It’s very easy to give a reaction to WWE RAW each Monday night, focusing on what the creative team did with the three hours afforded to them and sharing what you would done differently. But as viewers, we have a chance say what should happen before RAW even airs. That’s what “Pre-Action” is all about!
Last Week on RAW
Last week we saw a show-spanning storyline between CM Punk and Jerry Lawler that started with a challenge and ended with a steel cage match. The booking hooked fans throughout the entire three hours of the show, and the payoff solidified CM Punk as a calculated heel. It was a great use of Jerry Lawler, with the only thing that could have made it better being RAW emanating from Memphis.
AJ’s torturous treatment of Daniel Bryan continued, as she sent him to anger management classes. We were treated to segments that would make most hardcore fans groan, but the awesome performances put forth by both Bryan and Kane made the segments fun and enjoyable. The follow-up match between Daniel Bryan and R-Truth was a fun way to continue the issue.
In other action, John Cena pinned The Miz in an entertaining 10-minute match. Vickie Guerrero cut a promo against AJ that brought the general manager out—not for a verbal response but rather a physical one.
Santino Marella pinned Heath Slater, Brodus Clay teamed with Sin Cara to beat a pairing of their respective current enemies in Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes, Kane chokeslammed David Otunga after sparing Zack Ryder (who had just defeated David Otunga) and Randy Orton teamed with Sheamus to beat Dolph Ziggler and Alberto Del Rio.
Finally, Triple H cut a promo where he didn’t say “Goodbye,” but he did say “Thank you.” Is he retired? The smart money says no.
So after the events of last week, what needs to happen this week?