For the first time in becoming a three hour show, Monday Night Raw actually delivered a pretty decent show from start to finish. There weren’t as many jobber matches, but instead pretty solid bouts and the development of a very interesting storyline.
The Flagship brand continued with the heel turn of one C.M. Punk who attacked Hall of Famer Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler in the back. After being called out for weeks by rival and Night of Champions challenger John Cena, the WWE decided that tonight it’d be Sheamus’ turn to try to lecture the champ.
In the end General Manager AJ Lee booked a bout for Champion vs. Champion as Punk would go up against Sheamus in one of two Main Events later on in the night.
Raw started the matches off with a bang as Randy Orton and Dolph Ziggler continued their feud with a very great match tonight. This fan says that the WWE is really missing out on having these two go at it with Dolph Ziggler as the champion of the Blue Brand-but as always stay tuned.
Ziggler was able to pick-up the victory on this night, but this fan is hopeful that the members of the WWE creative will allow these two to continue a feud for the title in the upcoming days.
Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara def. Cody Rhodes and Tensai: This was a pretty neat match, which is eventually building up to where Rhodes is going to find himself a tag team partner to challenge Mysterio and Sin Cara for the right to strip off their mask.
There is really only one problem with this angle, as fans have seen the whole ‘unmask the Luchador’ angle before. It really feels like a waste of time for Rhodes, who is in need of a good feud to take him to another level.
In the “it is rough being a C.M. Punk fan in Chicago” category the Champion decided to walk out on his hometown fans again, as the Straight Edge star decided that on this Labor Day that he was going to not take on Sheamus.
The company continues this angle of AJ Lee starting to lose control. For once it’d be great to have an authority figure stay sane for once. AJ is not the reason why things have been an epic failure, but instead poor booking as the last couple of shows have been filled with jobber matches.
In what was a pretty interesting match was that of Jack Swagger taking on Sheamus, as AJ had to find a replacement for Punk. This fan was personally interested to see Swagger put in this position, it felt like it was going to be a good step in the young lion’s career until…..Swagger lost the bout.
There was an interesting angle discovered in this bout as Sheamus now has a submission move to his arsenal. Whoever recommended to the Celtic Warrior to add a submission move is a brilliant person as the World Heavyweight Champion is now a more complete competitor, especially against a challenger like Alberto Del Rio.
Afterward in the back Swagger told AJ that he was going to take an extended leave on the show. Umm Jack breaking news for you bud-you haven’t been on WWE programming that much. Thus resulting in what was an extended leave. Instead of seeing the Phoenix rising again, fans are going to have to wait to see what will happen to the star.
Eve def. Kaitlyn in a pretty decent Divas’ bout. This fan for one is very interested in seeing the angle the company has for Eve, who is either genuinely turning into a face-or is pretending to be one. As for the women’s division, it is nice to see the ladies get some good quality wrestling time on television. Here is hoping that trend continues.
In the segments that were a waste of time to fans, Ryback defeated Jinder Mahal and the continued Anger Management segments between Daniel Bryan and Kane. The jobber matches weren’t too long, which for once was a nice breath of fresh air.
There was also a quickie bout between Heath Slater and Zack Ryder.
In the: stars to watch for department: Antonio Cesaro is definitely going to be one young lion to watch for some time. Cesaro has a good look to him and it is interesting to see what direction the company will take him.
Alberto Del Rio def. John Cena in a Falls Count Anywhere bout: So every WWE fan in creation figured that WWE Champ C.M. Punk would return to make an impact and that he did. Punk nailed Cena in the back of the head with a swift kick and dragged Del Rio on top for the Mexican Aristocrat to earn the victory.
Here is the part where things get interesting for WWE fans, as Punk just says one word before entering into the car-respect. That part wasn’t interesting, but who the driver was-as Paul Heyman seems to have aligned himself with the Straight Edge star.
It will be interesting to see the angle that the company will take with Punk and Heyman. This fan is very excited to see these two together. If done correctly it can be what is needed to help take the WWE to the next level.
For once though it was nice to have a Raw that was solid from beginning to end, it’d be great to have more nights like tonight with the exception of a few segments.
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