Raw Reaction - 1/23/12
by, 01-23-2012 at 11:24 PM (3123 Views)
What's poppin folks, RatedATB back at it! Another week has passed and another Raw is upon us. Last weekâ€™s show was pretty enjoyable, but will this week hold up? I wonâ€™t waste any more time, so without further ado...
Opening Segment -
Pretty good promo work from all involved. Iâ€™m definitely getting along with Cenaâ€™s serious character and I think it adds a good element to the show. Punk/Laurinaitis gets better each and every week and I like the turn Laurinaitisâ€™s character has taken. Before he was acting like a tweener but now heâ€™s just a blatant heel and aside from his crappy promo skills he does well at it. I like the evil boss character but Iâ€™m definitely glad itâ€™s not Vince again and Johnny Ace does well with it.
Match #1 â€“ Cena/Punk vs. ZigSwag
Weird match to start the show off with but it was a really good match; not surprised considering the talent in the ring. Zigglerâ€™s looking like a million bucks each and every week, and heâ€™s GOING to be champion this year. Mark my words. I actually really liked the ending, it grows the animosity between Punk/Laurinaitis and Iâ€™m actually finding myself wanting to see Punk beat the tar out of Johnny Ace. Another note Iâ€™d like to add is how I think Swagger is being overlooked. He does fantastic almost every week; Iâ€™ve seen him put on great matches with Cena, Sheamus, Punk, etc. and I really think he doesnâ€™t get the credit he deserves. I definitely think he needs a character change, and maybe even new ring attire, but I canâ€™t wait for him to actually be something in this company, and the U.S. championship is a great start to rebuilding his character. 3/5 for the match, it was definitely not a bad way to start the show.
Highlight Reel â€“
He speaks! At first I was VERY anti-this storyline, but each week it grabbed and grabbed my interest and now I can honestly say Iâ€™m enjoying every bit of it. This week we finally saw a hint of heel in Y2J and itâ€™s pretty plain to see whoâ€™s winning the Rumble; which Iâ€™m fine with donâ€™t get me wrong, he definitely deserves a Rumble win in his career. I just hope we get a few more answers this Sunday such as who â€œshe,â€ is if anyone, and what EXACTLY Jericho is doing, although I think we all can assume itâ€™s to beat Punk at WM28. I guess weâ€™ll have to wait and see until this Sunday and **shameless plug time** find out in my Royal Rumble Review! (donâ€™t hate )
Match #2 â€“ Falls Count Anywhere: Kane vs. Zack Ryder
This went on far too long and the aftermath took even longer. It developed the story and wasnâ€™t bad to watch, but the match itself couldâ€™ve ended 5 minutes earlier than it did and I wouldâ€™ve liked if the aftermath had ended a few minutes earlier than it did. The spot was cool to watch but the match was barely a 2/5, only getting the two for the end and story development which IS going nicely.
Match #3 â€“ Sheamus vs. Jinder Mahal
Not much can be said about this honestly. Another dominating win for Sheamus and one has to wonder where he goes from here. Itâ€™s plain that my assumptions were false and he wonâ€™t be winning the Rumble, so where does a guy like Sheamus fit in for Mania? 1/5 for the match, it was also good to hear Barrett speak, even if for only a few minutes.
Match #4 â€“ Brodus Clay vs. Heath Slater
Regal on the announce team is something I can get along with every week. Again, nothing to really speak about, typical squash match, and Iâ€™m curious to see where Clay ends up himself after the Rumble. Iâ€™m really hoping Clay can be the next Umaga. If anyone remembers Umaga had some really good matches for his size and I always looked forward to an Umaga match. I for one am hoping thatâ€™s what Clay ends up doing but thatâ€™s up to him and WWE. Dud rating, release Slater already.
Match #5 â€“ Miz vs. R-Truth
Iâ€™m really surprised that these two are fighting now and theyâ€™re giving this away on free tv. I think if they build the two up over the next few months that they can have a good, well-built match at Wrestlemania which I honestly believe could be really good. I was kind of right too, this was good but it was hurt by things it wouldnâ€™t be on a ppv, most notably Wrestlemania. There was a lot of back and forth action, good counters, some near falls, and it was a pretty good match. 3/5, I had no complaints other than it being short and used too soon and on TV.
Match #6 â€“ CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis
We all knew the match wouldnâ€™t happen, and what actually happened was a lot better than what we would have gotten. Two weeks in a row we get some great stuff between Punk/Laurinaitis and it keeps on getting better and better. The crowd was sooooo behind Punk and produced a huge pop when he did the GTS. It wasnâ€™t Austin/McMahon but it was without a doubt very entertaining to watch. I almost hope they donâ€™t get rid of the Laurinaitis character next week because heâ€™s finally producing some exciting moments each and every week, but weâ€™ll just have to wait and see wont we?
Kane choke slamming Ryder
Taking too much time with Ryder/Kane
Lack of matches featuring the likes of Kofi, Tag Champs, Rhodes, etc.
Final Thoughts -
So there it is, another week of Raw and it was actually really good. You may have noticed that there were more highs than lows this week and thatâ€™s a great sign. The closing segment was a great way to lead us into the Rumble and Ziggler coming out and attacking Punk was a good way to edge him back into this feud. As for the rest of the show, again I thoroughly enjoyed it and while there were some faults, it was still an entertaining show and now Iâ€™m excited for the Rumble, which I will be ordering. 7/10 for the show, canâ€™t go wrong with strong segments, good wrestling, and a few other good moments thrown in. Iâ€™ll see you this weekend with my Rumble Review (another one! Who am I Foley?), so until then itâ€™s been real, itâ€™s been fun, but it hasnâ€™t been real fun. Deuces!