Monday, December 6, 2010

WWE Raw thoughts - December 6, 2010

Raw's been on fire as of late and while people may go into this episode looking at it as a placeholder show between King of the Ring and the Slammy Awards 3-hour specials, it could be a prime opportunity for WWE to really focus on building the TLC PPV, which is less than two weeks away. Also, The Miz is still WWE Champion, so we already know the show won't be all bad!

Cold opening with CM Punk and Jerry Lawler at ringside and Michael Cole eventually making his way to ringside to explain his actions from last week. Cole's getting Vickie Guerrero levels of heat here, but if he's going to turn heel, he has to grow the mustache back. C'mon, everybody knows facial hair = EEEEVIL! Michael Cole is tearing it up here, even somehow blaming the whole thing on Jerry Lawler for breaking his objectivity last week and making the show about him, so Cole demands an apology from the King! Reminds me of a Kentucky senate race, "No Jerry, you made me stomp on your face last week, apologize for making me do that!"

The G?M chimes in before King can get his revenge, but this is spectacularly fantabulous because CM Punk gets to read the e-mail, and the crowd is going bonkers. Looks like there will be no physical altercation between the two, but that doesn't stop Lawler from inviting Randy Orton to the ring. Orton doesn't attack Cole, just talks to him, which is honestly much worse than getting punched in the face by Jerry Lawler. Orton wants his rematch for the WWE Title tonight, which is the cue for things to get AAAAAWWWWWEEEEEESSSSSOOOOOOMMMMMMEEEE!!!!

The Miz & A-Ri a-rrive on stage (see what I did there?), and since The Miz successfully defended his title last week, he's in the clear until TLC, and he gets to pick the match that he'll have with Orton at the PPV. Alex Riley wants a shot at Orton tonight, which is just hilarious because it further proves my point that his employment hinges on being the guy to lose matches for The Miz. Orton accepts the challenge... and RKOs Michael Cole, just because he's an asshole like that. Fire him, G?M!!!

The good news: a Daniel Bryan match without Michael Cole on commentary.
The bad news: it features a Bella wrestling.

Ted DiBiase & Maryse vs. Daniel Bryan & Brie Bella is our opening contest for the evening. Unfortunately, there was very little Daniel Bryan action, and typical shenanigans from the Bella Twins, but hey, at least it's a W for Bryan. And it looks like they're splitting up DiBiase & Maryse, fortunately no one will notice or care.

Raw is live from Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center, which is actually the first arena ever named on a dare.

Wade Barrett is on his way to the arena, but David Otunga is live via satellite in his hotel room. Dear WWE Superstars: never let a camera crew into your home or hotel room, it guarantees you will get an ass-whooping. Naturally, John Cena was there, but Otunga managed to escape, but Husky Harris wasn't so lucky.

David Hart Smith vs. Tyson Kidd next in a match no one wants to see. Some teams just shouldn't feud when they split, the Hart Dynasty is one of them. Kidd brought muscle though, in the form of Jackson Andrews from FCW, who's gotta be at least seven-feet tall. The match is decent enough, but like I said, these two just shouldn't be feuding, they shouldn't have split up in the first place.

Still having a hard time getting into the Nexus/Cena storyline now that everything has been reset exactly to where it was before Cena joined Nexus.

Santino Marella & Vladimir Kozlov vs. The Usos vs. Mark Henry & Yoshi Tatsu vs. Justin Gabriel & Heath Slater are up next in a Fatal Four Way (featuring the only four tag teams in WWE) with the Tag Team Titles on the line. Better hope the ring doesn't blow up, WWE, you will literally have zero tag teams. They already had to cobble together the team of Yoshi Tatsu and Mark Henry to make this a Fatal Four Way. They don't last too long though thanks to Heath Slater nearly breaking Yoshi Tatsu in half. Nasty. The Usos are quickly eliminated too, and crowd volume instantly increased 12%.

Down to Santino & Kozlov and Nexus, and Santino throws a Stunner! Surprise, John Cena's here, ref's distracted, COBRA! COBRA! COBRA!

And we have new Tag Team Champions! Seriously? Oh well, considering the current state of the tag division, does it really matter? And at least we got CM Punk calling John Cena "Grimace" due to his purple shirt.

