Uncooked: Raw Afterthoughts
by, 04-09-2012 at 10:39 PM (5235 Views)
What is up everybody? It is time for another edition of Uncooked, and instead of me going on some schpeel, I'm just going to get right into it!
The BadThat is right, after only debuting last week, this guy to me has already become stale. Heck when they started showing vignettes for Lord Tensai, I wasn't expecting much. Last week, he seemed slightly different, but after this week, I just see A-Train, not Tensai. Imagine it like this. You have a piece of steak that is ok. It's not cooked great, but you could still eat it. But as time goes on, it spoils. That was A-Train before he left the WWE. Then you take that steak add seasoning, salts, and such, hoping people won't remember it is the same steak. Thing is though, at first glance it might seem different, but once you take a bite you'll know it's still bad. That is Tensai. Atleast with Brodus we knew he could go into comedy bits but with Tensai, where does he go from squash matches. There isn't many people he could match up for wrestling wise, and I can't think of any feud I'd want to see him in. I believe it was Uratool who said Tensai wouldn't connect with the fans, and eventually fizzle out. I think he is dead on in that analysis.
How to fixTalk about a group of duds for guest hosts. I grew up with the 3 stooges and was actually kind of looking forward to seeing them on Raw. But wow, they just stunk up the place. No humor, just nothing. Then when Curly came out as Hogan, for a brief second I thought we might get something that would cause a chuckle to bellow from my belly, but nothing. This was just simply a dud all around.
I don't see way to fix Lord Tensai...sorry
Punk vs Henry/AftermathOk, so last week Punk vs Henry was decent. Getting it a second time this week, just kind of made me go..blah. Then to be told we are going to get it again next week, just makes me think super blah. Then the aftermath here, two weeks in a row of having Jericho douse Punk with alcohol. This is another example of if the next few weeks they just do something similar to this, it'll make the Punk/Jericho feud be like a bad taste in my mouth. I'd rather they just stick to promos and wrestling, or switching this up some how.
How to fixLet me take a line from the Miz...really....really.....really?! This match was just dull. I was actually glad to see Cena counter into the 5 moves of doom. Otunga's whole little posing just irks me, and not in the, he is getting great heel heat way, but in a way that just makes me want to change the channel.
Go in a different direction
Cena vs Otunga
How to fixKeep Otunga away from Cena. If you are going to have Otunga wrestle...WRESTLE! Not pose.
IndifferentAs soon as I realized R Truth was facing Rhodes, I knew this was just another way for Show to get one up on Rhodes, and Truth would walk away the winner. I'm not going to rate this match, as there wasn't a lot to it. I stuck this in the indifferent because while it is good they are advancing the feud with Rhodes and Show, I feel like they could be going about a different way. Something more original than Show doing the same thing Rhodes did to Show going into Mania.
Cody Rhodes vs R Truth
How to improveCut out these short matches. It doesn't do anything in my opinion. Take 5 to 10 minutes and let the stars put on a decent match. It'll help get word out of "oh man, did you see what Rhodes and Truth did last night" Also, go in a different direction with Show one upping Rhodes. If between now and Extreme Rules all they do is have Show come out and just show video segments to one up Rhodes, this will fall to the bad section quick.
The CrowdWhile they were definitely not as hot as they were last week, and there was no YES..YES...YES chants, they weren't dead. I am pondering how the fans will be tomorrow night on the live SD. Will we get a yes chant? I would hope so. I thought this crowd was somewhat alive, which did help the show.
How to improveWell this is simple, give the fans decent to good matches so they want to get behind them. Tonight we had 6 matches, 4 of which didn't really last long. How are fans suppose to get behind something like that.
The GoodWait..you are telling me Brodus isn't in a squash match!?! The WWE Gods have shined down and decided to finally do something useful with Clay. Better yet, it wasn't a bad match. Granted I expected this to occur at Extreme Rules, there is nothing to say that it won't, or some variation. I could see a Ziggler/Swagger vs Clay handicap match at Extreme Rules. Or even a No DQ tag team match there. Here is one crowned jewel I took from this that Swagger didn't do anything to save his team mate. Last week they argue over who gets the pin on Santino, this week Swagger just lets Ziggler get pinned. Do i smell dissension between these two? I could see a Ziggler face turn and branching off on his own. Either way, it'll be interesting to see where they go from here.
Santino/Brodus Clay vs Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger
CM Punk/Jericho PromoThe promo before Punk's match to me was great. I really enjoyed it. The emotion Punk showed, just seemed fresh to me. It makes me ponder what they are going to do next.
Opening Segment/Lesnar Run in At EndNeedless to say, I thought this opening segment was a great way to kick Raw off. Plus having Cena get legitimately busted open in the mouth, seeing that bloody smile, just epic. Considering how the Rock/Cena feud had a lack of physical altercations, I think the Cena/Brock feud is smart to have altercations. While Lesnar didn't come off as bad on the mic, I think i'd want to hear a few more promos from him before I totally judge. My guess is he won't be great, but he won't be bad. He'll be in between. Then having Lesnar run in to lowblow and F5 Cena to close out the show, makes you wonder what Cena is going to do to try and even the score with Lesnar last week. I also wonder what stipulation they are going to have for Lesnar/Cena at Extreme Rules.
OverviewWhile this Raw wasn't spectacular, I did enjoy it. I am sure a lot of people will be unhappy with it, but to that I say, we are winding down after Wrestlemania, so of course Raw isn't going to be as exciting as it was the night after. The electricity isn't there as much. My hope is with what is going on with Punk/Jericho, and Brock/Cena things will kick a few gears up. I also hope in the next few Raws we see Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, and Orton on Raw as I feel like that it helps make the show a little better.
Well guys, I look forward to all comments. Keep an eye out this week for 2 editions of the Wrestling Blog Challenge. I think you all will enjoy what you see. Until next time, stay Raw!