A useless, unfunny opening promo from John Cena. As you can tell, he didn't show his serious side here, and it didn't real start the show off on a good note. I'm glad Barrett interrupted, as he made some pretty good points himself.
I expected so much better from Barrett and Cena when they went one-on-one, and this match was an absolute throwaway. Barrett only got in about one offensive move within the three minutes, and erased all momentum he's had for the past few weeks. Why schedule such a match when it accomplishes nothing?
Good match from Sin Cara and Daniel Bryan, but it wasn't as awesome as their premiere bout a few months ago, mostly because Hunico was portraying Sin Cara this time around. Wasn't the whole point of keeping the Sin Cara character around was to to keep his hot merchandise? How will he do it now that he's heel? Hopefully, Hunico reveals himself as the masked man and feuds with the real Sin Cara, Mistico, but this creates much confusion. In other news, Daniel Bryan loses yet again.
Not a horrible Divas tag team match, but a throwaway. It was barely two minutes, but showed how dominant the Divas of Doom truly are when they get their hands on Kelly Kelly and Eve soon. I'm not liking the idea of turning Alicia Fox face, but I guess it makes sense given the excessive amount of heel Divas at the moment.
A very strong segment from CM Punk and Triple H that showed raw emotion and furthered intrigued me for their upcoming match at Night of Champions. I do admit the contract signings in recent months are played out, but they come up with new ways to make them interesting. I'm glad they didn't leave out the forgotten Nash, and hopefully he continues to play a part in the ongoing story.
An okay match with Sheamus and The Great Khali, but I'm beyond happy Khali has brought back his old, intimating music in his entrance. Anyways, it was a bit short, but the disqualification protected Khali somewhat before being destroyed thereafter. Sure, it makes Khali and Mahal look like weaklings, but Sheamus comes off as an absolute monster.
Another awesome, exciting confrontation between Randy Orton and Christian that looks to be the conclusion when it comes to this rivalry. There were some points when I actually thought Christian might surprisingly emerge victorious, but that RKO was a great way to end it. The Mark Henry beat-down was logical, but it served its purpose in making me doubt Orton's chances as retaining his World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions.
Overall, not as great as show as I originally hoped and expected, but nothing too bad. The action was lackluster as a whole, but the only real highlight of this show was the contract signing between CM Punk and Triple H. Let's hope SmackDown can recover next week with a bit less star power that is unnecessary and continue their hot streak going into Night of Champions.
Decent opening from Triple H, CM Punk and Kevin Nash, but predictable seeing HHH almost always kicks off the show in this fashion. It set up the anticipated Punk vs. Nash match at Night of Champions, and displayed further tension between best friends Nash and Hunter. Honestly, my favorite part about this entire segment was the return of Nash's nWo music.
Very strong opening match between World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and United States Champion Dolph Ziggler. They were given excellent time, and their bout proved to be the Match of the Night. The match succeeded in getting Ziggler over big time as an in-ring threat and managed to get the U.S. some credibility as well despite it not being on the line.
John Cena's promo got better when Mark Henry made his presence known, but I don't see why Christian needed to get involved. I was hoping for a singles bout between Cena and Henry, but the tag team match was just as good, which I'll get back to towards the end of the show.
Being one of my dream matches I've been highly anticipating, the match between CM Punk and The Miz wasn't as awesome (no pun intended) as I'd hoped it be. It was pretty good as a whole, but I think the crowd was the problem here in not getting into the action. The R-Truth run-in was well done in saving this program for a later date, as well as signaling a potential partnership between Nash and Awesome Truth.
Good match from Sin Cara and Jack Swagger seeing it was on live television and there weren't many botched spots. As much I want managers to actually mean something, I'm not really sure where they're going with this tension between Swagger, Vickie, and Ziggler. I would like to see them clash over the United States Championship, but only if it includes Alex Riley.
Simple and effective tag team championship rematch. I'm glad they acknowledged the rematch clause and didn't give us this bout at Night of Champions, where Awesome Truth should be challenging. Seeing that Lawler was right in saying that the team of David Otunga and Micheal McGillicutty are indeed boring, I don't see the point in having them feud with a commentator who should have never stepped back in the ring a few months ago in the first place.
Why won't WWE just let the feud between the Bellas and Kelly Kelly and Eve just die? Oh yeah, cause those are the only four Divas active on the Raw roster. The match was terrible given who was involved, and I'm baffled as to why Brie picked up the victory. I'm rioting if I see the Bellas go back for the title they don't deserve come Night of Champions. Get the Divas of Doom in the ring ASAP and get this feud rolling.
