Hello Enigmatic Revolutionaries, welcome to my RAW review August 17th, 2011. To be honest, I didn’t watch RAW live because I decided to read RAW Spoilers on Saturday. The show was absolutely horrible and I figured I had better things to watch that night like the Walking Dead. Anyway, I just finished watching RAW and I must say, I don’t regret not watching as it was as bad as the spoilers stated.
First up, Interim RAW General Manager, John Laurinaitis, opened the show with a Rey Mysterio joke that was in poor taste. Scratch that, Rey is rehabbing a injury that probably ended his career and to use it to get cheap heat for Funk Man is absolutely ridiculous. Laurinaitis brings out Jim Ross and announced match that would feature Jim Ross and John Cena taking on Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole.
This segment was boring and I didn’t enjoy it at all. Like I’ve stated before, Johnny Ace promos are absolutely nauseating. On the other hand, did the WWE forget that they were in Mexico? This is the main event for the first RAW in Mexico?
Six Man Tag match: John Morrison, Randy Orton, and Sheamus vs. Christian, Mark Henry, and Cody Rhodes
The sole purpose of this match was to bury John Morrison. Yes, we do have two feuds tied into this match but why is Morrison here instead of the Big Show? Wouldn’t it have made sense considering the fact that they are feuding?
Anyway, I feel as if this #SaveJohnMorrison stuff should end considering he’s leaving the WWE. You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. And if you have any doubts, I recommend that you watch the last two months of WWE programming.
It’s not hard to ignore considering those mindless sheep in the wrestling forums wet themselves every time he loses a match.
This burial is as blatant as MVP’s a few years back.
Another Brodus Clay vignette and I’m actually interested in Brodus right now.
Alberto is complaining to Laurinaitis again. He calms down after Ace states that the winner chooses the stipulation for the WWE title match at Vengeance.
And I really don’t care.
Eve Torres vs. Natalya
This was a typical Divas match set up the establish Eve as a worthy challenger to Beth Phoenix Sunday. I don’t have any complaints but I question the spontaneous decision to put Eve in a title match. I mean, it’s not like she beat someone to earn a match at Vengeance.
But what do I know? I’m just a wrestling fan.
CM Punk vs. The Miz
This match wasn’t bad but like everything else on RAW, I was unable to get into it. Unsurprisingly, Triple H came out the steal the spotlight. He was ejected after some sort of issues with paper work. Throughout the duration of the match, I started to notice how Punk doesn’t entertain me anymore. It’s not that I’m hopping off of the Punk bandwagon but his booking as of late has been questionable and quite frankly, boring.
Obviously, CM Punk won but was immediately attacked by Awesome Truth after it was over. Quite frankly, I didn’t care for the attack and it didn’t do anything for me when it comes to hyping up the pay per view.
The highlight of the night came next when Dolph Ziggler cut his best promo yet. Unlike his recent promos, Dolph displayed a lot of emotion and got a substantial amount of heat because of it. Swagger’s recital of our national anthem was done solely for cheap heat. Thank God he didn’t have the mic for too long.
Zack Ryder interrupts and apparently, we have Ryder vs. Swagger
Zack Ryder vs. Jack Swagger
I looked away for a second and Ryder had already won the match with a Rough Ryder. Thing is, I looked down and Mason Ryan was already on his way to the ring with one of the ugliest haircuts I’ve ever seen. Personally, I would admire the WWE if they wouldn’t allow Ryan to touch a microphone.
Ryan orders Dolph to return to the ring as they have match.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Mason Ryan
The match was pretty boring and caused a little drowsiness. Ryan gets disqualified after attacking Ziggler after the count of five. Vinnie Mac’s latest love machine dominates Swagger and Dolph after the match was over.
Jimmy Ross is backstage confiding in John Cena. After some words of enthusiasm from Cena, Ross is ready to put an Oklahoma style beat down and Michael Tool.
John Cena and Jim Ross vs. Alberto Del Rio and Cody Rhodes
This was another sleep inducing matchup with Del Rio and Cena unsurprisingly working the better part of the match. Jim Ross got some revenge on Cole after forcing him to submit with the ankle lock. I didn’t care because I was still in awe of how Berto barely got a reaction in his country.
Cena thwarts an attack by Del Rio before knocking him unconscious with the steel steps.
The Face of the WWE announces that his match with Alberto Del Rio at Vengeance will be a last man standing match.
How in the blue hell is Alberto Del Rio supposed to defeat John Cena in a last man standing match? Can John Cena lose this type of match? Am I the only one who remembers the beating Alex Riley and Miz administered to Cena at Over the Limit? The Awesome Ones beat the holy hell out of Cena and he didn’t quit.
After a screw up by Riley, Cena locks Miz in the STF and he immediately quits?
It’s obvious that Cena will regain the WWE Championship or Cena will get screwed somehow.
On the other hand, when is the WWE/Vince McMahon going to realize that fans don’t give a crap about Alberto Del Rio? I know Del Rio has his fans but if you deny the fact that he didn’t get a reaction in HIS HOME COUNTRY, you should get your hearing checked.
Why doesn’t the WWE just release John Morrison already?
Dolph Ziggler was definitely the highlight of the night. Mason Ryan is still another product of the Vince McMahon bodybuilder fetish. Why isn’t Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes for the intercontinental championship? This was a great way for the WWE to bring some prestige to that title and they basically said, “Orton’s too big for the Intercontinental Championship”.
Don’t be surprised if Orton buries Rhodes Sunday.
Where was Air Boom?
Why did RAW absolutely suck this week?
This show would’ve been okay if it was two weeks before the pay per view but this was the go home show. This was the show that would sell this pay per view to fans. All this show did was force me to skip the pay per view and next week’s show.
In closing, SmackDown > RAW