The first 15 minutes of Raw were given over to Paul Heyman and CM Punk. And, for the first time since their coming together, it was a complete dud. Heyman resigned, then unresigned, and it just wasn't interesting.
Mark Henry defeated Randy Orton quickly on the preceding SmackDown. Do we really need to see him face The Great Khali? Is there such a dearth of credible faces for him to go over that instead we have our time wasted by this? That said, I'm still impressed by seeing people lift Khali, and got great joy out of Henry giving Hornswoggle the same treatment. I love Mark Henry.
There wasn't too much doubt about the result of Chris Jericho vs. Daniel Bryan, though Bryan's standing has improved recently. The action was terrific, and it's nice to see two great wrestlers have a good TV match like this. Also, I'm a real sucker for spots where submissions are reversed into other submissions.
"The roof literally just came off this arena," said Jerry Lawler as John Cena entered. The inaccurate insertion of "literally" into statements always winds me up, so I just had to share my pain. Pointless matches also wind me up, and Cena, Sheamus and Ryback vs. 3MB was more pointless than most. It's not as though The Shield will defeat them either, they have the next WWE Champion in the team after all.
Carrying on the theme of things I don't like, The Big Show held a microphone and said nothing for a couple of minutes. He was so angry, he couldn't bring himself to speak. Unfortunately, dramatically effective as it's supposed to be, watching someone look angry and not say anything expands beyond its point of being interesting after about 30 seconds. As such, I disapproved of the segment.
Jack Swagger defeated Zack Ryder and then someone called Zeb Colter delivered a speech against unfettered immigration. I think Swagger's still a heel, so I'm assuming this is meant to get a negative response, but opinions vary I'd have thought. It all just seemed very odd.
The Shield spoke for a bit, then John Cena, Sheamus and Ryback chased them away. I really hope this concludes on Sunday, because I'm bored rigid with The Shield. Every single time it's them attacking someone and getting chased away, or else just getting chased away. It's pathetically unimaginative.
Alberto Del Rio defeated the once credible Damien Sandow in a disappointingly short amount of time. Disappointing not just because I like Sandow and would like to see him pushed, but because I could picture the two playing very well off each other in a match with proper time.
Wade Barrett defeated Kofi Kingston in only the second match to really amount to anything worth watching. Its finish was unique, which I approve of.
I said quite a lot last week about the current status of Kane, but a win in a good match with Dolph Ziggler would seem to keep him pretty high still. The match was decent too. I'm wondering if there's any plan for Ziggler's briefcase. He's still not winning much and there's about five months left.
The Rock, the worst pro wrestler in history, granted us an appearance with his WWE Championship. That particular belt suits him, being all flash and no substance. The Rock told the most pointless story I've ever heard, and then CM Punk ran in and delivered the Go to Sleep to him. Does this bode well for their coming match? Considering CM Punk dominated their entire previous encounter before losing to an elbow drop, I wouldn't say so.
I love wrestling matches, and Raw wasn't short on them. What it was short on was matches that were any good, at least in proportion to how many there were. But what stood out about Raw was that, beyond the boring opening and boring ending, there wasn't too much given over to promos. Of the matches though, we got three that were decent at least, and Y2J vs. Daniel Bryan was a real gem. Raw as a whole though was an average at best.