Yes! Yes! Yes! The Raw Review (#YYYTRR)
by, 05-14-2013 at 12:15 PM (4112 Views)
Lately, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a reason to look forward to Raw. This isn’t going to be one of THOSE blogs; tearing into the WWE product and telling you all that creative is to blame for the (supposed) lack of character development and ‘poor’ storytelling. At the end of the day I am a WWE fan and I, like everyone else, watch the product for my own personal reasons.
My reasons for the past year have been CM Punk, Chris Jericho and Daniel Bryan. Until recently, I was happy with the roles of two of those superstars whilst I accepted the mid-card status of ‘Goatface’ himself, Daniel Bryan. Now that Punk has taken a leave of absence and Chris Jericho is embroiled in a somewhat entertaining feud with Fandango, I’ve had to look elsewhere for my fix of main event satisfaction.
The Shield are golden
That’s where The Shield comes into play. Anybody who reads this blog regularly knows that I enjoy the work of Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns, and I’m not alone.
This week we learned, in a rather underwhelming manner, that all three members of The Shield are in contention for championship gold on Sunday (whatever happened to the mid-card championships getting confrontational challenges, by the way?). As far as I’m concerned, it is a foregone conclusion that The Shield are leaving as United States and Tag Team Champions – in a similar vein to Armageddon 2003 and the night Evolution left with all the gold.
The trio lost their undefeated streak (in the most ridiculous of ways – DQ, really?) last night, but the match itself was advertisement enough for Extreme Rules. Team Hell No seem to have a real chemistry with The Shield, and the stipulation of a Tornado Tag Team match will add to the inevitable chaos which The Shield thrive in. Combine that with Bryan’s ability to turn up the pace instantly (his comeback combo and reckless abandon last night were awesome) and you have a match which could steal the show.
As for Ambrose and his United States title match against Kofi Kingston, it could be a technical or high-flying match – perhaps even a combination of the two. I personally just want to see Ambrose use that finisher of his again.
Triple H vs. Brock Lesnar
I don’t have a witty title to lead into this Extreme Rules Steel Cage match, and it seems fitting.
WWE has built this match as personally as they can, and both superstars (and Paul Heyman) have done well in making it feel that way. In a nutshell, this is the only match which has a decent build leading to Sunday night.
Forget John Cena and his inevitable win over Ryback, this is the true main event (the only other match I would have said was built well was the World Heavyweight Championship Ladder match, but due to Dolph Ziggler’s unfortunate concussion we will have to wait for WWE to hopefully give us that another time).
For weeks the commentary team has billed this as the rubber match for this year-long feud, and I think that’s what makes it so appealing. Also, the inevitable carnage that the two can produce (it’s almost a shame that they’ll be restricted to a Steel Cage) sells this as a main event for a PPV called Extreme Rules.
The only way I can see this match disappointing me is if Triple H continues the theme of burying Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules.
I started out by saying that I am struggling to find a reason to watch Raw right now, and I think my interest in Brock Lesnar vs. Triple H sums up just how little WWE has on the table right now.
I’ve openly said that I have no interest in Triple H being back in the ring, and little interest in Brock Lesnar due to his limited dates, in the past (I still cannot re-view SummerSlam 2012 because of how terrible their match was). Its role as my secondary reason for watching Extreme Rules is a shock to me, but it shows how big a gap the absence of CM Punk is in WWE’s main event right now. Of course, this is just my opinion and in no way fact.
The last few weeks on Raw have seen me refreshing my Twitter feed more often than watching the show. Tonight was no exception, as in a three hour show we got one good match and a semi-enthralling confrontation to close the show.
I look forward to Sunday, but only because there is the potential for a changing of the guard in The Shield and Brock Lesnar.
Finally, my question to you this week - what would you like to see The Shield do after Extreme Rules and why?
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