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My Two Centsss - RAW: Pros & Cons, Lots Of Cons
By Super Chrisss
Jan 15, 2013 - 6:03:49 PM
















So...on a scale from one to ten, how bad was RAW last night? If you respond with anything higher than a six, I'd love to know why. No, seriously, I want to know how you can take so many positives from such a horrible, disappointing show and give it a passing grade. Because from my perspective, not only did RAW fail to deliver on pretty much everyone's expectations, but with the Royal Rumble less than two weeks away, WWE took a few steps backward last night.


Unfortunately, this is not a Pros & Cons review of RAW. Mainly because it would be next to impossible to come up with some/any pros from last night's "epic" celebration. Other than Wade Barrett getting a clean victory over Randy Orton (despite receiving the jobber entrance of doom), an Anger Management reunion, a shockingly entertaining divas match, an excellent cage match (which I'll get to a bit later), and a decent Rock/Punk interaction, last night's show was AWFUL. Where were the huge names who helped RAW defeat Monday Night Nitro? Where were the heavily rumoured, "sparingly used" legends? Where were the hometown heroes like HBK, Undertaker, and Stone Cold? What happened, WWE?


I know I'm not the only one who feels that the show was incredibly rushed. From repeated jobber entrances to several matches that never even got started, it seemed like WWE was experiencing some terrible time management, even worse than usual. The wrestling aspect of the show definitely fell by the wayside - there's no reason the opening segment, MizTV, and The Rock concert should have gone as long as they should. Call me crazy, but I'm pretty sure a lengthy Bryan vs. Rhodes match would have been more entertaining than listening to Big Show sing another one of his lullabies.


One match that did get lots of time to work with was the "main event" between John Cena and Dolph Ziggler inside the steel cage. Now, don't get me wrong, they had another fantastic match - plenty of nearfalls, some unique spots, great chemistry, and a lively crowd added to it. But the ending ruined it, at least for me. Ziggler is now 1-3 against Cena, with his sole victory being tainted (Aj turning heel at TLC and pushing Cena off a ladder). What's worse, for the second week in a row, Ziggler unloaded his entire moveset - including interference from Big E and Aj - only for Cena to kick out every single time. Yet Ziggler was unable to kick out of one of Cena's finishers, not even one. You can insist Ziggler looked strong by hanging with Cena until the very end, but after the past two weeks, no one will believe Ziggler can defeat Cena. So when/if Ziggler cashes in Money in the Bank, he will automatically have an exposed weakness - John Cena.


It's simply shitty booking by WWE Creative, agents, or whoever else backstage puts the matches together and decides the outcome. I understand that John Cena is the Hulk Hogan of this era and Hogan rarely lost a match, especially on free television, but times have changed. Cena wrestles a hell of a lot more often than Hogan did in his prime, so you would think he could lose a match every once in a while. I'm not saying Cena should job every other week, but ask yourself this - would a Ziggler victory really have destroyed Cena's credibility as the company's hero, their top guy? OF COURSE NOT! Cena could lose every match between now and Wrestlemania and he would still look incredibly strong. Ziggler really needed a pinfall or submission victory against Cena either last night or the week before, and both times he was robbed. Complete bullshit. The track record of Money in the Bank holders being buried before they cash in sadly lives on...


Another annoying thing about RAW? Celebrating twenty years of memories via video packages - most of which aired back at RAW 1000. Yes, Bob Barker bringing The Price Is Right to RAW was awesome, and that catchphrase montage was pretty cool, but we've seen them all before. You're telling me there were no other moments to highlight? Or any other ways to recap RAW's lengthy history? It's bad enough WWE think we have the attention span of a goldfish and feel the need to constantly remind us of what happened earlier on RAW after WE JUST SAW IT, but now it feels like they're treating us as if we're either first-time viewers or complete idiots. Maybe both. Just think about what all that wasted time could have been used for instead: televised entrances, longer matches, a backstage segment with legends. Basically, anything entertaining!


I know a lot of people are wondering why Ric Flair's 'return' on RAW got such a mild crowd reaction. Well, let's face it. Flair may be a legend, but the show was in Houston, Texas. You know which legends hail from Texas? The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, Stone Cold Steve Austin. I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure the crowd would have been just a tad happier with one of their hometown heroes, not a guy who had a lengthy RAW segment not even a month ago. Just a guess, of course.


As for The Rock concert, I have mixed feelings about it. Sure, Rock's material was nothing new and he had plenty of corny jokes, but you have to give the man credit - he knows how to work a crowd. Love him or hate him, Rocky had the arena in the palm of his hand, and he showed why he's one of the most charismatic entertainers in the world today. Unfortunately, way too much time was spent dissing Vickie and Paul Heyman when the focus should have been on his Royal Rumble opponent, CM Punk. Sure, Rock got 'serious' once he was done singing, and Punk got to cut a promo of his own, but it felt extremely rushed - not the best way to hype one of the biggest Rumble matches in history. The brawl was well-done, as it looked like both guys actually wanted to kick the other's ass, but I would have preferred a much longer war of words between the two. After all, even if Rock vs. Punk doesn't live up to the hype in terms of match quality, at least we can look back months from now and remember their verbal battles. Sadly, last night's exchange was quite weak, especially when compared to their face-off the week before.


So yeah, last night's RAW can be summed up as a major letdown from pretty much every angle. The show didn't feel anything like a 'celebration', we got very little wrestling (the divas match, although surprisingly good, was one of the longest bouts of the night!), and Team Hell No vs. Team Rhodes Scholars seemed to get more hype than any other match at the upcoming Pay-Per-View, if you ask me. Definitely not the best episode of RAW, which is a shame coming off a very good show last week. I'm still excited for the Rumble, but hopefully WWE learns how to manage time more efficiently in the future (yeah right).


What do you think? Did you enjoy last night's RAW? Do you believe Ziggler and company is being booked beyond recovery? Are you still excited for the Royal Rumble?





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