If last Sunday’s Survivor Series Pay-Per-View didn’t leave you with a sour taste in your mouth, then you’ll be happy to find out that Monday Night Raw took it to another level. This episode was by far the worst one I’ve seen this year off the strength of a deplorable first hour, a useless special guest host spot, and a bunch of other stupidity. It’s really hard for me to figure out what WWE and their creative team is trying to do. Who are they pushing again? Who are the heels? Who are the faces? Why are they forcing us to care about Eva Marie? I’ll try to answer a few of these with this week’s edition of Raw’s Three Points.
It was a little over 48 hours ago when I was confused and upset with WWE after their third disappointing Pay-Per-View event in a row. That was the time where I said that WWE creative is fucking this Corporation angle up and are not establishing CM Punk and Daniel Bryan as the future of the company. It was that moment where I forgot that wrestling storylines are a 10K marathon and not a 100-meter sprint. After being constantly reminded by fellow wrestling fans to give this story some time to breathe, I tuned in to Raw (not sober of course) and hot diggity damn it was good. Apparently this was the first Raw under Vince McMahon as Head Of Creative and coincidentally enough one where John Cena returns.
Maybe they lucked out in a huge way here with a great crowd. Maybe they were looking to put all the pieces in the puzzle at once leading to WrestleMania 30 six months from now. Whatever the case may be, Monday Night Raw turned into one of the best episodes this year.
A little over 24 hours fresh off a Battleground Pay-Per-View, fans in Buffalo and all across the globe were clamoring for a refund for a subpar show with a shitty finish. The second PPV in a row where refunds were demanded (and possible low buyrates), it didn’t take long for WWE to go into Code Red for their next PPV Hell In A Cell. Coupled with a drawn-out episode of Raw that picked up at the end, we were left with a ton of questions heading into the next PPV three weeks from now. Without further ado, let’s get underway with a Three Points of Monday Night Raw and where I can see these angles going from here on out:
It’s Wrestling Booking 101: The story of Good vs. Evil in which the villains are constantly stacking the odds against the heroes in question. The Four Horsemen were notorious for that against Dusty Rhodes and as with Stone Cold Steve Austin fighting the original incarnation of The Corporation. Now in 2013 there are two angles have the top two babyfaces currently against the respective bodies of evil. But now in a new era where the attention spans of many aren’t up to par to those in the 1980s, will these storylines find the proper time to develop into dramatic resolutions meant to be seen?
I’m back again to give the Three Points to a Monday Night Raw that continues to push the stories of Daniel Bryan facing the wrath of Corporate Evolution and CM Punk quest for vengeance continually being thwarted. Eventually the stars will align for these stars to fight a common enemy, but let’s look on how that can come about.
I should be hopped on caffeine right now as this college life is draining me, but it didn’t stop me from watching a pretty good Monday Night Raw. Emanating from London, England during their annual European tour, it was highlighted with a John Cena/Ryback confrontation alongside Mick Foley, Fandango continuing to be a sensation, and a 6-Man Tag Main Event that featured Undertaker’s first in-ring match on Raw in 3 years. To be honest, I only watched bits and pieces of this show due to school priorities, but there were some parts I really liked. So without further ado, I’ll discuss the top 3 things that were really cool and 3 things that just sucked.
Punks going for knee surgery. That’s gonna put a hair in his title reign’s orange juice, huh? Today Punk, as it is at 381 days as champion, he now has the longest WWE Championship run in the modern era. But the timing isn’t all bad. You see (as of this writing) the TLC ppv is a mere 10 days from now; now normally the company would kinda lean on the talent to get to the ppv, keep the buys up, put over who you gotta put over and go under the knife after the event…just ask Shawn Michaels’ L5-S1 (that’s a lower back disc to you humanoids).
So I received an email the night after Monday Night Raw, asking my thoughts on CM Punk hitting a fan. I let a few weeks go by forgetting to blog about the situation. So its better late than never…. Let me start of by saying I have a problem with wrestling fans, who feel entitled to put there hands on the talent. I have several friends who wrestle and deal with large crowds. Some who’s character are faces but mostly heels.
*I do not work for WWE. This is not what WILL happen in the coming months but rather an editorial suggestion of what MIGHT happen and likely what I’d do if I held the book & pen…*
So Heyman was the 2nd gunman on the grassy noel?? (He was Punk’s getaway driver after the Cena attack.) Ok…I think I see where this is going; at the very least, I’ll give you my opinion on what they SHOULD do.
When CM Punk wrestled Daniel Bryan, 2 weeks ago on WWE Monday Night RAW, I got a shit load of tweets saying FINALLY “pure wrestling”. The idea of “pure wrestling” is more of an opinionated statement. Locks, holds, escapes and an explosive back and fourth with a lengthy time limit give short but matches that have impact a bad rap. I think idea of “pure wrestling” is telling a story in the ring. To quill pure wrestling enthusiast next week I will blog a match that could be the definition of “pure wrestling”.
Its not rare to see a great technical wrestling on RAW. I think most just like to bitch and moan because they aren’t paying attention to Dolph, Cody and Kofi who are ALL technical wrestlers. What was rare was this match between Bryan and Punk. It came out of nowhere, which was cool. Wrestling fans nowadays take the Internet for granted with results and spoilers, so the surprise factor to me was great.
The last time these two faced each other was at ROH back April 2004. Matches like this really highlight how amazing the talent in the WWE really is. Anyone else notice the ROH handshake at the beginning of the match? The code of honor in a WWE ring…AMAZING. After the match I was asked why wasn’t there a clean finish?
Two reasons. The obvious…Being you cannot have one champion superior over the other, it shows weakness. The champion always has to be the “best” of the company. Jericho lost the rumble the night before so doing a run in on Punk during Raw did a great job of setting Punk vs. Jericho.
We all are going to have a markgasim for Punk vs Jericho at WrestleMania, but lets chat for a moment about Bryan vs Sheamus. Bryan and Sheamus will put on a great match. Sheamus and Bryan had some fantastic matches last year on RAW, contrary to all his squash matches Sheamus is very good. He is second most over babyface on SmackDown. If and when Bryan is victorious at Elimination Chamber this month, Bryan will be walking into WrestleMania as champion. Remember last year when Bryan and Sheamus were suppose to be on the card for WrestleMania but got dropped from the broadcast and made into a dark match before the show? What a difference a year makes.
I know its a tab early for the WrestleMania rumors but since the Rumble is this weekend Maina talk will be all the rage for the next several weeks.
Contrary to what has been previously reported, it appears that and are the two big matches currently being discussed. , fans have been expecting the tentative plan and while those plans have not been scrapped by any means, officials have discussed a creative shake-up.
Because of the IWC (Internet Wrestling Community) and its conspiracies and assumptions, rumors are circulating that we might see Triple H vs. CM Punk instead Chris Jericho vs. CM Punk at Mania. While is isn’t confirmed or denied the possible match might be scrapped. WWE is hip to the Internet game and as we know the WWE likes to shake shit up. So Chris Jericho vs The Undertaker might be a go.
If this does happen The Undertaker vs. Chris Jericho wouldn’t be a bad watch. Having Taker do a fresh WrestleMania match is way better than seeing the repeats like the last 3 WrestleMania’s.
Ok lets get in to The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of Monday Night RAW.