HOLY HELL SHEAMUS LOOKS AMAZING! He looks like something God has nightmares about. The Celtic King's fellabration is cut short by that peasant "Jahn Maherisson," who claims their rivalry is tied at one win a piece and they need one more match to determine the better man. Uh John, you had a match against Sheamus in September, I was there... you lost. Morrison doesn't take kindly to getting slapped in the face though and proceeds to assault our king! John, you're gonna regret that when Sheamus orders your beheading.

Natalya vs. Melina in a non-title match, but unfortunately it's ruined by the atrocious commentary by LayCool at ringside. Natalya gets a quick, but impressive win with the Sharpshooter, and then LayCool beat her up after the match because there aren't any other heel Divas in the entire company.

I assume Randy Orton vs. Alex Riley is the final match of the evening with Wade Barrett calling out Cena as our "main event." I know Orton is selling an injury and all, but I'm surprised by how much offense Riley is getting in. Not as surprised as I am by Orton busting out an Angle Slam though. Weird. Anyway, we all know Riley's role in this match is to lose, but I'm surprised they had it end by DQ with The Miz interfering. Since it's an Orton match, I totally expected an RKO, then maybe The Miz beat down after the match. Looks like Miz has decided on a Tables Match for TLC, but unfortunately he didn't get to give Randy the Skullcrush through a table, instead A-Ri got a P-bomb through the T-able. Randy Orton with an Angle Slam and a powerbomb tonight... who the hell is this guy?

Wade Barrett is here to make an excellent point, that John Cena broke his word and has lost all credibility by showing up and attacking Nexus after being fired. It's a good point, the stipulation was "freed or fired," not "freed or show up and do the exact same thing you were doing in September." The crowd is still red hot for this story, but I just don't get it, it was so much more compelling when Cena was forced into Nexus and they barely scratched the surface there.

Barrett calls out John Cena, who's here to tell us that being fired isn't that bad. Tell that to 10% of the workforce, John! Cena still wants his job back though and says if Barrett was a man of integrity, he'd hire him back. Huh? That wasn't the stipulation you agreed to, Cena! Barrett orders Nexus to come to ringside and help him with Cena, but they all abandon their leader... and that's the sound of a compelling storyline exhaling its final breath. Awful. Barrett escapes Cena and demands answers from Nexus backstage, but Otunga orders him to hire Cena back or he's out of the group. Awful²

Well that sucked. After several weeks of flat-out awesome shows, Raw nosedived here and the hottest angle in the company, which has been going on since June, is officially dead. I do not understand how WWE managed to bungle something as hot as Cena vs. Barrett, but that's what they get for going with the most sterile and safe option they could have. Very disappointed in this week's show and the damage is going to extend far beyond tonight, it could go all the way to WrestleMania. I thought this show would be a good opportunity to build TLC and at worst, it would be a placeholder show before the Slammy Awards, but unfortunately, tonight's Raw was much, much worse.

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  1. It would appear that CM Punk has turned face now!

    What do you think?

  2. Looks like the crowd turned him face.

  3. I loved punk's commentary on the Bryan/bella // DiBiase/Reese match . . .

    "I don't need to tell you how important this match is ... It's all on the line in this one"

    ... very sarcastic, and reminiscent of VKM's commentary in the late 80's!!

    I think punk was a bit face before he got up to do the announcement!! He was acting face!

    He is doing the interview with Wade?

    Oh, it seems not! lol

  4. Gosh, i do have a lot of spaces. Soz

  5. Tamina is hot :D

  6. I think that ending deserves to be booed and pelted with small objects.

  7. Huh. So Barrett might be kicked out of Nexus? I'm...not too surprised. Honestly, after last week I was thinking that was probably going to happen sooner or later. I suppose he could hire Cena back...but I dunno, that just doesn't seem right.

    Seriously, they couldn't have had one week without Cena? They couldn't even pretend he was fired? Man, next time someone is fired I'll be like meh whatever they will be back next show. Wow, I'm jaded already. Good going WWE!

    Kinda sad. I was so interested in Nexus, and that's what got me started watching wrestling. Eh well, I guess it's not going to be what keeps me watching.

  8. I suppose they can do something to salvage this, but it's going to take some serious work and I don't know if they're up to it after seeing how lazy they've been with this story since Survivor Series.

  9. I haven't even seen RAW but by the photos, the only things of note to me are Justin Gabriel's awesome beard, King Sheamus and CM Punk in pants.
    Am I missing anything?

  10. The opening segment with Miz, Lawler and Orton was pretty fun, but that's about it.