The best match on Raw was unquestionably the triple threat match involving Chris Jericho, Dolph Ziggler and The Miz. While the Piper's Pit segment could be considered a disappointment, which was a surprise considering the participants, the match that followed was not.
The match was slow at the beginning, but the the last five minutes were very entertaining. They did an excellent job of building up the near-falls. Each guy got a chance to shine with the spotlight on them. Miz was just kind of there, but he was fine in his role. The match was more about the Jericho/Ziggler story obviously.
Did you notice that Jericho actually hit the Lionsault? As a face, he can hit a Lionsault. Not as a heel. That's the unwritten rule.
I didn't think Ziggler would get the win because I expected him to win on Sunday, which usually means a loss on TV. Announcer Michael Cole did a good job (it's very rare for me to say that) of putting over the idea that Ziggler beat Jericho in a big match and questioned if Jericho can win on Sunday.
The story heading into their match is a basic one that works very well. Jericho's the veteran babyface that has won every title there is to win. Ziggler's on the cusp of winning one of the two major championships, so for him to prove that he's worthy he has to get by a legend like Jericho.
Their promos have been strong. Their interaction in the ring has been above average. It's time for the showdown.
What will happen on Sunday in the Jericho/Ziggler match? A few days ago, I was convinced that Ziggler was going over clean. Now I'm not so sure. Jericho's leaving post Summerslam. He's off to join his band, Fozzy.
Do they send him away with a victory followed by an attack on Raw to injure him or does Ziggler get the win over the veteran?
The best wrestling matches are the ones where you don't know what's going to happen. Add the fact that it's pretty much a sure thing that the match quality will be excellent and it only adds to the excitement.
The build on Raw was really well done. As a result of that, I'm very excited to watch Jericho vs. Ziggler at Summerslam.