Raw opened with a fairly important match as the Rhodes Scholars defeated Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara in a good, unpredictable match blighted slightly by a double 619, which is one of the stupidest moves in wrestling.
CM Punk's big problem, which I've identified here before, is that since turning heel, he's looked weak. His smiling and walking to the ring to answer John Cena's challenge after a typically good promo looked quite brave. Whether he then stopped because Paul Heyman dissuaded him or whether he was just winding Cena up a little wasn't clear. But a bit more of that attitude from Punk would help his character a lot.
AJ's over-long sob story promo was unnecessary and awkward. They really should just end general managers now. If Vicki Guerrero being called something other than GM will see the concept phased out entirely, then that's good. If her getting the position means she'll be quietly distanced from Dolph Ziggler, that would be even better.
A bigger question raised is how can AJ be having an affair with John Cena?
Neither of them are in any storyline relationship. It's fairly well known that Cena recently got divorced in real life, but they're not going to tie it in with that. But if a stupid and baseless accusation of an affair that wouldn't actually be an affair even if it was true is what it takes to get AJ out of the GM role, then so be it.
Dolph Ziggler vs. Daniel Bryan was a great match with the sadly required silly ending. Given the due time and prominence, I hope the match up will be a great PPV headliner one day.
With Team Hell No understandably and probably rightly given such ongoing prominence, it's no doubt hard to come up with new things to do with them. This week though, their segment was one of their best. Kane's loss to the Big Show after being distracted shows he may be a little more protected than Daniel Bryan, who lost to Show cleanly the previous week.
Lumberjack matches seem very much to be in fashion at the moment. They get old fast, in my view, considering they're meant to ensure no interference. But I can't remember the last time one finished cleanly (if you do, let me know in the comments).
The other issue was that the attention was almost more focused on the Big Show watching the match than the bout itself, so we were constantly distracted from some pretty good action.
Raw was a good show overall. Less filler than last week and enough going on to keep me interested throughout. I'm excited for the WWE Championship match at Hell in a Cell, so it did its job in that regard—though my excitement is just as much due to curiosity as to how Ryback performs in a proper match than as a result of the build up to it.