Monday Night Raw last night featured a lot of interesting developments, including a twist at the end that will leave fans talking for weeks.
Like every Raw, tonight featured a lot of good, as well as a little bad, with a side of some ugly.
And what better way to review all of that than this good, bad and ugly review of the September 3 edition of Monday Night Raw.
What a matchup Dolph Ziggler and Randy Orton put on, right? Ziggler is without question going to be a great champion someday in the WWE, but right now, WWE is doing a spectacular job booking Ziggler.
First, with Jericho and now, this rivalry with Randy Orton is really getting Ziggler over well as a heel, but even better getting him over as one of the top athletes currently in the WWE.
The Miz on commentary was great. I really enjoy watching him in the ring, especially due to the fact that I've watched him work his way up in the company and improve in-ring so much. Anytime he has a break though, he should do commentary. I hope in 20 years Raw is commentated by CM Punk and The Miz. How great would that be?
Kane and Daniel Bryan's anger management sessions have been gold and tonight was no exception. The only bad part is that it appears that they are now over.
It's no secret the tag team division is very shallow right now, but the team of Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara are definitely a breath of fresh air. Hopefully soon, this whole Cody Rhodes versus mask gimmick ends so we can see Mysterio and Cara get into the tag team title picture.
I've seen a lot of Brogue Kicks from Sheamus, but I don't think I've ever seen one look as good as the one Sheamus hit on Ricardo Rodriguez.
I don't know about you, but I really enjoyed the Zack Ryder-Heath Slater match. Both Ryder and Slater are very talented, and it's nice to see Ryder receiving a mini-push right now. Hopefully, they do something with it and he just doesn't disappear for a few weeks following last night.
The John Cena-Alberto Del Rio main event was very entertaining and the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation only made it 10 times better. We saw some okay in-ring action, Cena get put through the announce table and both men take the action backstage. All in all, it was a fun main event.
Every fan in the arena in Chicago and watching at home probably knew Punk was going to play some role in the Cena-Del Rio match, but the surprise and moment of the night was after Punk laid Cena out.
Punk got back in the car, and as the car drove off, looking out the driver side window was Paul Heyman. Everyone was in shock, but as excited as can be. There is no better possible pairing than Punk with Heyman.
Could this seriously be the beginning of the new New World Order? Probably not, but hey, it's still pretty exciting. I can't wait to see how this angle plays out in the weeks leading up to Night of Champions.
The WWE is doing nothing with Cody Rhodes or Tensai. Tensai is really just looking like a project gone wrong each week, and it's probably about time the WWE just drops the gimmick and tries something new. What bothers me more is it seems they are just wasting Cody Rhodes' talent. He should be about the same place Ziggler is right now.
I was really looking forward to seeing something new and witnessing Punk against Sheamus, but Punk chose to use one of his "personal days" and the match didn't happen. So, instead we got to see Sheamus versus...Jack Swagger.
How many more squash matches do we have to watch with Ryback? I'm losing interest. I was really hoping he'd say something to Miz ringside or something, but of course, that would make too much sense.
Don't get me wrong, the Daniel Bryan-Kane "hug it out" feature was great, but it was ruined when they didn't just leave the ring and form a tag team. The rivalry ran its course and now, we want to see a tag team.
CM Punk's heel turn hit a wall tonight just due to bad timing with Raw airing live from Chicago, Illinois. I know a lot of heels get cheered while in their hometown, but with the WWE trying so hard to get Punk over as a heel and coming off his first major heel act of attacking Jerry Lawler last week, last night's show being in Chicago didn't help much at all.
I don't understand the Eve angle right now. Is it that she wants to look like she is a face and shake hands, then do heel things? Very confused during her match tonight.
I'm very high on Antonio Cesaro, but this feud with Santino is not entertaining me. Seeing that Cody Rhodes isn't doing much right now, that would be a feud that I would love to see. It would also bring a lot more attention to the United States Championship.
Oh, A.J. I'm on the fence when it comes to whether or not I like her as General Manager, but last night kind of killed it for me. She's not been GM long enough for her to be having "nervous breakdowns" in the ring. Plus, on top of that, any angle that features more air time for Vickie Guerrero is no good to me.