John Cena looks to deliver an AA to The Miz.
Besides Michael Cole's usual annoying antics. his opening segment with Jim Ross in the "Michael Cole Challenge" was mildly entertaining, especially Ross's dance that has absolutely hilarious. Although I had small hope of Ross regaining his rightful place on commentary, it's not surprising to see Creative once again drop the ball on the quality of the announcing booth, as well as unnecessarily embarrassing J.R. with his weight issues. CM Punk's ending involvement finally exclaimed Ross as a better commentator than Ross, and choking Cole with the Anaconda Vise submission hold was well-deserved indeed.
Decent tag team match that saw Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes and Hunico defeat the team of WWE Tag Team Kofi Kingston and Sin Cara. Rhodes's new music and look for that matter certainly has me impressed, as his gimmick with the mask certainly ran its course. After picking up the pin-fall victory in this contest, there's no doubt in my mind that the Intercontinental Champion can finally break out in coming months into a future World Heavyweight Champion.
Throwaway match between United States Champion Dolph Ziggler and Mason Ryan. Thankfully, the bout was only a minute and successfully hid Ryan's true weaknesses inside the ring, but the continuous losses for Ziggler are building up quickly. I'm not looking forward to his upcoming contest with Morrison over the title, who also means next to nothing at the moment. On the bright side, Ziggler's promo before the contest was nothing short of excellent, and will make a perfect replacement for Christian at Survivor Series.
Shockingly garbage segment featuring the return of Mick Foley and John Cena in a parody of "This Is Your Life". Now, I understand it was supposed to come off bad in order for the Rock to come out and put an end to it, but this served no purpose rather than to squeeze in a few cameo appearances. Unless Cean turns heel on Sunday, this an absolute wasted return for Foley while kissing up to Cena in his hometown of Boston.
Forgettable match between Jack Swagger and Sheamus. This is a confrontation I would have wanted to see a year ago when both were simultaneously World Champions, but it was too short and uninspiring to mean anything.
John Cena and Bull Buchanan reunite.
Was the point of the Kelly Kelly vs. Natalya match to hype Kelly's Maxim magazine cover appearance? Even so, this was tremendously pointless. The contest didn't even last a minute, forcing Natalya to look even weaker in the process. It astonishing, yet typical that they did nothing to hype Eve vs. Beth Phoenix for the Divas Championship at Survivor Series whatsoever.
Solid tag team match with WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio and World Heavyweight Champion Mark Henry defeating their challengers CM Punk and Big Show. Everyone was given some good spots, and the finish is exactly what it needed to get the correct people going into the pending pay-per-view with the edge. My only issue here is the fact that both World Title matches are being treated as after-thoughts on the Survivor Series card, but it's not too shocking.
Well-done promo with Kevin Nash interrupting Santino Marella, only to demolish him moment later. As said last week, Nash has significantly improved on the mic, and that was proven once again this week. Taking out a likable baby-face will get him the heat he needs going into his upcoming feud with a returning Triple H.
Disappointing match between Randy Orton and Wade Barrett, as it quickly resulted in a disqualification and was nothing compared to their awesome bout on last week's edition of SmackDown. Team Orton getting the better of Team Barrett at he conclusion of the post-match attack gives me hope the heels go over victorious on Sunday.
Fun promo to close the show with Awesome Truth confronting the controversial collation of The Rock and John Cena. They tried the best they could to get people excited about the main event tag team match on Sunday, but it was too late for this viewer. It was expected Rock and Cena would have the momentum going into the event on Sunday, but the key question here is whether they can co-exist as a team at Survivor Series.
Overall, a disappointing show that started off strong in the first hour, but quickly cooled down for the remainder of the show. Given the show's title was "Raw Gets Rocked', I would have much rather wanted to see clips of past Rocky matches to get me excited for his return to the ring. There was minimal hype for Survivor Series, and most of the action was merely filler. Hopefully, WWE can pull off something monumental on Sunday in order to change the landscape of Raw, saving us from these consecutive let-downs they call broadcasts.
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