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The PEN15 Mightier - Live Raw Blog (May 12)
By PEN15
May 12, 2014 - 11:14:24 PM

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Monday Morning Thoughts


Live Raw Blog

Monday Morning Thoughts

Monday Afternoon Thoughts

Hello Wrestling Fans.

I will be keeping this short for a variety of reasons. Primarily it is due to time. I started a new job today with more responsibility, and no current computer access. That should change, so even if I do have something written from the weekend, I’ll be able to post. As for why I didn’t write this weekend, it was because I was preparing, performing, and producing the next LOP Radio program, as I joined XanMan for what should be a regular Tuesday night program with Tuesday Night Titans. That should be going up tomorrow at some point, and I hope you give it a listen and enjoy.

Once I get used to adding the radio show, and the new job into my schedule, we’ll be back to normal. Until then, my pre-Raw thoughts will most likely be quick and to the point, and hopefully I’ll find the time later in the week to bring you all more.

That, and there wasn’t much to comment on from last week, in my opinion.


From WWE.com
Even after defeating John Cena in a Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules, the diabolical Bray Wyatt continues to sermonize against the Cenation leader. As these warriors continue to vie for the very soul of the WWE Universe, what havoc awaits on Raw?
1. Where angels fear to tread
Did you really think it was over? After the eerie conclusion of last Sunday’s Steel Cage Match at Extreme Rules, Bray Wyatt wasn’t satisfied with a mere victory over John Cena — he now seeks to rule the entire WWE Universe as a god. Before The Wyatt Family was victorious over Cena and WWE Tag Team Champions The Usos on SmackDown, The Eater of Worlds issued a bone-chilling message to the 14-time World Champion: “… where we’re going, nobody ever comes back.” To what was Wyatt alluding? Perhaps on Raw, the backwoods preacher’s dark words will be illuminated.
2. Gather ye ‘Rosebuds’!
Grab your lollipops and clown wigs, because The Exotic Express is on the move! After debuting on Raw to interrupt Zeb Colter’s rant against WWE’s international Superstars, the party of “Jurassic proportions” continued on WWE Main Event, exclusively on WWE Network. There. the fun-loving newcomer and his “Rosebuds” created a distraction that earned Dolph Ziggler a victory over Colter’s Real American protégé, Jack Swagger. Will Zeb continue to be a “lemon” this week?
3. What do you believe in?
Last week on SmackDown, Triple H gave The Shield a chance to “redeem themselves” by placing all three members of the faction in singles action: Roman Reigns battled Mark Henry, Seth Rollins clashed with Batista and Dean Ambrose had his United States Championship rematch with new titleholder Sheamus. With Reigns picking up the sole victory for the trio Friday night, The Hounds of Justice were 1-2 — a disappointing statistic that no doubt brought a smile to The Game’s face.
Still reeling from two SmackDown shortfalls, The Shield likely faces new obstacles courtesy of Triple H and his Evolution allies. What does The Cerebral Assassin have in store for Rollins, Reigns & Ambrose? Moreover, is Triple H genuine when he says he wants to give The Shield the opportunity to prove their worth, or is The Game trying to break The Hounds of Justice to cement Evolution as WWE’s dominant faction?
4. Who can end Rusev’s rampage?
“Godzilla” might be opening in U.S. theaters this Friday, but it’s Rusev who’s the true behemoth to watch right now. With “The Ravishing Russian” Lana guiding his path of destruction — all in the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin — The Bulgarian Brute remains undefeated after plowing through Xavier Woods & R-Truth at Extreme Rules, and then Kofi Kingston on Raw and SmackDown. Armed with the dreaded Accolade submission hold and a deceptively varied offensive style, Rusev seems unstoppable. Will a Superstar rise to humble this juggernaut and his gorgeous-but-lethal Social Ambassador?
5. The devil you know
It’s hard to imagine that just last year, Kane and Daniel Bryan were friends and co-holders of the WWE Tag Team Championship. But that was then. Now, after their hellish collision at Extreme Rules, The Devil’s Favorite Demon has only become more dangerous in pursuit of both the WWE World Heavyweight Champion and his wife, Brie Bella. After Kane put both Bryan and Brie in jeopardy last week on Raw, will the leader of the “Yes!” Movement be ready if the masked menace strikes again?

StormDragonz Questions to Ponder

- 1 - Dean Ambrose lost his rematch against Sheamus for the U.S. Title on Smackdown. Who's most likely to challenge Sheamus for the title next?

Tune into Tuesday Night Titans to find out!

- 2 - On a scale of 0-10, with 0 meaning "Worst Feud of the Year", how would you rate the feud between John Cena & The Wyatt Family so far?

7 or 8

- 3 - Zeb Colter has recently mentioned of potentially adding a "Real American Woman" with Jack Swagger. Who could that possible be, in your opinion?

Brooke Hogan

But realistically, Summer Rae or one of the BFFs from NXT.

- 4 - Yay, nay or GTFO: Your personal opinion on Adam Rose, who made his first appearance on Monday Night RAW last week.

Not sure. The NXT version is great, so I know the potential, but the WWE debut week was disappointing.

Live Raw Discussion


That might have been the best promo we’ve ever heard from Roman Reigns, and thankfully, as much as I’ve been hard on him, that felt very much like early Nation of Domination’s version of The Rock. No, Rocky wasn’t on his way to superstardom yet, but he was merely getting started with some uncomfortable microphone time that in retrospect was the first step on the path to greatness for the Great One.

