WWE: Top 5 Questions Going Forward After Raw
Remember when people bled after they went through car windshields?
Tonight, we witnessed kidnappings, Piper’s Pit and a handshake fail.
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the top questions going forward. These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have at it?
Why Didn't John Cena Shake CM Punk's Hand?
I thought Raw was much improved tonight and some of the reason had to do with CM Punk not whining as much. I found Punk to be much more “real” tonight.
AJ created a match pitting CM Punk and John Cena against Big Show and Daniel Bryan. I was surprised to see Cena and Punk work together, despite trying to one-up each other during the match.
CM Punk even left without stabbing John Cena in the back tonight. In fact, he saved Cena from the Big Show in an unexpected display of trust.
The interesting moment of the night came when CM Punk put his hand out to Cena for a handshake and it was ignored. Cena stared at Punk’s hand, and this only irritated the WWE Champion to the point that he left the ring in disgust.
Why would Cena ignore the handshake?
In theory I completely understand why, but it just came across as a powerful moment because it was John Cena who ignored the handshake. You know, the same John Cena who has a reputation for always doing the right thing? Yeah, that one.
I do not want to make this into a “John Cena heel turn” conversation. I will never believe that.
Still, I had to pause and question the move. Obviously, Cena would not want to trust CM Punk since they will be fighting in less than a week. However, everyone got on Punk for not saving Cena a few weeks ago, so I just want to see if those same people will jump on John for “not doing the right thing.”
What did you make of John Cena ignoring CM Punk’s handshake?
Should a Title Match Be Featured in the Pre-Show of a Pay-Per-View?
I was quite pleased to see so much young talent being pushed tonight. The WWE seems to be trying to establish some young guys in an effort to build the future.
The one glaring problem I saw was that the United States championship match was going to be the pre-show for SummerSlam.
The United States title has seemed irrelevant for months. I think the WWE should put the belt on someone like Ryback or Damien Sandow in an effort to make their push seem more legitimate.
Now I like the fact that Antonio Cesaro is getting a shot at the title, but it shows me how much that belt means when the match is merely the pre-show for SummerSlam.
I remember watching matches involving Henry Godwin and Duke “The Dumpster” Droese in the pre-shows when I was growing up.
I am willing to give the WWE time to continue to establish the talent on the roster, but an effort needs to be made to make championships in the WWE seem more valuable. You just do not see guys fighting to become champion anymore.
Who would you like to see as the next United States champion?
Is Ryback Ready to Make an Impact in the WWE?
Let me just start out by saying I laughed very hard when JTG pretended to be scared of contracting pink eye from Ryback.
I have to admit that the crowd was into Ryback tonight. That is a very good sign for the young superstar.
It also is nice to see the WWE putting Ryback in a feud with Jinder Mahal. I have written a few pieces saying Ryback needed a major feud in order to move up in the WWE.
Ryback now has that feud and the WWE Universe seems to be embracing him. I would like to see Ryback keep his push going and capture the United States title or the Intercontinental title by the end of the year.
I am curious to know why fans support Ryback. I am not trying to say you should not like him, but I just want to know what makes him interesting to you personally. Let me know in the comments section.
Was This Roddy Piper's Worst Appearance on Raw in 2012?
I love you Roddy, but it is time to go.
It was always easy for me to cheer for “Rowdy” Roddy Piper while growing up because with a last name like McDonald I felt connected to his Scottish gimmick.
Tonight I finally stopped cheering for him. Instead I was just plain embarrassed.
Roddy Piper deserves better than being thrown onto Raw when he is clearly not as sharp on the mic as he once was. In fact, I was cringing at some of his “comebacks” tonight.
His last three appearances on Raw this year have made him look goofy, senile and feeble. No one likes to see their heroes grow old, but it is worse to see guys like Roddy Piper paraded out the way he has been.
I generally wanted to hear what Dolph Ziggler, Chris Jericho and the Miz had to say, and I thought Piper just seemed out of place during the whole segment.
We did get a reprieve after Piper’s Pit with a highly entertaining match featuring Ziggler, Jericho and the Miz. That match was definitely the best of the night and another example of the younger stars being allowed to “show-off.” Please excuse the pun.
How would you rate Roddy Piper’s performance tonight?
How Will HBK's Beating Affect the Outcome of Brock Lesnar and Triple H Match?
I am still in disbelief that there was no blood on Shawn Michaels.
I think we all know that the Heart Break Kid was going to get destroyed by Brock Lesnar, but I really wanted to see more tonight.
The anticipation of seeing Lesnar attack Shawn was on my mind all night, but I felt letdown some by the end. I think it would have been more powerful to see Shawn lying in a pool of blood in the parking lot and have Triple H find him there. Maybe even have Heyman laughing in the background and fade on that.
The end just came across as choppy to me. I think I was supposed to feel enraged at Brock Lesnar for doing such a heinous act, but the truth is I wanted to see more.
I suppose I am intrigued to see if Shawn will cost Triple H a victory this Sunday. I honestly do not see that happening, because that would mean Triple H would want to fight HBK. I do not need to be stuck in an endless streak of matches where Triple H feels the need to challenge everyone on the planet.
This match is all about star power, and in the end it really does not matter who is going to win. Lesnar and Triple H are part-time performers, and I do not care what they do anymore. It has no affect on the grand scheme of where the WWE is heading.
What will be the outcome of Lesnar and Triple H’s battle at SummerSlam?
Let me know below in the comment section and be sure to list the questions that came out of Raw for you as well. Also remember to follow me on Twitter @ClassicJoeyMac.
Keep is classic everyone!