Paul Heyman, CM Punk, Vince McMahon. Credit: WWE.com
Overall, I give the show an “A.” When ratings are a legitimate concern, the WWE can really put out a good show. I don’t think we realize it, but CM Punk is being immortalized with this Vince McMahon interaction.
Look at the talent who has had it out with Vince: Steve Austin, The Rock, Shane McMahon, Mick Foley, Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels and John Cena. That’s quite the list for CM Punk to join.
Even when John Cena and Vince McMahon are back on Raw, CM Punk still carries the show. That’s not a compliment for CM Punk in as much as it’s a testament the importance of the top heel.
While I loved the idea of having a tag team tournament to reestablish the division, none of the “official teams” made the finals, and the losing team may not stay together. After Hell in a Cell concludes, I fear we might be back to square one with the division.
Kofi Kingston’s emergence as a potential challenger for The Miz is interesting, as I know they can deliver a good match. It’s a step in the right direction, but we’ll see if the WWE actually moves in that direction.
There is a lot of undercard heel momentum coming out of this week’s Raw. The Band had another good showing while Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow are looking dominant. The company really needs to build up faces, so we’ll see how this works for them on a long-term basis.
There were three unseen items from Raw this week that bear mention. The most obvious is the creative shake-up mentioned on the first slide. After the Vince McMahon-CM Punk promo, Vince publicly yelled at a ringside production manager about a sign that wasn’t confiscated.
In other unseen news, current NXT talent Xavier Woods (formerly Consequences Creed in TNA) worked a dark match against (and defeated) Michael McGillicutty.