Opening up the RAW broadcast with the live Tough Enough results was a brilliant idea. The drama, and even a surprise appearance from Mr. McMahon, made the segment that much more memorable. Although I don't agree with Andy's victory or the actions that followed, I wish him the best of luck in his WWE future.
The segment that R-Truth followed with was the most humorous thing has done to date, and has got me behind him as of now. His statement was clear, and set up the main event nicely.
I was expecting an eventual match between McGillicutty and Santino, and it was a predictable win that I cared nothing for. It is somewhat sad that it seems that Santino and Kozlov are the only two to receive title shots consistently with the division being dead.
With Kharma, I guess I should started getting back used to the same old lackluster Diva matches we witnessed before her debut. I'm glad Phoenix is finally being used on RAW and hopefully she is next in line for a title shot.
Obviously, there are no doubts that CM Punk and Rey Mysterio will provide us with a solid match every time they work together. The finish was a nice play off last week, and here's hoping we see a rubber match at Capitol Punishment.
In what was probably the lowest point of the show, Alberto Del Rio's mocking of the Big Show was disappointing. I am not looking forward to this feud as it is, and the crowd simply didn't care. Hopefully this leads to Del Rio going over both Show and Kane and back on track for the WWE Championship.
I completely "marked" out when I saw Zack Ryder was about to compete against U.S. Champion Kofi Kingston, even more so when I noticed him conversing with Dolph Ziggler. The match was simple and make Ryder look like a legitimate contender, while also keeping Dolph's feud with Kingston alive on commentary.
Shockingly, Booker T competed in his first WWE singles match in five years with very little hype. His contest against Swagger showed he's hasn't changed a bit in the ring, anything to get him off commentary. Bourne's interference at the end was nicely done, even if his spin-a-roonie was horrible.
Very similar to the main event a few weeks ago, the main event didn't do that much for me. However, I was impressed with Alex Riley here and predicting he becomes a huge star in the near future. Stone Cold's interference was predictable, and the reverse decision has been over-used to the point where it's annoying.
Overall, a decent show that included some watchable action and enjoyable segments. From a hyping point of view for Capitol Punishment, they were unsuccessful in making me care about the show, leaving them some major next week during the three hour All Stars edition.
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