CM Punk leaps outside the ring to attack Daniel Bryan.
Decent promo to kick off the show featuring John Cena, John Laurinaitis, and Michael Cole. Cena's rebuttal to Big Show was nicely done, but everything else didn't do much for me. Cole's heel gimmick jumped the shark a year ago, so it seemed pointless to rekindle that for no reason. I'm not sure if the Cena vs. Cole main event hook was supposed to keep viewers tuned in, since it wasn't all that intriguing of an announcement either. Not the best way to start an edition of Raw to say the least.
Good match between World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. Sure, we already saw this on SmackDown only a few days prior, but this was able to show the world (no pun intended) what these two are really made of. I'm still stumped as to why Ziggler is still with Vickie Guerrero at this point, but at least Jack Swagger wasn't at ringside. Ziggler desperately needs the push he so rightfully deserves, but he looked strong in defeat here. Alberto Del Rio's attack on Sheamus following the bout made him look more aggressive than ever before.
Fine match between Sin Cara and Hunico. I'm glad they're expanding Sin Cara back to Monday nights where he can be re-exposed to the Raw audience, and even gladder that his old rival Hunico was his opponent. Hunico was able to get in some offense and mesh nicely with Sin Cara's style, mostly since they're very similar in the ring. Sin Cara was certainly impressive here as I didn't notice any obvious botches, which is somewhat shocking given the fact this was live television.
Typical squash match from Ryback yet again. While he is doing the same thing he's been doing for weeks by facing two opponents at the same time, his sheer power never ceases to amaze me. The live audience seemed to be impressed as well, but it's time to put Ryback in a legitimate feud where he can really shine.
CM Punk delivers a flying elbow to Kane from the top rope.
Fine segment to kick off the show featuring World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, David Otunga, and Alberto Del Rio. Everyone here played their parts well, but the show almost always kicks off in the same. It needs a newer change of pace that makes the overall broadcast feels fresh.
Good return for Sin Cara with his victory over Heath Slater. I didn't notice any obvious botches in his moveset and seemed much more smoother. Slater sold well and put over Sin Cara nicely. Hopefully, they take it slow with Cara and continue to build him back up to an important status.
Impressive showing from Damien Sandow by defeating Ezekiel Jackson in under a minute. Granted, Jackson hasn't meant anything in ages, but he's still an intimidating force nonetheless and having Sandow dominate him made Sandow look strong. I'm loving everything Sandow is doing at the moment, as he could really be a valuable player in WWE if built up correctly.
Strong match between World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler. Ziggler was able to get in tons of offense, and looked very credible in defeat. After walking out on Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero this past Monday night on Raw, I was a bit surprised to still see them involved in his match, but it might be a slow break-up. Regardless, Ziggler sold like a champ per usual for the Celtic Warrior and made his moves look ten times more vicious. I would have loved to see Ziggler pick up a victory to regain some momentum, but this was a great showing against the World Champion.
Typical squash match from Ryback yet again. We saw him dominate two local athletes last week, so this week was much of the same. However, I'll never grow tired of seeing him execute his finisher on two people like that. An astonishing sight to say the least. Anyways, he needs to move into a real feud soon or risk being lost in the shuffle on the blue brand.
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