Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of A RAW Opinion, I’m Joe and as always I take you through this weeks episode of WWE Raw, we are just one day removed from a GREAT Extreme Rules PPV, wasn’t as predictable as I thought it would be. A lot of questions should be answered tonight.
Wow, so they REALLY went with “WWE Raw starring Brock Lesnar, that’s weak. We start out with John Laurinaitis coming out to the ring. He introduces Brock Lesnar as the face of the WWE for years to come (Despite him leaving after WrestleMania?) Triple H is here! He interrupts Brock Lesnar, and he don’t look too happy tonight. Triple H says he’s out there to do what Laurinaitis is too much of a coward to do, he takes away everything John Laurinaitis promised him last week. Laurinaitis kept interrupting Triple H which lead him to turn around, Lesnar attacked Triple H and locked him in a kimura, some of the locker room emptied and chased Brock off, Triple H could be heard saying his arm is broken, not going to lie, I’m not sure if It’s a broken arm, but his arm didn’t look right in the move.
Eve comes out and says the Number One contender for the WWE Championship will be determined in a Beat The Clock Challenge, the winner will challenge CM Punk at Over The Limit. First match is The Miz VS Santino, a rematch from last nights Extreme Rules Pre show. Miz gets the win in 4:18 with Skull Crushing Finale in a decent match.
Nikki Bella VS Brie Bella VS Layla for the Divas Title (I think, not really sure they actually announced what it was.) Brie and Nikki argued for a bit, Layla delivered a dropkick to the back of one of the Bellas, knocking the other out of the ring, roll up victory in about 8 seconds, eh.
Chris Jericho in a Beat The Clock Match up next, his opponent is The Big Show. Jericho wins by count out, time ran out before the ref counted 10, but the referee said he beat the count… Alright… After commercial it was announced Jericho did NOT beat the time, so The Miz is still in the lead.
Brodus Clay comes out next, his opponent is JTG. Squash match, Brodus wins easily. Boring.
John Laurinaitis and Eve are in the back talking about what happened with Brock earlier tonight.
Beat The Clock Match up next, Randy Orton… Err, Blandy Boreton goes one on one with Jack Swagger. Blandy Boreton gets the win with 2 seconds left. How is it SmackDown stars are able to get a chance to compete for a Raw title? Why do we have a brand split then?
Up next Primo and Epico defend the WWE Tag Team titles against Kofi Kingston and R Truth. I know I say this every week I see her on TV, but damn I love Rosa Mendes! Good match. New champions, another thrown together tag team wins the meaningless tag team titles.
Kane VS Great Khali in a Beat The Clock Match up next, oh this one has five star match written all over it! No contest as time runs out, such a terrible match. I have no words for how bad that was. Next…
Final Beat The Clock Match up next, Daniel Bryan takes on Jerry Lawler… Daniel Bryan wins the Beat The Clock Challenge!! Daniel Bryan VS CM Punk for the WWE Championship! That might just make me order that PPV, those two going one on one will be worth the PPV alone.
Up next John Laurinaitis is going to speak to John Cena, apparently Cena is competing at Over The Limit, he’s going to tell Cena who his opponent will be. Cena says after all the tests he underwent it revealed no break or no tears in his arm, Laurinaitis comes out, both men go back and forth for a bit, Lord Tensai comes out, Laurinaitis attacks Cena and announces his opponent at Over The Limit is John Laurinaitis. Tensai, Laurinaitis and Tensais “follower” all attack Cena and his bad arm. This was pretty bad, I now have to reconsider ordering Over The Limit.
Overall, bad show, really, the only good thing that happened was Daniel Bryan winning the Beat The Clock Challenge. Sadly, Over The Limit looks like A great WWE Championship match and nothing else, I said Punk/Bryan would be worth it alone, but Cena/Laurinaitis might cancel that out.
Not happy at all that CM Punk didn’t talk or compete. No Dolph Ziggler, no Zack Ryder. Very disappointing Raw tonight, such a shame, Extreme Rules was a great PPV, and to follow it up with a terrible Raw like this was a shame. One more good thing, Brock Lesnar wasn’t given a microphone.
I’m so disgusted with this episode, I’m giving it a 1/5. And you can thank Daniel Bryan for the 1 rating.
Very weird night! I expected things to get better after the horrible booking of Extreme Rules, but now I’m just more lost.
I’m very excited for Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk. I’ve been wanting this for a while.
Since when did CM Punk vs. John Laurinaitis turn into John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis? This is freshly recycled crap that didn’t happen with Punk. This match will be shit and I’m guessing Lesnar, and Tensai will interfere or just Tensai.
Not sure what’s up with Lesnar. I like how this went and if it turns into a feud with HHH, I don’t see them jobbing out Lesnar again. Hope HHH mentions that he had to quit as GM in order to fight another match. John Laurinaitis now personally involved himself by attacking Cena. How is John still allowed to be GM?