Standard main event match with John Cena and Sheamus logically defeating Christian and Mark Henry. Everyone was able to shine, but I'm not high on the idea of having Christian getting pinned going into his World Heavyweight Championship match on Super SmackDown. On a side note, the announcement of CM Punk vs. Triple H that followed was very anticlimactic and should have been made a bigger deal of either on SuperSmackDown or next week's Raw.
Overall, another very strong show, with much star power that hyped up SuperSmackDown and furthered a handful amount of stories. I do understand Alberto Del Rio was away with a visa issue in Mexico, but they could have at least aired a video package to keep his momentum going. With a few weeks remaining until Night of Champions, I'm hopeful WWE can stay rolling on the hot mystery they have going with the text message and announce more matches for the pay-per-view.
Great opening segment from the interim General Manager Bret Hart and Christian. It's always nice to hear Bret get the reaction he deserves in his hometown, as well as the chemistry he had with fellow Canadian Christian. Captain Charisma's whining antics are old at this point, but Hart's words with Mark Henry were entertaining.
Putting Christian and Daniel Bryan against each other is simlpy making a dream match, but this bout wasn't everything I'd hoped it be. It was pretty good for the most part, but it lacked the pace it should of had. Smart move by giving Christian the victory going into next week's title bout.
I'm glad to see Wade Barrett taking a storyline stand against being placed against lesser opponents. Maybe he can join The Miz and R-Truth apart of the conspiracy? Nonetheless, I'm a bit disappointed they're not continuing his rivalry with Daniel Bryan over the briefcase.
Pointless match between Sin Cara and Heath Slater. For those of you unaware, the contest was taped twice due to an excessive amount of botches between the two, giving us the throwaway we got on television. I really hope we see the Sin Cara get some direction soon, otherwise the controversy as to who is portraying the character will cease to exist.
Solid contest between World Heavyweight Champion Randy Orton and Ted DiBiase, two men who share history apart of Legacy. Given that DiBiase has been booked to look weak since coming to SmackDown, this contest proved he can hang in there with top stars and give a decent showing. The ending set of moves was awesome, and here's hoping Rhodes attacking DiBiase means a babyface turn for the third generation star.
Just when I thought the Diva's division was looking up, we get this sloppy, horrible match between Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and Tamina. Tamina is not the right person to put Kelly in the ring with, and it accomplished nothing seeing neither of the Divas of Doom made an appearance.
A better than expected match between Ezekiel Jackson and The Great Khali. Usually, putting two giants in the same ring together means a train wreck, but it told a story and Big Zeke was able to make it work. The torture rack on the Punjabi Nightmare was nothing short of impressive, and helps give credibility back to Jackson after his recent string of losses.
In what easily won Match of the Night, Mark Henry and Sheamus put on another spectacular match that exceeded their previous bout at SummerSlam. They got great time, and both looked strong in the end. That Brogue Kick to Henry at the conclusion of the contest was epic, and the count-out victory gives Sheamus a win he needs, keep Henry strong, and continues to feud now that both have count-out victories. Following a ruthless World's Strongest Slam, this rivalry should certainly continue after Night of Champions.
Overall, a pretty good show that built nice hype going into next Tuesday's live SuperSmackDown. The action was solid as a whole, but not many new storylines were developed. A fun middle-in-the-road show that had its two hours go by quickly.
Another great opening promo to kick off the show. I'm glad they actually acknowledged the two rematch clauses rather than ignore them as they have done in the past, but it gave the main event match some hype and excitement throughout the rest of the show. Although Del Rio did come off as a threat here, he didn't seem all that important as compared to CM Punk and John Cena.
Very excited match contested between Alberto Del Rio and John Morrison. I'm excited to see Morrison finally get some offense in his recent bouts, and these two have great chemistry to pull out some great near-falls. I'm hopeful WWE keeps Del Rio going with these clean victories, as he can one of the only strong heel champions who can win a match without interference or dirty tactics.
The match between Eve and Nikki Bella was what it was, but I didn't really see the point in it. We've seen it before, and I don't see the use of keeping the Bellas on television at this point. At least the eventual showdown between the Divas of Doom and Kelly Kelly and Eve is still building.
Yet another inspiring contest between Alex Riley and Jack Swagger. Who exactly did this help? Sure, Riley picked up the win and got a decent pop for it, but it was too short to be considered anything. I'm glad managers are somewhat back in use again, and an interesting twist with possibly a face turn by Ziggler or Swagger somewhere down the line.
