The three-hour edition of Raw this week definitely had some memorable angles despite being an overall boring show.
The supposed highlight of the show was John Cena coming off as afraid of Brock Lesnar.
After Cena failed to appear at the scheduled contract signing, Lesnar gave the GM of Raw—Mr. John Laurinaitus—his demands as the "new face of the WWE."
To sum it up in a ball, Lesnar wants to have partial control over the company, fly on Vince McMahon's private jet and he wants Monday Night Raw to be dubbed "Monday Night Raw Featuring Brock Lesnar."
After Laurinaitus agreed to Lesnar's revisions, Cena reluctantly came out, protecting himself from Lesnar with a metal chain. Apparently, his emotions were supposed to solidify him as scared.
Two weeks ago, Cena slapped Lesnar in the face and proceeded to fight him without backing out. He displayed a smile, implying, "Is that all you got?" when Lesnar busted him open.
The next time the two go face-to-face, Cena's mood changes and he is scared to fight Lesnar. Now why are we supposed to believe that, WWE?
This is merely just a case of WWE questioning our intelligence—there's really nothing more to it.
You guys are going to hate me for this, but WWE should go easy on making Cena look weak. The reason he's so popular within children is because he's a role model to them; him losing so often will completely tear that away.
What would have been better?
There's a median between making him look like Superman and making him appealing to kids.
People are also quick to judge Brock's mic-skills. I personally thought he did an amazing job last night. Sure, he stumbled on a few words, but he executed what he was supposed to do solidly.
How I would book it:
Lesnar tells Laurinaitus he won't wrestle at the PPV if Laurinaitus doesn't give him what he wants. Laurinaitus reluctantly agrees to his revisions. After this, Cena comes out with his own revisions to be willing to face Lesnar at the PPV—leaving Laurinaitus in a predicament.
Now on to the rest of the show:
Edge cut a pretty good promo on Cena last night, but it was a bit underwhelming considering it was the first segment of the night. By the way, does this segment completely resemble the promo Mick Foley cut on Edge before his Hell in a Cell match against The Undertaker years ago?
CM Punk played a trick on Chris Jericho when Punk seemingly resorted to alcoholism. Punk pretended to fail a sobriety test, but when he revealed his sobriety, he took the opportunity to get a few punches in on Jericho.
Sure, it dragged on a little too long and it was ultimately predictable, but it was entertaining nonetheless.
Highlight of the night?
Lord Tensai defeated R-Truth in another squash match. I'm still wondering why Truth hasn't turned heel again yet.
Kane not saving Paul Bearer—since Kane's apparently a monster again—had potential as an angle, but the execution was underwhelming. Here's an idea, WWE: Instead of having Kane tell us he's not going to save his father because he's a monster, why not show us?
I'm glad that WWE gave Brodus Clay and Dolph Ziggler good air-time, but the segment they were in was stupid.
Congratulations to Nikki Bella for winning the divas title, but the real applause goes to Beth Phoenix for doing an incredible job executing a serious knee injury. She sold it to a point where even a lot of the smarter fans thought it was legitimate.
Putting Zack Ryder and Santino Marella in a tag team together is definitely not a bad idea. But knowing WWE, their formation might be nonexistent by next week.
Daniel Bryan costing Sheamus his match followed with a post-match attack was awesome. That's what their feud should have been from the start: a provoking heel against an irritable babyface.
Brock Lesnar attacking Josh Matthews was cool, but acknowledging the double standard was just too obvious.
Chris Jericho defeated Kofi Kingston in a pretty good match. Aside from my biased annoyance towards Kofi, both competitors did a great job.
It's a shame The Miz has been demoted to a U.S. title match at the Extreme Rules pre-show. He's too talented for this.
Quote of the Week
Edge to John Cena: "I'm not asking you to beat Brock Lesnar, I'm telling you to."