Monday Night Raw Results 11/14/2011: Top 5 Questions Going Forward
This week Monday Night Raw got "Rocked." If you ask me, I think we got "Rick-Rolled" instead.
Tonight we witnessed an unbearable Michael Cole segment, Mick Foley making himself look horrendous, three Rock Bottoms and a partridge in a pear tree.
As I do every Monday night following Raw, I present the "Top Questions Going Forward."
These questions are meant to stimulate conversation and give us pause so we can examine current storylines.
Shall we have it?
Why Are the Commentators Involved in Everything but Commentating?
I am flabbergasted as I write this, because on the Monday Night Raw three-hour special, the WWE decided to open with the “Michael Cole Challenge.” I come down very hard on Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross for doing ANYTHING unrelated to commentating. Tonight, I was just speechless after that opening segment.
Who is the WWE marketing these segments towards? Who is interested in Michael Cole insulting Jim Ross anymore?
I just cannot figure it out. I want one of my readers to explain to me why they enjoy watching Cole put together these ridiculous stunts that are only made to humiliate Jim Ross.
It seems like every week I have to hear Michael Cole insult Ross instead of calling a match. Tonight it boiled over into a 15-minute opening segment that was beyond pointless. Even the fans seemed bored with it after the arm wrestling portion.
Thankfully, CM Punk came out and stopped the insanity. It was just brutal, and it is almost insulting that the WWE continues to cram this “feud” down our throats.
Even in the new video game, WWE 12, Ross and Cole are playable characters! They are supposed to be commentators, not wrestlers.
I do not think anyone would mind as much if they were occasionally involved in segments. However, 2011 has been agonizing with the amount of matches and air time spent dedicated to the commentators.
I just want to know why the WWE is doing this.
Does Anyone Care What Kevin Nash Says Anymore?
This is beginning to become a weekly question for this article.
Kevin Nash’s main point tonight was that he had the loudest pop when he entered the “Royal Rumble” this year and so he deserved a WWE contract, but Triple H did not grant him one. So, Nash decided to beat up CM Punk, which we all forget, and then he eventually took out Triple H.
I hope Triple H comes back and gives Nash a contract written out on a tissue.
I find myself struggling to care about Kevin Nash. His whole premise for being in the WWE the last few months has been so weak and just feels forced. With Triple H out of action for the next few weeks, Nash is just floundering.
The WWE is biding their time until Triple H is well enough to come back and finish the feud between Nash and himself. The problem is will anyone even care by the time Triple H returns?
If a veteran star is coming back to take on another veteran star, then I am not sure I understand the point.
What is being proven from this feud? We have seen both of these men fight many times when they were younger and in much better shape. What does this feud add to their legacies?
Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong in this feud. There have been failed physicals, injuries and confusing storyline adjustments.
Nash just seems out of place. Fans criticize TNA for using so many over-the-hill wrestlers; well, what is the WWE currently doing? Why is Kevin Nash here?
It is not to put over young talent, I can tell you that right now.
Why Isn't Beth Phoenix or Eve Involved in a Match Before Their PPV?
Every match on Raw tonight had a purpose except for Kelly Kelly vs. Natalya. This is not me “bashing” Kelly Kelly, because the match was so quick she did not have time to make any mistakes.
The real problem is that Eve and Beth Phoenix just sat on the sidelines while another pointless Divas match went on. Why not have Eve beat Natalya or have Beth Phoenix beat Kelly Kelly? Eve and Beth are the two fighting at Survivor Series in six days, not Kelly Kelly or Natalya.
Every match tonight was made because it was a barometer for who was going to have momentum moving into the upcoming pay-per-view.
Why didn’t the Divas have a similar match?
The Divas division gets no respect because of nights like tonight. Beth Phoenix is the champion and Eve is the No. 1 contender, yet neither of them is in action. Instead we see Natalya lose AGAIN and Kelly Kelly get a pointless win.
I will not blame the talent tonight because this is a booking issue. WWE Creative gave the Divas about three minutes worth of air time, and nothing was accomplished during that span. If you want more fans to take the Divas seriously, then start making better decisions.
Tonight would have been a perfect time to have a tag team match involving Kelly Kelly, Eve, Natalya and Beth Phoenix. I know we saw that a million times before, but it would have made sense this time.
This Divas division lacks direction, and that makes me sad.
Do You Still Want Mick Foley Back?
I have been against Mick Foley returning because of reasons like tonight. Mick made his living off taking beatings and when you book him to be John Cena’s cheerleader, it just looks embarrassing.
I was insulted that WWE took the fans' love for Mick Foley and used it against them in another attempt to brainwash the masses into adoring John Cena.
We aren’t allowed to boo John Cena because Mick Foley thinks he deserves more respect?
I thought Foley was better than that, but I guess I was wrong. I do not need to be lectured from a man well past his prime on who I should cheer for.
The segment involving Mick Foley and John Cena made the Michael Cole Challenge look like the main event of WrestleMania XII.
Never have I been so completely disgusted by WWE Creative than I was tonight when I was forced to watch Foley sell out and tell the fans that they should not boo John Cena.
I’m not sure if the WWE overestimated Mick Foley’s presence or not. I know a lot of people love Foley, and I do respect him, but when I see him today, it just feels out of place. Foley was a huge part of the “Attitude Era,” but he just seems outdated in today’s WWE.
Thankfully, the Rock came out and saved us all from watching more of Mick Foley humiliate himself. I still do not know if that was planned or if the segment was bombing so badly that someone told the Rock to just go out there and end it.
A lot of fans hear “Mick Foley” and it conjures up memories of great matches and promos from the old days. I am the kind of fan that wants to see Foley’s legacy stay intact. Tonight just felt wrong, and I would rather never see Mick Foley again than have him tarnish his legacy.
I may be overreacting, but if I want to see the old Mick Foley, then I will pop in a DVD.
Do The Miz and R-Truth Have a Chance at Survivor Series?
I have seen John Cena destroy R-Truth and The Miz by himself on previous episodes of Raw. Tonight, we saw the Rock and John Cena decimate the Awesome Truth six days prior to their match at Survivor Series.
Is anyone taking R-Truth and the Miz seriously as opponents for Cena and the Rock?
This match just feels like it is only a set-up for the WrestleMania bout between Cena and the Rock. I am convinced that Truth and Miz will win on Sunday, but the real story will be about the friction between the Rock and John Cena.
They may be in the main event, but I feel like the Miz and R-Truth are getting buried right now.
There is so much attention on the Rock and Cena that I think most fans forget why they are even teaming up in the first place. The WWE has done a terrible job putting heat on the Awesome Truth. They honestly felt like the third wheel tonight and THEY are the opponents!
I have been very critical of this “dream” match between Cena and the Rock because it has overshadowed everything and will continue to do so. This Sunday, I expect the emphasis to be more on an altercation between the Rock and Cena instead of the actual outcome of the main event.
What do you think?
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