Lofty comparison for Roman Reigns, but with the blood ties he shares and the apparent expectations from WWE for the Samoan rookie, it’s also an inevitable one.

I really liked the attack on Evolution. WWE is lacking a few key ingredients from their top face stars in my opinion, and one of them is pure asskicking. Someone like Bikertaker once was, a “Shut Up and Fight” character. Too many faces spend too much time asskissing to the WWE Universe, and not enough (sometimes any) tend to just want to purely destroy opposition. The Shield represent a missing piece of the puzzle with this attitude.

Swagger vs RVD, or The Adam Rose Interruption

That was definitely a step in the right direction for WWE’s newest superstar. The problem remains that no one understands what his goals are. Sure, he likes to party all the time, but why bring that to WWE, or why confront Zeb Colter and Jack Swagger?

I understand that some debuts need to have those answers dragged out, but in this case I think it’s a necessary step needed to get him started because his entire existence is confusing without it.

Thankfully, it didn’t feel like a heel act tonight, the way last week’s segment did. This was of course due to the Colter promo that kicked everything off. The problem is still that there’s no reason to care about Rose, other than he’s a pest for a heel. There needs to be more behind his act than that.

Paige vs Alicia

Another step in the right direction for a recently debuted star! It takes more for the WWE Universe to care about someone than to just be a thorn in the side of a heel, and the Diva’s locker room is filled with characters that aren’t fully established as either fan favorites or villains, mostly because they often change direction on a weekly basis. The interview portion helped a little bit, but the biggest part was the heel antics of Alicia Fox. She made her impact with a decent promo, but an even more important beatdown. Whenever a heel is despised, it’ll make the vengeance against them all the more satisfying.

Daniel Bryan

He’ll never deliver a promo on the level of Hulk, Rock, Austin, or Cena, but he also doesn’t have the bigger than life persona that those men had. What he does contribute is reality. And he does it better than most.

Sadly, in the era of worked shoots, I’m not sure what to think of the outcome of his speech. It should be a much more serious announcement, but at the same time it feels like it’s not real. I’m not saying it’s a BS injury, but that it didn’t feel 100% authentic either. I will wait to see what happens here, but something tells me this isn’t the Edge level injury that most of that segment led us to believe.

Usos/Cena vs Wyatt Family

Tremendous booking here, and awesome match. We really should see more feuds combined into one match to save time on TV to expand on other talents who aren’t getting the same amount of exposure. Or any exposure.

Reviews seem short when all you need to say about a match was that it was awesome. It just fit perfectly into place on Raw.

Evolution Promo

Well done, short and to the point, with an unexpected attack from The Shield. That made it better than I could have predicted. Batista vs Roman later on? That’s a decently hot match, though I hope no one is expecting a classic.

Sheamus vs RybAxel

This is the type of booking to indicate that we’ll be seeing a strong push for face Sheamus. And I like it. It’s also showcasing everything Sheamus should be doing, and that exactly what I was sensing The Shield were delivering in the opening segment: pure asskicker.

Tremendous performances all around. I don’t like how it “jobbed out” Ryback and Curtis Axel, but it’s nowhere near as dangerous to their careers as what HHH used to do to guys like Brian Kendrick and Paul London. Give the team some wins next week and all will be fine.

As for the US Champion, awesome stuff for him. I’m quite interested in seeing where it goes from here for the Celtic Warrior. Tune in to Tuesday Night Titans tomorrow to find out some predictions and hopes for the new United States Champion.

Stephanie segment

Nothing too special, though I liked how they didn’t just drop the Kane angle. Real injury and leave of absence or not, work the kayfabe in there.

Dolph vs Fandango

I know, I know, I might be his only fan, but I REALLY dig Fandango, and this gimmick still has so much untapped potential.

I know, I know, that can describe so many of WWE’s midcarders, but Fandango is one of those guys who has done nothing at all, while once being on track to taking the IC belt from The Miz before an injury. Dolph is definitely underused, but he’s been champ more than a couple of times, while Fandango has not even sniffed a title.

It’s too bad there aren’t more talents to put these types of dudes over. Fandango could use the win here, but not at the expense of Ziggler. On the other hand, I could see WWE giving Dolph the victory over Fandango…

Hacksaw with obvious Rusev segment

If you’ve never watched Rusev in NXT, you know what he tends to do with wooden boards.

And to everyone who didn’t like the new direction for Rusev with the Putin references, listen to the crowd. It’s cheap heat, no doubt. But it works at a place to start.

Wow, they really went with Big E? I think it’s a great choice as a match of styles, but is Rusev also going to demolish Mark Henry next? It seems like WWE wants to see Rusev attack people with something in common with Woods, Truth, Kofi, Big E…

Damien vs Cody

Aren’t we glad they broke up this team last year? It worked out so well for everyone. Or, for Goldust.

Batista vs Roman

I didn’t expect the match to blow me away, but this ending is definitely interesting.

Final Thoughts

It all comes back to Daniel Bryan. If he is as injured as it seems, then I would have expected more development to build up the Payback card with the other feuds to make up for his absence. Instead, nothing really changed. I’m thinking this surgery is as minor as possible, but they are milking it for all its worth.

Honestly, not too strong of an episode here. Some great stuff like the 6 man tag and the Sheamus matches, but it felt like mostly filler.

And on that note, Peace out

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