Thank god the Bellas are gone. They’re not extremely attractive, they can’t wrestle, and they can barely work a microphone. They got fat/lost weight enough times to make Oprah jealous…they just aren’t meant for the biz.
Much unfolding is still needed with the storylines. Really choked the garbage thrown together team of Kofi/Truth won the tag titles. I’d rather see O’Neil and Young win. They have more credibility IMO just because they’re fresh from start. Just all my opinions on the show.
We’re getting Punk vs. Bryan at Over the Limit!
Yeah, but we also have to put up with Laurinaitis VS Cena lol. Sadly if we don’t order OTL and the buyrates come back bad, they’re not going to say It’s their fault, It’ll be becuase “Bryan and Punk can’t draw”
As much as I want to see Bryan-Punk, I don’t want to go to the bar and pay $7 (or was it $11…I forget) for a one-match show. I’d rather pay the same price for the DVD if the match (and PPV) is very good.
I was not happy tbh. The show was all over the place. Like why were two SD guys the main focus as #1 contenders for the WWE title?
I wrote this last night but never published it…
WWE Extreme Rules last night was a solid Pay-Per-View. We saw the ”Best in the World” CM Punk defeat a defiant Chris Jericho. Daniel Bryan fell a pin fall/submission short of becoming the new WHC to Sheamus. Layla becoming the NEW Diva’s champion and of course, John Cena overcoming the beast Brock Lesnar.
Raw is looking to be a fantastic show tonight. Will this be the night when John Cena announces he’ll be taking time off? From what I saw in his quick promo last night, it sure sounded like it. Cena is selling an arm injury, quite well may I add, after Brock Lesnar’s vicious Kimura lock. I guess Cena and WWE doctors can ‘confirm’ that Cena is indeed unfit to wrestle, thus gives him an excuse to take time off. A very well deserved time off.
Lord Tensai is looking to be put in a feud with CM Punk. I think it’s time. Something new and I have high hopes for it to be enjoyable. Also, Tensai supposedly means ”Natural Disaster”. Remember John Laurinaitis told Punk that a disaster was coming his way? Would this feud be a bad thing? Hell no, Tensai is a great wrestler, I don’t care what anyone says. It should be interesting. Now it’s not confirmed, however I do predict this happening.
Is Triple H returning to action soon? Last night on Extreme Rules, John Laurinaitis got a phone call from Triple H. I just want to say, if I was the boss of John Laurinaitis, I wouldn’t be happy letting Lesnar walk all over him like he did last Monday Night for the contract signing. Lesnar just lost to Cena, therefore, build him back up again. How do we do that? Use a legend to put him over. That legend being Triple H.
So see how I was let down last night?
You made some pretty good predictions. Good job. 🙂
I feel the same way about Tensai. I’m not sure how I feel about Johnny in the ring. It could actually be impressive if he’s kept up on his skillz. lol. Tensai alone interfering or will Brock interfere too at Over The Limit?
HHH vs. Brock at SummerSlam by the looks of it?
Ace has had come 5 star matches while in Japan. Plus, he doesn’t have the wear and tear that other older stars have. I’m expecting a swerve though.
Yeah I was hoping he was going to step in the ring vs. Punk earlier. I think it might be interesting to see a boss who can actually wrestle. 🙂 Not like when Bischoff would put on his karate gear. lol. Lame.
I was almost thinking Batista would show up.
CM Punk v Daniel Bryan at Over The Limit, yes yes yes yes yes yes. Also Cena v Laurinaitis will be interesting because there probably by inference from someone. Lesnar v Triple H looks on the cards for SummerSlam.
Where do you guys think Kharma will fit in? As a heel to come burst Laylas bubble?
I’d rather have Kharma as a female, Lesnar-ish face.
How will Beth and Layla fit into that? Like, maybe Beth attempts to injure Layla after winning the title back then Kharma makes the save?
I heard WWE wants Beth/Kharma at SummerSlam.
Weird show. Good review.
Show was bad. If I hadn’t been doped up on meds, I would not have enjoyed it at all. I’m firmly against a HHH/Lesnar match headlining a ppv. And why did HHH need help walking to the back? He broke his arm, not a leg.
Still don’t know how Santino/Ryder defeated the Usos last week, and Truth/Kofi are now the tag champs.
I dislike tournaments to crown new #1 Contenders all the time; prefer natural storylines to determine feuds and matches.
Why the hell was Lawler chosen for that match? So many others viable competitors on the roster. Am happy about Punk vs. Bryan at OTL, but see Jericho somehow getting into the mix of things.
There weren’t any good matches, promos, or segments this week. The highlight for me, was the opening video package for Lesnar/Cena, and I hate that Cena won at ER, not because it’s Cena, but because it’s backward freaking booking.
