1. Day 1 - The Return Of Pros & Cons (RAW)
My Two Centsss: Destination X Was Right On Target
By Super Chrisss
Jul 9, 2012 - 1:12:55 PM
2. Day 2 - Impact Thoughts & Destination X Predictions
3. Day 3 - Destination X Was Right On Target
PRO: It's the clusterfuck of all clusterfucks!!! (Hi Hustle)
What happens when you get six superstars cutting promos in the same ring at the same time? Most often, nothing good. Although I agree with the masses who claim this was a very "odd" way to kick off the show, I liked it. John Cena's Money in the Bank promo was a good way to hype his inclusion in the WWE Championship ladder match, and I really enjoyed his interaction with both Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. In my mind, Cena has to be a favourite to win the contract because I can almost taste a huge Cena vs. Punk or even Cena vs. Bryan world title match at SummerSlam. But that's a story for another day.
The rest of the segment was alright, as it gave critics a reason to care about the main-event tag team match as well as set up Big Show vs. Kane for later on. I also enjoyed Jericho bringing back his old catchphrases (shut...the hell...up!) But of course, Big Show ruined the fun by laying everyone out to end the segment. God, I hate that guy. He really should have stayed a face, or stayed fired.
CON: Is this a house show or a TV taping?
Can someone please explain to me why WWE decided to cram four of their champions into one match? I understand Tag Team Teddy is running the show, but WWE could not have formed a more mismatched heel team. Darren Young & Titus O'Neil, although improving both in-ring and character-wise, are still kind of new, and David Otunga is David Otunga. This basically left Cody Rhodes as the only star to take on two midcard champions and the tag team champions.
Not long after the commercial break, Otunga was abandoned by his teammates and forced to feel the wrath of all his opponents PLUS Brodus Clay who threw him back into the ring (which should have been a DQ, by the way). After Santino put Otunga away with The Cobra, everyone started dancing in the ring to celebrate. Not only did this feel like something you see at a live event, but when you think about it, it took five of WWE's top faces (four of which are champions) to put away David Otunga. And people wonder why WWE's midcard scene is a joke...
CON: Del Rio takes out Sin Cara
Here's another head-scratcher for you. RAW comes to us from a Spanish-heavy city of Laredo, Texas, so you'd assume WWE would take full advantage of their Latino talents to appeal to the crowd. Well, that didn't happen. Alberto Del Rio vs. Sin Cara had the potential to be a really fun match, but instead, they went with the option of Del Rio squashing Cara outside the ring and putting Del Rio over. As much as I dislike Cara, this made no sense. Del Rio is one of the few fluent Spanish-speaking wrestlers on the roster who can have a good match with Cara and WWE decide not to even bother. What's worse, a Rey Mysterio return after Del Rio was basking in glory would have made perfect sense, but it didn't happen. A complete waste of time, really. Del Rio is once again number one contender to Sheamus' world title, but again, who cares?
PRO: Paul Heyman's still got it
I've got to hand it to Paul E, the man really know how to cut a promo. Whether he's in the middle of a WWE ring, or live via satellite, Heyman always seems to bring his A-game. Mind you, his announcement was disappointing, as it was merely an announcement to set up another announcement three weeks from now, but Heyman made you care about the Brock Lesnar/Triple H feud. Hell, I'd argue that his promo last night was the best since his return a few months ago. I hope the locker-room was taking notes, as Heyman took a lot of full-timers to school last night.
PRO: Aj can do no wrong, and neither can Ziggler
Here's a riddle for you: did the mixed tag team match between Sheamus/Aj & Ziggler/Vickie get the 10pm time slot because the world champion was in the match, or because Aj was in the match? Hmmm...
I liked this contest, as it was 99% Sheamus vs. Ziggler, and as we've seen many times in the past month, that's never a bad thing. Things got interesting when Ziggler tagged Vickie into the match and she had to square off with Aj, who had no trouble putting The Cougar away with a Shining Wizard (props to Vickie for taking the shot). What's intriguing is that Ziggler can now blame Vickie for the loss and Aj got a big win under her belt. Oh, and of course we got no build to the Sheamus/Del Rio match at MitB, but that's no surprise, is it?
PRO: Slater goes out with a BANG!
I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm starting to enjoy Heath Slater's matches/interactions with WWE Legends every week. As much as I hate listening to the guy on the mic, he's an excellent jobber and plays his part well. I thought Doink the Clown was the only returning legend, and I was really surprised Slater got the win, even though it was Doink. However, I marked out when DDP's music hit and he got in the ring with Slater. The ginger none the wiser, he got taken out by a beautiful Diamond Cutter. I think DDP's return has been my favourite thus far, I wonder who will squash Slater next week?
CON: Big Show vs. Kane - make it stop!
Okay, so remember how everyone was complaining that Big Show vs. John Cena would headline No Way Out because they've faced off so many times in the past? Well, that's nothing compared to the dozens of times Show and Kane have wrestled one-on-one over the years.
Also, remember how everyone complained about Edge turning face and then heel and back in the final years of his WWE career? Well, that's nothing compared to the dozens of times both Kane and Big Show have switched sides since their WWE debuts, as it appears Kane might be going face again.
Therefore, do I really want to see a match between two guys who have wrestled lots of times in the past and cannot keep the same character? No thank you. I enjoy Kane, but Big Show needs to fuck off PERMANENTLY.
CON: No more Tensai, bring back Albert
As much as I love Tyson Kidd, can someone explain to me how Tensai goes from being on an undefeated streak (including getting wins over CM Punk and John Cena) to losing to Kidd in less than five seconds? It makes no sense whatsoever. For the second time, Tensai takes his frustrations out on his manager Sakamoto, while the crowd could not care less. To make things worse, Tensai gets his non-existent heat back by attacking Kidd during an interview backstage. Again, I'm happy Kidd is getting a push, but Tensai needs to drop this gimmick, as it's killing his career.
PRO: A main-event worth watching
Unlike the past several months of RAW, I really enjoyed last night's main-event. Not only did it feature four of WWE's top stars and best wrestlers, we also got a shocking ending, and best of all, NO BIG SHOW! Seriously, I am so glad WWE decided to switch things up by having the two future Hall of Famers in Cena and Jericho fight to the back and allow the next generation in Punk and Bryan to stay in the spotlight and close up RAW. Not only was that a nice touch, and the action great, but Aj's run-in was filled with drama. I never imagined little Aj getting a able in her hands, and the look she gave Punk right after she kissed him and before she pushed him through the table was classic. Aj has really become the best thing going in WWE today, and her involvement with the Punk/Bryan storyline has taken things to a whole new level. Just a fun and unpredictable way to end RAW, I loved it.
YouTube It: The interaction between Cena, Punk, Bryan and Jericho...Heyman's promo...Aj's Shining Wizard to Vickie...DDP laying out Slater...The main-event, from start to finish
Avoid it: The eight-man tag team match...Del Rio vs. Cara...Show vs. Kane
Grade: B- Not the best episode of RAW, but a major improvement from the last month or so. A lot of storylines are starting to click, and the positives are really starting to shine. Unfortunately, the negatives are still there, and until they go away, RAW cannot excel like it should. In general though, it's a show worth checking out.
Did You Know?
Maxine is not the only diva to quit WWE after being the first one eliminated from a RAW Battle Royal. Last year, Gail Kim would quit WWE after eliminating herself (and being the first elimination) from a diva Battle Royal before later re-joining TNA.
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