WWE Raw 8-19-13 Hits and Misses
by, 08-20-2013 at 12:58 AM (7351 Views)
Overall Score: 9
What a difference a day makes. Last week, everybody, myself included, didn't care for the McMahon Storyline. Well, I do now. I know there's still 8 months to go until Wrestlemania so the story will cool down, but for right now it's in full stride and I love it. With that being said let's jump straight into the hits and misses.
Opening Segment: I was a little surprised Cena opened the show, but I guess it served it's purpose. I'm glad that he got in, said what needed to be said, then got out. I also didn't mind seeing Stephani this week either. She did a solid job on the mic and it also gave her her heel turn too. It was also nice to see Bryan feel legitametly screwed afte the cash in since most others just brush it off.
Cody Rhodes vs. Damien Sandow: This match didn't do much for the Storyline, but the wrestling was good. The crowd tried to pick up random chants but these two pulled them right back in. This feud also helps elevate Rhodes to a World Title match. I will say that they should stop letting Cody do a moonsault.
Dolph Ziggler vs. The Shield: Dolph really showed some heart out there. Now why they chose Dolph to say those things about Hunter beats me. This match had some good spots like that nice suplex onto the outside and that (Joey Styles voice) "Oh My God" spear. I liked it.
Alberto Del Rio Segment: I'm calling this a segment because that match was too short. It seemed like they planned for Sin Cara to get hurt. I hope they run with Del Rio's 'Latin Hero' gimmick because it sets up Mysterio's return. I like that they're keeping Ricardo around because he is a great manager. I don't understand the alliance with RVD (maybe because he can't cut a promo?) but I do like RVD being the #1 contender.
The Real Americans vs. The Prime Time Players: Seems like WWE is trying to build up the tag division again. The reason I gave this a hit is because I like that the crowd didn't chant something horrible at Young and that the announcers didn't bring attention to his sexuality. It also seems like a PTPers face turn which I like as I'd like to see them beat The Shield for the Tag Titles.
The Big Show vs. The Shield: I like that a win kept The Shield looking strong and that Big Show looks in great shape and is motivated. That's all.
Punk Segment: Wow, a face that shows pure emotion. That was pure, raw emotion. I'm glad Punk was pissed off. He had a right. As for the brawl, it was okay. It went on a bit too long but that might've been because of Del Rio-Sin Cara. I like that they made Axel look strong and a realistic opponent for Punk. By the way, is it just me or does it seem like another Heyman guy's coming?
Orton's Coronation: I loved that they made a huge deal out of there being a new champion. Even though it's just like The Rock Storyline where he became the corporate champion, I like it. It was also nice that Hunter and Orton got heel reactions. I'm glad they addressed Orton taking out the McMahons years ago. Wouldn't have made sense if they didn't. The beatdown of Bryan was good as it shows that he has a big obstacle to overcome. I also loved that Orton covered up the title because it still had Cena's sideplates on it. Overall, great segment and I'm intrigued to see how Vince will turn face like planned.
Paul Heyman Segment: Eh, nothing new was said. Also, with no Punk interruption it was forgettable.
The Funkadactyls vs. Layla and AJ Lee: Although Naomi looked like a contender for the title, this match was just too short. Plus, the ending felt weird and was almost botched again.
Ryback Segment: I don't care for these segments. It doesn't really help that he's getting no ring time. So much for WWE's no bullying campaign.
R-Truth vs. Bray Wyatt: I get that this was to keep Wyatt looking strong, but it was just filler and didn't mean anything. I want to know what's next for him though now that Kane's gone.
3MB vs. The Usos: Eh, a filler match that I didn't care for. By the way, even though Primo and Epico are bull fighters now can Rosa still be their manager?
The Miz vs. Wade Barrett: Again, just filler that didn't mean muc othe than continuing the Fandango and Miz feud. Then again, I just plain don't like Miz.
Well, let me know your opinions down below. See y'all next week!