This past edition of Monday Night Raw has proven that the WWE has a stale product and is in dire need of a new direction.
WWE Monday Night Raw is live from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. A video package recapping the Daniel Bryan, CM Punk and AJ story line is shown.
AJ opens the show skipping to the ring. She has certainly caused a ton of problems in the WWE with her actions. AJ asks the crowd to help welcome CM Punk. Punk makes his entrance towards the ring.
Punk, in a serious tone, asks AJ what is going on. AJ believes she is in control of her actions. She struggles to talk on the microphone and finally says Punk has cared about her so much. AJ continues to smile at Punk and begins to get down on one knee.
She finally asks Punk to marry her. The crowd is rooting for Punk to accept. Daniel Bryan rushes to the ring and objects to it. Bryan believes Punk is playing around to get his advantage in the match. Bryan dares Punk to accept AJ's marriage proposal. After Punk says nothing, Bryan continues to persuade AJ to his side.
Bryan goes on one knee and asks her to marry him. As Punk and Daniels argue, Michael Cole stands and asks the crowd for his attention. He reads off the laptop on what the Raw General Manager says. The unknown Raw General Manager makes the main event. Punk and AJ will face Daniels and Eve.
(My quick take: A very long opening promo that left viewers scratching their head on who AJ sees as her future husband. It appears later on the show, everyone will finally see who AJ will choose but the opening promo was a bit too long for me as a viewer. Overall, decent promo.)
Jack Swagger versus Sheamus
Your winner: Sheamus.
Match Rating: 1.5/5
(That was a quick opening match.)
Alberto Del Rio appears on the screen and says this Sunday, he will take his championship title.
Santino is backstage to find the unknown Raw General Manager.
Dolph Ziggler and Tensai versus Christian and Tyson Kidd
Your winner: Ziggler and Tensai
Match Rating: 2/5
(That was another quick one. So far on Raw, we have seen a long opening promo, main event set up and two unmemorable matches.)
While Cole and Jerry Lawler argue at ringside, Cole gets another message from the Raw General Manager. Cole says he can not read it so he gives King the chance to read it. The Raw General Manager has decided to make a Cole versus King rematch at Raw.
Brodus Clay versus Drew McIntyre
Your winner: Brodus Clay
Match Rating: 1.5/5
(So what is with these very short matches? There has yet to be a match to actually review.)
John Cena comes out to the ring. He says he feels the excitement of Money in the Bank. Cena tells fans that the pay-per-view is a must-see event. He talks about the importance of Money in the Bank. He concludes by saying he will win Money in the Bank.
John Cena and Kane versus Chris Jericho and Big Show
No contest match.
Match Rating: 3.5/5
(A pretty solid mid show match that really hyped up Money in the Bank. It was an excellent preview for what could come at the pay-per-view.)
Sin Cara versus Heath Slater
Your winner: Sin Cara
Match Rating: 2.5/5
(Sin Cara got some pretty decent in ring work but again, a quick match. I do like Sin Cara now officially qualifying in the Money in the Bank pay-per-view.)
Slater takes the microphone and pleads that everything is unfair. Bob Backlund makes his return to the WWE to face square off against Slater. Backlund puts on a submission hold as Slater taps.
Michael Cole versus Jerry Lawler
Your winner: Michael Cole via disqualification.
After the match, Santino comes out. Santino is pulled under the ring and Hornswoggle comes out. Lawler asks Hornswoggle if he caused this mess, which he admits to it. After, Hornswoggle kicks Lawler and Cole and bites Santino before leaving.
Match Rating: 0.5/5
(That was simply a pure filler.)
Daniel Bryan and Eve versus CM Punk and AJ
Your winners: Punk and AJ
After the match, Bryan says he proved himself tonight. Bryan asks AJ to leave with him and get married. Punk takes over the microphone and shuts down the marriage talk with AJ. He says he cares about her and wants to tell the truth to AJ.
Match Rating: 3/5
AJ slaps Punk and Bryan in the face in frustration. She leaves the ring skipping to the entrance way as Raw closes.
Monday Night Raw Rating: 2/5
This was simply a disappointing show. Aside from AJ leaving viewers with a cliffhanger ending and one solid match, this was a Raw that many fans will more than likely not remember.
In total, there were four matches (excluding Cole and Lawler's) that went by extremely quick. At one point, there were three straight matches to open Raw that could not even outlast combined the opening segment in time. The Cole and Lawler match could really not even be considered a match, seeing how it was used as a filler.
The only positives was AJ's continuing solid work with Punk and Bryan and the tag team match featuring Cena, Kane, Jericho and the Big Show. The opening segment was also decent but long.
WWE has a lackluster product heading into its 1,000th Raw episode. I can not imagine them producing solid episodes when they expand to three hours. Hopefully the 1,000th Raw will bring back some life. For this edition of Raw, it was at best under average.