With the WWE in sort of a bind given John Cena's injury, Raw was going to be a good indication of where the WWE is going to go from here. So, did we get our answer?
Quite simply: maybe.
WWE Raw for September 24th was one of those normal, okay episodes with a mix of one or two good matches, a couple good segments, and the usual display of pointless segments.
With that, let's take a look back at last night's WWE Raw: the good, bad, and ugly.
To kick off the show, CM Punk and Paul Heyman called out a referee and A.J. Would've been a normal segment, but as always, Punk and Heyman were just gold on the mic.
Dolph Ziggler and Kofi Kingston showed the WWE Universe last night that while it may appear the WWE is light on top talent, they're not. Ziggler and Kingston delivered a five-star match with the only downfall being that the WWE is still aligning Kingston with R-Truth, who, by the way, is always a guy the WWE can use as a top singles talent.
As of Smackdown, I was starting to feel like Kane and Daniel Bryan were becoming too much, but the segments on Raw were perfect and very entertaining. How long can they keep this going, though?
Mick Foley is known to the WWE Universe as being the "Hardcore Legend," but it's very forgotten how great he is on the mic. Placing his return with a confrontation with WWE Champion CM Punk was great and continued a great month of promos featuring Punk and company.
The best part of Raw was seeing and hearing from Jerry "The King" Lawler via satellite from his home in Memphis, Tennessee. Lawler recalled the Raw in which he suffered a heart attack and thanked the WWE Universe. He also announced that when he is medically cleared to return, he'll be back on Raw.
John Cena came out and basically told us the only reason he was there was because of the WWE's partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Cena announced he'll return at Hell in a Cell, but was interrupted by CM Punk. Punk told Cena he had five seconds to get out of the ring, but at five, when Punk attacked, Cena caught Punk with a lead pipe. One armed Cena + lead pipe = still SuperCena!
Backstage, Punk found Mick Foley and gave him one nice kick to the gut. Punk walked away, but appeared he was going to go back and do more damage, but as he turned, something startled him: Ryback.
Is Ryback taking Cena's place as the top face on Raw during Cena's injury absence? That's a Sheamus-like push right there!
So, what happened to Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara feuding with the Prime Time Players? It may just be me, but nearly any segment with Santino Marella is going in the bad or ugly category. If the WWE is trying to get them over a little more before the feud with Mysterio and Cara, fine, but I feel like they were ready.
Ryback squashes Intercontinental Champion The Miz? They really want us to think he's Goldberg, don't they?
Wade Barrett is back! Back to squashing good talent. Nobody forgot who he is, so why does he have to built back up?
The Sheamus-Alberto Del Rio storyline is still not over?
I was on Twitter last night voting for Team Friendship, but Team Hell No isn't bad. You know what is bad? Team Rhode Scholars. Just rolls off the tongue, right Cody Rhodes?
There are tons of tag teams in the WWE right now, which is great for the division, but in a time where WWE needs major talent to step up, Sheamus lacks opponents, and Cena is injured, Daniel Bryan, Kane, Rhodes, and Sandow are feuding for the Tag Team Championship? Bad timing by the WWE.
Big Show returned to television and attacked Brodus Clay and Tensai, but he should have returned during the Sheamus six-man tag match and started that feud.
A.J.'s character is getting more odd each week. Not sure if she's back to being crazy, still having nervous breakdowns, or what.
During the match between Ryback and The Miz, a fan stormed the ring only to get stopped by security. I always love how the WWE tries to pretend it didn't happen. I remember when Eddie Guerrero was in a ladder match and a fan stormed the ring and Guerrero got in a couple punches while security escorted him out of the ring. Good times.
In the day and age of the IWC, it's ridiculous that the WWE makes Ricardo Rodriguez pretend he doesn't know how to wrestle. It's almost as bad as the WWE trying to make us think David Otunga does know how to wrestle.
Is it just me, or does Alicia Fox make a face-heel turn every other week on Raw? Plus, Beth Phoenix should have been a legend in the Divas division, so I hope this isn't how they are writing her off of television.