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Yes! Yes! Yes! The Raw Review (#YYYTRR)

Rating: 4 votes, 3.50 average.
For some reason, after the dust had settled on last week’s Raw in London, my attention really wasn’t on professional wrestling until it occurred to me on this morning that it was Monday, and therefore Raw. I’m not a huge believer in signs or anything like that (the closest I’ve ever come to believing in destiny was when Liverpool FC won the Champions League in 2005 and it seemed too unreal to be a coincidence), but tonight’s Raw was really quite forgettable and I perhaps should have let myself sleep instead of watching it live.

So, no Triple Threat Submissions-only Iron Man match…

Tonight’s Raw opened in an obscure way. There was no opening VT, no pyro, and no big introduction to the show (unless Sky Sports just cut into the live feed a few minutes late?).

Instead we got the sounds of Alberto Del Rio’s theme song mere seconds into the broadcast, and it soon became apparent that a) Ricardo Rodriguez is determined to earn the moniker of the “Leopard-print Luchador” from me, and b) the corner influences of each superstar involved in the World Heavyweight Championship picture would be competing to see who will decide the stipulation for Extreme Rules.

I’m glad that it will not be a standard Triple Threat match. The other thought I had as I saw “Estampado de Leopardo Luchador” (Leopard-print luchador in Spanish, according to Google Translate – it could be riddled with errors) roll up Zeb Colter for the victory was that no matter who wins this match, it can only be a Ladder match. The connections of all three superstars to a Ladder match are there (they all won World titles through the use of the Money in the Bank briefcase and this rivalry was sparked by Dolph Ziggler’s use of MitB to become champion).

The inevitability that this would be a Ladder match aside, this will be a great match if they don’t have Ziggler win by having him scramble for a loose championship on the ground again.

My other thought on this storyline (as much as I am enjoying it – maybe because it involves so many people, I can’t be sure) is that tonight it got more build than the WWE Championship did. Is that not strange given the fact that the World Heavyweight Championship is regarded as SmackDown’s major title?

Are The Shield ever going to get their Tag Team Championship match?

Since WrestleMania, we’ve seen a lot more of “The Hounds of Justice” in terms of in-ring action, and it can only be a good thing.

Tonight, I’m glad they won their main event match (even more so by pinning John Cena – it helps Ryback and Cena build their rivalry as well as maintaining the 100% record of The Shield as a group), but I wanted to address something I stumbled onto a couple of weeks ago regarding Team Hell No’s Tag Team Championships.

I said at the time that I did not want to see what I did, and I still wish I hadn’t, but all signs point to The Shield and Team Hell No facing off for the Tag Team Championships at Extreme Rules. I only take issue with the fact that WWE hasn’t had this addressed more directly.

With Dean Ambrose seemingly being groomed for a singles title run (I do not think his match with Undertaker and his upcoming match on SmackDown versus Kane are coincidence) and Team Hell No very interested in stopping The Shield, the pieces are in place for a Tag Team title match.

I for one would love to see Team Hell No as the sole targets of Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins in a more direct fashion. It could become a more personal rivalry if they angered Kane by doing more than attacking Undertaker, and Daniel Bryan could finally go back to being a singles competitor once they lose their titles.

I also see no downside to having The Shield capture some gold at Bryan & Kane’s expense, as it opens up the opportunity for more of Dean Ambrose in singles action – which can only be a good thing.

Given that so little of any significance happened on Raw this week, I decided to look ahead to Extreme Rules. I want to see WWE put more time and effort into their rivalries right now, and with The Shield and the World Heavyweight Championship picture they have two great chances to do so.

The Shield are getting more time since WrestleMania, and it is opening doors for them as well as pitting them against the likes of Undertaker (that in itself has to be an honour so early in a WWE career, even if the “Deadman” is nearing the end of his tether). As for the likes of Ziggler, Del Rio & Jack Swagger, there is enough history tying them all together to go for at least three months in stipulation matches.

Despite Raw being a disappointing watch this week, it did focus on a couple of the storylines which sit lower on the card. If they can make the WWE Championship match more than just a singles match (it’s called Extreme Rules, use it WWE!) and do more than show recaps for Triple H/Lesnar, the upcoming pay-per-view could be great.

This week’s question is; which member of The Shield do you think will be the first to get a push to either the WWE or World Heavyweight Championship and why?

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  1. Cross's Avatar
    I really enjoyed this Raw. Yes there was not a ton of story put into it, but it was great just to see a Raw not too focused on storylines. This Raw felt very well paced, no rush at all. And seriously match rundowns:

    Randy Orton vs. Cody Rhodes-Match went on fo 16 minutes! It was very well done, especially making me think Cody was going to win. Got me there WWE.

    Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston-Always loved these two going one on one. Anyways, some fast paced action with AJ and Big E adding some drama to the match. I actually thought Kofi had a chance of winning. Got me again WWE.

    ADR vs Antonio Cesaro-Found it intrigiung that Cesaro was smart enough in the match to attack ADR's arm which helps trigger his finisher. Another good match.
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