How’s it going everybody? Thomas Robinson here to talk about this week’s Monday Night RAW, which was held in Birmingham, England. I always love it when the WWE come to England. I have great memories of going to my first WWE event in Newcastle as a 10 year old, watching Eddie Guerrero defending the WWE Championship against the Big Show. Fans in the UK are always awesome and the crowd makes a show that much better. Last night, the fans DID NOT disappoint.
To be honest, I felt kind of bummed regarding the Hell In A Cell crowd. That crowd was just dead. But British crowds never seem to be dead. Nearly every segment saw the crowd so pumped up. The “Who Are Ya?” chants were funny as hell. And the crowd does make the show a better product…
There were some pretty good action. R-Truth, Rey Mysterio and Sin Cara defeated The Prime Time Players and Antonio Cesaro in what was a good match. I think it’s awesome that they are focusing a lot more on the tag team division and this was a good example of that improvement in that area, with the six of them putting on a sound match. R-Truth pinning Cesaro seems to suggest a rivalry between the two and to be honest, if think that’ll do good Cesaro’s reign beating someone like R-Truth.
Cody Rhodes defeated Daniel Bryan in about 2 minutes and Kane defeated Damien Sandow in about 4 minutes in what were two very short matches, which isn’t really good enough in my book. Rhodes and Bryan could have done a quality 10 minute TV match, and Kane and Sandow could have worked together well too. Such a short amount of time for great talent.
Sheamus beat The Miz in a good TV match. Big Show was at ringside. To be honest, I’m not into the Big Show vs Sheamus feud at all.
Layla and Kaitlyn defeated Eve and Aksana in a tag match. Terrible. Moving on…
Kofi Kingston defeated Alberto Del Rio in a sound match. Orton’s music distracted Del Rio, which allowed Kingston to pick up the win. Orton then popped up out of nowhere and hit the RKO. This feud is slowly getting good.
Santino Marella and Zack Ryder defeated Primo and Epico. Meh. Cool seeing the two comedy characters in WWE pick up a win in England.
Wade Barrett received a TITANIC pop upon his match with Brodus Clay. The appreciation for Barrett was unreal. This guy deserves a lot more than he’s getting. He defeated Brodus Clay pretty easily. It was actually better than I expected to be honest. It was cool seeing Barrett hit that spinning side slam on Brodus. The crowd loved that. Brodus as well as his dancers were booed heavily.
Heath Slater defeated Jey Uso. OK moving on…
Ryback and John Cena defeated Dolph Ziggler and CM Punk in the main event, with Ryback pinning Punk. Alright main event. Good stare down between Cena and Ryback leading up to their triple threat at Survivor Series.
It’s now Ryback vs John Cena vs CM Punk for the WWE Title, and Team Dolph Ziggler (now including Wade Barrett) facing Team Mick Foley at Survivor Series in a main event reshuffle.
They continued the AJ/John Cena storyline with Vickie having “proof” of them two getting together and Brad Maddox was given a match with Ryback for next week, with a multi-million dollar contract for him if he wins. Seeing Vince McMahon was a good moment for the UK fans. And for me, I never expected to see Vince at all. It was a nice moment.
OVERALL – Good Show. Other than the main event reshuffle for Survivor Series, not a lot to complain about.