Good day fans, and welcome back to the Stock Yard. I apologize for not having this weeks edition out yesterday, but as they say….life happens.
Let’s start this week by saying this: In terms of storyline progression, this weeks episode of RAW was just awful. More meaningless matches thrown together for no real reason. And of course, the all too familiar weird John Cena promo kicked it all off.
Cena opened the show with a poor promo again. It drives me nuts to see this, because, as I’ve stated in the past, I believe Cena to be good on the mic. I think where I come to that conclusion is that he’s real, and not monotone. He knows how to use his voice, and does not seem like he’s acting. That being said, his words are dull. The same thing is spewed out of his mouth each and every week, with poor jokes that get no reaction. Did you hear that Betty White joke? It sure seemed like the live crowd didn’t. Either that, or they just didn’t find it funny. I didn’t.
Has Vicki Guerrerro lost weight again? I sure won’t say she looks good, but she looked thinner on RAW. Part of the problem with her character lately, has been that she’s lost her heel edge. She is against anything Ziggler, and therefore, makes baby face decisions as RAW managing supervisor. This week, she comes to the ring and is played by Cena as though she’s the same heel she has been. It just didn’t fit for me.
The Last Man Standing stipulation for the WWE Championship match between John Cena and Ryback is appealing, however. Cena isn’t nearly as hurt as they are making him out to be, and the match will be no different on his end than it ever is. Ryback will certainly play his limited role as a monster, and Cena will pull off the “amazing upset” despite his “injury.” Ryback…stop talking. The “Ryback Rules” line is very 1994, and all I can see is the red and yellow “HULK RULES” tee shirt.
Randy Orton competed in yet another meaningless to anything match this week, against Damien Sandow. (Was he really singing)? I thank Sandow for carrying this match, much like his partner, Cody Rhodes, did last week against Orton. Not a horrible match, and Orton showed some much needed aggression, but again, why this match? I get it. They needed to do something with Orton in order to have the sneak attack by The Big Show at the end. This sets up their Extreme Rules match, so it helps Orton. It’s just a shame that nothing is being done with Sandow and Rhodes right now.
We saw some old school Chris Jericho this week. I’ve always been a fan of his ability to change a person’s name like he does (Fan dingleberry was hysterical). And it’s always great to hear “RAW IS JERICHO!” Tons of Funk got some TV time holding up numbers. Good for them.
As I asked on my twitter, @TheStockSES (which can be accessed by this link: https://twitter.com/TheStockSES), where is Summer Rae? Fandango has returned to his original dance partner, and my eyes were not thrilled. WWE made a good point to use Summer Rae’s name last week, and it seemed as though she would be showcased as the full time dance partner for Fandango. Sad to see her missing from the show this week. Short match, obviously set up to add to the Jericho/Fandango feud. I like the Fandango walk out to end the match. Despite the Fandango singing and dancing in arena’s (which seems to be fading) Fandango needs to do heel things, and this was a step in the right direction.
Alberto Del Rio and World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler put on a nice match, and I believe they will definitely carry the Ladder Match at Extreme Rules. Jack Swagger made a nice statement the way he laid out Big E. Langston, as well as everyone else. A very nice set up to the Ladder Match, which, I believe will steal the show.
I cannot believe how much time they’re giving to this Kaitlyn secret admirer angle. I applaud WWE for finally doing something with their Diva’s Champion, but that champion should be Natalya. With any luck, this will have a good payoff, either pushing a deserving superstar as the secret admirer, or a Natalya heel turn, setting up Kaitlyn for a broken heart.
Enter The Shield. An entertaining match, no doubt, against The Uso’s and United State’s Champion, Kofi Kingston. However, I ask again, why? Other than showing more dominance by The Shield, what value did this match hold? The Uso’s are involved in nothing (put them up with Rhodes Scholars) and it looked like Kingston was going to start a feud with Big E. Langston. What happened to that? Was it just more pointless action to fill air time? It is something that would be new and fresh, and we all know that WWE is in need of that.
Antonion Cesaro vs. Zack Ryder. Two very talented superstars, being used for nothing. Air time filler match. Cesaro said that he puts the W in WWE. Which W?
WWE seems to be putting all of their eggs in the Triple H/Brock Lesnar III basket. No doubt, this match will be brutal at Extreme Rules, but I’m not impressed with a monster like Lesnar pushing around office boys and throwing things at the wall. Poor job.
AJ Lee and The Bellas vs. The Funkadactyls and Kaitlyn. Nice to see the most talented wrestler of the six divas involved, Naomi, didn’t even get into the match. Did the Bellas just turn baby face, or are they heels against a heel? Who cares?
Nothing says “The Intercontinental Title is useless,” like making it’s holder the third wheel in the Shamus/Mark Henry feud. I’m trying to wrap my mind around this. Why did The Miz win the title at the Wrestlemania 29 pre show, just to lose it the next night on RAW, so he could go film his movie? Seems like a waste. The Miz has been missed on WWE TV, and I’m looking forward to his return next week. Hopefully, he’ll take the title back soon, and make it mean something again. Side not: Nice belt whooping from Henry on Shamus.
The Kane vs. Ryback match was slow paced, as one would expect. Adding The Shield to the mix was the only way to make this mean anything, and it did a nice job adding to the Shield/Team Hell No feud, as well as the Cena/Ryback feud.
All in all, an ok show, with too many meaningless things, though not completely useless. I’m looking forward to next weeks RAW from Tulsa, OK as I will be in attendance. I’ll be posting throughout the night, live from the BOK Center on my twitter @TheStockSES. For easy access, the link right to it is https://twitter.com/TheStockSES. Be sure to follow it and let your friends know about it. For now….get out of my yard!