I thought meds made you happy.
Honestly, just that I was at home, and awake, to watch it, made me happy.
Bit since ive had a day to process…
about Cody Rhodes; you want to see him get smhaesd for being a jerk, but the way he goes about being a jerk is so great, you kind of don’t want him to get smhaesd. His rapport with AJ is consistent with his character, heel or not. Macho Man has been brought up in comparison, which definitely fits. It follows their characters, and above all, it works. Plus, he was getting decent matches out of Big Show for a while, which, looking back on it, is something. He doesn’t sell murder like DZ, but he wrestles how one might think a normal person would wrestle. Not over the top, but like a CM Punk, or Swagger. He puts on a good match not matter who else is in the ring. Combine that all, and Bryan is slowly becoming that main event staple kind of guy, and he is a guy that I don’t mind listening to, as well as watching him wrestle. A guy like the Rock (again, late 90s, early 00s). Yeah, he may not win EVERY match, but that’s the thing. He shows some vulnerability, so you are worried about the result, but it’s okay because you know he is going to do something fun and cool even if he loses and you will still like what he is doing regardless. Whereas, with Zack Ryder, it’s tough to pull for a guy just made of catchphrases (i.e. Poochie, the Talkin Dog). DB won over another fan who was on the fence for reminding me of childhood faves, especially for the literal LOLs had while watching the dark match video, and the fun that will be had following this Mania and RAW. Also, Sheamus is getting some undeserved heat right now from people saying he screwed over Bryan and such nonsense (though I totally understand the crowd reaction). Naw, he’s still the same big ol’ white dude he always has been, just the beneficiary of a bizarre match result at the most expensive, and therefore biggest event. Plus, it’s not lucky to diss the Irish
I think HHH-Lesnar would be a very intriguing program. There is also a little history that most may not remember. During Lesanr’s last run in WWE, HHH was the only major guy he never faced. He beat Rock, Angle, Show, Taker, Benoit, Hogan, RVD, and others all cleanly. And he was scheduled to beat Austin clean on an episode of Raw until Austin quit over it. I think this could certainly have a dream match atmosphere if built correctly.
Punk vs. Bryan was a total surprise I never saw coming. I really think it’s a testament to how much Bryan’s stock has risen. He wasn’t even supposed to face Sheamus at Extreme Rules (originally supposed to be Alberto), but he was so over with the fans that it forced the company to extend their program. Their match from Sunday was awesome and I’m sure the key decision makers took notice and rewarded him with this match against Punk.
And Laurinatis had a ton of heat in the final segment. I think it will be a very entertaining match since the casual fan really wants to see Cena destroy him. Plus Laurinaitis has been great in his role as of late.
I didnt find Raw that bad.
But I will pose this… Why in the absolute fuck are we seeing a Kahli and Kane match as opposed to a Ziggler and Zack Ryder match? And, I’m officially bored of Brodus Clay.
The Extreme Rules PPV was awesome, it helped both fans and the wrestlers that there was virtually no expectations going into it. Each match that mattered delivered and delivered in its own, different way.
Was anyone else a little relived when Johnny announced that HE would face Cena, rather than Tensei? Although it does seem that maybe creative have got Cenas/Punks names mixed up somewhere
I think they’re pushing Tensai as almost a bodyguard for Laurinaitis, that’s how it seems right now anyway. I still don’t think he’s good though.
I’m glad to see that a few of your shared the same views I did on Raw.
I’m not keen on the new Tag Champs. Sure, I’m no fan of Primo/Epico, but at least they are an actual team, not two guys just thrown together because they have nothing else going on. We’ve got the Usos, a team that have grown on me, yet they always seem to get overlooked lately. Not sure why.
I’m really baffled by the Bellas exit. Not by the fact they’re leaving, because they’re crap, and obviously didn’t want to re-sign. The whole last week though, just felt rushed and a crazy end for them. When Nikki won the title, I expected Kharma to come back this past Monday to get her revenge from last year. You know, perfect return for her, end for those two. Then the same at Extreme Rules when WWE’s “text service” announced Beth was out injured. Instead we get Layla returning (no complaints there, LOVE Layla), she wins two nights in a row, and Bellas get fired. Just seemed strange. I mean, even if Kharma isn’t 100% fit, or they don’t want to put the title back on her right away, have Layla win on Raw, Bellas complain, then Kharma come out, destroy them, and bye bye Bellas.
On the plus side, Daniel Bryan vs CM Punk….YES! YES! YES! YES! I’ve said on here in a few TTR posts, that I wanted to see them face off again, and the match end properly for once. Now I get my wish, and on PPV! It’s free here in the UK….I’d have happily paid out the £15 just for this match alone.
Sorry for the long rant!!