Top 5 Worst Raw Main Events in 2011
It usually is an honor to compete in the main event of Monday Night Raw; however, every month or so there is a main event that occurs that we wish never happened.
It just damages the concept of a main event and reminds us all that WWE is not always great, which is not what WWE should want to convey.
On Monday, we saw one of those main events.
It was nice to know there is a better plan for Jim Ross as he is not done yet, but we did not need to see him or Michael Cole wrestle.
There have been many times where that final match of the night is just horrible to watch—maybe because it destroys a young star, or maybe because it's just a bad technical contest.
The following are the worst Raw main events this year in chronological order.
Note: A Monday Night Raw main event is defined as the final match of the night even if there was a promo after that was the main event of that show. This will allow two matches to be mentioned where they normally would not be.
Randy Orton and Jerry Lawler vs. The Miz and Alex Riley, Jan. 10
It was a decent match but only truly because of the Miz and Orton. Lawler is still a decent worker at best, and Riley was immensely green at this point. This would be on the main list if not for the fact that Orton and Miz carried this match on their backs.
Kane vs. Mason Ryan, May 2
On the Rock's birthday, the entire Monday Night Raw broadcast was off. They spent at least half of the show on the Rock, which gave us this gem as the last match of the show. It was boring and showed that Ryan is incredibly green in the ring. He is definitely improving now, but this was atrocious.
Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater vs. John Cena and the Miz, Feb. 21
It is good to see that the tag team championships are finally being recognized; however, this year may have also seen some of the worst moments for the titles.
This was a double match main event where the Miz would single-handedly destroy the tag champions and win the belts.
Then he decided to cost himself and John Cena the titles by attacking his partner during their rematch.
In the end, Cena gained his fourth tag championship for five minutes, and Slater and Gabriel would run away with a brand new title reign.
It made the champions look incredibly weak, which in turn devalued the tag titles.
John Cena vs. Alex Riley, Feb. 28
This might be the worst singles match of the year for John Cena.
He faced the extremely green Alex Riley and never seemed to care about giving anything to the match.
It was basically a long burial of Riley with a stipulation that was completely pointless.
Alex Riley would come back a few weeks later unscathed.
Just a bad match.
Big Show vs. Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre, July 11
Sure, this night saw the awesome contract negotiation after this match, but this was still the final match of the night.
Not only was this short and pointless, it also completely damaged two young stars' careers.
In fact, McIntyre has seen one match since.
At least Ziggler has been able to deal with this and come back to prominence.
There was no reason Big Show should have squashed two young stars like this, even though it turned into a double count-out.
John Cena and Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth and CM Punk, May 23
Wow, that match looks like it has a lot of talent.
How could it be bad?
Well, you can blame the WWE's love for bringing back legends.
Bret Hart is an amazing star who should not be involved with the WWE in a physical capacity anymore.
Instead, Hart was made the special guest referee of this match and cost Punk and Truth the match—though not just because he was a bad ref. He actually decided to put Punk in the sharpshooter for no particular reason other than to help the good guys win.
It hurt a decent tag match and just buried two great stars.
This match leaves a bad taste in my mouth.
John Cena and Jim Ross vs. Alberto Del Rio and Michael Cole, Oct. 17
Nothing ruins a Monday Night Raw main event more than the decision to have WWE commentators wrestle.
As if we hadn't seen enough Michael Cole in a WWE ring lately, he gets to wrestle in a match with Jim Ross on the other side.
The last time a tag team match between Cole and Ross occurred, it was the worst match on a very good Extreme Rules card.
So, this was at least an improvement with two actual wrestlers (who mostly wrestled the entire match) and a loss for Cole.
This was just a bad idea.
The question is why do matches like these happen?
Maybe we will never know.
Thanks for reading!