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Opening Segment – Daniel Bryan confronts Triple H, Randy Orton and The Shield
A great opening segment. A good way to start off RAW. I thought it was good how Triple H compared Daniel Bryan to Doink The Clown, saying that there’s a reason Doink The Clown was never WWE Champion. Despite how fans loved him world-wide, he’d never be championship material. Triple H did a good job at “putting Bryan down” if you will. He joked about how that he could bring back the European or Cruiserweight title belts and Daniel Bryan could go for them belts. To be honest, this back-and-forth between Triple H and Daniel Bryan is pretty much the same old stuff that’s been said the last couple of weeks. Orton had a little bit to say, but I feel he was a little overshadowed by Hunter and Bryan. Anyway, Hunter books Daniel Bryan vs Big Show for the main event. Nothing real major about this segment, but it was a good way to hype up the main event
The Miz vs Fandango
….meh. To be honest, I didn’t really give a crap about this match. It was hard to get into for me considering my distaste towards both men. Fandango… because he’s Fandango. And The Miz because… well, he’s stale. He’s stale as hell as a face. Anyway, The Miz picked up the win, Fandango broke his nose and this feud is really been lame. This match was… OK, but it’s not a really great match to kick things off.
Backstage Segment – Booker T warns Daniel Bryan
There was a segment backstage with Booker T warning Daniel Bryan about getting involved with Triple H and even suggested giving up his title shot. What was good about this segment was that despite Booker T basically telling Bryan to just settle for B+, he bigged him up by saying someone like him shouldn’t be wrestling at indie shows and stuff. He’s too good not to be in the WWE and that does build him up a bit.
Ryback vs Dolph Ziggler
Pre-match ass-kicking dished out to Ziggler by Dean Ambrose before his match against the billed “mystery opponent”. With this, I think it does seem like Dolph Ziggler is getting a shot at the US Title, which is a shame. Ziggler’s had plenty of years spent fighting for mid-card titles and fighting for these titles just a few months after holding the big one is a big step down. However, on the flip side Ziggler fighting for the title does give it added prestige. I think Dean Ambrose’s opponents including Kane and Rob Van Dam have helped build it up nicely. Ziggler could do it much good. After Ambrose beat up Ziggler, Ryback was revealed as his opponent and Ziggler was basically being fed to the wolves. While this is a big win for Ryback, I hope they actually do something different with him other than this stupid-ass “Bully” gimmick. Couldn’t they have given someone else the role of being the “bully” to promote their BE A STAR campaign than Ryback? He deserves more I think.
Stephanie McMahon Reaches Out To Big Show
Stephanie McMahon tried to convince the Big Show to compete against Bryan, after Big Show refused to. OK, really? Why did Big Show bother turning up if he was just going to say, “Nah. I’m Not Fighting”. JBL made the same point. Wrestlers shouldn’t really refuse to wrestle if they bothered to turn up. Anyway, Stephanie did a really good job at “motivating” Big Show. She got real personal, and her speech to Show really gave you an insight to the difficulties the Giant had to deal with. She brought up his health, his family and the fact that “giants don’t live long”. I was shocked when she brought that up, but I was glad she did. I mean, she really exploited Show’s weakness and their friendship when she was a child. Stephanie was certainty the best person to have this segment with Show. Her delivery on the mic is just outstanding. It’s also good to see her again. She missed out last week and I hope she’s around a lot more often. There’s always a level of interest and emotion into her segments. Hell, watch her segment with AJ Lee in June. Watch her charade with Paul Heyman on RAW 1000. She can talk SO well.
Also, WWE showed that they were not forgetting past storylines too… sort of. Ever since, Big Show did jack-shit on RAW last week to help Daniel Bryan a lot of people brought up Big Show’s “Iron-Clad” contract which he gained from John Laurinaitis in 2012. According to Stephanie, Big Show would be in “Breach of his contract” if he was unable to perform any task he is required to do. And if he was in breach of his contract, WWE had the power to fire him. I’m sorry but, isn’t the “iron-clad” contract supposed to prevent WWE from firing him at all, even if he does “breach his contract”. I mean yeah, JBL tried to cover it up by saying that it wasn’t a legit contract because Laurinaitis gave him it. But it’s still daft to have Big Show be put in this “can’t-do-shit-or-he’s-fired” role. I mean, this is way to familiar to his “firing” in 2012.
