Raw Reaction - 1/23/12
by, 01-23-2012 at 11:24 PM (3144 Views)
What's poppin folks, RatedATB back at it! Another week has passed and another Raw is upon us. Last week’s show was pretty enjoyable, but will this week hold up? I won’t waste any more time, so without further ado...
Opening Segment -
Pretty good promo work from all involved. I’m definitely getting along with Cena’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 Laurinaitis’s character has taken. Before he was acting like a tweener but now he’s just a blatant heel and aside from his crappy promo skills he does well at it. I like the evil boss character but I’m definitely glad it’s not Vince again and Johnny Ace does well with it.
Match #1 – 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. Ziggler’s looking like a million bucks each and every week, and he’s GOING to be champion this year. Mark my words. I actually really liked the ending, it grows the animosity between Punk/Laurinaitis and I’m actually finding myself wanting to see Punk beat the tar out of Johnny Ace. Another note I’d like to add is how I think Swagger is being overlooked. He does fantastic almost every week; I’ve seen him put on great matches with Cena, Sheamus, Punk, etc. and I really think he doesn’t get the credit he deserves. I definitely think he needs a character change, and maybe even new ring attire, but I can’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 –
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 I’m enjoying every bit of it. This week we finally saw a hint of heel in Y2J and it’s pretty plain to see who’s winning the Rumble; which I’m fine with don’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 “she,” is if anyone, and what EXACTLY Jericho is doing, although I think we all can assume it’s to beat Punk at WM28. I guess we’ll have to wait and see until this Sunday and **shameless plug time** find out in my Royal Rumble Review! (don’t hate )
Match #2 – Falls Count Anywhere: Kane vs. Zack Ryder
This went on far too long and the aftermath took even longer. It developed the story and wasn’t bad to watch, but the match itself could’ve ended 5 minutes earlier than it did and I would’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 – 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. It’s plain that my assumptions were false and he won’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 – 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 I’m curious to see where Clay ends up himself after the Rumble. I’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 that’s what Clay ends up doing but that’s up to him and WWE. Dud rating, release Slater already.
Match #5 – Miz vs. R-Truth
I’m really surprised that these two are fighting now and they’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 wouldn’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 – CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis
We all knew the match wouldn’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 wasn’t Austin/McMahon but it was without a doubt very entertaining to watch. I almost hope they don’t get rid of the Laurinaitis character next week because he’s finally producing some exciting moments each and every week, but we’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 that’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 I’m excited for the Rumble, which I will be ordering. 7/10 for the show, can’t go wrong with strong segments, good wrestling, and a few other good moments thrown in. I’ll see you this weekend with my Rumble Review (another one! Who am I Foley?), so until then it’s been real, it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun. Deuces!