the world after he beats Cena at Hell in a Cell, then this buildup is all worth it, but I don't see that happening. Really, I didn't much care for last night's Raw. We did get forward momentum in a lot of places, but I just didn't think the show clicked, especially because I liked last week's show so much.
I will give a shout out to Rey and Sinn having duel masks that was tits. I thought they had a nice little match with Puetro Rican Express. I still don't buy AW's former team is being a threat. That stupid dance they do just drives me up a wall. Its a Billy and Chuck dance, I don't care if it came from some high and mighty University of Florida frat, its lame.
I couldn't even be bothered with the rest of the show. Sheamus/Big Show screamed Vince cashing in on real life events which means it automatically is going to suck. I guess I missed Punk saying true things and JR getting pissed on. So, I missed nothing.
The Wee Baby Sheamus.Twitter: @realjoecarfley its a bit more toned down there. A bit.
Originally posted by It's False Good to see the hot new heel tag team get beaten up single-handedly by Sheamus. That's just peachy.
But... Damien Sandow got more rub last night than any 'up and comer' has in a long, long time. He lost to the World Champ after a very lengthy (by modern WWE TV standards) and competitive match in which he got tons of offense in and was also put over by JR and Cole on commentary like he was Hulk f'n Hogan. I really don't mind a double Brogue Kick at the end of all that.
I also really appreciate (™ Daniel Bryan) how the Rhodes Scholars mentioned a couple of times last night that the fans -- the WWE Universe -- didn't name their team, they thought of it all on their own. Not only are they taking a shot at Team Hell No with that one, but they're also heeling message board nerds who really did name their team.
Really like: Mick Foley in all his incarnations Jericho (best as a face or tweener) X-Pac (SUE ME!) Raven (A man who's genuinely multi-talented and been WOEFULLY underused!) RVD Bubba Ray Dudley Like (in no real order)