Prime Time Players vs 3MB (Heath Slater and Jinder Mahal)
The Prime Time Players continued their streak since Darren Young came out. This week’s victims were 3MB. Actually, Slater and Mahal actually looked like legit competition to Young and Titus O’Neill. But the players ran out victorious and set for a shot at the tag titles I believe. With Henry injured and his team with Big Show in tatters, someone’s gotta fight the Shield.
Cody Rhodes vs Randy Orton
Really good match between Cody Rhodes and Randy Orton. The stipulation for the match was simple… if Cody lost, he was fired. So big pressure on Rhodes. But they both delivered. But the thing I hate about this match was that the fans weren’t paying attention to the match at all until the end due to some fans dressed as Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage I think, which was driving attention away from the match. I hate fans like this. You’ve got a legitimately good match going on between Orton and Rhodes. Not quite as good as their one on RAW a couple of months ago, but still good. And these idiots are not paying attention to it. In the end Orton won, and Cody Rhodes got “fired”. Apparently, this “firing” was to give Rhodes time off to spend with his wife-to-be for the next couple of weeks. But he’ll have a lot of momentum coming back because the fans were really behind Cody near the end. I sense a HUGE push in his future.
CM Punk Segment
Punk basically cut the same promo he’s been cutting for a couple of months now. Vowing to get his hands on Paul Heyman etc. I think Punk’s promo should have came in like the first hour of the show. It seemed a little misplaced.
Natalya vs Naomi vs Brie Bella
Very short number one contendership triple threat match which ended in a disqualification when AJ attacked all 3 women, and in turn got attacked herself. OK…. WHEN DOES A TRIPLE THREAT MATCH END IN A DISQUALIFICAITON! Triple Threats are NoDQ. It shouldn’t have been thrown as soon AJ entered the ring. Anyway, Stephanie McMahon decided that AJ would defend the divas title against Natalya, Naomi and Brie Bella at Night Of Championship in a fatal four way. I think a 4 way certainty beats a singles match. I think a singles match between AJ and anyone of these divas in a standard one on one would have been really bland. This adds a little excitement. I’ve heard rumours that AJ might drop the belt at Night Of Champions. I don’t think it should be the case. If WWE are going to have her drop I think it should be at a big PPV like Survivor Series. I know that the series finale of the “Total Divas” show is at Night Of Champions or something, but AJ’s title loss should be at a big event. Also, I think Kaitlyn should be added to this match and should make it a Championship Scramble or something. A 10-15 minute one or something.
Cody Rhodes Backstage Interview
A very good and emotional promo by Rhodes backstage after his loss. He claimed that the WWE hated the Rhodes family as they made his dad Dusty wear polka-dots and dance, and had his brother Dustin become Goldust and “never be the same again”. It was really heart-felt and it makes you think why Cody hardly ever has the mic in WWE. When he comes back, I hope WWE have something big for him because he deserves it.
Big Show vs Daniel Bryan
It was an OK match from Big Show. After a while spent beating Bryan up, he was about to unload the WMD punch. However, he was reluctant to do it. Triple H came out to tell him to go back it but after The Shield attacked Bryan, Big Show was still about to walk. In the end it was Stephanie who came out and told him to do it for his family. An emotional and reluctant Big Show waddled in the ring and did what he had to do to keep his job and KO’d Bryan. I think Big Show, HHH and Stephanie really did their best with the acting for this last scene of the night but I think the thing that puts down the emotion of this is the fact that Big Show was in a situation like this before just last year.
It was a good show. I think it was more of an emotional show if you will. Big Show and his emotional segments certainty kept you captivated. Cody Rhodes delivered an epic backstage promo just before he left. This RAW wasn’t really about the wrestling, it was about the dramas of the current storyline. And that’s alright, but I think things will pick up next week in the show before Night Of Champions, especially with Edge back for one night only.
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