Do they just pretend that SmackDown didn't happen on Raw now? Sheamus and Randy Orton vs. The Big Show already happened last week, yet no reference was made to it. This one was better though. We got a big Electric Chair spot, a great dropkick and a great DDT. It was nice to have a clean finish, even though it wasn't my preferred result.
Paul Heyman challenged Triple H to a Steel Cage Match on behalf of Brock Lesnar. I've no desire to see that, but you can bet Lesnar will win. He's a special event guy with rare appearances, and wasting one of those appearances on a loss to Levesque's ego at WrestleMania is damage that needs repairing if Lesnar's going to retain some menace.
Antonio Cesaro lost his US Championship to Kofi Kingston in a great match. It's a shame that the interest was diminished by the woeful state of the midcard and therefore how disappointing the result is.
We were sadly robbed of the Dolph Ziggler vs. Alberto Del Rio World Heavyweight Championship rematch this week. I was sure it would quickly turn out Del Rio was pretending his injury was worse than it was—after all, only an idiot would ask for his guaranteed title match while he's injured with a limp—but it wasn't to be as Jack Swagger came out to beat up Del Rio some more.
Ryback delivered the best promo of his career so far. He actually used words to form sentences. It was also quite good because it traced things back over quite a long time, rather than just pretending anything before a month ago never happened.
R-Truth defeated Wade Barrett. Carrying on the theme of the slight midcard, he had several unsuccessful matches with Cesaro for the US Championship a while back. Now he could quite well be poised to take the Intercontinental title.
Fandangoing has caught on massively, a fact which the WWE is delighted to remind us. Why not make him world champion, the guy's over.
Jack Swagger did quite a lot to redeem himself by defeating Dolph Ziggler. The match was reasonable with a great finishing sequence.
Mark Henry attacked Sheamus as he was about to be interviewed backstage. Logically the words "from behind" ought to be in that previous sentence, but Mark Henry charged straight into him from the front. How could Sheamus not notice the figure of Mark Henry bowling directly toward him? Beats me.
Michael Cole had an opportunity to look clever as he corrected JBL, pointing out that one of the Bella Twins had been Divas Champion. Except, both of them have been Divas champion. Oh Cole.
Raw ended on the first interesting incursion by The Shield ever, as they came to attack John Cena but not Ryback. I was expecting the confirmation that they and Ryback are pals now, but it didn't come.
A very good show from Raw. A little light on the wrestling, but there was enough going on to keep things interesting for the most part.