Hello Bleacher Report. Once again, I will be taking a rare optimistic view at tonight's Raw. However, while it is sometimes hard to find the positives, WWE made this article very easy for me. The night was filled with great moments, and for that, I applaud WWE.
In a night that had new alliances, storyline progression, some good laughs, and some great promos, it seemed as though WWE pulled all the right strings. For two weeks in a row, WWE has had me looking forward to the future. With Smackdown improving as well, WWE continues to trend in the right direction.
Now let's take another look at tonight's episode. So without further ado, let's begin.
After the Anger Management segments got the feedback they did, it would be very hard for any pre-taped segment to surpass that. This segment definitely wasn't as good, but it was definitely solid overall.
WWE is using comedy in the right way, as it is actually helping to progress storylines. They aren't over doing anything, just adding in simple jokes here and there that just make the show more entertaining overall.
While I certainly am not of Sheamus' unstoppable, yet stale World Title Reign, his gimmick is actually pretty fun. When I heard his last name was Lipschitz, I nearly wet my pants.
Adding in the Yes chants was a good idea also, as that always gets a reaction out of the fans. In the end, Sheamus Brogue Kicked the camera and started singing.
Overall, the segment was nothing to right home about, but it certainly had its moments.
During tonight's episode of Raw, Jerry Lawler collapsed at ringside and was immediately sent out on a stretcher. For the majority of the night, the fans were unaware of the condition of The King.
Thankfully, Michael Cole was able to give us an update before the show ended, and it was definitely a relief. Jerry is stable as of now, and is breathing on his own. The news is great, as Jerry has contributed to WWE so much and is in all of our hearts.
I send my well wishes to Jerry and his family, and wish him a quick recovery from a very unfortunate event.
Ever since the Miz took out Christian, he really hasn't had any feud. His match at Summerslam with Mysterio was kinda tossed in at the last second, and he hasn't really done much since then. However, that all changed tonight.
During the match between Rhodes and Mysterio, The Miz tried to interfere and attack Rey. Instead he caused a momentary distraction that was enough for Rhodes to pick up the victory. However, the real twist happened after the match.
Just when it looked like The Miz was going to continue his assault on Rey, Cody got involved, connecting with Cross Rhodes on The Miz. Without any real storyline, another match between The Miz and Rey wouldn't really mean anything.
However, the addition of Cody makes this story quit interesting. There is no official match right now, but I'm assuming a Triple Threat match will be announced over on SmackDown. For now, we will just have to wait it out.
Ever since the Anger Management segments started up, the Kane-Daniel Bryan storyline has been one of the most entertaining segments in recent memory. There is the perfect mix of comedy, solid wrestling and storyline progression that is really rare nowadays.
This week, the feud between these two definitely took a twist, but in my opinion, it was perfect. After chokeslamming Daniel onto Darren Young, the ref made the three-count, officially naming WWE's odd couple the No. 1 contenders for the Tag Team Championship.
In my opinion, this is the perfect move. The two are slowly progressing forward and in my opinion, will eventually become a tag team. Both wrestlers are former World Champions, and would be a huge addition to the Tag Team Division.
I cannot wait to see what happen at NOC, as I am predicting new tag team champs come Sunday.
When I first heard about the Bret Hart interview with Cena, I wasn't too excited. I expected Cena to do his same old promo and then leave. Nothing more, nothing less. With Punk already appearing twice on Raw, I was assuming his night was over. Instead, WWE managed to pleasantly surprise me, as Punk interrupted.
The thing about Punk is he always makes wrestling feel real. He doesn't play a gimmick, or read from a script. He says how he really feels, and it makes his character unique. However, he wasn't the only one who worked his magic on the mic.
Tonight, Cena was at his best, and definitely helped create a fantastic segment. John didn't do his normal B.S. In, all honesty, everything he said was valid. He didn't act phony or fake. No, he spoke the truth, and it only made the promo better.
In a very action-packed, eventful night, this took the cake in my opinion as the No. 1 moment of Monday Night Raw.