WWE's Best Match of the Week: Santino and Punk vs. Rhodes & Bryan on May 14 Raw

Drake OzSenior Writer IIMay 17, 2012

It wasn’t exactly a great week for the WWE in terms of actual wrestling.

Between the 10—yes, 10—matches on Friday Night SmackDown, Big Show’s 20-minute cry-fest on Monday Night Raw and the rushed build for Over the Limit, we didn’t really get the great TV match or two that we typically get. 

Yet, the one that I enjoyed the most was the one that I initially didn’t know how to react to. 

Prior to Monday’s Raw, it was revealed that Cody Rhodes and Daniel Bryan would take on the very odd pairing of Santino Marella and CM Punk in tag team action. 

I wasn’t sure how well Santino’s over-the-top comedy would mix with Punk, but it turns out that the combination of three of the WWE’s most talented overall performers (Rhodes, Bryan and Punk) and one of its most underrated wrestlers (Santino) actually was the right move. 

As expected, all of the main eventers in this match took care of the wrestling, while Santino did his part and also threw some entertaining comedy in there as well. 

The most memorable part of the match was when Santino attempted to do the middle rope dive after Punk did it, but couldn’t because he hit his stomach on the rope. 

Santino’s great at those little comedy spots, and to no surprise, he was great here, too. 

He also did a good job at getting the crowd behind him before he could get the hot tag to Punk, which led to a nice little ending that saw Bryan bail on Rhodes. This caused Rhodes to get scared by the Cobra, allowing Punk to nail him with the GTS for the win. 

The match itself was nothing overly fantastic and certainly not a TV classic, but it got the job done: It booked Bryan like a coward, seemingly started a feud between Rhodes and Santino, and gave Punk a victory as we head to Sunday’s Over the Limit pay-per-view. 

I obviously wasn’t crazy about Rhodes taking another loss, but hey—what can I say?—I’ve grown to expect those over the last several weeks. 

Plus, the match was good. At the end of the day, wrestling is what makes me tune into Raw every week.


Drake Oz is the WWE Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter and ask him any wrestling-related questions (to be answered in the B/R Mailbag) on Formspring.