WWE Raw was live tonight from Nashville, and the crowd was pretty hot for what was a pretty good show, including the surprising closing segment.
A few ups including a nice match or two with some funny segments with Team Hell No, but mostly the show consisted of just your typical stuff. The typical stuff is perfectly fine with me, but according to WWE management and the ratings, typical stuff isn't working.
So, let's take a look at both the good and bad with a side of some ugly in this edition of the good, the bad and the ugly review for the October 15th edition of Monday Night Raw.
Daniel Bryan's yes/no argument with superstars and staff backstage on his way out to face Big Show was pretty funny. Bryan yelling "no!" at everyone still hasn't gotten old yet.
CM Punk cut a promo before he was about to reveal who his opponent will be at Hell in a Cell about him being featured on the Hell in a Cell poster as the devil. Punk even made the statement, "We all know that devils don't exist." Way to ruffle some feathers, Punk.
It's still fresh to see Vince McMahon on Raw, so I was fairly excited when he made his appearance and announced that he'll be picking Punk's opponent later tonight.
I kind of agree with Ziggler about the fact he should be in the WWE Championship picture over Ryback. Hate to make the comparison, but when Ziggler mentioned winning the WWE Championship and then cashing in and winning the World Championship as well, I was thinking of Chris Jericho's Undisputed Championship run. With the lack of stars, it may be time to unify the titles.
Really enjoyed the backstage segment between Paul Heyman and Vince McMahon. You can tell the two have chemistry, probably from all the legit backstage arguments they've had before.
I'm a big Ring of Honor guy, so I already was high on Antonio Cesaro, but he still continues to impress me. My big, crazy wrestling dream is Cesaro dropping the United States Championship and teaming with Kassius Ohno to attack Team Hell No one day on Raw.
Kane defeats Matt Striker, but the highlight was Kane's post-match interview of Striker. For someone who was once so demonic and sick, he's really hilarious.
The Miz was very impressive on the mic, blasting Kofi Kingston about his time in the WWE. I know these two are good in the ring, but they also have nice chemistry on the mic.
Can we make up a crazy, freak accident where Big Show gets injured and we get Sheamus versus Wade Barrett at Hell in a Cell? I love watching these two guys wrestle.
An OK Diva's Championship match between Eve and Layla, although the pace suddenly slowed toward the end like both women were tired. Highlight of the match was the sarcastic "This is awesome" chant by the Nashville crowd.
Cody Rhodes and Damien Sandow go together really well and will likely win this tag team tournament. The finals against Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara was rebooked for next week, by the way, after it was announced that Mysterio had come down with an illness.
Kofi Kingston and The Miz put on a great match, although I would've liked to see them save it for Main Event due to the fact that I don't think they can one-up their battle on Raw. That Trouble in Paradise by Kingston was absolutely beautiful. Not sure if it was an amazing sell job by Miz or if it really did some damage.
It's official: Ryback will face CM Punk at Hell in a Cell for the WWE Championship.
Not sure if Cena isn't 100 percent yet or if McMahon is just taking advantage of this huge gain in stardom for Ryback. Either way, I'm impressed the WWE is actually going through with this. Although, I will say that I won't be completely shocked if Punk attacks and injures Ryback and Cena, in the end, gets the title shot.
Oh, what if Brock Lesnar returned and injured Ryback for Punk? Maybe Goldberg is a Paul Heyman guy and returns? Eh, now I'm off track.
Big Show versus Daniel Bryan wasn't really bad, but it was the opening segment and it wasn't very good. Therefore, an unentertaining opening segment is bad.
Remember when Brodus Clay was tearing through the roster? Now, he's jobbing to everybody, including tonight to Alberto Del Rio.
Zack Ryder and Santino Marella's tag team name is Co-Bro. Do I really need to explain why that is bad?
I like the Prime Time Players, but can't Titus O'Neil watch some of D'Lo Brown's matches and learn that you can make that finishing spinebuster he does into a pin? It always looks like a botch when he has to throw his opponent's legs over and pin.
David Otunga deserves a WWE Championship shot; his promo was the funniest segment of the night.
WWE dropped the ball booking Sheamus and Big Show at Hell in a Cell. So much talent doing nothing right now that could be in the title hunt. What the WWE should have done is book an Armageddon Hell in a Cell match with Sheamus, Big Show, Wade Barrett, Dolph Ziggler, Alberto Del Rio and Randy Orton. Makes too much sense, right?
The WWE should go ahead and jot down to never have the Big Show open Raw, or any show for that matter, with a promo.
It really bugs me that Michael Cole and Jim Ross kind of make it seem like CM Punk hasn't ever been in a Hell in a Cell match before when he's actually been in two. I've let it slide the past few weeks, but now it is bugging me.
What happened to entrances? I thought I saw like six tonight. I want my entrances back!
Look, I don't really think this 3MB team is that bad, but I think Jinder Mahal has to go. Heath Slater and Drew McIntyre fit well together, but Mahal just kills it and makes it a joke.
John Cena led the crowd in the "Feed me more" chant only to have his voice crack a few times, causing a nice laugh from the woman standing right behind him. Classic.
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