A way more organized, stronger segment from last week featuring Kevin Nash, Triple H and CM Punk. Nash is getting better on the mic, Triple H showed some reasoning why he isn't the culprit, and the crowd absolutley loved Punk. Accusing Stephanie is a great way to get her involved instead up randomly revealing it like we're morons later on. The cheap shot by Nash got him tremendous heat, and their recent battles has me anticipating a eventual one-on-one confrontation.
Great tag team match that between the team of Kofi Kigston and Evan Borune and the defending WWE Tag Team Champions, Michael McGilicutty and David Otunga. Both teams showed excellent tag team maneuvers, and the crowd was hot for the change, which is a good sign that things are about to pick up in the tag team division.
A fun, hilarious, and intriguing segment from The Miz and R-Truth. I noted a few weeks back these two could make a great team with their comedy chemistry, and with the tag division finally heating up, they could make legit threats to the tag titles. I'm hoping this promo leads to something, as a conspiracy storyline is interesting. The ending rap was great television, and the fans ate it all up.
For the third straight match, John Cena and CM Punk have managed to light the arena on fire with their explosive amount of offense, near falls, and keeping the suspense preesnt throughout the contest. I'm actually glad the bout ended with interference from Kevin Nash, as a clean finish shouldn't be given away on free television. The post-attack from Del Rio made him come off as a strong heel, and has me hoping he comes out of Night of Champions with the title still around his waist.
Overall, another great addition of Raw with some exciting action, the suspense factor high, and a lot at stake all night long. Once again, the finish of the main event leaves people coming back for more next week to see what more unfolds in the saga featuring Kevin Nash, CM Punk, and Triple H.
Great way to kick off Raw with COO of the WWE Triple H cutting a short and effective promo. Alberto Del Rio's WWE Championship celebration wasn't as over-the-top as it could of been, seeing he's held parties in the past for nothing that amounts to his title victory. Nonetheless, he cut a passionate promo that explained why he deserved the WWE Championship and hyping the night's main event.
Extremely solid match from John Morrison and R-Truth to hopefully culminate the long-lasting rivalry. Both Superstars showed immense amount of offense and gave us some very cool spots given the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation. Although I'm a bit disappointed to not see this hyped or take place on a pay-per-view, I'm glad Morrison was finally to earn his first meaningful victory in months, while keeping Truth strong.
The Miz has never looked more ridiculous than he did last night. Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge Miz fan, but what in the hell did that stupid promo accomplish besides promoting Subway? You know it was a horrible segment if the crowd members start to chant "Subway sucks!".
Not a horrible Divas tag team pitting Divas Champion Kelly Kelly and Eve against the Bella Twins. It was over typically over quickly, kept the champ with some momentum going forward, and somewhat furthered their feud against the Divas of Doom, Beth Phoenix and Natalya.
By far, the highlight of the night was the exchange between CM Punk and the returning Kevin Nash. Although he seemed a bit rusty on the mic, Punk brought the best out of Nash by including some comedy and realism apart of their promo. The mystery continues as to who sent the text message to Nash to attack Punk at SummerSlam, and I'm highly anticipating this on-going intriguing rivalry between them, while also building towards the Second City Savior's inevitable feud with Triple H.
Seeing they had a great match a few weeks ago on WWE Superstars, this rematch from Jack Swagger and Alex Riley was a bit disappointing. These two are capable of so much more, and to see this overshadowed by stupid antics involving Dolph Ziggler and Vickie makes Swagger's anticipated victory meaningless. Here's hoping they insert all three men into the United States Championship picture come Night of Champions.
Decent tag team match that actually some unique and realistic double team maneuvers. Seeing the tag team division is dead, I am loving the combo team of Kofi Kingston and Evan Bourne due to their excellent chemistry. The Usos would make good candidates for taking the belts off the boring, stale McGillicutty and Otunga, but putting Bourne and Kingston will certainly mean for some exciting future matches.
Yet another awesome match from Alberto Del Rio and Rey Mysterio, with the videos leading up the main event bout making the crowd electric for the hometown hero Mysterio. I had no doubts Del Rio was retaining here, but they still provided strong in-ring work that showed flashes of their inaugural match nearly a year ago. I'm glad that Cena only managed to make one appearance on the show instead of the usual handful as it makes his run-ins more hot as far as the crowd goes. This is the intensity we need to see from Cena each and every week on the mic, and the probable feud with Del Rio over the title going into Night of Champions is long overdue.
Overall, a good, relaxing show in my opinion that included some solid matches, further developed on-going stories, and gave us a breath of fresh air following SummerSlam. Hopefully, the intriguing main event stories can translate into ratings and hype going into next month's Night of Champions pay-per-view.
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