Chris Jericho locks The Miz in the Walls of Jericho.
Good match between WWE Champion CM Punk and Big Show to kick off the show. It was refreshing pace to kick off the show with an actual match and not a promo, especially with a main event match such as this one. I'm surprised Punk continues to receives massive pops despite being a tweener, but I welcome the cheers for Punk. It was a basic contest before Daniel Bryan's interruption, which felt a bit random. John Cena saving the day helped hyped the tag team match between all four men later in the night.
Brief match with Ryback squashing JTG. Honestly, I don't see this quick loss as a punishment for JTG, but rather a promotion, since he's hardly even featured on Raw (much less with an entrance) to begin with. Three hour shows are good for getting unrecognizable talent on the show, and this is a prime example. It was nice to see them mention JTG's recent Twitter rant. On a side note, I throughly enjoyed Ryback's new entrance music, as he is slowly getting more and more over with the crowd each week.
Meaningless match between WWE Tag Team Champion R-Truth and Heath Slater. I'm glad Slater was still featured on the show although the Legends story-line is over, but there was no point in him facing Truth. The action was fine for what it was, but no one seemed to care, and I don't blame them. If nothing else, having Prime Time Players brutalize Truth following the contest gave them heat and hyped the tag title match for Sunday.
Fine match between Sin Cara and Tensai. They made it work for the most part and it gave Sin Cara a nice victory. Sure, it made Tensai look bad, but does it really matter at this point? I didn't care for him beating up Sakamoto afterwards even if it did make him look vicious, mostly because it doesn't seem like it's going anywhere. It would've been nice to see Cody Rhodes here, since he looks to be feuding with Cara following their match from last week's SmackDown. Is there a rule against having Cody appear on Raw or something?
Atrocious segment that saw Roddy Piper Pit featuring Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler, and The Miz. The one and only thing that made this segment truly terrible was Piper, who definitely seemed off his game here. He can be fantastic at times (especially in his last few appearances), but that wasn't the case on this show. Other than that, the other three played their roles well and had a nice verbal exchange.
Dolph Ziggler hits Chris Jericho with a Zig-Zag from behind.
Decent opening segment featuring SmackDown General Manager Booker T, World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio. It felt like a repeat from last week, but it was still effective nonetheless. Having Sheamus apologize was weak, but the whole angle with him stealing Del Rio's car shouldn't have even happened in the first place. The segment was a nice opener and successfully hyped the night's main event title match.
Good match between Sin Cara and Cody Rhodes. I've been anticipating a contest between these two for nearly a year now, and I was satisfied with what we got. They made the best out of what they were given and had good chemistry throughout. Although I'm disappointed Rhodes lost, his promo prior to the bout should indicate that the feud might continue past this point.
Strange segment involving Raw General Manager AJ, Daniel Bryan and Kane. Why was AJ a "guest" on SmackDown if she's already a member of the roster? Nonetheless, I understand that they all have history together, but why bring back AJ into this? She didn't do much for this promo or feel neccessary, but at least this promo helped hype the match between Bryan and Kane for SummerSlam, which was important since no build was provided this past week on Raw.
Fine Handicap match with Jinder Mahal defeating two local athletes. I liked how it was a change of pace by having Mahal face two people at once, and if nothing else, the finish with the double Camel Clutch was pretty cool. Sure, this feud may not be the most exciting, but it's a feud nonetheless that gives both Superstars something to do and gets Ryback over in the process.
Entertaining Highlight Reel segment featuring Chris Jericho, Vickie Guerrero, and Dolph Ziggler. I've really been enjoying Jericho's face turn in recent weeks, and having him explain the turn here was extremely logical an was nice to hear. His exchange with Vickie made for some fun entertainment while establishing the Jericho/Ziggler match for SummerSlam. I would've liked to see Ziggler engage in a talking segment here with Jericho, but it's always possible we'll get that next week. Ziggler's sneak attack was very well done and gave him the upper hand he needed going into their SummerSlam contest next Sunday.
WWE Champion CM Punk airs his grievances to AJ Lee.
Good opening segment featuring Raw General Manager AJ Lee, WWE Champion CM Punk, and John Cena. It hyped up the night's matches nicely and gave the viewers something to look forward to. Punk's exchange with AJ was also well done and I'm glad they hadn't forgotten about the angle between the two from last month that saw AJ propose to Punk. Nice way to kick off the show and set the tone for the rest of the night.
Great match between WWE Champion CM Punk and Rey Mysterio. It's simply impossible for these two to have a bad match together, and that fact was evident here. Sure, it could've gone a bit longer, but what we got was good enough for me. It's also awesome to see Punk still win his matches clean, despite the fact he's slowly reverting back into a heel.
Fun match that saw Alberto Del Rio defeat Christian. This match also could've gone a bit longer, but it was long enough not to be deemed a glorified squash. The two have great chemistry and made provided entertaining action for the time they were given. Christian doesn't lose much from this contest, but it would've been nice to see him lose due to Miz interference instead. I didn't care all that much for the numerous Tout videos from Sheamus that showed him stealing Del Rio's car for apparently no reason, but at least it hyped the feud between the two going into SummerSlam.
Decent match between Randy Orton and Big Show. Orton sold Show's hard-hitting offense well and made him look like a threat inside the ring. I understand the double count-out finish to protect both men, but why proceed to have Orton deliver an RKO to Show shortly thereafter? Show will be apart of a huge WWE title match at SummerSlam, while Orton is currently left with nothing, so why protect him so heavily?
Brief squash match with Ryback defeating both Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks. Sure, we saw the same exact thing at Money in the Bank, but at least it gave the Raw audience a taste of how Ryback can decimate two contracted talents at the same time. It would've been a good time to build Ryback's recent feud with Jinder Mahal on SmackDown, but it apparently wasn't meant to be.
Forgettable tag team match with Primo and Epico defeating the Prime Time Players. The action was fine for what it was, but it was too short to mean anything. I liked how they incorporated WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kignston and R-Truth into the match, but they didn't do much. Why have Darren Young and Titus O'Neil lose again after they just won singles matches last week? The booking in the tag division as of late has been simply strange, but I'm hoping it leads to a three-way title match at SummerSlam.
Daniel Bryan lands a devastating kick on Christian.
Effective opening segment with Booker T being named the new SmackDown General Manager. Obviously, it was announced by WWE a few days in advance, so it was no surprise, but it was still well done. It's always nice to see Mr. McMahon, and whatever gets Booker off of commentary. The altercation between Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio helped further their feud and hype their matches for later on in the night.
Good match between World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and Tensai. Tensai has been seriously lacking in character development as of late, but I was glad to see him get some offense in on Sheamus. Their sizes made for a decent contest that saw them go back and forth for most of it. It was also a bit of a surprise not to see Tensai jobbed out quickly given the heat he received due to a recent remark he made on Tout.
Fine match with Antonio Cesaro once again defeating United States Champion Santino Marella. It was most of the same from what we saw last week, so nothing out of the ordinary here. Santino's comedy antics were toned down to a minimum and the action was short and sweet. I'm sincerely hoping these back-to-back victories for Cesaro mean he'll be the one to finally take the U.S. title off Marella relatively soon.
Fun six-man tag team match with Daniel Bryan, Intercontinental Champion The Miz and Dolph Ziggler defeating Chris Jericho, Christian and Kane. Similar to the tag team bout we saw on Raw this week, this match was also very entertaining. Every worker involved can just go, and made for a solid matchup as a whole. It built a handful of feuds while incorporating smart booking by having the heels go over here in an impressive manner.
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