The show's opening "Tonight on Raw" promo was absolutely dire. If the WWE wants to borrow something from TNA, it should be the good, solid TV matches with results.
As with last week, the show opened with a Ryback match. Titus O'Neil looked credible, or at least as credible as anyone's allowed to look against Ryback. Ryback's time in the ring was then allowed to drag on beyond the point of interesting, as he was granted a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match against CM Punk at TLC. If anything other than those three who keep attacking Ryback interfering and Punk retaining happens, it'll practically be a swerve.
Alberto Del Rio defeated The Great Khali while Hornswoggle bit Ricardo Rodriguez on the bottom outside the ring, which is no doubt hilarious if you're about five years old.
The interview promo given by the three men who attacked Ryback (and whose names I'll probably have to learn soon) was reasonably interesting. At least they're trying to give them character, when really it's clear they're just around to give Ryback a justifiable loss to CM Punk before The Rock. That being said, I don't think the interview was so good it was worth playing twice.
Tamina Snuka (who has regained a surname since she was last around) easily put away Alicia Fox. I'd much rather see Tamina with the Divas Championship than feuding with AJ Lee.
This week's Vicki Guerrero/John Cena/AJ segment was as dire as ever, with AJ at the height of her irritating mannerism powers and reminiscent of her time as general manager in that respect. Even Dolph Ziggler couldn't save it this time, and the promise of a match that night with Cena that they'll clearly save the result of for the pay-per-view didn't pique my interest much, either.
Following the result of the Raw Active poll, it looked like things would pick up for Raw. We had Daniel Bryan vs. Rey Mysterio, John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk vs. Kane to look forward to. All three matchups are capable of delivering, so you'd expect at least one to do so.
Rey Mysterio vs. Daniel Bryan was pretty good, with a very unexpected result. I've said before that since the formation of Team Hell No, Kane has been the more protected of the two, and you certainly couldn't picture him losing to Mysterio.
John Cena vs. Dolph Ziggler exhibited a terrific chemistry between the two. Cena abruptly remembering his knee injury and the clowning around of the ending was to be expected, but the wrestling was great. I hope they do have a PPV match; I'd love to see them given more time with no disruptions.
For a TV match, Cena vs. Ziggler seemed unbeatably good, but Sheamus vs. Antonio Cesaro rivaled it. There were a couple of times when I genuinely thought Cesaro might have it, and I like to think I'm no sucker.
CM Punk vs. Kane was a bit of a disappointment. As soon as the interferences started, the match stopped flowing and ended with a fairly poor Go-to-Sleep. My excitement at the potential Tombstone, which was averted (as usual), may be clouding my judgement, though. As for the mystery, no doubt The Shield (as they're known) work at the behest of Paul Heyman, possibly unbeknownst to Punk.
Raw got off to a dismal start with a Hornswoggle segment and Vicki/AJ segment in quick succession. Happily though, from then on the show was great, with a series of high-quality matches. Proof that the WWE can match Impact in the TV wrestling stakes if it really wants to.